I started working at Bel Air Smile Partners almost immediately after graduating from the Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1988. I specialize in T.L.C. I always treat my patients as I would want to be treated myself. I take the time necessary to make each of you feel special, comfortable and as relaxed as possible.
I am a member of the American Dental Association, the Maryland State Dental Association, the Maryland Association of Pediatric Dentists, American Academy of Dental Group Practices, the Flying Dentists Association and am also PALS (Pediatric advanced life support) certified. I am also on staff and have operating room privileges at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and Harford Memorial Hospital.
I love being a dentist. I would choose dentistry again if given the chance to do it over. I especially enjoy getting to know the people and hearing their stories. I feel like I’m treating a friend all the time. I especially enjoy creating great smiles either by fixing someone’s teeth or just cleaning them up, or simply telling a joke and laughing with him/her.
My brother, sister and I grew up as Army brats and moved yearly with our parents until they retired at Aberdeen Proving Ground. I’m married to my bride Jennifer and we have 3 boys and a girl. I enjoy spending my free time with my family, traveling, flying, reading and most sports. I almost always have a new story about my kids and constantly update family photos in my office.
I began my career in dentistry by earning a Doctor in Dental Surgery (DDS) in 1998 from the Baltimore College of Dental School, University of Maryland, Baltimore. Upon graduation I also received a Certificate of Merit in recognition of excellence and promise in Oral Diagnosis. The following year I completed a one-year General Practice Residency program at the Samuel S. Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, New York. Immediately after, I started private practice as an associate in a small practice in New York State. Soon after, I decided to pursue high-end traditional group practice with emphasis on excellence in state-of-the-art esthetic and functional dentistry. This brought me directly to Bel Air Smile Partners. Where the warm unpretentious atmosphere proved to be an excellent fit for my personality and comfort with private practice. Currently a partner at Bel Air Smile Partners, I continue to enjoy seeing patients in a Group Practice Setting with all major dental specialties represented at this office.
I am North-East Regional Board Certified and continue with active continuing education courses every year. I am an active member of the American Dental Association, Maryland State Dental Association and Harford-Cecil Dental Society. I am also a member of the Academy of Group Dental Practices. In addition, I volunteer at the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, Dental School, University of Maryland, Baltimore as part of the Dean’s Faculty, helping to give the dental students a private practitioner’s perspective and skill in dentistry.
As a member of Bel Air Smile Partners, I strive to present the best case scenario tailored to the needs of each individual patient using the latest technology, while remaining caring and committed to that individual. I feel that I embody a relaxed yet social atmosphere and work hard to make the dental experience something to enjoy rather than fear.
I met my wife, Dr. Tatum DiGiovanni, in dental school. Dr. Tatum, an orthodontist, is also a practicing member of the Bel Air Smile Partners. We have 3 sons and a daughter. When given the chance to relax and have fun, I enjoy salt-water fishing, hunting, mountain biking, downhill skiing and exercising at the gym. However, my favorite past time is spending time with my family, which is of the utmost importance to me.
My love for dentistry began at an early age. As a child I was actually a patient at Bel Air Smile Partners. My dentist (and uncle), Dr. James Schall, became my mentor and inspired me to enter the field of dentistry.
After graduating from Mount St. Mary’s College, I attended Howard University College of Dentistry in Washington D.C. Here, I accepted an award for the student who demonstrated outstanding performance and proficiency in Operative Dentistry and Fixed Prosthodontics.
After graduating from dental school, I was drawn back to the place where my love of dentistry began, Bel Air Smile Partners. I have always admired the way Bel Air Smile Partners puts their patients first and, as a patient, enjoyed the friendly, laid back atmosphere. As a dentist I believe in patient education and providing quality dental treatment.
I am a member of the American Dental Association, the Maryland Dental Association, and Harford-Cecil dental society. Currently, I reside in Baltimore with my husband. When I am not practicing dentistry, I enjoy being on the water. I love crabbing, swimming, kayaking, scuba diving, and jet skiing.
I came to Bel Air Smile Partners after looking for a friendly and technologically advanced dental practice. What I found far exceeded my expectations. This office has a warm, inviting atmosphere and is full of staff members who love their jobs. We embrace technology and use it to provide the best, most efficient care available to our patients. I couldn’t be happier with my colleagues, the staff, and the wonderful patients I meet every day working at Bel Air Smile Partners.
I was born in Baltimore County, but grew up in Westminster, Maryland. After finishing a Bachelor’s degree at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, I moved to Baltimore City. I worked in research for a few years and completed a Master’s degree at UMBC prior to starting Dental School at the University of Maryland. During my final year of school, I completed a clerkship in the Special Care and Geriatrics clinic and received several awards including a Geriatrics and Gerontology award. I graduated as a member of several honors societies, including the national dental honor society OKU, the prosthodontic honor society GPD, and was president of the Gorgas Odonatological Honor Society. After dental school, I expanded my knowledge and skills by completing a General Practice Residency at the Baltimore VA Dental Clinic.
I am currently a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Maryland State Dental Association, and the local dental association. I am also on the Board of Directors for the MSDA’s Foundation for Charity and Education.
My wife and I live in Baltimore City. In our spare time, we play in recreational floor hockey and broomball leagues and love going on hikes with our dog, Patterson. Come by the office and let me know of any good dog-friendly trails in the area!
I received my general training and Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.), at the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, Dental School, University of Maryland, Baltimore. I then went on to pursue the specialty of orthodontics and completed an additional three-year residency at the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, Dental School, where I received my Certificate in Orthodontics. I also received a Master of Science in Oral Biology at the Graduate School of the University of Maryland, Baltimore in conjunction with my certificate in Orthodontics. I am North-East Regional Board Certified and continue with active continuing education courses every year. Currently, my practice is limited to the specialty of Orthodontics.
