Meet the professionals

OUR DOCTORS

A Warm Welcome

All professionals at The Smiling Turtle maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff’s experience and training.

Meet Our Team

Neidre Banakus, DDS – Board Certified Pediatric Dental Specialist

Dr. Banakus received her dental degree from West Virginia University School of Dentistry. While at WVU, Dr. Banakus was the Student Research Body President, a member of the Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity, and inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. Upon graduation, Dr. Banakus received the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiography Award and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Student Achievement Award.

After dental school, Dr. Banakus completed a General Practice Residency at Lutheran Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. At this Level-1 Trauma Center, she received the Resident of the Year Award. While in New York, Dr. Banakus met her husband Dan.

At the completion of her General Practice rotation, Dr. Banakus completed a two-year pediatric dental residency at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, where she served as Chief Resident. While in the Pediatric Dental Program, Dr. Banakus received several awards for her research, including an award for excellence in pediatric dentistry from the Kentucky Dental Association.

Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Banakus, her husband & their pets moved to Novato, CA and established a pediatric dental practice that serves the Bay Area and its wonderful children. Novato Pediatric Dentistry & Tuga,

Dr. Banakus is a Diplomate in the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She is also a member of the American Dental Association, North Carolina Dental Association, the North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She holds certifications in Oral Conscious Sedation, as well as Basic and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

Dr. Banakus loves spending her free time playing with her husband and children, Ashton and Fielden, and also enjoys running, spinning, golfing, swimming, hiking and reading. Dr. Banakus also enjoys working in the community and giving back in any way she can. She is active in the children’s program at her church. Dr. Banakus is an Appalachian child at heart and has always been eager to give back to children just like her. In 2019, she decided it was the perfect time to pursue her dream of giving back to kiddos in an area that is near and dear to her heart. With her family, she brought The Smiling Turtle to charming and wonderful North Carolina.

Dr. Banakus’ words reflect her passion to serve children in life:
“Children are amazing and constantly keep me smiling and laughing. I feel like I connect with children in a way that helps me understand their anxieties and fears and allows me to help comfort them. I take great pride in my relationships with each individual patient and their teeth. I love helping groom kids into happy dental patients, with good oral health care, that will lead to a life-long positive attitude toward dental care and healthy habits. I treat every patient as if they are my own child. I love teeth and I love children – from infancy through their college years. My relationships with my patients go well beyond dental exams twice a year. I am from a very small town originally and I strive to treat each of my patients with my small-town values.”

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Dalilah Romero, DDS

Dr. Romero attended college at The University of Central Florida. She then went on to attend Virginia Commonwealth University where she received a degree in Doctor of Dental Surgery. She completed her pediatric dentistry residency at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where she received her Certificate of Pediatric Dentistry and a Master of Science in Dentistry.

Dr. Romero comes from a large family and grew up surrounded by children. Her passion for helping kids is what inspired her decision to become a pediatric dentist. This desire is what motivates her to make every patient feel special and important. Dr. Romero is known for treating her patients like family, always exhibiting kindness, patience and understanding. She is a great listener and has a fun and friendly demeanor that kids just love.

Her philosophy on dentistry is that it should be both a partnership and support system for patients and families. Dr. Romero believes that because most dental disease is preventable her biggest role is helping families in addressing the root cause and offering long-term solutions.

When Dr. Romero isn’t working, she loves to spend quality time with her husband and daughter. Her passion for travel and adventure, means spending time in the mountains and hiking through Red Rock Canyon and Death Valley. Owning a home in the mountains one day, are among the top things on her bucket list.

Meet Our Team

Neidre Banakus, DDS – Board Certified Pediatric Dental Specialist

Dr. Banakus received her dental degree from West Virginia University School of Dentistry. While at WVU, Dr. Banakus was the Student Research Body President, a member of the Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity, and inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. Upon graduation, Dr. Banakus received the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiography Award and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Student Achievement Award.

Dr. Banakus’ words reflect her passion to serve children in life:
“Children are amazing and constantly keep me smiling and laughing. I feel like I connect with children in a way that helps me understand their anxieties and fears and allows me to help comfort them. I take great pride in my relationships with each individual patient and their teeth. I love helping groom kids into happy dental patients, with good oral health care, that will lead to a life-long positive attitude toward dental care and healthy habits. I treat every patient as if they are my own child. I love teeth and I love children – from infancy through their college years. My relationships with my patients go well beyond dental exams twice a year. I am from a very small town originally and I strive to treat each of my patients with my small-town values.”

Dr. Banakus loves spending her free time playing with her children, Ashton and Fielden, and also enjoys running, spinning, golfing, swimming, hiking and reading. Dr. Banakus also enjoys working in the community and giving back in any way she can. Dr. Banakus is an Appalachian child at heart and has always been eager to give back to children just like her. In 2019, she decided it was the perfect time to pursue her dream of giving back to kiddos in an area that is near and dear to her heart. With her family, she is bringing The Smiling Turtle to charming and wonderful North Carolina.

Dr. Banakus is a Diplomate in the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She is also a member of the American Dental Association, North Carolina Dental Association, the North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She holds certifications in Oral Conscious Sedation, as well as Basic and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Banakus, her husband & their pets moved to Novato, CA and established a pediatric dental practice that serves the Bay Area and its wonderful children. Novato Pediatric Dentistry & Tuga, The Smiling Turtle, have enhanced smiles there for 11 years.

At the completion of her General Practice rotation, Dr. Banakus completed a two-year pediatric dental residency at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, where she served as Chief Resident. While in the Pediatric Dental Program, Dr. Banakus received several awards for her research, including an award for excellence in pediatric dentistry from the Kentucky Dental Association.

After dental school, Dr. Banakus completed a General Practice Residency at Lutheran Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. At this Level-1 Trauma Center, she received the Resident of the Year Award. While in New York, Dr. Banakus met her husband Dan.

Dalilah Romero, DDS

Dr. Romero attended college at The University of Central Florida. She then went on to attend Virginia Commonwealth University where she received a degree in Doctor of Dental Surgery. She completed her pediatric dentistry residency at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where she received her Certificate of Pediatric Dentistry and a Master of Science in Dentistry.

Dr. Romero comes from a large family and grew up surrounded by children. Her passion for helping kids is what inspired her decision to become a pediatric dentist. This desire is what motivates her to make every patient feel special and important. Dr. Romero is known for treating her patients like family, always exhibiting kindness, patience and understanding. She is a great listener and has a fun and friendly demeanor that kids just love.

Her philosophy on dentistry is that it should be both a partnership and support system for patients and families. Dr. Romero believes that because most dental disease is preventable her biggest role is helping families in addressing the root cause and offering long-term solutions.

When Dr. Romero isn’t working, she loves to spend quality time with her husband and daughter. Her passion for travel and adventure, means spending time in the mountains and hiking through Red Rock Canyon and Death Valley. Owning a home in the mountains one day, are among the top things on her bucket list.

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224 Village Walk Dr.
Holly Springs, NC 27540

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Wendell, NC 27591

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(919) 200-0463

224 Village Walk Dr.
Holly Springs, NC 27540

info@thesmilingturtle.com

(919) 200-0463

2255 Treelight Way
Wendell, NC 27591

hello@thesmilingturtle.com

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