Our Team - Village Dental

Our Team

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 has received the Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry and received Mastership in AGD in 2018.

Dr. Monica Wheeler

I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. At a young age I discovered the art and science of dentistry through numerous summer science programs, and fell in love with it.

I graduated from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2006 with a degree in Biology, and from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in Nashville, Tennessee in 2011. In 2012 I completed a General Practice Residency Program at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, New Jersey, where I received advanced training and mentorship in various fields of dentistry.

I practiced dentistry in Nashville/Brentwood, Tennessee for a few years, after completing my residency, and moved to North Carolina in 2014.

I love the field of dentistry; I believe that it encompasses being a doctor, artist, and engineer all in one, while it allows me the chance to help others achieve improvements that will affect their overall health and confidence.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, reading, bike riding and community outreach programs with the local chapter of my sorority.

It is truly a privilege to be a member of such a highly trained team here at Village Dental. I am excited to meet you and would love to help you achieve a healthy mouth for life. See 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. Sree Nadella

I was born in Virginia and grew up in Roanoke Rapids, NC. Even after leaving there 20 years ago, I still consider it home. I graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry (DDS 2004) and with honors from the undergraduate program in Public Health-Health Policy and Administration (BSPH 1999). My best friend and husband, Praveen, is a Georgia native and we have been married since 2004. Our two amazing daughters: Jaya (born 2006) and Sona (born 2008) keep us busy and smiling! We enjoy family game night, cooking, and dancing together!

My practice experience over the past 15 years has been in Georgia, North Carolina, Arizona, and then back to North Carolina. We are thrilled to be back home permanently. I feel blessed to be able to use my education and skills to serve and improve the dental health of others. Dentistry is my calling in life. I take pride in being able to treat my patients gently, respectfully, and carefully for a pleasant dental experience.

It is an honor to be an Associate Dentist at Village Dental. I look forward to serving your dental needs. I am here for you!

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!

Shannon

Clinic Administrator

Hi! My name is Shannon and I have been a part of this amazing team since 2008. I was born and raised in Thomasville, NC, but call Durham, NC home. After obtaining my associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene from Guilford Technical Community College in Greensboro, I attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to further my Dental Hygiene education. I love everything about the field of dentistry, but I would have to say my favorite part is patient interaction and education. In 2013, I became the Front Desk Team Leader and in 2019 I became a Clinic Administrator. I have enjoyed the administrative side of dentistry and look forward to helping you with both clinical and administrative questions.

When I’m not at work, making smiles brighter, I enjoy traveling with my husband, Ryan, spending time with friends and family, and spoiling our fur babies, LuLu, Zoe and Rosebud. I also love trying new restaurants in the area. If there is ever anything I can do to make your dental experience better, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you very soon!

Jennifer

Front Desk Team Leader

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!

Halie

Smile Director

Hi, my name is Halie! I am originally from Greensboro, North Carolina and am the oldest of four kids! I am a graduate of East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Science & Disorders-Go Pirates! I love to spend my free time with my friends, family and my puppy named Tucker! I am so excited to be joining the Village Dental team!

Leah

Dental Hygienist
Hello my name is Leah. I am so excited to be part of the team at Village Dental. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Communications from Elon University, and then returned to school at Edison State college in Fort Myers, FL for my hygiene degree. I moved to Raleigh in November from Florida where I was a hygienist for 7 1/2 years. In my free time I love being with my husband and my two little boys who keep me busy. We love spending time outdoors. I also enjoy reading and working out. I really look forward to meeting you and helping you meet your dental needs.

Kendra

Hygiene Coordinator
Hi! My name is Kendra. I was born and raised in a small town on the coast of Maine, but I have lived in multiple places across the US while my husband served in the military. We moved from Alaska to the Raleigh area in 2014. We decided to settle down and call NC home. I graduated from Wake Tech with a degree in Medical Office Administration and have worked in the dental field for 3 years now. I spend most of my spare time with my 6 year old daughter and we love to travel as a family. I am so happy to be joining the Village Dental team and look forward to meeting you!

Cearra

Financial Coordinator
Hi! My name is Cearra and I’m the Insurance Coordinator here at Village Dental at Olde Raleigh! I started working here in the Fall of 2017. I graduated from York County School of Technology as a Dental Assistant but have always worked in all aspects of the dental team. Dentistry has been in my life since 2010 when I began taking my dental assistant classes and fell in love. Some other things that I love are spending time with my family. Which includes my beautiful daughter and fiancé. We travel home to Pennsylvania as much as we can to visit the rest of our family. We also love to do anything outside when the weather is nice. Our happy place is the beach! When it comes to work, I love my job as much as I love my family. I know not everyone has as much of a passion for dentistry as me but I hope you come to visit us soon. I would love to do a complimentary benefits check for you and your family!

Makayla

Patient Care Coordinator
Hi, my name is Makayla Butler! I was born and raised in Sanford, North Carolina. I spent 5 years in Wilmington, North Carolina where I met my husband and started a family. With our two children, we recently relocated to Raleigh and we are so glad we did! I am so excited to be a part of the Village Dental Olde Raleigh Team and I can’t wait to meet you!

