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We would like to personally invite you to explore what makes our practice unique and special.


At Shore Smiles, we tailor our dental services to your individual needs. No two patients are the same, so neither is their treatment. From preventive care to implant surgery to full mouth rehabilitation, we deliver skilled and comprehensive dental care for you and your family through efficient visits and a relaxing environment. And if you or a loved one are in dental pain, same-day emergency visits are available to quickly resolve the problem.  

Additionally, we respect and understand that many patients experience dental anxiety, which is why we also offer nitrous oxide to alleviate your concerns during procedures. For these reasons, we know that you have come to the right place for your dental care.

Meet the Doctors

Dr. Christian Mullin

Dr. Christian Mullin is a general dentist who provides gentle and comprehensive dentistry with a focus on technology, education, and high level patient centered outcomes. He is a Michigander at heart born and raised in East Lansing, MI and a second generation dentist that followed in his father’s footsteps…kind of - his dad specialized in endodontics!

Dr. Mullin graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Elmhurst College where he played four years of college soccer, two of which he was team captain. Dr. Mullin earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD where he enjoyed volunteering for the Mission of Mercy providing free dental care for those in need. He is a member of the American Academy of General Dentistry and has far exceeded his continuing education requirements since graduating (over 300 hours!) with the goal of becoming a fellow of the AGD within the next two years - only 6% of dentists achieve this.

Dr. Tanya Mullin

Dr. Tanya Mullin, also known as the better half, is a general dentist whose super power is listening to patient goals, educating patients, and providing pain free, gentle dental care. She is a Virginia Beach native coming from our very own Ocean Lakes High School. Born and raised in Virginia Beach, she graduated from ODU with honors, went to the University of Maryland Dental School where Dr. Christian Mullin and her met.

She then went onto complete a 1 year Advanced Education in General Dentistry with the United States Navy at Sewell’s Point. She is an active duty military officer and is currently serving in Newport News, VA at the shipyard aboard the U.S.S. John C. Stennis. She will be in and out of the office moonlighting over the next few years and is excited to serve you all!

Dr. Brianna Albers

Dr. Brianna Albers is a dedicated dentist who has a passion for transforming smiles through general and cosmetic dentistry. Raised in a military family, she understands the importance of a welcoming environment.

With a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Psychology from Virginia Tech, and completing dental school at one of the most clinically relevant schools in the US, Midwestern University in IL, she’s committed to education.

Dr. Albers is not just about oral health; she loves changing people's lives by enhancing their smiles. She’s also exploring new horizons, considering exciting field of injectables like Botox. Schedule an appointment today to discover how she can brighten your smile and experience dentistry with a personal touch.

Meet the team

Lauryn - Dental Assistant

I have been a dental assistant for 3 years. I’m originally from San Diego, California. My husband and I moved to Virginia in March of 2022.

My favorite thing to do on my free time is bake, hike, go on our yearly trips to Alaska and spend time with our beautiful babygirl we just welcomed in January.

My goal as a dental assistant is to always make you feel comfortable, safe and welcomed while being in the dental chair. Being in the early stages of my career I’m very excited to see how far I will grow and how much I will learn while being at Shore Smiles.

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Dianne - Hygienist

I have been a registered dental hygienist for 44 years and have been with the practice for over 23 years.

Growing up on Long Island, NY, I graduated from State University of New York at Farmingdale and moved to Virginia Beach with my husband in 1993. One of my favorite things to do is spend time with my family and we love to travel! I always have a camera in my hand as I love creating memories, taking pictures of beautiful places we have visited and special moments with family and friends.

I am so proud to be a part of the Shore Smiles team with Drs' Christian and Tanya Mullin and (even after all these years) continue to learn and grow.

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Melani - Hygienist

I’ve been in dentistry for almost 30 years now, 20 of which has been as a dental hygienist here at Shore Smiles.

I love the relationships I’ve made with my patients; every appointment is like catching up with old friends.

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Maria - Hygienist

After graduating from ODU with a BS degree in Dental Hygiene, Maria has been working as a dental hygienist for 21 years.

