Our Team - Village Dental

Our Team

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. Octavio Rodriguez

I grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina in a small town called Hendersonville. I earned my undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University. While attending NCSU, I fell in love with dentistry by participating in various pre-dental and medical programs at UNC Chapel Hill and West Virginia School of Dentistry. Upon graduating, I worked in a dental office in Cary, NC for one year in order to gain more experience in the dental field. That year, I was fortunate to be accepted to UNC School of Dentistry where I obtained my Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree. During my years in dental school, I had the honor to treat veterans at the Asheville VA Hospital, children residents of the Cherokee reservation in the mountains of NC, cancer patients in Mexico City, and children in Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos Orphanage in Morelos, Mexico. When I am not here at Village Dental North Raleigh, I love spending time with my beautiful wife and our new son. My wife is a dental hygienist and we enjoy volunteering in various non-profit clinics providing dental care to the underserved in our state.

The artistry of dentistry, the ability to work with my hands, and most importantly the ability to help people on a very personal level were some of things that first attracted me to this profession. With experience and time, I have come to realize that coming to the dentist can be an uncomfortable experience that can cause anxiety and fear for many patients. It is my mission to help ease my patients’ fears while providing the most gentle and highest quality dentistry. I look forward to meeting you soon!

Dr. Samantha Britt

Hi, I’m Dr. Samantha Britt! I was born in Texas and lived in a few different states growing up, but spent the majority of my childhood living in Trumbull, Connecticut. In high school, I learned of my passion for dentistry while working as an assistant at my neighbor’s dental practice. After graduating high school, I went to college at the University of Connecticut. I graduated with honors with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology and a minor in Spanish. I loved every minute I spent at UConn, but knew I needed to live somewhere warmer, so I moved to North Carolina in 2010 for dental school. I graduated from the UNC School of Dentistry in 2014 and advanced my training by completing a General Practice Residency in 2015 at the Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville, NC.

Since I have been practicing dentistry, I have become a member of the American Dental Association, North Carolina Dental Society, American Association of Women Dentists, and the Academy of General Dentistry. I truly enjoy being in a profession where I can interact with people every day, create and improve the beauty and health of others, and utilize the ever-changing and evolving technology that defines modern dentistry. There is always something new to learn, which makes dentistry so exciting for me.

I met my husband, Phillip, in 2010, and we got married in 2015. We are parents to 2 small dogs, a rescued miniature dachshund named Slinky, and a chiweenie (chihuahua-dachshund mix) named Moose, who we adopted as a puppy. They are extremely high energy and loving, and definitely keep our lives exciting and unpredictable!

When I am not treating the amazing patients at Village Dental or home playing with my dogs, I love to read, watch movies, and cook. For exercise, I love cycling, practicing yoga, and hiking. My husband and I really enjoy traveling as well. Our favorite places to go locally are to the beach and especially to Asheville, which is our favorite place to visit!

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be your dentist here at Village Dental, and I look forward to meeting you soon!

Dr. Saul Gonzalez

I was born in Fresno, California, but have been living in Garner since the age of 5. I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Growing up I knew I wanted to work in healthcare and while attending UNC-CH, I found that through dentistry I found what I was looking for. I was fortunate to be accepted to attend East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine and graduated in 2017. Upon graduation I decided to continue my dental education and through East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine I completed my Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency in 2018. During my years at East Carolina University I was fortunate to treat patients throughout the state of North Carolina thanks to their innovative Community Service Learning Centers. On my free time I love spending time reading, running, and anything that involves being active! I also consider myself an amateur cook! Giving back and being able to be of service to a community that has given so much to me is truly something I enjoy. I am here to serve you!

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. Amani Mohamed

Hello! My name is Amani Mohamed, I am a patient concierge here at Village Dental North Raleigh. I grew up in the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I was introduced to the dental field by my grandfather and uncle who are both amazing dentists. They have always been my role models, very selfless and always honest with their patients. I moved to Mississippi in 2013 to attend the University of Southern Mississippi where I majored in biological sciences. I moved to Raleigh in 2019 to continue my journey in the dental field. I had the opportunity to work as a dental assistant and shadow many dentists over the years. 

In my free time, I enjoy spending my time travelling with my boyfriend Darius, working out, and playing with my cats. I enjoy seeing new smiles and patients react to their new smiles! I’m looking forward to making you smile!


