Olde Raleigh Team

Dr. Chris Martin

I am a native of Hays, NC. A small rural community in the beautiful North Carolina foothills.

I attended the University of North Carolina for both Dental School (DDS 1996), and undergrad (BS Dentistry 1993). Following dental school, I took an associateship with an accomplished practice in Boone, NC. My wife Maja and I relocated to the Triangle upon her acceptance to the UNC School of Dentistry in 1997.

I have been in practice in our current location in Olde Raleigh Village since 1998. It has been a wonderful practice home.

I enjoy the practice of dentistry immensely. Dentistry is challenging at times, but provides a true sense of accomplishment. I have always enjoyed ‘working with my hands’ and ‘working with people’. Dentistry allows me to do both of these daily. I feel lucky to have chosen this life path.

I am happily married to Maja Vukojicic Martin (since 1999). We have three beautiful children, Ava Marie (born September 2006), Ella Rae (born October 2008), and Noah Christopher, (born December 18, 2009).

Thanks for your interest in our practice. I look forward to meeting you.

Dr. Martin has received the Fellowship in Academy of General Dentistry and is working diligently to achieve Mastership in the Academy.

Dr. Monica Wheeler

I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. At a young age I discovered the art and science of dentistry through numerous summer science programs, and fell in love with it.

I graduated from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2006 with a degree in Biology, and from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in Nashville, Tennessee in 2011 . In 2012 I completed a General Practice Residency Program at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, New Jersey, where I received advanced training and mentorship in various fields of dentistry.

I practiced dentistry in Nashville/Brentwood, Tennessee for a few years, and in 2014 married my husband Derrick, and we decided to make North Carolina our home.

I love the field of dentistry, I believe that it encompasses being a doctor, artist, and engineer all in one, while it allows me the chance to help others achieve improvements that will affect their overall health and confidence.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling with my husband Derrick, attending Pure Barre classes, reading, bike riding and outreach programs with the local chapter of my sorority.

It is truly a privilege to be a member of such a highly trained team here at Village Dental. I am excited to meet you and would love to help you achieve a healthy mouth for life. See you soon!

Dr. Christopher Steddum

I was born and raised right here in Raleigh, NC and I am proud to call this city my home. I have spent time in every corner of the state; attending UNC-Chapel Hill as an undergraduate, earning a master’s degree in Chemistry at Western Carolina University, and finally heading down east to Greenville to earn my degree in Dentistry at the ECU School of Dental Medicine. Right out of school, I sought advanced training through a one-year residency program at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Though I have completed my formal education, I never stop learning. I am a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and I am working towards Fellowship through continuing education.

I am honored to be a part of the Village Dental team and to serve the Raleigh area. I love the craftsmanship and detail that goes into quality dental care and enjoy, even more, the personal relationships that develop with clients.

When I am not at the office, you can find me outdoors riding my mountain bike through the untamed backcountry in Pisgah National Forest, catching waves on a longboard at Wrightsville Beach, and everywhere in between where there is nature to enjoy.

I am lucky to be able to share my journey with my wife, Lauren, whom I met and married in dental school. She, too, is a Raleigh native, a lover of the outdoors, and a practicing dentist in the Triangle area. We are both very excited to be back home working in the field we love.

I look forward to meeting and working with you.

Deirdre (Deedy)
Clinic Administrator

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!

Kim
Dental Hygiene Coordinator

Hi! My name is Kim. I grew up in Apex, NC and loved being a North Carolina native for most of my young adult life. After high school I moved to Nashville, TN & Atlanta, GA for several years. I made my way back to the Raleigh area a few years ago, and love being back with my family and friends. Before joining the Village Dental Team, I was employed with a Lasik Eye Surgeon for almost five years. I’m so excited to begin my journey in the world of dentistry with Village Dental. On the weekends my boyfriend and I enjoy traveling to the mountains and the beach, hiking, and spending time with family and friends. I look forward to meeting you at your next visit.

Kristy
Clinical Team Leader

Hi, my name is Kristy. I’ve been in the dental field since 2008. I am originally from Pennsylvania and that’s where I started my dental career as an Oral Surgery Assistant. I moved to North Carolina in October of 2012 and I have been part of the Village Dental team since July of 2013. In my spare time I enjoy playing with my two dogs, camping, going to the beach, and working out. I look forward to meeting you and assisting with your dental needs!

Shannon
Front Desk Team Leader

Hi! My name is Shannon. I am so excited to have been a part of this wonderful dental team since 2008. A little about me… I was born and raised in Thomasville, NC, but now call Durham, NC home. After obtaining my Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene from Guilford Technical Community College in Greensboro, I attended UNC-Chapel Hill to further my Dental Hygiene education. I love everything about being a Dental Hygienist, but I would have to say my favorite part is patient interaction and education. In 2013, I became the Front Desk Team Leader and haven’t looked back. I have enjoyed learning the administrative side of Dentistry and look forward to helping you with both clinical and administrative questions. When I’m not at work, making smiles brighter, I enjoy traveling with my husband, Ryan, spending time with friends and family, spoiling my two Shih Tzu’s, LuLu and Zoe and trying new restaurants in the area. I look forward to meeting you very soon!

