Best of Kids 2016 Winners


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The hustle and bustle of living in Northern Virginia is evident from its Route 7 traffic and feverish daily lifestyles, as well as the DMV area’s continued growth. While driving to work or dropping off the kids at school, it’s hard not to notice new businesses popping up every day and services being offered in expanding cities and counties like Loudoun, Fairfax, Arlington, and Alexandria. Say what you want about the gridlock, but we’re lucky to live in an area that’s home to many of the best of the best, including incredible food, outstanding services, theaters and entertainment, luxury shopping, active nightlife, and more.

Each year we ask readers to join us in selecting the top-ranked businesses throughout the DMV. With kids and families as our main focus this year, we polled our readers and delved into research to develop our Top 30 Winners of the Best of Suburbia for Kids 2016 Survey.

BEST HAIR SALON
SWEET & SASSY
1601 Village Market Boulevard, SE, #124, Leesburg, VA 20175
(703) 777-4747
sweetandsassy.com/stores/leesburg
Give your child the royal treatment at Sweet & Sassy Salon, Spa, and Party Celebrations. Sweet & Sassy offers a variety of services, including specialty boys’ and girls’ haircuts, spa services like mini-manis and mini-pedis, ear piercing, and fun birthday party themes. You can even make your child feel like royalty with a ride in Sweet & Sassy’s hot pink limo—what better way to celebrate your child’s special day?

One mom raves: “More than satisfied with our daughters’ birthday parties we just had there this afternoon. This was our first time at Sweet & Sassy, and from this experience, we will be back. Our girls and guests were completely pampered. Thank you for two happy little birthday girls. That’s what it’s all about.”

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER
PAPERKITE PHOTOGRAPHY
Serving Northern Virginia
(312) 848-0806
flypaperkite.com
Maureen Cryer of PaperKite Photography is a naturallight photographer and architect who has a “passion for portraiture.” Maureen studied at Richard Stromberg’s Chicago Photography Classes, the Chicago Photography Center, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the University of Virginia and brings her passion for photography to your family.

BEST PARTY VENUE
GYMBOREE PLAY & MUSIC
14155 Sully Field Circle, #1, Chantilly, VA 20151
(703) 378-0144
gymboreeclasses.com
Celebrate a special occasion at Gymboree Play & Music, where your child will have a blast! Gymboree Play & Music offers a variety of birthday party themes, some of which include First Birthday Party, Farmyard Fun, Ocean Adventure, Construction Zone, All Aboard Trains, Princess Playhouse, Little Super Heroes, Dinosaur Adventures, Jungle Safari, Sports Galore, Arts Party, and Music Party. Gymboree takes care of the setup and cleanup, so parents don’t have to worry about a thing! Although birthday parties vary by location, most include the following: a 90-minute party, a trained Gymboree teacher, all necessary party supplies, Gymboree party invitations, a gift for the birthday child, and take-home gift bags for birthday guests. Gymboree will accommodate up to 20 children, ages 0 through 5.

Children and parents love Gymboree Play & Music. One parent employee says: “This is the best place to work. My children also love coming to the classes. I love Gymboree!”

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BEST BAKERY

MOM’S APPLE PIE COMPANY
220 Loudoun Street, SE, Leesburg, VA 20175
(703) 771-8590
momsapplepieco.com
Mom’s Apple Pie Company is devoted to baking delicious, preservative-free pies that use freshgrown fruit like strawberries, rhubarb, raspberries, blackberries, and pumpkins—they even peel their own apples and hand-mix fresh fruit. With such fresh and natural ingredients, you’ll take delight in the delicious taste of Mom’s Apple Pie Company’s delicious pies, breads, and cookies.

One happy customer raves: “Regular crust is flaky and buttery [and the] crumble is wonderfully sweet and crunchy. Can’t pick one so I’ll get one of each. Great berry fillings are my favorites. I’m liking the macaroons and smooth Buckeyes now, too. Hard to be around Leesburg without trying a piece of pie from now on.”

