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 a 7 year old son and a 4 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. ELIZABETH HOY
Elizabeth Hoy grew up in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. After high school, she obtained her Biology degree from Penn State University. During her time there, she played rugby and was a member of the national championship team. She then completed her dental degree at the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. After graduation, she furthered her training by completing an optional one-year general dentistry residency at Bay Pines Veterans Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL. For the next four years, she worked as a general dentist at a community health center in Tampa, FL caring for the underserved patient populationin that area.
Dr. Hoy and her husband moved to Charlotte in 2016 to escape the humidity. In her spare time, she enjoys chasing her toddler and exploring new Charlotte resturants. Dr. Hoy is currently an active member of the American Dental Association.
Dr. Hoy provides high quality, conservative comprehensive care and is looking forward to meeting you at Stellar Dental!
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
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.
In her free time, Leydi enjoys watching Criminal Minds and spending time with her loved ones including her two little furry pets.
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.
On a blistery winter morning, in a city surrounded by distinctive yellow steel bridges, Penny watched the sun glisten and reflect off the tranquil Allegheny River. Penny was pondering her future; how to make her mark on the world. Those majestic steel bridges helped to build the city of Pittsburgh, where Penny's family lived, but 32 years ago, those same bridges wisked her away to North Carolina. It was here that she would make her mark on the world; dedicating herself to the art of Dental Assisting. Over the years, Penny transitioned from assisting to reception, where she was able to be the office's "Rothlesburgher." As a receptionist she gained an extensive knowledge in dental insurance and is certified in Medical Coding. Penny prides herself on giving patients awesome customer service and treats patients as if they were her own family.
Penny and her husband Joe have a four-legged baby named Bubba. Out of the office she enjoys cooking, listening to music and is an avid sports fan. She especially loves cheering on her cherished Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins.
Niesje is the receptionist at Stellar Dental, and her smiling face will be the first thing you see when you walk into the office. 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 new born baby boy. She completed dental assisting school in November 2018 and hopes to one day bring that same smiling face to the assistant’s chair where she can help our patients feel cared for and comfortable....she just needs to get back from her maternity leave!
Reception & Future Assistant
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.