Meet Our Team

Our Team

The warm, outgoing nature of our staff is key to our success. Many patients tell us that we had them at “hello.” We greet each patient by name and ensure our patients feel comfortable and cared for as soon as they step foot in our Waxhaw, NC dental office. But we’re also skilled professionals who bring extensive knowledge and experience to our work. We’re a close-knit team and, just like the three doctors, we’re good listeners who don’t rest until our patients are happy.

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Judy - Scheduling Coordinator

With more than 20 years of experience in the fields of orthodontic, pediatric, and general dentistry, Judy is the ideal person for the role of our front office coordinator, a position she’s been thrilled to hold since 2007. Always happy to extend a genuine welcome to each of our patients, Judy thoroughly enjoys making everyone who walks through our doors feel comfortable and cared for. Her love and passion for helping people is evident in the way all of our patients feel from the moment they enter our practice. During her free time, Judy enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.

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Vanessa - Registered Dental Hygienist

With 20 years of experience in dentistry, Vanessa specializes in providing our patients with a gentle touch and personalized preventive care. She loves getting to know her patients and their families on a personal level, and especially enjoys the warm, caring atmosphere that she and the rest of our staff promote here at Strive Dental Studio.   She is passionate about building on  her knowledge base in Dentistry and is excited to be currently training to be a Myofunctional Therapist. Vanessa enjoys spending time with her husband, and three daughters and their extended family, as well as serving in their church.

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Amy- Registered Dental Hygienist

Amy joined Strive Dental Studio in the fall of 2019 with 7 years of experience in the dental field. She has previously worked as a front desk coordinator, dental assistant and currently is one of our awesome dental hygienists. Educating and helping patients is a passion of hers. She strives to build relationships with each patient while ensuring that they have a great experience during their visits. when she is not in the office, you can find her in Waxhaw with her family. Together with her husband Taylor, Amy is raising an adorable little girl named Merritt. They love spending time outdoors, traveling and making memories.

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Meghan - Dental Assistant II

Meghan joined Ruocco Family Dentistry in 2012, bringing more than 12 years of experience and a passion for helping people to our oral healthcare family. She earned her Dental Assisting II certification at CPCC and currently resides in Wesley Chapel. She truly loves working with our wonderful team, and finds real fulfillment in helping our patients keep their smiles healthy and beautiful. When Meghan isn’t assisting our doctors in clinical procedures and making our patients feel welcome and comfortable, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, reading, and playing an active role in her church.

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Kelly - Patient Coordinator & Fill-in Dental Assistant

Kelly has worked in the dental field since 2012, and she joined our team in 2018. Kelly completed her basic dental assistant training chairside. She went on to complete advanced dental assistant training through the Charlotte Area Education Center. Whether she’s helping patients fit dental care into their schedules or making their experiences in the dental office more enjoyable, Kelly is an invaluable member of our team. Her warm and friendly manner make it easy for every patient to feel relaxed and right at home in our dental office. Originally from Norfolk, Kelly now lives in Monroe with her husband, Scott, and son, Easton. She enjoys playing softball, hunting, fishing, and watching football.

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Carol - Dental Assistant II

Carol graduated from the Dental Assisting Program at RCCC at Salisbury in 1995. She loves to make her patients feel comfortable and confident in helping them come up with a plan to meet their dental needs. She is proud to be born and raised in North Carolina! In her spare time, Carol enjoys hiking and spending time with both of her sons. Her favorite thing to do is be outside on a sunny day or just sit on her porch and listen to the sound of rain!

 

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Dobby – Therapy Dog

Dobby is Dr. Mahale’s 7-year-old son who is enthusiastic about creating an inviting and relaxing environment at Strive Dental. When he’s not hard at work, you can find him scarfing down peanut butter or chasing squirrels in his backyard. He loves belly rubs, snuggles, and giving high fives!