Meet The Team

  • 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
    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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  • 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…

    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

     

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  • 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…

    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

     

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  • 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…

    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

     

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  • 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,…

    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

     

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  • 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…

    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

     

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  • 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…

    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

     

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  • 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…

    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

     

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  • 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…

    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)

     

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