Meet Our Ballantyne Endodontics Staff
MARIELA – INSURANCE LIAiSON
Mariela was born in El Salvador and raised in Los Angeles. She moved to Charlotte almost 4 years ago for a better life and future. She has 2 beautiful children that are her motivation for a better life and an inspiration to achieve success for better things. Moving to Charlotte opened up a new chapter in her life, by beginning a career in the field of dentistry. Since then she has become more interested in helping others, specifically when the solution becomes a smile. Not too long ago she became part of Ballantyne Endodontics where she is so happy to work for Dr. Tadrissi and Dr. Chopra. Mariela is always trying to grow her knowledge in the industry and primarily helps translating when it comes to our Hispanic patients as well as helping them understand the importance of the practice. Besides work, she loves spending quality time with her kids and teaching them what life is really about. The best part is always learning new things and going on adventures with her little family.
Krista was first a patient of Dr. Chopra’s, and she had such a great experience getting a root canal that she decided to apply for our job posting! Krista moved to Charlotte in 2017 after being raised in Southern California. She loves fashion, and has owned her own boutique. She loves spending time with her husband and two Boxers, traveling, and watching Angels baseball. She looks forward to building a relationship with our patients and the Ballantyne Endo team!
Megan – FRONT DESK
Megan was born in Lee’s Summit, Missouri and currently lives with her husband and two dogs in Lake Wylie, South Carolina. Megan and her husband love dogs so much, they own their own business and sell a product to help dog moms and dads. While away from the office she can be found teaching Pure Barre classes in Fort Mill, spending time with her husband and dogs, collecting all the new flavors of Oreos, and competing in NPC biking bodybuilding competitions. While Megan is new to the industry, she looks forward to building relationships with our patients and being part of the Ballantyne Endodontics team!
LAUREN – FRONT DESK
Lauren was born in Fayetteville, NC and moved up to New Jersey with her family before she came back to her roots in good ol’ Carolina! In her free time, she enjoys going to church, running half marathons, growing her garden, hiking in the mountains, and reading. Lauren has been working in the dental field for the last three years and is excited to learn more about endodontics with the Ballantyne Endo Team!
Amber – scheduling coordinator
Amber was born in Allentown, PA (like the Billy Joel song!) but has spent the majority of her life in South Charlotte. While away from the office she can be found cheering on the Panthers with her super-fan husband, 3 little boys, and a Pug puppy, Bacon. She is a pop-culture enthusiast who is always willing to share her wealth of trivial knowledge. Amber enjoys her role as a scheduling coordinator where she can put patients at ease with warmth and compassion.
JULI – PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIP DIRECTOR
Juli was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She moved to Jacksonville, Florida for college where she remained for 23 years with her family. She moved to Charlotte in 2018 with her Boston terrier Bella for cooler weather, a change of pace, and to further her career. She enjoys spending time with her 19-year-old daughter, traveling, listening to live music and exploring North Carolina. Juli has extensive knowledge and experience in the dental field and a background in insurance. She is excited to work closely with our Charlotte dental community.
Michelle – clinical staff leader/dental assistant
Michelle has been a dental assistant for almost 9 years at Ballantyne Endodontics. She thoroughly enjoys working alongside Dr. Chopra and Dr. Tadrissi and feels that they are very passionate about dentistry. They truly care about each and every one of their patients, and give the best quality care. She loves working with everyone here to help make this the best possible experience for patients. Outside of work, she thrives when she is hanging out with friends around the city and traveling to new places with her long-time boyfriend, Corey. Summer months are her absolute favorite and you will almost always find her near a body of clear blue water or a motocross track. Michelle loves working out and promotes healthy eating as she believes what you put into your body is what you get out of it in the long run!
Victoria – dental assistant
Victoria was born in beautiful Beaufort, South Carolina and military raised. Growing up she loved going to the dentist. She could never understand why people had such a great fear of dentists when she always had an amazing time and received such wonderful care. Due to the wonderful relationship that she had with her hygienist, she knew that she always wanted to have a career in dentistry. She has been assisting since 2011 after graduating from Lake Norman Dental Assisting School. Victoria is proud to say she absolutely loves her field of work. It is her main goal to provide the best treatment possible for all of her patients. She has two beautiful daughters who keep her busy with their sports and many activities. In her spare time she enjoys reading, music, outdoor activities, time with family, and of course preparing for her next NPC bikini competition.
BECCA – dental assistant
Becca was born in Charleston, South Carolina, but was raised in Charlotte. She graduated from the Dental Assisting Academy of Charlotte after attending Georgia Southern University. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and shopping. She is so excited to be a part of Ballantyne Endodontics!
Kendal – DENTAL ASSISTANT
Kendal grew up right outside of Charlotte in the city of Concord. After going to school for Dental Assisting and landing a job in Charlotte, she then moved to the area to be closer to work. In her downtime she enjoys playing with her dog, cuddling with her cat and even holding her ball python! She is super excited to be working alongside her awesome team members at Ballantyne Endodontics.
Abby was born and raised in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte and is so happy to be back home. In 2018 she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a major in Biology – Go Heels! For as long as she can remember she has wanted to be a dentist and has loved learning all about her future profession. In her free time, she enjoys running long distance, playing with her two adorable dogs and spending time with her friends. She is very excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Ballantyne Endodontics team!
Kierra – DENTAL ASSISTANT
Kierra is from Pennsylvania and moved to Charlotte last year but still goes home to visit her family. She has four sisters, three younger triplets and one older sister. She went to York Technical Institute for dental assisting and is so happy to be working at Ballantyne Endodontics! When she isn’t working she helps run her and her fiance’s luxury car rental business in Charlotte and is taking classes for interior design!
LAURYN – DENTAL ASSISTANT
Lauryn is a recent graduate of the North Carolina Dental Assisting School and lives in Fort Mill, SC with her family and 2 dogs. In her free time, she enjoys working out, golfing, and playing tennis. Although she is new to the profession, Lauryn is excited to further her career and learn everything about Endodontics!