Meet Our Team

James E. Smith, DMD

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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 an active member of the American Dental Association, the Raleigh-Wake County Dental Society, the North Carolina Dental Society, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Academy of General Dentistry.

N. Danielle Tart, DDS

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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 Rich: Gabriel J. Rich III, D.D.S.

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Dr. Rich earned his Bachelor’s Degree from LeMoyne College, Syracuse, New York in 1978. He received his DDS degree from Georgetown University in 1982. After graduation he served as a dentist with the U.S. Public Health Service in Florida prior to beginning private practice in Raleigh in 1985. Dr. Rich has continued his education in the fields of cosmetic dentistry, treatment of TMJ disorders, crown and bridge, and implant dentistry. He received his fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry in recognition for his achievements in continuing dental education.

Dr. Rich is active in many local, regional, and national civic and professional organizations. He has served as president of the Raleigh-Wake County Dental Society, the North Carolina Academy of General Dentistry, and the Millbrook Rotary Club.

Dr. Rich is an active member of the American Dental Association Society, Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Equilibration Society, and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Dr. Rich also received honorary fellowship in the American College of Dentists and the Academy os Dentistry International. He has served as the Team Dentist for the Carolina Hurricanes Hockey Club since their arrival in North Carolina.

Dr. Rich enjoys ice hockey, skiing, tennis, and travel with his wife, Lisa.

Our Administrative Team

Pat – Office Manager

In 1999, I had the pleasure of joining this team. Business is my passion combined with all the wonderful relationships developed with our family of patients. My husband and I live in Garner with our two husky dogs, Lizzie and Bella. I have two wonderful married daughters and a beautiful granddaughter, who by the way is the love of my life, Delaney. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends at my home in Carolina Beach.

Joccelyn- Marketing Director

I graduated dental assisting school in 2004 and started working at Triangle Dentistry in 2012. I love to see the transformation and confidence a new smile can bring. I am originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, watching my daughter cheer, and working out.

Jennifer – Financial Coordinator

After eight years in orthodontics I joined the team in 1990. Working in the dental field encompasses the whole body, not just teeth, & that’s what makes it intriguing. Most weekends are spent between the mountains or the beach for fun & relaxation.

Michael- Insurance Coordinator

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.

Amber – Patient Coordinator

I was born and raised in the triangle.  I have two dogs, Checkers and Finn, that I love to death.  When I am not working you can almost always find me at the beach!

Allison – Hygiene Coordinator

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.  

Amanda – Doctor’s Coordinator

I originally went to school for culinary arts, but became fascinated with dentistry.  Previously, I worked as a dental assistant for two and a half years after graduating from the UNC School of Dentistry’s Dental Assisting Program in 2015.  I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have a grey tabby named Simba.  In my spare time I enjoy cooking and training for competitive weight lifting.  

Heather – Patient Concierge

I graduated with a BA in dance and a minor in nutrition from App State University.  I love being active through sports, and participating in social events with my friends.  I currently work at the best dental practice in the Triangle, and I couldn’t be more happy to be a part of this team!

Our Hygienists

Lauren

I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with my bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene in 2015.  I was born in McComb, Mississippi and moved to North Carolina when I was 16 years old.  I now live in Raleigh with my husband but we love to go home to Alamance County, NC and visit our families as much as we can.  I have been so blessed to work in the field of dentistry and love providing excellent dental care to my patients here at Triangle Dentistry!

Amanda

I graduated with my Bachelor’s in Dental Hygiene from UNC in 2013, GO HEELS!  When I am not at the office I love traveling and spending time with my husband and our 4 pound dog, Dinky.  My hobbies include exercising, singing, and dancing!  I love to live life and be happy and I am so proud to serve you!

Erica

I graduated from dental assisting school in 2013.  I worked as a dental assistant from 2014-2015.  I then decided to go to dental hygiene school at Wake Technical Community College where I graduated from in May 2016.  I love to educate and build relationships with my patients all while improving their smiles. I am originally from Cramerton, NC.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my fiancé, family and love spending time outdoors especially by the water.  

Kesha

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 live in the triangle since 2008.  In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and spoiling my son.

Our Assistants

Melissa – 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!

Brenda – 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.

Dianne – Dr. Rich’s Assistant

I have lived in the Raleigh area since 2014 and I’m originally from Fayetteville, NC. I’ve been in the dental field since 1999 and have been with the office since 2010. I have 2 dogs, Yankee, who is a Toy Australian Shepherd and Emily, who is a Lab-Boxer mix. Some of my favorite pastimes are cooking, spending time with my boyfriend, friends and family, reading and traveling.

Allie – Dr. Rich’s Assistant

I am originally from Canada and I graduated from Fanshawe College. I moved to NC in 1995 and now call Apex my home. I have been with this practice since 2003. I love our patients and appreciate the relationships I have established here. In my spare time I like to volunteer at my daughters school and I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Esther – Dr. Smith’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 patient’s with their dental needs. I have been married since 1982 to a wonderful man. I have 2 great children and 2 grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with them. I love to take vacations to the beach with my family.