Dr. Saul Gonzalez
Dr. Jacob Hyer
I am originally from California, and dentistry is actually a part of my heritage! Both my father and grandfather were dentists. After working at their legacy office, I can see the tremendous benefit that honest, high-quality dentistry can have on generations of people.
Helping people get and stay out of pain, improve their smiles, and practice good oral hygiene so they may enjoy their life and enjoy delicious food are some of the reasons why I love being a dentist!
I earned my Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the UCLA School of Dentistry and did my General Practice Residency at the Veterans Affairs Northern California Healthcare System. I also received a BS in Physiology and Developmental Biology from Brigham Young University. I spent several years practicing in California prior to joining the team here in Raleigh.
In my time off, if I’m not devouring dental literature, most of it is spent with my wife and four kids. We love doing day trips, eating good food, participating in church service, and doing generally family-friendly activities. I love to surf, ski and go to the gym if there is any spare time left over. Super pumped to meet you at the Village!
Dr. Chris Martin
I am a native of Hays, NC. A small rural community in the beautiful North Carolina foothills.
I attended the University of North Carolina for both Dental School (DDS 1996), and undergrad (BS Dentistry 1993).
I have been in practice in our current location in Olde Raleigh Village since 1998. It has been a wonderful practice home.
I enjoy the practice of dentistry immensely. Dentistry is challenging at times, but provides a true sense of accomplishment. I have always enjoyed ‘working with my hands’ and ‘working with people’. Dentistry allows me to do both of these daily. I feel lucky to have chosen this life path.
I am happily married to Maja Vukojicic Martin (since 1999). We have three beautiful children, Ava Marie (born September 2006), Ella Rae (born October 2008), and Noah Christopher, (born December 18, 2009).
I also truly enjoy learning from others, being with my family, music, fitness and vintage volkswagens.
Thanks for your interest in our practice. I look forward to meeting you.
Dr. Martin received a Mastership at the Academy of General Dentistry in 2018.
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. Sara Valencia
Hey, I’m Dr. Sara Valencia! I was born in Wisconsin (though I have zero recollection of it) and spent my early childhood in Texas, but pretty much grew up in the Cary/Raleigh area attending high school not far from here. After high school, I attended North Carolina State completing a Bachelors of Science in Microbiology with a minor in Spanish. Unsure of what I wanted to do career-wise, I moved to Santiago, Dominican Republic where I was able to fine-tune my Spanish and work for a year. Upon returning to the States, I started working in dental research, which exposed me to dentistry as a career working alongside the residents on their research projects. After realizing I wanted a career allowing me to work with my hands but also be involved in the medical field helping people, dentistry was a great opportunity. I then attended UNC Chapel Hill and received my DDS degree there. With a desire to continue learning and challenging myself, I participated in the UNC Hospital General Practice Residency program. I have since worked in public health and private practice seeing patients of all ages.
Being a dentist allows me to work with my hands and meet new people every day. I really love the artistry of fixing teeth! As someone who wasn’t born with a perfect smile I can relate to many of my patients and their desire to improve their smiles.
In my spare time, you can find me with my amazing husband, Miguel, and two children, Sam and Amelia, exploring parks and craft breweries. When not running after my kids, I enjoy cooking and trying out new restaurants.
I’m so excited to join the Village Dental family and am looking forward to meeting 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. Abdul Zalal
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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!
Hey! My name is Jennifer and I am so happy that you’re considering Village Dental for your dental home. We strive to have the best customer service and hope to make your dental visit as smooth as possible. A little about myself – I grew up in Clayton, NC. My husband and I have a beautiful black lab, and we are new parents to our sweet son, Parker! We enjoy spending time together as a family, going to the beach and spending most of our summer at the pool! I look forward to meeting you soon!
Hi, my name is Lauren and I have been a part of the Village Dental Olde Raleigh team since 2018, where I started my dental career. I am originally from the suburbs of Philly and relocated to Raleigh in 2015. I am also a certified yoga instructor, as well as a certified Shamanic Reiki practitioner. When I’m not at work, I enjoy teaching and practicing yoga, meditating, reading a good book, or having a good glass of wine with friends. I look forward to meeting you soon!
