MEET THE TEAM

The team at Carolina Pediatric Dentistry is dedicated to helping provide the best possible dental care to patients and their families. The team’s strength, compassion, and skill will help you and your child have a positive and encouraging experience. Together, we are committed to providing the best home for all kids’ smiles!
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What is unique about choosing to have your child seen by a pediatric dentist?

A pediatric dentist has completed advanced clinical training of at least two years following four years of dental school. Their additional education equips them to best comprehensively care for infants, children, teens, and children with special health care needs in both the dental office and hospital settings.

The doctors at Carolina Pediatric Dentistry are all pediatric dentists. In striving for excellence, they are either board certified Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD) or eligible to become board certified through a specialty examination process through the ABPD. We are privileged to share that Dr. LaRee Johnson is one of the six national directors of the ABPD! Drs. Johnson, Morris, Byrd, and Baker are committed to treating the unique dental needs of all children and providing the most up-to-date, evidence-based care available.

OUR DOCTORS

Dr. LaRee Johnson
Dr. LaRee Johnson
DDS, MS, FAAPD
Pediatric Dentist
Dr. Johnson loves many things about being a pediatric dentist; however, what she enjoys the most is being a part of a community...
Dr. Clark Morris
Dr. Clark Morris
DDS
Pediatric Dentist
Dr. Morris didn't always know he wanted to be a dentist, but he did know that he's always loved working with children...
Dr. Gentry Byrd
Dr. Gentry Byrd
DDS, MPH
Pediatric Dentist
Dr. Byrd has wonderful memories of her childhood pediatric dentist, who is also her aunt...
Dr. Anne Baker
Dr. Anne Baker
DDS
Resident - Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Baker has always loved working with children, teaching dance and art camps through much of her life...

OUR ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Our administrative professionals will aid you in scheduling appointments and answering your questions.

