Dr. Cole first realized the value of a smile while on a missions trip with his father in the Dominican Republic. After growing up in a family of dentists and orthodontists, he always knew about the “family-business”, but was hit first-hand with the importance of the profession when he experienced the tremendous effects that a person’s smile had on their overall well-being and self-esteem. Dr. Cole has committed his life to working to meet this need in a tangible way.
Dr. Cole grew up in Ridgway, PA and attended Grove City College to earn his bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology. From there, he went on to receive his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh, graduating summa cum laude, and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. Dr. Cole received his Masters of Science and certificate in orthodontics from Virginia Commonwealth University. He completed his research on 3D printing clear aligners and is passionate about lifetime learning!
Dr. Cole and his wife, Cassie, have two young kids: Kayden & Ruby and love being together as a family. He loves to read, run, and root on all Pittsburgh sports teams. As a former backpacking and whitewater raft guide in Colorado, he loves getting outside any chance he gets. He loves to travel and try out new restaurants and is active in his local church. He is so excited to get to know Northern VA and all that it has to offer!
Favorite restaurant: Baker’s Crust
Favorite food: So many favorites! Probably either Thai food or Italian
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite DC museum: Air and Space
Favorite vacation spot: Aruba (where my wife and I went on our honeymoon)
Favorite thing to do around NOVA: My family and I are brand new to the area and are having a blast just exploring!
I thought I would grow up to be: An orthodontist
If I wasn’t an orthodontist I would be: A wilderness/white water rafting guide
Favorite sport: Hockey
Your hobbies: Spending time with my two kids and my wife, being outside, running, and reading (mostly business/entrepreneurship and fiction books)
Favorite place to shop: REI
Favorite sports team: All Pittsburgh sports – Penguins, Pirates, Steelers
Do you have any pets?: No
Your personal motto/ catchphrase: “Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” – Dwight L. Moody
“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” – Mother Teresa
Favorite author: CS Lewis
Favorite book: Watership Down
Favorite band/ musician: Cold Play/ Joel Ansett (look him up!)
Go-to Starbucks order: Black iced-coffee
Something you can’t leave the house without: Coffee
Coolest place you’ve ever been: Kathmandu, Nepal
Someone who inspires you and why: My grandfather. He was a pilot in WWII and later became an orthodontist. Growing up, he was the patriarch of my family and really exemplified hard work and service to others. Now, following in his footsteps, I became an orthodontist – along with my dad, uncle and sister!
Something people don’t know about you: I have been to the Dominican Republic 11 times to serve on dental mission trips – those experiences have really impacted me and are something that I hope to continue throughout my life and do with my kids someday.
Something that makes you smile: Coming home to my family everyday.