Dr. Rodriguez, Dr. Martin, Dr. Britt
Dr. Maya V. Martin
Hi, and welcome to our website! A little about me…
I am a Tar Heel!!!! I attended the University Of North Carolina for both my undergraduate (BS in Biology ’96) and dental school training (DDS ’02). I played basketball for UNC from ’92 to ’96 and was on the 1994 National Championship Team. GO HEELS!!!
I am originally from Yugoslavia. I was born and raised in the city of Kragujevac, Serbia. I came to the United States as part of a student exchange program in 1991 and decided to stay at the UNC for my undergraduate training on a basketball scholarship.
I love the practice of dentistry. I find myself to be an extremely detail-oriented person, and the intricate, precise nature of this profession seems to suit me well. I actually LOVE fixing teeth!
I am happily married to Chris Martin. Chris is a dentist in West Raleigh and is also a Tar Heel. We have two daughters, Ava and Ella, and a son, Noah… all Tar Heels in training!!!
I look forward to meeting you. Thank you for visiting us online!
Dr. Martin has received the Fellowship in Academy of General Dentistry
Dr. Octavio Rodriguez
Hi, I’m Dr. Rodriguez. My family moved to the U.S. when I was 8 years old and I grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina with my 2 siblings. I earned my undergraduate degree in biology with minors in genetics and Spanish literature from North Carolina State University. While attending NCSU I fell in love with dentistry while participating in various pre-dental and medical programs at UNC Chapel Hill and West Virginia School of Dentistry. Upon graduating, I worked in a dental office in Cary NC for one year in order to gain more experience in the dental field and that same year I was accepted to UNC School of Dentistry where I obtained my Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree. During my years in dental school, I had the honor to treat veterans at the Asheville VA Hospital, children of the Cherokee reservation in the mountains of NC, cancer patients in Mexico City and children in Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos Orphanage in Morelos, Mexico. I also had the opportunity to treat inmates in need of dental care at the NC central prison in Raleigh. Since dental school, I have been part of the American Dental Association, the North Carolina Dental Society, and the Hispanic Dental Association. When I am not here at Village Dental North Raleigh I enjoy volunteering with Missions of Mercy clinics in North Carolina, St. Thomas Moore free dental clinics in Chapel Hill, SCHAC dental clinics and various non-profit clinics providing dental care to the underserved in our state. I truly enjoy my profession because it combines my two greatest passions, working with my hands and medicine. From an early age I was very curious about science and how everything around me worked. Having a machinist as a father, I was always drawn to hands-on projects, which I would undertake with my father and brother (who later became an engineer). I could not be happier with dentistry. I feel that it is a complete honor to be able to use my skills and knowledge to help others while doing what I love to do. Being able to work closely with patients and at a deep and personal level is in itself one of the greatest blessings in this profession due to the special opportunity that you have as a health care provider to develop trust and relationships with your patients. I look forward to meeting you soon!
Dr. Samantha Britt
Hi, I’m Dr. Samantha Britt! I was born in Texas and lived in a few different states growing up, but spent the majority of my childhood living in Trumbull, Connecticut. In high school, I learned of my passion for dentistry while working as an assistant at my neighbor’s dental practice. After graduating high school, I went to college at the University of Connecticut. I graduated with honors with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology and a minor in Spanish. I loved every minute I spent at UConn, but knew I needed to live somewhere warmer, so I moved to North Carolina in 2010 for dental school. I graduated from the UNC School of Dentistry in 2014 and advanced my training by completing a General Practice Residency in 2015 at the Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville, NC.
Since I have been practicing dentistry, I have become a member of the American Dental Association, North Carolina Dental Society, American Association of Women Dentists, and the Academy of General Dentistry. I truly enjoy being in a profession where I can interact with people every day, create and improve the beauty and health of others, and utilize the ever-changing and evolving technology that defines modern dentistry. There is always something new to learn, which makes dentistry so exciting for me.
I met my husband, Phillip, in 2010, and we got married in 2015. We are parents to 2 small dogs, a rescued miniature dachshund named Slinky, and a chiweenie (chihuahua-dachshund mix) named Moose, who we adopted as a puppy. They are extremely high energy and loving, and definitely keep our lives exciting and unpredictable!
