Meet Our Team page

Dr. Antonio S. Braithwaite

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Antonio S. Braithwaite (“Dr. Antonio”) grew up in New York City before coming to the Tar Heel State and receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill while majoring in Public Health Nutrition. Following college Dr. Antonio attended dental school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with Honors. After completing Dental school, Dr. Antonio earned his Master of Public Health degree from the UNC School of Public Health while completing a three-year residency in pediatric dentistry at the University of North Carolina Children’s Hospital and the UNC School of Dentistry. Dr. Antonio is a member of the North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the North Carolina Dental Society, and the American Dental Association. Outside the practice of pediatric dentistry, Dr. Antonio stays active and enjoys traveling, swimming, watching Tarheel sports, and spending time with his wife Mary, their three children, family and friends.


Dr. Felicia V. Swinney

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

“Dr. Felicia” is Board Certified with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and has extensive clinical training and experience in providing comprehensive dental care for infants, children, teens, and patients with special needs. She is experienced in diagnosing and treating patients with interceptive orthodontic needs, managing acute dental trauma, and treating medically compromised patients under general anesthesia. Her research interests include the role of pediatric dentists in preventing and managing childhood obesity. Dr. Felicia is a native of Augusta, GA and received her dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Following dental school she completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program and served as a Dental Officer in the US Army. She provided dental care to soldiers in the US, Korea and Iraq. Dr. Swinney completed her Pediatric Dental Residency training at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and is currently an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Swinney, her daughter Harper, and her husband Charlie, reside in Pittsboro, NC with their dog, Louie.


Dr. Brandon M. Knockum

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Brandon Knockum (“Dr. Brandon”) was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Brandon earned his Bachelor’s degree with Honors from Morehouse College. Following college he moved to North Carolina to attend Dental School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While in dental school Dr. Brandon participated in various organizations that provided dental care to underserved populations in NC and around the world. After graduating from dental school Dr. Brandon completed his training in Pediatric Dentistry at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. In his free time Dr. Brandon enjoys traveling, reading, watching football, working out, and spending time with family and friends.


Cheritta Pridgen

Practice Manager

Cheritta Pridgen (“Ms. Cheritta”) grew up in Snow Hill, North Carolina and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While attending UNC, Ms. Cheritta was awarded the Francis L. Phillips Travel Scholarship and traveled to Santiago, Chile where she spent a summer. While there, she took dance lessons and toured various parts of central Chile. Shortly after graduating from UNC, she entered the teaching field and taught high school Spanish for five years. Outside of work, Ms. Cheritta enjoys watching sports, cooking, reading, traveling, and spending time with her daughter, family and friends.


Brittany Hill

Registered Dental Hygienist

Brittany was born and raised in Sanford NC. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2012 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. While attending UNC's dental hygiene program, she was awarded the Priscilla Levine scholarship. Brittany enjoys going to church, spending time with her family, and baking.


Teresa Morrison

Registered Dental Hygienist

Teresa was born and raised in Sanford, NC. She graduated with honors from Central Carolina Community College with an Associate’s in Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2010. Aside from work, she enjoys running, taking trips to the beach, and spending time with her husband and two sons.


Lizbeth Avila

Registered Dental Hygienist

Liz was born and raised in Sanford, NC. She is a 2017 graduate from Central Carolina Community College where she received an Associates in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and family.


Yuekia McLean

Certified Dental Assistant II

Ms. Kia was born in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of thirteen she moved to North Carolina. A few years later, she moved to Seattle, Washington where she attended Clover Park Technical College and received her certification as a Certified Dental Assistant. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband Robert, her family, going to church, and shopping.


Savannah Sanders

Certified Debtal Assistant II

Savannah was born and raised in Moore County, North Carolina. She received her training in Dental Assisting at the UNC Chapel Hill-School of Dentistry. While attending the program she was granted a Dental Assisting Scholarship through the Dental Foundation of NC. In her spare time she enjoys going to church and spending time with friends and family.


