Robert "Bobby" Amos graduated from John Handley High School with academic and athletic honors in 2005. He received his degree in Biology from the University of Virginia in 2009. Following this Dr. Amos attended Dental School at the Medical College of Virginia in 2009 and graduated in the top of his class. During his time in dental school, Dr. Amos became a nationally published author in the Journal of Operative Dentistry and presented his collaborative research at the annual meeting for the American Association for Dental Research. Since graduating, Dr. Amos has served as a honorary professor teaching clinical skills for dental students in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is now excited about starting his own private practice and settling down in his hometown of Winchester where he enjoys his hobbies, his family, and his golden retriever named Lily.
People that know my father, an oral surgeon here in Winchester for over twenty years, are always surprised that I grew up relatively ignorant about dentistry. I just say that my parents took extra good care to prevent cavities—after all, it’s hard to hound children for not flossing if you can’t manage your own. However, they couldn’t control every factor in a rambunctious young boy’s life. Through some accident my baby front tooth became “ankylosed” when I was 12 and wouldn’t falling out on its own, no matter how hard I wiggled it. It was time for my first real trip to my dentist and/or father.
It wasn't until I had graduated dental school—and performed innumerable extractions myself—that I realized how lucky I was to have such a pain-free and pleasant dental experience. Afterwards, I even asked to have my next baby tooth pulled even though it was about to fall of its own accord. He laughed, pointed out how wiggly it was, and told me it was my job to take care of my teeth and his job to help out with the "problem" teeth. Little did he know that one day, it’d be my job to take care of both.
After this experience I began “volunteering” for my father, acting more as an shadow than a helper. Over time I saw that he treated all patients as though they were a part of his family—not just me. By doing so, patients left with a positive impression of dentistry in general and this improved attitude nearly always led to better future care. It wasn’t until experiencing a broad range of techniques in dental school that I realized how unfortunately rare it is for patients to feel that way. I knew that when I had my own practice, I would strive to make every patient feel like more than a chart—they should be treated like a part of my family.
I am ecstatic to return to my hometown to practice dentistry. After graduating from John Handley High School, I received my degree in biology at the University of Virginia and my dental degree from the School of Dentistry at Virginia Commonwealth University. I then became an honorary faculty member; teaching dental students the clinical aspects of dentistry for a year and a half. During this time I also provided care at the Free Dental Clinic of Charlottesville and I will continue serving the underprivileged communities of Virginia by volunteering at the Dental Clinic of the Northern Shenandoah Valley. I enjoy mountain biking, skiing, fly fishing, sports and playing the piano. While I rarely get to apply my minor in Astronomy I received in college, I still love everything involving technology, space, and Elon Musk. I will look forward to becoming your dental care provider and welcoming you to my family.