Front Desk Team Lead

Hello!! My name is Joi. I was born and raised in Rochester Hills, Michigan. I graduated from Michigan State University in 2006, with a degree in Merchandising Management. After working in the retail industry for eight years I decided to make a career change and I now enjoy working at Village Dental at North Raleigh!!

I moved to North Carolina eight years ago to escape the long cold Michigan winters. Outside of work, I enjoy spending my time with my boyfriend Jon, and my wild mini schnauzer Tedy. We spend our days eating good food, taking long walks and watching Detroit Tigers baseball! Thank-you for visiting our website and I look forward to meeting you soon!!


Clinic Administrator

Hi, my name is Kristy. I’ve been in the dental field since 2008. I am originally from Pennsylvania and that’s where I started my dental career as an Oral Surgery Assistant. I moved to North Carolina in October of 2012 and I have been part of the Village Dental team since July of 2013. In my spare time I enjoy playing with my two dogs, camping, going to the beach, and working out. I look forward to meeting you and assisting with your dental needs!


Treatment Coordinator

Hi! I’m Sarah and I recently moved to Raleigh from Maryland however, this is not my first time living in North Carolina. I attended Catawba College in Salisbury and then had a great opportunity to work in the spa and beauty industry. As much as I enjoyed working at spas and salons, I always wanted to get into the dental field and I am so excited to be a part of Village Dental’s team! Outside of work I love exploring Raleigh with my boyfriend, listening to live music, and hanging out with friends. I look forward to seeing you soon!


Treatment Coordinator

Hi! My name is Shannon, I became part of the Village Dental Family in 2019. I moved here in 2018 from New Port Richey, Florida where Dentistry from the Heart was established! I have been in the dental field for over 30 years. I was an assistant for all those years and now I am a treatment coordinator. I look forward to meeting you and going over any dental questions or concerns you may have.


Insurance Coordinator
Hello, my name is Diane. I am originally from the Chicago area but I have been able to live all over the United States-the benefit of being a former military wife. I have over 15-years of experience with dental insurance and I am happy to be able to help you with your dental insurance needs here at Village Dental North Raleigh. When I am not here at Village Dental, I enjoy spending time with my children and grandchildren. I also enjoy cross-stitch, sewing & cheering for the Chicago Bears, Cubs & Bulls. I look forward to seeing you at your next visit to the office.


Financial Coordinator
Hi, I’m Julie! I’m a native North Carolinian and live in Wake Forest with my husband and youngest daughter. Aside from spending time with family and friends, I enjoy crafting, decorating, cooking, and most of all being a mother and grandmother! My educational background originally began in the dental field in 1995 which later led to a 12 year career in property management. I am confident that my expertise in client care and business relations will complement the amazing opportunity I was given here with the Village Dental North Raleigh team. I look forward to meeting you soon!


Financial Coordinator

Hello, I’m Shayne and I recently relocated to the Raleigh area from Springfield, Missouri. I graduated from Missouri State University with my B.S. in political science in 2019. I have a background working mostly in hotels and now healthcare. I was born and raised in Missouri, but I have lived in Texas as well. I really am enjoying my time in North Carolina so far with all the natural beauty and multitude of things to do in my free time. I enjoy photography, technology, cars, reading, film, and iced coffee. I really enjoy helping others and making a positive difference with every interaction. I feel spreading kindness is very important to make everyone’s day a little better. I am so glad to be joining the wonderful Village Dental family, and I hope to meet many more great faces.

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New Patient Coordinator

Hello! My name is Chloe and I am the New Patient Coordinator here at Village Dental North Raleigh. I was born in Western Maryland but moved to Raleigh in elementary school. I studied at Meredith College where I got my degree in Fashion Merchandising. After spending years in retail, I wanted to take my customer service skills to the next level. I love helping others, especially here at Village Dental where I get to see everyone’s beautiful smile.

At home, I love spending all of my free time with my son, Kylan. He is my world and always puts a smile on my face! I look forward to meeting you here at Village Dental.


Patient Coordinator

Hey y’all, my name is Robyn! I am North Carolina born and raised. I am a summer time girl that enjoys every bit of sunshine. I am stoked to have found my tribe at Village Dental and my passion of helping others through their smile and oral hygiene. My love of dentistry is derived from the veterinary field where I was a technician for five years and decided to make a career change and help the humans instead. 

