ABOUT OUR DOCTORS

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Dr. Bhat was born and raised in Ogdensburg, New York on the border of Canada next to the magnificent St. Lawrence River. She knew when she was in the 3rd grade that she wanted to join her family tradition and become a dentist. During her senior year of high school she applied to several combined dental degree programs and was accepted into the seven year B.A./D.D.S program at New York University College of Arts and Science and New York University College of Dentistry. She double majored and received a B.A. in Biology in 1997 and a B.A. in Gender Studies in 1996 with a minor in Sociology. In 2000 she graduated with a D.D.S and became the eighth dentist in her family.

Upon graduation from New York University College of Dentistry in 2000 she entered a General Practice Residency Program at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. During her residency she had the opportunity to enhance and refine her skills in all areas of adult dentistry for the medically compromised individual. She was awarded a certificate of completion in 2001.

Immediately following the completion of her first residency, she was chosen to be the Chief Dental Resident in the second year General Practice Residency Program at York Hospital in York Pennsylvania. During her year at York Hospital Dr. Bhat had the opportunity to work with adults as well as children in all phases of dentistry. She became particularly interested in the treatment of children and had the privilege as Chief Resident to expand her clinical skills beyond the office setting into the operating room by treating children under general anesthesia. Upon completion, Dr. Bhat considered a faculty position at York Hospital, but decided to move to sunny North Carolina with her husband. Although Dr. Bhat is a general dentist, in 2005, she decided that she wanted to open a children’s dental practice because she loves working with kids and can’t imagine doing anything else.  In fact, she often says that if she had to do it all over again she would have done exactly the same and become a dentist 🙂

Geeta and her husband live in Holly Springs area with their 3 children. They are both animal lovers and boast a house full of furry and not so furry family members. They have two hermit crabs Pringle and Pretzel, a cute brownish white papipoo, Sir Renly, and a tabbly cat Mosley Rose. Dr. Bhat currently serves on the board of directors at the Wake Country SPCA and had the great joy of adopting another addition, a cat they named Mr. Tumnus into their family. Mr. Tumnus was rescued from a hoarding situation which left him with chronic double ear infections. The incredible medical team at the SPCA of wake country removed both ear drums to save Mr. Tumnus. He is totally deaf and was the perfect fit into a house full of kids and noise. We are so happy to have him. In her spare time Geeta practices Brazilian Jiujitsu, plays chess, and dances country two step. She is the 2016 world champion of the Master 3 female blue belt middle weight division. She is also a country music fan and loves to country two step. She is currently looking for a partner with the hopes of entering amateur competition.office2office6office5

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Dr. Wiist with Dr. Bhat’s youngest daughter Leela

Meet Dr. Stephen Wiist

Dr. Stephen Wiist was born in Michigan and grew up on Long Island, NY. He attended college at Amherst where he graduated with a B.A. in Biology in 1995. He then entered dental school at the Ohio State University where he graduated with a degree of D.D.S in 2000.

After dental school, Dr. Wiist completed a residency program at the Wilkes-Barre Veterans Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, PA where he met and worked with Dr. Geeta Bhat. They have been good friends for over a decade. Upon completion of his residency program, Dr. Wiist moved to Minnesota and later to South Dakota. For over six years he provided dental services to the Native American population through the Indian Health Services program.

When Dr. Bhat’s growing practice was in need of an associate dentist, Dr. Wiist was the natural choice. Dr. Wiist brings to our office a wonderful sense of humor as well as a gentle manner that children and parents can appreciate.

Dr. Wiist is an avid traveler. His goal is to see ever part of the world. He has traveled to all 50 states and makes international trips each year to keep checking countries off his list. He also enjoys movies and outdoor activities. He has an extensive knowledge of state parks and loves to camp and hike.

Dr. Wiist made the move from South Dakota to North Carolina in 2008 to join his friend, Geeta and she was thrilled to have him on our team.

jenny_tuMeet Dr. Jenny Tu

Dr. Jenny Tu started at Dr. Bhat’s in 2010 while Dr. Bhat was on maternity leave. She was such a wonderful addition that we asked her to join our team and stay on and she said yes! She is a board certified pediatric dentist. She is originally from NY and completed her dental school and residency training at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. Her husband is a general dentist and practices in Durham. She is mom to Katie and Ryan and in her spare time she likes to travel, dine, and catch an occasional movie. She believes in providing quality care in a kind positive manner for kids of all ages. Moreover, she is super nice and very easy going. Kids love her and parents do, too.

Photo-HWasson-2Meet Dr. Harpreet Wasson

Dr. Wasson grew up in The Triangle and joined the practice in January 2014. She is a proud alumnus of Northwoods Elementary in Cary, Martin Middle, and Leesville Road High School in Raleigh. She received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from North Carolina State University. Dr. Wasson completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree at UNC Dental School in 2006.

Following dental school, Dr. Wasson moved to Tucson, Arizona to work with the Indian Health Services program providing all aspects of dental care to children and adults in the Native American community for six years.

Dr. Wasson served as Executive Committee Member of the National Oral Health Council from 2010-2012. During this appointment she also conducted clinical research for the Early Childhood Caries Initiative at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She served as faculty at the Lutheran Medical Department of Dental Medicine AEGD residency program from 2011-2013.

Dr. Wasson truly enjoys taking care of children and giving her patients the best dental care possible. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, dining, crafts, and spending time with her family and friends.