About the Doctors

Dr. Walker Shivar, Dr. Anthony Peluso and Dr. Holly Andersen are orthodontists in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake, Virginia who specialize in providing orthodontics for children and adults.

Walker W. Shivar, D.D.S.
Dr. Walker Shivar Dr. Shivar joined the practice with Drs. Rubin, Hamilton and Karesh in 1981. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University in 1973, Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1978, and his Orthodontic Specialty Certificate from Eastman Dental Clinic in 1981. He completed the requirements and became Board Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics in 1993.

Being actively involved in organized dentistry, Dr. Shivar is a former President of the Tidewater Orthodontic Society (1985) and also of the Virginia Association of Orthodontists (1992-93). He is a member of the Tidewater Dental Association, Virginia Dental Association, American Dental Association, Tidewater Orthodontic Society, Virginia Association of Orthodontists and the American Association of Orthodontists.

Dr. Shivar feels privileged to have the opportunity to make a dramatic positive impact on the lives of people by providing them with an attractive healthy smile. Being able to enhance our patients’ appearance and self-esteem is very gratifying and rewarding. This contributes to Dr. Shivar’s passion for orthodontics. He spends a significant amount of time with continuing education to stay current with the latest techniques and product developments in order to provide state-of-the-art treatment for our patients. However, what he relishes most about orthodontics are the people with whom he interacts; he considers the relationships that evolve with patients, staff and colleagues to be invaluable.

In his spare time, Dr. Shivar enjoys tennis, golf, reading, and performing magic. He and his wife, Donna, their daughters Kaitlyn and MacKenzie, reside in Norfolk. He loves watching his girls play sports, family gatherings and “hanging out” at home.

Anthony R. Peluso, D.D.S.
Dr. Anthony Peluso Dr. Peluso joined the practice in 1999. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1990 from St. John’s University. In 1997, he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Peluso continued his post-graduate training at MCV/VCU and received his orthodontic certificate in 1999.

During his dental education, Dr. Peluso was the recipient of both the Dean’s Scholarship and Merit Scholarship from MCV/VCU from 1993-1995. He was also on the Dean’s List throughout his years in dental school. Upon graduation in 1997, he was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society.

An active member of organized dentistry, Dr. Peluso participates in the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Virginia Beach Dental Study Club, Tidewater Orthodontic Society, and the Virginia Association of Orthodontists. Currently, he plans to serve as President of the Tidewater Dental Association for the 2007-2008 year.

Dr. Peluso’s leisure activities include running, reading, and motorcycles. He has been carving duck decoys since 1999. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Rose, and their four children, Anthony, Hannah, Madison and Kate.

Holly H. Andersen, D.D.S.
Dr. Holly Andersen Dr. Andersen joined the practice with Drs. Shivar and Peluso in August, 2004. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Virginia in 1994. She graduated magna cum laude from the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Dentistry in Richmond, VA in 1999. A member of the Dean’s List during 1995-1999, she was initiated into the selective Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society at the end of her dental studies. She was then accepted into the highly competitive orthodontic residency at VCU which she completed in July, 2001. She practiced in a busy orthodontic office in Warrenton, VA for three years until she got married and moved to Virginia Beach in 2004.

Dr. Andersen is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO), the Virginia Association of Orthodontics (VAO), Tidewater Orthodontic Society, the American Dental Association (ADA), Tidewater Dental Association, and the Virginia Beach Study Club.

In her spare time, Dr. Andersen enjoys hiking, reading on the beach, cooking and spending time with her husband, Shaun, and her sons, Alex and Devin.