Dental Staff


Dr. Taraneh Zand

Dentist in Herndon, VA

Herndon Dental Arts

Dr. Zand received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from University of Maryland in 2006. She is a general dentist who enjoys and practices many aspects of dentistry including root canals, Invisalign, Veneers, implants, crown/bridges, fillings, teeth whitening and basically all that helps promote oral health and complete wellness! Dr. Zand is a skilled and passionate dentist who takes pride in the quality of her work. Her ongoing success is attributed to keeping up to date with new information and technology through reading medical/dental journals and attending continuing education courses and seminars. 

In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband and two kids.

Medardo Machado - Clinical Manager/Dental Assistant

Medardo graduated from Kaplan University in the fall of 2008. He has 8 years of experience in all dental specialties especially general dentistry. Medardo has been the right hand assistant for HDA and Dr Zand since the practice has been up and running. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two small children, going to the gym, playing Latin percussion instruments and being a Deacon at Prince of Peace Church.

Valerie Ellithorpe - Patient Care Coordinator

Valerie graduated from Bard College in 2009. Her background is in Stage Management. She applies the skills learned from managing the theater to managing the dental office. She handles the administration side of the dental practice including scheduling, reviewing insurance benefits, creating treatment plans and processing insurance claims. She enjoys helping patients and making sure everyone leaves the office with a smile on their face. She is originally from Michigan and moved to the NOVA area in 2010. In her free time she enjoys attending the theater, knitting, and traveling.

Gabriela Pinto - Dental Hygienist

Gabriela is originally from Venezuela. She is married and has a 9-year-old little girl. She has over 15 years of experience in the dental field beginning as an administrator, then as a dental assistant and now a dental hygienist. She graduated NOVA Dental Hygiene school in 2013 and is currently also a part time student at Old Dominion University working on her graduate degree. When not working or in school, Gabriela enjoys yoga, being outdoors, spending time with good company, listening to good music and being with her family.

Masi Ashoori - Dental Hygienist

(Bio coming soon)