BEST PIZZERIA
FIRE WORKS WOOD FIRED PIZZA
201 Harrison Street, SE, Leesburg, VA 20175
(703) 779-8400
fireworkspizza.com
Fire Works Wood Fired Pizza crafts some of the best pizza in the Northern Virginia area, using fresh, local ingredients that will leave you feeling satisfied. From salads to pizzas, sandwiches, and even great beer, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy! Fire Works is the perfect place for a fun family dinner.

Of Fire Works, one customer says, “There’s pizza. There’s amazing pizza. Then there’s Fire Works Pizza. My girlfriend took me here to try her favorite small-town pizzeria, and I huffed and puffed the entire way there, claiming nothing can beat the likes of San Francisco pizza such as Delfina, Long Bridge, and Cheeseboard. And boy was I wrong. Sitting on the patio, perfect beers, wood fired pizza with fresh toppings and pillowy dough. Thanks Fire Works for that perfect moment.”

BEST BURGER JOINT
BURGERFI
1608 Village Market Boulevard, SE, #130, Leesburg, VA 20175
(703) 669-3300
burgerfi.com
If you’re looking for a great burger to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters, then BurgerFi is the place for you! BurgerFi is committed to crafting quality burgers that blow any fast food burger out of the water. Their gourmet chefs are dedicated to bringing you great, fresh burgers that taste better than any burger you’ve ever tried. And BurgerFi’s great atmosphere will make you feel like you’re at a five-star restaurant rather than a burger joint, so it’s the perfect place for any occasion.

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BEST KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT

FORD’S FISH SHACK
44260 Ice Rink Plaza, #101, Ashburn, VA 20147
(571) 918-4092
25031 Riding Plaza, #150 Chantilly, VA 20152
(703) 542-7520
fordsfishshack.com
Since 2010, the family-owned Ford’s Fish Shack has been dedicated to bringing great seafood to the Northern Virginia area. With several wins in Posh Seven’s 2015 Best of Suburbia Survey, it’s no mystery why families love this place. From homemade dishes to seasonal specials and craft beers, there’s something at the Shack for everyone to enjoy.

Dave on Yelp praises the beloved NOVA restaurant: “Ford’s Fish Shack is fantastic! When we host family celebrations in the Ashburn and Leesburg area, we gravitate to Ford’s… The food is really good. My all time favorite is their shrimp rolls. They fry up some very large shrimp, stuff them in a soft buttered bun, and provide you with a nice sauce… Service is always stellar. The staff knows their stuff. They make great recommendations. Our beverage glasses are never empty. Food comes out quickly, and the food is fresh and hot.”

BEST SHOE STORE
FIT RIGHT KIDS’ SHOES
25050 Riding Plaza, #145, Chantilly, VA 20152
(703) 957-3274
fitrightkids.com
Your children’s feet will be comfortable and happy in a great pair of Fit Right shoes! Fit Right is committed to high quality kids’ shoes that your kids can wear for years to come, or at least until they grow out of them! As an independent, locally-owned shoe store, Fit Right provides great service from a staff that has ample knowledge of all the best shoes and brands. The staff at Fit Right will make sure your child finds shoes that fit perfectly and match their personal taste.

Brittany on Facebook raves: “The best kids’ shoe store around! They always take their time (and put up with my crazy girls) to make sure they get the best fit possible every time! It’s good old-fashioned customer service that is hard to find now.”

BEST TOY STORE
GO BANANAS
42395 Ryan Road, #122, Ashburn, VA 20148
(703) 327-1900
gobananastoys.com
Your child will absolutely “go bananas” over the great toy selection at Go Bananas! As a family-owned, independent toy store, Go Bananas brings something different to the toy-buying experience. The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce has even awarded this local company Small Business of the Year and Retailer of the Year, so your child is sure to find something they’ll love here. Their hand-picked toys range from classics to the newest top-of-the-line items.

Steph on Yelp says: “We love this place! My kids play with toys while I study their interests for gift lists. Their toys are not the cheap, plastic brands you see elsewhere. Their book section is large, and I appreciate seeing new things there. I love how the store is set up, and I love that it’s inside the Brambleton Town Center. We can walk there, the kids can play, and we can browse other shops. The store is very clean, and the employees are always friendly.”