On my down time from Village Dental, you can find me spending time with family and friends, at craft breweries or concerts, riding horses, going on walks around the farm with Jade (my fur child), being a beach bum, or catching up on my sleep with Sunday afternoon naps. My hobbies include: barrel racing, baking, being on the lake, golfing, running (for fun), fishing, playing co-ed softball and volleyball, and going on random adventures. Jeremiah 29:11 is what I live by, and I look at and live everyday as “another day in paradise” because I am BLESSED! I look forward to meeting you all very soon!



Patient Coordinator

Hello! My name is Miranda and I am a Patient Coordinator at Village Dental North Raleigh. I was born and raised locally in Morrisville. I fell in love with patient care working as a pharmacy technician for 5 years. I then moved into retail for a change of scenery. After working in retail management for 5 years, I realized how much I missed patient care and the medical field, so I am now at Village Dental! When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my loved ones and friends. If I could, I would pack up and move to the coast in an instant. I look forward to greeting and meeting you at Village Dental!



Patient Coordinator

Hello! My name is Lindsay and I am a Patient Coordinator here at Village Dental North Raleigh. I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to North Carolina 15 years ago. I lived in Winston Salem for a few years and then moved here to Raleigh a few years after that. I married my high school sweetheart and we have two beautiful daughters, Addyson and Emersyn. We are huge Pittsburgh sports fans; I love to watch hockey (Go Penguins!) and football (Go Steelers!). I have been in retail management all my life and realized I needed a change, but I still wanted to work in customer service. I love being able to help people. When I am not working at Village Dental, I enjoy spending time with my family at our family beach house in Emerald Isle. I am looking forward to meeting you at Village Dental!

Whitney - Patient Coordinator


Patient Coordinator

Hi there, my name is Whitney! I was born and raised in the beautiful little town of Edenton, North Carolina. I met my husband while studying in Greenville, NC and his job relocated us to Raleigh. We have two fur babies, love to travel, enjoy being outdoors, and are big hockey fans (GO CAPS!). I have worked in various restaurants on all levels, in both front and back of the house roles. I have over eight years of experience in the food and beverage industry, and my most recent role was managing a bar. 

When the pandemic hit in the Spring of 2020, I was laid off. I took the unemployment period to reevaluate my goals in life and figure out my next steps. I have always pictured myself working in healthcare and have completed an Associate in Science. However, after shadowing I learned that I am better suited for a more administrative role. So, I decided to make a career change, focusing on finding office experience while providing patient care. Village Dental has been the perfect opportunity to explore my career goals and satisfy my passion for customer service. I was extremely anxious about making this career change and diving into a field having no experience. But the staff has welcomed me with open arms, and I feel right at home. I know that they will be able to do the same for you!

Amber - Hygiene Coordinator


Hygiene Coordinator

Hi! My name is Amber, and I am the hygiene coordinator here at Village Dental. I am originally from Yonkers, New York but was raised in Raleigh since the age of five. I have always enjoyed customer service and the opportunity to meet new people. After working in retail customer service for four years I wanted to spread my wings and venture off into a new career field. I started off in an orthodontic practice and that is when I became passionate about dental care once I saw the bond that could be created between patients and their dental team. 

In my free time I enjoy watching true crime shows, traveling and a night out on the town with my friends. I am so excited to be a part of the Village Dental Team and I cannot wait to meet you and your beautiful smile!


Hygiene Team Lead
Hi! I’m Destiny and I am excited to be a part of the Village Dental team. I recently moved to Clayton, NC from New Jersey, but my roots started in Atlanta. I attended Penn State for my bachelors in Dental Hygiene, with a focus on Health Policy and Administration. I hope to attend graduate school in the near future to complete an MBA program. When not spreading smiles through treatment or education, I love spending time with my husband, our son and two dogs. We hope to start fostering more animals soon, which is what started our journey south. We also love game nights, working out and laughing at ourselves. I can’t wait to meet you!


Registered Dental Hygienist
Hi! I’m Tiffany. I am originally from Louisiana. I have one daughter named Elizabeth and we currently reside in Clayton, NC. Growing up, I played many sports, basketball being my favorite. When I graduated high school I joined the United States Army where I served actively for four years. While in the military, I learned many life lessons and traveled all over the world. After the military, I attended Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville, NC where I obtained a certification in Dental Assisting and later a degree in Dental Hygiene. Outside of work, you can find me enjoying anything outdoors, hanging out with my family and friends, at the beach or rooting for my favorite team the New Orleans Saints! I look forward to meeting you and your family here at Village Dental.


