Meet The Team

  • Dr. Manar Abdelrahim, DDS
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Abdelrahim Manar Abdelrahim, DDS, was born and raised in Abu Dhabi UAE. She moved to the United States at age 17 for her dental education and currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her fiance and puppy. Dr. Abdelrahim is a graduate of the Howard University College of Dentistry. Upon receipt of her Doctorate…

    About Dr. Abdelrahim

    Manar Abdelrahim, DDS, was born and raised in Abu Dhabi UAE. She moved to the United States at age 17 for her dental education and currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her fiance and puppy.

    Dr. Abdelrahim is a graduate of the Howard University College of Dentistry. Upon receipt of her Doctorate of Dental Surgery, she completed a general practice residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. After her residency, Dr. Abdelrahim returned to the hospital as a full-time staff member and attending, teaching and supervising residents. In addition to these credentials, Dr. Abdelrahim holds two post-graduate degrees from Georgetown University- an Advanced Biomedical Science certificate and a master’s in Physiology & Biophysics.

    Dr. Abdelrahim has experience working with medically complex patients, special needs patients, treatment of traumatic dental injuries, and treatment of patients with a history of head and neck radiation. She practices the full range of general dentistry with a special interest in cosmetic and aesthetic procedures. Dr. Abdelrahim is a life-long learner. She is a firm believer in continued education and staying up to date with the forefront of modern dentistry. She applies the latest and most cutting-edge evidence-based information & practices because she is committed to providing her patients with the absolute best care available.

    Dr. Abdelrahim prides herself on being a compassionate and careful listener who takes the time to explain all of the treatment options available to her patients. She is dedicated to ensuring that her patients feel confident they are making informed decisions about their care, based on a complete understanding of what they need and why. In her practice, Dr. Abdelrahim is on a mission to ease her patients’ dental anxiety and positively influence their perspectives on oral health.

    In her free time, Dr. Abdelrahim enjoys spending time with her family, carpentry work, taking care of her indoor plant nursery, and traveling.

     

     

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  • Dr. Huan Yi Zhang, DDS
    Dr. Huan Yi Zhang, DDS
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Zhang Dr. Huan Yi Zhang grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She attended college at Stony Brook University and graduated with a bachelor degree in Biology.  She then completed her doctor’s degree and obtained her DDS at the university of Buffalo in 2016. Following dental school, Dr. H Zhang continued additional training through…

    About Dr. Zhang

    Dr. Huan Yi Zhang grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She attended college at Stony Brook University and graduated with a bachelor degree in Biology.  She then completed her doctor’s degree and obtained her DDS at the university of Buffalo in 2016.

    Following dental school, Dr. H Zhang continued additional training through a General Practice Residency at New York Presbyterian Queen Hospital and completed an externship program on implantology at California Implant institute where she further hone her skills in implant placement and restoration.

    Dr. Zhang has practiced successfully in New York and California prior to settling down in Charlotte NC with her family.  While the practice of dentistry is the same regardless of the location, the demands and needs of every individual patient is unique. By combining the skills that she has learned practicing on both coasts, Dr. Zhang is able to offer her patients the latest treatment options. She is a firm believer that every patient is unique and works to customize her care to ensure that every patient leaves with a great smile. ospital. h

    Outside of work, both Dr. Zhang and her husband stay busy raising their three children. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with family.

     

     

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  • Dr. Mallary Forrest, DDS
    Orthodontist

    About Dr. Forrest After completing her Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Florida, Dr. Mallary Forrest, DDS, MSc earned her dental degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2011.  While in dental school, Dr. Forrest was invited into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society and graduated in the top of…

    About Dr. Forrest

    After completing her Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Florida, Dr. Mallary Forrest, DDS, MSc earned her dental degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2011.  While in dental school, Dr. Forrest was invited into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society and graduated in the top of her class.  Upon completion of her dental degree, Dr. Forrest served the Charlotte area as a general dentist for over 6 years.  While she enjoyed her time practicing general dentistry and gained invaluable experience, Dr. Forrest decided to hone her skills and specialize in the field of orthodontics. Orthodontics was the natural choice for her as it encompasses all the aspects of dentistry she values the most, culminating lasting relationships with her patients while helping them realize their dream of a beautiful smile.  During her training at UNLV, Dr. Forrest earned an Orthodontic certificate and a Master of Science in oral biology while conducting extensive research in oral cancer.

    Dr. Forrest’s broad range of experience in the dental field allows her to provide top of the line orthodontics tailored to fit your specific needs and desires.  She is dedicated to taking the time to determine the best treatment modality and providing optimum results to create beautiful smiles that not only increases her patient’s confidence, but also sets them up for a lifetime of oral health and function.

    Dr. Forrest is married to her high school sweetheart, Matt, a physical education teacher. Together, they have two daughters.  In her spare time, she enjoys being a mom, cooking, playing sports, and enjoying outdoor activities with her family.

