The descriptions below are designed to familiarize yourself with our staff's training, education, professional experience, and equally as important - their personalities!
Meet the Staff
DR. KAREN THOMPSON
Dr. Thompson is a native North Carolinian, growing up in Fayetteville. She went on to graduate from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1993 with a degree in Chemistry. Being a Tarheel through and through, she stayed in Chapel Hill another four years to attend dental school, earning her DDS degree in 1997.
While in dental school, Dr. Thompson served all four years on the student government council including as Student Body President her senior year. She was the recipient of the Dental Alumni Award and also was chosen to participate in the Mexico project, a volunteer organization that provided free dental services to several orphanages in rural Mexico.
After dental school, Dr. Thompson began her career as a dental officer in the United States Air Force. After serving the country’s active duty population for six years, Dr. Thompson and her husband relocated to the Charlotte area in 2004, where she transitioned into private practice.
Dr. Thompson has a passion for volunteer service and has been privileged to travel to Kenya twice to do dental treatment and also serves with local dental ministries, including the NC Baptist Men’s mobile dental bus.
When not busy with her three teenage children and their activities, Dr. Thompson enjoys doing DIY projects on her fixer-upper home, spending time outside and is a huge fan of all things Disney! She is also passionate about animals and currently has lots of fur babies-a German Shepherd, four rescued cats and a bunny.
On top of her 23 years of experience, Dr. Thompson loves serving and helping people and brings that with her chair side to all her patients at Stellar Dental.
DR. NATALIE MARTINEZ-ROGERS
Dr. Rogers is a first generation American, born to Cuban immigrants in New Jersey. She was always passionate about science and biology, but uncertain about where that would take her. In her final year of high school, she was invited by her own dentist to assist in her practice. This was her introduction to the world of dentistry and so a new passion began.
She achieved her undergraduate degree at Cornell University in upstate New York and enrolled in the Harvard School of Dental Medicine immediately after, graduating in 2008. During her time in dental school she was honored to be a recipient of the Mass Health Access Award, placing her in a position in a community health center in the two years following graduation. Simultaneously during her time there and the four years to follow, Dr. Rogers practiced in a private practice setting in two offices in Massachusetts. Tired of the cold and snow, in March 2014 Dr. Rogers relocated to the Charlotte area with her family. After practicing locally for a short time she decided that she was truly ready to settle down and start her own practice, Stellar Dental!
Dr. Rogers met her husband while they were both graduate students in Boston; they were married in 2004. They have an 9 year old son and a 6 year old daughter. Their family is completed by their four dogs. During her free time, Dr. Rogers enjoys playing and spending time with her two children, reading books and enjoying the outdoors in any form possible: running, biking and hiking.
As a provider, Dr. Rogers' focus is on whole family dentistry, treating patients of all ages. It is her honor to provide the highest quality, most ethical and comprehensive care possible, and also to get to know her patients as friends. She very much looks forward to meeting you!
BRITTANY, DENTAL HYGIENIST
Brittany's interest in dentistry began when she was twelve years old, leading her to move to Charlotte nearly seven years ago for hygiene school. She completed her program at Central Piedmont Community College in 2010, immediately going to work. She joined Stellar Dental in November 201.
Brittany grew up in Ellenboro, NC with her four younger brothers. She recently purchased her first home in Concord, which she shares with her Maltese dog, Bitsy. She looks forward to continuing to treat her current patients, and also having the opportunity to meet new ones!
BOBBIE, DENTAL HYGIENIST
Bobbie grew up in Goldsboro, North Carolina. She moved to Charlotte in 1995 where she continues to enjoy all that this beautiful city has to offer! Bobbie is happily married to her amazing hubby Adam. She enjoys attending all kinds of sporting events and theater. One of Bobbie’s favorite things is shelling on the beach with her 2 best pals…her sister and her nephew.
Bobbie graduated from the Dental Hygiene Program at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with concentrated studies in Periodontics. During her academic career there, she was on the Dean’s List and was inducted into the Xi Chapter of Sigma Phi Alpha, The National Dental Hygiene Honor Society.
When Bobbie is working at Stellar Dental, she strives for her patients to feel comfortable and welcome. What Bobbie loves most about being a dental hygienist is taking care of people and working with them to achieve their optimal dental health.
