A native of the Greater Richmond area, Dr. Jeff Friend graduated with honors from the Medical College of Virginia's School of Dentistry. An avid sports buff, Dr Friend enjoys outdoor activities such as windsurfing, fishing, kiteboarding, wakeboarding and cycling. In addition, Jeff enjoys yoga, music of all kinds, and is even known to strum the guitar on occasion.
A family man at heart, Jeff enjoys spending much of his free time with his wife, Vicki, and daughter Izabella LeRay. Dr. Friend's primary focus is to offer the highest level of patient care so that you will enjoy the daily benefits of a healthy mouth.
Dr. Lawrence grew up in a Navy family and is originally from Bethesda, Maryland. Patrick has lived all over the Southeast and knew he wanted to pursue a career in dentistry from a very young age. He received his degree from the Medical College of Virginia and completed postgraduate training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Lawrence is devoted to providing his patients the best care in the most comfortable and convenient manner possible.
Patrick loves the outdoors, especially being on the water. Outside the office, you are likely to find him on the Chesapeake Bay. Patrick also enjoys playing golf when he cannot be on the water.
Dr. Christopher Collie is a native of Danville, Virginia. During Chris' adolescent years, he discovered his passion for dentistry from the guidance and mentoring he received while shadowing his family dentist. A graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, he received his degree from the VCU School of Dentistry at the Medical College of Virginia, and completed postdoctoral training in an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at East Carolina University's School of Dental Medicine.
After completing his residency, Dr. Collie practiced in Asheville, NC before returning to Richmond. Outside the office, Chris loves spending time with his wife, Jessica. Chris enjoys fly fishing and hiking, as well as playing the electric guitar and drums. Dr. Collie is committed to providing his patients the highest degree of care with gentle and personalized treatment.
Having grown up in Richmond, Dr. Matt Pelais is proud to provide care to his home community at RVA Dental Care. Dr. Pelais attended the University of Virginia for his undergraduate degree and VCU School of Dentistry at MCV for his dental degree. He then completed a two year residency at the UVA Health System where he advanced his skills in implant and sedation dentistry while treating patients with medical complexities and special needs. Following his training, he owned a private practice in Lexington, Kentucky before returning home to Richmond, VA to raise his family. Dr. Pelais then served as the director of Advanced Education in General Dentistry at VCU, teaching dentists advanced procedures in comprehensive, restorative, and surgical dentistry. Dr. Pelais is grateful to return to private practice in the city he has always called home at RVA Dental Care.
Dr. Pelais' approach with his patients is to provide high quality care with compassion. He focuses on staying up to date with advanced technologies in dentistry to provide a comfortable and enjoyable experience for his patients. Outside of the office, you will find Matt taking on outdoor adventures with his wife, Kate, and their two kids, Charlotte and Lincoln.