Meet our Team
The first person you’re likely to meet when you visit our practice is our Receptionist and Hygiene Coordinator Jacie (pronounced “Jackie”), who moved to this area after living most of her life in Memphis. Jacie’s commitment to client care runs deep; she previously worked as a manager for one of Memphis’ most renowned restaurants, then with the Memphis Inter-Faith Association as the Client Intake Specialist for the Meals on Wheels program for 17 years. Jacie also loves to garden, read and hunt for bargains at local thrift stores.
Jacie has been with our practice since September, 2018.
You may have spoken with Cristina, our Patient Care Coordinator, when you made your first appointment with us. Cristina welcomes new patients to the practice, reviews treatment plans with individuals to make sure they understand all aspects of their care, and coordinates treatment with other offices. She also keeps our website and social media sites current and manages inter-office communication. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico and is fluent in both English and Spanish. Cristina lives in Durham with her 2 children. She enjoys weekend trips to the beach and taking her two sons to UNC games and activities.
Cristina has been with our practice since July, 2022.
Lila is no stranger to the field of Dentistry as she practiced as a Dental Hygienist for 30+ years and has now settled into the position of advocating for our patients who have dental insurance. This means if you have questions in this area, she’ll be your go-to gal! A native of Durham, after many years Lila moved back to the Triangle where some of her favorite places are the Chelsea Theatre, art galleries and hiking trails everywhere. One of her dreams is to write a memoir for her grandchildren, so she’s gathering up all of her past journals to begin in December. Why wait for the New Year?
Lila has been with our practice since September, 2021.
Laura has worked in the hygiene field since 1995. She attended Pembroke State University and earned her dental hygiene degree from Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC. Laura enjoys the individualized care she is able to provide our patients as she and they together work to maintain optimum dental health. She enjoys traveling with her husband on her days away from the office and is also our unofficial Resident Disney Expert!
Laura has been with our practice since July, 2007.
Carla started working with us as one of our substitute hygienists and quickly became our “go-to” when Laura had the occasional day off. We’re so glad to have her as a permanent part of our team! Carla grew up near Elizabeth City and attended UNC-CH, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene. Over the years Carla has worked in various settings, from pediatric to general practice to prosthodontics. Carla is married and has 3 sons. When she is not working, she likes to go to estate sales and auctions and loves to travel.
Carla has been officially with our practice since September, 2016.
Mimi is our Lead Dental Assistant, heading up our clinical team and working chairside with patients. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico and is fluent in both English and Spanish. She came to the mainland after graduating from high school and attended the UNC School of Dentistry, where she earned her diploma in Dental Assisting. Mimi worked for five years in the Prosthodontics Department at UNC, then joined our practice. She enjoys spending time with her husband, their sons and their extended family on weekends.
Mimi has been with our practice since April, 1999.
Dental Assistant Jill is originally from Ohio, and graduated in 2005 from Eastland Career Center in Ohio in the Dental Assistant Program. In 2011, she moved from Ohio to North Carolina where she spent 5 years working as a teacher’s assistant for special needs children. She worked at the UNC School of Dentistry before settling here at Triangle Restoration Dentistry. She is passionate about serving others and believes that working in the medical field is the best way to do so. When she is not at work, Jill loves to spend time with her 3 wonderful children, her feisty cat and four lovable dogs.
Jill has been with our practice since August, 2017.
Cali wears two hats, as our Purchasing Agent as well as one of our great Dental Assistants. She’s a Healthcare Management Technology major at Pitt Community College and received her assisting certification from NC Dental U. She grew up in Massachusetts (bringing our Yankee Transplant count up to four) and is the oldest of five siblings. In her free time, she loves playing with her dog Bella..
Cali has been with our practice since July, 2021
We all appreciate Sebastian’s gentle disposition! He was born in Mexico, but grew up in the Charlotte area. He graduated from North Carolina State University with degree in Zoology, joined our team as a dental assistant, and his goal for the future is to become a dental hygienist! When not at work, he loves cooking new and exotic foods and working on art such as drawing and photography.
Sebastian has been with our practice since September, 2021.
Bernadette joined our practice as an Administrative Assistant new to dentistry, and quickly demonstrated her aptitude for working as a Dental Assistant. We shouldn’t have been surprised by this hidden talent, as she volunteered with a wild animal rescue site as a teenager and once assisted with oral surgery on a tiger! Bernadette capably assisted chairside for years, then began assisting in our on-site lab, and in January of 2019 became our lead Lab Technician. Apparently, there’s nothing she can’t do!
Bernadette has been with our practice since December, 2007.
Maya is our full-time intern supporting our doctors and staff with whatever is needed! A recent pre-med graduate of UNC, Maya is preparing for dental school. She holds a degree in biology with a minor in medical anthropology and (surprise to us) also a degree in classical music – this lady is an opera singer! She’s very artistic and especially enjoys assisting in our lab. When not working, Maya is busy training her off-track thoroughbred horse Tizon or can be found singing for Judea Reform Synagogue.
Maya has been with our practice since April, 2022.
Tonya hails from Benson, NC, and is a senior at UNC. She was our first summer intern, and it took – she’ll continue to be in our office shadowing during the coming academic year plans to return as a full-time intern after graduation in 2023. In her free time, she enjoys going to Carolina sporting events, especially basketball games (Go Heels!), spending time with her 15-year-old Chihuahua mix, and volunteering at a dental clinic in Raleigh.
Tonya has been with our practice since May, 2022.
Sandra is our Office Manager and often works on projects behind the scenes, but you’ll see her throughout the office as well. Originally from Vermont, she’s another UNC grad – as they say, she wasn’t born in the South, but she got here as quick as she could! When she’s not coordinating trainings and events and pulling reports, Sandra enjoys visits with her grown children and grandbabies, and time at home with her husband, dog, and three (!) cats.
Sandra has been with our practice since May, 2007.