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Tastemakers Club: Gena and Zach Casagrande

GENA & ZACH CASAGRANDE, owners of Northern Virginia Orthodontics in Ashburn and Reston are two of the most generous and stylish people you’ll meet in Northern Virginia.

A Northern Virginia native, Dr. Zach Casagrande attended Sunrise Valley Elementary School and South Lakes High School in Reston. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, magna cum laude, from the Medical College of Virginia (MCV)and later earned a Masters of Science and an orthodontic degree from the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Casagrande received grants from Pfizer for work. He remains part of the MCV community as a professor in the Department of Orthodontics.

Gena is a Parent Liason at a Loudoun County Public School and is passionate about design.   When you walk through the offices of Northern Virginia Orthodontics, you will admire Gena’s interior design work and the modern and welcoming atmosphere she created.


MANTRA: G: Wear what you are feeling, and don’t be afraid to be bold. Z: Comfort, comfort, comfort.​

STAPLE WARDROBE: G: I do often find myself in athletic wear, but when I am “actually” dressing, I definitely like to mix it up and let my clothing reflect my mood. Z: I tend to mix it up…I don’t get too crazy, but not afraid to wear anything I think looks and feels good.

FAVORITE PART OF GETTING DRESSED: G: Carbon 38  for athletic wear…a funky pair of workout tights and a tank.  On other days, I also love a romper and easy sandals. Z: Travis Mathew—both for work and weekend, as well as a local brand In the Buff,  https://inthebuffapparel.com/ Lululemon for comfort and workouts.

SHOES SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDSG: Christian Dior heels, and Hoka Clifton running shoes. Z: Big fan of AirMax  and anything 80’s retro.  And I love color.  On the dressier side I’ll do ZeroGrand from Cole Haan.  It’s actually a Nike sole on a dress shoe…comes in all flavors.  Those are great for seeing patients and being on my feet all day.  For dressier times, Salvatore Ferragamos.

KEEP CALM AND CARRY A FAB HANDBAG:   G: Hamm itt bags.  My friends got me one 10 years ago and the bag still never fails to disappoint. Z: Travis Mathew backpack  everywhere….work, baseball games, beach….it actually doubles as a cooler.  Pretty unreal.

SKIN SOLUTION: G: I love Skinceuticals products because they make my face feel better and I feel like I am doing something good for my skin.  I also just discovered Milk Makeup…their holographic stick is so fun! Z: Keil’s facial fuel (10)….the best.  SPF 15 and has caffeine in it to wake your face up! HAAAA!

To keep reading about Gena and Zach Casagrande and how they’re influencing style and community across Northern Virginia, check out the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style and Living.

As told to Jessica Monte

This article originally appeared in the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living

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