She moved to Virginia Beach from the Philippines in 1998 and has loved taking care of and getting to know her patients ever since. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two daughters, cooking, and watching romantic comedies.

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Beth - Treatment Coordinator

A Norfolk native, I have been in the dental field in one way or another for over half my life. The joy of dentistry was nurtured by my working with family as a teen, and I couldn't imagine not having my dental family who I get to grow with and love!

I truly enjoy interacting with folks and helping to create happy, healthy smiles, one person at a time. I am blessed to have a wonderful family and church family, and, when not talking up a storm, I can usually be found with them, or playing with some of the many youngsters who call me "Aunt Beth." I like games and music and dogs and books and ice cream and laughing, and do my best to avoid sunburns and cooking.

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Mheanne - Dental Assistant

Mheanne Garcia, from the Philippines, graduated from Manila Central University. I have been a dental assistant at Shore Smiles Dentistry with over 30 years of experience. Specializing in restorative, crown and bridge, and orthodontics.

During my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, reading books, crafting and listening to music.  

I would like to show appreciation to Dr. Mullin for always being supportive and expressing gratitude to his staff as he truly cares about how our job affects others

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Lisa - Dental Assistant

My name is Lisa and I am a dental assistant. I have two daughters, Tianna age 21, and Lillianna age 9. I love having family time with my mom and my girls playing cards and games. l like to joke and be silly as often as I can. I like to fix things and work on cars. Most of all, tools and gadgets are my favorite.

I knew as a kid I wanted to help people. I was driving one day and came across a sign that said, be a dental assistant. This is when I decided being a dental assistant was for me! I knew I could help people in so many ways. Since 2004, at the beginning of my dental assisting career, I continue to enjoy building relationships and helping people with their dental needs.

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Jenny - Insurance Coordinator

Hi, my name is Jenny! I have 18 years of experience in the field of dentistry, 16 of which have been dedicated to working with various insurance providers, specializing in dental insurance. It's been incredibly rewarding to help patients navigate the complexities of their coverage and ensure they receive the best care possible.

When I'm not at the office, my greatest joy comes from my beautiful family. I am blessed with three incredible children and an amazing grandson. They bring immense happiness and purpose to my everyday life.

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Lani - Mascot

Lani (La-Nee) will be joining the practice as our team mascot! Her name means heaven in Hawaiian and she is named after the place we wed at. She loves long walks especially at Chick’s Beach, sitting on the couch like a cat, barking at nothing, and head scratches.

She’s very affectionate, but can be shy when you first meet her. She’s super soft and when she’s not matted, she resembles a living stuffed teddy bear. She hangs out at the front with our amazing team! Say hi to her and give her some love!

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Video Testimonials

Our patients say.

"I'm so happy I found Dr. Mullin and this practice! He and the staff go out of their way to make it a great experience. The positivity is contagious 😊.."

Julie R.

"I was a new patient and I was in and out in 45 minutes. Great quality work. Dr. Sweeney and her assistant were very kind and gentle. My end result was amazing."

Annette C.

“The entire staff was amazingly accommodating and kind. From check in, to settling up with their amazing check out lady (I dealt with Beth), I couldn’t give higher praise. No one enjoys emergency dental care, but this team made it as painless as possible!

Joseph H.

“I have been a patient for five years. I’ve had a terrible fear of dentists since a childhood trauma. Dr. Sweeney and Dr. Utterback are the best dentists I’ve had in my 66 years. The entire staff is kind, compassionate, and caring. I still don’t love dental work, but they are aware of my fears and do whatever it takes to ensure my comfort. I’m so grateful I found them.”

Debbie T.

“My wife and I have been treated at this practice for many years and love the entire staff. Everyone is friendly and helpful. Maria is very caring and thorough! Extremely happy with Dr. Mullin’s care. He took the time to fully explain treatment recommendations and options. Great demeanor. While we’ll certainly miss Dr. Utterback, Dr. Mullin seems perfect to step in and provide the type of care and attention we are used to.”

Cova J.

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