Meet Our Team
Dr. Kisha Steele Mitchell is a native of Chicago, IL. She determined at a very young age that she would pursue a career in the health sciences and aspired to use her education to positively impact communities. Her educational endeavors took her to Washington, DC where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from Howard University in 2002, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She continued her matriculation at Howard University, earning a Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree in 2006, then completed a residency in Orthodontics in 2008. As a board certified orthodontist, Dr. Mitchell worked in Atlanta, GA for six years before returning to Howard University where she completed a second residency in Pediatric Dentistry in 2016. This accomplishment established her as one of very few dental specialists dual trained in Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, and prepared her to address the comprehensive dental needs of children.
Dr. Mitchell joined the amazing team at Dentistry for Kids in 2016, and became the proud new owner in 2017. It is her goal to partner with families from infancy through adolescence to help children achieve their best dental health. Dr. Mitchell has a passion for working with children, and strives to make each dental visit an enjoyable experience in a kid friendly environment. She feels most accomplished when she helps a fearful child become relaxed and look forward to their dental visits.
Dr. Mitchell is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, National Dental Association, Old North State Dental Society, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Outside of the office, Dr. Mitchell engages in youth mentorship. She also enjoys traveling, as well spending time with her husband Charles and young children Charles Jr. and Bella.
Priya Banahatti, DMD
Hello! I am Dr. Banahatti. I joined the wonderful team at Dentistry For Kids in July 2015.
I have been practicing dentistry in Michigan since 2003. Working with children has always been my passion. I am honored to assist children achieve their best dental health.
I began my dental career when I graduated with the highest honors from A.B Shetty Institute in India. I then moved to Boston, MA, where I attended Tufts University and earned Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree in 2002. At Tufts, I was honored with a merit scholarship. In addition, I completed my Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency in 2003 from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
My goal is to achieve clinical excellence with integrity and compassion. When I am not working I enjoy reading and spending time with my son, husband and family.
Hi, my name is Minh. I recently joined Dentistry For Kids wonderful team and am proud to be chosen as DFK’s practice manager. With almost 10 years of dental management experience in dentistry in Washington DC area, I love to find ways to help people build confidence and share their smile! I am happy to answer your questions, plan appointments, help resolve concerns and make your visits positive at our practice. I love the energy of our team that shares my primary goal which is to help you and your child! Outside of work, I enjoy cooking and spending time with my husband and our five year old son name Eman!
Hi, my name is Meghan. I joined the Dentistry for Kids team in October 2009 after graduating the Dental Assisting Program at Rowan Cabarrus Community College as a DAII. I am the Clinical Coordinator at DFK, and I also assist Dr. Holley chair side in the office, as well as operating room and sedation cases. I enjoy teaching children the importance of dental health and maintaining good oral hygiene.
Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and of course traveling to new places. I have an athletic son who keeps me on my toes at all times!
Dental Assistant II
My name is Ariel and I joined Dentistry for Kids in November 2013. I am a Dental Assistant II graduate from Rowan Cabarrus Community College. I love working with children in Dentistry and helping them achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. I am certified in CPR, Coronal Polishing and Radiography. I am also the OSHA officer and I work chair side along Dr. Holley in office, as well as during sedations cases and at the hospital in the operating room.
Outside of work I enjoy traveling, shopping, and attending all home Carolina Panthers games with my new husband who I recently married in April 2016. Together we hope to start a family of our own one day.
Dental Assistant II
My name is JaQuetta (JQ) I moved here from Charleston, SC in 2006. I joined Dentistry for Kids in September 2015. I am a Dental Assistant II in the civilian world and Dental Hygienist in the US Army Reserve. I graduated from the Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School in Texas in 2008. I love working with children in dentistry and helping them achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. I am certified in CPR Instructor, Coronal Polishing, Nitrous Oxide and Radiography. I work chair side along Dr. Holley in office.
Outside of work I enjoy traveling with the Military, shopping, and hanging out with family and friends! I am married with two boys’ ages 18 and 4, step daughters age 21 and 20 with a grandson age 2.
Leslie moved to Charlotte, NC from Ohio in 2013, where she graduated in 2008 from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Dental Hygiene and specialization in Human Growth and Development.
Leslie’s passion is in pediatric dentistry because she believes in educating children early about how to take care of their teeth and keeping a healthy smile throughout their lifetime. Leslie is caring and has a gentle touch. She strives to make your child feel comfortable in a dental setting and to create positive experiences during each visit here at Dentistry For Kids.
Leslie recently married her best friend in January 2016.