DR. NATALIE MARTINEZ-ROGERS
Founder & Dentist
Dr. Natalie Rogers is the owner and primary dentist at Stellar Dental. After relocating to Charlotte early in 2014, she proudly opened her first office in the University area. Since then she and her family have come to learn the city of Charlotte and fell in love with the NoDa area, eventually settling in neighboring Villa Heights. She quickly realized the need for dental care in the community and couldn't resist such a great commute! In October 2018, that dream finally became a reality when Stellar Dental of NODA opened its doors!
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 with the Massachusetts Health Access Award, which placed her within a community health center for two years following graduation. This opportunity allowed her to treat a range of patients, many of whom had never seen a dentist. Simultaneously during her time there and the five years to follow, Dr. Rogers practiced in a private practice setting in both Massachusetts and Charlotte.
Dr. Rogers met her husband while they were both graduate students in Boston; they were married in 2004. They have an 8 year old son and a 5 year old daughter. Their family is completed by their four dogs. During her free time, Dr. Rogers enjoys playing with her two children, reading books and spending as much time as possible outdoors: 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 to get to know her patients as friends. She very much looks forward to meeting you, and seeing you around the neighborhood!"
DR. KRISTIN ABBAS
Dr. Kristin Abbas is an Ohio native, growing up in Cincinnati. She attended Denison University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Chemistry. After graduation she attended The Ohio State University College of Dentistry where she spent many a Saturday cheering on her Buckeyes! After earning her DDS, she moved back to Cincinnati where she started her career at a Private Practice in one of the northern suburbs of her hometown. She would send the next 9 years at this practice growing to love her patients and profession and expanding her scope of practice to include cosmetic dentistry, Implant restoration and orthodontics via Invisalign.
In 2018, the opportunity to relocate to Charlotte to start a brewery with childhood friends presented itself and Kristin and her husband Michael made the impulsive decision to move. After deciding on the neighborhood of NoDa for the brewery, Kristin became very familiar with the area and was delighted when the opportunity presented itself to join the Stellar Dental team!
When Kristin is not practicing dentistry, she enjoys spending time with her husband Michael and their two boys Oliver and Graham and their sweet Chocolate Lab Lucy. She loves to travel and to cook and enjoys all things Ohio State.
Kristin looks forward to the opportunity to meet and treat the patients of Stellar with an approachable chair side manner, an open ear and a gentle hand!
Vera graduated from the Dental Hygiene program at Central Piedmont Community College in May 2018, though she began her career in the dental field in 1983 when she started her Associates in Dental Technology in the Ukraine. After graduation in 1985, she worked as a Dental Technician until she moved to America in 2000 where she continued her career for 10 more years. After her kids were older she decided to get her Associate degree in America. She soon finished her Dental Assistant degree and then went back to get her Dental Hygienist degree.
Vera and her husband, Alex, have five children who range from 20 to 30 years old. Four of them have their own families and have gifted Vera & Alex with three beautiful grandchildren. In her free time Vera enjoys spending time with her grandkids and accompanying a kids church choir.
Lead Dental Assistant & Reception
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.
Dental Assistant & Reception
Stephanie is a North Carolina native, raised in the small town of Cherryville. She attended Gaston College where she received an Associates Degree in Television Production. After moving to Charlotte in 2017 she realizing film-making felt like more of a hobby than a career. Stephanie then fulfilled a promise she made to herself in high school, and got her certification in dental assisting at the Charlotte Dental Assistant School. Now the only films Stephanie shoots are X-rays and she loves it!
When not assisting Stephanie likes to listen to podcasts and visit her family back home in Cherryville.
Lead Dental Assistant & Reception
Originally born is Mexico, Leydi immigrated to the states with her family when she was only 7 years old. Leydi recognized a passion for teaching at an early age; however she was not certain the profession would fulfill her. Instead, as she was always interested in having a better smile, Leydi became interested in the dental field. Shortly after high school, Leydi followed her dream and graduated from Charlotte Dental Assistant School in November 2018. It was not long after Stellar Dental was honored to add her to the team! Now-a-days, you can find her working reception and managing our assistants. Her passion for teaching has not been wasted as she continues to spread her knowledge to all our new staff! In the future, Leydi hopes to become a dental hygienist.
Leydi stepped away from Stellar Dental earlier this year when she welcomed her daughter into this world! We cannot wait to get her back!
If you have been to our practice, it is unlikely you have missed Niesje's smiling face or her laughter. The youngest of 16 kids, Niesje was born under the northern lights of Fairbanks, Alaska. Sick of the 10.5 months of winter each year, her family moved to Richmond, VA and later to Raleigh, North Carolina.
Niesje has since settled into Charlotte where she lives with her husband, daughter, younger sister, and baby boy. She joined our team as a receptionist before completing dental assisting school in November 2018. Today she is excited to put her her knowledge to use functioning as an assistant as well helping our patients feel cared for and comfortable.
Dental Assistant & Reception
Ashlee is an Army Brat who was born on base in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. She began her dental journey 8 years ago when she switched from cancer diagnostics case management to the dental industry. She has enjoyed serving patients with a passion over the years and handling the day to day financial responsibilities of the office. Ashlee moved to Charlotte as a child with her family and fell in love with the city so she decided to move back in 2019 to live permanently.
When she is not in office, she is spending time with her two adorable children Alahni and Kingston or shopping. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, eating and watching her Packers on football Sunday!
Ashlee looks forward to serving the NoDa community with her wealth of dental knowledge and tenacious personality.
Account Manager & Patient Coordinator
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. Now a days you can often find her shuffling between practices making sure everything gets taken care of. Thanks Melody!
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, cooking, volunteering, and exploring the North Carolina mountains.