Dentist in Wallace, NC
All our professionals at Southland Dental Care maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.
Dr. A. Darren Sholar
Dr. Darren Sholar was born in Kenansville, NC and grew up in the Pin Hook community of Duplin county. He was taught the value of hard work and Christian values by his parents who were farmers. He attended Chinquapin elementary and graduated from East Duplin High School in 1984. After high school, Dr. Sholar played football at Chowan University where his organic chemistry professor, Phyllis Dewar, set him on the right path for academic success. After graduating Chowan, he transferred to the University of North Carolina where he majored in Biology and graduated in 1988. After graduating from dental school in 1992 from UNC, Dr. Sholar accepted a commission working with the U.S. Public Health service on the Crow Indian reservation. He worked as clinical chief in Lodge Grass, Montana from 1992 to 1996. This was a transformative experience for Dr. Sholar as there were no immediate referrals and he had to treat everything that came into the clinic, no matter how advanced the problem. "The training and practical experience that I received in Lodge Grass made me the dentist that I am today", stated Dr. Sholar. Upon separation from the service, Dr. Sholar opened what would become Southland Dental Care in 1996. Dr. Sholar has maintained his practice since that time. He has continued his education to this day including a 9 month residency with Triangle Implant Institute, fellowship with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, a 2 week residency with the University of Zurich-Switzerland, Gephardt study club of Athens-Georgia, and numerous other continuing education classes around the country.
Dr. Sholar continues to be passionate about maintaining his knowledge of the latest that dentistry has to offer. Dr. Sholar and his wife, Fran, and their 3 daughters reside in the Pin Hook community where he grew up. He attends Shiloh Baptist Church and maintains that his relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important presence in his life. When not working, you will find Dr. Sholar in the woods or on the water chasing something.
Dr. Joell-Kennedy Parker
Dr. Parker is a native of Beulaville and joined Southland Dental Care in October of 2008. She is a 1999 graduate of East Duplin High School. Her educational background consists of a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from East Carolina University, a Doctor of Dental Surgery from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a General Practice Residency from the Brody School of Medicine at ECU. She not only graduated with Suma Cum Laude honors at VCU but was also 1 of 10 dental students selected into the Phi Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. Since graduation, Dr. Parker has completed a nine-month dental implant continuum sponsored by the Triangle Dental Institute in Durham and is now a Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Parker is committed to furthering her education and staying current with techniques, materials, and procedures through extensive continuing education throughout the country each year.
My goal is to not only treat teeth, but also the whole person. I like to get to know my patients personally so they can feel comfortable with Karen and me so that we can work together to get them a smile they can be proud of. God has blessed me to be able to work in an occupation that I enjoy every day with our wonderful staff and patients - they feel like family to me."
Dr. Parker is a proud mom of two beautiful girls named Bella Peach and Ireland Jaimes! When not at the office, Dr. Parker enjoys running races with her husband Jay and singing at area events and churches. She enjoys spending time with her family and going to dinner with friends. She and her family are members of the Wallace Presbyterian Church, and she currently serves as a ruling elder on session.
Helen graduated from Wallace- Rose Hill High School in 1973 and she continued her education at Louisburg College in 1974, Helen finally graduated from Tennessee State University and Meharry Medical College of Nashville, Tennessee with a B.S. Degree in Dental Hygiene in 1984. Helen lives in Wallace with her husband Warren, dog Spanky, Mama Kitty and Baby Kitty. In her free time, Helen enjoys dining out, going to Topsail Beach, and the pool.
Tina graduated from East Duplin High School in 1997 and continued her education at Coastal Carolina Community College of Jacksonville, NC where she graduated with a Certificate in Dental Assisting in 1999, and then went on to earn her B.S. degree in Dental Hygiene in 2001. Tina lives in Pin Hook with her husband Chris, son Jordan, and daughter Kinsley. In her free time, Tina enjoys spending time with her family, teaching Children's Church, going to Topsail Beach, and photography.
