Meet Our Doctors


Dr. Cara Schantz is a native of Northern Virginia; born and raised in McLean. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and then went on to complete her Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. After dental school, Dr. Schantz chose to do a one-year residency in general dentistry in New York City.

Dr. Schantz is certified in Invisalign, the nearly-invisible braces, and has completed coursework at the Dawson Institute in St. Petersburg, FL. Dr. Schantz has also been trained in conscious sedation and has extensive experience performing this procedure with adults as well as children.

Dr. Schantz has practiced dentistry for several years in Northern Virginia and in 2011, opened her own private practice. Both in her own practice and as an associate at previous dental practices, Dr. Schantz has focused on providing quality, innovative dental procedures while educating her patients to the important connection between oral health and overall physical well-being.

She has participated in numerous Mission of Mercy projects that provide dental services to undeserved areas in Virginia, in addition to volunteering abroad in Jamaica, Honduras and Belize. In her free time she loves to travel and spend time exploring DC with her husband and dogs, going to local wineries and breweries and checking out new restaurants.


Dr. Smaiyra Chaudhary was born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia. She comes from a family of dentists, so her passion for dental work was instilled in her from a young age. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Upon completion of her undergrad studies, she went on to earn her Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the New York University College of Dentistry in Manhattan. Dr. Chaudhary practiced in Fort Washington, Maryland, for several years before joining the CNS Dental team in Northern Virginia.

Dr. Chaudhary is Invisalign certified and excels in cosmetic dentistry. She provides comprehensive care, preventative and corrective services as well as emergency work. Dr. Chaudhary has a passion for learning and is committed to providing the latest dental techniques and procedures through continuing education courses. She is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the Virginia Dental Association (VDA), and the Northern Virginia Dental Society (NVDS).

Compassionate and gentle practitioner, Dr. Chaudhary is very patient-focused with excellent chair-side manner and expertise in patient-care techniques and methods. Her ultimate goal is not only to make patients feel comfortable but also to provide the highest possible quality of dental care. Dr. Chaudhary is happy to share her knowledge by answering any questions a patient may have.

In her free time, Dr. Chaudhary enjoys spending time with her significant other and family. She also enjoys exploring the beautiful states of Virginia and Maryland, whether it’s hiking, relaxing at a local winery or brewery, or supporting local businesses. Her other passions include traveling, cooking, baking, and reading.