Dr. Samantha Britt
Dr. Saul Gonzalez
Dr. Jacob Hyer
Dr. Chris Martin
Dr. Maya Martin
Hi, and welcome to our website! A little about me…
I am a Tar Heel!!!! I attended the University Of North Carolina for both my undergraduate (BS in Biology ’96) and dental school training (DDS ’02). I played basketball for UNC from ’92 to ’96 and was on the 1994 National Championship Team. GO HEELS!!!
I am originally from Yugoslavia. I was born and raised in the city of Kragujevac, Serbia. I came to the United States as part of a student exchange program in 1991 and decided to stay at the UNC for my undergraduate training on a basketball scholarship.
I love the practice of dentistry. I find myself to be an extremely detail-oriented person, and the intricate, precise nature of this profession seems to suit me well. I actually LOVE fixing teeth!
I am happily married to Chris Martin. Chris is a dentist in West Raleigh and is also a Tar Heel. We have two daughters, Ava and Ella, and a son, Noah… all Tar Heels in training!!!
I look forward to meeting you. Thank you for visiting us online!
Dr. Martin has received the Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry and received Mastership in the AGD in June, 2018.
Dr. Imran Rauf
Hey all! I was originally born and raised in New York, but moved to North Carolina during my later childhood years. I’ve grown to love North Carolina and attended East Carolina University where I received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with a minor in Neuroscience.
Initially I moved to Washington D.C. to work for the National Institutes of Health following a path in research and medicine, but I discovered an interest in dentistry and found it as a career to channel my interests in problem solving, creativity, hand skills, and being able to improve the lives of others. Seeing dentistry as a perfect match, I went on to receive my dental education at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry where I received my Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree. I then went on to further my training with an Advanced Education in General Dentistry at East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine.
In my free time, I enjoy lifting weights, biking, playing video games, cooking delicious Pakistani food, as well as Korean food for Dr. Jaehee Yoo! I look forward to meeting you soon!!
Dr. Octavio Rodriguez
Dr. Sara Valencia
Dr. Jaehee Yoo
Hi everyone! I am originally from Seoul, South Korea, but I grew up in a small town of Hendersonville in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The Triangle is my ‘home’ as I attended the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham (Go Unis!) and UNC School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill (Go Heels!) for both my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and Doctorate of Dental Surgery degrees.
Before joining the amazing team at Village Dental, I had the privilege of providing dental care locally in Cary, NC, Snow Hill, NC,and Atlanta, GA. I also provided dental care internationally in Brazil, India and Honduras. I have seen and experienced how dentistry can impact lives and hope to help you reach your oral and overall health goals through meaningful care. I am extremely detail-oriented, love to work with my hands, and absolutely love the marriage of art and science in the dental profession. I am passionate about all aspects of general dentistry for all ages, including preventative, restorative, surgical and cosmetic care. I am committed to providing the highest possible level of dental care, treating you all as if you were my family!
I am a proud member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, North Carolina Dental Society and Triangle Christian Medical and Dental Association. To best serve you, I love reading about the latest dental research and learning through Continuing Education courses.
Outside of dentistry, I love spending time with friends and family, traveling and learning about different cultures, enjoying good food and coffee, being outdoors, sweating through hot yoga, crafting and… thinking about dentistry. I feel very blessed to be able to do something that I love everyday and I look forward to meeting you and your family very soon!
Dr. Abdul Zalal
While at the School of Dentistry, I was lucky to have the opportunity to explore my passions, leading me to working with underserved patients locally and internationally, engaging in scientific research, and advocating for dentistry on a local and national level.
Leaving the school only signalled the beginning of my learning journey, and I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to pursue advanced training in many aspects of dentistry, from surgery to complex rehabilitation.
I live in Raleigh, where you can find me enjoying the outdoors, riding my bike, getting ice cream, roasting coffee, or boarding a plane to travel and explore.
Bio Coming Soon!
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