Meet Your Team
A dedicated group of dental professionals who will treat you like a welcome guest every time
Dr. Charles Straughan
Dr. Straughan is a general dentist who was born and raised in Statesboro, GA, a small town outside of Savannah. He graduated from Statesboro High School as Valedictorian of his 2005 graduating class. From there he headed to Athens, GA where he graduated summa cum laude with his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Georgia. He continued to pursue this profession at Georgia Regents University College of Dental Medicine. He graduated from dental school in the top 10% of his graduating class, and was awarded membership into the Phi Kappa Phi National Dental Honor Society. He went on to further his education at a General Practice Residency program at Carolinas Medical Center Hospital in Charlotte, NC. There he increased his knowledge of endodontics, oral surgery, medically complex patients, and emergency patients.
In addition to his education, Dr. Straughan has been actively involved in the American Dental Association, staying up to date on policies and changes throughout the dental field. He has also been involved in Medical Campus Outreach, a program that reaches out to domestic and international communities. He has been on mission trips to Trinidad and Africa to help those without access to any form of medical care. He has been an active participant in Missions of Mercy clinics in Georgia and North Carolina for underserved patients. He also has several years of experience in dental practice in South Carolina. He is active in continuing education courses, staying up-to-date on cutting edge technology.
Dr. Straughan always wanted to move back to the Charlotte area after his residency. To pursue this desire, he credentialed for dual board certification that certifies him to practice in all 50 states. He is certified in Invisalign, practices implant placement and molar root canals, plus stays active with current technology on restorative dentistry, such as the CEREC 3D crowns. He is engaged to his long-time girlfriend and will be getting married in May of 2018. They have a French Bulldog puppy named Winnie who comes to manage the office every couple of weeks.
Dr. Matt Rivera
Dr. Matt Rivera grew up in Anderson, South Carolina and received his undergraduate degree from Clemson University. Dr. Rivera grew up going to Clemson games as a child with his family and has always been an avid Clemson tiger. He received his Doctorate in Dental Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. After dental school, Dr. Rivera gained invaluable knowledge working alongside an esthetic dentist in Charleston. He is committed to providing the highest standard of care to his patients and further expanding his dental knowledge. Dr. Rivera has completed continuing education in dental implantology, orthodontics, and endodontics. He is a member of the American Dental Association and North Carolina Dental Association. While in Charleston he enjoyed living close to family, and he’s excited that more of his family recently move to North Carolina. When he’s not in the office, you’ll find Dr. Matt enjoying outdoor activities such as running, soccer, and anything on the water.
Dr. Zachary Williams
Dr. Williams is a general dentist who was born and raised in Bessemer City, NC, a small town outside of Charlotte. He graduated Top 10 from Bessemer City High School of his 2006 graduating class. From there he headed to Brevard, NC on a full academic and athletic scholarship to play baseball. After completing his Biology degree, he continued his education by earning a Masters Degree in Medical Sciences where he completed research on Cystic Fibrosis, which was later published.
He continued his pursuit of dentistry at East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine, where he graduated with honors in Endodontics. Dr. Williams was awarded the Student Achievement Award in Endodontics from the American Academy of Endodontics. Additionally, he completed several externships during his school tenure in the fields of Endodontics and Periodontics, gaining experience in the science of root canal therapy, implant placement, GBR/GTR, and gingival grafting.
After completion of his doctorate (DMD), Dr. Williams joined the Alliance Dental Group Team as an associate general dentist. Throughout his studies, Dr. Williams has developed special interest in the fields of: Cosmetic Dentistry, Endodontics, Orthodontics (invisalign certified), Oral Surgery, Medically compromised patients, and emergency patients.
In addition to his education, Dr. Williams has been actively involved in the American Dental Association and the North Carolina Dental Society,staying up to date on policies and changes throughout the dental field. He has been an active participant in Missions of Mercy clinics North Carolina for underserved patients.
He is engaged to his long-time girlfriend Lindsay and will be getting married in October of 2019. They have a shepherd puppy named Layla. Lindsay is a licensed teacher in the state of North Carolina and will be teaching in a local Concord, NC school.
Dr. Alex Murtagh
Dr. Alex Murtagh graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and minor in Chemistry from University of North Carolina Wilmington. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery at The University of North Carolina School of Dentistry.
Dr. Murtagh loves cultivating relationships with her patients and making the dental experience an enjoyable one. She knows that coming to the dentist can be stressful, so her goal is to always make sure her patients are laughing and smiling. She is excited to continue providing excellent dental care, as Dr. Welch did for many years. Dr. Murtagh performs all aspects of general dentistry including esthetic composites, crowns, root canals, and Invisalign.
When Dr. Murtagh isn’t at work you can find her reading, doing yoga, enjoying the outdoors or hanging out with her husband and French Bulldog, Butter!
For your convenience, Dr. Murtagh will be able to provide services such as root canal therapy, extractions, and more comprehensive periodontal treatment.