Meet the Doctor

Shaina Holman, DDS, PhD




Dr. Shaina Holman is a family dentist and owner of Holman Family Dental Care. Dr. Holman is from Chapel Hill, NC and graduated from East Chapel Hill High School. She completed her undergraduate education at Duke University where she majored in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and graduated with distinction. While in college she developed a passion for dentistry and started their pre-dental society.

After college she completed a D.D.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences in a dual degree program at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. While in school she completed a clerkship in pediatrics that provided her advanced training when treating children. Upon graduation she furthered her 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 she was able to do advanced procedures including implant placement, bone graft placement, root canals, performing biopsies and work with medically compromised patients.

Dr. Holman lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, Trevor, who is also a Chapel Hill native, and their two children and dog. They enjoy being close to family and an active part of their community. She currently serves as the co-advisor for the Duke pre-dental society, which she helped found as a student. She is also a member of the Eta Phi Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, North Carolina Dental Society and serves on the executive board of the Durham-Orange County Dental Society.

Dr. Holman has a passion for working with those with anxiety and providing them with a positive experience. She also has extensive training with pediatric, geriatric and special needs populations. 

Dr. Shaina Holman


  • Peer Reviewed Publications
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.