ABOUT OUR PINEHURST DENTISTS

Dr. Geeta Bhat

Meet Dr. Geeta Bhat

Dr. Bhat was born and raised in Ogdensburg, New York on the border of Canada next to the magnificent St. Lawrence River. She knew when she was in elementary school that she wanted to join her family tradition and become a dentist. During her senior year of high school she applied to several combined dental degree programs and was accepted into the seven year B.A./D.D.S program at New York University College of Arts and Science and New York University College of Dentistry. She double majored and received a B.A. in Biology in 1997 and a B.A. in Gender Studies in 1996 with a minor in Sociology. In 2000 she graduated with a D.D.S and became the eighth dentist in her family.

Upon graduation from New York University College of Dentistry in 2000 she entered a General Practice Residency Program at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. During her residency she had the opportunity to enhance and refine her skills in all areas of adult dentistry for the medically compromised individual. She was awarded a certificate of completion in 2001.

Immediately following the completion of her first residency, she was chosen to be the Chief Dental Resident in the second year General Practice Residency Program at York Hospital in York Pennsylvania. During her year at York Hospital Dr. Bhat had the opportunity to work with adults as well as children in all phases of dentistry. She became particularly interested in the treatment of children and had the privilege as Chief Resident to expand her clinical skills beyond the office setting into the operating room by treating children under general anesthesia. Upon completion, Dr. Bhat considered a faculty position at York Hospital, but decided to move to sunny North Carolina with her husband, Dr. Kenneth Roach.

Geeta and her husband live in the Cary/Apex area with their 3 children Kiran (age 4), Gia (age 2) and Leela (4 months) They also have two cats Almanzo and Tallulah, a British short hair. This naughty blue cat inspired the logo for Geeta Bhat, DDS. Geeta also enjoys traveling, eating at new ethnic and local restaurants in the area, movies, music, and talking with friends on the phone although with the birth of 3 children in the past 4 years there is not much time for that anymore :)

Meet Dr. Andy Strayhorn

Dr. Andy Strayhorn was born and raised in Wadesboro, NC. He attended UNC-Chapel Hill for his undergraduate and dental degrees. Shortly after graduating from dental school, Dr. Strayhorn joined the US Navy. He completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency and served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman. Dr. Strayhorn now lives in Pinehurst, NC and joined our practice in August 2010.

Dr. Kenneth Perkins

Meet Dr. Kenneth Perkins

Dr. Perkins is a 1980 graduate of the UNC School of Dentistry. He practiced dentistry in Greenville, NC for 24 years and then spent 6 years in private practice in Little Rock, AR. Dr. Perkins has received advanced training at the Pankey Institute for Continuing Dental Education in Key Biscayne, Florida, having completed Continuum levels I-IV.

Dr. Perkins has been married to his wife Wanda for 26 years. They have a son, Kenneth Jr., and a daughter, Kristen. When he has free time he enjoys Carolina sports and spending time with his family.