Dr. LaRee Johnson
Diplomate of the
of Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Johnson graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee in 1996 with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery. In 1999, upon completion of a three-year residency, she received her certificate in pediatric dentistry and postdoctoral Masters of Science at the University of North Carolina.
Dr. Johnson is a board certified pediatric dentist. Not only does she hold diplomat status in the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry she is also one of 6 directors. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and several state and regional dental societies. She is an adjunct faculty member at the UNC School of Dentistry where she enjoys teaching in the undergraduate pediatric dentistry clinic. Dr. Johnson previously practiced in Rocky Mount for three years while commuting from her home in Raleigh. She opened the Wakefield office (next to the Sun Trust bank) to be closer to her home and family.
Dr. Clark Morris
Diplomate of the
of Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Morris is a proud Tar Heel, having received both his undergraduate and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon completing his pediatric dentistry residency training at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital of Richmond, Virginia, he and his wife returned home to North Carolina.
Dr. Morris is a board certified pediatric dentist, a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Morris is also a member of the American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatrics. When he's not tickling teeth, Dr. Morris enjoys playing with his daughter, brewing beer, running, seeing live music, and spending time with friends and family.
Meet the Staff
Anita: Clinical Coordinator
I am the patient-flow coordinator, and I have been a part of the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team since 2008. I love being in a child-friendly environment because I adore the sounds of laughter and happy children. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters. I actively help out with the youth at church and like to go on mission trips whenever I am able.
Sarah: Clinical Coordinator
I have been a part of the CPD team since 2015. I am a dental assistant and clinical coordinator for Dr. Johnson and Dr. Morris. Being part of this team has been such an amazing adventure. I am a wife to an incredible man and father. I have three children that keep my life busy when I am not taking care of all of the wonderful children at the office. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching sports with my family, cooking and using my creative side to personalize my home.
I have worked as a dental hygienist at Carolina Pediatric Dentistry since July 2011. I enjoy working with children of all ages, as they are all unique, and there is never a dull moment. I am a mother of a sweet young girl and an energetic little boy. I love to travel, read Christian books, and spend quality time with my family. Working at Carolina Pediatric Dentistry is a true blessing in my life, and I enjoy every minute of it.
I am a Raleigh native, and I started in pediatric dentistry as a certified dental assistant. After 18 years in the field, I went back to school to earn a degree in Dental Hygiene from Wake Technical Community College. I have been working with Carolina Pediatric Dentistry since 2010. In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis.
Esther: DA II
I am originally from St. Lucia, but North Carolina has been my home for the past 26 years. I started working in the dental industry as a Red Cross volunteer for the US Navy. I enjoy working with little people and adore seeing their smiling faces. During my free time, I love photography and cherish spending time with my husband, children, and grandchildren.
Darleen: DA II
I have been dental assisting for DR. Johnson since the doors opened at Carolina Pediatric Dentistry in 2002! I absolutely love what I do and could not be happier to be a part of the team. In my free time, I enjoy time at the lake with my husband, shopping, working out, basking in the sun, and hanging out with my two grown children.
Jessica: DA II
Hello! I was born and raised here in Raleigh, NC. My husband and I married in 2004. We have three boys: Talyn, Brody and Jayce. I started working at Carolina Pediatric Dentistry in 2004. I then took a four year break to stay home with our children. After our third son turned one, I decided to return to work. I serve as the emergency on-call dental assistant and clinical coordinator. I enjoy working with children and their families as they establish a dental home. My favorite part is watching the children grow and turn their fear of the dentist into a happy place.
Diana: DA II
I started working at Carolina Pediatric Dentistry in 2008. Dr. Johnson personally trained me to be a dental assistant, and I am so thankful that she did! I love being a dental assistant and working with children, as they bring me so much joy. I live in the Raleigh area with my husband and two children, a girl and a boy. I am originally from Mexico, so I love visiting whenever I am able.
Jannet: DA II
I have been a part of Carolina Pediatric Dentistry as a dental assistant since March 2007. I absolutely love my job, and I enjoy working with children and watching them grow up. I'm married to an amazing husband, and we have three adorable children. I like braiding and doing hair in my free time.
Raquel: DA II
I am originally from Mexico and started working at Carolina Pediatric Dentistry in June 2015. I am a dental assistant and have enjoyed every day since I started with the office. Drs. Johnson and Morris are amazing, and the team functions as one, big, happy family. I live in Raleigh with my husband and baby girl.
Adriana: DA I
I was born in Colombia, South America but was raised in North Carolina. I have a lot of experience working with children, and recently joined CPD as a dental assistant. I have been married to my husband, Grant, for eleven years, and we have two beautiful children, ages nine and five. In my free time, I enjoy working out, traveling, and spending time with my family.
Emily: DA I
I graduated from East Wake High School in 2016, and joined the CPD team in 2017. I currently work in sterilization as I train to become a dental assistant. I have lived in North Carolina my entire life and currently reside in Wendell. Some of my favorite things are yoga, animals, and Green Bay Packers football. I enjoy spending my free time with my two dogs, Daisy and Paisley.
Amy: Sterilization Assistant
My name is Amarilis, but I go by Amy for short. I started working at Carolina Pediatric Dentistry in 2007. I currently manage the sterilization area, and I absolutely love it; it suits my fast-paced nature extremely well. I live in the Raleigh area with my husband and son, but I was born in Puerto Rico, so I love traveling home whenever I get the chance. I enjoy laughing, spicy food, and have an appreciation for stylish shoes.