When I am not treating the amazing patients at Village Dental or home playing with my dogs, I love to read, watch movies, and cook. For exercise, I love cycling, practicing yoga, and hiking. My husband and I really enjoy traveling as well. Our favorite places to go locally are to the beach and especially to Asheville, which is our favorite place to visit!
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be your dentist here at Village Dental, and I look forward to meeting you soon!
Hello, I’m Laura. After working in the day spa industry for 10-years I decided that I wanted to be more hands on yet still help people feel better. In 2009, I attended NC Dental U becoming a Dental Assistant and shortly after starting working for Dr. Martin and fell in love with Dentistry. I was born in Liverpool, England and moved to the United States when I was 7. I grew up in Wake Forest, NC and attended NC State University. I married my best friend from high school and I have 3 daughters Haley, Regan, and Gracie. In my free time I love trips to the beach, skiing and playing in my flower garden. I look forward to seeing your smile soon!
Front Desk Team Lead
Hello!! My name is Joi. I was born and raised in Rochester Hills, Michigan. I graduated from Michigan State University in 2006, with a degree in Merchandising Management. After working in the retail industry for eight years I decided to make a career change and I now enjoy working at Village Dental at North Raleigh!!
I moved to North Carolina eight years ago to escape the long cold Michigan winters. Outside of work, I enjoy spending my time with my boyfriend Jon, and my wild mini schnauzer Tedy. We spend our days eating good food, taking long walks and watching Detroit Tigers baseball! Thank-you for visiting our website and I look forward to meeting you soon!!
Hi, my name is Emilee. I grew up in Southwestern Michigan. The lakes are beautiful, but the winters are long so along with my husband and two children, we made our way to Raleigh. I have a background in healthcare and love the Village Dental team because we work hard to help people achieve their best smile. In my free time I enjoy crochet, eating great meals with family and friends and reading. I look forward to meeting you.
Hi, my name is Ashton, and I have the pleasure of being one of your treatment coordinators here at Village Dental. My interest in dentistry started long before I graduated from high-school; it’s a story I’ll happily share with you when we meet! My journey through the dental field began when I graduated from Central Piedmont Community College for Dental Assisting, and I have clinical experience working in pediatric, oral surgery and general dentistry. Fueled by my passion for helping others achieve their ultimate smile, I worked for five years managing a small division of a dental laboratory, where we fabricated everything from crowns to implants to dentures. I was born and raised in Charlotte, and I didn’t think I would ever leave. But, through my volunteer work with the North Carolina Missions of Mercy clinics, I was offered an opportunity to stretch my adventure legs and moved to North Raleigh in January 2015. While I miss Charlotte and my family enormously, I am in love with this area! I live with my crazy awesome best friend, who also happens to be my boyfriend. We are currently raising Chappie, our cobalt blue Beta who we have very high hopes for. At any given time, you can find me in the kitchen; creating a new recipe and cooking up a storm…We are talking full blown apron status. We are constantly in search of a new craft beer to enjoy, and are very keen on trying new restaurants. I am a nerd to the core, and will talk anything Star Wars, super heroes, and Lord of the Rings related. I love art, film, music, beer and food, but none are as important as my Carolina Panthers! I simply cannot wait to meet you, and look forward to helping you find your perfect smile soon!
Patient Relations Coordinator
Hello! My name is Amanda. I am a mom to a curious, spunky, loving little boy who was born in 2013. Raising a toddler boy keeps me very busy most of the time, but in my free time I really enjoy crafting, baking, and cake decorating. My friends and family call me the “Pinterest Queen.” I started working when I was 14 and have always found myself drawn to customer service positions. I love meeting people from all walks of life and hearing their stories. I’ve always been intrigued by anything medical or health care related, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside amazing dentists and their team at Village Dental.
