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!

Joi

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!!

Kristy

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!

Kristel

Treatment Coordinator
Hi! My name is Kristel and I recently moved to Raleigh from San Diego, CA. I have been in the dental field for 8 years and am cross-trained to know everything from assisting to administrative. I pride myself in being extremely conscientious and completely committed to helping our patients with their dental needs. I am married and have four children. I love spending my free time cheering from the stands at my kids’ sports games and reading a good novel. I am so excited to be a part of this amazing team at Village Dental!

Shannon

Treatment Coordinator

Bio coming soon.

Destiny

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!

Diane

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.

Julie

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!

Chloe

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.

Robyn

Patient Coordinator

Bio coming soon.

Miranda

Patient Coordinator

Hello! My name is Miranda and I am in 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!

Lindsay

Patient Coordinator

Hello! My name is Lindsay and I am 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!

Jeeni

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!

Tiffany

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.

Sam

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!

Haley

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!

Hillary

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!

Angie

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!

Ally

Dental Assistant
Hey there! My name is Allyson and I’m a Dental Assistant here at Village Dental. I am a native Raleighite that attended Appalachian State University in the beautiful mountains of Boone, NC. I’m an avid music listener, animal lover, traveler, hiker, and dancer. While I’m not at work you can find me spending quality time with friends and family, seeking out local live music, or exploring the great outdoors. I received my Dental Assistant certificate from NC Dental U and plan to follow my dreams of becoming a dentist by attending dental school in the future. I am very excited to be a part of the Village Dental team and look forward to working with you soon!

Aubrey

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!

Gigi

Dental Assistant
Hello, my name is Angy Sabbah and you can call me “GiGi”. I was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt and earned my Bachelor’s degree in Tourism & Hotel Management. I moved to California in 2002 where I fell in love with dentistry and got certified by the Dental Board of California in 2007. In 2016 I moved to Raleigh with my family and joined the great team at Village Dental. I enjoy baking cakes, spending time with family and friends, and outdoor activities. I look forward to welcoming you at our warm and smiling office.

Katrina

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.

Melissa

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.

Monet

Dental Assistant

Hi! I’m Monet and I am a dental assistant here at Village Dental North Raleigh. I am from Accokeek, MD and moved to Garner, NC my freshman year of high school. I have always wanted to work in the healthcare field, and quickly fell in love with the field of dentistry. I am currently enrolled at Wake Tech to become a registered dental hygienist. I look forward to growing my knowledge of dentistry at this amazing practice. In my free time, I enjoy spending quality time with my beautiful nieces and nephews, learning about astrology and playing with my dog, Emmett. I can’t wait to meet you!

Alex

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!

MJ

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!

Indira

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.

Katie

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.

Austin

Paramedic

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.

Tyler

Controller

Bio coming soon

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