CAROLINE, LEAD DENTAL ASSISTANT
Our lead dental assistant, Caroline, has been working in dentistry for almost 4 years. She was drawn to the profession after realizing a dream to help people achieve a smile they are happy with. She is impassioned not only by her profession, but also by the feeling she helps patients achieve by the time they leave our practice.
Caroline came to Charlotte as a child, after being born in Arkansas. Loving her new home, she decided to stay. She married the love of her life in October 2017. Together they share 2 dogs with hopes to add kids to the pack someday soon.
CJ, DENTAL ASSISTANT
CJ is originally from a town in Mexico called Monterrey, Nuevo Leon; he immigrated to the U.S. in 2000 with his family. CJ became interested in dental assisting after high school due to his fascination with peoples' smiles and his desire to help people reach their smile goals. After a few years in the work force, CJ attended Charlotte Dental assistant school graduating in 2018. CJ joined Stellar Dental shortly after and hopes to become a dental hygienist in the future.
Outside of work, CJ likes to spend time outdoors playing soccer, spending time with friends and exploring different states. His favorite part of the job is helping people to relax and feel comfortable while sitting in the dental chair.
GINA, OFFICE & BUSINESS MANAGER
It is hard to miss Gina when you walk through our front door. Her smiling face and positive attitude is impossible to ignore and completely infectious! Though she started as a member of the front desk team, her work ethic and commitment to patients has led her to our lead front desk member, now managing all patient accounts and communications. Certainly if you haven’t spoken with her yet, you soon will, and we are certain you will love her as much as we do!
Gina came to the Charlotte area 12 years ago, and currently resides in Salisbury with the love of her life, Greg, and the four children they are raising together: Shad, Travin, Chase and Kallista.
Gina brings with her 8 years of experience in the dental field. Her greatest professional joy comes from helping patients while building a relationship with them.
JENNIFER, PATIENT COORDINATOR & ACCOUNT MANAGER
Jennifer’s love of dentistry began many years ago while attending Lake Normal Dental Assisting School. After practicing as a Dental Assistant for over 8 years, she realized her experience and in depth knowledge of oral conditions and treatments would be better used at the front desk. These days she uses that wisdom to help patients understand the connection between their oral health and overall health and any proposed treatments. It also gives her an understanding of the dental industry needed when following up with patients and doctor referrals or working with insurance companies.
In addition to spending time with her family, Jennifer enjoys singing, reading, hiking, swimming and traveling. She has a keen interest in history and particularly enjoys trips to Egypt. Jennifer has three grown children and she and her husband, Mahmoud, have an energetic toddler!
MARIA, TREATMENT COORDINATOR & RECEPTION
Maria was born in Honduras, immigrating with her family to the US at the age of two. They originally settled in Brooklyn, NY, relocating to NC when she was 14. In 2011 she married her husband. Today they are raising their two handsome sons in Concord.
Maria's passion for dentistry began in 2017 after gaining employment at a dental office as a front desk administrator. Within a few years, she was pursing her degree as a dental assistant. Despite this training, Maria realized her passion remains at the front desk away from all the spit! Today you will often see her face on your way out of the office, as she reviews your treatment with you and gets you scheduled for you next appointment!
CIARA, SCHEDULING COORDINATOR & RECEPTION
Ciara, also known as our sunflower, brings light and life where ever she goes. She was born and raised in Charlotte NC, still living local in the University area. With her location and positivity, its no wonder we had her join the team in August of 2020.
In her free time she's constantly working out to stay fit, loves spending time with her family and close friends and living "the good life". Let's not forget she absolutely loves food: "It's good for the soul!"
MELODY, BUSINESS MANAGER
Melody was raised all over the US - one of the perks of being part of a military family! They eventually settled in Fayetteville, where she completed high school and remained for some years to follow. Melody eventually moved to Charlotte to attend graduate school at UNCC 3 years ago. She joined the Stellar Dental team in 2018 and transitioned over as the Business Manager in early 2019. You can often find her shuffling between the two Stellar Dental office locations, making sure everything gets taken care of.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, cooking, volunteering, and exploring the North Carolina mountains.