Registered Dental Hygienist
Hi! My name is Sam and I am from Washington DC. I moved to Raleigh six years ago and I am loving this city and all it has to offer. I fell in love with the profession of medicine and dentistry at a young age and always knew I wanted to have a career in this field. I began my hygiene career at Wake Technical Community College and graduated with a Specialized Sciences degree. I love being able to educate people on how to better take care of their oral health and working with patients to help them towards having a healthy smile! In my free time, you can find me in Youngsville with my horse, Habanero, or at home reading and doing yoga. I try to travel as much as I possibly can and am fortunate to say I’ve visited all over Europe, Singapore, Thailand, and the western United States! In the future, I would love to visit Africa and Australia! I’m very happy to find a second family at Village Dental as one of their hygienists and can’t wait to meet you!


Registered Dental Hygienist

Hi, I’m Hillary! I am a Registered Dental Hygienist here at Village Dental. I am from a small town called Lucama, which is a little outside of Wilson, NC. I went to hygiene school at Wayne Community College. I absolutely love working here and providing the best care possible to every patient who walks through the door. Outside of work, I love to hang out with my boyfriend Matt and my mini dachshund, Keeler, doing anything from going to the beach to just watching a movie on the couch. I am a very laid back person and enjoy meeting new people! Come and see me on your next visit. I can’t wait to meet you!

Hillary - Dental Hygienist


Dental Hygienist

Hi! I’m Emily! I’m a registered dental hygienist here at Village Dental! I was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina and just recently moved to the Raleigh area. I discovered a love for teeth when I worked as a dental assistant at a pediatric dentist office in Greensboro. I decided to go back to school to become a dental hygienist and obtained my dental hygiene degree at Guilford Technical Community College. 

When I’m not working at Village Dental, you can find me working out at the gym, enjoying a charcuterie board, spending time with my family and friends, and my dog, Yogi-Bear. I’m a big adventure junkie and love anything and everything involving the outdoors. I am so excited to be a part of the Village Dental team and can’t wait to meet you!



Dental Hygienist

Hi, I’m Jeeni! I’m a dental hygienist at Village Dental North Raleigh, and I work with the best team members! I have been a hygienist for a long time (Who’s counting?). I love being able to meet the great patients we have and getting to know all of them. I also enjoy being able to help our patients whenever I can. Out of the office, my husband, Gary, and I like to work in our yard. Honestly, I don’t like the weeding but I love the results. We have a crazy cat named Garfy. He loves watermelon juice.. told you he was crazy! I can’t wait to meet you all soon!


Clinical Team Leader
Greetings everyone! My name is Angie, your dental assistant. I was born and raised in the Philippines, and lived in Denver, Co for 12 years before moving to the Triangle area. I have been an assistant since 2009 and I am grateful to say that I have found my passion and purpose in life. Besides being a mom, I enjoy the outdoors, love the beach, and cooking is my stress reliever. Village Dental has the most passionate people when it comes to your dental needs. I am truly grateful to be a part of the practice, because each one of us here will deliver a very satisfying and most comfortable visit with our dentist. Let’s all smile confidently!


Dental Assistant
Hello, My name is Aubrey and I am a dental assistant here at North Raleigh Village Dental! Which I am in love with! I first fell in love with dentistry while I was in school at DATC. Previous to dental assisting I was a groomer back home in Burlington, NC. I still live in Burlington and commute to Raleigh everyday! I grew up on a farm back home and couldn’t give it up to move to Raleigh just yet…Some of my activities outside of work are spending time with friends and family. I also am a huge fan of nature and love exploring the great outdoors! I like to ride my sweet horse Ginger and play with all my farm animals. Often on the weekends I go to the lake or find some live music to relax. I like sports but only when I’m able to participate in them myself, my favorite sport is probably drag racing because I used to race and might again someday. I can’t wait to meet you and help you achieve your perfect smile!


Dental Assistant
Hi! My name is Katrina and I am a dental assistant here at Village Dental North Raleigh. I am a Raleigh native, but I left to serve as an active duty service member in the U.S. Army. I first expressed interest in the dental field at the age of 9 years old when I was seen by my first female dentist. I decided that day that I wanted to be a dentist. After leaving the Army, I went to dental assisting school and I have loved nothing more (except my family and my dog, Zoey)! After assisting for 8 years I decided to go back to college and I completed my Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from NCCU in hopes of pursuing my dream of becoming a dentist.


