Meet the Team


Jayson Downs

Director of Business Development

Jayson is a native of Virginia Beach and graduated from Old Dominion University in 1996. He married Paige Downs in 2000 and they have 2 sons, Cole and Reid. Before joining Downs Dental Care, Jayson was a Territory Manager for KRAFT Foods. He has a diverse background in sales, territory management and business, which is very beneficial to helping the practice grow.

Outside of the office, Jayson is very involved with his sons' baseball teams and he loves fishing!

Jayson believes, "Having a great passion for the relationships we have with our patients and their oral health is the cornerstone of our dental practice."




 Claudia Hamrock

 Office Manager/Insurance Coordinator


 Claudia graduated from Old Dominion University and has been in the dental field for 20 years. She specializes in
 overseeing the operational side of the practice.

 Excellent customer service is her priority for patients. She enjoys helping patients to better understand their dental  benefits as related to their treatment. This enables patients to make a better decision when it comes to their dental

 Claudia is married and has 2 adult children. Her daughter is pursuing a career in the dental field and her son works with Stihl. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and taking trips to interesting locations on her motorcycle.




Christi Scholl Nichols

Dental Hygienist

Christi joined Downs Dental Care in 2014. She moved from Fairfax, Virginia to attend and graduate from Old Dominion University with a Bachelors Degree in Dental Hygiene and plans to one day complete her Masters in Business Administration. As a Registered Dental Hygienist, she is an oral healthcare fanatic and loves to share her knowledge with others. She has lectured as a hygiene educator and speaker for Johnson and Johnson/Orapharma since 2007, working to increase the awareness of systemic links to dental health.

Her husband Dan, is a local business owner of Dumbells Personal Training. They share a passion for fitness and tour the National Kickball Circuit year-round. Christi enjoys Vinyasa yoga, running, and instructing pre-natal yoga. But most of all, she enjoys being a Mom. Her boys, Jax and Grant, keep her smiling!




 Melissa Paradiso

Dental Hygienist

Melissa is one of our dental hygienists here at Downs Dental Care. She was born and raised in Virginia Beach, and graduated from Kellam High School. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Dental Hygiene from Old Dominion University in 2009.

Melissa currently lives in Virginia Beach with her husband, RJ and son, Will.

In her free time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family and going to the beach.

Melissa says, "I enjoy forming relationships with my patients and helping them maintain their dental health."




 Joslin Phillips

Patient Care Coordinator

Joslin comes to our office with over 8 years of dental background. She is a certified dental assistant, but she has been working in the front office while she works toward her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at Old Dominion University.

Joslin and her husband, Corey, have three "fur kids"; two dogs and a cat.

She enjoys going to the gym, performing aerial arts, and practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with her husband. She also enjoys computer technology, including designing and working on our very own office website.

Joslin says, "The best workplaces are those where you wake up in the morning and actually want to go into work. I enjoy working for our patients at Downs Dental Care and all the employees are great to be around. We have a fantastic work family!"