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!
Thank you for visiting our site and taking the time to read our bio’s! I have been very fortunate to devote years of my life as a people-leader and I look forward to many more years to come here at Village Dental. I have worked in the retail pharmacy industry for 18 years and I was very fortunate to be highly utilized in many different advanced roles managing in upwards of 1,400 team members. There is no greater honor than serving and leading people. Nothing excites me more than inspiring exceptional everyday people to deliver extraordinary results that make a difference. I joined Village Dental because of the difference they make in peoples’ lives and their mission-focused purpose. I’m so excited to be here and am excited to work with an extremely talented group of people. I hope to help our leaders impact our patient’s smiles and lives in so many wonderful ways.
I was blessed to attend Syracuse University where I obtained the first of many college degrees. I earned my MBA with a concentration in Executive Leadership and Healthcare Administration from Liberty University, which I absolutely love. In fact, I’m currently pursuing my Doctorate of Business Administration online and hope to have my DBA by 2023. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my beautiful and talented wife Annya, who is also an Operations Manager and passionate about everything she does! We have two wonderful and awesome children, Hannah (16) and Eli (11). I love meeting new people, building relationships, and I hope to meet and serve you and your family here at Village Dental.
Hi! My name is Deedy. Thank you so much for visiting our website and I can’t wait to meet you in person! Here’s a little info on me… I have a great husband, and 3 wonderful boys. I have been involved in the field of dentistry for over 20 years, and I have loved every minute of it! I started out as a Dental Assistant in Ohio (my original home) and continued as a Dental Assistant after I moved to Raleigh. Eventually, I went back to school and earned my degree from Wake Technical Community College as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Dentistry affords me the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of others, and I feel blessed every day to be doing something I love. I look forward to meeting you very soon!
Front Desk Team Leader
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!
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!
Hi! I’m Marianne, and I am a Treatment Coordinator here at Village Dental North Raleigh. I was born in the Philippines and moved to New York at the age of seven years old. I lived in New York for about seventeen years, then moved to North Carolina in 2010. I have worked in the dental field for over 10 years. I started working in a dental office at the age of nineteen years old in New York City as a Front Office Administrator. When I moved to North Carolina in 2010, I had many opportunities to gain more knowledge, and experience in dentistry. The interaction with patients was, and is still my favorite part. Witnessing patients quality of life change for the better, as a result of their improved dental health is absolutely rewarding. I currently live in Clayton with my husband and my daughter. We left the hustle and bustle of New York City, to slow life down and enjoy raising our daughter. You can typically find me hanging out at home with my husband, or my daughter. They are both my best friends, and I spend as much time with them as possible. When I’m not hanging with my family, I spend my spare time painting. My favorite subjects to paint are landscapes and seascapes, it is so therapeutic. Now that you have learned a little bit about me, I can’t wait to get to know you at your next visit!
Hi! I am Nikki, the Hygiene Coordinator at Village Dental North Raleigh. I am so fortunate to be a part of this wonderful team and hope you love it as much as I do. I was born and raised in Johnston County. I graduated from Wayne Community College with a degree in Dental Hygiene. After working in hygiene for 5 years, I found my home at Village Dental. I have a bulldog named Alli, who is my spoiled rotten child. I enjoy traveling to new places, spending time with my family & friends, and lazy days with my dog while binge-watching a Netflix series. When I’m not at Village Dental, you can usually find me outside enjoying the sunshine or at the beach. I value the time I spend involved with my church, and I enjoy mission work for my community. I believe if we work together, we can make this world a much better place. I cannot wait to meet you at your next visit!
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.
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!
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!
Hey, my name is Sean. I was born and raised in Connecticut and recently moved to Clayton in 2018. I have worked in the customer service field for 5 years and I have always been inspired to help people. Village Dental has a proven track record for providing exceptional customer service and I am excited and honored to be part of this team! When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with family and friends whether it be watching live music, attending any sporting event, or exploring the many amazing restaurants in this area! I am eager to make your experience a great one here at Village Dental and I cannot wait to meet you!
New Patient Coordinator
Hello! My name is Chloe and I am the New Patient Coordinator here at Village Dental North Raleigh. I was born in Western Maryland but moved to Raleigh in elementary school. I studied at Meredith College where I got my degree in Fashion Merchandising. After spending years in retail, I wanted to take my customer service skills to the next level. I love helping others, especially here at Village Dental where I get to see everyone’s beautiful smile.
At home, I love spending all of my free time with my son, Kylan. He is my world and always puts a smile on my face! I look forward to meeting you here at Village Dental.
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!!
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
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.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Hey, I’m Mary! I’m from La Grange, NC, which is a cute little town in eastern NC. I have a Bachelors in Chemistry from East Carolina University and I completed an Associates in Dental Hygiene at Wayne Community College. I decided to work in Raleigh after graduation and I plan to move there soon. I’m excited about the opportunities that are in my future and exploring a new city! When I’m not at work you can find me at the beach, doing yoga, or staying busy with my friends. Come see us at Village Dental, I can’t wait to meet you!
Registered Dental Hygienist
Hi! My name is Sam and I am from Washington DC. I moved to Raleigh six years ago and I am loving this city and all it has to offer. I fell in love with the profession of medicine and dentistry at a young age and always knew I wanted to have a career in this field. I began my hygiene career at Wake Technical Community College and graduated with a Specialized Sciences degree. I love being able to educate people on how to better take care of their oral health and working with patients to help them towards having a healthy smile! In my free time, you can find me in Youngsville with my horse, Habanero, or at home reading and doing yoga. I try to travel as much as I possibly can and am fortunate to say I’ve visited all over Europe, Singapore, Thailand, and the western United States! In the future, I would love to visit Africa and Australia! I’m very happy to find a second family at Village Dental as one of their hygienists and can’t wait to meet you!
Clinical Team Leader
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!
Clinical Team Leader
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!
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!
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!
Hello, my name is Angy Sabbah and you can call me “GiGi”. I was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt and earned my Bachelor’s degree in Tourism & Hotel Management. I moved to California in 2002 where I fell in love with dentistry and got certified by the Dental Board of California in 2007. In 2016 I moved to Raleigh with my family and joined the great team at Village Dental. I enjoy baking cakes, spending time with family and friends, and outdoor activities. I look forward to welcoming you at our warm and smiling office.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Hi, my name is Austin. I grew up in rural northeastern North Carolina in a little town called Hertford. My family has a rich history of working in public service and I jumped at the opportunity to become a paramedic about 6 years ago. I served the citizens of Johnston County for 3 years before moving over to Wake County EMS to serve the community in which I live. To better serve you, I continue to work part time with Wake County EMS to keep up with all the advances and current training involved in emergency medicine. I graduated from Johnston County Community College with an AAS in Emergency Medical Science and have a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in psychology and health science from Liberty University. I have furthered my training by attending Western Carolina University and taking all available EMS classes.
When I’m not at Village Dental or running 911 calls, I enjoy spending time with my wife and 1-year-old son, perfecting recipes on my smoker, building rustic furniture, or visiting local breweries. I can personally relate to the anxieties of having dental work completed and am honored to provide safe, effective, and stress free sedation at Village Dental.
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.