Meet Our Friendly Cary Dental Team
Thomas K. Buttler, DDS, MS – Associate Dentist
Dr. Buttler has been working in our practice for the past 13 years and has an incredible 45 years of experience. He primarily performs dental hygiene examinations and emergency evaluations. Growing up in Columbus, OH, he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Miami University in 1968 before obtaining his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1971. From 1971 to 1974, he served as a Captain in the United States Army Dental Corp. Dr. Buttler went on to continue his education and completed both his Masters of Science and Certificate in Endodontics at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in 1977, becoming a diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics in 1982. He had a successful private endodontic practice in Raleigh, NC from 1977 to 2001 and has been a part-time clinical instructor at the Department of Endodontics, UNC School of Dentistry since 1977. He also recently became a clinical instructor at East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine in 2012. Dr. Buttler is a fellow in the American College of Dentistry and the International College of Dentistry.
Dr. Buttler enjoys being part of an office that provides exceptional care to interesting, pleasant patients in a friendly, non-hurried environment. He is a member of several professional organizations, including:
- American Dental Association
- North Carolina Dental Society
- Raleigh-Wake County Dental Society (past president, served as executive director from 2005 to 2012)
- American Association of Endodontics
- Tarheel Endodontics Association (past chairperson)
- Southern Endodontics Study Group (past chairperson)
Dr. Buttler and his wife of 25 years have four children, nine grandchildren, two dogs, and one cat. Outside of the office, he enjoys scuba diving, cycling, playing golf, international adventure travel, gardening, photography, and sailing. He also enjoys keeping up with North Carolina and Duke Basketball.
Ted J. Dengler, Jr., DDS, FAGD, FICOI – Associate Dentist
Dr. Dengler has an impressive 48 years of overall experience in the dental field, first joining our team in January of 2014. Alongside Dr. Koch and Dr. Buttler, he provides dental hygiene examinations, emergency treatment, restorative care, and surgical care for our valued patients. His formal education was at Northwestern University, The University of Minnesota, and The United States Army. In 1972, he began a private dental practice in Minnesota. He then moved to Raleigh, NC in 1983 and began another private practice while also serving as a part-time clinical instructor in the Department of Periodontics at the UNC School of Dentistry. He was forced to stop practicing in 2004 because of spine and back problems; during this time, he entered the world of real estate. Thankfully, physical therapy and neurosurgery have allowed him to return to the dental world. Most recently, he completed an Implant Continuum with the Triangle Dental Institute.
Dr. Dengler’s is committed to helping facilitate Dr. Koch’s vision of a dental practice committed to excellence that provides appropriate care to anyone seeking improved oral health. He is a Fellow of both the Academy of General Dentistry and The International Congress of Implantologists, as well as a member of the American Dental Association and the North Carolina Dental Society.
Dr. Dengler’s wonderful wife is named Judy. An elementary teacher by degree, she has a master’s degree from Southeastern Baptist Seminary in Biblical Counseling. Together, they have four children and ten grandchildren. When he has free time, he enjoys woodworking, fishing, hunting, gardening, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Diana Severt Boddorf, BSRDH, MEd – Practice Manager
Diana first joined our practice in June of 1983 as a registered dental hygienist providing many years of dedication and service that helped our practice grow in numerous ways. In 1996, she opened a new door by becoming the office’s first practice manager. With over 33 years of experience in the dental field, she has provided many employees with guidance to help them grow and improve personally and professionally. Her education and devotion to excellence are a dramatic influence in our office and continue to make our dental team strive for perfection.
Originally from Lenoir, Diana received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1983. Additionally, she achieved her Master’s Degree in Adult Education-Training and Development from North Carolina State University in 1998. She served as President of the UNC Dental Hygiene Alumni Association in 1991 and was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1993. She has also served on the Advisory Committee of the Wake Technical Community College Dental Hygiene School and is a former member of the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Caring Dental Professionals, as well as the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the North Carolina Dental Hygiene Association. Currently, she is a member of the National Association of Professional Women and the American Association of Dental Office Managers.
Diana serves as a Consultant Member CDCA (The Commission on Dental Competency Assessments), participating in clinical dental hygiene board examinations in various states. Additionally, she served as Past Chairman of the (TSA) Test Site Administrator Committee for The Council of Interstate Testing Agencies, Inc. by administering both clinical dental and dental hygiene board examinations for licensure. She has participated as both a dental hygiene examiner and a TSA in North Carolina, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, Mississippi, Alabama, and South Carolina.
Diana and her husband Darl have a son and a daughter. When she has free time, she enjoys working out, being on the beach, and spending time with family and friends. She is certified by the American Council of Exercise and has been a group fitness instructor in a local health club since 1988.
