At Highland Pediatric Dentistry, all our employees are kid experts. We understand that some children are apprehensive about the dentist. Our gentle and fun approach is tailored to each child’s personality to provide the best experience possible. Our office is designed with kids in mind by featuring soothing colors, a fun waiting room, and a relaxing atmosphere. Parents are also encouraged to accompany their child throughout the initial visit to help children feel comfortable. Happy kids are excited to come back and help us make their smiles beautiful!
Dr. Yvette Stokes DDS
Dr. Stokes is a proud Fayetteville native. She earned a Zoology degree at North Carolina State University and her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Meharry Medical College. Dr. Stokes completed her residency and Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Maryland. Dr. Stokes and her husband, Judge Stephen C. Stokes, together have four children and two grandchildren. She is active in the community and has served on numerous community boards and foundations.
National Dental Association
American Dental Association
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Old North State Dental Society
North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Greater Fayetteville Dental Society
Dr. Shannitta Bridgers DDS MS
Dr. Bridgers is from Hobgood, NC. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science. Dr. Bridgers earned her Master of Science degree in Pediatric Dentistry and her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with the highest honors from UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Bridgers joined Highland Pediatric Dental in 2012. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, traveling, cooking, and photography.
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry American Dental Association
North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Phillip E. Caldwel
There is no job I’d rather be doing than what I do., and there is no better staff with which to do it. I’ve been practicing pediatric dentistry in Fayetteville since 1975 after some time in the Navy. Guiding an apprehensive child (and their mom and dad) successfully through a dental visit is a joy.
I have degrees from Miami University (Bachelor of Arts), The Ohio State University (Doctor of Dental Surgery), and the University of North Carolina (Master of Science in Pedodontics). I taught pediatric dentistry at UNC’s dental school biweekly for over 20 years.
An important part of my life in Fayetteville has been Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Through the church, I have done kid’s dentistry in Honduras, Nicaragua, the Philippines, and Haiti.
My wife, Sally, and I have three grown sons and three super grandchildren. I enjoy my time with my grandchildren and doing whatever they want to do, especially if it involves fishing.
Nakia: Ofﬁce Manager and Surgery Coordinator
Nakia moved to NC in 1994. She graduated from Seventy First High School and later attended Fayetteville Technical Community College graduating in 1997 and has been in the dental field for 22 years. Nakia and her husband enjoy traveling with their daughter to dance competitions and performances and spending free time with family and friends.
Lisa: Insurance Coordinator
Lisa graduated from high school in Baltimore and joined Highland Pediatric Dental in 2002. She enjoys spending time with her family.
Homero: Administrative Assistant
Homero enjoys spending time at the beach with his spouse. He also loves his two dogs Lilo and Luna.
Tara: Administrative Assistant
She has loved interacting with patients during her 22 years in the dental field. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, camping, and hiking.
Rita: Certiﬁed Dental Assistant/Clinical Coordinator
Rita graduated from Fayetteville Technical Community College in 2007. She earned her Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) and has been in the dental field for 12 years. Rita is married with two sons. She enjoys shopping and cooking with new recipes.
Suzie: Certiﬁed Dental Assistant
Suzie graduated from Fayetteville Technical Community College. She has been at Highland Pediatric Dental since 1985, loves working with children, and watching them grow up. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, volunteering at church, gardening, and cooking.
Blair: Dental Assistant/ Dental Hygiene Assistant
After graduating from Southview High School in Fayetteville, NC, Blair received her certifications in Coronal Polishing and X-Ray from Fayetteville Technical Community College. She has been with Highland Pediatric Dental since 2000. Blair enjoys spending time with her husband and family, camping and is the drummer and youth leader at her church.
Heather: Registered Dental Hygienist
Heather graduated from Fayetteville Technical Community College in 2006. She is married with two children and loves the beach and camping in her spare time.
Markie: Dental Assistant
Markie is from Southern Colorado. She studied dental assisting at a small local college and moved to North Carolina with her husband. Markie has been at Highland Pediatric Dental since 2019. She enjoys working with children because it brightens her day. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, yoga, and spending time with her husband and pets
Ramona: Dental Assistant
Ramona earned her certifications in Coronal Polishing and X-Ray from Fayetteville Technical Community College. She loves working with children and has been with Highland Pediatric Dental since 1988. She enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and granddaughter. In her spare time, she likes nature photography and baking.
Jasmine: Certiﬁed Dental Assistant
Jasmine is a Fayetteville, NC native. She has been a dental assistant since 2014. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, religious ministries, and spending time with friends and family.
Sahara: Certified Dental Asistant
Sahara is a Certificate Dental Assistant, she graduated from Seventy First High School and later attended FTCC where she earned a certificate in dental assisting. She has worked with Highland Pediatric since graduating in 2014. Sahara loves working with children and teaching them the importance of oral hygiene. In her spare time she enjoys spending time wit her children, going to the beach, and riding four wheeler