Hi! My name is Amanda. I am the Front Desk Team Leader at Village Dental Olde Raleigh. I was born in Florida, lived in Michigan as a young child and eventually moved to North Carolina with my family and it’s been home ever since! I have worked in the customer service industry since I was 15 and truly have a passion for helping people. I was granted an amazing opportunity to work at Village Dental in 2016 and absolutely fell in love with dentistry. When I’m not at work I enjoy vacationing with my family, crafting and organizing. I am a proud boy mom to one spunky kid. We really enjoy exploring new things and watching movies. I look forward to meeting you and going over any dental questions or concerns you may have.
Hi, my name is Karrie! I was born and raised right here in North Carolina. I have been in dentistry for less than a year, but I am loving every moment of it and learning so much! I feel very blessed to be a part of such an amazing team here at Village Dental.
When I am not here at the office you can find me, spending time with my husband and our 4-year-old daughter and our two dogs, one is a Australian Labradoodle and the other is a Rottweiler/Chihuahua mix. My daughter and my dogs keep me very busy. We enjoy spending as much time outside, playing games (board and video) and doing anything Disney. We are major Disney fans at my house. I look forward to speaking with you and meeting you very soon!
Hello! I’m Lauren! Work brought my family and I from the Jersey Shores to Raleigh, North Carolina, which has become home. I have not been in the dental field long, but I am loving it and excited to be growing with Village Dental!
When I am not at work, you can find me with Zeus, my four-legged boy mixed with Lab and German Shepherd. I enjoy summer nights, fall days, good music, and better people. I look forward to getting to know you – come see us!
Hello! My name is Brittney and I love being your Insurance Coordinator! I am originally from Morgantown, WV. I’ve lived in North Carolina for 22 years and now consider it home. I graduated from Wake Technical Community College in 2013 with an Associate’s Degree in Arts and Business. My fiancé and I have two dogs, a cat, a turtle, and two fish tanks. To say we love animals is an understatement! In my free time I love to craft and cook. I sew, crochet, macrame and recreate any DIY project I can get my hands on! Insurance is my passion. I love being an advocate for Village Dental and our amazing patients. I look forward to meeting you and helping with all your insurance needs!
Hello! My name is Christina. I was born and raised in Warrenton, NC. I attended NC Dental U in Wake Forest, NC. In my spare time I enjoy spending quality time with my husband, my boys and my Yorkies. I am very excited to join the Village Dental team.
Hello, my name is Shraddha and I am the Insurance and Financial Coordinator here at Village Dental at Olde Raleigh! I’ve been in the dental field since 2013. I am originally from India and moved to North Carolina at a very young age. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband, family, my little Yorkie and traveling. I look forward to meeting you soon.
Hi! My name is Kendall. I have been a resident of North Carolina for many years. I began my career in the dental field in 2008. In 2008 I attended NCDENTALU and received my Dental Assistant I certificate. After, I received my DAI training I moved to Germany for 3 ½ years. In August of 2011, I graduated from University of Maryland University College with my A.A. degree. The following year I moved back to North Carolina and began working as an insurance coordinator. In the dental field I have worked as a dental assistant, front desk administrator, office manager, financial coordinator, treatment coordinator, and scheduling coordinator. I have found my passion to be schedule coordinating. When I am not at work I love spending quality time with my beautiful 5 year old son Brycen. He has a love for baseball so, in the spring and fall, I am watching baseball games after work regularly. I also enjoy spending time with the rest of my family, going to the beach, traveling, reading about current events, and writing. I look forward to meeting you soon!
Hey, I’m Trina and I’m an Eastern North Carolina girl (home of the best BBQ). I have been a dental assistant since 2010 and I have been with Village Dental since 2012.
When I’m not helping people with their smiles, I enjoy watching my daughter play soccer, riding my horse and being outdoors. I’m a huge sports fan and love summer baseball nights and fall football days. I look forward to meeting you!
Hey there, I’m Jess! I have lived all over due to my parents being in the military and Nashville, Georgia has been home until I moved to Cary in 2021! I graduated college with a bachelor’s degree in business management and entrepreneurship in 2020.
Outside of work, I enjoy cooking and traveling. So far, I have been to 12 countries and almost every state. I am so excited to be a part of Village Dental and I look forward to seeing you soon!
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 recruiter. I look forward to meeting you and going over any dental questions or concerns you may have.
