Each member of our GLO family is highly trained, knowledgeable, and dedicated to providing personalized care. We love what we do, and we want you to be part of our family!
Our three doctors attended top-tier dental schools and residency programs, giving them the training and knowledge to address your particular needs. They’re Diamond Plus Invisalign® providers, and are dedicated to keeping up-to-date on the latest procedures and technologies. They are also Board Certified.
To become an orthodontist, a doctor obtains a degree from a dental school, and then up to three years of specialized training in orthodontics. They complete a residency program where they become experts in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.
Creating beautiful smiles isn’t just about teeth – it often involves jaw and facial issues!
Once a doctor becomes an orthodontist, they can become board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. After hundreds of hours of study and preparation, they must complete peer-developed written and clinical examinations. Once certified, they must renew their certification every 10 years, showing a continued growth in orthodontics and a dedication to the highest quality of patient care.
Board certified orthodontist Dr. Graham Gardner knew he wanted to be an orthodontist by the 7th grade. He even did his 8th grade science fair project on orthodontics!
Dr. Gardner later studied at Wake Forest, MCV, and NYU, where he worked closely with the cleft palate team on several complex cases. Since then, he’s been consistently voted “Best Orthodontist” in Richmond Magazine, Style Weekly, and Virginia Living and is known for his outstanding working relationships with both his patients and his peers.
When Dr. Gardner isn’t perfecting smiles at his Richmond orthodontic practice, he also serves as faculty at VCU Orthodontics, lectures nationally and internationally for Invisalign®, is very active in multiple interdisciplinary study clubs throughout each year, and has served as Chair of the Ethics Committee for the Virginia Dental Association, as well as President of the Virginia Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Gardner also teaches for the Invisalign Masters Program and performs Mission work at St. Jude’s Hospital in St. Lucia.
Dr. Gardner was born on an American Army base in West Berlin, Germany and grew up in Martinsville, VA. He is happily married with three children. In his spare time, Dr. Gardner enjoys kiteboarding, white water kayaking, rock climbing, snow skiing, juggling fire, and anything else that involves the great outdoors, his family, and his friends! He has also been known to rappel off the SunTrust building dressed as Batman.
In addition to being an orthodontist, Dr. Gardner is also a children’s author! To learn more about his books, visit his website.
Dr. Natalie La Rochelle considers being an orthodontist the best job in the world, and she feels lucky to spend time with children, teens and adults and watch their smiles transform.
Dr. La Rochelle received her Bachelor of Arts in molecular and cell biology from the University of California at Berkeley. She then earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the University of California at San Francisco, where she served as student body president and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society.
Following dental school, Dr. La Rochelle earned her Master of Science in dentistry and specialty certificate in orthodontics from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a recipient of the Southern Association of Orthodontists’ Graduate Research Grant, the Delta Dental Student Leadership Award and the Pierre Fauchard Foundation Dental Scholarship.
Dr. La Rochelle swam competitively in college for the UC Berkeley Women’s Swimming team, where she won an NCAA National Championship, earned PAC-10 Conference All-Academic honors and competed at the USA Swimming Olympic Trials in 2004 and 2008. She is excited to be in Richmond, VA and surrounded by patients who are fellow competitive swimmers. She enjoys encouraging them and hearing about the individual goals they set for themselves, as well as their latest competitions!
Now, as an orthodontic specialist at Gardner & La Rochelle Orthodontics, Dr. La Rochelle relies on her knowledge and expertise to help our patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. Her areas of interest in the field include Invisalign®, accelerated orthodontics and biomechanics.
Board certified orthodontist Dr. Dana Tang loves working with children and teens, as well as adults. She chose the field of orthodontics after having treatment herself and realizing the impact of a smile. She wanted to help others experience the joy and confidence that a beautiful smile can give.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry, Dr. Tang received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. She also completed her orthodontic residency and received her Master of Science degree in orthodontics from UNC.
Now, at Gardner & La Rochelle Orthodontics, Dr. Tang truly values building relationships with patients and working with them throughout the process and transformation.
In her free time, Dr. Tang loves to spend time with her family and friends, to be active in the church and community, travel, garden, cook, and practice photography. Her husband is in the United States Army and they have two daughters and a dog.