Meet the Team

Dentist in Burlington

Ashley Veiga, Registered Dental Hygienist

As a dental hygienist, Ashley’s goal is to provide quality dental care to each patient by creating an extraordinary dental experience. She helps educate patients on optimal dental hygiene and motivates them to continue their journey to full oral health. She has been in the dental field since 2004, and she has been with our practice since 2011. Ashley has a degree in Dental Hygiene from UNC-Chapel Hill and takes pride in her profession by being involved in continuing education throughout the year. She has always wanted to help people in life, and she feels that dentistry allows her to do so. She is a people person who is great at building relationships with patients. Ashley fits right in with our professional and caring staff. Dr. Makhlouf sees in Ashley an astute sense of how things function and interact. Ashley and her husband Jack were married in June of 2013. She has a beautiful young daughter of her own and has been blessed with a handsome step-son. Ashley and Jack recently welcomed a beautiful baby girl in October of 2016.

Laura Nall, Office Manager

Laura was previously Dr. Makhlouf’s chairside assistant but has grown into the role of Office Manager over the years.  She spends time working with patient treatment plans, finances and anything else they may need.  She also is Dr. Makhlouf’s right hand with all Administrative needs, staff management and making sure the office runs efficiently in all areas.  She’s from Silk Hope, North Carolina, and she’s been with the practice since 2009. Laura studied dental assisting at Alamance Community College, where she graduated at the top of her class with high honors. She loves our patients “more than anything,” and she likes being able to help people  improve their smiles and oral health. According to Dr. Makhlouf, Laura is very caring and down-to-earth, and to watch her work is to witness a symphony! She has a passion for both dentistry and people! Laura is a very family-oriented woman, with a big family.  She has been married to her college sweetheart Randy for 6 years and they have been blessed with three boys.  She spends her free time running, cleaning, and being with family and friends.

Johanna Anderson, Certified Dental Assistant

Johanna joined our practice in March of 2016.  She graduated from Alamance Community College Dental Assisting Program in 2006 and came to us with 10 years of dental assisting experience in general and periodontal (gum health) dentistry.  She has a passion for both dentistry and her patients and enjoys helping our Patients with their smiles and oral health.  Johanna has brought so many good attributes to the practice and is master at keeping supplies and the clinical setting well organized!  With her calm and sweet demeanor, she keeps Patients happy and at ease chairside.  Johanna lives in Graham with her husband Michael and they have 2 little boys.  She is very involved in church, and her hobbies consist of reading, cooking for her family, crafting and spending as much time as she can with her little boys.

Kim Staley, Certified Dental Assistant

Kim’s versatility helped Dr. Makhlouf in many roles over the years. She is a long time dental assistant and is now assisting with delivery of patient care. She’s from Haw River, and she‘s has been in the dental field for over 20 years. Kim joined our practice in 2007, and she has a diploma in dental assisting from Alamance Community College. Kim likes working for a dental practice that is patient focused and treats everyone like family. She loves getting to know all of our patients. According to Dr. Makhlouf, Kim’s never met a stranger, and she has a natural ability to connect with people. She’s been married to her husband Rodney — known as “Charlie Brown” for 20 years, and they have three sons. She spends time watching her sons play sports, and with a pastor for a husband, she’s very involved with church activities.

Maria M. Oldham, Patient Care Coordinator

Maria joined Dr. Makhlouf’s practice in December 2013. She brings with her 26-years’ experience in Patient Care Coordination, including a background in specialty dental practices. She began her career in a generalist practice and has furthered her administrative experience in Hospital Dentistry, and Oral Surgery. She has a deep compassion for patient care and loves to engage patients in genuine conversation. She is the epitome of willingness to help. She has been known to get up from her desk to assist patients with walkers or wheelchairs. She is extremely excited to be a team member of Dr. Makhlouf’s practice.

Doc has noticed that she has a unique passion for our geriatric patients, and goes over and beyond to help them. She derives her work satisfaction from their smile in return.

Maria has three children, 2 sons and a daughter. She resides in Mebane. She loves spending time with her children and family and playing piano and singing.

Lesly Gillard, Part-Time Registered Dental Hygienist

Lesly joined our practice in 2017 after moving back to NC. She came to us via Miami FL where she graduated from Miami Dade Community College with her Associate’s degree in Dental hygiene and went on to complete her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami.  She works 2 days a week here in our office as a dental hygienist helping our patients take care of their oral health by teaching and educating them at their dental hygiene visits.

When she is not working with us, she is teaching the new generation of Dental Hygienists at Forsyth Technical Community College.  She is a dedicated, thorough, conscientious, caring human being who complements our team beautifully.

Lesly married her high school sweetheart Richard and they reside in High Point NC.    They have 2 sons and a daughter together.  In her spare time, Lesly likes to collect kitchen gadgets and recipes and spends time with her family.

Dr. Dillon Atwater, Anesthesiologist

Dr. Dillon Atwood provides general anesthesia and sedation services for our Mary H. Makhlouf DMD, MS, PA patients. He is one of only a few dentist anesthesiologists in North Carolina. Some of the procedures you may need sedation dentistry includes: bone grafting, multiple dental implant placement or wisdom tooth extraction. In addition if you have several procedures you would like completed at once, Dr. Atwood and Mary H. Makhlouf DMD, MS, PA can assist and address your needs.

Dr. Atwood studied at Davidson College and attended the University of North Carolina School Of Dentistry before completing his postgraduate training in Anesthesiology at Lutheran Medical Center in New York City. During that time he also practiced pediatric anesthesia in Arizona and special care anesthesia at Helen Hayes Hospital in New York. He is a member of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists and lectures regularly on multiple aspects of anesthesia practice.

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