     

     

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  • Dr. Catherine Ha, DMD
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Ha Originally from South Vietnam, Dr. Catherine Ha immigrated to the U.S. in the mid 70’s with her family and settled in South Carolina. She earned her BS degree in Biology from University of South Carolina and DMD degree from Medical University of South Carolina. After earning her General Practice Residency certificate from…

    About Dr. Ha

    Originally from South Vietnam, Dr. Catherine Ha immigrated to the U.S. in the mid 70’s with her family and settled in South Carolina. She earned her BS degree in Biology from University of South Carolina and DMD degree from Medical University of South Carolina. After earning her General Practice Residency certificate from University of North Carolina, she fell in love with the Triangle area.
    Having owned and managed two dental practices in Cary and the Research Triangle area (Durham), Dr. Ha would spend the next 22 years working with her brother who is also a dentist, growing to love her patients and profession, and expanding her scope of practice to include cosmetic dentistry, Implant restoration and orthodontics via Invisalign.
    In 2017, she sold the dental practice and worked as a traveling contract Dentist throughout the Triangle area for a few years before settling down to her new dental home at Friendly Dental Group-Durham in 2021 providing quality family and general dentistry to patients of all ages.
    When Catherine is not practicing dentistry, she enjoys spending time with her two children, family and friends, traveling, hiking, outdoor activities and trying new restaurants.
    Languages: English, Vietnamese

     

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  • Dr. Kristen Kilgore, DDS
    Dr. Kristen Kilgore, DDS
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Kilgore Originally from the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan she completed her education at West Virginia University. Dr. Kilgore earned her bachelor’s degree in Science and was a member of the Women’s Basketball team, playing in a few NCAA tournaments. Dr. Kilgore then completed her dental training at University of Michigan, School of Dentistry…

    About Dr. Kilgore

    Originally from the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan she completed her education at West Virginia University. Dr. Kilgore earned her bachelor’s degree in Science and was a member of the Women’s Basketball team, playing in a few NCAA tournaments. Dr. Kilgore then completed her dental training at University of Michigan, School of Dentistry earning her D.D.S. With a particular interest in surgery, Dr. Kilgore pursued Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training at Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Kilgore now resides in Charlotte, NC and has particular interests in implant dentistry and wisdom teeth removal.

    In her free time, Dr. Kilgore enjoys traveling, working out and watching sports such as basketball and football. She spends most of her time with family and her best dog friend “Kobe.”

    We are excited to have Dr. Kilgore join our practice.

     

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  • DR. WJ CHOE, DDS
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Choe Dr.Choe has been practicing dentistry since 2003. Prior to joining Friendly Dental Group, Dr.Choe had owned and operated her private practice in Charlotte for over 15 years. Dr.Choe studied dentistry in the prestigious UNC School of Dentistry (Chapel Hill, NC), and graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. Dr.Choe also…

    About Dr. Choe

    Dr.Choe has been practicing dentistry since 2003. Prior to joining Friendly Dental Group, Dr.Choe had owned and operated her private practice in Charlotte for over 15 years.

    Dr.Choe studied dentistry in the prestigious UNC School of Dentistry (Chapel Hill, NC), and graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. Dr.Choe also holds a Bachelor of Science in physics from Sung Kyun Kwan University (Seoul, S.Korea), as her childhood dream was becoming a physicist.

    Dr.Choe believes in logical and methodical approach to dentistry with extensive clinical experience in cosmetic dentistry, crowns & bridges and endodontics. Dr.Choe spends her free time playing the piano, watching UNC Tar Heel basketball and PGA golf, and traveling with the family.

     

     

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  • Dr. Abdullah Mahmud, DDS
    General Dentist

    About Dr. Mahmud Dr. Abdullah Mahmud was born in Brooklyn, New York and spent the first 15 years of his life in the New York and New Jersey area. At the age of 15, his family relocated to Charlotte, NC where he attended the remainder of his high school years. Dr. Mahmud then attended the…

    About Dr. Mahmud

    Dr. Abdullah Mahmud was born in Brooklyn, New York and spent the first 15 years of his life in the New York and New Jersey area. At the age of 15, his family relocated to Charlotte, NC where he attended the remainder of his high school years. Dr. Mahmud then attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and double majored in German Linguistics and Biology with a concentration in Microbiology. After graduation from UNC Charlotte, he spent several years involved in entrepreneurial activities including opening a restaurant business.

    Dr. Mahmud then attended the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in Detroit, MI and graduated with high honors and was inducted in the prestigious OKU honor society. His special interests lie in oral surgical procedures, implantology, and removable prosthodontics. Dr. Mahmud is happy to serve the needs of his patients and always strives towards ensuring that the highest level of dental care is provided at all visits.

     

     

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  • Dr. David Woolston, DDS
    Dr. David Woolston, DDS
    Orthodontist

    About Dr. Woolston A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Dentistry in 1993, Dr. Woolston joined the US Navy after dental school as a Naval Dental Officer and served for three years with the Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune. He continued as a reservist for the next 23 years…

    About Dr. Woolston

    A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Dentistry in 1993, Dr. Woolston joined the US Navy after dental school as a Naval Dental Officer and served for three years with the Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune.

    He continued as a reservist for the next 23 years and retired with the rank of Captain. Dr. Woolston became a member of the Academy of General Dentistry in 1993 and then became a Fellow in the Academy in 2006.

    He is married to his beautiful bride Susan and has three children and a French Bulldog named Abby.

     

     

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  • 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…

    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!

     

     

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  • Dr. Sylvana Chimenti, DMD
    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…

    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.

     

     

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