Meet Our Staff

“It’s always a pleasure to visit Dr. Walker’s dental office.
The staff is pleasant and courteous and the service is professional.
They are always friendly andI know I’m getting the best dental care available.
They treat everyone like family.”

Monica Cheshire, CDA
Financial Coordinator
Certified Dental Assistant

Monica has been in the dental field for over 25 years.  She has been with Dr. Walker since 2007.  Monica worked as a Dental Assistant until 2021, when she transitioned into the Financial Coordinator position.  On her days off, Monica enjoys spending time with her husband, boating, running, paddle boarding, reading and traveling.

“I am very happy with Dr. Walker and his staff. Due to some really bad past experiences, I have a huge fear of dental visits. Dr. Walker and his staff are very empathetic about that and do everything they can to help ease the anxiety. My hygienist, Cindy is fantastic, and the office atmosphere is very pleasant. Thankful to have found this dental practice!.”
—C. Edmonds

Tracy Darder
Front Office Coordinator
Tracy has been in the dental field for over 30 years. As an assistant,  she enjoyed the opportunity to help people get over their fear of dentistry and restore beautiful smiles. Tracy has moved to the front office for the past seven years, learning about insurance processes and helping patients with their treatment plans.

Originally from Callicoon,NY, Tracy and her family moved south in January of 2019 and settled in Leland as their permanent residence. She is looking forward to sunny days at the beach, enjoying her new home and all the experiences that Wilmington has to offer!

“The office itself is state-of-the-art, very warm and accommodating. I felt immediately welcome and the ladies at the front desk were very nice too. The chairs were comfortable and I loved the fish tank.”
—M. Johnson

Courtney Cattaneo, CDA
Certified Dental Assistant

Courtney was born in Fuquay Varina and moved to Wilmington three years ago due to her husband’s military job.  She has been a Certified Dental Assistant for now 13 years and she loves working with her patients.  Her two young girls, husband and Frenchie, Wilbur keep her busy.  When she is not working she is spending time with her family, at pilates, reading, watching movies or napping.

“I can’t say enough about how great his office and staff are. Very helpful in every way and so friendly. Dr. Walker is the best dentist I have ever used. He makes sure that you are comfortable and that you feel no pain. I am not a fan of dental work, at all, but I have absolutely no problems going to see Dr. Walker. Thank you for being so awesome!”
—D. Willard

Raina Brothers, CDA
Certified Dental Assistant

Raina was born and raised in Wilmington and completed the Dental Assisting Program at Cape Fear Community College in 2003.  She loves being able to put smiles on her patients’ faces. She has worked with Dr. Walker since 2013.  She is married with two young daughters.  Raina enjoys spending time with family, seeing live music, and photography is a hobby dear to her heart.

“Always great, always prompt, always friendly…..could not ask for more.”
—Katherine E.


Laura Triece, RDH
Registered Dental Hygienist
Laura is a Wilmington native and a graduate of the UNC School of Dental Hygiene. She stays busy with her grandchildren, all of whom live in Wilmington. She has been with Dr. Walker’s practice since 1988.

“I had my teeth cleaned by Laura and she is the very best! She is thorough and professional and very conscientious of her patient and their comfort. She is a keeper!”
—M. Thrasher

Connie Jo Evans, RDH
Registered Dental Hygienist
Connie Jo has been a Dental Hygienist for over 25 years. She has enjoyed meeting the wonderful people in Dr. Walker’s practice and is passionate about providing the best dental care and experience possible. Living in Kure Beach, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking on the beach and riding her bike around the Island.

“Does anyone look forward to going to the dentist?…no one I know. But….Dr. Walkers office is the friendliest and most comforting dentist’s office I’ve ever been to. I love my hygienist!!” —Renee T.

Portia Pridgen, RDH
Registered Dental Hygienist
Portia is from Wilmington and a graduate of the Cape Fear Community College Dental Hygiene Program. She enjoys spending quality time with her husband and daughter, riding in her Jeep seeing all the beautiful scenery that Cape Fear has to offer. She loves quiet time at home, snuggling with her two bengal cats—Dany and Drogo. Portia is passionate about patient education and stays up-to-date on the latest advances to be able to better serve her patients.  As well as an active member of her Association, she is also on the CFCC Dental Hygiene advisory committee.

Best dentist experience I have ever had! Thank you all for being so wonderful and fantastic at your job!” —Charlene B.

Sandi Whaley
Office Assistant

Sandi is a Wilmington, NC, native busy raising two daughters, 14 and 17. They love boating, traveling and exploring new places. Sandi loves to cook and will go out of her way to try a new restaurant. Her love of the ocean has kept her in Wilmington, where she has been working in the dental field for over six years. She is involved in the local community and recently served as a committee member on the Kure Beach Board of Adjustment.

Sandi is a valuable addition to our front office staff. Her welcoming smile is just what the doctor ordered.” —C Walker III