Meet the Doctors

Damon W. DeArment, DDS

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Dr. DeArment knew he wanted to become a dentist from an early age. He remembers telling classmates as early as the second grade that he wanted to be a dentist when he grew up, despite having no family members in the dental profession. He knew he wanted to work directly with people, helping them to become more confident while doing something that involved artistry and problem solving. He decided orthodontics was his calling while working at a summer job, while in college and dental school, at the same office that he now owns! Dr. DeArment grew up locally and attended John Handley High School. He played football and baseball and was a member of the Judges’ first state championship football team in 1984. He went on to graduate from the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and was inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He then received his dental degree from Virginia Commonwealth University while finishing at the top of the class. He completed his orthodontic residency program at the University of Louisville, which is recognized as one of the top clinical training programs in the country. He then returned to Winchester and began practicing in 1996. He purchased the practice of Dr. John Goodloe and established Shenandoah Valley Orthodontics in 2006. Dr. DeArment was one of the first groups of orthodontists in the nation to become Invisalign® certified in 2000. He has since completed extensive additional training in Invisalign aligner treatment. Shenandoah Valley Orthodontics is one of the top providers of orthodontic treatment in Virginia, as well as the entire United States. Dr. DeArment and Shenandoah Valley Orthodontics have been designated as a “Top 1% Invisalign Provider in North America.” He has also received certification for laser treatment of soft tissue issues. Shenandoah Valley Orthodontics is perennially recognized by voters as the “Best Orthodontic Practice” in the Shenandoah Valley by Virginia Living magazine, the Winchester Star and the Northern Virginia Daily newspapers. Dr. DeArment is devoted to adaptation, advancement and self-improvement by engaging in many forms of continuous education learning, including in-person and online advanced courses in orthodontic techniques and practice management, in-person and online dental study groups, orthodontic social media groups, and being dedicated to perpetual learning by listening to podcasts and reading dental/orthodontic journals and professional publications. He takes pride in being very detail-oriented while having a unique ability to break down complex ideas and concepts into very understandable terms for patients of all ages to understand. His great sense of humor and engaging personality allow him to put even the most anxious patients at ease. He is passionate about pleasing his patients and ensuring they achieve the most beautiful smile possible while also improving their self-esteem and confidence. He seeks to establish a relationship with every individual patient, in addition to providing an unexpected level of service and results. Dr. DeArment is proud to be a member of the American Dental Association® and the American Association of Orthodontists, as well as various regional and state dental and orthodontic associations. He is a past president of the Virginia Association of Orthodontists. “For those to whom much is given, much is expected,” is a verse from the book of Luke that Dr. DeArment feels particularly compelled to live by. Giving back to the community and volunteerism is especially important to him. This includes the support of local non-profits, his church, schools, recreational sports teams and causes that assist the health, education and financial stability of disadvantaged neighbors. He has served on various committees and fundraising campaigns at Braddock Street United Methodist Church. He is a past president of the Handley Judges Athletic Association (JAA) and a founding member and the first president of the Winchester Education Foundation (WEF). He was awarded “Rookie of the Year” by the United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley. He is currently serving as the chairman of the annual fundraising campaign for the United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, and he is also vice-chair of its board of directors. He met his wife, Nancy, in dental school. She is a general dentist in Winchester. Together, they have four daughters, Olivia, Natalie, AnneElyse and Audrey. Dr. DeArment believes that a “body in motion stays in motion,” and he tries to stay as active as he can by enjoying fitness training, biking, tennis, skiing, working outside, painting, traveling and attending sports events. He enjoys any activity that involves spending quality time with family. He is an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins fan, and he also roots for his daughters’ college teams (Penn State, University of South Carolina and Wake Forest). Here are some fun facts about Dr. DeArment:
  • Foods you are likely to find on his plate: steak, salmon, spaghetti, a lot of vegetables and fruits
  • Things you will never see on his plate: mushrooms and oysters
  • Favorite snacks: anything with chocolate and peanut butter, ice cream, Cool Ranch Doritos
  • Favorite movies: Sound of Music, Shawshank Redemption, The Godfather
  • Favorite streaming series: The Americans
  • Favorite Bands: Journey, Rush, Luke Combs and Kenny Chesney
  • Three people he would like to have dinner with: his late Grammah Helen, Founding Father and First President George Washington, and Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby
  • Things/People that make him laugh: Dry humor, Gary Larson’s Far Side, Will Ferrell and Eddie Murphy
  • Things that make him smile: someone doing something kind for someone else, older couples holding hands
  • Favorite vacation spot: Any beach … especially the beaches surrounding Charleston, South Carolina
  • What Dr. DeArment is most proud of: His wife and children and his strong work ethic

