Sowmya Punaji, DDS

Woodbridge General, Cosmetic and Family Dentist

Sowmya Punaji, DDS, is a highly rated family dentist dedicated to improving the oral health of every patient she treats. She offers a complete menu of general, preventive, and cosmetic dental services to patients of all ages at Legacy Dental Care, her innovative and welcoming practice in Woodbridge, Virginia.

While keeping current with the latest developments in dentistry, Dr. Punaji has dedicated her career to providing the best dentistry has to offer in the form of accessible, comfortable, high-quality care. She believes that maintaining optimal oral health is an ongoing, interactive process involving routine preventive care, patient education, and healthy lifestyle choices.

With more than a decade of experience, Dr. Punaji provides expert care in all aspects of dentistry, ranging from simple restorative procedures like fillings and crowns to more complex treatments like root canal therapy, periodontal therapy, and implant placement.

As a cosmetic specialist and certified Invisalign® provider, Dr. Punaji is also highly experienced at helping patients of all ages create their best smile.

After receiving her degree from Bangalore University in India, Dr. Punaji went on to pursue advanced training in general dentistry at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, followed by additional advanced training in endodontics at the International Endodontic Institute.

During her senior residency at Carolinas Healthcare in Charlotte, North Carolina, Dr. Punaji had the opportunity to care for patients with complex dental needs. There, she gained extensive experience helping patients going through head and neck cancer treatments along with other challenging cases.

Dr. Punaji’s dedication to quality and comfort, along with her expertise and patient-centered approach, are the core foundations of Legacy Dental Care, and she takes pride in providing the highest quality dental care for every member of your family.

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Insurance Coordinator

Pattie has been working in dental offices since 2009. Previous to that, she has worked as a training coordinator for Quest Diagnostics. For many years, Pattie has been a personal trainer. Her interests include hiking and passion for indoor cycling. Pattie likes to make everyone feel comfortable and loves to laugh!

Pattie was born and raised in New Jersey, now living with her husband, John, in Manassas. She has one son and a stepdaughter.


Dental Assistant

Reesha has been with Legacy Dental Care since July 2018. She has been in the dental field for thirteen years as a dental assistant. Reesha seeks to ensure her patients are comfortable and educated with what procedure is being serviced at each dental visit. Most rewarding to her is seeing a patient with a confident smile after treatment. Outside of work she loves spending time with family and traveling.


Dental Assistant

Saney has been a Dental Assistant since 2010 ever since she quickly became passionate about dentistry. She loves working with a great doctor and team that takes excellent care of each and every patient. In fact, that’s her favorite part of the job!. In her spare time, she enjoys being outside and spending time with her family and friends


Dental Hygienist

Melanie has been part of the Legacy Dental Care team since 2020. She graduated summa cum laude from Columbus Technical College in 2018. Her achievements count the Colgate Star Award, the Hinman Dental Society scholarship, and membership in the National Technical Honor society.

Melanie has been working in dentistry for 18 years and enjoys connecting with patients and providing personalized dental hygiene services.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her dogs and family.


Patient Coordinator

Yulisa is the newest addition to our team. A recent graduate she is here full time and continues her studies to become medical assistant. Yulisa likes spending time with family and friends, likes to travel and discover new things. Hobbies include walking, going to concerts and dancing in the office. She makes everyone smile.


Dental Hygienist

Karla was born in Camden, New Jersey, and grew up in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her Dental Hygiene Degree at West Georgia Technical College in 2003, and now resides in Woodbridge, VA. Prior to entering the Dental Hygiene profession, she worked as a Surgical Technologist scrubbing in multiple specialties at a busy metro Atlanta hospital. By tapping into a strong work ethic and a natural talent for “hands on care,” Karla has found the professional niche that suites her best as she truly enjoys providing individualized Dental Hygiene care and helping patients achieve optimal oral health.

Karla’s personal vision as a Dental Health Professional is to promote awareness of the link between oral health and overall systemic health as well as to motivate future generations to enjoy a better quality of life through understanding this link. To this end, Karla attends many continuing education courses on a variety of health topics each year.

In her free time, Karla enjoys her fur babies (3 dogs and 2 cats) and outdoor adventures with her partner, Jamie, including hiking, biking, and kayaking.

Diana Rivas

Diana has been with us for a few months. She loves to be surrounded by smiling faces and is interested in pursuing a career as a dental hygienist. Her hobbies include hiking and cooking. Diana is passionate in helping others and making a difference in her community.