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 Magna Cum Laude honors at ECU and Suma Cum Laude honors at VCU but was also 1 of 10 dental students selected into the Phi Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society based on academic achievement and the promise of innovation in the dental field. During her residency, Dr. Parker received extensive training in dealing with medically complex patients, specifically those with head & neck cancer as well as severe heart disease. Since graduation, Dr. Parker has completed a nine-month dental implant continuum at the Triangle Dental Institute in Durham and has been acknowledged as 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. She recently studied under the prestigious Dr. Pete Dawson of the Dawson academy and works closely with esteemed dental laboratory experts throughout the Southeastern US to serve as a restorative dentist at the forefront of devloping techniques and materials in fixed prosthodontics complex cases.
"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 and I see each and every encouter as an opportunity to show love and speak life into someone's life. My passion is cosmetic dentistry and I will go the extra mile to make sure my patients leave completely satisified!"-Dr. Joell
Dr. Parker lives in Wallace and is a proud mom of two beautiful girls named Bella Peach and Ireland Jaimes and a sweet baby boy named Richmond! When not at the office, Dr. Parker enjoys camping with her husband Dr. Jay Parker and singing at area events and churches. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading Christian inspirational books, and paddleboarding with her family. She and her family attend Port City Community Church in Wilmington.
Helen graduated from Wallace- Rose Hill High School in 1973 and she continued her education at Louisburg College in 1974. Helen 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 Maggie, Mama Kitty and Baby Kitty. In her free time, Helen enjoys dining out and spending time with her family.
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 to 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 5 year old daughter named Sophie and a 3 year old son, Jude. 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, read, 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 in 2000.
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
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 Front Desk Coordinator/Insurance and Office Manager at Southland Dental Care and has been in the dental field for over 18 years.
Wanda lives in Wallace and has 2 daughters, Beth & Paige. Wanda enjoys watching anything sports related, hanging out with friends, going to the beach, 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 started working for Southland Dental Care as our Front Desk Coordinator/Insurance Manager in 2007, and has been in the dental field for 25 years.
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 tailgating and attending football games at ECU, where her daughter attends college. Collecting sea glass, when she visits Carolina and Topsail Beach,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 went back to college while working at SDC to obtain her Bachelors Degree, which gave her the opportunity to teach the dental specialties at Miller Motte College in 2017.
Sarah lives in Willard with her son, Blake. Sarah enjoys anything that involves her son, especially cheering for him on the soccer field, much to his embarrassment. Sarah and Blake love to swim, fish, go to the beach or just lounge in their pool.
Karen graduated from Wallace-Rose Hill High School in 1998; she is a native of Teachey Karen started working at Southland Dental Care in 2009 as a DA II/ OSHA coordinator.
Karen lives in Teachey with her husband Daniel, daughter Ashton and twin sons Garrett 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 Rodriguez Martinez
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 wears many hats at Southland Dental Care; she is a DA II/Sterilization Specialist/ Spanish Intepreter.
Wendy has been with our practice for 3 years now. Wendy lives in Wallace with her husband Nelson, 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.