Rebekah Arnold
Rebekah Arnold
Front Desk Representative
Rebekah Arnold is a Front Desk Representative. She loves being a part of every child having a beautiful smile. Rebekah has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since June 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys anything outside, traveling, and experiencing new things.
Erika Arvidson
Erika Arvidson
Front Desk Representative
Erika Arvidson is a Front Desk Representative. She loves working with children and with such a fantastic team. Erika has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since February 2018. Her hobbies include cooking and reading. In her spare time, she enjoys orphan care ministries, missions, and her dog, Guinea.
Caitlin Baldwin
Caitlin Baldwin
Administrative Assistant
Caitlin Baldwin is an Administrative Assistant. She loves working behind the scenes with numbers and data and helping the incredible CPD team. Caitlin has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since December 2015. In her spare time, she enjoys trips to the beach and spending time with her family.
Bekah Brannon
Bekah Brannon
Front Desk Representative/Dental Assistant II
Bekah Brannon is a Front Desk Representative and a Dental Assistant II. She loves serving the Raleigh Community with a team that feels more like family. Rebekah has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since January 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, coffee, and outdoor activities.
Jenny Dowdy
Jenny Dowdy
Director of Correspondence/Dental Assistant II
Jenny Dowdy is the Director of Correspondence and a Dental Assistant II. She makes our patients feel at ease by building confidence, trust, and friendship. Jennifer has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since June 2002. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching Sunday school and playing with her children and dogs.
Gretchen Goodwin
Gretchen Goodwin
Front Desk Representative
Gretchen Goodwin is a Front Desk Representative. Her passion is helping people achieve their dental goals in a relaxed and fun environment. Gretchen has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since January 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys running, Virginia Tech football, and spending time with her family.
Rachel Gregory
Rachel Gregory
Hospital Coordinator/Front Desk Representative
Rachel Gregory is a Hospital Coordinator and Front Desk Representative. She loves our team and treating patients with compassion while delivering high standard care. Rachel has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since June 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and spending time with friends and family.
Jazmine Harris
Jazmine Harris
Front Desk Representative
Jazmine Harris is a Front Desk Representative. She loves kids and working in customer service. Jazmine has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since June 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys coffee and hiking with her dog, Panda.
Angie Heigl
Angie Heigl
Hospital Coordinator
Angie Heigl is a Hospital Coordinator. She loves watching our children learn and overcome their dental fears. Angie has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since June 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys her pets, NC State basketball, and spoiling her niece, Summer.
Taylor Henrie
Taylor Henrie
Front Office
Taylor Hernie works in the front office. She loves a cheerful and fun-loving work environment with all her co-workers at Carolina Pediatric Dentistry. Taylor has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since September 2018. Taylor is excited to learn more about the dentistry field and working with children.
Stacie Kesecker
Stacie Kesecker
Administrative Assistant
Stacie Kesecker is an Administrative Assistant. She is focused on creating a great experience for our patients and loves working with our incredible team. Stacie has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since April 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, church, and hanging out with her fiancé.
Heather Little
Heather Little
Front Team Coordinator
Heather Little is a Front Team Coordinator. She loves making a difference by boosting children’s confidence, promoting healthy habits, and serving families of children with special needs. Heather has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since June 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and being with her family.
Sam Nelson
Sam Nelson
Front Desk Representative/Dental Assistant
Sam Nelson is a Front Desk Representative and Dental Assistant. He loves being a positive light to families that visit and making them feel comfortable. Sam has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since March 2018. In his spare time, he enjoys model airplanes, fishing, and playing music.
Shital Patel
Shital Patel
Front Desk Greeter
Shital Patel is a Front Desk Greeter. She loves working with children and with such a wonderful team. Shital has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since January 2003. In her spare time, she enjoys New York Yankee games, going on walks, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Brooke Reece
Brooke Reece
Front Desk Specialist
Brooke Reece is a Front Desk Specialist. She loves helping patients get the best dental care, and she values each patient who walks through the door. Brooke has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since April 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys touring lighthouses, boating, and movies.
Angelica Sevilla
Angelica Sevilla
College Intern
Angelica Sevilla is a College Intern. She enjoys being a part of such a happy and healthy environment that provides for others. Angelica has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since June 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys dance, reading, and basketball.
Bree Smith
Bree Smith
College Intern
Bree Smith is a College Intern. She is passionate about educating patients and encouraging them to maintain good dental health. Bree has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since February 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, spending time outdoors, traveling, and visiting her family.
Irma Alvarez Urbina
Irma Alvarez Urbina
Front Desk Representative
Irma Alvarez Urbina is a Front Desk Representative. She enjoys working in an environment that promotes health to children, as they bring so much joy in life. In her spare time, Irma enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and going on beach trips with her husband.
Anna Vassallo
Anna Vassallo
College Intern
Anna Vassallo is a College Intern. She loves the relationships formed with all the children, providing stellar dental care and the continued education. Anna has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since September 2016. In her spare time, she enjoys dance and spending time with her family and friends.
Jessi Vick
Jessi Vick
Insurance Specialist
Jessi Vick is an Insurance Specialist who enjoys problem solving. Jessi has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since June 2015. In her spare time, she enjoys counseling, watching Georgia football, and spending time with her friends.
Amanda Wolf
Amanda Wolf
Front Desk Representative
Amanda Wolf is a Front Desk Representative. She loves being on a friendly, hard-working staff. Amanda has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since June 2018. Her favorite part of the day is checking in on patients. In her spare time, she enjoys volleyball and spending time with friends.
Shannon York
Shannon York
Administrative Assistant
Shannon York is an Administrative Assistant. She loves helping our kids and seeing them all grow up. Shannon has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since October 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys triathlons, cycling, and spending time with her two kids, Lauren and Jack, and her dog, Odin.

OUR CLINICAL TEAM

Our highly trained clinical team is made of dental assistants and hygienists who accompany your child on his or her dental journey. The clinical team, in addition to the doctors, provide care directly to your child.