Brittney

Insurance Coordinator

Hello! My name is Brittney and I love being your insurance coordinator! I am originally from Morgantown, West Virginia. I’ve lived in North Carolina for 22 years now and consider it home. I graduated at 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 enjoy sewnig, crocheting, macrameing and creating any DIY project that 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! 

Lisa

New Patient Specialist
Hi everyone! My name is Lisa. I grew up in Knightdale, NC and I am happy to say I still love home. I received my Dental Assisting certification at a trade school in Raleigh, N.C. I found a true love in dentistry while I was attending school. In my spare time I love traveling, eating new foods and spending time with my loved ones. I am truly grateful to call Village Dental my first dental home and I’m excited to meet everyone who comes in!

Victoria

New Patient Specialist
Hi, my name is Victoria. I am originally from Brazil and moved here in 2017. I truly love it here and am happy to call Raleigh my home! I received my Dental Assisting certification from NC Dental U and am very grateful to be part of this amazing team here at Village Dental! In my free time, I love being outdoors, playing sports like tennis, soccer, and coaching girls soccer at my church. I also enjoy traveling and spending time with family. I look forward to meeting you!

Ashley

Treatment Coordinator
Hi, my name is Ashley. I was born and raised in Seattle and have recently made Raleigh my home. I am so excited to be a part of the amazing team at Village Dental! I have been in the dental field 9 years and have experience in most aspects of dentistry. I love being able to help patients achieve optimal dental health and a beautiful smile. I earned my bachelor’s degree in 2006 in interdisciplinary studies from Central Washington University. I have 2 kids, which take up most of my spare time. We spend the majority of our weekends at my son’s basketball tournaments and we love doing anything outdoors. I am excited to explore the beautiful mountains and beaches here in North Carolina.

Brooke

Treatment Coordinator
Hey! My name is Brooke. I was born in upstate New York and raised right here in North Carolina. I obtained a passion for the dental field while I was working as a veterinary technician for an animal hospital here in Raleigh. I have been in the dental field for 5 years now. I am currently pursuing my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Marketing at East Carolina University. I am married and have been blessed with two amazing boys (Noah age 4; JW age 8). We have 2 indoor dogs, Cooper and Roxanne. You can usually find me cheering my boys on for their baseball, football, swimming, and karate events. In my free time, you will find me at the gym or planning a family activity either by the pool, the beach or even a mountain trip. We love anything outdoors! You can also find us spending time in the pasture with our Annabelle the Pony, Ralph the Mule, Henry the Bull, and several goats. I am so excited to become a part of this amazing team here at Village Dental. I look forward to meeting and working with you.

Allison

Dental Assistant

Hi, my name is Allison and I’m proud to be a part of the Village Dental team. I was born and raised in North Carolina, and I became a dental assistant in 2008. In my spare time, I play basketball and have Nerf gun wars with my 9-year-old son. We love playing sports, video games and going to the beach. I’m very excited to be a part of the Village Dental family, and I look forward to seeing you soon!

Michelle

Registered Dental Hygienist / Dental Assistant
Hi! My name is Michelle. I was born and raised in Texas. I moved to Raleigh in 2007 and am happy to call Raleigh my home. I have been in the dental field since 2001 and have enjoyed this profession greatly. I am a Registered Dental Hygienist and also a dental assistant. Here at Village Dental I divide my time between dental assisting and practicing dental hygiene. The way I see it is I have the best of both worlds! In my free time I enjoy traveling, cooking, and being outdoors. I look forward to meeting you and helping you in any way I can.

Carmen

Hygiene Team Leader
Hi, my name is Carmen. I am originally from Kernersville, NC. I graduated from Guilford Technical Community College in 2010 with degrees in both Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene. I enjoy working out, doing hot yoga, traveling, trying new and yummy foods, cooking, and most of all spending time with my friends and family! I have lived in several different cities, but all in NC my whole life! I absolutely love my job and what I do! I look forward to being your hygienist and making your smile wonderful!

Madeline

Dental Hygienist
Hello! My name is Madeline and I am super excited to have joined the Village Dental team! I graduated from Wake Technical Community College with an Associates in Dental Hygiene. I am originally from Kentucky but I have lived in North Carolina since 2011. I love it here and am always trying to find new places to explore. So please share with me some of your favorite places! Most of my free time is spent working out and playing sports! Anytime I can play, I’m there! Volleyball (sand/court), basketball, tennis, you name it! I’m also an avid reader with my nose in a book. I absolutely love staying active and making people smile! I look forward to meeting you and making your smile brighter!

Caitlin

Dental Hygienist
Hi, my name is Caitlin! I was born in Texas but have lived in Raleigh since I was a toddler, so I consider myself a native. I attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for my Bachelor’s of Science in Dental Hygiene and I love cheering on the Tar Heels! When I’m not brightening smiles, I enjoy gardening, working out, and spending time with my family, friends, and my cat, Evie. I love what I do and can’t wait to meet you!

