Our 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).

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).

I also truly enjoy learning from others, being with my family, music, fitness and vintage volkswagens.

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

Dr. Martin has received the Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry and received Mastership in AGD in 2018.

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, after completing my residency, and moved to North Carolina in 2014.

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, reading, bike riding and community 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. Sara Valencia

Hey, I’m Dr. Sara Valencia! I was born in Wisconsin (though I have zero recollection of it) and spent my early childhood in Texas, but pretty much grew up in the Cary/Raleigh area attending high school not far from here. After high school, I attended North Carolina State completing a Bachelors of Science in Microbiology with a minor in Spanish. Unsure of what I wanted to do career-wise, I moved to Santiago, Dominican Republic where I was able to fine-tune my Spanish and work for a year. Upon returning to the States, I started working in dental research, which exposed me to dentistry as a career working alongside the residents on their research projects. After realizing I wanted a career allowing me to work with my hands but also be involved in the medical field helping people, dentistry was a great opportunity. I then attended UNC Chapel Hill and received my DDS degree there. With a desire to continue learning and challenging myself, I participated in the UNC Hospital General Practice Residency program. I have since worked in public health and private practice seeing patients of all ages.

Being a dentist allows me to work with my hands and meet new people every day. I really love the artistry of fixing teeth! As someone who wasn’t born with a perfect smile I can relate to many of my patients and their desire to improve their smiles.

In my spare time, you can find me with my amazing husband, Miguel, and two children, Sam and Amelia, exploring parks and craft breweries. When not running after my kids, I enjoy cooking and trying out new restaurants.

I’m so excited to join the Village Dental family and am looking forward to meeting you!

Dr. Sree Nadella

I was born in Virginia and grew up in Roanoke Rapids, NC. Even after leaving there 20 years ago, I still consider it home. I graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry (DDS 2004) and with honors from the undergraduate program in Public Health-Health Policy and Administration (BSPH 1999). My best friend and husband, Praveen, is a Georgia native and we have been married since 2004. Our two amazing daughters: Jaya (born 2006) and Sona (born 2008) keep us busy and smiling! We enjoy family game night, cooking, and dancing together!

My practice experience over the past 15 years has been in Georgia, North Carolina, Arizona, and then back to North Carolina. We are thrilled to be back home permanently. I feel blessed to be able to use my education and skills to serve and improve the dental health of others. Dentistry is my calling in life. I take pride in being able to treat my patients gently, respectfully, and carefully for a pleasant dental experience.

It is an honor to be an Associate Dentist at Village Dental. I look forward to serving your dental needs. I am here for 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!

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!

Jennifer
Front Desk Team Leader

Hey! My name is Jennifer and I am so happy that you’re considering Village Dental for your dental home. We strive to have the best customer service and hope to make your dental visit as smooth as possible. A little about myself – I grew up in Clayton, NC. My husband and I have a beautiful black lab, and we are new parents to our sweet son, Parker! We enjoy spending time together as a family, going to the beach and spending most of our summer at the pool! I look forward to meeting you soon!

Halie
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Hi, my name is Halie! I am originally from Greensboro, North Carolina and am the oldest of four kids! I am a graduate of East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Science & Disorders-Go Pirates! I love to spend my free time with my friends, family and my puppy named Tucker! I am so excited to be joining the Village Dental Olde Raleigh team!

Leah
Hygiene Team Leader

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.

Kendra
Hygiene Coordinator

Hi! My name is Kendra. I was born and raised in a small town on the coast of Maine, but I have lived in multiple places across the US while my husband served in the military. We moved from Alaska to the Raleigh area in 2014. We decided to settle down and call NC home. I graduated from Wake Tech with a degree in Medical Office Administration and have worked in the dental field for 3 years now. I spend most of my spare time with my 6 year old daughter and we love to travel as a family. I am so happy to be joining the Village Dental team and look forward to meeting you!

Cearra
Financial Coordinator

Hi! My name is Cearra and I’m the Insurance Coordinator here at Village Dental at Olde Raleigh! I started working here in the Fall of 2017. I graduated from York County School of Technology as a Dental Assistant but have always worked in all aspects of the dental team. Dentistry has been in my life since 2010 when I began taking my dental assistant classes and fell in love. Some other things that I love are spending time with my family. Which includes my beautiful daughter and fiance. We travel home to Pennsylvania as much as we can to visit the rest of our family. We also love to do anything outside when the weather is nice. Our happy place is the beach! When it comes to work, I love my job as much as I love my family. I know not everyone has as much of a passion for dentistry as me but I hope you come to visit us soon. I would love to do a complimentary benefits check for you and your family!

Dana
Insurance Coordinator

Hi! My name is Dana and I am excited to join the The Village Dental Team! I am from Richmond, VA and I have lived in North Carolina since 2008. I graduated from Methodist University with a degree in Business Administration. On my free time I like to attend sporting events with my husband, play tennis and hang out with friends and family. I look forward meeting you soon!

