About Dr. Holman

I am from Chapel Hill, NC and actually graduated from East Chapel Hill High School. I was also lucky enough to meet my now husband while I was at East! Even back then I had a passion for science, teaching and art. I knew I wanted to choose a profession where I could have a large impact on my community. In high school I was able to do research at Duke University which resulted in my first publication in a peer-reviewed journal!

I completed my undergraduate education at Duke University where I majored in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and graduated with distinction. Throughout college I worked in several research labs because I loved hands on learning and applying what I was learning to solve problems. My passion for dentistry began with a project for my Ethnobiology class while studying abroad in Costa Rica. When I came back I started the pre-dental society and the rest is history! Dentistry for me was such a clear fit because of my love of science, research, art and community.

Dr Holman wading across a river in Costa Rica. The water is thigh high. There are tropical plants on the bank behind the three people wading through water.
Dr Holman wading across a river in Costa Rica

After college I​ completed a D.D.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences in a dual degree program at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. ​I absolutely love working with kids, so I completed a clerkship in pediatrics that provided advanced training. Upon graduation I ​furthered my ​education by completing a fellowship at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center and University of Maryland School of Dentistry in Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and General Dentistry. Through this training I​ was able to do advanced procedures including implant placement, bone graft placement, root canals, performing biopsies and work with medically compromised patients.

​In Maryland I got married, adopted a rescue dog and had 2 kids and then decided it was time to return home to Chapel Hill.


​I am very active in my local community. I am passionate about mentoring which is why I love serving as a co-advisor to the Duke pre-Dental Society. I also serve as Treasurer of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Eta Phi Zeta chapter in Chapel Hill. I am also the current Vice President and President-Elect of the Durham Orange County Dental Society. I am a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association and North Carolina Dental Society.

​My passion for dentistry comes from knowing that the work I do every day changes lives. Improving the esthetics of someone’s smile can have a life changing effect. Removing infection from the mouth that could possibly cause strain elsewhere in the body is so important. I also truly look beyond the teeth and help screen for blood pressure, oral cancer and sleep apnea so that my patients can identify health issues that could affect their lifespan. I love every aspect of dentistry and making my community healthier and happier!

My Research — Publications

1. Ding P, Fung GS, Lin M, Holman SD, Gierbolini-Norat EM, German RZ. 2015. The Effect of Bilateral Superior Laryngeal Nerve Lesion on Swallowing — A Novel Method to Quantitate Aspirated Volume and Pharyngeal Threshold in Videofluoroscopy. Dysphagia. 30(1): 47-56.
2. Holman SD, Campbell-Malone R, Ding P, Gierbolini-Norat EM, Lukasik SL, German RZ. 2014. Duration of action of bupivacaine hydrochloride used for peripheral sensory nerve block to the greater palatine and nasopalatine nerves in infant pigs. J Vet Dent. 21(2): 92-95. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25185333
3. Gierbolini-Norat EM, Bakshi S, Ding P, Holman SD, R German. 2014. Variation in the timing and frequency of sucking and swallowing over an entire feeding session in the infant pig Sus scrofa. Dysphagia. 29(4): 475-82.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24839189
4. Holman SD, Campbell-Malone R, Ding P, Gierbolini-Norat EM, Lukasik SL, Waranch, DR, German RZ. 2014. Swallowing kinematics and airway protection after palatal local anesthesia in infant pigs. The Laryngoscope. 124(2): 436-45 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23686446
5. Holman SD, Wietecha MS, Gullard A, Peterson JM. 2014. Research experiences impact U.S. dental students’ attitudes toward research and its integration in the curriculum. Journal of Dental Education. 78(3): 334-348. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24609336
6. Holman SD, Campbell-Malone R, Ding P, Gierbolini-Norat EM, Griffioen AM, Inokuchi H, Lukasik SL, German RZ. 2013. Development, reliability and validation of an infant mammalian penetration-aspiration scale. Dysphagia. 28(2):178-87. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23129423
7. Ding P, Campbell-Malone R, Holman SD, Lukasik SL, Fukuhara T, Gierbolini-Norat EM, Thexton A, German RZ. 2013. Unilateral superior laryngeal nerve lesion in an animal model of dysphagia and its effect on suckling and swallowing. Dysphagia. 28(3): 404-12.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23417250
8. Holman SD, Waranch, DR, Campbell-Malone R, Ding P, Gierbolini-Norat EM, Lukasik SL, German RZ. 2013. Sucking and swallowing rates after palatal anesthesia: an electromyographic study in infant pigs. Journal of Neurophysiology. 110(2): 387-96.
9. Ding P, Campbell-Malone R, Holman SD, Lukasik SL, Gierbolini-Norat EM, Thexton A, German RZ. 2013. The effect of unilateral SLN lesion on swallowing threshold volume. The Laryngoscope. 123(8): 1942-7 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23670486
10. Holman SD, Konow N, Lukasik SL, German RZ. 2012. Regional Variation in Geniohyoid Muscle Strain During Suckling in the Infant Pig. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology 317(6):359-370. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22549885
11. German RZ, Campbell-Malone R, Crompton AW, Ding P, Holman SD, Konow N, Thexton AJ. 2011. The concept of hyoid posture. Dysphagia 26(2):97-98. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21442389
12. Hartstone-Rose A, Wahl SD. 2008. Using radii-of-curvature for the reconstruction of extinct South African carnivoran masticatory behavior. Comptes Rendus Palevol 7(8):629-643. http://www.em-consulte.com/en/article/198430
13. Bollinger RR, Everet ML, Wahl SD, Lee YH, Omdorff PE, Parker W. 2006. Secretory IgA and mucin-mediated biofilm formation by environmental strains of Escherichia coli: role of type 1 pili. Mol Immunol 43(4):378-387. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=shaina+wahl

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