ABOUT OUR DOCTORS

Meet Dr. Geeta Bhat

Dr. Bhat was born and raised in Ogdensburg, New York on the border of Canada next to the magnificent St. Lawrence River. She knew when she was in the 3rd grade that she wanted to join her family tradition and become a dentist. During her senior year of high school she applied to several combined dental degree programs and was accepted into the seven year B.A./D.D.S program at New York University College of Arts and Science and New York University College of Dentistry. She double majored and received a B.A. in Biology in 1997 and a B.A. in Gender Studies in 1996 with a minor in Sociology. In 2000 she graduated with a D.D.S and became the eighth dentist in her family.

Upon graduation from New York University College of Dentistry in 2000 she entered a General Practice Residency Program at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. During her residency she had the opportunity to enhance and refine her skills in all areas of adult dentistry for the medically compromised individual. She was awarded a certificate of completion in 2001.

Immediately following the completion of her first residency, she was chosen to be the Chief Dental Resident in the second year General Practice Residency Program at York Hospital in York Pennsylvania. During her year at York Hospital Dr. Bhat had the opportunity to work with adults as well as children in all phases of dentistry. She became particularly interested in the treatment of children and had the privilege as Chief Resident to expand her clinical skills beyond the office setting into the operating room by treating children under general anesthesia. Upon completion, Dr. Bhat considered a faculty position at York Hospital, but decided to move to sunny North Carolina with her husband. Although Dr. Bhat is a general dentist, in 2005, she decided that she wanted to open a children’s dental practice because she loves working with kids and can’t imagine doing anything else. In fact, she often says that if she had to do it all over again she would have done exactly the same and become a dentist 🙂

Geeta and her husband live in Holly Springs area with their 3 children. They are both animal lovers and boast a house full of furry and not so furry family members. They have two hermit crabs Pringle and Pretzel, a cute brownish white papipoo, Sir Renly, and a tabbly cat Mosley Rose. Dr. Bhat currently serves on the board of directors at the Wake Country SPCA and had the great joy of adopting another addition, a cat they named Mr. Tumnus into their family. Mr. Tumnus was rescued from a hoarding situation which left him with chronic double ear infections. The incredible medical team at the SPCA of wake country removed both ear drums to save Mr. Tumnus. He is totally deaf and was the perfect fit into a house full of kids and noise. We are so happy to have him. In her spare time Geeta practices Brazilian Jiujitsu, plays chess, and dances country two step. She is the 2016 world champion of the Master 3 female blue belt middle weight division. She is also a country music fan and loves to country two step. She is currently looking for a partner with the hopes of entering amateur competition.

Meet Dr. Stephen Wilst

Dr. Stephen Wiist was born in Michigan and grew up on Long Island, NY. He attended college at Amherst where he graduated with a B.A. in Biology in 1995. He then entered dental school at the Ohio State University where he graduated with a degree of D.D.S in 2000.

After dental school, Dr. Wiist completed a residency program at the Wilkes-Barre Veterans Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, PA where he met and worked with Dr. Geeta Bhat. They have been good friends for over a decade. Upon completion of his residency program, Dr. Wiist moved to Minnesota and later to South Dakota. For over six years he provided dental services to the Native American population through the Indian Health Services program.

When Dr. Bhat’s growing practice was in need of an associate dentist, Dr. Wiist was the natural choice. Dr. Wiist brings to our office a wonderful sense of humor as well as a gentle manner that children and parents can appreciate.

Dr. Wiist is an avid traveler. His goal is to see ever part of the world. He has traveled to all 50 states and makes international trips each year to keep checking countries off his list. He also enjoys movies and outdoor activities. He has an extensive knowledge of state parks and loves to camp and hike.

Dr. Wiist made the move from South Dakota to North Carolina in 2008 to join his friend, Geeta and she was thrilled to have him on our team.

Meet Dr. Jenny Tu

Dr. Jenny Tu started at Dr. Bhat’s in 2010 while Dr. Bhat was on maternity leave. She was such a wonderful addition that we asked her to join our team and stay on and she said yes! She is a board certified pediatric dentist. She is originally from NY and completed her dental school and residency training at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. Her husband is a general dentist and practices in Durham. She is mom to Katie and Ryan and in her spare time she likes to travel, dine, and catch an occasional movie. She believes in providing quality care in a kind positive manner for kids of all ages. Moreover, she is super nice and very easy going. Kids love her and parents do, too.

Meet Dr. Harpreet Wasson

Dr. Wasson grew up in The Triangle and joined the practice in January 2014. She is a proud alumnus of Northwoods Elementary in Cary, Martin Middle, and Leesville Road High School in Raleigh. She received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from North Carolina State University. Dr. Wasson completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree at UNC Dental School in 2006.