I was honored at the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery Dental School with three years of membership in the Gorgas Odontological Honorary Society and was elected to membership in the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Society upon graduation. I also received two awards, The Nathan David Gold Memorial Award and the Harry E. Kelsey Award for Professional Demeanor at my graduation ceremonies.
Currently, I am a member of the American Association of Orthodontics, Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists and the Maryland State Society of Orthodontists. I also remain affiliated with the American Dental Association, Maryland State Dental Association, and the Harford-Cecil Dental Society.
I have wanted to be an orthodontist since the day my braces were taken off when I was 12 years old. Unlike other children who change their minds on occupations many times over, I pursued my dream with a sincere passion and upon graduation, began private practice, where I have remained ever since. Previously employed at a large multi-doctor orthodontic practice, I opted to join Bel Air Smile Partners to run a more personalized “boutique” style practice where I spend ample time getting to know my patients on a more intimate basis than the larger orthodontic practices.
I met my husband, Dr. Gregory DiGiovanni, in Dental School. Dr. Gregory, a General Dentist, also practices at Bel Air Smile Partners. In my down time, I enjoy going to the beach, downhill skiing, gardening and needlepoint. However, my happiest moments are those spent with my husband and my three sons and daughter.
Nancy O’Neill, DDS – Bel Air Smile Partners
Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics
I earned my DDS degree from the University of Maryland Dental School in 1995. I chose dentistry as my career when I discovered that I loved science, had a knack for providing health care to people in pain and distress, and had what I was told were “good hands.” Dentistry provides an ideal environment for all these things that I love to do and it feels great to be able to share this gift with my patients. After receiving further training in a hospital-based general practice residency in Cheverly, Maryland, I learned how to provide urgent care and gained skills in the operating room. It was during this period, when I found I had a certain knack for treating the orthodontic patients in the dental clinic of the hospital – I have been literally “hooked on braces” ever since. I was mesmerized by how this specialty of dentistry can not only enhance the smile, but actually improve facial esthetics and bring to the patient form and function. Three years later, I received a dual degree – a certification as an Orthodontic Specialist and a Master of Science degree in oral biology. I have been learning and practicing orthodontics exclusively since 1996.
I became an associate orthodontist for Bel Air Smile Partners in 2004 and I have found a home in this practice. The Practice asks and demands of all their doctors the best we have to offer in both skill and the latest technology. I am proud to count myself as a member of this family of doctors and affiliated staff. I stay current in the latest technology by frequently attending continuing education courses. These courses are sponsored by the following prestigious professional organizations to which I belong: Diplomate American Board of Orthodontics, American Association of Orthodontics, Mid-Atlantic Society of Orthodontics, American Dental Association, Pennsylvania Dental Association and American Cleft-Palate Craniofacial Association. I am also a clinical professor at the University of Maryland Dental School. The dental school forum also provides me additional access to the latest and best technology the science of dentistry has to offer. This technology, I gladly share with the staff and patients of the Bel Air Smile Partners.
I have been married over 21 years and in my spare time, I enjoy riding horses, scuba diving, traveling, reading, tennis and gardening. I spend most of leisure time with my husband and our family dog, puttering around in our garden trying to create our own little paradise in our back yard.
Francoise E. Engel, DDS – Smile Partners of Havre de Grace
After receiving my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1979 from the University Paris VII in France, I worked in a private practice as a general dentist. To pursue my schooling in orthodontics, I came to the United States and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 with my Certificate in Orthodontics. During my residency in Philadelphia, I was in orthodontic treatment, and still had my braces on when I finished the program.
Motivated by a strong interest in education, I stayed on as a clinical associate at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine while working in a private orthodontic practice in Richboro, PA.
An offer as an assistant professor at the University of Texas, Health Science Center, prompted my move to San Antonio. For the next nine years, I taught full time in the Department of Orthodontics at the San Antonio Dental School.
In 1994, I accepted a faculty position at the University of Maryland Dental School in Baltimore, where I taught and practiced orthodontics for four years.
To apply what I had taught for so long, I went into private practice to set into motion my unique, caring philosophy and state-of-the-art techniques. My friendly attitude, personalized attention, and excellence in patient care have generated beautiful, lasting smiles from my patients.
Born and educated in Paris, France, I currently reside in Pikesville, Maryland, and I am the single parent of two grown up children. I enjoy participating in various outdoor activities, including bike riding, sailing, and hiking. I also take pleasure from the arts, theater, foreign films, and musicals.
Sergio Vendetti, MD, DMD – Bel Air Smile Partners
Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Surgery
Sergio Vendetti, MD, DMD, a native of Italy, has 12 years of postgraduate and surgical training, and has both dental and medical degrees. He completed his training with a general cosmetic surgery fellowship at Broadway Medical Center in Seattle, WA, before entering private practice in Maryland. After five years, he established Virginia Surgical Arts LLC, a private, state-of-the-art, ambulatory surgical center, and is pleased to call Virginia Beach his home.
Dr. Vendetti is committed to continuing education in order to stay current with the latest techniques. He has given numerous lectures both in cosmetic surgery and oral/facial reconstruction to academic groups and medical conferences. Dr. Vendetti is also the medical director for Washington Medical Hair Clinic of South Hampton Roads and as part of the medical practice, provides hair transplantation and grafting.
He is an active member in many professional organizations and is an assistant professor at the Medical College of Virginia where he teaches dental implant and bone grafting procedures, as well as facial cosmetic surgery to the surgical residents at the Department of Maxillofacial Surgery.
In 2012, 2013, and 2014, Virginia Living Magazine listed Dr. Vendetti among the winners for the region’s best Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons.
In 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 Consumers Research Council of America named him to the list of America’s Top Dentists.