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 the AGD in June, 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. 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.

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!

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!

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
Registered Dental Hygienist

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.

Cearra
Insurance 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!

Frannie
Dental Insurance Coordinator

I am so delighted to join the Village Dental Team! I have over 30 years of experience in the dental field. What started as a part time job in college, turned into my lifelong career. I have worked in both clinical and administrative positions and am happy to be an Insurance Coordinator on this awesome team! I love helping patients with their coverage and benefits as this can oftentimes be a very confusing part of the dental world! When I’m not at the office, you can find me at the coast, a hockey game or hanging out with my husband, Jeff and my 2 dogs, Hunter and Sadie Mae. I look forward to meeting you soon!

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!

Lauren
Patient Concierge

Hi, my name is Lauren and I’m super excited to be joining the Village Dental 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 city. Although my previous experience is at the Front Desk of a medical facility, I am excited to be diving into the world of dentistry. I am in the process of becoming a certified yoga teacher and when I’m not at work, I enjoy spending my time with my two Pit Mixes, traveling and a good glass of wine. I look forward to meeting you soon!

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!

Kendall
Treatment 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!

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.

Bryan
Patient Concierge

Hi! My name is Bryan. I’ve lived in North Carolina almost all my life from Mount Airy to Garner to Clayton. In my free time I love to spend time with my friends and family including my two dogs and my kitten. I entered the dental field when I was only 16 years old. My first taste of the dental field was when I worked as an office assistant for a small pediatric dental office in Clayton, I was there for three years before joining this wonderful team. I am eager to be able to make your visit with us here at Village Dental at Olde Raleigh an easy and wonderful experience!

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.

Destiny
Hygiene Team Leader

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!

Edwina
Dental Hygiene Coordinator

Hi! My name is Edwina! I have worked in the medical and dental field for over 14 years! I have cross -trained and gained a lot of knowledge about the various departments of the office and am looking forward to helping you schedule your Dental Hygiene appointments. I am so excited to be a part of the Village Dental Team! When I’m not in the office, I love to ride my motorcycle, do arts and crafts, attend local festivals and enjoy a good glass of Moscato. I look forward to speaking with you soon!

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!

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!

Giana
Dental Hygienist

Hello everyone! My name is Giana and I am so excited to meet all of you! I am 22 years old and a recent graduate of Fortis Institute in Scranton, Pennsylvania with an Associates in Dental Hygiene. I had the amazing opportunity to lead my Dental Hygiene class as their President, and also the President of the Student American Dental Hygiene Association for Pennsylvania’s sector. I was also graciously blessed upon receiving various awards such as the Leadership Award and the Outstanding Community Service Award. I am so grateful and excited for having had this wonderful opportunity to be able to relocate to North Carolina and work for such a compassionate office! My move from my small town and family has been made a wonderful experience due to the support from my co-workers and patients here at Village Dental. I look forward to creating a laid-back, fun and pleasant experience with each and every one of my new patients! In my free time I love to hang out with my fiancé and our two dogs Oliver and Piper. I also love to watch hockey and spend time with my family. I am so excited and can’t wait to meet all of you!

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!

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.

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 and spend time with my dog, Abbey, and my family. I love being a part of this amazing team and look forward to meeting you soon!

Anna
Dental Assistant

Hey, my name is Anna. I recently moved to the triangle from Tennessee. In 2017 I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry, and then I went on to complete a dental assisting program. In my free time I love to paint, read, hike, and spend time with friends and family. Dentistry is my passion and I can’t wait to help you with any of your dental needs!

Emma
Dental Assistant

Hi! My name is Emma. I moved to North Carolina from Arizona when I was 9 with my family. I graduated from a trade school in Pinehurst for dental assisting in March 2018. When I have free time I enjoy watching sports, hanging out with my family, and reading. I am so happy to be a part of the Village Dental team and to be here to assist you with your smile!

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.

Shay
Dental Assistant

Hi, my name is Shay. I grew up in Burlington, NC. I began my career in dentistry in 2016. A year later I became a military wife and moved to Georgia. In April of 2018 we moved to California and my husband deployed this past September. We have less than 1 year left in service and are currently transitioning to move back to North Carolina permanently. Some of the activities I enjoy outside of work are spending time with my family and friends, working out, hikes with my dog, being outdoors and being active. I am so excited and honored to be a part of the Village Dental team and to get back to doing a job that I love. I enjoy meeting and working with patients and I can’t wait to help you with your dental needs. I look forward to making your visit with our office a very pleasant experience.

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.

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.