Meet the Team

Co-Founders and Directors of NC Dental U

Robyn Klose;
RDH

 

Robyn is a founding partner of NC Dental U. She is celebrating over 20 years in the dental field this year. Robyn has worked as a Dental Assistant, Dental Receptionist and Clinic Coordinator in New York and Washington State before graduating in 1999 as an RDH. She is licensed in both North Carolina and New York. She has been practicing Dental Hygiene for over 11 years and has been directly involved in practice management the past six years. She has traveled nationwide to further her dental education with Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies as well as Genr8tion Next and ACE. She is a proud member of the American Dental Hygiene Association. Robyn is always working to advance her knowledge in new science, research and technology training.

Robyn has combined all this acquired knowledge and personal experience to help create an inspired, effective, and motivational curriculum that refines the systems surrounding the patients total experience with a dental practice.

Professional Memberships:
NCADOM
AADOM
ADMC

Her extensive exposure to most forms of practice management and dental systems, as well as her strong focus on patient satisfaction, makes her a specialist in her field. She resides in Wake County with her husband and two sons.

Tammy Hughes;
DAII

 

Tammy Hughes, founding Partner of NC Dental U, and celebrates her 26th year in the dental field this year. She has worked in the capacity of DAII, Front Desk Receptionist, Manager and Consultant. Her expertise is in New Practice and Team Development. She is a motivated leader that instinctively understands the business of dentistry. Tammy has successfully built staffed and coached new dental offices throughout North Carolina. With extensive knowledge in all aspects of dental care, she has the business savvy and technical skill to lead any team to success!

Professional Memberships:
NCADOM
AADOM
ADMC

A NC native, she resides in Wake County with her husband and three sons.

Tina Casper;
RDH

Tina Casper joined our NC Dental U team in 2014 and has brought smiles and laughter to the school ever since! Her love for teaching combined with her outgoing personality helps students to feel comfortable and calm. Tina’s dental career started in California as a Registered Dental Assistant in 1990. After discovering her love for dentistry and for others, she decided to continue her career as a dental hygienist in 2008. Currently she works full time as a hygienist, and is one of our valued Saturday instructors. She currently resides in Rocky Mt. with her three children.

Nicole Liles;
Assistant Director of Education and Instructor

Nicole (Nikki) Liles is a former graduate of NC Dental U. She completed the program in 2009 and joined the NC Dental U family in the summer of 2013. One of her primary goals is to have the students feel as confident and comfortable as possible going into the dental field. Her most recent abilities were utilized at a corporate dental office as a dental assistant, rock-star dental hygiene coordinator, and then mastering the front desk with all the office duties it entails. After much soul searching she made the decision to follow her passion and focus her career in a new direction as the new NC Dental U Assistant Director of Education and instructor. Her love for people is a driving force for her superb instruction skills. Her reward for all her hard work and dedication is the joy she feels as her students become excited as they travel from dental illiteracy to dental fluency thereby opening the doors to their new dental career.

Kathy Reece;
DAII

Kathy Reece has been a member of the Central North Carolina Dental Community for thirty+ years. With experience in General as well as various dental specialties such as prosthodontics and oral surgery she has a wealth of knowledge but more importantly finds great joy and satisfaction imparting that knowledge to our students. Kathy believes, lives, and teaches that communication is the key to every great professional relationship. One of her greatest passions is building positive relationships with patients, helping patients conquer the common fears of dentistry. In turn teaching our students how to do the same.

Cheryl Klein;
Registrar and Student Support

Cheryl has worked in the Business Management field for over 20 years. She joined Evolve Dental Management in 2012 as Registrar for NC Dental U and The Dental Assistant Academy of Charlotte. Cheryl is committed to assisting new students with the enrollment process, and helping all of our students get started down their new career path. In addition to her Business Management expertise, Cheryl is also an accomplished chef, wife and proud mother of 4.

She resides in Lockport, NY.

Katie Graham;

DA II

Katie has been in the Dental field since the early 2000’s. She moved to North Carolina in December 2018 after starting her career in New Jersey. Katie joined NC Dental U as an Instructor January 2019. While working as a receptionist, Katie was fascinated by what was happening in the clinic. She took full advantage of any opportunity to observe the Dentist and Assistants working on patients. Katie knew she wanted to be a Dental Assistant. She began her training chairside and later went on to become DAMB certified in dental radiology. Katie later became the lead dental assistant and worked her way into clinical management. She currently leads an awesome team of Dental Professionals as a Clinic Coordinator in Greenville. She has a passion for her craft and loves teaching it to both patient and students. Katie uses her knowledge of the dental field to help patients understand the importance of their dental health.

Monique Hollis

RDH NCDU – Greenville

Monique Dean

Charlotte

Monique Dean Charlotte – Monique is a native to Virgina but she resides here in Charlotte with her husband and daughter. Monique began her dental career in 2011 at a small pediatric clinic. As her skills improved, she went on to work in hospital dentistry where she worked with high-risk and special needs adult patients. Recently, Monique left Virginia and became apart of our Charlotte Team. She’s really excited to take on the task of instructing and teaching future DAs.

Kaylee Leeson

Charlotte Campus

Kim Venable

Charlotte Campus Manager/Instructor

Nikki Mele

Charlotte Campus

Nikki Mele is a Certified Dental Assistant II with 7 years of full-time clinical experience in diverse settings, from Pediatrics to Emergency Dentistry and everything in between. She brings to teaching an eagerness to share her real-world knowledge and 25 years of expertise in excellent customer service and office management. Originally from NJ, with a Dental assisting diploma from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, she lives in Huntersville, NC with her two children and one kitten.

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