Hello, my name is Diane. I am originally from the Chicago area but I have been able to live all over the United States-the benefit of being a former military wife. I have over 15-years of experience with dental insurance and I am happy to be able to help you with your dental insurance needs here at Village Dental North Raleigh. When I am not here at Village Dental, I enjoy spending time with my children and grandchildren. I also enjoy cross-stitch, sewing & cheering for the Chicago Bears, Cubs & Bulls. I look forward to seeing you at your next visit to the office.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Hello! My name is Jean and I am originally from Minneapolis, MN and I have a Bachelor of Science degree in School & Community Health Education from Winona State University. During my 4 years in college, I was a gymnast & my senior year I was the NAIA National All-Around & Floor Exercise Champion. I have been inducted to my college Hall of Fame twice. I relocated to North Carolina in 1990 while I was employed by American Airlines as a Flight Attendant. (Yes, I LOVE people)! In 2002 I switched careers, and graduated from Wake Technical Community College with a degree in Dental Hygiene. My role as your hygienist is to make you comfortable, treat you professionally, and educate you on your oral health. I have 2 children. My daughter will be graduating from Meredith College with a degree in Sports Medicine, and my son will be entering his first year in college. I enjoy running and my puppy dogs! My favorite experience has been being a contestant on “The Price Is Right”, kissing Bob Barker, and spinning the big wheel. I am looking forward to meeting you here at Village Dental!
Registered Dental Hygienist
Hi! I’m Brittany, but feel free to call me Brit– everyone else does! I moved to North Carolina from California in 2008 to attend UNC and I couldn’t be happier with my choice. I’ll always be a “California girl” at heart, and I love to visit, but I now call North Carolina my home. I attended school at UNC-Greensboro, where I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in biology & chemistry, then continued my education and went to UNC, where I completed my second Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene– GO HEELS!! I recently married the coolest guy I know (his name is Jim), and I am so happy and proud to call him my husband! We got married on the beach in Oak Island, NC– it was my dream come true. I’m a very lucky lady! In my free time, I enjoy being by the water (beach, lake, poolside, you name it), working out, and reading. I love dentistry, I have since I was very young, and I am so excited to share my passion for oral and overall health with you here at Village Dental North Raleigh soon!
Registered Dental Hygienist
Smiles! I’m Caroline Miller, a native Eastern North Carolinian that loves living in the Triangle! I am a graduate of UNCW and Wayne Community College. I grew up in a dental family which fueled my passion for patient care and I strive to make each patient comfortable and relaxed. I love everything about dentistry, but most of all I love the one-on-one care I am able to give to our patients. I enjoy snow skiing, hiking, mountain biking and organic gardening. I am excited to share my passion for dentistry with our patients, and I am so excited to be a member of the Village Dental team!
Registered Dental Hygienist
Hi! I’m Ashley. I’ve been in the dental field since 2008, starting as a dental assistant before becoming a hygienist. I currently reside in Smithfield with my boyfriend and our perfect Cairn Terrier, Molly Jane. When I’m not cleaning teeth, I enjoy spending time with my amazing friends and family, going to the beach, reading and watching baseball games. I am thrilled to be a part of such a dedicated team here at Village Dental. I can’t wait to meet you at your next appointment and assist you in achieving a beautiful, healthy smile!
First of all, thank you for checking this portion of our website! My name is Jesu and I am one of the Dental Assistants here at Village Dental. I was born and raised in the Philippines and recently moved to the U.S. in 2014. In the Philippines I worked as a dentist for 2 years and it is my goal to obtain my US License someday soon. I am looking forward to seeing you all and I am certain that you’ll have a sweeter, warmer, and wider smile when you leave our dental practice. I hope you have a great day!
Hi! I’m Diana and I recently moved to Raleigh from Northern Virginia. I obtained my history degree from Christopher Newport University in 2013. After working at Colonial Williamsburg for a few years I decided that I needed a change of pace and thought what better career is there than dentistry? I have now been assisting for over a year and I’ve loved every minute of it. When I’m not assisting here at Village Dental North Raleigh I enjoy cooking, running, riding horses and basically anything else you can think of involving the outdoors. I can’t wait to be your Dental Assistant during your next visit at Village Dental North Raleigh!
Hey there! My name is Allyson and I’m a Dental Assistant here at Village Dental. I am a native Raleighite that attended Appalachian State University in the beautiful mountains of Boone, NC. I’m an avid music listener, animal lover, traveler, hiker, and dancer. While I’m not at work you can find me spending quality time with friends and family, seeking out local live music, or exploring the great outdoors. I received my Dental Assistant certificate from NC Dental U and plan to follow my dreams of becoming a dentist by attending dental school in the future. I am very excited to be a part of the Village Dental team and look forward to working with you soon!