Teresa graduated from Pender High School in 1975 and continued her education at East Carolina University of Greenville, NC that same year; she decided to go Coastal Carolina Community College where she earned her B.S. Degree in Dental Hygiene in 1978. Teresa lives in Burgaw with her husband Jay. Jay and Teresa have twins; son Justin and daughter Courtney. Justin is married to Ashley; they have a 2 1/2, year old daughter named Sophie. Teresa loves spending time with her family and friends, spending time with her granddaughter, Sophie brings lots of joy to Teresa, and she also loves to sing, teach exercise classes at Fitness Fusion in Burgaw, NC, collect sea glass, and just hang out at Topsail Beach.
Keri graduated from Nathan-Hale Ray High School of East Haddam, Connecticut in 1987 and continued her education at the University of Rhode Island where she received a B.S. degree in Dental Hygiene in 1992; she gained her experience by practicing dental hygiene in 5 different states, before settling in Wallace 15 years ago. Keri lives in the River Landing Community of Wallace with her husband Rich and 2 sons Joseph and Colby. In her free time, Keri enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to Topsail Beach, and watching her sons play sports.
Front Desk Staff
Barbara graduated from Wallace-Rose Hill High School in 1970. Barbara is the Office Administrator at Southland Dental Care. She has 2 children, son Hugh (Daughter-In-Law Abby, 2 sons Holt and Smith) daughter Margie (2 daughters, Carley and Barley). She went to work in the dental field for 7 years before moving to the Mountains of North Carolina in 1990, she lived there for 12 years, working in Real Estate for 8 of those years at Leatherwood Mountains. Barbara finally returned to her home in Wallace in 2002 to be with her family and started working at Southland Dental in 2003. In her free time, Barbara enjoys spending time with her family, Church, travelling, gardening, her Koi pond, and horseback riding.
Wanda graduated from Wallace-Rose Hill High School in 1983 and continued her education at James Sprunt Community College of Kenansville, NC to study Accounting. Wanda is the Office Manager at Southland Dental Care and has been in the dental field for over 15 years. Wanda lives in Wallace with her husband Allen and their 2 daughters, Beth & Paige. Wanda enjoys watching anything sports related, hanging out with friends, going to the beach & pool, Church, shopping & spending time with her family.
Michelle graduated from Pender High School in 1991 and continued her education at Coastal Carolina Community College of Jacksonville, NC, where she graduated in 1993 with a Certificate in Dental Assisting, and also took the DANB to become a Certified Dental Assistant. Michelle wears many hats at Southland Dental Care. Her main title is Front Desk Coordinator, you may see her when you first check in for your dental appointment, and you may talk to her when you call our office. You may also see her working alongside Dr. Parker, Dr. Sholar, and our Hygienist, when they need an additional dental assistant. Michelle lives in the River Landing Community of Wallace with her husband Mark and their daughter, Marlee. In her free time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cheering for Marlee at her school and travel volleyball games, going to Topsail Beach and the pool at River Landing; she also enjoys shopping and traveling.
Sarah graduated from Pender High School in 1995 and eventually continued her education at Cape Fear Community College of Wilmington, NC in 2001 with a Certificate in Dental Assisting, and also took the DANB to become a Certified Dental Assistant. Sarah lives in Willard with her son and 2 dogs Duchess and Velvet. She spends her free time enjoying her son, working in her yard, going to the beach, pool, and mountains, when she isn't at the soccer field cheering for her boy.
Karen graduated from Wallace-Rose Hill High School in 1998; she is a native of Teachey and has been a Dental Assistant at Southland Dental Care since 2009. Karen lives in Teachey with her husband Daniel, daughter Ashton and twin sons Garret and Owen. Spending time with her husband and children brings her lots of joy. When she's not on the football and baseball fields cheering on her sons, she enjoys the beach, photography, and being outdoors.
Wendy received her GED from Brunswick Community College of Leland, NC in 2013 and continued her education at James Sprunt Community College of Kenansville, NC, where she received her Certificate in Phlebotomy in 2014. Wendy is newly hired to the Southland Dental Care family, as our Sterilization Specialist. Wendy lives in Wallace with her boyfriend, daughter Xessenia, and son Hallington. In her free time, Wendy enjoys cooking for her family; spending time with family is very important. She also enjoys shopping and traveling.