Lovell Family Dentistry


Welcome to Lovell Family Dentistry, a Portsmouth family dentists office offering a full range of general and cosmetic dentist services, including implants and pediatric dentistry.

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While Lovell Family Dentistry came into existence in December 2012, the foundation for our practice was initiated back in 1962.

Drs. Harold Taylor and Robert ’Bob’ Adams had a vision for a dental practice over fifty years ago that was very progressive for the times, as the exact same facility is being used today in a more modern and functional way.

Drs. Taylor and Adams took a leap of faith on the Churchland Boulevard site as their practice was essentially in the middle of nowhere. The Sterling Point and Green Acres neighborhoods were still being developed back then, but they sensed future growth and development. Their office featured an integrated waiting room, multiple dental operatory and a separate reading room for kids, which for this time was unheard of.

In 1963, their third partner, Dr. Samuel Bisese, was brought on to expand the dental needs of Portsmouth, Virginia. Over the next decade, their Churchland practice continued to grow and serve the dental needs of folks from all over Hampton Roads.

Dr. James ’Jim’ Kail joined the group in 1975, followed by Dr. Walter Cox being added in 1976.The partnership of Drs. Bisese, Kail and Cox was a staple dental practice in Churchland for 30 years. After a fulfilling career, Dr. Bisese retired in 2002. Drs. Kail and Cox followed him into retirement a decade later in January of 2013.

On December 10, 2012, Drs. Eric B. Lovell and Mary ’Mim’ Lovell purchased the practice of Drs. Cox and Kail. They returned to Portsmouth after practicing dentistry in Charlottesville for seven years. They love serving the Tidewater community and are grateful to continue the dental legacy of Drs. Adams, Taylor, Bisese, Kail and Cox here at 5717 Churchland Boulevard.

Drs. Eric and Mim along with the past partners mentioned above graduated from Medical College of Virginia.

Our mission & values

Helping you achieve optimal, oral health is our passion. We will provide the highest standard of dental service in a gentle, caring and professional atmosphere.


To keep up with the ever-changing advances in dental science and creating the most modern dental office possible so that we can provide our patients with the best that todays dentistry can offer


To work together as a highly trained, ethical team to run an efficient practice considerate of our patients individual needs and concerns


To design the best treatment plan for our patients


To educate our patients on achieving and maintaining total dental health and on the benefits that cosmetic procedures can provide to improve their appearance


To create an office atmosphere that changes the way you think about dentistry


To strive to foster patient relationships based on mutual trust and the best patient care available

We pledge and guarantee that we will always give you our best. you deserve it!