Dental Assistant
Hi!! My name is Melissa and I’m a Dental Assistant here at Village Dental North Raleigh. I am originally from France and moved to the U.S. at a young age. I am currently in my third year at North Carolina State University majoring in Human Biology. I have always been interested in the dental field and plan on pursuing my career goal to be a dentist. When I am not focusing on school or work, I love to travel, run, and try new experiences! I can’t wait to meet you at your next dental appointment.


Dental Assistant

Hi, my name is Alex. I was born and raised in Raleigh, but now call Johnston County home. I have been in the dental field for 5 years and have loved every minute of it. When I’m not working, I’m spending time with my 4-year-old son who keeps me busy! I also love spending time at the beach, the lake, fishing, crafting and baking. I’m so proud to be a part of the Village Dental family and I look forward to meeting you!

Bridgette - Dental Assistant


Dental Assistant

Hi! I’m Bridgette and I am a dental assistant here at Village Dental North Raleigh. I grew up in Wendell, but relocated to Henderson about three years ago with my better half and his wonderful children and our Vietnamese potbelly pig, Hercules. 

I graduated from Miller Motte College in 2016 with a bachelor science degree in dental science and I love being able to help make people smile. I look forward to growing my knowledge of dentistry at this amazing practice. I know coming to the dental office for any person is not enjoyable, and I can relate growing up. I did not like going to the dentist at all so I was right in your place, but I quickly found that there are so many ways to make the patient comfortable. I love my job and I love being able to comfort and inform patients of their dental needs. The dental field is always changing and we are finding ways to improve on giving you, the patient, the best dental care possible. I hope to see you soon!

Joice - Dental Assistant


Dental Assistant

Hello, my name is Joice and I’m a dental assistant here at Village Dental North Raleigh. I’m originally from Brazil, but immigrated to the United States with my family in 2004. My husband and I recently moved with our baby boy from Florida to North Carolina to be closer to family. I came upon the dental field a bit by accident, but immediately fell in love with it. I love being a part of such a great team that always strives to help people overcome their fears of this field and to regain their confidence through their smiles. I hope to meet you at your next appointment!



Dental Assistant

Hello, my name is Nicole and I have been assisting for about 11 years. I’m from Miami, Fl and moved to Raleigh about 13 years ago. I have two beautiful children, Jordyn and CJ. In my free time, I enjoy spending time outside with my kids, going to the beach and traveling. I look forward to working with you at your next appointment!


Dental Assistant
I am so excited to be a part of the Village Dental team! I have been in dentistry for over 20 years now and I absolutely love what I do. I am proud to be part of such an amazing team that strives to give our patients the best dental experience. Our doors are always open for new patients and I am confident that you will find a home here with us. I would love to meet you and be a part of your dental health. I have two awesome children, two cats, and a dog named Tucker. When not at work, I love boating, hiking, biking and anything that involves the outdoors. I can’t wait to meet you!


Dental Assistant

Hello! Welcome to Village Dental North Raleigh! It is my pleasure to introduce myself – my name is Indira. I was born and raised in Venezuela, where I graduated from dental school and practiced as an Endodontist. In 2014, I moved to Raleigh with my husband and obtained the credentials to work in the U.S.A. as a Dental Assistant. My goal is to continue to work in the dental environment as I love this profession and enjoy working with patients. I am proud to say I have the marvelous opportunity to work here at Village Dental where I am part of a hard-working, dedicated team with excellent professional skills. I love that at Village Dental the comfort of each patient and the quality of the dentistry provided are most important. When I am not at work, I enjoy time with my husband on our boat and anything else as long as we are together. I look forward to assisting you at your next visit here at Village Dental North Raleigh.

Karli - Dental Assistant


Dental Assistant

Hey everyone, I’m Karli! I am a dental assistant here at Village Dental. I have been in dentistry for three years and I am super excited to see you! I live in Johnston County, but I was born in Delaware.  When not at work I enjoy learning new things, crafting, and spending time with my family and friends. I love being a part of a team as great as Village Dental, and can’t wait to meet you at your next visit with us!

Fernanda - Sterilization Tech


Sterilization Tech

Hi, my name is Fernanda and I am a sterilization tech here at Village Dental North Raleigh. I am from Mexico and moved to North Carolina at a very young age. I am fascinated by dentistry, and I have always wanted to grow my career in the dental field.  I am looking forward to meeting you and providing a great quality of patient care.


Registered Nurse / IV Sedation Assistant
Hi! My name is Katie. I graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing. Upon graduation, my husband and I moved to North Carolina and absolutely love it! I have been a labor & delivery nurse for many years and have the pleasure of working with the Village Dental of North Raleigh team. I look forward to providing you with a comfortable, safe and at ease experience.


