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.
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.
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.
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).
Also born and raised in Chapel Hill, Dr. Kim has lived and traveled abroad in countries such as Nicaragua, Nepal and South Korea. She graduated from East Chapel Hill High School. She has enjoyed past careers in teaching as a Burroughs-Welcome Scholar, jeweler, athletics (she and Dr. Holman played lacrosse together in high school before Dr. Kim went on to become a 4-year Varsity athlete at UNC-CH), and pursuit of knowledge. Dr. Kim earned her Bachelor of Science from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her Master of Science at NCSU’s School of Veterinary Medicine studying cancer before graduating as a double Tar Heel from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with her doctorate in dental surgery.
Dr. Kim has received scholarship and notable honors among both her peers and faculty during her time at UNC for academic research (American Dental Education Association scholar), community engagement (CAARE, Missions of Mercy, and SHAC clinics), professionalism and ethics (Zaytoun Award).
Dr. Kim enjoys connecting with people to help them in their journey of oral and systemic health. Dr. Kim welcomes Spanish and Korean-speaking patients. In her spare time, Dr. Kim enjoys relaxing with her family, spending time playing with her pets, adventuring outdoors, and listening to music. She also dabbles in cooking and is always looking out for new dishes to explore.
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.
Bria was born and raised in Rockingham NC. She's lived in Raleigh NC for 10 years. She earned her degree in Esthiology science at Aveda Arts and Sciences Institute Charlotte. When not working with patients, Bria enjoys traveling with friends and family.
Esmelda was raised in Duplin County, NC, and attended Shaw University majoring in Sociology with a concentration in criminal justice (she has just 1 semester to finish her degree!). She has 8 years of experience in the dental field and enjoys helping patients. She has 1 18-year old son who is a senior and the love of her life! Esmelda also has 6 sisters and 4 brothers, so she stays busy and enjoys family functions. She enjoys traveling, home decorating, and cooking.
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.
D'Lainee is from Mebane, NC and has been assisting for a little over 4 years, 3 of which in pediatric dentistry. She loves helping adults and children become more familiar and comfortable with the dentist and learn to love their smiles! She also enjoys working out and staying active with her 2 fur babies, Cali and Blu.
Carley is from Concord, NC, and is still in her first year of dental assisting. She is following her dreams of becoming a dentist and starting dental school soon! She loves getting to know each patient, to help their experience be comfortable and enjoyable. Long naps with her cat, Babou, and creating customized sugar cookies are just a couple of her favorite hobbies.
Raquel moved to North Carolina 5 years ago. She is a mother of two wonderful and very active boys, who keep her busy. She found her passion for the dental field about 13 years ago. When not at work or sporting events, Raquel enjoys staying active by either hiking or working out.
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.
Stephanie graduated Cum Laude from Ferris State University in 2007 with a BS in Dental Hygiene. She grew up in a town of fewer than 1,000 people in rural Michigan and has called NC home since moving to the area, not even a week after graduating college. She is very passionate about dental hygiene and helping patients improve their oral hygiene. She has been the Chair of the Durham-Orange Dental Hygienists' Association, a component of the North Carolina Dental Hygienists' Association, for 2 years and Co-Chair for 1 year. Through the component, she plans and attends many dental hygiene continuing education courses throughout the year. Her next goal, however, is to participate in a dental mission trip in a foreign country, as she has and will continue to participate in mission work throughout our state. She is also passionate about donating blood and would like to plan and organize a local blood drive. Dental hygiene, however, is not her whole life; her family is! She has 2 very active daughters and a wonderful husband that are truly her everything. They share their home with a cat and dog that love to hate each other.