BEST TUTORING CENTER/TUTOR
HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER
44031 Ashburn Shopping Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20147
(571) 223-1589
25055 Riding Plaza, South Riding, VA 20152
(703) 327-5000
huntingtonhelps.com
If your child needs some extra help reaching their fullest potential, then Huntington Learning Center is the place to go! Huntington is devoted to exceeding educational standards and helping your child develop a love of learning. From tutoring to SAT and ACT prep, Huntington will help your children reach their goals and work toward getting into the college of their dreams.

One parent says: “Our daughter started at Huntington in October 2013. She was not happy with her PSAT scores and knew what she needed to get into the colleges of her choice. After the diagnostic test, we were told her scores could come up 300 points. She was tutored 4 hours per week through January. She took the SAT at the end of January, and we just got her scores. She came up 500 points!! The teachers are fabulous and the Huntington SAT prep really works. It was worth every penny to see our daughter so thrilled with her score.”

BEST SWIM SCHOOL
SWIMKIDS
Multiple Locations
(703) 962-7946
swimkids.us
Since 1996, SwimKids has provided quality swim instruction to children of all ages and swim levels. SwimKids has received numerous accolades from publications like The Washington Post, The Loudoun Times-Mirror, the United States Swim School Association (USSSA), and more! Your child will gain increased confidence and will be taught at their own level so that they develop a passion for swimming.

One parent says: “Truly amazed with your staff and how they work with the children. Our granddaughter has shown great improvement, and we are very thankful there is a program [where] she can have fun and learn at the same time. Thank you SwimKids… You ALL are the best.”

BEST PRESCHOOL
THE GODDARD SCHOOL
Multiple Locations
(703) 724-0601
goddardschool.com
The Goddard Schools are locally owned private schools that provide safe and fun learning environments and encourage emotional growth and academic development. The Goddard School of Leesburg, for example, is “accredited by nationally-recognized AdvancED and the only Private Preschool in Leesburg to hold this distinction,” so you can rest assured that your child will receive a great education here.

One dad raves: “The school is amazing. My wife and I trust everyone at the school, and [they] treat our kids like they are part of their family. We know our boys are in good hands while there, which gives us the comfort they are safe while away, which was our top priority when choosing a school. The curriculum is fantastic as we’ve seen their growth immediately. Each day they help them with homework and make learning fun.”

BEST KINDERGARTEN
PRIMROSE SCHOOL OF ASHBURN
44830 Lakeview Overlook Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20147
Phone:  703-724-9050   |   Fax:  703-991-9100   |   www.PrimroseAshburn.com

Primrose School of Ashburn at Broadlands
21367 Shale Ridge Court, Broadlands, VA 20147

Phone:  703-724-4200   |   Fax:  703-991-9100   |   www.PrimroseBroadlands.com

Again and again, Primrose School is voted one of the best early-education schools, and once you visit, you’ll see why! Their Balanced Learning curriculum incorporates learning techniques inspired by Montessori, Piaget, Gesell, Vygotsky, and other modern techniques about child development. Your child will develop skills in language and literacy, physical development, science, social studies, social and emotional interactions, creative arts, and math and will be well on their way to a successful academic career!

Of the Primrose School of Ashburn, one parent says: “I can’t say enough great things about this school! My son has been going to Primrose of Ashburn for several years, and now my daughter attends. The learning environment is top notch, the food is healthy and cooked on site, and the owners are wonderful. They plan fun events for the children, as well as charity contributions the kids can help out with (buying food for the needy during the holidays as an example).”

BEST PRIVATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
NYSMITH SCHOOL FOR THE GIFTED
13625 EDS Drive, Herndon, VA 20171
(703) 435-7711
nysmith.com
The students and teachers at Nysmith School for the Gifted find a true joy in learning and are involved in a variety of engaging educational activities. From preschool to eighth grade, your child will receive a quality education that takes a truly hands-on approach that will prepare them for future academic careers. From grammar, reading, and creative writing to computer programming, science labs, and drama, Nysmith School focuses on learning in a variety of academic and enrichment capacities.

