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About Us

Doctor Brikina and Doctor Rao along with our team of professionals have invested in the training and experience to give you specialized, state-of-the-art dental technologies and comforts including the latest computerized digital x-rays and photography. These include intraoral cameras and chairside monitors for convenient viewing and accurate diagnoses. Intraoral cameras allow us to project an image of an individual tooth or area of concern onto a chairside viewing monitor for use as a visual aid. Digital imaging allows us to show you what your new smile could look like before you commit to treatment.

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Our Doctors

Dr. Rao

Prashant R. Rao, DDS was born and raised in Charlotte. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a bachelor of science in Psychology before graduating from New York University College of Dentistry. After Dental School, Dr. Rao furthered his education by attending Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, NY for a one year GPR. He has continued to study esthetics, implants, endodontics, and limited orthodontics. In addition, Dr. Rao is continually up-to-date in the latest dental technology and advances. He is a member of the American Dental Association, North Carolina Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and South Charlotte Study Club.

Dr Rao is a member of ICOI and attended a year long continuing education course in Raleigh, NC provided by the Triangle Dental Institute. Dr Rao received his fellowship in Implantology and joined the prestigious club of ICOI (International Congress of Oral Implantologists).

Dr. Brikina

Dr. Yelena Brikina, DDS graduated from SUNY Stony Brook with a BS in biochemistry, and went on to earn her DDS degree from the SUNY Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine. She furthered her education with a General Practice Residency at the Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn Heights, and also received certification in Invisalign (clear braces), as well as attended seminars on Implants, Occlusion and Esthetics. Dr. Brikina provides a full range of dental services encompassing prevention, restorative, orthodontics, implant, and cosmetic dentistry.

Dr. Brikina is an active member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT) and the entire practice is amalgam free, with a Safe Amalgam Removal protocol. We offer same day metal free crowns, placement and restoration of implants, and digital x-rays that minimize radiation exposure, fluoride free, BPA free materials. IAOMT member dentists are educated in biological dentistry including techniques for proper removal of mercury fillings. Member physicians appreciate the importance of biological dentistry in our overall health, and are familiar with mercury detoxification methods. Learn more here.

Dr B also incorporates cutting edge dental technology in her practice, and is an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and South Charlotte Study Club. She takes personal pride in providing courteous and high quality professional treatment for all of her patients’ dental care needs. She is also fluent in Russian.

Dr. Anna

Dr. Anna Kirakozova DDS, MS is a specialist in Endodontics, which means she completed advanced training in root canal therapy and associated procedures. Dr. Anna received her D.D.S degree from the University of North Carolina, School of Dentistry in 2005. Then she pursued her specialty training earning a Master of Science degree and a Certificate in Endodontics from the University of Chapel Hill in 2008.

While in training at UNC-CH, Dr. Anna won a prestigious 1st place Graduate Student Poster Research Presentation Award at the annual session of the American Association of Endodontics for her search on dental trauma. She has also authored and co-authored articles published in the Journal of Endodontics.

Since her graduation, Dr. Anna practiced Endodontics in Durham and Charlotte, NC. She is very excited to provide care to our patients with the highest level of dedication and professionalism. 



Our Staff

Christy Baucom

Christy has lived in the Charlotte area since 1988 after having lived all over the United States during her childhood, including Washington State, Texas, Utah and California. She received her diploma in Dental Assisting in 1996. She has been married since 1995 and has three children, two girls and a boy. Outside of work she enjoys camping, white water rafting, skiing and scrapbooking. Since Christy’s mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 at age 47 she has been highly involved in raising money and participating in the yearly Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Charlotte and Winston-Salem. We love having her as part of the team!


Trina Graham

Trina has over 20 years experience in the dental field. Her passion is greeting, educating and treating patients with excellent Oral Health Care. Trina was born in Alabama and now lives in South Carolina.

She loves spending time with her son Tim, her niece Sadie Grace and their dog Bently. She loves crafting, traveling, watching Crimson Tide football, photography and lounging on the lake. We are excited to have her as a part of Cedar Walk!

Amanda Beckham

Born and raised in Charlotte, Amanda is married with step daughters and one son. She attended the College of Charleston in South Carolina. When Amanda moved home she attended York Technical College in Rock Hill, and completed her dental hygiene program. On her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, and reading. She is a great addition to our team and we love having her here!


Jennifer Parks

Jenn grew up living on Lake Norman in Charlotte. Attended East Carolina University where she studied Health Information Management. While in college, Jenn volunteered with the Habitat for Humanity, along with volunteering at the local children’s hospital. She also completed the Dentist Assisting Program in 2009. Jenn has a precious Yorkie-Poo puppy named Captain. In her spare time she enjoys going to Panther football games, running, and spending time with her family and friends. She is fun to be around and a joy to have as a part of our team!


Emily Gatewood

Emily was born and raised in the Charlotte area. She graduated Dental Assisting school in 2009 and has been in the dental field ever since. Outside of work, Emily enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and their three, yes three, English bulldogs (Lulu, Bella May and Brutus), family and friends! She also enjoys hiking and kayaking!

Nikki Monteleone

Nikki Monteleone, Originally from Stubenville Ohio, was raised In Gastonia North Carolina. She completed her DA degree at the North Carolina Dental Assisting Academy as part of Wake Forest University, graduating at the top of her class. She is the mother of two wonderful children, Lily and Talon Monteleone. Outside of work she enjoys, being a mother, playing with her dogs Morgan and Leia, cooking, photography, sewing, and playing her violin. She is very excited about her new journey in the dental field, and can not wait to see where it takes her.

Rebekah Secrest

Raised in North Carolina, Rebekah is married and lives in Monroe. Ever since she was a child, she knew she wanted to become a Dental Hygienist! She completed her Dental Hygiene program at Central Piedmont Community College. For fun, Rebekah enjoys horseback riding, listening to music, and spending time with her family and church. At work, Rebekah is passionate about educating her patients on oral health and disease prevention. 




Tiffany Cockerill

Tiffany went to York Tech in Rock Hill, South Carolina for dental assisting. She grew up in York, South Carolina and has been married for 5 years. Tiffany and her husband move around quite a bit in the Charlotte area because they flip houses and do most of the work themselves. In her spare time she likes to spend time with family and friends and do anything around the water, especially going out on their boat on Lake Wylie. She also likes to do DIY projects like make wooden signs and jewelry. 


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Hours of Operation
Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

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