About Dr. Pedersen

I grew up just north of Boston, Massachusetts. Always active (and at times reckless), I broke a few teeth in elementary school. Little did I know then that this would shape my future.

I went to Tufts University and studied Economics and English, but didn’t think seriously about dentistry until my senior year. I later went on to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where I became an active member of the community, earning a distinguished award for service to the community and promoting diversity. In my fourth year, I completed an externship in Arizona treating underserved patients of Navajo Nation. As my desire to serve those in need grew, I was selected to travel to rural Nicaragua and provide dental surgical care in a remote region. This remains one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I have since been a regular volunteer in the North Carolina Missions of Mercy (NC-MOM) clinics, treating those in need.


After dental school, I moved with my wife, Emma, to North Carolina as she pursued a PhD at UNC. I completed the Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program at UNC, where I further developed my love of dentistry through more complex diagnostic, restorative, and surgical procedures. I have come to appreciate the community and lifestyle in Chapel Hill-Carrboro, and when I’m not traveling with Emma and our two boys, you will likely find me running, boxing, or playing soccer in the Orange County Adult Soccer League (OCASL).

Dentistry has provided me a manner in which I can meet great people, develop meaningful relationships, and provide a service to the community, both locally and abroad. I’m excited to be part of the HFDC team!