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About Our Practice

With over 40 years serving patients in Richmond, VA, Gardner & Swanner is a family dentist that offers restorative and cosmetic dentistry. We are an Invisalign provider, offering our patients a more attractive solution for correcting misaligned teeth. Our commitment has always been making family dental treatment convenient and affordable. We have put several provisions in place to achieve that goal, including family block appointments and emergency dentistry.

When you visit our offices, you will find our team approachable and friendly. Our practice is geared towards comfort which helps you and your family to relax during each visit. We are dedicated to helping families achieve excellent oral health through suitable dental treatments and education. You will find that as a patient of Gardner & Swanner, unnecessary dental appointments are completely eliminated. That means you will always receive the right course of treatment for you, ensuring that dental care is always affordable for your family.

We invite all new patients to take an office tour, just so you can get to meet the team and see what Gardner & Swanner is all about. When you attend your first appointment, we can offer you amenities such as pillows, blankets and music. We understand that not every patient is comfortable with visiting the dentist, so we will go out of our way to help you feel relaxed during each appointment.

Blankets and Pillows
Blankets and Pillows
photo of girl listening to music

We look forward to welcoming new families to our practice so that we can share in your journey towards better dental health. Contact our office today to book your first appointment. By working together, we can ensure that your teeth and smile, as well as those of your family, stay strong for a lifetime.

Meet the Team

Dr. Edward D. Gardner, Jr. headshot

Dr. Edward D. Gardner, Jr. received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the College of William and Mary and his dental degree from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry. He has been in private practice in Richmond, Virginia for over 40 years.

He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Virginia Dental Association, the Richmond Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentistry.

He lectures, and conducts seminars nationally for Invisalign teaching other dentists how to treat their patients with Invisalign braces.

On a personal note, Dr. Gardner enjoys spending time with his wife, Janice, his four children and eight grandchildren. In his free time, he likes playing golf, traveling, and gardening. He is also an active member of his church, Bon Air Baptist, where he teaches the Joy of Belonging class.

Dr. Swanner headshot

Dr. Zack Swanner received his bachelor’s degree from Duke University prior to enrolling at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine. After earning his dental degree, he completed a one year general practice residency at Carilion Clinic in Roanoke where he gained experience in almost all facets of dentistry. He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Virginia Dental Association, and the Richmond Dental Society.

One of Dr. Swanner’s favorite things about dentistry is meeting and getting to know all of his patients. He finds nothing more rewarding than having a patient get out of his chair knowing that he’s contributed to their happy smile and overall dental health.

Outside of the office, Dr. Swanner enjoys running, hiking, cooking, and generally eating his way through Richmond’s many incredible restaurants.

Drs. Gardner and Swanner are pleased to announce the association of Dr. Brian Midgette with their dental practice. Dr. Midgette is a native of Chesapeake, Virginia, and a graduate of Old Dominion University. He knew early on his desire to work in the field of dentistry, working during high school and college in a local orthodontic laboratory. His hard work and experience paved the way for an early entry into the Medical College of Virginia’s School of Dentistry, where he graduated with honors in 1987. For thirty-three years Dr. Midgette’s dental career flourished in Chesapeake, culminating in a highly successful private practice dedicated to excellent dental care. Dr. Midgette is committed to continually improving patient care, seeking advanced continuing education and attaining “Master” status from the Academy of General Dentistry. As a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and several other dental societies, academies, and local study clubs, Dr. Midgette remains at the forefront of the dental frontier. He is enthusiastic about keeping up to date on the latest technologies, procedures, and care so that he can provide the highest quality, most compassionate care to more effectively meet each of his patients’ needs.

In 1986, Dr. Midgette married Richmond native Lisa Sams, who he met in 1983 when she was studying dental hygiene and he was enrolled in dental school, both at the Medical College of Virginia. Together they have raised two exceptional daughters, three schnauzers, and a goldendoodle. During his downtime, Dr. Midgette enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, playing guitar, fishing, and traveling with Lisa. After 33 years of operating his own large dental practice in Chesapeake, Lisa and he decided to relocate to the Richmond area to be closer to both of their families. He is looking forward to continuing his career with Drs. Gardner and Swanner, who share his ideals for patient-centered, high quality dental care.

Channing Midgette

Dental Hygienist

Molly Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygienist

Beverly Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant

Gail Office Manager

Office Manager

Sue Financial Coordinator

Financial Coordinator


Dental Assistant


From the time you enter until you leave the entire staff is so welcoming and helpful and engaged with you. The care and attention to keep you informed on all processes is a model for those in health care profession.

Rick O.

I called for an emergency appointment as a first time client at 8:30 am and they scheduled me same day at 10 am. Everyone is so personable, and the atmosphere is warming. Dr. Gardner is great! I would recommend to anyone looking for a new dentist home.

Jasmine F.

Very friendly and helpful staff! I have worked with both Dr. Gardener and Dr. Swanner and they both have been amazing. Would recommend to anyone.

Ana B.

Love Dr, Gardner and his staff. they are all so caring and friendly. I have always been petrified of going to the dentist but they have cured me of that. Molly is so gentle when she cleans my teeth that i am not scared to let her do it. Thanks for being such a great team all these years!

Chris W.

The best and kindest dentist in Richmond. My girls love Dr. Gardner. Yesterday, when her name was called, our youngest just skipped down the hallway while I was getting some information from the hygienist!!! She literally hopped to it!! So funny. Recommend to any family with little people. My oldest spent the whole time reading a very funny educational children’s book “open wide school” about all the teeth being at school. So awesome!!!

Sarah C.