Dentist in Virginia Beach

Dr. Jim Rutledge, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Jim Rutledge earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the College of William and Mary in 1977.  In 1981, he completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree at the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry.  After completing his General Practice Residency at Ft. Benning, he served for six years in the U.S. Army Dental Corps.  Dr. Rutledge has completed both Fellowship and Mastership requirements in the Academy of General Dentistry, a level reached by fewer than 1% of practicing dentists in the U.S.  Jim has advanced training in many aspects of cosmetic dentistry and prosthodontic reconstruction. He has completed the LSU Cosmetic Dentistry Continuum and he is a Graduate of the Kois Center in Seattle, considered by many to be the most advanced adult restorative teaching center in the world.


Karen Pinegar

I graduated from the School of Hygiene at Old Dominion University, Magna Cum Laude, in May 1981. Having been a hygienist for 34 years, I have spent 17 of those years in a periodontal practice. I am very particular about where I work and feel honored to work with Dr. Rutledge and his wonderful team. I find the team to possess very high levels of competency, integrity, and compassion. I realize it is hard to switch from one health professional to another, but I promise I will take very good care of you. I am patient and easy to talk to and I welcome any questions you have for me.

My passion in life is philanthropy. I have chosen to use my dental skills and experience to not only benefit those in our community but in 3rd world regions. I have put together and been involved in a number of dental mission trips to Thailand, Guatemala, Jamaica and Mexico. I also work heavily with the homeless in our area, including helping them with their dental needs. Dental hygiene is not just a job to me but a means by which I can make a difference in the lives of those I come in contact with.

I was born and raised in Chesapeake, Virginia. My husband, Ed, and I have 4 children. Our oldest, Chip, lives and works outside of Raleigh, NC. He and his wife have blessed us with 3 wonderful grandsons. Our son, Kyle, graduated from NC State in 2015 and earned a degree in Statistics and a degree in Business. He works as a Statistician in Raleigh, NC. Amy, our only daughter, graduated from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas in May 2016. She received her BS in Nursing and landed her dream job as an Emergency Room nurse at Duke in North Carolina. She and her fiancé, Ben, were married in October 2017. Our youngest child, Adam, is a sophomore at James Madison University and is studying Engineering and Physics.

I am a very family oriented person. Nothing thrills me more than having my children or grandchildren around. Our hobbies include swimming, boating, riding jet skis, and snow skiing. We ride our bikes often and like to go camping. But I have been told that my version of camping in a motor home with AC is not really camping. We have 2 cats, Sky and Aslan, which are definitely members of our family.


Kelly Sterling

Kelly was born and raised in the Hampton Roads area. Following high school graduation, she completed the dental assisting program at Medical Careers Institute which led her into a career as a dental assistant for over 10 years. During that time, she worked in general and cosmetic dentistry and found great joy in caring for others. She elected to further her career by returning to college and pursuing a career in dental hygiene. She graduated from Thomas Nelson Community College Dental Hygiene Program and is now continuing her education further through Old Dominion University’s accelerated Bachelor/Master’s program for dental hygiene. She specializes in compassionate care and we are grateful she has agreed to share in caring for our patients.

When Kelly isn’t helping others through oral health she enjoys life with her husband Kenny, with whom she resides in Newport News.


Pamela Wooden

Pamela was born in Marion, VA.  However, when she was a young child her family moved to Germany.  After her father retired from the Army the family moved to Prince George, VA where she graduated high School. Pamela is a Navy veteran and former Law Enforcement officer.  In 2010, she decided to follow her dream and go into the dental field. She enrolled in the Fortis College Dental Assisting program where she graduated at the top of her class.  She completed the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) certification examination, earning the credential of Certified Dental Assistant.  She loves the dental field because she learns something new almost every day.  Most importantly, she finds joy in helping her patients and giving peace of mind when it comes to their dental concerns.

When her assistant hat is off she enjoys spending time with her husband, Phillip, and their seven children.


Stacey Kirk

Stacey is originally from Wappingers Falls, New York but has lived all over the country. In 2002, she settled here in Virginia Beach with her two sons, Garrett and Ryan. Stacey has many years’ experience in general, cosmetic and orthodontic dentistry and attended dental assisting school in Maryland.

When Stacey is not working or busy with her sons’ activities, she enjoys yoga, reading, woodworking and spending time in her yard.


Susan Sutton

Susan is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She currently resides in Virginia Beach with her husband, Paul, and two sons, Kyle and Wyatt. Susan graduated from Cox High School in Virginia Beach in 1984. Following graduation, she completed the dental assisting program at Old Dominion University. Susan joined our practice in 1985. Her duties include personalizing patient appointment scheduling, fielding patient phone calls and keeping our front office running smoothly in every way.

In Susan’s spare time she enjoys gardening, swimming and antique collecting. Susan and her family also enjoy the company of their yellow lab named Maisy.


Carrie Crown

Carrie was born and raised in San Jose, California. She and her husband, Mike, moved to Virginia Beach in 2017 to experience the East Coast. Carrie has 25 years of dental experience which includes oral surgery, teaching and general dentistry. She enjoys helping patients through dental anxiety by explaining dental treatment expectations to patients so they feel comfortable.

When she is not assisting she and her husband are exploring the region on their motorcycles.

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Very understanding and patient. Spent a lot of time getting to know me before ever looking in my mouth. I’m going back to take care of the problems I’ve let linger for far too long.

- Deborah C.

First visit I was warmly greeted by staff and Dr. My hygenist took time to know me and my concerns. She was very experienced and good at what she does. Thank you Karen! See you next time!

- Phyllis W.

Dr. Rutledge and his staff are both professional and kind. They are extremely welcoming and personable. I feel very confident in their abilities of providing excellent dental care, and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a dentist in the area

- Jennifer Roberts

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James Rutledge Dentistry | 2025 Pleasure House Rd. | Virginia Beach, VA 23455
(757) 464-0271