Our Team

Our Doctors

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 the Academy of General Dentistry and received Mastership in the AGD in June, 2018.

Dr. Octavio Rodriguez

I grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina in a small town called Hendersonville. I earned my undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University. While attending NCSU, I fell in love with dentistry by 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. That year, I was fortunate to be 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 residents of the Cherokee reservation in the mountains of NC, cancer patients in Mexico City, and children in Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos Orphanage in Morelos, Mexico. When I am not here at Village Dental North Raleigh, I love spending time with my beautiful wife and our new son. My wife is a dental hygienist and we enjoy volunteering in various non-profit clinics providing dental care to the underserved in our state.

The artistry of dentistry, the ability to work with my hands, and most importantly the ability to help people on a very personal level were some of things that first attracted me to this profession. With experience and time, I have come to realize that coming to the dentist can be an uncomfortable experience that can cause anxiety and fear for many patients. It is my mission to help ease my patients’ fears while providing the most gentle and highest quality dentistry. 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!

Dr. Saul Gonzalez

I was born in Fresno, California, but have been living in Garner since the age of 5. I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Growing up I knew I wanted to work in healthcare and while attending UNC-CH, I found that through dentistry I found what I was looking for. I was fortunate to be accepted to attend East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine and graduated in 2017. Upon graduation I decided to continue my dental education and through East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine I completed my Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency in 2018. During my years at East Carolina University I was fortunate to treat patients throughout the state of North Carolina thanks to their innovative Community Service Learning Centers. On my free time I love spending time reading, running, and anything that involves being active! I also consider myself an amateur cook! Giving back and being able to be of service to a community that has given so much to me is truly something I enjoy. I am here to serve you!

Laura
Clinic Administrator

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!

Von
HR Manager

Hi All!! My name is Von, I am the Human Resource Manager here at Village Dental. Born and raised in Raleigh as the oldest of three, I left to attend college in Greensboro where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree. With 10 plus years of HR experience in the tech industry, I found myself wanting a new adventure. Joining Village Dental has shown me how sedation dentistry can positively impact the lives of our patients. The care and compassion our employees give our patients is exceptional. Village Dental has a culture of great dentistry, teamwork and customer service. Come join the Village!

Ashton
Treatment Coordinator

Hi, my name is Ashton, and I am one of your treatment coordinators here at Village Dental. My interest in dentistry started long before I completed high school; my journey through the dental field began when I graduated from Central Piedmont Community College for Dental Assisting. I have clinical experience working in pediatric, oral surgery and general dentistry. I managed a small division of a dental laboratory for 5 years, where we fabricated everything from crowns to implants to dentures. I was born and raised in Charlotte and didn’t think I’d ever leave, but through my volunteer work with the North Carolina Missions of Mercy clinics I was offered an opportunity to move to North Raleigh in January 2015. While I greatly miss Charlotte and my family, I am in love with this area! I live with my awesome best friend, who also happens to be my boyfriend. We have very high hopes for Chappie, our cobalt blue Beta. At any given time, you can find me in the kitchen creating a new recipe and cooking up a storm. We love trying new craft beers and going to new restaurants. I love Star Wars, superheroes, and anything Lord of the Rings-related. I love art, film, music, beer and food, but none are as important as my Carolina Panthers! I can’t wait to meet you, and look forward to helping you find your perfect smile!

Diane
Insurance Coordinator

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.

Julie
Financial Coordinator

Hi, I’m Julie! I’m a native North Carolinian and live in Wake Forest with my husband and youngest daughter. Aside from spending time with family and friends, I enjoy crafting, decorating, cooking, and most of all being a mother and grandmother! My educational background originally began in the dental field in 1995 which later led to a 12 year career in property management. I am confident that my expertise in client care and business relations will complement the amazing opportunity I was given here with the Village Dental North Raleigh team. I look forward to meeting you soon!

Sarah M.
Patient Coordinator

Hi! I’m Sarah and I recently moved to Raleigh from Maryland however, this is not my first time living in North Carolina. I attended Catawba College in Salisbury and then had a great opportunity to work in the spa and beauty industry. As much as I enjoyed working at spas and salons, I always wanted to get into the dental field and I am so excited to be a part of Village Dental North Raleigh’s team! Outside of work I love exploring Raleigh with my boyfriend, listening to live music, and hanging out with friends. I look forward to seeing you soon!

