Meet Dr. Charles Varipapa
Charles Varipapa, DDS
My profession means giving people the information they need to make choices that will impact the dental health future. I believe it's important for patients to know what options are available so they can make decisions based on their unique needs, goals, and lifestyle. I very much enjoy coming into work each day knowing I am going to see people I have known for years and whose dentistry has stood the test of time. My patients come from all walks of life and I have learned so much from them about so many things. They all have one thing in common: they all value their oral health and the beauty of their smile.
Education and Experience
Dr. Charles Varipapa maintains a cosmetic-based restorative practice focused on general dentistry, complicated dental restoration, full-mouth reconstruction, and elective cosmetic dentistry.
A native of Washington, D.C., Dr. Varipapa is a 1984 graduate of the University of Maryland Dental School. He is the recipient of numerous scholastic and clinical awards, including the Governor's Scholarship Award and Katherine B. Toomey Award for clinical excellence and dedication to patients and the profession. Dr. Varipapa has taken many post-graduate courses from five cosmetic dental schools and is considered by his peers to be one of the best.
With 20 years of dental experience, Dr. Varipapa served as associate clinical professor at the University of Maryland Dental School, the John L. Deaton Center, and the University of Maryland Hospital. He taught in the Department of Oral Diagnosis and Treatment Planning from 1989 through 1994. He is currently engaged in training dentists across the United States and Canada in clinical as well as behavioral aspects of dentistry.
Dr. Varipapa is the only dentist in the Alexandria area who has completed the full course of studies at the L.D. Pankey Institute, the Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Education, and the Seattle Institute. He has also attended the Las Vegas Institute (LVI), where he has gained recognition as a preferred LVI dentist.
Dr. Varipapa is licensed in the states of Virginia, Maryland, and California, and has been a member of the following associations over the course of his career:
- American Dental Association
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Northern Virginia Dental Society (Program Chairman)
- Patuxent Dental Society (Past President)
- LVI Study Club
- Dean's Faculty, University of Maryland Dental School
- Neuromuscular and Occlusion Study Group
- Pankey Alumni Association
- Bob Barkley Study Club (President 2004)
- Washington, DC NOVA Implant Association (Program Chair 2006)
Outside the Office
Dr. Varipapa resides in Old Town Alexandria, VA and enjoys cooking, the arts, traveling, and relationships he has forged with people through the course of his life. He enjoys the restoration of historic buildings and has received awards for historic restoration of the Smithville Meeting house in Dunkirk, MD from the Maryland Historical Society and for the restoration of a turn-of-the-century beach cottage in Chesapeake Beach, MD. He has restored two historic homes in Baltimore's Federal Hill neighborhood and most recently, his 100-year-old office townhome in Old Town Alexandria. He recently was certified in interior design and did the design work for his and numerous other dental offices. He loves his work and the people he meets every day.