Denise Martinez

Dental Assistant II

Denise Martinez was born and raised in Panama City, Panama. She moved to North Carolina at the age of 17. She began her career as a dental assistant at the age of 19 at Sandhill’s Emergency Dental Clinic in Pinehurst where she worked for 8 years. Denise loves spending time with her daughter Giselle and her family.


Brandi Morton

Certified Dental Assistant II

Brandi Morton was born and raised in Troy, North Carolina. She worked in accounting for 8 years before attending Montgomery Community College where she earned her certificate in Dental Assisting. Following graduation Brandi successfully completed the dental assisting national board exam to become a Certified Dental Assistant. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends including her Great Dane.


Christina Murray

Certified Dental Assistant II

Christina Murray was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina and currently lives in Harnett County with her husband Scott and her two children. She received her certification as a Dental Assistant II and graduated with honors from Central Carolina Community College. In her spare time Christina enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and going to the beach.


Brittany Pope

Dental Assistant II

Brittany was born and raised in Sanford NC. She graduated from Fayetteville Technical Community College with her certification as a Dental Assisting II. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family & her sweet little girl, loves going to the beach, shopping, & relaxing.


Meagan Carpenter

Dental Assistant II

Meagan was born and raised in Sanford, NC. She graduated from Wake Tech Community College in 2009 with her certification in Dental Assisting. She has many years of experience in pediatric dentistry. In her spare time she enjoys baking, crafting, reading, and picnics in the park with her husband and daughters.


Evan Moody

Dental Assistant II

Evan was born and raised in Chatham County NC. Evan graduated from CCCC with her certificate in Dental Assisting in 2016. In her free time Evan enjoys; going to church, working out, and spending time with family and friends.


Maria Rangel

Dental Assistant II

Maria joined the Sanford Pediatric Dentistry team in April 2017. She was raised in NC and currently lives in Siler City. Maria began her career as a dental assitant in 2009 and loves her profession. In her spare time she enjoys spending quality time with her two daughters, and also loves to go shopping!


Dana Eldridge

Dental Assistant II

Dana was Born and raised here in Broadway NC. Dana graduated the dental assisting program at CCCC and worked in general dentistry for a few years before joining the SPD team here in Sanford. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with my family, cooking, and going to the beach!


Jamie Martinez

Patient Care Coordinator/ Receptionist

Ms. Jamie was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala and grew up in California. At the age of ten, she moved to Sanford, North Carolina, where she graduated from Lee Senior High School. Ms. Jamie loves spending time with her daughter Hailey, family and friends.


Jannate Salgado

Receptionist

Jannate Salgado was born in Tijuana, Mexico. At the age of four, she and her family moved to Sanford, NC where she grew up and graduated from Lee County High School. Jannate also attended Central Carolina Community College and took Pharmacy Technician and Medical Assistant courses. In her spare time, she likes to engage in community and church events. Jannate also loves to visit new places with her family and friends.


Veronica Delgado

Receptionist

Veronica was born in Mexico and raised in California before she moved to North Carolina in 2002. Veronica is married and has three children. She is very family orientated and loves to cook, listen to music, go on long walks and spend time with her family and friends. She has been in the dental field since 2005 and brings with her a wealth of experience to her new home at SPD. Veronica loves to learn and has even become certified as a Notary of NC in 2011. One of her best qualities is that she genuinely loves to help others in any way possible!


Carla Johnson Turner

Insurance Billing Coordinator

Carla was born in Chapel Hill, NC. She moved to Siler City when she was younger and still resides there today. Carla comes from a large family of nine and she is the youngest. Carla graduated with honors from Central Carolina Community College with a certification in medical coding and billing. In her spare time, Carla enjoys spending time with her husband Barry and her 3 beautiful children. She also enjoys shopping, going to the movies, going out to eat, and just spending quality time with her family.


Ana Ortiz

Receptionist

Ana Ortiz was born in Mexico and raised here in North Carolina. She graduated from Union Pines High School in 2007. She finds that helping others is very satisfying so she loves working in healthcare. Ana has three wonderful children to whom she dedicates most of her free time. Her weekends are spent enjoying family time outdoors, playing soccer, and her ideal vacation is getting lost in the tranquility of the mountains.

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