Dr. Jeffrey L . Brown

Dr. Jeffrey L . Brown

Dr. Jeffrey Brown grew up in the state of Maine and went to Bowdoin College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1982. He accepted early decision into the Georgetown School of Dentistry, and graduated from there in 1986. While at Georgetown, Dr. Brown worked in the Neurology Department as an assistant on a project that involved studying the regeneration of nerve tissue in the spinal column after major trauma.

Upon graduation from Georgetown Dental School, Dr. Brown worked for a short time as an associate in a practice in Falls Church, Virginia. From there, he moved on and built his own practice in the Fairlington neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia, creating one of the largest practices ever seen on the East Coast.

Dr. Brown took a short sabbatical to help raise his four young children and to continue his education. It was then that he began the process of understanding sleep apnea and how it correlates to TMJ treatment. His knowledge in the combined fields of TMJ, sleep and orthodontics has given him a perspective unlike most other practitioners who perform basic dentistry. In addition, Dr. Brown has also learned the advanced techniques involved in expanding an airway so that both children and adults can breathe better. His training continued over time at the famous Sleep Medicine Center near the Emory University Hospital. He has also continued his training with the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and the ALF Educational Institute.

In 2013, Dr. Brown met Dr. Brendan Stack and was immediately impressed with the success Dr. Stack had in treating TMJ cases and being able to repair so many damaged lives. For Dr. Brown, helping people by dealing with their debilitating TMJ issues became his second calling. And, as they say, the rest is history!

Dr. Brendan C. Stack

Dr. Brendan C. Stack

Dr. Stack has been treating TMJ problems, headache, face pain, ear pain and bad bites for over 40 years. In that time, he has repeatedly encountered problems just like yours and treated them successfully. He gives you detailed explanations about your treatment and answers all of your questions completely.

Dr. Stack is a university-trained orthodontist (Georgetown University) who, since 1965, has limited his practice in Northern Virginia (Washington, D.C. suburb) to the clinical treatment of patients with craniofacial pain, headache and TMJ dysfunction. He is a rigorously “results oriented” clinician who has lectured extensively in the United States, Canada and most recently in Europe.

Dr. Stack has a special interest in treating TMJ disorders and how this treatment might also help Tourette’s patients, particularly teenagers and preteens. This developed from his unique ability to treat craniofacial and headache patients. Over the years, he noticed that the overwhelming majority of these patients had facial tics, eye blinking, eyelid tics, mouth tics, head nodding, shoulder shrugging and head tremors. He treated these patients as TMJ patients (jaw joint clicking, locking and limited mouth opening) for pain but also noticed all of these tics dissipating at the same time. When word started spreading throughout the healthcare community that he could get rid of these associated tics, Tourette’s patients started coming to his practice. He was very successful in ridding them of these comorbid conditions.

His specialized treatment does not call for any psychotherapy or drugs; it requires only the wearing of a dental mouthpiece that is not noticeable to others. This mouthpiece realigns the lower jaw so that it is in a better position beneath the base of the skull and is no longer misaligned. Dr. Stack believes that the basis of most of the comborbid Tourette’s Syndrome and other movement disorders such as Cervical Dystonia and Parkinson’s Disease are basically a misalignment of the mandible to the skull base due to some type of TMJ internal derangement.

Venus Zar

Venus Zar

Office Manager

As the Office Manager, Venus is committed to helping our patients in every aspect.  From the initial phone call through the completion of treatment, she is there to make sure patients are well taken care of in every aspect. The customer service and attention to detail that Venus displays only continues to assist our patients and the practice. She loves meeting new patients and ensures that all patients feel welcome and comfortable. Venus takes great pride in working with two of the best TMJ/Sleep apnea doctors in the world; the doctors and staff members work hard to relieve people of their acute or chronic pain/discomfort effectively and improve lives, one patient at a time.

Meghan Stewart

Meghan Stewart

Patient Coordinator

As Patient Coordinator, Meghan is very passionate about providing high quality care and is an integral part of our insurance department. She processes all medical and dental claims to ensure patients are reimbursed quickly. To get some back ground on Meghan, she is originally from upstate New York where she received her bachelor’s degree in the arts and psychology. Her unique experience also places her as our lead of marketing and international doctoral presentations. Her goal is to help to spread the word about non-invasive TMJ and Sleep Apnea treatment around the world. Meghan finds her position fulfilling because she contributes in making a positive difference in our patients lives.

Karina Argueta

Karina Argueta

Ortho/TMJ Assistant

Karina is our lead assistant and manages all of our lab cases here at Sleep & TMJ Therapy. She started working with Dr. Brendan Stack in 2008 which has given her noteworthy experiences in the TMJ / Sleep Apnea / Ortho field. She is honored she was able to observe his work over the years and she is dedicated to share this knowledge with our team and patients. While working, Karina attended ECPI University where she received her associate degree in the health science field. Over the years she has achieved an excellent clinical and patient relation skill set which allows for our doctors to help many patients live a pain-free life. One day, she hopes to return to school to further her education in dental field. When she is not in the office, Karina spends quality time with her two sons and daughter. 

Jessica Fitts

Jessica Fitts

Dental Assistant

Jessica is our tallest dental assistant and with no shortage of caring. She distinguishes herself with her desire to help and her knowledge about this area of dentistry. Helping patients who are living with constant pain has been a huge motivator for her. This contributes to Jessica being an important part of the day-to-day efficacy and quality of care in the delivery of treatment for our patients. This stems from her experiences of working in a dental office since completing her undergraduate studies at Florida State University. Jessica is originally from Florida and moved to this area over three years ago. We are glad to have her on our team to help patients change their lives. Jessica also loves the outdoors and her Dachshund/Pomeranian mix, Zola.

Ruth Bravo

Ruth Bravo

Dental Assistant

Ruth is a wonderful and caring assistant who has over 15 years of experience in the dental and TMJ field. With her wealth of experience and her passion to help others, she has proven to be a great asset to our patients and our team. To get some background on Ruth, she is a graduate of Northern Virginia Community College and received a license to practice massage therapy from Potomac Massage Therapy Institute. Ruth is originally from Mexico however, she has made this country her home for 30 years. Outside of work, Ruth is passionate about traveling, dancing, attending cultural events and enjoying delicious food.

Brendon Alves

Brendon Alves

Treatment Plan Coordinator

As Treatment Plan Coordinator, Brendon will assist you from the first call, all the way through the pre-treatment process. As a liaison between patients and the insurance companies, he obtains insurance rundowns, handles pre-authorizations and takes all steps necessary to maximize insurance benefits. He understands insurance companies can be difficult to work with, so he strives to make the process as seamless as possible. Brendon is originally from Massachusetts and a graduate of University of Massachusetts Lowell.  Since moving to Virginia two years ago, health care has been his area of focus. Brendon has a bachelor’s degree in the arts & sciences which has helped to expand on his ability to think critically, write effectively, and communicate effectively with patients and insurance representatives.