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 Sandy, our Patient Care Coordinator, when you made your first appointment with us. Sandy 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. Sandy lives in Durham with her husband, two spoiled dogs, and three cats who rule the house. She enjoys all kinds of music and is learning how to garden.
Sandy has been with our practice since May, 2007.
Office Manager and Insurance Coordinator Fred joined our team in 2018. He grew up in Durham, North Carolina and is a huge supporter of the Carolina Tar heels. He is highly trained with 20 years of experience working in the dental field. He loves interacting with people, which is why he fits in so well with our team! In his free time, he loves to watch and participate in sports. He has competed in The State Games of NC where he has participated in long jump and triple jump.
Fred has been with our practice since March, 2018.
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.
Elantra graduated with honors from the Dental Assisting Program at Alamance Community College in May of 2016 and joined our practice just a few months later. She is a gifted assistant who enjoys learning about the processes of making fixed restorations as well as dentures. She was born and raised in Rockingham, NC, and moved to Burlington in 2009. She loves spending time with her precious niece, her friends and family, and her chihuahua Sandy. And yes – she drives an Elantra!
Elantra has been with our practice since August, 2016.
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 lovable dog.
Jill has been with our practice since August, 2017.
Daniela received her Associate’s Degree in Science from Guilford Technical Community College in 2016. She loves to learn about people and her passion for service to others extends to her work chairside. Daniela spends most of her free time volunteering and helping others through difficult times: she has assisted in the construction and repair of places of worship and also volunteers in a disaster relief program. Daniela and her husband also enjoy all kinds of sports. Like Mimi, she is fluent in English and Spanish, and is learning American Sign Language as well.
Daniela has been with our practice since September, 2018.
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.
Our new intern Gwyn joined the team a bit ahead of schedule, as she finished up her senior year at UNC-CH with remote classes. She is taking a gap year before applying to dental schools – what better way to gain valuable experience then to spend her time here at Triangle Restoration Dentistry? When she’s not studying for the DAT or working, she likes running, painting, cooking, hanging out with her cat, and spending time outdoors.
Gwyneth has been with our practice since April, 2021.
Our second new intern, Elizabeth, joined our team in mid-June. Elizabeth grew up in Carrboro and proved she was a true Tarheel by attending UNC Chapel Hill. She graduated in May with a B.S. in Biology and a Chemistry minor. Elizabeth’s passion for dentistry sparked when she traveled with Dental Brigades to Honduras and provided dental care and education to local children and their parents. Outside of dentistry, Elizabeth enjoys water skiing, ceramics, and spending time with friends and family. She is very eager to expand her dental knowledge and help patients reach their dental goals during her time with our practice!
Elizabeth has been with our practice since June, 2021.