Registered Nurse

Hi there! I’m Haley. I am a Registered Nurse and Board Certified Emergency Nurse with several years of experience. I am a local and grew up in Durham, NC. I played soccer at NC State University (Go Pack!) and then attended Wake Technical Community College and obtained an associate degree in Nursing. The past 5 years I have worked as an Emergency Room Charge Nurse. Prior to that, I worked in the Medical Intensive Care Unit, Interventional Radiology, and the Operating Room. I am an ACLS, BLS, and PALS life support instructor and embrace every opportunity for continued education. I am currently working on my master’s degree in Clinical Administration and Nursing Leadership. I love being a part of the Village Dental Sedation Team! 

I live in downtown Raleigh with my better half, Brandon, and our rescue pup, Kingston. When I’m not working or studying, I enjoy exploring all that Raleigh has to offer (especially the food and drinks), hanging out with friends, traveling any chance I get, scuba diving and all kinds sports (as a player and a spectator). 

I have years of sedation experience and I am here to make your visit at Village Dental safe and comfortable. I look forward to meeting you!



Hi, my name is Austin. I grew up in rural northeastern North Carolina in a little town called Hertford. My family has a rich history of working in public service and I jumped at the opportunity to become a paramedic about 6 years ago. I served the citizens of Johnston County for 3 years before moving over to Wake County EMS to serve the community in which I live. To better serve you, I continue to work part time with Wake County EMS to keep up with all the advances and current training involved in emergency medicine. I graduated from Johnston County Community College with an AAS in Emergency Medical Science and have a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in psychology and health science from Liberty University. I have furthered my training by attending Western Carolina University and taking all available EMS classes.

When I’m not at Village Dental or running 911 calls, I enjoy spending time with my wife and 1-year-old son, perfecting recipes on my smoker, building rustic furniture, or visiting local breweries. I can personally relate to the anxieties of having dental work completed and am honored to provide safe, effective, and stress free sedation at Village Dental.

Kena - Paramedic



Hello! My name is Kena (pronounced key – nah). I have lived in the Raleigh area for 28 years. I am a mom to two young kids, wife of 13 years, and pet mom to two pups. I love learning and exploring and baking. I have been a paramedic for 10 years, practicing in Wake County for all of that time with Wake County EMS. 

Having dental work is stressful, but as a patient, the Village Dental team calmed and reassured me during my own care here. I knew I had to be part of this great team. I am excited to be a calming light for our patients.

Gus - Paramedic



Hi! I’m Gus and I am a paramedic here at Village Dental! I grew up in Holly Springs and moved to the coast when I started high school. I became a paramedic in 2011 and worked both in the field running 911 calls and in the emergency department in Wilmington, NC before finding my way back to the Raleigh area in 2018. 

In my spare time I enjoy doing anything on the water and traveling with my partner and our goldendoodle, Barnum. I am excited to have joined the team at Village Dental and take pride in providing our patients a safe, comfortable, and effective dental experience.



Hi, my name is Travis! I graduated with honors from Coastal Carolina Community College with an associate degree in applied science for EMS. I have worked in medicine since 2014. I worked on an ambulance in a 911 system for four years. I then worked as a cardiac stress tech for a mobile nuclear imaging company for two and a half years, and then moved to Village Dental as a paramedic on the Sedation Team. I absolutely love everything about Village Dental, and look forward to providing the highest quality of care to each and every patient.

In my spare time, I thoroughly enjoy spending time with my family, watching football, playing some video games, and enjoy satisfying my sweet tooth. My long-term goal is to keep giving back to my community through medicine. My short-term goals are to enjoy today for today, provide for my family, to help my boys and my wife continue and successfully complete their college educations, and to spoil my 3-year-old little girl (princess)!



Hi, my name is Tyler, and I have called North Carolina home since 1999. I was originally born in Colorado but moved when I was 6. I attended NC State University (GO PACK!) and have my BS in accounting. My accounting background is in the construction industry, but I am enjoying my time learning everything there is to know about dental! Outside of work, I enjoy spending time at home with my wife and the zoo we have at home. We have 2 puppies (German shepherd and a lab mix), a parrot, and a fish. I enjoy hiking, fishing, going to the beach, grilling, camping, and bonfires with friends. I’m so proud to be a part of the Village Dental family!


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