Ted on Facebook praises Nysmith School for the Gifted: “Absolutely the top choice and experience for differentiated, advanced learners, STEM preparation, and readiness for the diversity and rigors of continued advanced education. Very small, focused classes with exceptional teaching staff and extremely responsive administration. Heads and shoulders above any other K-8 program, public or private, in the entire Northern Virginia area, particularly Western Fairfax/Eastern Loudoun (i.e., the Dulles area).”

BEST PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOL
PAUL VI CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
10675 Fairfax Boulevard, Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 352-0925
paulvi.net
Since 1983, Paul VI Catholic High School has provided students with a Catholic education that encourages spiritual, intellectual, personal, social, and physical development. The curriculum is inspired by the teachings of the Gospel and St. Francis de Sales and challenges students to succeed academically and spiritually. Paul VI hopes that students will graduate as “responsible, moral, serviceoriented young adults” who “grow in grace and wisdom.”

One parent says: “Great school. Definitely not a ‘big box’ school like the public schools available in the area. I have put two kids through PVI and have another attending there now. Both graduates are in college, and they have both said they were very well prepared for the structure of college classes. I am very happy with Paul VI.”

BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL (OVERALL)
LOUDOUN COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL
20600 Red Cedar Drive, Leesburg, VA 20175
(703) 777-3841
lcds.org
Students at Loudoun Country Day School (LCDS) receive an education where they’re encouraged to reach their full potential through a rigorous curriculum that includes technology, the arts, athletics, sciences, foreign languages, and community service. LCDS students will leave well-prepared for academic success in high school and beyond. The LCDS curriculum encourages “intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and creative growth… that inspires excellence, builds character, and prepares each child for the challenges and opportunities ahead.”

Laura on Facebook praises the school: “LCDS is a wonderful place! It’s incredible to watch your children grow to love learning! The small class sizes [and] focus on public speaking and critical thinking make LCDS an unparalleled educational experience. I can’t forget to mention the development of the whole child with music, sports, art, foreign language, STEM, and the incredible school library! Dr. Hollister has assembled a fantastic team of educators who love what they do, and it shows!”

BEST ARTS PROGRAM
SEW MAGARBO
44933 George Washington Boulevard, #110, Ashburn, VA 20147
(703) 375-9739
ashburnsewing.com
Since a young age, Sew Magarbo owner Precious H. Lopez has always been a fan of arts and crafts. The team at Sew Magarbo encourages each student to learn and grow in their own particular way and offers a small student-to-teacher ratio so that students can receive more personalized instruction. Sew Magarbo prides itself on “teaching skills, not projects.”

One Yelp member raves: “I want to keep this gem my little secret, but I guess it’s always nicer to share. This place is awesome. The owner/teacher Precious is super sweet and friendly but also no nonsense, knowledgeable, and approachable…. I am so thankful I finally found Sew Magarbo; it fit all of my criteria. It has a modern vibe and different types and levels of classes and ‘bootcamp’ workshops for youth and adults. Precious is a true educator and seems to care genuinely about her students’ learning. Highly recommend.”

BEST BALLET COMPANY
LOUDOUN BALLET COMPANY
15 N King Street, Leesburg, VA 20176
(703) 771-1522
loudounballet.org
Since 1978, Loudoun Ballet Company has provided a unique, one-of-a-kind ballet experience that encourages dancers to reach their fullest potential. Artistic Director Maureen Miller is committed to quality ballet instruction and brings years of dance experience to the practice. The company offers a nine-month performing season, which includes children’s story ballet, the acclaimed “Nutcracker” performance in the winter, and a full-length ballet performance in the spring.

The Loudoun Times-Mirror raves: “This ballet has a magic that allows everyone, no matter what age, the chance to let child-like imagination rule supreme and unashamed once a year.”

BEST DANCE ACADEMY/STUDIO
CREATIVE DANCE CENTER
Multiple Locations
(703) 724-4900
cdcdance.com
Since 1986, the Creative Dance Center (CDC) has offered dance classes taught by professional teachers who are committed to inspiring a love of dance. The CDC program provides classes and instruction in several dance styles to help a wide range of students reach their individual dance goals. CDC offers performing, extracurricular, and outreach programs for all dancers to enjoy!

