Our Staff

Dr.Salil Bhende is a Hickory dentist who utilizes the latest dental technology and emphasizes comprehensive dentistry, including preventive care, cleaning, fillings, crowns and bridges, root canals, implants and bone grafts, dentures and partial dentures, and other allied dental services. He is ably assisted by the following personnel:

Heather Young

I graduated from Western Piedmont in 2006 as a dental assistant. For the last eleven years I have enjoyed assisting and helping patients feel comfortable during dental treatment. I love spending time with my patients, helping them understand their dental treatment needs and oral hygiene care. The most satisfying aspect of my job is seeing the transition of our patients smile after treatment. Working with a fun loving staff and caring doctor.

Karen Dillon

I have been a dental assistant for over 30 years. It is an honor to have the ability to educate people about their dental hygiene and help restore their self-confidence. Dr. Bhende and the staff make working a true pleasure.

Bekah Soots

Hi, my name is Bekah. I have been with EcoDental Since Oct. of 2016. I moved to Hickory in August 2016 After marrying the love of my life. I enjoy going on mission trips to Haiti every summer to see a sweet little boy named David. He is the little boy that my husband and I are in the process of adopting from Haiti. I started as a Dental Assistant in July 2015 then moved to the front desk. One of the things I love about EcoDental is how it feels like a family. We have a great working environment which makes our patients feel at home.

Marti Lingerfelt

I graduated from the dental hygiene program at Catawba Valley Community College in 2001. Since then, I have enjoyed a career in dental hygiene, helping patients maximize their overall health through proper oral hygiene and treatment. I have been employed with EcoDental since November 2016 and LOVE my job here with my work family and patients. I live in Granite Falls with my husband and three children. April through November you can find us at Lake James boating, hiking and swimming.

Beata Muccini

Hi, my name is Beata. I moved to NC 10 years ago from Brooklyn, NY. I’ve been a Dental Assistant for over 20 years now. I enjoy meeting patients and helping them reach a higher point of oral health. I look forward to keeping your smile healthy.