Dr. Marion Messmer is a native of Charleston, WV. She became intrigued with dentistry at an early age during her very first dental appointment, and proceeded to attend West Virginia University School of Dentistry, Division of Dental Hygiene graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. The four year program was unique in that it integrated core curriculum with Dental Hygiene course work and provided training in expanded function dentistry. Dr. Messmer received the award for outstanding clinical competency and professionalism when she graduated from dental hygiene school. This award is given to only one recipient and reflects excellence in clinical skills.
Upon graduation she moved to Washington, DC to practice hygiene in general dentistry and periodontal practice settings. Her continued interest in dentistry brought her back to WVU where she attended dental school and graduated in 1986. She achieved the Operative Dentistry award for top performance from the WVU School of Dentistry, an award again reflecting her accomplished clinical skills in restorative dentistry.
Post graduation, Dr. Messmer practiced as an associate dentist in Washington, DC and established her own dental practice in Arlington, VA focusing on family dentistry. In 2007 Dr. Messmer and her family moved to Harrisonburg, VA where she assisted in organizing the Harrisonburg Rockingham Dental Clinic to serve the surrounding community. She continues to work as a private practice family dentist focusing on restorative, preventative and cosmetic dentistry and attends continuing education courses to update and advance her knowledge of the ever changing world of dentistry.
Dr. Messmer’s husband, Rich, works at James Madison University in the athletic division where their son is a Computer Information Systems major. They enjoy all the wonderful sites and activities of the Valley. Dr. Messmer’s interests include hiking, jogging, gardening, traveling and spending time with her retired greyhound, Surf Girl. She is passionate about greyhound rescue and is always happy to discuss and share information about these peaceful, regal beauties to enhance their lives.