Here’s what one dancer has to say about CDC: “I’ve danced at this studio for many years, and I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else. The teachers are extremely friendly, and they want their students to succeed… I always looked forward to going to class and it was often the best part of my day. This is a great studio for anyone, and I would highly recommend it.”

BEST DAY CAMP
CAMP GREENWAY
8328 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22102
(703) 556-8213
madeira.org/summer-programs/ campgreenway
Camp Greenway has provided girls and boys with a great summer camp experience for more than 42 years and continues to encourage learning and fun in all that they do! Camp Greenway is for children in kindergarten through 8th grade and provides “age-appropriate activities and learning experiences that promote growth, discovery, independence, and confidence.” Campers enjoy numerous art, science, nature, and sports activities and are treated to theme days and traditional cookouts.

Damien on Facebook says: “I spent 20 years at Camp Greenway as both a camper, CIT, counselor, and instructor. It is an amazing place that I fondly look back on for helping to mold me into the person I am today. I’ve met many of my lifelong friends at this place that I have known since I was five years old, and we keep in touch to this day. You will not find a better summer camp in the DC/MD/VA area, and I will be sending my children there one day.”

BEST MARTIAL ARTS STUDIO
TOPKICK MARTIAL ARTS
Multiple Locations
(703) 723-5425
topkickonline.com
From Kids’ Martial Arts to After School Martial Arts, Summer and Spring Camps, Adult Taekwondo, Family Martial Arts, Birthday Parties, and KUT Fitness Kickboxing, TopKick Martial Arts has something for everyone! As a previous Best of Suburbia Winner, it’s no wonder families continue to love TopKick. Their friendly instructors and great classes provide the perfect opportunity for you and your family to learn and master martial arts.

One parent raves: “The team at TopKick is awesome. It is a clean and beautiful academy [that] is welcoming to kids and adults alike. Our kids have been attending the camps and martial arts program for several years, and they love it. We love the community and family-like atmosphere at TopKick.”

BEST GYMNASTICS CENTER
APEX GYMNASTICS
741 Miller Drive, SE, Leesburg, VA 20175
(703) 777-5344
apexgymn.com
APEX Gymnastics is the perfect place for your child to learn gymnastics and have a great time. APEX offers competitive gymnastics for girls and boys, tumbling for cheerleaders, birthday parties, and an open gym. Their high-quality teachers and safe environment encourage children to learn and have fun. The staff at APEX includes former Olympians, elite gymnasts, certified judges, NCAA coaches, high-school coaches, and public school teachers, so children at APEX are guaranteed to get quality instruction.

Milly on Yelp says: “APEX is the safest gym I’ve ever attended, as well as one of the most nurturing and fun. Despite long hours and rigorous practices that could easily deter a young athlete, the coaching staff managed to make it an enjoyable experience. Teammates became more like sisters and coaches became pseudo parents. They teach more than how to flip; they teach dedication, commitment, work ethic, good sportsmanship, and more… I would recommend APEX to any family looking for a safe gymnastics facility for their child.”

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BEST EARLY CHILDCARE

BEANTREE LEARNING
Multiple Locations
(571) 223-3110
beantreelearning.com
If you’re looking for a daycare where your kids can learn and grow, then BeanTree Learning is the place to go. BeanTree Learning is for children ages 6 weeks to kindergarten and encourages academic, physical, social, and emotional development designed for each stage of your child’s development. BeanTree Learning even provides parents with a Daily Detail sheet, so you can stay up-to-date on your child’s learning.

Here’s what one parent has to say about BeanTree Learning: “This is an excellent school. I have been sending my children there for nearly three years. I toured several other daycare/preschools before I selected BeanTree, and I can honestly say that no other school came close to being as professional, hygienic, and nurturing as what I saw at BeanTree.”

BEST HOSPITAL
INOVA LOUDOUN HOSPITAL
44045 Riverside Parkway, Leesburg, VA 20176
(703) 858-6000
inova.org/ilh
Inova Loudoun Hospital has served the area since 1912 and continues to provide quality care that you can count on. Inova Loudoun Hospital is a nationally recognized hospital that offers compassionate care and state-of-the-art technology, so you can get well on your way to good health. Their physicians, nurses, staff, and leadership are committed to making sure you get the best treatment possible.

