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Meet Our Team

Sharon L. Holley, DMD

Hi, I’m Dr. Holley and I’ve been at Dentistry for Kids since the day we opened! I’m originally from South Carolina but have lived in the Charlotte area since 1999. I received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from South Carolina State University. I then attended the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) where I obtained a Doctorate of Dental Medicine.

My educational pursuit took me to New York City where I completed a General Practice Residency at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. From there, I returned to MUSC to start a residency in Pediatric Dentistry and later decided to remain at the dental school as an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics. I enjoyed teaching and working in other private practices before opening Dentistry for Kids here in Huntersville, NC.

What I love most about being a pediatric dentist are the AMAZING children I treat and meet. The families are wonderful, and the children are so full of life!! I am truly blessed to see the world through a child’s eyes.

I continue to pursue excellence in my career and remain involved in organized dentistry. I am a member of the American Dental Association, the National Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the NC Dental Society and the NC Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. I serve as president of the AJ Williams Study Club in Charlotte, NC. I have also volunteered with the Give Kids a Smile Program since its inception with the Ada Jenkins Mobile Dental Unit in Huntersville.

Outside of the office, I thoroughly enjoy traveling, reading a good book, and spending time with family and friends. Aside from those things, my Maltese, Lexi, keeps me very busy!!

My co-pilots are competent leaders who coordinate the business and clinical operations of our office. Our dental team at Dentistry for Kids looks forward to providing the best possible dental healthcare for children!

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.

Kisha Steele Mitchell, DDS

Hello! I am Dr. Mitchell, and I joined the amazing team at Dentistry for Kids in July 2016.

I am a native of Chicago, IL. My educational endeavors took me to Washington DC where I received a Bachelor of Science, Doctorate of Dental Surgery, and Certificate in Orthodontics from Howard University. As a board certified orthodontist, I practiced in Atlanta, GA for 6 years before returning to Howard University to complete a second specialty in Pediatric Dentistry.

It is my goal to be your family’s partner in oral health from infancy through adolescence. I have a passion for working with children, and strive to make each dental visit an enjoyable experience. I feel most accomplished when I help a fearful child become relaxed and look forward to their dental appointments.

I am an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, and National Dental Association. Outside of the office, I enjoy traveling as well as spending time with my husband Charles and son Charles Jr.

Our Team


Office Manager

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!


Clinical Coordinator

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.


Dental Hygienist

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.