Meet Our Doctors

  • Dr. Elizabeth LaPenna, DMD
    General Dentist
    Dr. Elizabeth LaPenna, DMD
    General Dentist

    About Dr. LaPenna

    Dr. LaPenna hails from New England.  After growing up in New Hampshire, she left the mountains for the city of Boston where she received her Bachelor of Science degree from Emmanuel College and her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine.  She then went on to advance her training and was selected into a highly prestigious, implant-based two year residency program at Stony Brook University on Long Island.  Later, she came down south to enjoy a slower pace and warmer weather. Dr. LaPenna enjoys all aspects of dentistry, keeping up with the latest in technology and advancements through seminars and continuing education courses.  Her passions are cosmetic and implant dentistry.

    Outside of dentistry, Dr. LaPenna enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and two rescue dogs.  She and her family will often go swimming, hiking, or stay home doing small renovation projects together.  If there’s free time, she loves reading, playing the piano, and ballroom dancing.

    Dr. LaPenna is happy to help you maintain or achieve the smile you love!

     

     

  • Dr. Sylvana Chimenti, DMD
    General Dentist
    Dr. Sylvana Chimenti, DMD
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Chimenti

    Dr. Chimenti is originally from Brazil where she obtained her DDS Degree with honors from Faculdade de Odontologia de Campos RJ-Brasil.  After working as a dentist for a few years in Brazil, Dr. Chimenti moved to New York. She then attended Dental Hygiene School at NYU college of Dentistry and worked as a Dental Hygienist from October 2011 to March 2015. Because of her love and passion for the practice of dentistry she decided to further her education in dentistry, so she may achieve her licensure in The United States.

    Dr. Chimenti received her DMD degree at The University of Illinois in Chicago. Upon receiving her degree, Dr. Chimenti moved back to New York where she completed her general practice residency at St. Barnabas in The Bronx. After  finishing her residency she decided to leave New York and move to North Carolina.

    Dr. Chimenti has been married to her husband for 14 years who she shares three adorable children with.  She is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. When she is not at work she loves exercising, eating healthy and spending quality time with her beautiful family.

     

     

  • Dr. George Soung, D.D.S.
    Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
    Dr. George Soung, D.D.S.
    Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

    About Dr. George Soung

    Dr. George Soung (pronounced “Song”) is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.  He completed his undergraduate degree at the Pennsylvania State University as a Schreyer Scholar where he was a member of the Penn State Rugby Team and earned his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology with Honors in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2006.  After college, he was accepted to medical school but ultimately decided not to pursue a career path in medicine, and subsequently spent 2 years in the pharmaceutical industry as a Research Biochemist at Merck & Co. before he decided to pursue a career in dentistry.  He obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree, graduating with honors (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013.

     

    Immediately following dental school, Dr. Soung decided to pursue specialty training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery due to its wide scope of practice which uniquely combines the disciplines of dentistry, medicine, and surgery.  He completed his residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Virginia Commonwealth University (Medical College of Virginia) Medical Center in Richmond Virginia, a Level 1 Trauma Center and one of the most reputable OMFS training programs in the country.   During the four years Dr. Soung spent in residency, he obtained extensive training in all facets within the specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery including dentoalveolar surgery, dental implant surgery and bone grafting, diagnosis and management of oral and head/neck pathology, facial trauma and reconstructive facial surgery,  corrective jaw (orthognathic) surgery, TMJ surgery, facial cosmetic surgery, surgical management and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and cleft lip/palate surgery.  He completed rotations in General Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Cardiology, and in the Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit (STICU).  Dr. Soung also received formal and extensive training by the VCU/MCV Department of Anesthesia in the administration of both inpatient and outpatient general anesthesia, and deep and moderate intravenous sedation for both adults and children.  An essential component of that training included advanced airway and emergency management.   Dr. Soung had the honor of being named Chief Resident during his final year of surgical training.

     

    Dr. Soung’s interests in private practice include:  dentoalveolar surgery (extraction of wisdom and other non-salvageable teeth and pre-prosthetic surgery), dental implants and complex bone grafting (including full mouth rehabilitation with implant-retained/supported prostheses), management and treatment of (benign) oral pathology, treatment of oral and facial infections, and office-based anesthesia techniques.  Dr. Soung is a Fellow of the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and North Carolina Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and a member of the American Dental Association, and North Carolina Dental Society.

     

    Dr. Soung was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He is happily married to the love of his life and best friend, Julie, whom he met during dental school.  They are blessed to be the parents of Stella, their angel in heaven, and their rainbow baby, Luca Joseph.  They are Pittsburgh Steelers, Penn State football, and Tar Heel basketball fans, and amateur foodies.  In his free time, Dr. Soung enjoys spending time with his family, shooting and hunting, (bass) fishing, working out, and watching sports.  Dr. Soung and Julie are also passionate about volunteerism and community service and have participated in many different community outreach projects and events since their college days, in addition to Mission of Mercy Dental Projects during dental school and residency.  They are members of Elevation Church.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

     

    LANGUAGES

    • English

     

    AFFILIATIONS

    • American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
    • Fellow in the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
    • North Carolina Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
    • American Dental Association
    • North Carolina Dental Society

     

  • Dr. Karthik Naidu, D.M.D., M.D.
    Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
    Dr. Karthik Naidu, D.M.D., M.D.
    Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

    About Dr. Karthik Naidu

    Dr. Karthik Naidu is a native of eastern Georgia. He attended dental school at the Medical College of Georgia. From there he completed medical school and residency training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University at Buffalo.