Leah
Hygiene Team Lead

Hello my name is Leah. I am so excited to be part of the team at Village Dental. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Communications from Elon University, and then returned to school at Edison State college in Fort Myers, FL for my hygiene degree. I moved to Raleigh in November from Florida where I was a hygienist for 7 1/2 years. In my free time I love being with my husband and my two little boys who keep me busy. We love spending time outdoors. I also enjoy reading and working out. I really look forward to meeting you and helping you meet your dental needs.

Shraddha
Insurance Coordinator

Hey, my name is Shraddha. I was born in India and moved to the United States in 2004. I am so excited and honored to be a part of this amazing dental team. I have been in the dental field since 2013 and enjoy it very much. When I’m not at work, I enjoy cooking, dancing and spending time with family and friends. I am looking forward to seeing you!!

Jennifer
Patient Care Coordinator

Hi! My name is Jennifer and have been a member of the Village Dental team since 2014. I graduated from Sunrise Dental Assisting School, but found my true expertise at the front desk handling our insurance department. My job is to make filing insurance and handling financial situations easier for you! I enjoy summer time at the beach and have a huge heart for animals. My husband and I have a sweet black lab named Sugar, who is our baby! In the winter, we spend a few weekends snowboarding in the NC Mountains. I look forward to meeting you and helping with any financial questions you may have. Thank you for considering Village Dental we look forward to serving your dental needs!

Kimberly
Treatment Coordinator

Hi! My name is Kimberly. I am a Treatment Coordinator and have been with the office since the spring of 2016. Dentistry has been a part of my life since 2007. What I love most, is being able to work with so many different, wonderful people. Not only the amazing team in my office, but also the patients I have got to know each and every day. I am originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia and moved to North Carolina to be close to my family. I am a beach girl at heart but my family is my world. I have a beautiful little girl who keeps me on my toes and reminds me how important it is to always enjoy life. When it comes to you, the patients, I will always put your best interest first. So, please come see our fantastic team and let me know how I can help you with your dental and financial concerns!

Ana
Patient Concierge

Hello, my name is Ana. I was born in Mexico and moved to Cary when I was only a one year old. North Carolina has been my home ever since. I have 2 younger sisters, one which is in the Army! I graduated early from Cary High School in 2015. I am currently in the transfer program at Wake Tech and am hoping to graduate with a degree in Accounting. During my free time, I enjoy taking pictures and making “vlogs” of my friends, family, and just life in general. I am proud to be able to assist our Spanish Speaking patients here at Village Dental. I look forward to meeting you soon!

Michelle
Registered Dental Hygienist/Dental Assistant

Hi! My name is Michelle. I was born and raised in Texas. I moved to Raleigh in 2007 and am happy to call Raleigh my home. I have been in the dental field since 2001 and have enjoyed this profession greatly. I am a Registered Dental Hygienist and also a dental assistant. Here at Village Dental I divide my time between dental assisting and practicing dental hygiene. The way I see it is I have the best of both worlds! In my free time I enjoy traveling, cooking, and being outdoors. I look forward to meeting you and helping you in any way I can.

Ashleigh
Registered Dental Hygienist

Hi! My name is Ashleigh. I’m so excited to be part of Village Dental at Olde Raleigh! Born in Wilmington, NC, my family moved to Virginia when I was 12 years old. I attended James Madison University (GO DUKES!) in Harrisonburg, VA, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science in 2002. After graduating from JMU, I moved back to North Carolina and attended Wake Tech Community College, earning an associates in Dental Hygiene.

I have a wonderful little boy, Addison, who is always entertaining me! In my spare time, I love working out, water skiing, and snowboarding.

I love being party of a team that cares so much about their patients. I look forward to helping all our patients achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.

Destiny
Registered Dental Hygienist

Hi! I’m Destiny and I am excited to be a part of the Village Dental team. I recently moved to Clayton, NC from New Jersey, but my roots started in Atlanta. I attended Penn State for my bachelors in Dental Hygiene, with a focus on Health Policy and Administration. I hope to attend graduate school in the near future to complete an MBA program.

When not spreading smiles through treatment or education, I love spending time with my husband, our son and two dogs. We hope to start fostering more animals soon, which is what started our journey south. We also love game nights, working out and laughing at ourselves.

I can’t wait to meet you!

