South Gaston Pediatric Dentistry

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About Us

Children are not just tiny adults; they have special needs that must be addressed for them to receive proper care. Just as with general medicine, there are dentists who specialize in the care of children. Here at South Gaston Pediatric Dentistry, we are home to some of the best.

If you are searching for a dental provider who will listen to your concerns about your child’s oral health, makes them feel empowered when it comes to their own care, and makes certain you are always well informed when it comes down to making a decision, we are the dental home for you.

Here at South Gaston Pediatric Dentistry, we want every visit to be enjoyable, educational, and 100% positive for your child. Our mission is to help children develop the right habits for a healthy future while addressing any problems present, doing it all in an environment that is safe and welcoming. If you feel your child would best be served by a pediatric dentist, give us a call.

Why Should You Consider a Pediatric Dentist for Your Child?

Simply put, children have different needs than adults, both physically and emotionally. To be a pediatric dentist, one must complete a standard dental school program and then complete an additional two to three years of training focused exclusively on the treatment of children from infancy through their teenage years. Our doctors have completed this training and know how to create early dental experiences that put your child at ease while building confidence and knowledge. We are confident that we offer the best care for your child.

Our top priority is caring for your child’s oral health through
education, prevention, positive motivation and quality treatment.

Meet Dr. Charles Cooke

Dr. Charles Cooke, DDS, MS

CookeDr. Cooke is a pediatric dentist, which means he specializes in offers gentle and reliable oral health care to patients from birth until the age of 18, as well as those with special needs.

Dr. Cooke received his specialization in pediatric dentistry at Temple University Hospital, located in Philadelphia. He obtained his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. However, his interests extend beyond dentistry; in fact, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Duke University, so if your child loves music, they will have a lot to talk about.

Dr. Cooke is also focused on giving back to his community and helping the less fortunate worldwide. He has served with various local organizations to provide area residents with much-needed dental care even when the cost was out of their reach. Internationally, he has served on global dentist missions, traveling to Florianopolis, Brazil and Lilongwe, Malawi.

While he is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Dr. Cooke now calls Gastonia home. He is an avid Duke basketball fan, and he enjoys sports, music, cooking, and traveling with his beautiful wife Beatrice.

Meet Dr. Oscar Mvula

Dr. Oscar Mvula, DDS

MvulaDr. Oscar found his passion for pediatric dentistry while shadowing in college. In dental school, he pursued this passion by participating in clinical rotations focused on children and patients with special needs.

Dr. Oscar 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. After graduating from dental school, he completed two additional years of advanced training in Pediatric Dentistry at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in New York. Dr. Oscar is a Board-Certified pediatric dentist and a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Oscar is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and now calls Charlotte home. In his free time, Dr. Oscar enjoys a caramel latte with oat milk from Not Just Coffee, driving around town to look at new construction projects, tasting all the restaurants recommended by Charlotte Agenda, and taking weekend trips.

Meet Dr. Carson Rutledge

Dr. Carson Rutledge, DDS

rutledgeWorking 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.

Meet Dr. Lisa Candon

Dr. Lisa Candon, DDS

lisaDr. Lisa has always had a passion for working with kids, and looks forward each day to helping children with their dental needs.

A native of Charlotte, Dr. Lisa is thrilled to be practicing dentistry in her hometown! She attended UNC Chapel hill for her undergraduate studies, and later received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Maryland. After receiving her doctorate, she then completed a pediatric dental residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital which is often ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country. As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Lisa specializes in treating the dental needs of infants, children, adolescents, and patients with special healthcare needs.

When not treating patients, Dr. Lisa enjoys hiking, sports, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Meet Dr. Stephanie Hukill

Dr. Stephanie Hukill, DDS


Dr. Stephanie Hukill grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and is excited to serve her hometown community. She attended Duke University where she graduated with a B.S. in Psychology with a focus on developmental psychology. After graduating from Duke, Dr. Stephanie began her dental training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where she received a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. She then continued her specialty training in pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She is a proud alumni of Cincinnati Children’s which is ranked as one of the top pediatric hospitals in the nation!

