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A native of Potomac, Maryland, Dr. Rick Heald completed his undergraduate studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and graduated in 1972 from University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

He went on to complete a one year post-doctoral general practice residency at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Washington, D.C. He began his practice in Potomac in 1974

In 1980, Dr. Heald was one of the first area dentists to advocate non-surgical periodontal therapy. He studied with Dr. Paul Keyes at the National Institutes of Health whose research is the basis for the therapy. Since 1986, Dr. Heald has committed his practice to cosmetic and adhesive restorations (bonding) rather than amalgams to strengthen instead of weaken teeth.

He annually maintains continuing education credits and is an original member of the International Dental Health Foundation.

We are Happy to introduce you to Dr. Heald's experienced and friendly staff.


As Dr. Heald's Office Manager, Debbie ensures that our patients requests and needs are handled efficiently.

She is married with two children and likes to attend her kids sporting events and activities. In her spare time she enjoys spending time at the beach, Kayaking and walking on the canal.

Kitty Bowling, C.D.A., R.D.H.

Kitty is a native Washingtonian. She started her career out of high school and worked at a dental office at the beach.
Kitty received her degree from Allegany College in Western Maryland. She is married with two grown daughters. She loves being outdoors and exercising at the gym.

Kitty also enjoys working with children and has worked with Dr. Heald for many years.

Peggy Murray Sheridan, R.D.H.

Peggy grew up in Washington D.C. as the 6th of 11 children.  A graduate of Fones School of Dental Hygiene, University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, she has spent most of her private practice years happily working with Dr. Heald and patients who are like family to her.

Peggy specializes in non-surgical periodontal therapy and is proficient in the use of phase-contrast microscopy for observing bacterial colonies particular to gum disease. She lives in NW. Washington D.C. with her husband and teen daughter and has three grown sons in the area.

She loves theatre, kayaking, hiking, and cheering her son on in the minor leagues.

Ella Grandi

Ella has enjoyed being Dr. Heald’s dental assistant for many years. She was born and raised in Montgomery County, and has a grown son who also lives in the area. She loves to travel, hike, read and meditate.

Ella took vows as an ordained Buddhist Nun in 1988 and is a member of Kunzang Palyul Chöling, a Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Poolesville, Maryland.