Your Huntersville Dental Team

Our experienced and friendly dental team excels at what they do. It shows through the smiles on our patients’ faces. Meet our team and find out why we are considered one of the top dentists in Huntersville, NC.

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DA11 Dental Assistant

Natalie is from the upper east side of Michigan, known as the “Potato Capital.” She is one of six siblings. Natalie became interested in dentistry while working as a nursing assistant in the hospital. She realized the impact of helping people. Natalie was hired on to Dr. Merrill’s staff in 1998.

Dr. Merrill’s skills and love for the profession has given Natalie a gift of recognizing the passion and artistry dentistry has. Her love and passion for the profession starts with changing people’s lives, giving back what she has learned from Dr. Merrill, and the power of a smile.


Dental Assistant

Katey was born and raised in Rock Hill, SC and currently resides in Davidson, NC with her significant other and lovely fur baby. She has been in dentistry for four years working as an assistant and lab technician. She decided to leave the corporate atmosphere to be able to work in private practice.

She especially wanted to work with Dr. Merrill because she loves the way he treats his patients and his staff. He’s a great teacher and leader.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Amber is Dr. Merrill’s senior full-time hygienist. She grew up knowing her calling in life was to serve others in some capacity. Her interest in dental hygiene came from her childhood enthusiasm for visiting the dentist. A quest to further her career and increase her knowledge led Amber to NorthStar Dentistry for Adults.

Dr. Merrill’s thirst for knowledge, his passion for instilling that knowledge in others, and the emphasis on the quality of care patients receive are just a few of the qualities that Amber loves about being a part of the NorthStar team.

A North Carolina native, Amber resides in Mooresville with her husband and two children.


Dental Hygienist

Jillian grew up in Northern Michigan and met Dr. Merrill over 20 years ago as a patient of his, which is how she discovered a true passion for dentistry and pursued the field of dental hygiene. Jillian joined Dr. Merrill’s team in Northern Michigan before he relocated to North Carolina and she is excited to have the opportunity to reunite with his team. Jillian is licensed in Michigan, Tennessee, and North Carolina and has over 10 years of experience in the dental field.

Jillian enjoys being active and working out and is excited to explore the outdoors of North Carolina.


Registered Dental Hygienist

After doing temp work at over 15 dental offices, Dallas couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with Dr. Merrill and his staff on a permanent basis. She was blown away with their passion, knowledge, and dedication to providing excellent patient care. Dallas looks forward to learning from the best and expanding her skill set.

When she’s not at work, Dallas enjoys reading and spending time with her 3 cats, Lenny, Linus, and Leo, as well as her fiancé.



Ashley grew up knowing she wanted to work in the dental field. With over 15 years of experience in oral surgery and prosthodontics, joining the team at NorthStar Dentistry for Adults has fulfilled her passion for helping patients achieve the smile of their dreams.

A Charlotte native, Ashley enjoys living in the Lake Norman area with her husband, Steven and their two dachshunds, Annie and Lucy.



Tracy was born and raised in Sturgis, Michigan. She graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in Elementary Education in 1999. She then lived and taught in Jacksonville, Florida as well as Marion and Asheville, NC. In 2009, she married her husband Tim and moved to Charlotte. That’s when she started working in the dental field at an Orthodontic office.

Tracy now has over 10 years of experience in dentistry. She has chosen to work at NorthStar Dentistry for Adults because of the comfortable environment we provide for patients and the high level of service that Dr. Merrill and Dr. Bunn provide and expect.

Tracy and Tim reside in Charlotte and have four children, one dog, five cats, and three bunnies.

Meet Steve - Our Therapy Dog

Cuteness is the best medicine! 😍

If you’re feeling anxious or uneasy about visiting the dentist, Steve is here to help! This miniature long-haired dachshund can sit and cuddle on your lap during your treatment. Let our patients tell you why they love Steve.

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