MEET THE TRIANGLE DENTISTRY TEAM
James E. Smith, DMD
Dr. Smith is a native of Natchez, Mississippi, and received his Bachelor’s Degree and Doctorate from the University of Mississippi.
After graduation, Dr. Smith accepted a residency position at the University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill, where he received advanced training in general dentistry and hospital dentistry. He served as Chief Resident in the Division of Oral Medicine in 1994 and was responsible for both inpatient and outpatient care.
As a student and resident, Dr. Smith was involved with various research topics in the area of dental materials. He has presented his work at regional and national meetings and holds several publications and abstracts. In recognition of his work, Dr. Smith received a 1993 Award in Research Achievement from Quintessence magazine.
Dr. Smith is a member of the American Dental Association, North Carolina Dental Society, and Raleigh-Wake County Dental Society. He is a past President of the North Carolina Academy of General Dentistry and currently serves as an examiner for the Council of Interstate Testing Agencies.
N. Danielle Tart, DDS
Dr. Tart is a native of our state. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene in 1998. She received her DDS degree in 2003 and graduated with distinction.
As a student, Dr. Tart was involved in organized dentistry and dental research. She was president of the student governing body, as well as vice-president of her class. Dr. Tart is currently active in the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. She has served as editor, membership chair, district representative and vice-president of the NCAGD.
Her past research focused on esthetic bleaching and the treatment of dental unit waterlines. She has presented her research nationwide with the International Association of Dental Research, American Dental Association, and local dental schools. Dr. Tart was honored with both the Turner Award and ADA/Dentsply Award in recognition of her work and has been published numerous times.
Dr. Tart has always enjoyed community service. She has practiced dentistry in Mexico and Germany. She is an adjunct assistant professor at the UNC School of Dentistry. During Dental Health Education Month, she teaches preschool students the fundamentals of oral care. Dr. Tart also supports the arts. She is a former artistic director and board member of the Dance Theater of Fayetteville and she is now “Official Dentist of Carolina Ballet”.
In 2005, Dr. Tart became a partner of Triangle Dentistry. She has formed lasting relationships with her patients and takes pride in their oral health. Her long-term goal for the practice is to provide excellent clinical care and outstanding service. Dr. Tart resides in Wake Forest with her husband and two children.
Dr. Tina Murray, DDS
Dr. Murray was born and raised in Wake Forest, NC and currently resides in the North Hills area with her husband and rescue dog, Luna. She attended Wake Forest University, studying Biology and Chemistry. After graduation, she stayed in Winston-Salem for an additional year to pursue a Masters of Science in Business Management through Wake Forest’s Graduate Business School. With her sights firmly set on a career in dentistry, Dr. Murray then pursued her DDS at UNC’s School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill, NC.
As a student, Dr. Murray was involved in organized dentistry and several volunteer organizations, serving as philanthropy chair for UNC’s chapter of Student Entrepreneurs in Dentistry. She is currently an active member of the American Dental Association and the North Carolina Dental Society. Fascinated by all aspects of dentistry, she enjoys helping people of all ages maximize their oral health and realize the potential in their smile. Dr. Murray has a strong focus on patient education, and prides herself on the ability to empower her patients and equip them with the skills needed to maintain optimum health.
OUR ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM
I’m originally from the Bay Area in sunny California, but I have called Raleigh my home for the last ten years. In my free time I love spending time with my husband and two amazing kids. We are huge Disney fans and enjoy traveling. I am excited to be a part of such an incredible dental practice and I look forward to meeting you.
After eight years in orthodontics I joined the team in 1990. Working in the dental field encompasses the whole body, not just teeth, and that’s what makes it intriguing. Most of my weekends are spent between the mountains or the beach for fun & relaxation.
I attended Appalachian State University studying Exercise Physiology and have maintained my North Carolina Massage Therapy License since 2003. I joined Triangle Dentistry in 2010 as Insurance Coordinator and in 2015 expanded my role to Insurance and Financial Coordinator. I enjoy helping our patients get the most from their benefits and working with them to find solutions and ensure they get the care they deserve. In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors, cooking and traveling to new places.
I am orginally from upstate New York and have been in North Carolina for 26 years. My husband and I have three grown children and are expecting our first grandchild! We live in Raleigh with our mastiff Harley and our cat Delilah. We love to entertain our friends and family and always have an open door policy. In my spare time I love to read, cook and garden. I have been in dentistry since 1998 and feel very excited to be working with such a wonderful, passionate and patient-orientated group of people.
I was born in Georgia but moved to many different states before settling down in North Carolina. I am blessed with three girls and a sweet granddaughter. In my spare time you’ll find me trail running, participating in different types of races and traveling. The most exciting thing I’ve experienced is skydiving in Hawaii. I’ve been in the dental field since 2007 and came to work with Triangle Dentistry summer of 2019. I am honored to work with such a dedicated team! My goal here is to help you stay confident with your smile!
Assistant Doctor’s Coordinator
My name is Monica Mendez and I am from Long Island, New York. My family and I relocated to North Carolina a few years ago and one of our favorite things to do is spend time on the coast. On my time I like to spend time with my kids and travel. I have been working in the medical field for many years and can’t imagine doing anything else. I speak English and Spanish and love helping in the office when translation is needed. I have a passion for patient care and I am proud to help people in the community. I am pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and hope to do something with Dental in the future. I have always enjoyed customer service and the opportunity to meet new people. If you see me in the office, say hello or hola!
After graduating NC State in 2007, I decided to pursue my Associate’s degree in Hygiene at Wake Tech. In my free time I enjoy being with my husband, son, and our dog, Dungo. I love interacting with patients as well as providing excellent patient care!
I graduated dental hygiene school from Wake Technical Community College and ever since I’ve been passionate about patient education. I am originally from Bedford, Virginia and have lived in the triangle since 2008. I enjoy spending my free time with my family and friends, and spoiling my son.
I am a native of North Carolina and was raised in the Raleigh area. I graduated dental hygiene school from Wake Technical Community College. I truly enjoy helping my patients achieve their optimal oral health. When I’m not at Triangle Dentistry, I love to explore the outdoors, listen to live music, and spend time with my friends and family.
Dr. Tart’s Assistant
I joined the practice in 2005. I received my training at Wake Tech in 1991. I enjoy helping patients with their dental needs. I am married and have a son and daughter. We spend our free time enjoying our family and friends. We have a great team here at Triangle Dentistry.
Dr. Tart’s Assistant
I have been a team member since 2007. I enjoy helping others achieve their best smile. I am originally from Ohio and have lived in North Carolina for over 20 years. In my spare time I enjoy going to beach with my friends and family.
Dr. Smith | Dr. Murray’s Assistant
I graduated from Fayetteville Community College in 1987. I have been employed at Triangle Dentistry since January, 2011. I enjoy being a dental assistant and love helping patients with their dental needs. I was also a nurse in high school, and have experience in aviation. I have been married since 1982 to a wonderful man. I have two great children and two grandchildren; I enjoy spending time with them. I love to take vacations to the beach with my family.
Dr. Smith’s Assistant
Being a former resident of Raleigh, I graduated from Millbrook High, where I played varsity softball. I then went on to obtain my associate’s degree from Miller Motte College. I became a CDA after taking the DANB and have been assisting for almost five years. Recently, I celebrated one year with Triangle Dentistry. I enjoy yoga, kayaking, skiing, reading, playing the guitar, singing, playing with my pup and spending time with my husband.