Caitie Andrews
Caitie Andrews
Dental Assistant
Caitlin Andrews is a Dental Assistant. She loves our strong team and making sure patients receive quality service and attention. Caitlin has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since February 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the lake and spending time with her family and dogs.
Anita Arbutina
Anita Arbutina
Clinical Lead/Clinical Coordinator
Anita Arbutina is a Clinical Lead and a Clinical Coordinator. She loves helping both parents and patients overcome their fears associated with dentistry. Anita has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since May 2008. In her spare time, she enjoys yard work, teaching Sunday school, and spending time with her family.
Tashae Barbour
Tashae Barbour
Dental Assistant
Tashae Barbour is a Dental Assistant. She loves working with kids and spending the time to educate each patient about the anatomy of the teeth. Tashae has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since May 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing and learning Spanish.
Kelly Bolus
Kelly Bolus
Registered Dental Hygienist
Kelly Bolus is a Dental Hygienist. She loves providing children with the best dental experience. Kelly has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since August 2010. Her hobbies include tennis and cooking. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, Tommy.
Darleen Bunn
Darleen Bunn
Dental Assistant II
Darleen Bunn is a Dental Assistant II. She thoroughly enjoys her job and loves working with children. Darleen has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since May 2002. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Bethany Everly
Bethany Everly
Dental Assistant
Bethany Everly loves working with children and having great coworkers. She’s working on her graduate degree. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends. She also loves to read and watch movies.
Hannah Finch
Hannah Finch
Dental Assistant
Hannah Finch is a Dental Assistant. She loves working with children and staying busy. Hannah has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since August 2018. She enjoys music, animals, and drawing in her spare time.
Ashley Garcia
Ashley Garcia
Sterilization Technician
Ashley Garcia is a Sterilization Technician. She loves being around kids and always having something to do. Ashley has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since June 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys book collecting, shopping, and playing instruments.
Diana Garcia
Diana Garcia
Dental Assistant II
Diana Garcia is a Dental Assistant II. She loves working with our friends and being able to watch them grow up. Diana has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since July 2011. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music and spending time with her kids.
Jannet Garcia
Jannet Garcia
Dental Assistant II
Jannet Garcia is a Dental Assistant II. She loves working with children, making them feel comfortable and learning something new every day. Jannet has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since September 2015. In her spare time, she enjoys music, shopping, braiding hair, and spending time with her family.
Esther Hicks
Esther Hicks
Dental Assistant II
Esther Hicks is a Dental Assistant II. She loves interacting with patients and making their dental experience as great as possible. Esther has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since September 2016, and she admires how friendly the staff is. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, photography, and dancing.
Cameron Howell
Cameron Howell
Dental Assistant Intern
Cameron Howell is a Dental Assistant Intern. She loves working with a fun team and children. Cameron has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since August 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys running, baking, and spending time with family and friends.
Adriana Kiser
Adriana Kiser
Clinical Coordinator/Dental Assistant
Adriana Kiser is a Clinical Coordinator and a Dental Assistant. She loves creating great experiences for our patients and helping them overcome their dental fears. Adriana has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since September 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys working out and hanging out with her family.
Natalia Martinez
Natalia Martinez
Clinical Coordinator/Dental Assistant II
Natalia Martinez is a Dental Assistant II and a Clinical Coordinator. She loves being on such a talented team and creating joyful experiences for every child. Natalia has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since November 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys worship dance, helping others, and spending time with her family.
Brenda Mattocks
Brenda Mattocks
Dental Assistant
Brenda loves working with children and making everyone we see in the office feel special. She strives to help provide a pleasant dental experience to everyone she meets. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and relaxing at the beach.
Raquel Mason
Raquel Mason
Dental Assistant II
Raquel Mason is a Dental Assistant II. She loves working with kids and a team that believes in high quality care for their patients. Raquel has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since June 2015. In her spare time, she enjoys playing guitar, and riding her bike.
Salome Rivera
Salome Rivera
Dental Assistant
Salome Rivera is a Dental Assistant. She loves working with kids and is extremely considerate of patient’s individual needs and concerns. Salome has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since February 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys working out and reading.
Amy Rodriguez
Amy Rodriguez
Sterilization Technician
Amy Rodriguez is a Sterilization Technician. Amy has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since April 2017.
Silvia Saucedo
Silvia Saucedo
Resident Dental Hygienist
Silvia Saucedo is a Registered Dental Hygienist. She loves getting to work with children every day, and she enjoys the relationships formed with patients who are cared for in the office. Silvia has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since July 2012. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her children.
Debin Warren
Debin Warren
Registered Dental Hygienist
Debin Lea Warren is a Registered Dental Hygienist. She takes pride in patient care and education. Debin has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since January 2018. Debin simultaneously pursues her masters in dental hygiene education at UNC. In her spare time, she enjoys the gym and riding horses.
Jessica Watkins
Jessica Watkins
Dental Assistant II/Clinical Coordinator
Jessica Watkins is a Dental Assistant II and Clinical Coordinator. She loves the joy of seeing children, who were originally fearful, leave with big smiles and hugs. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her three boys.
Malika Wilson
Malika Wilson
Sterilization Technician
Malika Wilson is a Sterilization Technician. She loves watching kids overcome their fears and learn the importance of oral hygiene. Malika has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since March 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, tennis, and weekends at the beach with her husband, Bill.
Violet Wilson
Violet Wilson
Sterilization Technician
Violet Rose Wilson is a Sterilization Technician. She loves everyone with who she works. Violet has been with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since July 2018. Violet enjoys watching cooking shows and reading while snuggling with her dog.
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