Danny on Facebook says: “I have surveyed over 500 hospitals throughout the U.S. The Inova system is truly an amazing growth and excellence in patient care story with an amazing staff.”

BEST BIRTHING CENTER
INOVA BIRTHING INN AT INOVA LOUDOUN HOSPITAL
44045 Riverside Parkway, Leesburg, VA 20176
(703) 858-8690
inova.org
The Inova Loudoun Ladies’ Board Birthing Inn and Natural Birth Center at Inova Loudoun Hospital are the perfect places to receive intimate care during childbirth. They both provide personalized care that uses advanced technology and security so you can feel safe and assured during the labor and delivery experience. The team at the Birthing Inn and Natural Birth Center strive to make your experience as comfortable and convenient as possible.

One mother says: “I can’t say enough good things about this place! I had amazing care all through my pregnancy, delivery, and 6 weeks postpartum! These women believe in you and your body! They help you prepare for and and have a wonderful, safe, loving nautical birth. Love them!!”

BEST OPTOMETRIST
ASHBURN VISION SOURCE
44075 Pipeline Plaza, #205, Ashburn, VA 20147
(703) 724-9948
ashburnvisionsource.com
Ashburn Vision Source has been a leader in optometry since 2006 and continues to provide quality care that you can trust. Their experienced doctors and staff help make your experience excellent. Ashburn Vision Source uses only the best, most advanced technology to make sure you receive the best optometry treatment possible.

John on Facebook raves: “Second to none. Professionalism, patient rapport, customer service, content knowledge, current technologies, accurate diagnosis… It all comes together during an Ashburn Vision Source visit. Thanks, Dr Hinkle and staff, for your efforts each year. Greatly appreciated.”

BEST PEDIATRICIAN
LOUDOUN PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATES
Multiple Locations
(703) 723-7337
loudounpeds.com
Loudoun Pediatric Associates prides itself on quality care that’s dedicated to your children’s health and happiness. They offer three locations, two in Loudoun County and one in Clarke County, so that parents and families have easy access to great pediatric care. Urgent care is even available during weekend hours and the practice offers 24-hour emergency on-call availability 365 days a year. Access to great pediatric care has never been easier!

Laura on Yelp says: “We were so impressed at the new patients’ tour tonight! Lauren and Dr. Adem were friendly, informative, and very thorough as we toured the office. The office is now located on Sandridge Drive, right across from the hospital. They have a few in-house lactation consultants (and a dedicated phone line for feeding questions), are open 7 days a week, and have electronic medical records. Great first impression.”

BEST FAMILY DOCTOR
DR. LISA MALLOY, NOVA MEDICAL & URGENT CARE CENTER
21785 Filigree Court, #100, Ashburn, VA 20147
(703) 554-1100
novamedgroup.com
Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, Dr. Lisa Malloy provides devoted care that you can trust. Dr. Malloy received her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University and then interned and finished her residency in family medicine at the University of Florida Health Science Center in Jacksonville. Dr. Malloy brings years of medical experience with her and, according to her bio, was even awarded as “one of the Top Family Doctors in Northern Virginia by Northern Virginia Magazine, Washingtonian Magazine, and in the annual Best of Prince William County awards.”

Maureen on Facebook says: “My family has seen Dr. Lisa Malloy for years. She is the most compassionate, loving, caring physician I have ever known. Dr. Malloy is not just our doctor, she is a true friend that has always been there for us. We love you! I would recommend Dr. Lisa Malloy 100 percent. You would not find a better doctor anywhere.”

BEST DERMATOLOGIST
DR. SMEENA KHAN, DERMATOLOGY CENTER OF LOUDOUN
19455 Deerfield Avenue, #311, Leesburg, VA 20176
(703) 723-9751
dermloudoun.com
For more than 15 years, Dr. Smeena Khan has served as a Board Certified Dermatologist who specializes in cosmeceuticals and anti-aging treatments, acne, and auto-immune skin diseases. After completing her Bachelor of Science degree at McGill University in Canada, she received her medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine. Dr. Khan brings years of postgraduate training and private practice experience to the Dermatology Center of Loudoun, and patients love her dedication to quality dermatologic care.