    Dr. Naidu is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. He is also a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons as well as the North Carolina Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

    Dr. Naidu provides the finest care, serving the best interest of his patients and is committed to this oath through continual education in dental technology.

    Dr. Naidu is married and in his free time he enjoys spending time with his family and attending sporting events.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

     

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

    AFFILIATIONS

    • American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

     

  • Dr. Jared Little, DDS
    Orthodontist
    Dr. Jared Little, DDS
    Orthodontist

    About Dr. Little

    Dr. Jared was born and raised on the west side of Michigan with his two siblings. He attended the University of Michigan for college and dental school. Throughout college and dental school Dr J coached lacrosse and soccer in the Ann Arbor community.

    Having grown tired of the winter season, Dr Jared then went to the University of the Pacific in San Francisco, California for his Orthodontic specialty training.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    Orthodontics, Invisalign and Phase 1 Treatment

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

    DENTAL ASSOCIATIONS

    • American Association of Orthodontists
    • Southern Association of Orthodontists

     

  • Dr. Robert Davis, DDS
    General Dentist
    Dr. Robert Davis, DDS
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Davis

    Dr. Davis was raised in North Carolina’s Triangle area and has lived there for the last 25 years. He attended UNC at Chapel Hill for undergraduate studies where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

    Dr. Davis knew from an early age that he wanted to enter the dental profession, and so began dental training immediately after his undergraduate education. He continued his track at UNC, attending the four-year Doctor of Dental Surgery program in Chapel Hill. During his training at UNC, Dr. Davis focused on obtaining well-rounded experiences in all dental specialties, as well as establishing and maintaining excellent patient rapport.

    After graduation, Dr. Davis worked in the Raleigh area, providing patients with routine, emergency, and elective care. He is excited to be serving the Durham area, and looking forward to providing comprehensive and patient-centered care to the community.

    Dr. Davis lives in Durham with his wife and two dogs and enjoys spending time outdoors and learning new skills in his spare time.

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    General Dentistry

     

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

    DENTAL ASSOCIATIONS

    • American Dental Association

     

  • Dr. Eftekhar, DMD
    General Dentist
    Dr. Eftekhar, DMD
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Eftekhar

    I love interacting with my patients; they are my priority and I would like to help them achieve ideal oral health while they are enjoying their smile and healthy mouth.  My philosophy is to treat my patients like my own family, and I love to give healthier and more attractive smile to my family members.  I have been practicing dentistry since 2010. I love going to the movies and going to the beach with my husband.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    General Dentistry

    LANGUAGES

    English

    Farsi

     

    DENTAL ASSOCIATIONS

    • California Dental Association
    • American Dental Association

     

  • Dr. Eric Turner, DDS
    General Dentist
    Dr. Eric Turner, DDS
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Turner

    Dr. Turner was born, raised, and educated in Philadelphia. Graduating near the top of his class from the Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, he has continued to pursue excellence and comfort in everything he does. His main interests include restorative and prosthetic dentistry, Invisalign, and smile makeovers.

    When not practicing dentistry or learning new techniques, you can usually catch Dr. Turner in the kitchen cooking or baking for his friends and family. He and his wife have two adorable cats and enjoy traveling, outdoor activities, and enjoying everything the Charlotte area has to offer.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    General Dentistry

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

    DENTAL ASSOCIATIONS

    • American Dental Association

     

  • Dr. Thomas Grimes, DDS
    General Dentist
    Dr. Thomas Grimes, DDS
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Grimes

    – Born in Dublin, Ga

    – Moved to NC during middle school and attended Lincolnton High School in Lincolnton NC

    – Graduated from Davidson College

    – Graduated from UNC School of Dentistry

    – Practiced general dentistry in Matthews and Charlotte area for 30 years.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    General Dentistry

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

    DENTAL ASSOCIATIONS

    • American Dental Association

     

  • Dr. Kanupriya Tewari, DMD
    Orthodontist
    Dr. Kanupriya Tewari, DMD
    Orthodontist

    About Dr. Tewari

    Dr. Tewari graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Tufts University in Boston, MA. She completed her DMD degree and Orthodontics residency at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Tewari remains an active member of several dental and orthodontic associations including the American Dental Association (ADA), American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) and Omicron Kappa Upsilon (National Dental Honor Society)

    After completing residency, Dr. Tewari decided to trade Boston’s winters for the sunny summers of North Carolina. She is excited and humbled to provide orthodontic care to the Charlotte community. Dr. Tewari is committed to providing her patients with healthy and beautiful smiles they can share with confidence for the rest of their lives.

