Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Dr. Tara Bell


Dr. Bell grew up in Minnesota and is happy to now call Cary home. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1998. While at Notre Dame, she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society and is currently an active member. She then completed her dental training at Marquette University School of Dentistry in 2002, where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.

Dr. Bell is committed to providing the latest advances in dentistry to her patients, and has completed courses at the Pankey Institute and the Spear Education series. She is currently an active member in the local chapter of the Spear Study Club. This organization focuses on team treatment planning and improving dental knowledge to achieve ideal and comprehensive patient care. Away from the dental office, she enjoys reading and playing, coaching, or watching all sports.

Claudia LaSmith

Office Manager

Claudia grew up in Strasburg, Ohio and later in Greensboro, North Carolina. She attended the Dental Assisting program at Guilford Technical Community College and graduated in 2000. Claudia has had additional training with the Nash Institute and Levin Group where she was educated by top dental professionals. She graduated in 2014, completing her Fellowship in Dental Office Management from AADOM, making her 1 of 6 dental managers in North Carolina to have completed her fellowship. She was nominated as Office Manager of the Year in 2014. This made her one of the top 30 Dental Office Managers in the nation. She is a board member of the AADOM Triangle Area Chapter and was nominated Treasurer. In her spare time Claudia loves to spend time with her husband and family, and enjoys taking long walks with her dog Elle in local area parks. Cooking and listening to music are her favorite past times. Claudia’s dedication to providing office and team support, as well as high quality customer care, have had a strong influence in our office and continues to make our dental team strive for excellence.

Katie Allen

Dental Hygienist

Hailing from Michigan seven years ago, Katie graduated from Central Carolina CC with a degree in dental hygiene in 2019. With a family of four children and a wonderful husband, Katie has made her home in Fuquay-Varina. As a dental hygienist, Katie brings her sense of humor to the operatory. She strives for excellence while making a trip to the dentist an enjoyable experience. She focuses on patient education and creating a dynamic environment for growth.

Katie Mullins

Dental Hygienist

Katie was born and raised in Rochester, NH then moved to Apex, NC in the fall of 2014 worked with Dr. Bell and team from 2014-2017 and came back in June 2020. She is so happy to be back! As a hygienist, it is Katie’s priority to provide patients with oral care to best meet their individual needs in a friendly, gentle, and sincere manner.

Taylor Johnson

Dental Assistant/Treatment Coordinator

Taylor was born and raised in Apex, NC. She graduated from the Dental Assisting program at Sandhills Dental Career Center in Aberdeen, NC in November 2020. She graduated at the top of her class. Her compassion and eagerness to provide excellent dental care makes her an amazing addition to our team. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family and goes on walks with her dog Willow.

Ja’Kayla Betts

Dental Assistant/Scheduling Coordinator

Ja’Kayla was born and raised in Roxboro, NC. She graduated from Triangle School of Dental Assisting in April, 2021. Her passion is working with people and creating a connection. In 2019, Ja’Kayla was a former advisor of the SADD (Students Against Destructive Decision) Committee. Where she spoke in front of hundreds of students across North Carolina encouraging students to make healthier decisions. In her free time, Ja’Kayla enjoys spending time with her family and cooking out on the grill. Her goal is to provide her patients with the best care and making sure every patient is leaving with the best experience and a smile to follow.

Monica Neusen

Dental Assistant

Monica was raised in California and Texas. She has been in dentistry for 20 years. Her passion is to help people with their smiles and comforting them throughout their dental procedures. In her free time she enjoys pickleball, bible studies, family, and friends.