Abigail
Patient Coordinator

Hey there! My name is Abigail, but you can call me Abbie if you’d like! I was born and raised in Wake Forest, North Carolina. I grew up playing travel and high school volleyball, riding horses, and enjoying our beach and mountain houses. I attended one year of college at The North Carolina University at Greensboro. I was a restaurant manager for 5 years before I found my true calling to serve in the dental industry. When you can’t find me at the office, you can find me traveling, riding horses, shopping or at church! Fun fact about me: I am a Tar Heel fan, however I’m also a huge Roll Tide fan! ROLL TIDE!!!!! I am so excited to greet and serve every patient with my compassionate and outgoing attitude. I look forward to furthering and growing my career with Village Dental. I am also so honored, humbled, and thankful to be a part of something so much bigger. I can’t wait to meet you and be a part of your life changing journey at Village Dental!

Katy
Patient Concierge

Hi! I’m Katy and I was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. I moved to Northern Virginia in high school and attended James Madison University for my undergraduate studies. I earned my Bachelor’s of Science degree with a major in Psychology. After graduation, I wasn’t looking for a job in dentistry at the time, but that’s exactly where I ended up! I had the amazing opportunity to work at a pediatric dental office in Fairfax, VA. I quickly realized how much of an interest I have in dentistry – specifically interacting/communicating with patients and knowing that my work is directly benefiting their health and oral hygiene to result in a better smile. Recently, I moved back to Raleigh with my boyfriend, Kyle. In my free time I enjoy playing piano, watching movies/sports (Go Panthers!), going to concerts, and adventuring outside. I am thrilled to be living back home again and I am so happy to have joined the Village Dental Team. I look forward to meeting you soon!

Meredith
Treatment Coordinator

Hello! I’m Meredith, one of your Treatment Coordinators here at Village Dental. I’m so happy to be a part of the Village Dental team. I’ve been in the dental field for two years and the healthcare industry for six. Helping people is my true passion. I grew up in Cary and have been in the Raleigh/Cary area most of my life. When I’m not in the office, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children. I try to stay active by rock climbing, playing disc golf, and doing yoga, but must admit I may be a bit out of practice thanks to the aforementioned two children. I enjoy arcade games, playing with Legos, all things Star Wars, and UGA football. Go Dawgs! My favorite thing in life is making people smile. I look forward to seeing you smile soon!

Joi
Hygiene Team Leader

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!!

Sarah S.
Hygiene Coordinator

Hi! My name is Sarah Sowers and I am proud to be Village Dental North Raleigh’s Patient Coordinator! I was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. As a young adult I decided to join the United States Marine Corps for a challenge and change of scenery. I served proudly in the Marines for four years of active duty as a Field Satellite Operator and Administrative and Manpower Non-Commissioned Officer. I achieved a few military awards and recognitions, but the most honorable was a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for my work in these fields. Those were exciting years of my life, but I decided that I wanted to explore other career paths. I enjoy furthering my education with every chance I can take. I challenge myself to learn something new every year, and am currently in school full-time, ultimately pursuing my Master’s in Business Administration. In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering and spending time at the local Veterans Center and working with female Veterans. I also enjoy reading, working out, and baking.

Jean
Registered Dental Hygienist
Hygiene Trainer

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!

Brit
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!

Tiffany
Registered Dental Hygienist

Hi! I’m Tiffany. I am originally from Louisiana. I have one daughter named Elizabeth and we currently reside in Clayton, NC. Growing up, I played many sports, basketball being my favorite. When I graduated high school I joined the United States Army where I served actively for four years. While in the military, I learned many life lessons and traveled all over the world. After the military, I attended Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville, NC where I obtained a certification in Dental Assisting and later a degree in Dental Hygiene. Outside of work, you can find me enjoying anything outdoors, hanging out with my family and friends, at the beach or rooting for my favorite team the New Orleans Saints! I look forward to meeting you and your family here at Village Dental.

Sara H.
Registered Dental Hygienist

Hi! My name is Sara. I’m originally from Michigan and recently relocated to North Carolina to be closer to my family. I have been in the dental field for 20 years. I randomly started dental assisting after high school for a job. Over the years I developed a passion for dentistry and decided to pursue a career in dental hygiene. In 2006 I graduated from the dental hygiene program and it was the best decision I ever made. Not only do I love being around people, I enjoy making my patients feel comfortable at their appointments and educating them so they can maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. In my free time I love spending time with my family, it’s great being close to them. I also enjoy running, participating in races and playing with my puppy, Bella. I’m very excited about joining the team here at Village Dental and look forward to meeting you!