    Outside of building smiles, Dr. Tewari enjoys reading, cooking and doing yoga in her free time. She also loves traveling and spending time with her family and friends who are now spread across the U.S. and abroad.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    Orthodontics

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

    DENTAL ASSOCIATIONS

    • American Dental Association
    • American Association of Orthodontists
    • Omicron Kappa Upsilon (National Dental Honor Society)

     

  • Dr. Binita Changkakoty, DDS
    General Dentist
    Dr. Binita Changkakoty, DDS
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Changkakoty

    Dr. Binita Changkakoty earned her dental degree at New York University- College of Dentistry in NY. She went on to complete her General Practice residency at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC.

    As a general dentist, Dr. Binita is dedicated to providing quality dental care and takes pride in helping her patients restore and maintain their smile.

    Outside of dentistry, Dr. Binita enjoys spending time with her husband, gardening, baking and traveling.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    General Dentistry

     

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

     

  • Dr. Courtney Byrd, DDS
    General Dentist, Pediatrics
    Dr. Courtney Byrd, DDS
    General Dentist, Pediatrics

    About Dr. Byrd

    A native North Carolinian, Dr. Byrd earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and minor in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Since 2010, Dr. Byrd has exclusively enjoyed providing dental services to children and patients with special needs in a variety of clinical settings while addressing children’s dental anxieties. At the forefront of Dr. Byrd’s philosophy is quality of care inclusive of the communication and education of patients and guardians while maintaining a fun and inviting atmosphere. Dr. Byrd strives to embrace life’s journey through helping others to have beautiful and healthy smiles for lifelong dental health.

     

    INTERESTS

    When not creating smiles; Dr. Byrd enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and creating abstract acrylic paintings.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    General Dentistry with a concentration in Pediatrics

     

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

    DENTAL ASSOCIATION

    • American Dental Association
    • North Carolina Dental Society
    • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

     

     

     

  • Dr. Alesia Hatten
    General Dentist
    Dr. Alesia Hatten
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Hatten,

    Dr. Hatten attended Belhaven University in Jackson, MS, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. After graduation Dr. Hatten moved to Memphis, TN, to attend the University of Tennessee Health Science Center where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. After graduation, she served as a Captain and Dentist in the United States Army for 4 years. At a young age Dr. Hatten knew she wanted to be a dentist thanks to the influence of her parents. They encouraged her to strive to help others, to seek a balance between work and home life and most important to stay committed to providing dental care to those in need. Thus, believing that continuing education is essential to excellent patient care Dr. Hatten continually seeks out the most current and the best continuing education courses to make sure you are always given the best treatment options available.

    Dr. Alesia Hatten decided to move to Charlotte area after serving 4 years and joined the Friendly Dental Group dental practice. Dr. Hatten currently resides in Charlotte area with her family and is excited to make it her home. Dr. Hatten is dedicated to providing a superior dental experience for her patients focusing on a relationship-based care.

     

    INTERESTS

    In her free time, Dr. Hatten enjoys traveling, hiking and spending time with her family. She has also spent time volunteering and providing free services at clinics in underserved areas. Dr. Hatten is an active member of the ADA and the Academy of General Dentistry.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    General Dentistry

     

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

    DENTAL ASSOCIATION

    • American Dental Association
    • Academy of General Dentistry

     

     

     

  • Dr. Jay Patel
    General & Cosmetic Dentist
    Dr. Jay Patel
    General & Cosmetic Dentist

    About Dr. Patel

    Dr. Patel is a graduate of New Jersey Dental School.

    He practiced in Stafford VA, before moving to Charlotte.

    He continually pursues clinical and academic excellence by attending numerous continuing education courses and programs on an annual basis.

    Dr. Patel is highly skilled in providing comprehensive dental care; he believes that patients deserve to have full confidence in their dentist.

    Dr. Patel has advanced certificates in

    • Implants Placement and Restorations– Engel Institute
    • Laser Dentistry
    • CAD- CAM and 3-D Imaging
    • Invisalign
    • Oral Appliance Therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

     

    INTERESTS

    Dr. Patel enjoys cooking, gardening and photography.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    General Dentistry
    Cosmetic Dentistry

     

    LANGUAGES

    English, Hindi, Gujarati

     

    DENTAL ASSOCIATION

    • American Dental Association
    • North Carolina Dental Society

     

     

     

  • Dr. Ryan Matthews, DMD
    Prosthodontist
    Dr. Ryan Matthews, DMD
    Prosthodontist

    About Dr. Matthews

    Dr. Ryan Matthews is a Prosthodontist who began practicing in North Carolina in 2017. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006, AAS in dental hygiene from CPCC in 2010, DMD degree from Temple University in 2014 and Prosthodontic Certificate from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2017. Prosthodontics is a dental specialty dedicated to all aspects of restorative dentistry from full mouth rehabilitation and implants, to dentures.  Dr. Matthews has received extra training in placing and restoring implants.

     

    INTERESTS

    Dr. Matthews is a native of Charlotte, graduating from Harding University High School.  He married his high school sweetheart Sarah and they have two beautiful boys, Adam and Ethan.  Dr. Matthews has been active in the NC and PA Missions of Mercy free dental clinics and helping the hygiene program at his alma mater, CPCC.  When he is not working, he enjoys cheering on the Tarheels and Panthers as well as spending time with his family.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    Prosthodontics

     

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

     

     

  • Dr. Minerva Castillo, DDS
    General Dentist
    Dr. Minerva Castillo, DDS
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Castillo

    Dr. Castillo earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from two Universities: Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena (UNPHU) in her Country Dominican Republic; and the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.

