Meet the Team: Robin

May 22, 2012

We would like to introduce you to our newest team member, Robin who is our Business Manager and Treamtment Coordinator.  She joined us in March and has been a tremendous asset to the McCombs & Marquez office.  Here is a little bit more about her in her own words:

Originally from California, I moved to Winchester, Virginia ten years ago with my husband, two children and two dogs. What an interesting road trip that was! I have been in the dental field for a long time, over twenty years, and enjoy working with Dr. Marquez and the rest of the staff. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and dogs and taking road trips. I am an avid quilter, reader and sudoku player and I am also attending Lord Fairfax Community College to complete a degree in Business.

If you haven’t met Robin already, we urge you to come into the office and introduce yourself!

Tell a friend about McCombs & Marquez Orthodontics

May 2, 2012
Refer a friend

Tell a friend about us!

The best compliment we could ever receive is when you tell someone about us!  If you love the service, the friendly faces, the treatment…or our bowl of M&M’s, we would love it if you spread the news.  In fact, if you are a current patient and tell someone about McCombs & Marquez Orthodontics who then begins treatment with us, we will give you a $50 gift card.  Easy as that!

Have your friends (etc.!) call us right away to set up an initial appointment  — (703) 820-1011 and make sure they mention your name!  Also, they can check out our website and Facebook Page.  So tell friends, family, co-workers, classmates, etc. about all the GREAT things happening at McCombs & Marquez Orthodontics!

Welcome Dr. Rhina Marquez

March 5, 2012
Dr. Rhina Marquez, orthodontist

Dr. Rhina Marquez

Mindful that I will not be here forever (what?), I felt that it’s time to find an Associate whom I can mentor in the profession I have so loved for many years.

Finding a new orthodontist has been a very important and serious process for me. I wanted the doctor to have a personality and sense of humor similar to mine. That orthodontist needed to be bright and more knowledgeable than me in current orthodontic techniques and treatment options. I believe I found that person in Dr. Rhina Marquez, who becomes my new Associate in the next week or so.

There are several reasons that Dr. Marquez is my choice: She was first in her dental school class. She has participated in a number of internships and residencies, including cleft lip and palate studies. She has also participated in dental research and published papers pertaining to dentistry. Her hands on experience includes private practice dentistry, endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, pediatric dentistry and prosthodontics. She then got smart and applied to orthodontic school! While earning her degree she also taught orthodontics to undergrads.

Dr. Marquez speaks three languages fluently – English, Spanish and French – so her communication skills are very versatile. She is married and in her spare time, Dr. Marquez enjoys volleyball, dancing and playing the piano.

As I have always loved to teach and learn, I’m looking forward to working with Dr. Marquez. I’m sure we can teach each other a thing or two. (Well, except for a new language. I have enough trouble with English!) We’re all very excited for you to meet Dr. Rhina Marquez at your next visit!


Michael A. McCombs, DMD, MS

Helping Out this Holiday Season

November 15, 2011

McCombs Orthodontics will be placing a box in our waiting room to help collect non-perishable foods throughout November and most of December to donate to Food for Others. If you would like to donate, some of the needed items are:

  • Peanut butter
  • Canned tuna fish
  • Canned fruit
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Rice and pasta
  • Cereal
  • Canned soups, stews, and chili
  • Canned vegetables,
  • Spaghetti noodles and sauce
  • Beans
  • Juices

Money donations are also accepted which will then be used by McCombs Orthodontics to buy all the remaining non-perishable foods to donate to Food for Others. Please give money donations to Amy at the front desk. Anything you would like to donate would be a big help to make the holidays a little brighter for families around our areas. We appreciate your help!!!

Last Day for food donations in the office will be Wednesday,  December 21st and Sharon and Amy will deliver food directly to the Food for Others Warehouse in Merrifield on Thursday December 22nd.

Three Tips To Avoid Cavities While in Braces

May 31, 2011

How can I prevent cavities while I have braces?” This is a very common question I get from my patients…and one of the more important ones! The issue with braces is there are more nooks and crevices for food to get stuck in and tooth-brushing can be a bit more challenging. But if you follow some simple guidelines, you will come out of your braces cavity free:

  1. See your dentist for a thorough exam and cleaning to make sure you do not have any cavities before you come see me to have your braces put on. As I put on your braces, I will not are not check for cavities.
  2. Since you were very young, you have been told to brush and floss after every meal, but while wearing braces, you may need to brush and floss even more. I suggest buying a good electric toothbrush and a water pik that will remove food in between teeth and braces. Also, use a plaque-removing mouthwash to loosen any food particles and will also minimize the bacteria that can cause cavities.
  3. Avoid certain foods. I know, this can be hard to do…but it is probably the most important tip I can give. Certain foods such as sweets, nuts, popcorn and breads can get stuck in places that may be difficult to reach with your toothbrush, and even flossing can be tricky when food is stuck. There are great foods out there that are just as delicious, but are better to eat while in orthodontic treatment. In fact, I occasionally post recipes here or in my newsletter!

It’s true…we are giving away an iPad!

April 25, 2011

We are so excited to be giving away an iPad in a fun Facebook contest. Below are the details on the contest which begins this coming Sunday, May 1st. You can also see the information on our website too. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to share McCombs Orthodontics with your friends…and win an iPad!

McCombs Orthodontics Making Holidays Bright

December 3, 2010

This year, we have decided to adopt a local family that needs a little extra help this time of year. The family, a mom and two daughters (ages 10 & 16), was referred to us through Fairfax County’s Our Daily Bread Program.

You can help by donating NEW unwrapped gifts and/or non-perishable foods, the family has even created a wish list (see below). Please place donated Items in the bin in our waiting room by December 22nd and all the Items will be wrapped by our staff and personally delivered before the holidays.

Items on the family’s wish list:

* ANY non-perishable foods
* Gift Cards to Walmart or Target (please don’t place cards in the donation bin, you can hand them to Amy at the front desk)
* Hats, gloves, scarves, sweaters (women’s size XL)
* Child coat (women’s XL)
* Women’s Pants size 7/8 for mom
* Bratz Dolls, clothes and accessories
* Candyland board game
* Various board and card games
* Books
* Nintendo DS-Pink.

We appreciate anything you can do to help this family enjoy a merry and bright holiday!