Derek C. Barnes, DMD, FAGD, FICOI

Dr. Derek C. Barnes earned his undergraduate degree in biology from The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina. He then entered The Medical University of South Carolina, earning a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree, placing a focus on cosmetic and family dentistry. He served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s school of dentistry and a member of several professional dental associations and societies, including: The Charlotte Dental Society, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, Old North State Dental Society, AJ Williams Study Club N.C. Dental Society, and the Seattle Study Club. Dr. Barnes was also honored as a fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologist. In striving for excellence in aesthetic and restorative dentistry, he is a strong advocate of continuing education. He has completed many hours of advanced cosmetic, implant, and restorative courses to stay abreast with the modern innovations of today’s dentistry which he employs in his private practice. He has devoted several years to surgical dental implant placement education at the Triangle Dental Implant Institute and the Alabama Implant residency program. He will complete a comprehensive Implant Residency Program in 2015. The residency program focuses on sound implant and surgical practices.

Family and family time is very precious to Dr. Barnes. He is happily married to his lovely wife Natasha Barnes. Dr. Barnes has two beautiful young men, Derek II and Jordan. He is an avid fisherman and loves to charter boats to sport fish in the Gulf Stream. Dr. Barnes is also a private Pilot and flies airplanes as a hobby.

Dr. Barnes and his dental team enjoy observing the patient’s reaction when they discover their new beautiful smiles using veneers, tooth-colored fillings, crowns, bridges, and implants. He has also developed a reputation of performing all dental procedures as painlessly as possible. His office offers you a comfortable, relaxing, family environment that gives unhurried personal care and attention. He is an advocate of keeping his patients comfortable throughout their procedures. Dr. Barnes would love to have you join his dental family and become a key player in maintaining or restoring your dental health.

Donna C. Knowlton, DDS

Dr. KnowltonDr. Donna C. Knowlton earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from North Carolina University, and graduated from the Howard University College of Dentistry in 2003

She is a member of the American Dental Association, the National Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Knowlton has also expanded her knowledge base by continuing her education at the Triangle Dental Institute and the Dawson Academy. In fact, Dr. Knowlton participates in continuing education courses every year to stay current with the latest developments in dentistry. She has been practicing in our area for six years.

Her husband, Ineal Knowlton retired from the Air Force after 25 years of service and currently teaches Air Force JROTC at Monroe High School. In her free time, Dr. Knowlton enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and running. Her goal as a dentist is to effectively educate her patients about their dental health in order for them to make informed decisions concerning their care; and to make use of the most up-to-date training to provide the best care possible.

Meet Our Team

Our friendly dental team is experienced and truly cares about each of our patients. We are dedicated to making sure your visits with Dr. Derek C. Barnes are comfortable and relaxed. We will answer all of your questions about your dental care. Feel free to contact our dental office in Charlotte, North Carolina, today to learn more about us and to schedule your next appointment with our dentist.

Natasha – Office Business Manager

natashaNatasha has been a part of our dental team since 2008. She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Natasha received her degree in business with a minor in marketing. She previously worked for Wells Fargo for 14 years. Natasha treats every patient like family and delivers the BEST customer service possible while educating the patients on how to maximize their insurance benefits. Natasha enjoys working with our patients to achieve their dental goals. Seeing their smiling faces when they leave our office warms her heart. In her spare time, Natasha loves spending time with her husband, Dr. Derek C. Barnes, and with her sons, Derek II and Jordan.

Misty – Dental Hygienist

mistyMisty Reese and has been working with Dr. Derek C. Barnes since 2006. She is a dental hygiene graduate of Cypress College in California. Misty has a wonderful son who she enjoys every moment with.

As an educator, Misty enthusiastically teaches patients how to prevent dental disease by use of proper home care techniques. She also promotes sound nutrition, prevention of periodontal disease, and cosmetic dentistry. Misty’s goal is to maintain dental health for each patient with total patient involvement and personalization of treatment.

Misty is proud to be a part of this dental team because Dr. Derek C. Barnes takes the time to make every dental restoration just right and has a genuine desire to give each patient and situation his best effort. As a result, we all give our best and enjoy contributing to our patients’ dental health.

Weslie – Dental Hygienist


Weslie has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Rhode Island. She and her husband relocated here to North Carolina from Connecticut in 2016, where the rest of her family still resides. She has enjoyed getting to know the Charlotte area and eating out at all the new restaurants.

Weslie appreciates working with people and making them feel comfortable while helping them maintain optimal dental health. She likes working with a great team that is always willing to help when needed, and with doctors that take time with every patient to ensure they have a positive experience.

Nancy – Dental Assistant II

Nancy joined our team in January of 2016, and we are so happy to have her with us! She attended Myers Park Dental Assisting School immediately following her graduation from South Point High School in 2007. As a dental assistant, Nancy gives her all to the care and wellbeing of her patients by utilizing her dentistry skills and her proficiency in Spanish. She is honored to be part of a team that is concerned about teaching patients to care for their oral health and treats each other like family. Nancy is very family-oriented – she visits her relatives often, especially her niece and nephews. When not in the office, Nancy prefers to spend her spare time participating at her church, helping others, travelling, reading, swimming, shopping, and playing with her dog, Bruno.

Angie – Front Desk Patient Coordinator

Angie joined our team in April 2016. She attended a dental assistant program at York Technical College, graduating in 1989, and she has 27 years of experience in the dental field. Angie loves being part of a team that provides excellent dental care and maintains personal relationships with their patients.

Angie enjoys spending time with her family and has a 19-year-old son named Dylan.

Morgan – Dental Assistant 1

Morgan joined our team shortly after she receieved her dental assisting certification from Lake Norman Dental Assisting school in March 2017. As a dental assistant, Morgan helps our practice run smoothly by working well with her co-workers and keeping a good attitude. She loves being part of a team that works together and is always willing to help each other out, which brings a great atmosphere that Morgan loves to work in!

Morgan has 2 brothers, and she loves spending as much time as possible with her family, especially her 2 nieces. In her free time, she also loves being outdoors, particularly at the lake. She also enjoys spending time with her 2 dogs, Myan and Paisley.