    She also attended the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, where she earned her degree in Endodontics and Periodontics. Additional training and certifications include Perio-Implants, Lumineers, Invisalign, Dermal fillers and Botox.

     

    INTERESTS

    Dr. Castillo focuses on providing a standard of care which combines art and science to prevent and promote oral health, relieving pain, improving and restoring her patients smiles.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    Restorative Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Emergencies, & Endodontic Treatments

     

    LANGUAGES

    English & Espanol

     

    DENTAL ASSOCIATIONS

    • American Dental Association
    • Florida Dental Association
    • Asociacion Odontologica Dominicana
    • Sociedad Dominicana de Periodoncia
    • Asociacion Odontologica Argentina
    • Colegio de Cirujanos Dentistas of Puerto Rico
    • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

     

     

  • Dr. Sonia Sandhu, DDS
    General Dentist
    Dr. Sonia Sandhu, DDS
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Sandhu

    Dr. Sonia Sandhu has been practicing general dentistry for over ten years. She obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the prestigious New York University College of Dentistry in 2007.

    After graduation, she completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Sandhu is passionate about improving the quality of her patients’ lives by providing personalized, quality care to all her patients.
    She believes in not only treating the oral disease, but providing care for the whole person. Dr. Sandhu takes continuing education to stay in touch with the latest developments in dentistry in order to provide the most up-to-date care for her patients.

    Dr. Sandhu grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, where she received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Millsaps College. After finishing her training in dentistry, she practiced in New York City and Dayton, Ohio.

    She recently moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, and is happy to the Queen City her home. Dr. Sandhu likes to explore the city with her husband and two kids. She is always open to suggestions on restaurants to try and places to explore.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    General Dentistry

     

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

    DENTAL ASSOCIATIONS

    • American Dental Association
    • Academy of General Dentistry

     

     

  • Dr. Marcus Bond, DDS
    General Dentist
    Dr. Marcus Bond, DDS
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Bond

    Dr. Bond received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida. He went on to purse his Master of Health Science at Florida International University in Miami, Fl. To fulfill a childhood dream, Dr. Bond completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery at University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Bond is an avid member of the American Dental Association.

    When not serving the oral health community of Charlotte, Dr. Bond enjoys jogging, working out and deep sea fishing with his brothers, two of which are also in the dental field.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    General Dentistry

     

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

    DENTAL ASSOCIATIONS

    • American Dental Association
    • Academy of General Dentistry

     

     

  • Dr. Mark Purdy, DDS
    General Dentist
    Dr. Mark Purdy, DDS
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Purdy

    Dr. Mark Purdy grew up in Indiana and attended Indiana University as an undergraduate. He moved to Charlotte in 1987, and later received his dental degree from the University of North Carolina in 1992. After graduation, Dr. Purdy returned to the Charlotte area where he has been practicing general dentistry for over twenty years, mostly helping underserved dental patients.

    Dr. Purdy is married and has three grown daughters. His house is also filled with a menagerie of cats and dogs. In his spare time he enjoys walking, running, biking, and kayaking. He also enjoys watching most sports and auto racing, and pulls for both of his alma maters whenever they play.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    General Dentistry

     

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

    DENTAL ASSOCIATIONS

    • American Dental Association
    • Academy of General Dentistry

     

     

  • Dr. Jacqueline Sonceau, DDS
    General Dentist
    Dr. Jacqueline Sonceau, DDS
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Sonceau

    Dr. Sonceau was born in the Bahamas and received a bachelors degree in Biology from
    Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL, after which she attended The Ohio State University
    and participated in the Graduate Dentistry Research Program.

    She then received her dental degree from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in Loma Linda, California in 2000.

    Dr. Sonceau is a member of the American Dental Association, certified Invisalign provider and actively attends continuing education courses throughout the US to expand her dental knowledge.

    She has been practicing in Charlotte since 2004. Dr. Sonceau is extremely dedicated to her patient’s dental health and well being. She is a very loyal and active member of her church. Her interests include music, traveling and cooking.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    General Dentistry
    Invisalign

     

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

     

     

  • Dr. Elyse Maiorini, DMD
    General Dentist
    Dr. Elyse Maiorini, DMD
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Maiorini

    Dr. Elyse Maiorini grew up in Farmington, CT with her parents and grandmother. She completed her undergraduate work at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences in 2008.

    After college, she spent a year performing research in children’s oral health at Columbia University in New York City. Dr. Maiorini received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 2013 and went on to complete a two-year general practice residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC, during which she served as chief resident in her second year.

    Afterwards, she spent two years in Charleston, SC as an associate caring for children and patients with special needs before deciding to return to the greater Charlotte area.

    As a general dentist, Dr. Maiorini enjoys all areas of comprehensive dental care, including preventive treatment, crown and bridgework, root canals, and tooth replacement options. She is a certified Invisalign provider and a member of the American Dental Association and South Carolina Dental Association.