Erin
Dental Hygienist

Hi, my name is Erin! I’m so glad you decided to check out our team! I am a born and raised Carolina girl! I graduated from Wayne Community College with an associate’s degree in applied science of Dental Hygiene! My decision to be a dental hygienist came from my love for people and my desire to help others! I am married to the most amazing guy, Greg, and we have two sweet puppies, Blaze and Nova! When I’m not fulfilling my duties as a hygienist you can find me spending time with my family and friends! I look forward to meeting you at our office!

Maggie
Clinical Leader/Dental Assistant

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!

Jesu
Clinical Trainer

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!

Ally
Dental Assistant

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!

Indira
Dental Assistant

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.

Wendy
Dental Assistant

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.

Angie
Dental Assistant

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!

Melissa
Dental Assistant

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.

Karli
Dental Assistant

Hey! My name is Karli and I am a Dental Assistant here at Village Dental in North Raleigh. I was born in Newark, Delaware but moved to Benson, North Carolina at a young age where I still live. I attended Sunrise School of Dental Assisting in Fayetteville and fell in love with dentistry. When I’m not here at Village Dental, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, and doing anything that allows me to express my creativity. I look forward to meeting you at your next appointment here at Village Dental!

Ben
Dental Assistant

Hello, my name is Ben and I’m a Master’s student at N.C. State and a dental assistant here at Village Dental. I graduated from UNC Wilmington with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology before moving to Raleigh at the end of 2016, but I hope to move back to the beach one day! I became interested in dentistry and attended Sunrise School of Dental Assisting in Greensboro with a plan to one day attend dental school. When I’m not assisting or studying I enjoy cooking, going on adventures around Raleigh with my beagle Shelly, and spending time with my girlfriend Kayla. I look forward to seeing you soon at your next appointment at Village Dental.

Katrina
Dental Assistant

Hi! My name is Katrina and I am a dental assistant here at Village Dental North Raleigh. I am a Raleigh native, but I left to serve as an active duty service member in the U.S. Army. I first expressed interest in the dental field at the age of 9 years old when I was seen by my first female dentist. I decided that day that I wanted to be a dentist. After leaving the Army, I went to dental assisting school and I have loved nothing more (except my family and my dog, Zoey)! After assisting for 8 years I decided to go back to college and I completed my Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from NCCU in hopes of pursuing my dream of becoming a dentist.

Aubrey
Dental Assistant

Hello, My name is Aubrey and I am a dental assistant here at North Raleigh Village Dental! Which I am in love with! I first fell in love with dentistry while I was in school at DATC. Previous to dental assisting I was a groomer back home in Burlington, NC. I still live in Burlington and commute to Raleigh everyday! I grew up on a farm back home and couldn’t give it up to move to Raleigh just yet…Some of my activities outside of work are spending time with friends and family. I also am a huge fan of nature and love exploring the great outdoors! I like to ride my sweet horse Ginger and play with all my farm animals. Often on the weekends I go to the lake or find some live music to relax. I like sports but only when I’m able to participate in them myself, my favorite sport is probably drag racing because I used to race and might again someday. I can’t wait to meet you and help you achieve your perfect smile!

Morgan
Dental Assistant

Hi! My name is Morgan, I’m the newest addition to the Village Dental North Raleigh team and Raleigh, NC. Raised in Seattle, WA, I have been an assistant since 2014 and I am blessed to say that I absolutely love what I do. Besides being a mom of two, I enjoy relaxing, listening to music, traveling and cooking. Village Dental has the most compassionate and thorough team when it comes to your dental needs; so when the opportunity came available to be part of such a high quality team there was no way I could say no. I have found my dental home and I know you will too! I look forward to meeting you on your next visit.

Nicole
Dental Assistant

Hello, my name is Nicole and I have been assisting for about 11 years. I’m from Miami, Fl and moved to Raleigh about 13 years ago. I have two beautiful children, Jordyn and CJ. On my free time, I enjoy spending time outside with my kids, going to the beach and traveling. I look forward to working with you at your next appointment!

Erika
Dental Assistant

Hola! My name is Erika. I was born and raised in Ecuador and moved to NJ when I was 10 years old. I have been assisting since 2012. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband, my 2 step kids, Sean and Sam, and our two furbabies, Jack and Sally. The beach, a good comedy show and working out. I look forward to assisting you and helping put a smile on your face whenever you visit us.

Katie
Registered Nurse
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.

Mirko
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.