Daniel J. Lill, DDS, MS

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Dr. Lill has been specializing in orthodontics since 2003. His passion lies in creating life-changing smile transformations unmatched in the orthodontic community while providing a “WOW” experience for all patients. He is considered a top orthodontic provider worldwide using the latest digital technologies available including advanced expertise in Invisalign®, 3D impression-free/printing techniques, laser and virtual treatment options. Dr. Lill embraces the ever-changing landscape of orthodontics and stays on the cutting edge with continuing education to enhance learning for treating complex cases across multiple disciplines. Building relationships with patients through their orthodontic journey provides him the drive to do his best for them and inspire them to create their own smile story to be more in life. He grew up in Rochester, New York, and he earned his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University. He then spent four years working in two trauma centers, building upon his interest in caring for others that started in his teens as a volunteer medic. He graduated summa cum laude with his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Medical College of Virginia. He then completed a certificate program in Advanced Education in General Dentistry and earned a certificate and Master of Science degree in orthodontics from the Medical College of Virginia before joining Dr. DeArment and the SVO team in Winchester and Front Royal. Dr. Lill has published research in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and gives public and professional lectures on oral health topics. He is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Virginia Association of Orthodontists and the Southern Association of Orthodontists. He is currently on the board and president-elect of the VA Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation. Away from the office, Dr. Lill actively supports area schools’ education and athletic programs, as well as various local United Way activities by generously donating his time, skills and resources. He is an accomplished licensed travel soccer coach with Blue Ridge United, currently the chairman of the board, and is passionate about coaching youth soccer. In his spare time, he enjoys lake life, boating, gas-free driving, cooking, playing sports and supporting the Penn State, Steelers and Penguins teams. Most importantly, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Leslie, and their four children, Andrew, Jordan, and twin boys Matthew and Brayden.

Ashley Larson, DMD, MS

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Have you ever noticed the difference a smile can make? Imagine a confident smile to complement the award you received in school; the feeling of victory as you cross the finish line of your toughest race; a smile to embody the love in your wedding photos that you can cherish for a lifetime; and a confident smile in every selfie you post and Zoom meeting you have for work. This feeling of confidence allows you to be your best self now and every day in the future! The ability and responsibility to create that foundation for confidence is why Dr. Larson loves being an orthodontist.

Dr. Larson understands the importance of a healthy and aesthetic smile as she herself has had extensive dental work. Dr. Larson believes a smile is the investment of a lifetime. It will be there for your speech class or theater role, senior year photos, job interviews, first home, family holidays, and your first impression on every person you meet. #SmileMoreBeMore

Dr. Larson feels lucky to have the opportunity to have moved around during her childhood, including attending high school in jolly ol’ England. She returned home from across the pond to attend undergraduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned her Bachelor of Science in biology. The next stop on the journey was the University of Pittsburgh-School of Dental Medicine to learn all the fundamentals of dental and oral health. But that was not enough. The next stop was a 30-month residency at Seton Hill University Center for Orthodontics. Dr. Larson earned her Master of Science in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, where she learned the mechanics behind safe and healthy tooth movement. It was not a short journey, but it was definitely worth it! You might see Dr. Larson out trying new restaurants or relaxing in the park with her dog, Zoe, so please say hi!