    When she is not taking care of patients, Dr. Maiorini loves spending time with family and friends, playing tennis, going to Orangetheory, running, traveling, gardening, playing the violin, and eating Italian food.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    General Dentistry

     

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

    DENTAL ASSOCIATIONS

    American Dental Association
    South Carolina Dental Association

     

     

  • Dr. Mary Shenouda, DDS
    General Dentist
    Dr. Mary Shenouda, DDS
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Shenouda

    Dr. Mary Shenouda received her DDS degree from University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in Michigan. Prior to moving to the United States, she started her dental passion in Egypt where she practiced dentistry after receiving a bachelor degree in oral and dental surgery from Egypt.

    Dr. Shenouda was practicing general dentistry in Michigan Before moving to Charlotte. Her philosophy is to provide every patient with thorough and attentive care.

    She likes to spend the time to educate and guides her patients to take the best treatment decisions. She strives to make every dental visit relaxing and informative.

    She seeks to keep up to date and spend time in continuing education courses and learning new techniques to provide her patient with the highest standards of dental care. Outside of her professional activities, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. She also likes to cook in her free time.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    General Dentistry

     

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

    DENTAL ASSOCIATIONS

    • American Dental Association

     

     

  • Dr. Sandra Simmons-Boyd, DDS
    General Dentist
    Dr. Sandra Simmons-Boyd, DDS
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Boyd

    Dr. Simmons-Boyd attended University of Michigan School of Dentistry. She has practiced general Dentistry in the Charlotte area for more than 20 years. Dr. Simmons-Boyd has a passion for Dentistry and is excited to have the opportunity to continually serve this community.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    General Dentistry

     

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

    Dental Associations

    American Dental Association

     

     

  • Dr. Natalie Nguyen, DDS
    General Dentist
    Dr. Natalie Nguyen, DDS
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Nguyen

    Dr. Natalie Nguyen was born and raised in Fayetteville, AR. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Arkansas where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Business Management.

    As a senior at the U of A, she attended the Consortium Institute for Management and Business Analysis (CIMBA). It is an internationally recognized study abroad institute that trains future professional leaders.

    She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery. She would then complete the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry.

    Dr. Nguyen participates as a Faculty Member of Spear Education and is a member of the Greater Charlotte Study Group. She also maintains her membership with the American Dental Association, North Carolina Dental Society, and the Charlotte Dental Society.

     

    INTERESTS

    In her spare time she enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending quality time with family and friends.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    General Dentistry

     

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

    DENTAL ASSOCIATIONS

    • North Carolina Dental Society
    • American Dental Association
    • Charlotte Dental Society

     

     

  • Dr. Tanya Moody, DMD
    General Dentist
    Dr. Tanya Moody, DMD
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Moody

    Dr. Tanya Moody was born and raised in South Carolina, where she received her Bachelor in Science Degree in Biology from the University of South Carolina. She continued her studies at the Medical University of South Carolina where she attained her Doctorate of Dental Medicine.

    During dental school, Dr. Moody went on a dental mission trip to Haiti to provide dental care to adults and children in great need. She practiced for several years in South Carolina before moving to North Carolina.

    She is a member in good standing with the American Dental Association as well as the North Carolina Dental Society.

     

    INTERESTS

    Dr. Moody takes a personal interest in each and every individual that comes into the office. She has a warm, caring and gentle style that helps to ease the anxiety that can often be associated with dental care.

    Dr. Moody advances her skill set through courses and self-development to be able to offer her patients the very best dental experience.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    General Dentistry

     

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

    DENTAL ASSOCIATIONS

    • North Carolina Dental Society
    • American Dental Association

     

     

  • Dr. Carli Warden, DDS
    General Dentist
    Dr. Carli Warden, DDS
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Warden

    Born in Florida and raised in Virginia, Dr. Carli Warden attended Virginia Tech in Blacksburg where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. From there, she traveled to New York City to attend dental school at NYU College of Dentistry. Following graduation, she went on to complete a rigorous one year General Practice Residency in Brooklyn, NY where she honed her skills further.

    Dr. Warden is dedicated to helping her patients achieve the best smile possible while also educating them on how to attain excellent oral health. She enjoys chatting and getting to know her patients while creating a safe, calming atmosphere even for the most apprehensive. Her innate customer service abilities have allowed her to meet the needs of patients in a manner that is responsiveconfident, and reassuring.

    Dr. Warden is committed to improving her skills and learning new techniques through regular continuing education. She enjoys all aspects of dentistry, with a special interest in cosmetics. She is an active member of the American Dental Association and the North Carolina Dental Society.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    General Dentistry

     

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

    Dental Associations

    North Carolina Dental Society
    American Dental Association

     

     

  • Dr. Doan Tran, DMD
    General Dentist
    Dr. Doan Tran, DMD
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Tran

    Dr. Doan Tran is a member of American Dental Association and North Carolina Dental Society.  She graduated from Oregon Health Science University in 2005 and practiced in Oregon and Florida before settling in North Carolina.

    Dr. Tran stays on top of the latest technology. Whether she’s performing a root canaloral surgerycosmetic dentistry or a child’s first visit, Dr. Tran’s goal is always to provide the very best of care. She treats every patient as she treats her own family members with the tender caring.

