Dr. Bruce Utterback
Dr. Bruce Utterback graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1979 and the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1985. He served for three years as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Dental Corps at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base in Norfolk, VA and for one year as a civilian dentist at Sewell’s Point.

Dr. Utterback began private practice in Virginia Beach, VA in 1989. He holds memberships in the American Dental Association, Virginia Dental Association, Tidewater Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. The Academy of General Dentistry is devoted to better patient care through a commitment to continuing education. He continues to increase his knowledge in all areas of dentistry, but particularly enjoys educating his patients by performing complete and comprehensive treatment plans. Being an outdoorsman, Dr Utterback enjoys running, bicycling and kayaking.


Dr. Pia Sweeney
Dr. Pia Aragon Sweeney is a 1989 graduate of Georgetown University School of Dentistry. She practiced in Virginia Beach for two years before moving to her husband’s hometown of Hagerstown, MD where she was in solo practice for nine years. Dr. Sweeney has been happily married for over twenty years and enjoys being mom to a son. When spare time allows, she enjoys making stained glass panels.

Dr. Sweeney has hundreds of hours of continuing education especially in the field of cosmetic dentistry and endodontics (root canals). She is also certified in invisalign. She continues her commitment to advancing her knowledge and skills in the practice of dentistry. She is a past President of the Washington County Dental Society in Maryland, was a co-founder of the Tysons Corner Dental Study Club in Northern Virginia, a member of the American Dental Association, Tidewater Dental Association, and the Virginia Dental Association.


Our Staff
Our staff members include:

Mary – Certified Dental Practice Administrator

I am originally from KY and a true UK Wildcat basketball fan! I started my dental career as a dental assistant while working my way through college. After graduating with a degree in music and theater, I continued in the dental field by day and performed by night. I lived in Atlanta for 10 years prior to moving to Hampton Roads. Eventually, I decided I was destined for a long-term career in dentistry. I have known Dr. Sweeney for almost 20 years and have worked with Dr. Utterback over 10 years. I assure you, you will never meet 2 finer dentists! While I am responsible for running the overall practice, I will also be the person who will present your treatment plan, along with options and discuss your long-range goals. I will help you work within your budget and financial means, and make certain we maximize your insurance benefits.

I have a beautiful 15-year-old daughter, Alex. We have 3 dogs and 2 cats, primarily because we rescue those that wander in to our yard! I’m a former member of the Atlanta and Virginia Symphony Choruses and still perform in local theater groups when time permits.

Brandon – Administrative Assistant

Hello, and thank you for visiting our website! My name is Brandon, and I have been with the practice for 4 years as an employee, but was a patient before that. I am what you could call the “go to” man of the practice. Wherever help is needed I am there, whether I am assisting one of the doctors, checking out patients, or changing light bulbs. Along with working in this wonderful practice, I am a full time student, studying Biology, at Virginia Wesleyan College, and will be graduating this May! My long-term future goal is to become an oral surgeon. Working in this office over the 4 years has given me the opportunity to learn and expand my knowledge of dentistry, as well as meet nice, caring people.

Jenny – Finance Manager

I have been with Sweeney Utterback Dentistry for 6 years.  The closeness of our staff members and the patient relationships that we have established is what makes my job so fulfilling.  I am here if you ever have a question regarding your account or have any questions regarding your insurance.  In the meantime I will be doing everything that it takes to insure that all of your claims get processed in a timely manner.  However, when I’m not at work, I am spending time with my family.  Richard and I have 3 beautiful children: Cameron, Makayla and Brandon.  I cherish every moment that I get to spend with them.

Necole Brickhouse – Office Manager

I have lived in the Tidewater area all my life and I have worked here at Sweeney Utterback Dentistry for 8-years. I started in 2003 as a dental assistant for Dr. Parsons. When he retired in 2007 I became the front office manager. I graduated from Western Branch and received my Dental assisting diploma from Everest Collage in 2002. I am responsible for running the front office and both doctors schedule. I will also be the last person you see on your way out. Our staff here are very close and we do lots of things together outside the practice.

Scott and I have been together for 14 years and we have a beautiful 12-year old daughter, we enjoy spending time with our family and doing outdoor activities.

Donna – Dental Assistant

I received my dental training at the Virginia Institute of Technology and have been a dental assistant for 20 years, the last 5 with Sweeney Utterback Dentistry. I am a native of Norfolk, Virgina and have been in the area most of my life, with the exception of a short stint in Sacramento, California from 2002-2006.    When I married my husband, Mike, I became an immediate parent to his 5 children (1 son and 4 daughters)! We now have 1 gorgeous grandson (and will be happy to show pictures!). I also have two furry babies (my cats, Mama and Fella). I enjoy baking, (there are often treats in the break room at the office!) collecting and trading recipes, traveling and attending church any time the doors are open.  I love praise, southern and Bluegrass gospel music.  I plan to start piano lessons in the spring to be able to play at least one song in my church (even if everyone has to wear earplugs).

Lisa – Dental Assistant

I graduated from Tidewater Tech in 2004. I was hired directly out of school in 2004 By Dr. Utterback and have been with him ever since.  I have been working with Dr. Utterback for almost 7 years and we work great together as a team. (Sometimes too great because I can read his mind!) I usually finish his sentences and always know what he needs next for all procedures. I enjoy working with Dr. Utterback and Dr. Sweeney.  We are truly a wonderful office and I am grateful to work with two honest and caring Doctors! .  I am married with a beautiful 8 year old daughter and I  love spending most of my time with family and friends.

Maria – Registered Dental Hygienist

I graduated from the Centro Escolar University in Manila, Philippines with a Doctor of Dental Medicine. I moved to the United States in 1998. Because dentistry, like medicine, does not always recognize degrees from other countries, I was unable to practice here so I did the next best thing…..I went back to school! I graduated from Old Dominion University with a BS degree in Dental Hygiene which I earned in 2002.

While in school, I also worked chairside as a dental assistant.

I have been married to my wonderful husband for 13 years and have two very pretty daughters. We are big movie goers…so much so that we plan  3 months ahead of time what we’re going to watch!

Melani – Registered Dental Hygienist

I am a Virginia Beach native. I graduated from Tallwood High School and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene from Old Dominion University. I started in dentistry when I was a senior in high school doing administrative duties then transitioned into a clinical position assisting the dentist and hygienists. Now in my 12th year as a dental hygienist (6 at ADC), I work part-time so I can do what I love most; be home with my two young children, Sydney and Brennan, and my husband, Mike. I also love to travel, read, and do photography.

Diane –Registered Dental Hygienist

I have been a Registered Dental Hygienist for 32 years and (starting as a dental assistant) have been in the dental field for 37 years. I have been with Sweeney Utterback Dentistry since May of 2000..   Born and raised on Long Island , NY I received my dental hygiene degree from the State University of New York at Farmingdale.  I have been married for 31 years to my husband Bob, and have 2 “four-legged” children : Sam (a 9 year old Maltese) and Ollie (a 6 year old  Miniature Dachshund .



Sam – Mascot

My name is Sam. I have been the practice mascot and self proclaimed  little “therapy dog” for almost 9 years. I was rescued by 2 wonderful patients, Nikki and Kent Kilby, when I was 9 months old. I love to come to work every day. My job is to make people happy and put a smile on everyone’s face….which I think I do very well.  I love my toys and one of my favorite things to do is to “prance” around with a toy  to show you!!   We have many patients who stop by even if they don’t have appointments just to say hello and see ME !!  I always have lots of love to share !