Video: Meet the Dental Team

At the Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, the dental team understands the importance of working well together. The staff get along both professionally and personally. This translates to a more comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for patients, as well.

Amber / Dental Hygienist

Amber, one of our registered dental hygienists, has been with our practice since 2006. She obtained her hygiene degree from West Virginia University Institute of Technology in 2002. She was born and raised near Huntington, West Virginia and is a Marshall University graduate as well.

She has worked in dental offices in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina and is licensed to provide a wide range of services to her patients. She enjoys comprehensive periodontal therapy, pediatric dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and general hygiene care. Amber’s main focus is striving to be exceptionally thorough with her work while creating a positive and calming yet fun atmosphere for her patients.

Amber moved to Charlotte to be closer to her family. Her hobbies include watching sporting events, spending time with her husband, Sean, attending church, and vacationing. Her fun-loving, energetic personality allows her to laugh with patients and make them feel at home in the office.

Elizabeth / Dental Hygienist

A native Charlottean, Elizabeth grew up in a dental family. As a local dentist for over 40 years, her father’s love of dentistry and commitment to his patients was a huge influence on Elizabeth. That same passion for pearly whites drove her to begin her own work in the dental field more than 15 years ago and guided her into her present career as a Registered Dental Hygienist.

An Advanced Dentistry team member since we opened in 2005, Elizabeth has been with us since the beginning. She holds a BS degree from Appalachian State University and a Dental Hygiene degree from York Technical College. Although she takes pride in the advanced training she’s received, she credits the time spent as a child in her Dad’s dental office for her calming chair-side manner that her patients have come to know so well.

She loves sharing nuggets of wisdom and valuable dental hygiene knowledge with her patients.  Along with her dental hygiene skills, the quality of care she provides her patients comes through in the desire she has to educate and communicate the importance of proper daily oral hygiene.

Her favorite quote from childhood: “You only floss the teeth you want to keep”.

When she isn’t helping her patients achieve good dental hygiene, Elizabeth spends time with her husband and 7 rescue dogs at their home in Waxhaw. In addition to keeping them in line, she enjoys hiking, listening to country music, and riding horses. 

Kristen / Dental Hygienist 

Kristen loves being a part of the team at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney because of the quality of dental care provided to patients.  As a hygienist, she has the opportunity to help people in many ways such as providing them oral hygiene instructions to keep their teeth healthy in between check-ups.  Her outgoing personality helps ease any dental anxiety her patients may have and she goes above and beyond to make sure everyone has a great experience.

Kristen has a degree in Finance from UNC Charlotte and obtained her Dental Hygiene credentials at Central Piedmont, a nationally recognized program.  Outside of the office she enjoys spending time with her growing family.  She lives in Waxhaw, with her husband, Eric, son, Owen and daughter, Brynn.

Erin / Certified Dental Assistant

Erin has been a dental assistant since 2005. She has been with the Advanced Dentistry team from the first day of business in 2005.

Born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, Erin completed the Dental Assisting program at Central Piedmont Community College where she received her Dental Assistant II certification. Erin’s main focus is assuring that her patients feel comfortable and enjoys providing them with an anxiety free environment. Her goal is to make sure every patient leaves having had a positive experience. She is fully committed to continuing education and learning to expand her knowledge and skill.

Erin is also a native Charlottean and lives nearby in South Carolina, with her husband and two children. Family and friends are very important to her and she gets joy out of spending time with them. Her favorite place to be is near water and she spends most of her spare time at the beach or the lake.

Lauren / Dental Assistant

Lauren was born and raised in Weddington, N.C. and has been working in the dental field since 2005. She graduated from North Carolina Dental Assistant Training School as a Certified Dental Assistant. In addition, Lauren is certified in peripheral intravenous (IV) therapy. 

Lauren is trained in general, pediatric, cosmetic dentistry, invisalign, endodontics, oral health, implants, nitrous oxide, and sedation. She thoroughly enjoys assisting patients and making them feel comfortable and confident with their smile.

In her spare time, Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. She is a very active mother and enjoys being outdoors. She likes running, biking, hiking, reading and taking day trips.

Brooke / Dental Assistant

Brooke joined Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney in 2019. She was born and raised in Charlotte NC and attended the North Carolina Dental Assisting Training School and has thoroughly enjoyed being a part of our team.

Brooke’s goal while interacting with patients is to make them feel confident and comfortable while in our office and educating them about their oral health and any cosmetic questions or concerns they may have. She is highly skilled in general dentistry, invisalign, implants and sedation. Brooke is committed to learning and growing to her highest potential.

While not working Brooke likes to relax at the beach or anywhere by the water and spending time with friends and family. She is a true southern belle and enjoys being outdoors.

Maria / Office Manager

Maria has been with Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney since September 2005. She was born in Peru and later moved to Charlotte at the age of 8. Maria is fluent in both Spanish and English.

Maria is the warm smile and friendly face you see when you walk in the door. She has been working in customer service since 2001 and enjoys building relationships with patients. Maria strives to make every patient feel welcome and enjoy a pleasant visit to our office.

When she is not working, Maria enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys cooking and spending quality time with her husband, Konstantin, daughters, Alyssa and Mila and sons Konstantin Jr. and Luke.

Amanda / Office Administrator

Amanda joined Advanced Dentistry in August 2009. She was raised in High Point, NC and later moved to Charlotte after graduating from Appalachian State University. Amanda earned a degree in Health Care Management.

Learning about dentistry has been very enjoyable for Amanda. She is very personable and pays great attention to detail which helps the process of patient-office interactions. She takes pride in assisting patients with their every need and helping them feel at ease throughout their patient experience.

Amanda resides nearby in South Carolina, with her husband, Chris, two sons, and dog.  In her spare time she enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends and family.

Dr. Pinnix and Dr. Betancourt

Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, our goal is to enhance your quality of life through dentistry. Dr. John M. Pinnix IV and Dr. George A. Betancourt are proud to be associated with a range of prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • International College of Oral Implantologists
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists

For more information about our services, contact our Charlotte office online or call (704) 543-1102.

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