    Although she came to the United States at a very young age, Dr. Tran has returned to Vietnam a few times to donate her time doing charity dental work at the orphanage institutes in the poorest regions of the country where kids never see a dentist.

     

    INTERESTS

    Dr. Tran believes in keeping her body active as well as her mind. She loves to work outgoes hikingswimming and biking and being outdoors. When she’s indoors, she enjoys cooking and playing a piano, both of which help her relax after a day at the office.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    General Dentistry

     

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

    DENTAL ASSOCIATIONS

    • North Carolina Dental Society
    • American Dental Association

     

  • Dr. Amy Mann, DMD
    General Dentist
    Dr. Amy Mann, DMD
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Mann

    Dr. Amy Mann was born and raised here in Charlotte NC. She earned her bachelors degree in Nutrition Science at Indiana University. She then went on to earn a MA in Medical science at Boston University and her Doctorate of Dental Medicine, graduating cum laude in 2012.

    She completed her Residency at Lutheran Medical Center. Dr. Mann worked at Boston, MA as a General Dentist for 4 years, before moving back to the Charlotte area. Dr. Mann is passionate about providing great care to her patients. She takes pride in her abilities to soothe and put at ease even the most anxious of patients

    Dr. Mann has taken numerous continuing education courses to stay up-to-date with the latest technology and advancements in dentistry. Dr. Mann is a member of the American Dental association and the North Carolina Dental association.

    In her spare time Dr. Mann, her husband and their two little boys love the outdoors (especially the beach), traveling, and trying new restaurants.

     

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    General Dentistry

     

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

     

     

  • Dr. Sean Barnwell, DDS
    General Dentist
    Dr. Sean Barnwell, DDS
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Barnwell

    Dr. Barnwell attended the University of Texas at San Antonio and graduated in 1986 with a B.S. in Biology. He matriculated into the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School at San Antonio.

    Graduation from dental school in 1990 was followed by an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency. The residency was completed in 1991.

    Dr. Barnwell and Friendly Dental of Rock Hill are fully committed to ensuring optimal dental care is provided to our community. We broadly focus our attention on caring for the children and adults who call Rock Hill their home, by appointment or walk-in.

    Dr. Barnwell offers his patients state of the art dental care through procedures such as no-prep veneerscustom bleaching, and implant retained dentures, where applicable.

     

    INTERESTS

    When Dr. Barnwell is not practicing, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three adult children. He also enjoys readingtraveling, and exploring the wonders of the natural world.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    General Dentistry

     

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

    DENTAL ASSOCIATIONS

    • American Dental Association
    • South Carolina Dental Association
    • Central District Dental Society

     

     

     

  • Dr. Brenda Halsey, DDS
    General Dentist
    Dr. Brenda Halsey, DDS
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Halsey

    Dr. Brenda Halsey grew up in Alleghany County, North Carolina. She left her hometown to move to Chapel Hill where she attended The University of North Carolina.  After receiving her first degree, she worked in the cosmetic industry for GiorgioBeverly HillsEstée Lauder, and Belk.

    After a few years of working, she decided to return to school to pursue her dream of becoming a dentist. She attended  A & T State University to take her pre-dental education courses. While at A &T, she was a Dean’s List student all semesters and founded the Universities first Pre-Dental /Pre-Med Education Club.

    After being accepted to dental school, she again found herself in Chapel Hill attending one of the countries most prestigious dental schools. While at UNC, she was a Dean’s List student and served on the admission’s committee as a student interviewer.

    Dr. Halsey was very active in Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity where she served as President and received their Zane Eargle Award and Kermit Knudtzon Award.

    After graduation, Dr. Halsey moved to Charlotte where she has practiced dentistry for 17 years.   Each year she attends many dental seminars to keep her skills up-to-date.  In addition, she holds professional memberships related to the dental industry.

     

    INTERESTS

    Dr. Halsey enjoys volunteer dentistry as well.  She worked with the Mission of Mercy (MOM) clinics in both Sparta and Charlotte, volunteered with the Baptist Men’s Mobile Dental Bus in Monroe, NC, and for Dental Access Day (DAD) in Rock Hill, SC.

    Dr. Halsey lives with her husband Joe in Rock Hill, SC, where they enjoy spending summers with their boys, wake surfing on Lake Wylie. She loves SCUBA diving, and is in fact a PADI-certified underwater digital photographer. Her other interests include travel and painting.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    General Dentistry

     

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

    DENTAL ASSOCIATIONS

    • The Academy of General Dentistry
    • The American Dental Association
    • The North Carolina Dental Association
    • The Charlotte Dental Society
    • Central Piedmont Community College Dentist Advisor
    • Spear Dental Study Club
    • South Charlotte Dental Study Club
    • Clinical Mastery Series Alumni

     

     

  • Dr. Lauren Lockhart, DDS
    Orthodontist
    Dr. Lauren Lockhart, DDS
    Orthodontist

    About Dr. Lockhart

    Dr. Lockhart is proud to be an orthodontist who loves her job! Her path of becoming an orthodontist involved almost 10 years of education, which she believes was well worth the effort. After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology from UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Lockhart went on to attend UNC-Chapel Hill’s Dental School.