Kim Stone – Administrator
Our practice is fortunate to have Kim, who first joined the team in July of 2014, as the administrator of the front desk. She brings 13 valuable years of private dental practice experience, including roles as a dental assistant, treatment coordinator, insurance coordinator, and office manager. She was born in Wisconsin and then, by way of Texas, grew up in Reidsville, NC.
Kim is married to Joe Stone and they have a beautiful daughter named Gracie. She enjoys reading, movies, visiting her family on the North Carolina coast, and especially watching her daughter play high school basketball.
Megan Merritt – Administrative Assistant
Megan has been a part of our team for 6 years. She’s taken three semesters at WakeTech Community College and loves the great people she works with, as well as the fact that her job is never boring.
Originally from Fuquay-Varina, Megan has a wonderful mom, a sister and brother-in-law, and two nieces. In her free time, she enjoys doing puzzles, watching old movies, cross-stitching, and singing in the church choir.
Amy Hurley, DA II – Dental Assistant
Originally from Durham, Amy has been working in the dental field for six years now, first joining our practice in July of 2014. She completed her training at the NCDATS (North Carolina Dental Assisting Training School) in 2010. Her favorite part of her job is being able to help people feel better about their smiles and themselves!
Amy is married and has two sons. In her free time, she enjoys being with family, especially at the lake or on the beach. She is also a huge Duke fan and her favorite food is French fries.
Nicole Sanderford, CDA – Certified Dental Assistant
Nicole has 17 years of experience in the dental field, first joining our team on a full-time basis in January of 2004 after performing a temporary assignment in 2003 in the dental assisting department. She completed her training in private practice from 1998 to 2003 and became a Certified Dental Assistant in August of 2005 after completion of the Dental Assisting National Board. She has also participated with CITA (the Council of Interstate Testing Agencies) to assist in the administration of numerous clinical dental licensure examinations as an intraoral photographer. Her favorite part of her job is the artistic aspect of dentistry and the variety of procedures.
Nicole and her husband have been married 16 years, and they have two boys. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and being on the beach. She loves summers, has never gotten a ticket, and is terrified of spiders!
Candace Galliera, RDH – Registered Dental Hygienist
Candace has been a member of our practice for 6 ½ years now, with 24 overall years of experience in the dental world. Originally from Lumberton, she attended Fayetteville Community College and also took classes at UNC Chapel Hill. She has additional training in CPR and digital radiography. Her favorite part of her job is being able to educate patients about optimal oral hygiene and then see the difference they’re able to make together!
Candace and her husband have two children. In her free time, she loves singing, shopping, and traveling. She’s a karaoke junkie!
Kristen Davis, BSRDH – Registered Dental Hygienist
Originally from Currituck County, Kristen is a new addition to our practice and has seven years of experience in dentistry so far. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from UNC Chapel Hall before going on to achieve her Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene from Wayne Community College. She loves being able to meet new people through her job and educate them about oral health.
Kristen is married with no children. Her father, uncle, and brother are all dentists! Outside of the office, she enjoys reading, hot yoga, crafting, and cooking. In the past, she lived in New Orleans for 2 ½ years and actually had to evacuate because of Hurricane Katrina.
Lindsay Baker, RDH – Registered Dental Hygienist
Lindsay has 10 years of dental experience, with six spent at our practice. Originally from Fayetteville, she completed her Associate in Applied Science for Dental Hygiene at Fayetteville Technical Community College in 2006. She also completed the dental assisting program at the same campus in 2004. Her favorite part of her job is getting to meet new people and educate them about dental health.
Lindsay has a wonderful niece and nephew, as well as a beloved Shih Tzu. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach, shopping, and spending time with her friends and family. She also has a love of real estate and has recently left our office to pursue her dream of being a realtor. She will continue to work for Dr. Koch on a part-time basis.
Denise Rizk, RDH – Registered Dental Hygienist
Denise joined our practice in January, 2017. Although she grew up in Canton, Ohio, she received an Associate Degree in Science at Middlesex County College, New Jersey. Denise started her career in dentistry in office administration, and continued her studies by obtaining her Certificate in Dental Hygiene in 1995 at Middlesex, was President of her Dental Hygiene class, and was awarded the Gruinlian Leadership Award.
In 2013, Denise and her husband Thomas moved their family to North Carolina and now reside in Holly Springs. They have one daughter who attends North Carolina State University, a son who was recruited to Charleston Southern University to play baseball, another daughter in high school, and a Maltese Shih Tzu named Allie.
Other than spending time with her family, Denise loves the beach, walking, yoga, travel, baseball of course, and studies nutrition.