Welcome to Belmont Pediatric Dentistry! We are glad you have chosen to visit us and hope that you will make our practice a dental home for your family. We know that choosing health care providers for your children is an important decision, and it is a privilege for us to be a part of your health care team.
Our goal is to provide your children with beautiful smiles, in a safe and inviting dental environment they will love to visit. We hope to provide a fun, educational, and positive experience for all of our patients. We also believe in a team approach to oral health, and you as parents are a vital part of the team. We encourage you to be an active participate in each visit, often by joining us in the treatment area so that we can listen to any questions and concerns about your child’s oral health. As we recommend hile giving you the necessary information to make an informed decision about any treatment we recommend.
Please browse our site and if you have any questions, send us a message, give us a call, or just stop by our office. We look forward to meeting both you and your family soon!
Pediatric dentists have two to three years of specialized training following dental school and limit their practice to treating children, starting at age one and following their oral health, growth, and development through their teenage years. Pediatric Dentists are also especially trained to provide care to patients with special needs. Our doctors are specially trained to ensure that early dental experiences help your child build confidence and knowledge, setting a great precedent for their future dental health.
Very young children, preteens, teens, and patients with special needs all require different approaches in managing their acceptance of treatment, guiding their dental growth and development, and helping them avoid future dental problems. Pediatric Dentists are best qualified to meet these needs.
Dr. Cooke is a Pediatric Dentist who offers gentle dental care to infants, children, adolescents, and patients with special needs.
Prior to completing his specialization in pediatric dentistry at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Cooke received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Duke University, his Master of Science in Biology from East Carolina University and his Doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry.
Dr. Cooke’s devotion to caring for his community and those in need led him to participate in service and teaching opportunities both nationally and abroad. He served with various community organizations as a member of a team of dentists and health professionals that provided much needed treatment to those in the US with limited access to dental care. Dr. Cooke also served in global dental missions, traveling to Florianopolis, Brazil and Lilongwe, Malawi.
Dr. Cooke is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is an avid Duke basketball fan, and he enjoys sports, music, cooking, and traveling with his beautiful wife Beatrice.
Dr. Mvula found his passion for treating children by visiting a pediatric dentist while in college. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 2007 and received his Doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry in 2011.
In dental school, Dr. Mvula focused his training on providing dental treatment to children and patients with special needs within the community as well as abroad. This experience reaffirmed his desire to focus his career in pediatric dentistry.
After graduating from dental school, he pursued his passion by completing two additional years of advanced training in Pediatric Dentistry at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in New York. Dr. Mvula is a Board-Certified pediatric dentist and a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Mvula is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo and moved to North Carolina 13 years ago. Dr. Mvula speaks French, Lingala and Sango. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Working with kids has always been a large passion for Dr. Rutledge. At a young age he began volunteering with a therapeutic horseback riding program in his hometown of Virginia Beach, VA where he served as a mentor for kids with special needs.
He attended Clemson University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2010 and went on to earn his Doctorate at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. Following graduation, Dr. Rutledge moved to San Diego where he completed a two-year postdoctoral program in advanced education in pediatric dentistry through NYU Lutheran Medical Center in conjunction with Rady Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Rutledge grew up in a very active family and sports have always been core outlets for him. In his free time Dr. Rutledge enjoys traveling, snowboarding, watersports, horseback riding, and playing basketball and soccer.
While in dental school and rotating through each specialty Dr. Goss says she found her “sweet spot” in Pediatric Dentistry. She takes pride in being able to work with children on a daily basis, tell stories and jokes to the even the toughest critics all the while promoting oral health and alleviating dental decay. Dr. Goss believes the role of a pediatric dentist is an honorary position, as parents entrust the care of their children to another in an area that they may have limited knowledge.
Dr. Goss earned her Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from Winston Salem State University and her Doctorate from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following her Doctorate, Dr. Goss went on to earn her specialty certificate in pediatric dentistry from the University of Rochester, Eastman Institute for Oral Health. Dr. Goss is Board Certified and a diplomat of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and is also a member of Southeastern Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the National Dental Association.
When not in the office she loves to spend time with family and friends. From attending her nephew’s football games, going to the movies with her parents, or traveling out of town for the weekend to catch up with a friend. Currently Dr. Goss and husband, Jhermel, recently welcomed their new baby girl, Harper, into the world and are getting to discover the joys of parenthood!
“Being a pediatric dentist allows me to shape one’s outlook on oral healthcare for the rest of one’s life, and I have the opportunity to shape it for the better.” –Dr. Ashley Goss
Dr. Cangemi has long been interested in both dentistry and anesthesiology and feels incredibly lucky to be able to combine these tow interests into a rewarding career serving such special patients. He attended dental school at the University of North Carolina where he was awarded the Grover C. Hunter Jr. Award for his exceptional performance in periodontics. After graduating, he completed his residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry, also at UNC.
Dr. Cangemi opened up his own practice, but wanted to learn more about anesthesiology. He decided to sell his practice and entered into an anesthesiology residency and a Masters Program in anesthesiology at Ohio State University. This program was comprehensive and hospital based, giving him the experience he needed to become a true expert in the field. He obtained his Certificate of Residency in Anesthesiology and a Master of Anesthesiology from Ohio State University.
Dr. Cangemi is a Diplomate of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology, an American Dental Society of Anesthesiology Fellow, a member of the Anesthesia Advisory Committee and an Anesthesia Examiner for the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners, an author of publications in dental and anesthesiology journals, and an anesthesia lecturer. He is certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Basic Life Support.