    Not only did she obtain her D.D.S. degree with Distinction from UNC Dentistry, but she also met her wonderful husband, who is also an orthodontist. Dr. Lockhart completed her 3 year orthodontic residency training at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, TX.

    After leaving Dallas, she and her husband moved to New York in order to complete a Fellowship in Orthodonticsand Craniofacial Orthopedics. All of her years of training paid off when she received the honor of becoming a board-certified orthodontist. Dr. Lockhart has been successfully evaluated as a distinguished provider of exceptional orthodontic care.

     

    INTERESTS

    Overall, Dr. Lockhart is a native of Charlotte, NC and is excited to belong to such a wonderful community. In her leisure, she enjoys watching moviesreadingplaying tennis, and working out. She loves to laughsmile, and is excited to share these gifts with you!

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics

     

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

    DENTAL ASSOCIATIONS

    • American Board of Orthodontics

     

     

  • Dr. Anand Patel, DDS
    General Dentist
    Dr. Anand Patel, DDS
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Patel

    Dr. Patel was born in India and moved with his family to the United States. After finishing high school in Long Island, New York, he obtained his Bachelor of Science from Binghamton University. He then went on to attend New York University, College of Dentistry and obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery. He also completed a General Practice Residency at St. Joseph Hospital, Paterson, New Jersey.

    After practicing in New Jersey, Dr. Patel moved to Charlotte, NC in 2011 and joined Friendly Dental Group. Dr. Patel emphasizes on patient comfort and strives to keep up-to-date with the latest advancements and technology in dentistry to provide his patients with the best quality of care.

    As a general dentist, Dr. Patel has a wide range of experience in different areas of dentistry, from preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Patel’s goal is to improve your smile whether it’s root canal therapy, crown and bridge, or surgical procedures.

    INTERESTS

    In his personal life, Dr. Patel enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Pinal and son, Arjun. He also enjoys the outdoors, sports, and is a New York Giants fan.

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    General Dentistry

    LANGUAGES

    English

  • Dr. Diego Gonzalez, DDS
    General Dentist
    Dr. Diego Gonzalez, DDS
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Gonzalez

    Dr. Gonzalez, one of our bilingual dentists, was born in Cali, Colombia and completed his dental education at Universidad del Valle. After practicing for two years in his country, Dr. Gonzalez moved to the U.S. to further his education.

    He attended New York University, where he obtained his DDS as the president of the Hispanic Dental Students Association. From there, Dr. Gonzalez completed his General Practice Residency at St. Josephs Medical Center in Paterson, NJ. He joined our staff in 2011.

    Dr. Gonzalez believes the learning is a never ending process. He has been serving the Charlotte community since 2008 and his conservative approach to dentistry allows him to the time to listen and understand his patients views and needs.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    Restorative Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Emergencies, & Endodontic Treatments

     

    LANGUAGES

    English & Espanol

     

    DENTAL ASSOCIATIONS

    • American Dental Association
    • Invisalign Technology Certified
    • Academy of General Dentistry

     

  • Dr. Crystal Allen, DDS
    General Dentist
    Dr. Crystal Allen, DDS
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Allen

    Dr. Crystal Allen graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia. Prior to dental school Dr. Allen received her master degree in Biochemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University, and her bachelor degree in Chemistry from the University of Virginia.

    While in dental school Dr. Allen received the A.D. Williams Student Research Grant, awarded to a student who wishes to conduct laboratory research. Her research focused on the spread of head and neck cancer. She also received the Robert M. Saunders scholarship, which is awarded each year to a dental student with exceptional academic credentials.

    Dr. Allen is passionate about helping people. She wants to use her skills to help you achieve your dental desires. She is dedicated to continuing her education and always providing quality care to her patients.  While in practice she has taken many CE courses including, Invisalign, cosmetic dentistry, sleep dentistry and implants.

     

    INTERESTS

    Dr. Allen is originally from Yorktown, Virginia. Prior to residing in Charlotte, she was in private practice in Greenville, NC.  She is married and has a son Tradd. When not practicing dentistry, she enjoys spending time with her family and their dog Walter, working out, and cooking.

     

  • Dr. Victor Bond, DMD
    Orthodontist
    Dr. Victor Bond, DMD
    Orthodontist

    About Dr. Bond

    Growing up, Dr. Bond lived in many places across the eastern part of the United States. His father was engaged in a profession that required him to travel, so he was able to see and experience many different cities and appreciate the unique intricacies that each had to offer.

    Dr. Bond is the youngest of four brothers; two of which are in the dental profession and the other a physician.

    After graduation from orthodontic residency, Dr. Bond decided to trade the sunny beaches of Florida for the beautiful seasons of North Carolina. Dr. Bond enjoys living in this wonderful city, and is honored to have the opportunity to give back to the Charlotte community.

    Dr. Bond knows that for many people, a dental appointment can be a stressful event, and he works to ensure that every dental visit is a positive experience. Dr. Bond finds time to stay current on dental technologies and techniques.

     

    INTERESTS

    Other than orthodontics, Dr. Bond has many interests, hobbies, and passions. Dr. Bond maintains an active and healthy lifestyle, and tries to maximize his time enjoying everything the great outdoors has to offer.

