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Meet Our Virginia Beach Dentists


"The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease". ~ William Osler

Robert D. Wernick, D.D.S.

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Dr. Wernick began his love for dentistry when he was in the fifth grade. His father brought the later-to-be Dr. Bob to career day aboard his navy carrier. Seeing many different positions, it ultimately was a dentist that connected to him. The dentist propped little Bobby up on a corner and let him watch as he treated patients. Thus, begun his fascination and passion for dentistry. He has never deterred his career path since then and spent the rest of his schooling prepping to be a dentist.

A local of Virginia Beach, he was a Kempsville High School Chief and earned an athletic scholarship for wrestling. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1979 (Go Orange!) and then earned his degree in Dental Surgery in 1984 from the Medical College of Virginia. He completed his residency at the Veterans Hospital in Ohio and returned back to our great city to open a practice in 1986.

He has been in private practice since then. Dr. Wernick is an active member of the American Dental Association and the Tidewater Dental Association. He also has attended numerous extensive training at the Pankey Institute and Dawson Courses.

Dr. Wernick enjoys time with his two children, Kellan and Keith, and camping and hiking with his wife, Teryn. He periodically coaches volleyball and wrestling in Virginia Beach and likes to help youths learn and get involved in sports. He is an active volunteer in the community and takes pride in watching his young patients grow into adults. Some of his patients are third generation and it brings joy to see that he has an extended family beyond his marriage, kids, peers, practice and into the lives of his patients.


Kelly A. Schwabe, D.D.S.

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Since the age of 8yrs old, Dr. Schwabe has been participating in annual dental mission trips to rural Jamaica with her parents, who are both dentists, and her younger sister—now a dental student herself. Through these missions, Dr. Schwabe discovered her passion for dentistry and serving others.

Dr. Schwabe grew up competing in tennis locally throughout high school and nationally at Marquette University, where she studied biomedical sciences. Dr. Schwabe completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at Marquette University, earning Magna Cum Laude honors. During this time she fell in love with another tooth-lover, Ben. They married in May 2017 and moved to Virginia shortly after.

Dr. Schwabe completed her advanced education residency through Virginia Commonwealth University and is overjoyed to bring smiles to her patient’s faces through quality, compassionate care and clear communication.

In her free time, Dr. Schwabe and her husband love nothing more than to be outdoors. Whether they are running, camping, or relaxing on the beach, they cherish the sunshine and fresh air. Dr. Schwabe values a healthy lifestyle and aims to make the most of every single day. She is passionate about her work and feels so blessed to become an integral part of such a positive and professional dental team at Wernick Dentistry.

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