Danae: Administrative Assistant
I have been working as an administrative assistant at Carolina Pediatric Dentistry since March 2014. I love working with children and am thankful for the opportunity to watch them grow up. A few miscellaneous things about me: I was born and raised in Colorado; I love to travel and experience different cultures; and a perfect day for me would include spending time with my favorite person (my husband), playing the piano, hanging out with my church family, exercising, and cheering for the Denver Broncos!
Shannon: Administrative Assistant
After raising my two super fun kids, I have seized the opportunity to learn a new career at CPD. I have spent the last twelve years as a fitness professional and continue to pursue my love of endurance athletics, especially road cycling. If you can't find me at CPD, floating in the clinic or checkout desk, look for me on my bike or running with my giant Golden Mountain Dog, Odin.
Jessi: Insurance Specialist
I have been working at Carolina Pediatric Dentistry as a front desk team member since June 2015. I am originally from Georgia and attended University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). I moved to Wake Forest in 2012 to pursue a Master’s degree at Southeastern Theological Baptist Seminary. I enjoy watching movies, playing sports, and spending time with friends and family.
Jenny: Director of Correspondence
I am a Raleigh native and have worked with Dr. Johnson since 2002 as a dental assistant and patient correspondence liaison. I have a husband and two children (daughter and son) who keep me laughing daily. I enjoy reading, scrapbooking, being involved with my church, and playing with my dog, Georgia.
Lesley: Front Office Supervisor
I am the front desk coordinator at Carolina Pediatric Dentistry, and I've been working with Carolina Pediatric Dentistry since 2006. I love getting to know the children and parents, and I enjoy seeing the kids grow up right before my eyes! I am married to my high school sweetheart, and we have one daughter who is an absolute joy. I take pleasure in spending time with my family, exercising, nature, trying new recipes, and relaxing.
Kim: Hospital Coordinator/Check Out
I have been in dentistry since 1988 and have been working with Carolina Pediatric Dentistry since 2003. I am part of the front desk team, and I'm also the hospital coordinator. I enjoy working with children and have a wonderful daughter that loves coming to see Dr. Johnson, Dr. Morris, and the team. I enjoy spending time with my family, attending my daughter’s volleyball games, reading, shopping, and visiting the North Carolina mountains and beaches whenever we get the chance.
Heather: Check Out
I am originally from southwestern Virginia and attended college at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, where I received a Bachelor of Arts in English and met my husband, Jeff. We are blessed with three wonderful children, who originally brought us to Carolina Pediatric Dentistry when we moved to Raleigh in 2005. After observing the caring and family-friendly environment for so many years as a parent, I knew this was a team I wanted to be a part of when I returned to the work force. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of the front office and help facilitate the effective communication of the practice. I love children and doing my part to make them feel comfortable and at home with dental care.
I joined Carolina Pediatric Dentistry in 2003. I am the front desk receptionist and delight in seeing the children's smiling faces when they walk through the door! I am the proud mother of two sons and have an amazing husband. I love to travel the world, and I am a huge Yankees fan - go Yankees!
Angie: Check Out
I have been in dentistry since 2003 and rejoined the CPD team in July of 2017, as part of the front desk team. I am also one of our hospital coordinators. I enjoy working with children and the opportunity to meet new people every day. I was born and raised here in Wake County and currently live in the Garner area. I've been married to my husband, Joe, since November of 2003. We have two pets, Tucker and Minnie Jo. My hobbies are staying active in my church, spoiling my niece, Summer, and watching NC State basketball and football. GO PACK!
Michael: College Intern
I was intrigued by the field of dentistry even at an early age, and this interest persisted throughout my undergraduate education at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After observing in multiple offices, I knew that I wanted to gain a more in-depth understanding of the career via hands-on experience. Working at CPD has been a wonderful opportunity to do so, and I am so thankful to be able to work with children on a daily basis. I look forward to continued interactions I will be able to have as I pursue my ultimate goal of being accepted into dental school.
Gabby: College Intern
I am a recent graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and I am currently working on my Masters at UNC's Gillings School of Global Public Health. I am also in the process of applying to dental school, and my every day experiences at CDP make me more and more excited for what my future in the field could hold. I am honored to be a part of such a dedicated and welcoming team here at CPD, and so enjoy working with all of the children who come into our office.
Bree: College Intern
I am a college intern at CPD and am currently in the honors program at ECU. Go Pirates!! I have wanted to be a dentist since fourth grade and am majoring in pre-dentistry. I love children of all ages as well as animals of all kinds. I have been a vegetarian for the last 5 years out of love of animals, as well as dietary preferences. I am a 6' 3" gentle giant and love working at CPD!!
Anna: High School Intern
I have been a high school intern at Carolina Pediatric Dentistry since September 2016. I have also been a patient at CPD since I was a young girl. As a child, I was never scared and actually enjoyed my visits to the dentist because the staff at CPD have always been loving and welcoming. I truly believe this is why I became interested in pediatric dentistry and I look forward to helping other children feel safe and happy at their dental visits. I am a senior at Millbrook High school. My hobbies include all types of dance and snuggling with my two dogs whenever possible.