Hi, my name is Stephanie! I’m originally from the Philippines and moved to America in 2005. I’m very grateful and proud that I became a U.S. citizen in 2019. I love my job because it allows me to provide great service to many wonderful people.
When I’m not working I’m usually shopping online, watching movies or going out to local restaurants with my husband and teenage son-sushi is my favorite! I am honored to be part of the amazing Village Dental team and I’m looking forward to meeting you!
Hi, my name is Ashton! I’m recently married and new to Raleigh. I am originally from Kentucky and relocated to Wrightsville Beach before moving here. My favorite thing in the world is live music. I also love travelling, gardening, biking, going to the beach, and spending time outdoors. I’m excited to explore the beautiful Raleigh area and to be on the team here at Village Dental!
Hi, my name is Michelle! I have been in dentistry for over 10 years and have been with Village Dental for the past six years. I am originally from Texas and have lived in Raleigh since 2007. I am married and have two adorable small kids.
During any free time I may have, I enjoy cooking and trying new restaurants. I look forward to meeting you!
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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!
Hey there! My name is Crystal. I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but grew up in Western Kentucky. I received my Bachelors of Science in dental hygiene in 2010 from the University of Louisville. I am also a mommy to a 7-year-old boy, who is my world! We love to paint, do crafts, plant flowers, and decorate for whatever holiday may be nearing! Anything we can get into we make it an adventure!
I am so hyped to be part of a dental family that stands for the same core values of kindness and compassion and do whatever it takes to help our patients! I can’t wait to meet you and go on this next chapter in my dental life with you!
Hi, my name is Cristal! I was born and raised in North Carolina! I attended hygiene school at Halifax Community College.
I like to spend time with my friends and family at the beach!
Hi, my name is Elizabeth. I joined the wonderful Village Dental team in April of 2018 and have finally found my dental home. I have been a dental assistant for thirteen years and have loved every minute of it. I continue to learn from the great team I work with and the patients I get the pleasure of meeting and treating.
In my spare time, I spend my time with my three beautiful daughters and my amazing husband. I look forward to meeting you and helping you in any way I can.
Greetings everyone! My name is Angie, your Director of Learning and Development. 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!
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!
Welcome! My name is AJ. I have been in the dental field since 2012 and I LOVE every minute of it. I have my AS degree in dental assisting with an emphasis in science and I am working on my paramedic license as well. I am originally from the Bay Area of California, where I am a licensed RDA for 5 years and counting. On January 2, 2021, my son and I made the decision to start our new journey in North Carolina, where I met up with a lifelong friend. I am very excited about our new journey here in this beautiful state where I plan to settle down permanently.
When I am not helping my team members, you can find me with my son, Maverik, outdoors, jeeping/off-roading, exploring surrounding areas, traveling, or walking anywhere and everywhere. Dentistry has not only changed my life from being so shy and timid around people, but has made me into someone who will go above and beyond for my patients, whatever it takes. I love what I do and I love giving back to the community, one tooth at a time. I can’t wait to meet you.
Hey! My name is Brianna. I have always wanted to work in the dental field, so out of high school I had the privilege to intern at Village Dental. Now, I am a Dental Assistant and loving every minute of it. I have been able to serve on two dental mission teams, in Nicaragua and Honduras. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. I am looking forward to meeting you!
Hi! I am Jessy, a dental assistant. I was born and raised in Randolph County, NC. I started practicing dentistry while living in Florida and learned that I really enjoy it. I received my dental certification from Dental Careers Academy in Jacksonville Beach, FL.
Since moving back to NC with my husband and two daughters, I have enjoyed more time with friends and family. I try to spend as much time outdoors as possible, either working in the garden or having a bonfire. My two German Shepherds are never far behind while we are playing outside. I look forward to meeting you.
Hey! My name is Ian. I’m from Tampa, Florida and I’ve been in the dental field since 2010. I graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management.
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!
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!
Hi, my name is Ashley! I graduated from Miller Motte Technical College Dental Assisting Program in 2017 and have been a dental assistant for almost five years. My daughter Mason and I have just recently relocated to the Raleigh-Durham area and I completely love it! I’m so happy to have the chance to become a member of the Village Dental team, where I can show my love for dentistry and patients.
Hi, my name is Jefferson! I joined Village Dental in July 2021. I am a dental assistant and will graduate from Triangle School of Dentistry in August 2021. I was born in El Salvador in the city of San Miguel. I came to the US when I was two years old and have been in Raleigh since then.
