Meet the Team

I have never been to a kinder, more welcoming dentist than Dr. Holman. She and her staff are terrific! My almost two-year-old son and I had back to back appointments today and they treated him like gold. I am so fortunate that I found them!
Matt W.

Shaina Holman, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Born and raised in Chapel Hill, Dr. Holman graduated from East Chapel Hill High School where she also met her husband. Her passion for science, teaching, and art was on clear display early in her life. During high school she was able to do research at Duke University, resulting in her first publication in a peer-reviewed journal! Since then, she’s been fortunate to publish over a dozen peer-reviewed research articles.

She went on to graduate with distinction from Duke University with a degree Biological Anthropology and Anatomy. Her passion for dentistry began during college while doing a project for her Ethnobiology class in Costa Rica. She saw how dentistry combined her love for people and her love of science, research, art, and community impact.  

She later earned her D.D.S. and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. ​After her post-graduate schooling, she ​completed a fellowship at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center and University of Maryland School of Dentistry in Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and General Dentistry. While there, she worked with medically compromised patients and performed advanced procedures including implant placement, bone graft placement, root canals, and biopsies. In addition to all of her advanced training, her love for working with kids led her to acquire advanced training through a clerkship in pediatrics.

Photo of Dr. Shaina Holman on a missions trip walking through a river

Dr. Holman loves giving back to the dental community as a mentor and co-advisor to the Duke pre-Dental Society. For her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Dr. Holman serves as the Treasurer for the Eta Phi Zeta chapter in Chapel Hill. She is the current president of the Durham Orange County Dental Society, a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association and the North Carolina Dental Society.

She is married to her high school sweetheart, Trevor Holman. They live in Chapel Hill with their two children and an adopted rescue dog.

“Dentistry allows me to meet great people, develop meaningful relationships, and provide a service to the community, both locally and abroad. I love being part of the HFDC team!”
Dr. Pedersen

Colin Pedersen, D.M.D.

A native of the greater Boston area, Dr. Pedersen was an English and Economics major at Tufts University. However, a desire to serve people led him to consider dentistry as a profession during his senior year of college. He went on to earn a distinguished award for service to the community and promoting diversity while completing dental school at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He also completed an externship in Arizona treating underserved patients of Navajo Nation.  

As his desire to serve those in need grew, Dr. Pedersen was selected to travel to rural Nicaragua and provide dental surgical care in a remote region. These remarkable, life-changing experiences are what drive him to volunteer regularly at the North Carolina Missions of Mercy (NC-MOM) clinics.

Photo of Dr. Colin Pedersen talking with a female patient

After dental school, he and his wife, Emma, moved to North Carolina for her to pursue a Ph.D. at UNC. While there, Dr. Pedersen completed the Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program at UNC where he was able to learn more complex diagnostic, restorative, and surgical procedures.

Beyond the office, he enjoys traveling with his wife and their two boys, running, boxing, or playing soccer in the Orange County Adult Soccer League (OCASL).

Administrative Team

Monelle earned her degree in Healthcare Management at Campbell University in 2016. Even though she is fairly new to the dental field, she enjoys helping patients and learning new things every day. When she's not at work, Monelle loves to hang out with friends or family, listen to music, or go to the gym.

Whitnee was born and raised in Chapel Hill NC. She is the mother of a single and three sets of twins. As our office manager, she makes sure that every patient has a wonderful experience and she also can answer just about any question concerning insurance. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and children. She also enjoys going to church, reading, walking and doing Herbalife.

Shantina is a native of Orange County and a graduate of Orange High School. She attended Columbia Southern University with a focus on Healthcare Administration and brings to our practice 15 years of dental experience. She has 2 children Cheallen and Makayla, and enjoys spending as much time with them as possible. Shantina enjoys and looks forward to serving the needs of our patients, and our practice.

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Dental Assistants

Chenyqua was born and raised from Chapel Hill and has 2 children. She graduated from the UNC School of Dentistry and has been an assistant for 14 years. She has decided to further her education and train to become a lactation consultant to help out with our tongue tie clinic!

Born and raised in Burlington, NC, Kailee is married to her high school sweetheart, and they have a four-legged baby named Luna that they adore. Kailee enjoys spending time with family, trying new recipes, and decorating her house.  Holman Family Dental Care allows her to build patient relationships and gives her the opportunity to help make their dental experience enjoyable.

Betsy Watkins is from Mebane, NC she has lived there all her life. She has been a dental assistant for 29 years and loves what she does, she loves helping others love their smiles. She also drives an elementary school bus before work that’s part of her passion for taking care of others. She is very adventurous and loves to travel, she has 6 dogs that are spoiled rotten.

Chaz was born and raised in NW Arkansas and moved to Chapel Hill 10 years ago. She is a mother of 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls, and grandmother. She also has 2 precious cats that love the outdoors. Her hobbies include fitness and relaxing at the beach.

Dental Hygenists

Christina was born and raised in Michigan, but she has lived in the triangle area for the past 10 years. She's worked in the dental field for 20 years, the last 15 of those as a Registered Dental Hygienist. It is a priority for Christina that each and every patient experience is better than their last one - she loves being able to make anxious patients feel at ease and comfortable for every visit!  She also has two rescue Pitbulls, Gizmo and Stella, that keep her on her toes each and every day.

Valeria has a been licensed hygienist since 1997.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of North Carolina, where she was also on the Dean’s List, and received the Proctor and Gamble Award for Clinical Excellence.  She loves continuing her dental education and even makes a special effort to go beyond her yearly requirements to ensure that patients receive the best possible care.  Valeria is honored to be a part of a dental team that is dedicated to its patients and makes everyone feel like family. She is married and has one daughter.  Her hobbies include listening to jazz, reading, cheering for her Tar Heels, and creating cake masterpieces.

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(919) 932-7811