One patient praises Dr. Khan: “I have been a patient of Dr. Khan’s for the past several years. I believe Dr. Khan to be a very competent and compassionate doctor. As a senior experiencing various skin issues, Dr. Khan and her staff have helped me through difficult procedures with patience and caring and success.”

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BEST ORTHODONTIST
DR. ZACHARY CASAGRANDE, NORTHERN VIRGINIA ORTHODONTICS
22855 Brambleton Plaza, #200, Ashburn, VA 20148
(703) 327-1718
ashburnsmiles.com
Once you meet Dr. Zachary Casagrande, you’ll understand why patients continually rate him one of the best orthodontists in the area! Dr. Casagrande received his undergraduate degree from James Madison and then completed his dental and orthodontics degrees, as well as his Master of Science degree, from the Medical College of Virginia. In addition to treating patients at Northern Virginia Orthodontics, he also teaches orthodontic residents at the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Casagrande is highly trained in Invisalign®, Invisalign Teen®, and self-ligating Damon® bracket systems and is even ranked “among the top 1 percent of Invisalign providers nationwide.”

Claudia on Facebook raves: “I just LOVE this orthodontics office… the office is very clean, and the employees are super nice!! They did an excellent job! Now, after my treatment I can smile a lot more without being embarrassed that people will look at my teeth, and I feel more confident about myself! Thank you Northern Virginia Orthodontics, and thank you, Dr. Casagrande!”

BEST PEDIATRIC DENTIST
LITTLE SMILES PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY
42395 Ryan Road, #104, Brambleton, VA 20148
(703) 542-7000
littlesmilesashburn.com
Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is a “child-focused” dental practice that seeks to make your child’s dental experience as easy and painless as possible. The friendly and inviting staff members make it their mission to treat your child’s teeth with the latest dental technology, including X-rays, sealants, fluoride treatments, fillings, cleanings, and regular exams. As parents themselves, the team at Little Smiles understands the importance of your child’s dental care. One parent says: “Little Smiles is the new pediatric dentist in town.

The staff was so friendly and wonderful to both of my children. They spoke to my kids and asked them questions about themselves and things they like to do. Very modern decor with iPads for the kids to play on in the waiting rooms as well as toys and puzzles. The dental chairs had televisions above them so my kids were able to watch a movie while they were sitting in the dental chair having their teeth cleaned. My kids felt comfortable and happy.”

BEST COUNSELOR/ PSYCHOLOGIST
DENISHA JOHNSON, THE WELLNESS CONNECTION
24600 Millstream Drive, #340, Stone Ridge, VA 20105
(703) 327-0335
wellnessconnectionllc.com
For 10 years, Denisha Johnson has worked with Loudoun Mental Health to help clients feel their best. Denisha specializes in treating middle school and high school teens but is loved by other clients as well. She also offers group counseling for high school teens living in Stone Ridge and South Riding. Denisha has years of experience with trauma, attachment disorder, anxiety, depression, and other issues in children, teens, and adults.

BEST ALLERGY AND ASTHMA PRACTICE
DR. THEODORE KIM
4229 Lafayette Center Drive, Unit 1760, Chantilly, VA 20151
(703) 378-5155
allergypartners.com
If you suffer from allergies and/or asthma, Dr. Theodore Kim can help. Dr. Kim received his medical degree from George Washington University and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he also completed his fellowship in Allergy & Immunology. Dr. Kim is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Allergy & Immunology and serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Patients value his care so much that he’s been awarded Washingtonian’s Top Doctor, Castle Connoly’s Top Doctor, Vital Signs People’s Choice Award, and Most Compassionate Doctor.

Michelle on Yelp says: “My husband has been a patient of Dr. Kim’s for about 10 years now. We love his office and staff! We have never had a bad experience. Dr. Kim even returns emergency calls back himself within 20 minutes of a message being left on the emergency voicemail. I highly recommend this practice for allergy and asthma care. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. Dr. Kim really listens and takes his time with each visit.”