Lauren
Patient Care Coordinator

Hi, my name is Lauren and I’m super excited to be joining the Village Dental Olde Raleigh team. I am originally from the suburbs of Philly and received a Bachelor of Arts from Bloomsburg University, a small state school in PA. I relocated to Raleigh in 2015 and immediately fell in love with the area. Although my previous experience was at the Front Desk in a chiropractic office, I am excited to be diving into the world of dentistry. I am also a certified yoga instructor, as well as a certified Shamanic Reiki practitioner. When I’m not at work, I enjoy teaching and practicing yoga, meditating, reading a good book, or having a good glass of wine with friends. I look forward to meeting you soon!

Kendall
Patient Care Coordinator

Hi! My name is Kendall. I have been a resident of North Carolina for many years. I began my career in the dental field in 2008. In 2008 I attended NCDENTALU and received my Dental Assistant I certificate. Currently I am the treatment coordinator here at Village Dental at Olde Raleigh. After, I received my DAI training I moved to Germany for 3 ½ years. During my time in Germany; I volunteered as a Dental Assistant while in at the Vilseck Dental Clinic on post. In August of 2011, I graduated from University of Maryland University College with my A.A. degree. The following year I moved back to North Carolina and began working as a treatment coordinator. In the dental field I have worked as a dental assistant, front desk administrator, office manager, financial coordinator, and treatment coordinator. I have found my passion to be treatment coordinating. I truly love helping patients understand their treatment plan and making a way for them to receive the treatment they need. When I am not at work I love spending quality time with my beautiful 5 year old son Brycen. He has a love for baseball so, in the spring and fall, I am watching baseball games after work regularly. I also enjoy spending time with the rest of my family, going to the beach, travelling, reading about current events, and writing. I look forward to meeting you soon!

Lisa
New Patient Specialist

Hi everyone! My name is Lisa. I grew up in Knightdale, NC and I am happy to say I still love home. I received my Dental Assisting certification at a trade school in Raleigh, N.C. I found a true love in dentistry while I was attending school. In my spare time I love traveling, eating new foods and spending time with my loved ones. I am truly grateful to call Village Dental my first dental home and I’m excited to meet everyone who comes in!

Victoria
New Patient Specialist

Hi, my name is Victoria. I am originally from Brazil and moved here in 2017. I truly love it here and am happy to call Raleigh my home! I received my Dental Assisting certification from NC Dental U and am very grateful to be part of this amazing team here at Village Dental! In my free time, I love being outdoors, playing sports like tennis, soccer, and coaching girls soccer at my church. I also enjoy traveling and spending time with family. I look forward to meeting you!

Ashley
Treatment Coordinator

Hi, my name is Ashley. I was born and raised in Seattle and have recently made Raleigh my home. I am so excited to be a part of the amazing team at Village Dental! I have been in the dental field 9 years and have experience in most aspects of dentistry. I love being able to help patients achieve optimal dental health and a beautiful smile. I earned my bachelor’s degree in 2006 in interdisciplinary studies from Central Washington University. I have 2 kids, which take up most of my spare time. We spend the majority of our weekends at my son’s basketball tournaments and we love doing anything outdoors. I am excited to explore the beautiful mountains and beaches here in North Carolina.

Kristel
Treatment Coordinator

Hi! My name is Kristel and I recently moved to Raleigh from San Diego, CA. I have been in the dental field for 8 years and am cross-trained to know everything from assisting to administrative. I pride myself in being extremely conscientious and completely committed to helping our patients with their dental needs. I am married and have four children. I love spending my free time cheering from the stands at my kids’ sports games and reading a good novel. I am so excited to be a part of this amazing team at Village Dental!

Lauren 
Patient Concierge

Hey, my name is Lauren and I am so thrilled to be joining the Village Dental Olde Raleigh team! I am a native of Cary, NC for close to twenty years. I was born in Orlando, Florida and have a love for Disney. I just graduated from East Carolina University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Child Development. I am an alumni of Alpha Omicron Pi and I volunteered extensively with the Ronald McDonald House at Vidant Children’s Hospital. I love working with others and have a passion for helping people. I am the oldest child in my family and my siblings are twins. I enjoy traveling, trying new foods with my friends, and watching a good movie. 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.

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, doing hot yoga, traveling, trying new and yummy foods, cooking, and most of all spending time with my friends and family! 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!

Madeline
Dental Hygienist

Hello! My name is Madeline and I am super excited to have joined the Village Dental team! I graduated from Wake Technical Community College with an Associates in Dental Hygiene. I am originally from Kentucky but I have lived in North Carolina since 2011. I love it here and am always trying to find new places to explore. So please share with me some of your favorite places! Most of my free time is spent working out and playing sports! Anytime I can play, I’m there! Volleyball (sand/court), basketball, tennis, you name it! I’m also an avid reader with my nose in a book. I absolutely love staying active and making people smile! I look forward to meeting you and making your smile brighter!