Hi, my name is Regina! I was born and raised here in Raleigh, NC. I started at Village Dental as an intern and have since been given the opportunity to work here full-time as a dental assistant.
In my spare time, I enjoy quality time with my kids and walking trails. I look forward to meeting you and helping you with your dental needs.
Hi, my name is Shaunda! I am from Virginia, but lived in New York several years ago and that is where I was introduced to dental assisting. I was not able to fully pursue my career in dentistry then but it was something I always wanted to complete. I am attempting to conquer this goal and I have wonderful co-workers who are willing to help make this possible.
I am a mother of four beautiful children. I love cooking, family gatherings and spending time outdoors.
Hi, my name is Amber! I am super excited to be a part of the Village Dental team. I attended Sunrise School of Dental Assisting and graduated this spring. Being in the dental field has been a passion of mine for the past ten years and I am ready to continue to learn everyday. I hope I can make your visit with us a pleasant one.
When I am not at work, I like to spend time with my super sweet pets, Sadie, Lucy, and Luna. I also like shopping and being outdoors.
Hey, my name is Alyssa! I was born in North Carolina. Since I was little I knew that I wanted to be in the dental field, unsure of which part but I knew I wanted to be in a dental office. Village Dental is my first dental assisting job and it is my career home. I love what I do and enjoy every minute of it. I look forward to meeting you and hope you choose Village Dental as your dental home.
Hi, my name is Cameron! I was born in Raleigh but I grew up in Garner, so NC has always been my home. I attended the Triangle School of Dental Assisting and graduated as a dental assistant. I am new to the Village Dental team and I am so happy to be here. I am looking forward to meeting you.
Hello, my name is Cheryl! I am from Spring Lake, NC. I have been in dentistry since 1994. I am looking forward to growing, learning and advancing with my new dental family here at Village Dental.
I am a mother of four beautiful children, Amber, Patrick, and Jalen. I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling.
My name is Maha! I am from Palestine. I graduated in 2015 as a general dentist in Palestine. I love dentistry and am excited to work at Village Dental as a dental assistant while pursuing my career and getting my American DDS license.
When I am not working, I enjoy cooking and spending time with my husband. I look forward to meeting you.
My name is Hayes and I joined Village Dental in August. I’m the sterilization tech here and help out the team as much as possible. I’m still in school for dental assisting at Triangle School of Dentistry and will be done in December.
My favorite things I like to do when I’m not working is to try a new restaurant and be with my friends and family. I am so happy to be a part of the Village Dental team and can’t wait to meet you!
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)!
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Hi everyone, I’m Tyler! I’m originally from South Carolina, but I’ve lived in North Carolina since I was nine. I lived on the Crystal Coast for 20 years before moving to the Raleigh area. I started working as an EMT in 2009 and went on to obtain my paramedic certification in 2013. I’ve had the ability to work in various prehospital settings which has allowed me to fine-tune my patient care skills.
I love being able to help patients feel comfortable and ease their fear of dentistry. I am detail-oriented and keep my patient’s safety and comfort as a top priority.
Outside of working as a paramedic, I love being outdoors, kayaking and exploring small towns. Also I have a love for woodworking and spend a lot of time working on projects.
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Hi! My name is Chelsea. I was born and raised right here in Cary, NC. I have a bachelor’s degree in political science with a concentration in international affairs from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. I am a Nationally Registered Paramedic of 10 years. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling with my boyfriend and our son, baking, knitting and napping. I feel privileged to be a part of such an exceptional dental office as a sedation team member. Patient safety and comfort are my top priority. I look forward to meeting you!
Hi, my name is Spenser! I’m from Philadelphia, born and raised (Go Eagles!), and I moved to North Carolina over ten years ago. I began my public service career in 2016 as a fireman and shortly after started working as a full-time paramedic in a local 911 system. I am currently taking classes to obtain an Associate’s Degree in EMS. I am also an adjunct instructor for EMT and paramedic classes. Working at Village Dental, I hope to provide an enjoyable and worry-free experience.
In my spare time, I enjoy playing games with my four-year-old daughter, watching movies with my fiancé, and playing outside with my two dogs, Lola (German Shepherd) and Bella (Newfoundland).
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Carolina Dental Learning Center
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