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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 one of the first people you will see when you come into the office. I am one of the few and proud born and raised in Charlotte, NC. I am marrying my soulmate in March and we have two Yorkies, Dudley and Saban, that light up our lives. On the weekends we spend our time watching football and hanging out with family and friends, we are HUGE Alabama and Greenbay fans. I love working out and going on trips to the mountains to hike. An interesting fact about me is that I love 80’smusic! Some of my favorite bands are Poison, Def Leppard, Journey, and an 80’s cover band called Blue Monday.


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 6 years. I’m one of the few true Charlotteans in the area. I have a beautiful 8 year old little girl who loves taking care of all of our pets ranging from turtles, hamsters, a cute Border Collie named Winston, and a Tuxedo cat named Stan. I love to travel and hang out with friends on the weekends. You can probably catch me on the lake or at the White Water Center in my free time.


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