Caitlin  
Dental Hygienist

Hi, my name is Caitlin! I was born in Texas but have lived in Raleigh since I was a toddler, so I consider myself a native. I attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for my Bachelor’s of Science in Dental Hygiene and I love cheering on the Tar Heels! When I’m not brightening smiles, I enjoy gardening, working out, and spending time with my family, friends, and my cat, Evie. I love what I do and can’t wait to meet you!

Candice
Registered Dental Hygienist

Hi, my name is Candice and I am proud to say that I am a Raleigh native! I received my first Bachelor’s Degree at NC State in Biochemistry. Go Pack! After that I attended UNC Chapel Hill to achieve a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene. Go Heels! In my spare time I love spending time with family, camping/hiking, traveling, and hanging out with my two dogs! I am so proud to be a part of the Village Dental team and can’t wait to meet you!

Jana
Dental Hygienist

Hi! My name is Jana! I was born and raised in Salisbury, NC. Dentistry and helping others is my passion. I have known since I was in elementary school that I wanted to be a Dental Hygienist. As a Tarheel fan, I can proudly say that I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene. During my free time, I enjoy doing yoga, cuddling pups, and traveling. I am thrilled to be a team member at Village Dental, and I look forward to meeting you!

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!

Liz
Dental Assistant

Hi, my name is Elizabeth. I joined the wonderful Village Dental team in April and have finally found my dental home. I have been a dental assistant for eleven years and have loved every minute of it. I continue to learn from the great team I work with and the patients I get the pleasure of meeting and treating. In my spare time, I spend my time with my 3 beautiful daughters and my amazing husband. I look forward to meeting you and helping you in any way I can.

Megan
Dental Assistant

Hi! My name is Megan. I was born in Virginia, but raised in North Carolina. I graduated from Wake Technical Community College Dental Assisting Program in 2011. I have a 9 year old son, whom keeps me on my toes! I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and going on trips. I am very excited to be a part of Village Dental and I look forward to seeing you soon!

Jamie
Dental Assistant

Hi, my name is Jamie! I was born in Raleigh but raised in Yanceyville, NC. I grew up on a cattle farm in a town where everyone knows my family. I have been an assistant for 5 years now and I truly love my job! In my free time, I enjoy spending time outside with my husband and 2 boys. We love fishing, riding our four-wheeler, and going to the beach. I am proud to be a part of the Village Dental Family! I look forward to meeting you and helping with your dental needs! 

Astrid
Dental Assistant

Hi! My name is Astrid. I became a dental assistant in 2018. I absolutely love every second of it! I’m originally from Dominican Republic and moved to North Carolina in 2011. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, dancing, and spending time with friends and family. I am looking forward to assisting you with any dental needs! 

Vanessa
Dental Assistant

Hi! My name is Vanessa and I am thrilled to have joined the Village Dental team! I graduated from Wake Technical Community College Dental Assisting Program in 2017. I am married to my amazing husband, Joshua, and we have a 10 year old german shepherd lab mix! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, and spending time outdoors. Excellent patient care is my priority and  I look forward to making your visit a very pleasant experience!

Sarah
Dental Assistant

Hi! My name is Sarah. I am from the Greensboro NC area but originally grew up in Richmond VA. I moved here to Raleigh in the summer of 2016. After deciding I wanted to pursue a career in the dental field, I graduated from Wake Technical Community College’s Dental Assisting program in July of 2018. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, cooking, reading, doing anything outdoors, and spending time with my family, friends, and Pomeranian, Boo. I am excited to join the Village Dental family and look forward to seeing you!

Michael
Paramedic

Hi, I’m Michael! I’m originally from the Lowcountry of South Carolina and graduated from the College of Charleston in 2010 with a Bachelor’s in Biology. I’ve been a paramedic for 6 years and recently acquired my critical care paramedic certification. In my free time I enjoy cooking, exploring the Triangle, and hiking with my family on the Eno River. I’m happy to be a part of the Village Dental team. Patient comfort and safety are my number one goals!

Andres
Paramedic

My name is Andres. I am 29 years young, born and raised in Miami, FL. I have been working in the medical field since 2011 as an EMT-P, mainly working in the emergency room for seven years and EMS for about two years. I moved to North Carolina for family, work opportunities and to expand my knowledge in the medical field. My short-term goal which is in process at this moment is to attend and complete my BSN, my dream goal that I have been working on is to become a CRNA. Finally, my hobbies include working out, involving myself in extreme sports and dining out to try new and exciting foods.

Our Family Practice

Our sister practice is headed up by Dr. Maja V. Martin and is located in Raleigh on Six Forks Road.