Lauren

Dental Hygienist

Hello! My name is Laura and I have enjoyed a career in dentistry for the last 38 years. I grew up in Massachusetts and I like kayaking and hiking. I look forward to meeting you soon!

Candice

Registered Dental Hygienist
Hi, my name is Candice and I am proud to say that I am a Raleigh native! I received my first Bachelor’s Degree at NC State in Biochemistry. Go Pack! After that I attended UNC Chapel Hill to achieve a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene. Go Heels! In my spare time I love spending time with family, camping/hiking, traveling, and hanging out with my two dogs! I am so proud to be a part of the Village Dental team and can’t wait to meet you!

Terri

Dental Assistant
Hi, my name is Terri. I was born in Buffalo, New York and am a huge Buffalo Bills fan. I attended college at Miller-Motte where I earned my Associates Degree in Dental Chair-Side Assisting. I absolutely love my job and am proud to be a part of this amazing team here at Village Dental. I look forward to meeting you and can’t wait to serve you!

Liz

Dental Assistant
Hi, my name is Elizabeth. I joined the wonderful Village Dental team in April and have finally found my dental home. I have been a dental assistant for eleven 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 3 beautiful daughters and my amazing husband. I look forward to meeting you and helping you in any way I can.

Megan

Clinical Team Leader
Hi! My name is Megan. I was born in Virginia, but raised in North Carolina. I graduated from Wake Technical Community College Dental Assisting Program in 2011. I have a 9 year old son, whom keeps me on my toes! I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and going on trips. I am very excited to be a part of Village Dental and I look forward to seeing you soon!

Jamie

Dental Assistant
Hi, my name is Jamie! I was born in Raleigh but raised in Yanceyville, NC. I grew up on a cattle farm in a town where everyone knows my family. I have been an assistant for 5 years now and I truly love my job! In my free time, I enjoy spending time outside with my husband and 2 boys. We love fishing, riding our four-wheeler, and going to the beach. I am proud to be a part of the Village Dental Family! I look forward to meeting you and helping with your dental needs!

Astrid

Dental Assistant
Hi! My name is Astrid. I became a dental assistant in 2018. I absolutely love every second of it! I’m originally from Dominican Republic and moved to North Carolina in 2011. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, dancing, and spending time with friends and family. I am looking forward to assisting you with any dental needs!

Vanessa

Dental Assistant
Hi! My name is Vanessa and I am thrilled to have joined the Village Dental team! I graduated from Wake Technical Community College Dental Assisting Program in 2017. I am married to my amazing husband, Joshua, and we have a 10 year old german shepherd lab mix! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, and spending time outdoors. Excellent patient care is my priority and I look forward to making your visit a very pleasant experience!

Sarah

Dental Assistant
Hi! My name is Sarah. I am from the Greensboro NC area but originally grew up in Richmond VA. I moved here to Raleigh in the summer of 2016. After deciding I wanted to pursue a career in the dental field, I graduated from Wake Technical Community College’s Dental Assisting program in July of 2018. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, cooking, reading, doing anything outdoors, and spending time with my family, friends, and Pomeranian, Boo. I am excited to join the Village Dental family and look forward to seeing you!

Allison

Dental Assistant

Hi, my name is Allison and I’m proud to be a part of the Village Dental team. I was born and raised in North Carolina, and I became a dental assistant in 2008. In my spare time, I play basketball and have Nerf gun wars with my 9-year-old son. We love playing sports, video games and going to the beach. I’m very excited to be a part of the Village Dental family, and I look forward to seeing you soon!

Bri

Dental Assistant

Hey! My name is Brianna. I have always wanted to work in the dental field. Right out of high school, I had the privilege to intern at Village Dental. Now, I am a dental assistant and I am loving every minute of it. I have been able to serve on two dental mission teams, one in Nicaragua and the other in Honduras. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. I am looking forward to meeting you!

Michael

Paramedic
Hi, I’m Michael! I’m originally from the Lowcountry of South Carolina and graduated from the College of Charleston in 2010 with a Bachelor’s in Biology. I’ve been a paramedic for 6 years and recently acquired my critical care paramedic certification. In my free time I enjoy cooking, exploring the Triangle, and hiking with my family on the Eno River. I’m happy to be a part of the Village Dental team. Patient comfort and safety are my number one goals!

Andres

Paramedic
My name is Andres. I am 29 years young, born and raised in Miami, FL. I have been working in the medical field since 2011 as an EMT-P, mainly working in the emergency room for seven years and EMS for about two years. I moved to North Carolina for family, work opportunities and to expand my knowledge in the medical field. My short-term goal which is in process at this moment is to attend and complete my BSN, my dream goal that I have been working on is to become a CRNA. Finally, my hobbies include working out, involving myself in extreme sports and dining out to try new and exciting foods.

Carolina Dental Learning Center

Do you want to increase your knowledge and experience in the dental field? If so, enroll in our Dental Assisting School today! We offer hands-on training and monthly study clubs that are designed to help you achieve your career goals. To learn more about the courses we offer and our upcoming class schedule, click here!

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