That’s a Lot of Trips

Cathy Bolinger drives Dr. Hamer's school shuttle.
Cathy Bollinger drives Dr. Hamer’s school shuttle.

The school shuttle operated by Hamer and Hamer DDS, an orthodontics practice with offices in Charlottesville and Crozet, is marking its 25th year of shuttling local kids from Crozet schools to their dental appointments. The driver is Cathy Bollinger, Dr. David Hamer’s sister, who has been providing this service to a generation of her brother’s patients. The tally runs to about 16,000 rides for more than 1,000 patients. The schools included in the service are Brownsville, Henley, Western Albemarle, Crozet, and the Field School.

Dr. Hamer’s father opened the practice in 1960 and since then it has treated nearly 15,000 children and adults in braces. Dr. Hamer joined his father’s practice 25 years ago and was one of the earliest practitioners in the area to add Invisalign braces as a treatment option. Dr. Hamer has been named one of the only seven “Elite Preferred Providers” in Virginia, recognizing him as one of the most experienced orthodontists in the state.


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