Dr. Stephanie is board certified and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry and the North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

When she is not treating patients, Dr. Stephanie and her husband are busy chasing around their little boy, Luke. They love anything outdoors, traveling, and cheering on Michigan and Duke sports teams!

Fun Fact: Dr. Stephanie and Dr. Lisa are sisters and it has always been their dream to someday practice together in their hometown!

Meet Dr. Monica Patel

Dr. Monica Patel, DDS

lisaDr. Monica Patel is very excited to call the Queen City home. She looks forward to bringing happy, healthy smiles to this community.

Dr. Monica attended Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio for her undergraduate education and graduated with honors. She completed her dental school education at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship and the Henry B. Robinson Award in restorative dentistry.

She then moved to Columbus, Ohio where she completed her residency training in pediatric dentistry at The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. While there, she received a Master’s Degree and served as Chief Resident.

When she is not treating patients, Dr. Monica enjoys traveling, cooking, trying new restaurants, yoga and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Buckeyes!

Meet Dr. Ashley Goss

Dr. Ashley Goss, DDS

lisaDr. Goss truly believes it is an honor to practice her speciality, shaping positive oral habits in the youth and building long trusting relationships with patient parents. She is passionate about working with children, and is always looking for a good audience to share her best jokes with!

Dr. Goss received her Bachelor of Science in molecular biology from Winston Salem State University. She then pursued her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University Of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, and her Certificate of Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Rochester, Eastman Institute for Oral health. Dr. Goss proudly holds her Board Certification with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Her professional affiliations include the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Diplomat, Southeastern Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the National Dental Association.

A native of Upper Marlboro, MD, Dr. Goss now calls Charlotte home!! When outside of the office Dr. Goss and her husband, Jhermel, happily have their hands full with their two children, Harper and Langston. Dr. Goss and Jhermel enjoying making time for “date night”, trying new restaurants or dancing the night away at a local concert are always top on their list!

We truly enjoy working with and teaching children. Our passion and enthusiasm for teaching kids the skills necessary for excellent oral health is seen through the fun and energetic environment created for our patients.
We hope to make every experience a positive one for our patients, and we hope that through positive reinforcement and motivation we can encourage patients and parents to invest in excellent oral health.

membership associations

ada Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry North Carolina Dental Society North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry







Meet Our Anesthesiologist

Dr. Charles F. Cangemi, JR, DDS, MS

cangemiDr. Cangemi was born to be an anesthesiologist in a dental practice. It might sound odd, but he has been interested in both anesthesiology and dentistry since as far back as he can remember. He completed dental school at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, where he received the Grover C. Hunter Jr. Award for academic and clinical excellence in Periodontics. He then completed a residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry, also at the University of North Carolina. It was after he began his private practice that he decided to get his certification in intravenous sedation.

He soon decided that he needed to truly pursue both of his passions, and as a result, he sold his practice and began his anesthesiology residency and a masters program in anesthesiology at Ohio State University. This was a comprehensive program that allowed him to become a master in all areas of medical anesthesiology. After obtaining a Certificate of Residency in Anesthesiology as well as a Master’s Degree in Anesthesiology from Ohio State University, he began providing anesthesiology services for general dentists, pediatric dentists, and oral and maxillofacial surgeons.

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.










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You were fantastic. Made TJ feel at ease and I would highly recommend you to anyone!!
-TJ’s Mom
We had the best experience. Everyone was so friendly and professional. I was very impressed and appreciated the treats and balloons for the boys. Thank you for providing such great care.
-Wilkes’ Mom
The entire staff was super caring and took my son’s special needs into consideration.
-Damien’s Mom
Loved this office! So warm and friendly. The doctor was very knowledgeable and easy to understand. Thanks!
-Zander’s mom
The hygienists are always so sweet and patient with the little ones! Dr. Cooke is wonderful and puts the kids at ease. We always look forward to our visit here. Thank you.
-Parker’s Mom
We love you guys!! You are awesome and our son LOVES coming! He was so excited to brush his teeth that evening!! =)
-Christopher’s Mom

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3340 Robinwood Rd. Ste 140 | Gastonia, North Carolina 28054

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