About

Dentist in Virginia Beach

Dr. Jim Rutledge, DDS, MAGD

Jim Rutledge grew up near the cities of Richmond, Virginia and Atlanta, Georgia, deciding at an early age to go into dentistry. After finishing his Biology Degree at William and Mary, he completed his dental training at the Medical College of Virginia, where he met and then married Carolyn in 1981.

Following the General Practice Residency at Fort Benning, Georgia, Jim and Carolyn headed to exciting adventures with the Army in West Berlin, Germany where they lived a few yards from the Berlin Wall. Stationed back at Fort Story here in Virginia Beach, they settled down and he joined his practice here on Pleasure House Road.

Jim has had a great passion for lifelong learning, completing advanced education with cosmetic, reconstructive dentistry and comprehensive care. His career highlights were the achievement of the Fellowship and Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD); he completed the entire curriculum under the internationally renowned Dr. John Kois in Seattle. Jim has significant experience in predictable prosthodontic (missing teeth replacement) care. He was recently selected to be the local restorative advisor to the Seattle Study Club here in Tidewater. Jim is a member of the ADA, the Tidewater Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the National Study Club, and the Safety Harbor Study Club.

Jim and Carolyn, a professor at Old Dominion University and Family Nurse Practitioner at EVMS, have proudly raised their two sons, Michael and Carson, here in Virginia Beach. Michael is a business entrepreneur in Vienna, Virginia and Carson is a pediatric dentist in Charlotte. This year, Michael and his wife Shannon blessed Jim and Carolyn with their first grandchild Kylie.


Karen Pinegar, RDH

I graduated from the School of Hygiene at Old Dominion University, Magna Cum Laude, in May 1981. Having been a hygienist for 37 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, Indonesia 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 2014 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 works with high risk pregnancies at UNC hospital in North Carolina. She and her husband, Ben, were married in October 2017. Our youngest child, Adam, is a senior 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, and one lab, Holly. They are definitely an extension of our family.


Serena von Paris, RDH

Serena earned her degree in Dental Hygiene from the Community College of Baltimore County in May of 2013. Natives of Maryland, Serena and her husband Sam moved to the area after getting married in September of 2018. They had a wonderful wedding at the Naval Academy in Annapolis where Sam graduated in 2014. Baltimore has a special place in Serena’s heart as she was a Cheerleader for the Baltimore Ravens for seven seasons from 2009 to 2016; during which the team won the Super Bowl XLVII and she was selected as their Cheerleader ProBowl representative in Hawaii.

She is still getting acclimated to married life, but supporting her husband Sam while he is serving our country as a Lieutenant in the Navy couldn’t make her more proud. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her three siblings and parents in Maryland, exercising, and traveling with her husband. Serena has a genuine passion for her profession as a dental hygienist and is dedicated to providing the absolute best dental experience. Her compassion and desire to make a difference in people’s lives equips her with the best personality to make your time here with us unique!

When she moved to the area, she looked for a practice that not only had outstanding online reviews and a friendly staff, but also one focused on collaborative dental care. She embraces the practice’s ultimate goal of providing beautiful healthy smiles that will last and looks forward to helping attain yours!


Stacey Kirk, Health Relationship Coordinator and Dental Assistant

Stacey is originally from Wappingers Falls, New York in the Hudson Valley region. Prior to moving to Virginia Beach in 2002 with her two sons, she had lived in North Carolina, Maryland and California. Her oldest son, Garrett, graduated from Longwood University in 2017. Her youngest son, Ryan, graduated from high school in 2018 and began his college education in the Fall of 2018.

Stacey attended Dental Assisting school in Maryland, and has continued to succeed with many years of experience in general, cosmetic and orthodontic dentistry. She joined the practice in 2008. Since the, she has had the opportunity to add both advanced lab skills and becoming the Health Relationship Coordinator (HRC) for the practice. As an HRC, Stacey meets with new patients as they enter the practice and enjoys developing in depth relationships to help understand their needs and desires. Her role as a dental assistant provides her the skills to navigate, explain and ensure that patients are comfortable going through treatment.

When Stacey is not being an amazing team player in the office, she enjoys spending time with her boys, working on her house, reading, woodworking, going to the beach, and traveling whenever she can!


Susan Sutton, Certified Dental Assistant and Front Desk Coordinator

Susan is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She currently resides in Virginia Beach with her husband, Paul. They have two sons, Kyle and Wyatt. Her oldest son, Kyle, married his wife Tiff in April of 2017. She gained her most honored title yet in October of 2018 when her first grandson, Parker, was born. 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 and has been a ray of sunshine at our front desk ever since. Her duties include personalizing patient appointment scheduling, fielding patient phone calls and keeping our front office running smoothly in every way.

When Susan is not enjoying time with her grandson Parker, she likes to garden, swim and go antique collecting. Susan and her family also enjoy the company of their yellow lab named Mabel.

How Can We Help You?

Dentist in Virginia Beach

Our dental office in Virginia Beach provides a variety of services, including cosmetic restorative, and preventive dentistry. We are experts is developing custom solutions for the most complex dental problems and concerns.

Schedule Appointment

What Our Clients Are Saying

Dentist in Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach Dentist

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.
Virginia Beach VA Dentist

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.
Virginia Beach Dentist

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

Read More Testimonials

Read Our Virginia Beach Dental Blog

Dentist in Virginia Beach

23455 Dentist | The Dangers of Grinding

November 21, 2018

Teeth grinding, known as bruxism, is a habit many get into without even realizing it. Grinding your teeth can be damaging for several reasons. If you or your child have been struggling with teeth grinding, make an appointment to see us. We will assess the damage to the teeth, as well as assist you in addressing solutions. Here’s what you need to know about teeth grinding.

Why Do We Grind Our Teeth?

Teeth grinding does not have a single cause.

More >>
Virginia Beach Dentist | Periodontal...

November 7, 2018

Dentist Near Me Periodontal disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) share... More >>

Dentist in Virginia Beach |...

October 29, 2018

Dentist Virginia Beach Nearly everyone has at least one habit... More >>

Dentist 23455 | 6 Facts...

October 24, 2018

Dentist Near Me Do you ever think about your toothbrush?... More >>

Virginia Beach Dentist | How...

September 24, 2018

Dentist Near Me Probiotics are typically advertised as being helpful... More >>

Smile Gallery

Dentist in Virginia Beach

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