About the Doctors

Dr. Michael P. McCormick

Dr. McCormick received his Bachelor   of Arts in biology from The University of Virginia.  He completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry.  While in dental school, Dr. McCormick was a member of the Psi-Omega Dental Fraternity.  Since finishing dental school, Dr. McCormick has completed countless hours of post graduate training in cosmetic and other restorative areas, including implant-related procedures as well as other progressive techniques.


Dr. McCormick is a fellow in the Pierre Fauchard Academy, which is an International Honor Organization, a fellow in the Virginia Dental Association, a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and is a former president of the Peninsula Dental Society.  Dr. McCormick also has been a part-time clinical instructor at the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry for the past ten years.  He has been providing outstanding dental care to his patients on the peninsula since 1997.

Dr. McCormick was a scholarship athlete while attending the University of Virginia and was captain of the wrestling team as a senior.  He is very involved in his community as a youth football and youth wrestling coach.  He serves as the college director for the Virginia Duals National Invitational Wrestling Tournament and is an active NCAA Division I wrestling official. In 2011, was inducted into the NCAA National Wrestling  Hall Of Fame

He is married to the former Carrie Marie McCauley from Beltsville, MD.  They are the proud parents of three boys, Patrick, Cole and Ryan.




Dr. Joy Phelps

Joy PhelpsDr. Joy Phelps was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and raised in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. She graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, and then completed her undergraduate education at North Carolina State University. After graduating summa cum laude with a degree in Biological Sciences, she attended the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. While a dental student she completed rotations in community health dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and pediatric dentistry. Her passion for providing children a happy dental experience prompted her to return to Virginia for her two year postdoctoral residency in pediatric dentistry at Virginia Commonwealth University where she also earned a Master’s of Science Degree. Dr. Phelps then practiced pediatric dentistry in Ohio for 4 years.

Dr. Phelps earned the designation of a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and received the honor of being awarded the Richard C. Pugh Award for scoring in the top 3% of all candidates nationwide who took the written pediatric dental certification examination. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Ohio Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Ohio Dental Association and the Columbus Dental Society.

Dr. Phelps and her husband, Dr. Maynard Phelps, an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, have four children, Mylan, Tyson, Lauren, and Sarah. In her free time, she enjoys reading, outdoor activities, zumba, and spending time with family.




Dr. Walt Wexel

Wexel FamilyDr. Walt Wexel was a Navy brat, born at the Naval Academy and raised throughout the United States and Japan. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science in chemistry at the University of Michigan, then trained with the Army 82nd Airborne.  After the war in Vietnam ended, Dr. Wexel went to dental school at the University of Michigan.  He left the Navy Dental Corp as a Lt. Commander after doing a General Practice residency in Philadelphia and serving as the Medical/Dental Department Head onboard the USS Mount Whitney in Norfolk. Since he completed his post graduate orthodontic degree at the University of California San Francisco in 1980, he has practiced orthodontics in his Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News and Hampton offices.  Dr. Wexel is an active member of the American, Virginia and Tidewater Dental and Orthodontic Associations and a former president of the Tidewater Association of Orthodontics.

Dr. Wexel married a southern belle, Brenda, and they have raised three daughters – Melanie, Abbey and Anna – who are active in tennis and volleyball. Melanie graduated from MCV, the VCU School of Dentistry in 2004 and joined the Gator Nation at the University of Florida where she received a degree in orthodontics.  Dr. Wexel enjoys parenting, tennis, golf, skiing, scuba diving, wind surfing, travel and writing about hybrid politics.