    Dr. Bond enjoys spending time in the mountains of North Carolina with his family. He is an avid sports fan, travel nut, deepsea fisherman, rabid Gators, Panthers, and Tar Heels fan, and grillmaster in training!

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics

     

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

    DENTAL ASSOCIATIONS

    • American Association of Orthodontists
    • Southern Association of Orthodontists
    • American Dental Association

     

  • Dr. Maria Avellaneda Pilar, DMD
    Pediatric Dentist
    Dr. Maria Avellaneda Pilar, DMD
    Pediatric Dentist

    About Dr. Pilar

    Dr. Avellaneda graduated from Bosque University in Bogota, Colombia in 1991 and later returned to the Pediatric Dental Program at Bosque University receiving that degree in 1997. Dr. Avellaneda opened her private practice in Bogota in 1992 and worked there until she arrived in the United States in 2000.

    Dr. Avellaneda completed her Degree in Dental Medicine at NSU, College of Dental Medicine. She completed her residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD). Since her graduation, she was involved in teaching and training residents and students at both Nova Southeastern University and University of Florida College of Dental Medicine.

    Dr. Avellaneda spent most of her career focused on providing pediatric dental care and particularly enjoys working on children aged 0 to 8 years old.

    Dr. Avellaneda believes the learning is a never ending process. Dr. Avellaneda believes in treating patients like family, and always does her very best to provide the highest level of quality dental care and attention to patients.

    Dr. Avellaneda is proficient in all aspects of general dentistry, and looks forward to getting to know you and helping you achieve your dental goals.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    Pediatric Dentistry

     

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

    DENTAL ASSOCIATIONS

    • Certified in Invisalign Technology
    • American Dental Association
    • Academy of General Dentistry

     

  • Dr. Scott Nagel, DMD
    General Dentist
    Dr. Scott Nagel, DMD
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Nagel

    Dr. Nagel was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, the son of a dentist. He attended Indiana University of PA and obtained a BS in Biology in 1988 along with being an All-American swimmer and captain of the team.

    From there Dr. Nagel attended dental school at the University of Pittsburgh and graduated in 1993 with a DMD degree.

    After working in his father’s practice, he opened two practices of his own, one in 1997 and another in 2004. He sold his two practices in 2008 and decided to move to North Carolina where his two brothers live.

    Dr. Nagel has extensive restorative experience with implant dentistry and the All on 4 Restorative procedure. He also has extensive experience with full mouth reconstruction and advanced restorative procedures as well as all cosmetic procedures.

    Dr. Nagel looks forward to providing the highest level of dental care to all of his patients, and would be happy to chat through the advantages of cosmetic and general dentistry, as well as dental implants.

    He lives in Denver, NC with his wife Susan, son Scotty, daughter Izabella and identical triplet boys Nolan, Josef and Lincoln. In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking with Dakari, one of his 3 dogs. He also enjoys watching the Pittsburgh, Penquins, and the Steelers.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    General Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Full Mouth Reconstruction, Implant Restoration, & All on 4 Restoration

     

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

     

  • Dr. Kelly Webb, DDS
    General Dentist
    Dr. Kelly Webb, DDS
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Webb

    Kelly Webb, DDS, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Biology from St. Francis University. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

    During dental school, Dr. Webb went on many dental externships including a mission trip to Vietnam through Operation Smile to provide free dental care to children in great need.

    Following dental school, Dr. Webb completed additional training through a General Practice Residency at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She enjoys all aspects of general dentistry, but more importantly loves helping patients achieve a healthy smile.

    Dr. Webb is committed to continual education in her field and strives to ensure that all of her patients benefit from the most up-to-date techniques in dentistry.

     

    INTERESTS

    When not working, Dr. Webb enjoys spending time with her family, friends and two dogs Porter and Moxie. She also enjoys running, traveling and reading.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    General Dentistry

     

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

    DENTAL ASSOCIATIONS

    • American Dental Association
    • Academy of General Dentistry
    • North Carolina Dental Society
    • Charlotte Dental Society
    • American Association of Women Dentists

     

  • Dr. James Hull, DDS
    Orthodontist
    Dr. James Hull, DDS
    Orthodontist

    About Dr. Hull

    Dr. Jim Hull has been a practicing orthodontist in Charlotte for over 30 years. He is very proud to be carrying on the Charlotte tradition of his father’s practice, which started in 1950.

    Dr. Hull received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and his Master of Orthodontics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Dr. Hull understands the needs and concerns of his patients and strives to deliver the highest quality dental care in the most comfortable environment. He stays current with the latest technological advances through continuing education courses and being a member of local dental associations.

    Dr. Hull was born and raised in Charlotte. His wife is Ginny, and he has three sons, Carter, Turner, and Jordan, and a daughter, Jessie.

     

    INTERESTS

    In his spare time, Dr. Hull enjoys hiking, hunting, and spending time with his family.

     

    SPECIALIZATIONS

    Orthodontics

     

    LANGUAGES

    English

     

    DENTAL ASSOCIATIONS

    • American Dental Association
    • American Association of Orthodontists
    • Southern Association of Orthodontists
    • Charlotte Dental Society
    • Certified by the National Board of Orthodontics