Meet the Team

 We recognize that all of our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice.

We are pleased to welcome you and your family and we look forward to working with you.




Dayena Lee, D.D.S.                 


Dr. Lee grew up in Greensboro, NC after moving to the U.S. from South Korea at the age of 5!  She grew up helping around our family’s small business and striving to set a good example for her only brother who is 11 years younger!

She attended UNC Chapel Hill for undergraduate studies, double majoring in Psychology and Asian Studies. Then received her master’s degree in Physiology from NC State University. She went on to attend UNC Chapel Hill School of Dentistry receiving her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree.

Dr. Lees' dream of becoming a dentist stems from her first dental visit at the age of 12 on a volunteer dental bus at church. Throughout dental school she was one of the board members of ENNEAD, a student volunteer committee. She also helped form various community outreach programs and received The International College of Dentistry’s Humanitarian Award. Currently she is a member of the American Dental Association and NC Dental Society.

In her free time, she loves traveling and experiencing new adventures with family and friends. Dr. Lee and her husband, Alex are both Tar Heels and love cheering for the team whenever possible. She also loves spending time with Choco, her Chihuahua.

A note From Dr. Lee:   

I am so grateful and excited to be a part of Dr. Cunningham’s wonderful team! I think every patient is unique.  I strive to work with individual patients to address their needs. I love to focus on prevention and dental education so that you feel utmost comfortable when visiting our office! I am also fluent Korean for any of our Korean speaking patients!



Dr. Yusif Umar, D.D.S.                               


Dr. Umar is a graduate of University of Ghana, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. He then moved to the US and now calls North Carolina home. He sharpened his acumen with a Master of Science Degree in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and attended the University of North Carolina School Of Dentistry where he earned his DDS degree.  In dental school, he was  awarded the Hillendrand-Lupton Student Award for clinical Achievement in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.  After graduation, he completed a GPR program at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY where he gained invaluable experience in general dentistry.  He attended the Indiana University OMFS program from 2015 to 2017 as a categorical resident and from 2017 to 2019, he then enrolled at Lincoln Medical Center OMFS program as a non-categorical resident.  Dr. Umar has gained invaluable experience in Oral Surgery procedures in the inpatient and outpatient settings. He also performs oral surgery procedures on patients under both local anesthesia and IV sedation analgesia.

Dr. Umar has an exceptional rapport with patients and has been endorsed as well as recommended by patients, colleagues and staff.

Dr. Umar volunteers in community services providing free dental care to underserved patients both locally and internationally.

In his free time Dr. Umar enjoys trail running, playing soccer, and travelling.



Dental Assistant

Donna moved to North Carolina in 1984, with her husband Chuck. Born and reared in Western Massachusetts, she completed her Dental Assisting Certification at the College of Medical and Dental Careers in Tampa, Florida.

With 30-plus years of dental assisting experience, Donna is now thrilled to be sharing her dental knowledge with Dr. Catie Cunningham! The combination of the ever-changing high tech dental world, her connection to her patients, their comfort and education on their dental health, are what keep her passionate about her role in the practice. Our “team” environment is second to none, and our feel of “family” resonates through our staff and patients alike.

Donna lives with her husband Chuck in Franklinton, NC. They have a beautiful daughter, Kelly. The three of them are ALL die-hard Tarheel fans! Donna and Chuck share their home with their horse Lucky, their rescue dogs Lila and Bryson, and two rescue barn cats Chance and Sabrina, all of which enrich their lives every day! She is an avid outdoor enthusiast!

Donna is committed to serving her community by volunteering at her local Brassfield Volunteer Fire Department, working on the NC Baptist Men’s Dental Bus, and volunteering at Hope Reins, a local therapeutic horseback riding organization that offers free therapy for traumatized children ages five to eighteen. 



Dental Assistant

Jan's interest in dentistry led her to pursue her certificate for dental specialties at Luzerne County Community College in North Eastern Pennsylvania.  After receiving her certificate, she worked in a general practice for 8 years as an expanded duties dental assistant.

Jan and her husband Bill moved to North Carolina in 1985 to persue their careers.  They agreed North Carolina was the place for them and built their home the following year, and have never looked back.  

They are proud of their daughters Anna and Ellen, who have received their degrees from local colleges and thankfully live and work close to the area.  

Jan enjoys all music, cooking, pilates, and zumba as well as college baketball.  GO DUKE! (so she says)

Jan enjoys assisting people with their dental health.  She enjoys educating people on dental care, most of all, she enjoys getting to know the patients and their families.  She believes in making your dental visit a wonderful and comfortable visit.



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Practice Administrator

Dawn grew up in North Carolina; she is the friendly southern charm of our office. Dawn joined the dental profession in 2003. She enjoys helping our patients optimize their insurance benefits to ensure everyone receives the best dental treatment and visit possible.

In her free time, Dawn enjoys going to the beach, spending time with family and friends and walks with her Yorkie, Caroline.



Patient Coordinator                                          

Terika was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina.   

She graduated from Durham Tech in 2011 with a Diploma in Medical Assisting.  She became a Certified Nursing Assistant in 2013 which lead her to work with the elderly in assistant living facilities, surgical and pediatric step down units in hospitals, as well as in home care.

Terika has enjoyed working in the medical field which has lead her to pursue an Associates Degree in Healthcare Administration.

New to dentistry and eager to learn, Terika joins our team with a warm smile.  

She enjoys spending time with King, her 9 yr old furry baby and girlfriend DeAnna.






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