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Meet the Southlake Team


I was born in Ecuador, South America; my family and I moved to New York City in 1980. I started working in dentistry when I was 15 years old and continued to work in the dental field while attending college. Dental assisting has given me the opportunities to work in many different dental specialties, as well as having my own dental lab while living in California. I love working with children because it is so rewarding to see them smile!

My husband and I have had the pleasure of living in many different states. I am so glad that I can call Southlake Pediatric Dentistry my home.


I was born in Norwich, Connecticut. My family and I moved to Florida and lived there for 24 years. I moved to the Charlotte area about eight years ago. I have always loved the dental field so I decided to pursue it in 2006 and I have enjoyed it thoroughly. I have always enjoyed working with children so when the opportunity came to work at South Lake Pediatric Dentistry, I was very pleased. I enjoy how children express themselves, their honesty, and being able to share the Tooth Fairy with them. 

My other passion is cooking and creating my own recipes. I also enjoy gardening and decorating. A random fact about me is that over my lifetime I have owned, found, or fostered more 40 cats.


I am the first person you will see when you come into our office! I was born and raised in a small town in West Tennessee, named Trenton, home of the world’s largest collections of Teapots. I graduated with an Elementary Education Degree from the University of Memphis in 2015. My husband is a Real Estate Investor and his job brought us back to his hometown of Charlotte in June of 2019, after living in Nashville for several years. We live in Uptown Charlotte with our two Boykin Spaniel girls named Palmer Rose and Birdie Mae who love keeping us busy at the dog parks!

Outside of work I enjoy reading, playing classical piano, going to look at investment properties with my husband, working out, traveling, and spending time with my husband and our two Boykins!


I am a Dental Hygienist here at SLPD. I am originally from San Jose, California and have lived here in Charlotte for the past 8 years. I have been working in the dental field for 12 years, starting as a dental assistant. I loved it so much, that I decided to continue my education and career by attending dental hygiene school. I received my dental hygiene degree from Catawba Valley Community College. My goal as a hygienist is to improve patients oral health while maintaining a fun, comfortable environment.

My husband, James and I have 3 beautiful children. Jayden, Elijah, and Mikayla keep me very busy along with our dog, Marley. Outside of work, you can find me watching football, at my children’s soccer games, or relaxing!


I am a dental assistant here at SLPD. I was born in Buffalo, New York and raised here in Charlotte. I am the oldest of my siblings, and a natural born leader. After graduating from North Mecklenburg High School in 2014, I started on the journey of acquiring a skill by obtaining my cosmetology license in 2015. Longing to further my education, I continued on a journey of higher education by earning a degree as a Dental Assistant II from Brightwood College in 2016. Since then, I have put my knowledge and expertise to good use in my desired field.

When I’m not doing what I love, I like to spend time with my family, friends and my fur baby, Ralo, who I absolutely adore!


I am the office coordinator at South Lake Pediatric Dentistry. I have been working in dentistry for 17 years. I have always been interested in healthcare however; I found my passion to be in pediatrics. I love waking up in the morning and going to a job that I enjoy. It is very rewarding to see the progress in the patients that we see. I specifically enjoy pediatric dentistry because I love working with children and interacting with them on a daily basis.

I was born in snowy Tyler, Minnesota. I moved to Charlotte in 1999 and I love it here. Before moving to Charlotte I lived in Salt Lake City, Boise, Daveport, Nashville, Knoxville, and Raleigh. I love the warm weather in Charlotte, spending time at the lake or hiking the mountains. Outside of work I stay busy spending time with my children, my grandchildren, and dog “babies.”


I am Maria Blain, I was born in Venezuela, came to the United States 27 years ago. My husband Kenneth and I moved to Charlotte 18 years ago and made it our home. We have three daughters, Elena (21), Katherine (15), and Victoria (12). We have a pet parakeet named Piolin and a fish named Rosa. I enjoy, traveling, reading, dancing and arts and crafts.

I am an Accountant and I have been working for Dr. Frank and Dr. Tonya for 10 years. I work in the business office and help with the Administrative work, Payroll and Human Resources. I consider my job a blessing and give thanks to God every day for it. Even before I became part of the South Lake Pediatric team, I made this office part of my family by entrusting the doctors with my daughter’s dental care. They are awesome and we trust them to infinity and beyond!!!!!!!!



I have been a dental assistant here at SLPD since 2009. I graduated as a Dental Assistant II from the Accredited Dental Assisting Program at PIMA Community College in Tucson, Arizona. I am certified in CPR, Nitrous Oxide, Coronal Polishing, Infection Control, and Radiography. I’ve lived in the amazing Charlotte area for the last 10 years with my husband, our 5 wonderful children and our dog, Jenny. My goal is to be professional and provide each patient and their parents with the best information and care available. With an emphasis on helping our patients achieve the healthiest and most beautiful smiles possible.

Outside of work I enjoy shopping as well as going on walks with my family and attending my children’s sporting events.


I am the Insurance Coordinator for our wonderful office! I have a background in working with insurances and have had the pleasure of working here for 2 years. I was born in Monterrey, Mexico and raised in Kannapolis, North Carolina. I live in Concord with my Husband and our three children, who keep me very busy! Outside of work I enjoy renovating our house, DIY projects, spending time with my family, watching movies, and going to fun seasonal events!


I’ve been a dental assistant here at SLPD for more than two years. I’m one of the few Charlotteans in the area. I have a beautiful four-year-old little girl who makes life fun. I spend my weekends on the lake, hanging out with friends, or taking weekend trips to Charleston or Topsail Island.


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