Hi! My name is Toyosi, and I’m a dental assistant here at Village Dental North Raleigh. I became interested in the field of dentistry from a very young age, when my dentist at the time inspired me to do the work he did and make an impact in other people’s lives. While in college at UNCChapel Hill (Go Heels!), I explored dentistry further by joining dental clubs, participating in a mentorship program through the dental school, and volunteering at several free clinics. I graduated from UNC in May 2016 with a degree in Biology, and I hope to gain admission to dental school in the future, so I can achieve my dream of becoming a dentist. When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, being active, and watching Carolina basketball games. I look forward to meeting you and being your assistant during your next visit!
Hi! My name is Wendy and I’m a Dental Assistant here at Village Dental North Raleigh. I am one of the few people that can say, I’m originally from North Carolina. After eight years in the Army Reserve, I attended Wayne Community College where I received my Dental Assisting training. I have been a Dental Assistant for the last 18 years and I love helping people, it is my goal for my patients to always have a great dental experience. I have been married for twenty years and have three wonderful children. In my spare time I enjoy being with my family and friends. I look forward to seeing you at your next visit to Village Dental.
Hi! I am Maggie, I’m brand new to Village Dental and loving every minute! I’m a NC girl, born and raised right here in Raleigh! I attended Sunrise School of Dental Assisting in Raleigh. I’m endlessly supported by my wonderful husband of three years, Jesus. We have two sweet pitbulls we rescued last year, Teddi and Sheila. I was called to dentistry after a negative dental experience at a local office. This experience helped me realize why most people have dental anxiety and how to help combat these negative emotions and end up with a positive dental experience!
Hello! Welcome to Village Dental North Raleigh! It is my pleasure to introduce myself – my name is Indira. I was born and raised in Venezuela, where I graduated from dental school and practiced as an Endodontist. In 2014, I moved to Raleigh with my husband and obtained the credentials to work in the U.S.A. as a Dental Assistant. My goal is to continue to work in the dental environment as I love this profession and enjoy working with patients. I am proud to say I have the marvelous opportunity to work here at Village Dental where I am part of a hard-working, dedicated team with excellent professional skills. I love that at Village Dental the comfort of each patient and the quality of the dentistry provided are most important. When I am not at work, I enjoy time with my husband on our boat and anything else as long as we are together. I look forward to assisting you at your next visit here at Village Dental North Raleigh.
Greetings everyone! My name is Angie, your dental assistant. I was born and raised in the Philippines, and lived in Denver, Co for 12 years before moving to the Triangle area. I have been an assistant since 2009 and I am grateful to say that I have found my passion and purpose in life. Besides being a mom, I enjoy the outdoors, love the beach, and cooking is my stress reliever. Village Dental has the most passionate people when it comes to your dental needs. I am truly grateful to be a part of the practice, because each one of us here will deliver a very satisfying and most comfortable visit with our dentist. Let’s all smile confidently!
Hi!! My name is Melissa and I’m a Dental Assistant here at Village Dental North Raleigh. I am originally from France and moved to the U.S. at a young age. I am currently in my third year at North Carolina State University majoring in Human Biology. I have always been interested in the dental field and plan on pursuing my career goal to be a dentist. When I am not focusing on school or work, I love to travel, run, and try new experiences! I can’t wait to meet you at your next dental appointment.
Sterilization and Maintenance Coordinator
My name is Mirko. I am Dr. Maja Martin’s father. I was born in former Yugoslavia. I studied technical science and management and used to work in the technical field in Serbia and then from 1995 in the USA. Maja was a good student and we decided to use the student exchange program established between the USA and Yugoslavia. Maja came to the USA in 1991 to study and finish her last year of high school. However, at that time the geopolitical situation in the world took a dramatic change. To come back, Maja accepted the offer from UNC Chapel Hill to play basketball for four years and study biology. During the next four years she finished biology with Honors and her UNC basketball team became back to back ACC Champions two years in a row. The rest of my family, my wife Snezana and daughter Katarina, came to the USA in 1995 as USA residents. Maja was always a strong personality with her own life vision. She finished UNC Dental School and soon after she started her own dental office. She became an excellent dentist too. We are proud of Maja’s work and accomplishment. I appreciate Maja for allowing me to be part of her team and to see her happiness after hard work at the end of the day. Thank you, Maja.
IV Sedation Assistant
Hi! My name is Katie. I graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing. Upon graduation, my husband and I moved to North Carolina and absolutely love it! I have been a labor & delivery nurse for many years and have the pleasure of working with the Village Dental of North Raleigh team. I look forward to providing you with a comfortable, safe and at ease experience.