Brianna
Registered Dental Hygienist

Hi, my name is Brianna! I am from a small town in North Carolina called Valdese. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I love being surrounded by my family and friends! In my spare time I enjoy going to concerts, cheering on the Tarheels, and traveling, especially to the beach! I am so proud to be a part of the Village Dental team and look forward to serving you!

Carmen
Registered Dental Hygienist

Hi, My name is Carmen. I am originally from Kernersville, NC. I graduated from Guilford Technical Community College in 2010 with degrees in both Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene. I enjoy working out, traveling, trying new and yummy foods, cooking and most of all spending time with my family, close friends and wonderful boyfriend, Tyler! I have lived in several different cities but all in NC my whole life! I absolutely love my job and what I do! I look forward to being your hygienist and making your smile wonderful!

Courtney
Registered Dental Hygienist

Hi! My name is Courtney. I grew up in this area and have been a part of the Village Dental team since 2012. I went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. I love being a Dental Hygienist and helping people to improve their smiles. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, going to the beach and taking my dog, Lilly, on walks. I look forward to meeting you soon!

Ashley
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!

Gabby
Dental Assistant

Hello, my name is Gabby. I graduated in 2014 from Vance Granville and I now have an associate’s degree in Medical Office Administration. I am currently an intern with Village Dental and hope to further my education and career in the dental field. I am very fortunate to have this opportunity in such a pleasant and professional workplace. I enjoy hiking and being out on the lake with my friends and family. I look forward to meeting you soon!

Alex
Dental Assistant

Hi! My name’s Alex and I’m originally from Wake Forest, NC. I studied Dental Assisting at NC Dental U. I recently became a mother to my little boy, Gavin. He’s my world. In my free time, I love spending time with my son, going to the beach and hanging out with friends and family. I look forward to meeting you soon.

Brit
Dental Assistant

I am a Raleigh native and have been working in the dental field as an assistant since 2009. I joined the Village Dental at Olde Raleigh team in August of 2012 and I enjoy providing and educating patients about optimal dental care.

Courtney
Dental Assistant

My name is Courtney. I have been a dental assistant since 2007. I really enjoy dental assisting and helping others. I am originally from Jamesville, NC. I have two cats named Chanel and CoCo. Also I have one dog named Izzy. I am a huge NC State fan. Family and friends mean the world to me. I look forward to seeing you at your dental visits.

Terri
Dental Assistant

Hi, my name is Terri. I was born in Buffalo, New York and am a huge Buffalo Bills fan. I attended college at Miller-Motte where I earned my Associates Degree in Dental Chair-Side Assisting. I absolutely love my job and am proud to be a part of this amazing team here at Village Dental. I look forward to meeting you and can’t wait to serve you!

Adrianne
Dental Assistant

Hi, my name is Adrianne. I am originally from New Jersey and I have been living in North Carolina since 2012. I received my Dental Assisting certification from NC Dental U in 2014. I am also looking into furthering my education to become a Dental Hygienist. Some things that I enjoy are spending time with loved ones, music, traveling, helping people and playing video games. I am excited to be a part of this team and look forward to meeting you!

Trina
Dental Assistant

Hi! My name is Trina and I’m originally from a small town in eastern North Carolina called Fremont. I moved to Raleigh five years ago and I now live in Knightdale with my husband and our two dogs. I also have a horse that’s still back home that I enjoy riding. I’m a huge sports fan and love hunting and shooting guns with my husband.

I went to school to be a dental assistant after I move to Raleigh and have been working in the dental field for the past three years. I love my job and enjoy being a part of the Village Dental team. Hope to see you soon!

Elizabeth
Dental Assistant

Hello! My name is Elizabeth and I am from Johnston County, NC but was raised in Raleigh. I am new to the dental field but not new to this office. I have actually been a patient at Village Dental since 1998. Even though I am new to dentistry, I am extremely excited to be able to learn from this amazing team and look forward to furthering my career in the dental field. In my spare time I love to cook with my wonderful boyfriend, spend time with my dog, Abbey and family. I love being a part of this amazing team and look forward to meeting you soon!

Alyssa
Dental Assistant

Hi! My name is Alyssa. I’m originally from High Point, NC and just moved to Raleigh. I always knew I wanted to be in the dental field since I was younger! I graduated from the Dental Assisting program at Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, NC in May of 2017. I am very excited to be a part of Village Dental and I look forward to seeing you soon!

Joe
Paramedic

I was born and raised in Pennsylvania where I began my 22 year career in EMS. I relocated to North Carolina in 1998 with my now wife, Katie Wagner, to start a family and continue our careers in the medical field.

For the past 16 years I have worked as a Paramedic in Durham. While there I have had the opportunity to train students and new employees in the field as well as be a part of several field studies associated with Duke and some of the top medical device manufacturers to improve critical care of patients.

Recently I have joined the Village Dental team to assist with IV sedation dentistry. I look forward to ensuring a safe and relaxed experience here at Village Dental.