Following dental school, Dr. Wasson moved to Tucson, Arizona to work with the Indian Health Services program providing all aspects of dental care to children and adults in the Native American community for six years.

Dr. Wasson served as Executive Committee Member of the National Oral Health Council from 2010-2012. During this appointment she also conducted clinical research for the Early Childhood Caries Initiative at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She served as faculty at the Lutheran Medical Department of Dental Medicine AEGD residency program from 2011-2013.

Dr. Wasson truly enjoys taking care of children and giving her patients the best dental care possible. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, dining, crafts, and spending time with her family and friends.

ABOUT OUR STAFF

Jenelle Liagre

Practice Manager

Jenelle

Kayla Hines

Front Desk Coordinator

Kayla was born in Dunn, NC. She now lives in Holly Springs, NC with her husband and their puppy Dixie. She loves animals and hanging out with her family on weekends. Kayla was a patient of Dr. Bhat’s since 2005 (Andrea used to clean her teeth!) and so have her 3 sisters. She loved Dr. Bhat’s office so much, she knew it would be a perfect fit for her to work at the front desk. Kayla brings a warm welcome to our patients and a positive attitude to our staff.

Eujenia Mateo

Front Desk/Hospital Coordinator

Born and raised in sunny California, Eujenia moved to North Carolina about three years ago and loves it!! Eujenia is delighted to greet out patients as they first enter the door. Eujenia and Andrea are cousins so working here is a family affair. She is our OR coordinator and also works at the front desk. She has a great sense of humor and is always in a good mood. She loves movies and spending time with her family and Twilight…team Jacob! Eujenia, we are so glad to have your warm smiling face in our practice! Eujenia has been on our team for over 6 years.

Andrea Gonzalez

LEAD DENTAL ASSISTANT

Andrea is originally from California. Her favorite part of living in North Carolina is experiencing the change of seasons. Andrea can often be found outdoors or shopping around town. Andrea also is an avid photographer. She opened up a side photography business, Andie Lane Photography, a few years ago and is very successful, her website is www.andielane.com and her work is fantastic. She spends many weekends doing photo shoots and is super creative. She could easily do full time photography but she loves working with kids at our office and does’t want to leave. Andrea has been on our team for 12 years and counting. She has been at our practice so long she gets recognized all over the Cary area from kids who she has seen. She loves that! Andrea is also a native Spanish speaker and enjoys meeting and assisting our Spanish speaking patients.

Pier Loven

Certified Dental Assistant

Pier was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She moved to Raleigh in 2014, where she studied Dental Assisting at the Wake Tech Perry Health Science Campus; achieving the highest academic GPA of the Class of 2018. Pier is a proud mother to two boys, Kaden and Israel, and is happily engaged. She has always had a passion for working with kids and knew from day 1 that working with pediatric aged patients was the right fit for her. We love having her bright and positive personality at our office!

Brittany Lawson

Certified Dental Assistant

Brittany is originally from East Tennessee, but moved to North Carolina at age 12. She loves it here and has all intentions of some day retiring in Atlantic Beach, NC. Most of her free time is spent fishing at the beach, hunting and training/raising Labrador puppies. Brittany graduated from Wake Technical Community College in July 2018 as a Certified Dental Assistant. She is very passionate about working with pediatric patients because she loves kids. Brittany is excited to see what the future holds in dentistry.

Stephaney Williams

Dental Assistant II

Stephaney was born in Roanoke Rapids NC, then relocated to the Raleigh area in year 2006. She started a family of three boys who she dearly loves and enjoys spending time with. Stephaney loves to go to the beach and doing Barbecues on the weekends with her children. She enjoys working in the pediatric field as a dental assistant, taking cooking classes, and taking Zumba lessons.

Jeannette Melia

DENTAL ASSISTANT II

A native of Cincinnati, moved to Cary 01/01/99 from Syracuse, NY (yes, she moved on New Year’s Day). Jeannette joined Geeta Bhat, D.D.S after serving as a dental assistant with the UNC Chapel Hill Dental School pediatric dentistry program for eight years. Having a dentist for a father, the dental field is second nature to her. Jeannette worked for her father while still in high school and later with other Cincinnati area dental practices. Jeannette has been on our team for almost five years. Jeannette is Dr. Bhat operating room assistant. Most patient’s never get to meet Jeannette because her work is behind the scenes making sure the operating room cases run smoothly. Her skills in the operating room are unmatched. Jeannette enjoys spending time with her family and friends and her interest in collector dolls has grown into a serious pastime. We’re so glad that she wants to stay with us as much as we want her. The practice wouldn’t be the same without her. She has now been with the practice for 6 years!

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