The Team


Dr. Tarun Agarwal, DDS is considered one of the top dentists in the country. He is a recognized speaker, author, and dental leader. He has been featured on CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, and News 14 Carolina. Dr. Agarwal has been awarded '40 under 40' Business Leaders by the Triangle Business Journal.

He is regularly invited to teach other dentists around the world and recently built a training center within the practice dedicated to sharing his expertise.

Most importantly he is a dedicated father of three wonderful children. His biggest accolade was being voted 'Best Dad in the World' by 2 of his 3 kids.


Dr. Kati Hetrick marries experience from five plus years in private practice with information from cutting edge continuing education courses to provide her patients with high quality dental care.  She has the heart of a teacher.  In every interaction she strives to education, explain, and counsel so each individual feels comfortable with the decisions they make for their mouths.  A gentle touch and positive attitude will comfort you during your dental visit.

Dr. Hetrick is a native of Kansas.  After receiving her Bachelors of Science degree from University of Kansas, Dental School brought her to Buffalo, New York where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2009.  In a pursuit of excellence, Dr. Hetrick completed a two year Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program.  During her post graduate residency, she received additional training from dental specialists in all fields of dentistry.  A passion for lifelong learning motivates her to attend frequent dental meetings, study clubs, and workshops.

A desire to be closer to family recently moved Dr. Hetrick, her husband and two sons to North Carolina.  Together they explore the area's beautiful parks, lakes, playgrounds, and festivals.


Dr. Faisal Shaikh, DDS is a North Carolina native and grew up on a small family farm in Raleigh. He is a caring provider, committed to guiding his patients to make the best decisions for their oral health. He is dedicated to pursuing continuing education and using cutting edge technology to deliver the best care. 


Dr. Shaikh completed his undergraduate education in biology and finance at North Carolina State University. He then moved to New York City and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery at New York University. With the rich diversity of NYC, he had the opportunity to treat people of many cultures and backgrounds.


After completing his training, Dr. Shaikh decided to return to his home state to be closer to family. He currently resides with his wife in Cary, NC. When he is not working, you will find him enjoying our state’s beautiful parks. He is an avid outdoorsman that enjoys fishing, camping, and hiking.

Kelsey has been in the dental field for over 12 years. Originally she wanted to go to school for sports medicine but after seeing a football game where someone got their teeth knocked out she transitioned into the dental field. She started out as an assistant and then transitioned to the admin side. She has a true passion for all things dentistry.

Outside of dentistry you will find Kelsey and her husband on their farm tending to their bees or gardening. They have 2 german shepards and one cat and are residing in Garner, NC.


Meghan has been a part of the Raleigh Dental Arts team since 2012 and has truly found her work home. She received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from UNC Chapel Hill.

Meghan enjoys spending time with her husband and children. Weekends usually consist of watching one of her daughter's athletic games. Her family loves the outdoors. Meghan also enjoys early morning workouts at Burn Boot Camp and trying new restaurants with her friends.

Meghan says she originally became interested in dentistry as a child after falling and injuring her two front teeth. The dentist she had was amazing and made her feel comfortable, explaining everything throughout the process of recovery.

Dentistry is an incredibly personal and vulnerable area for most people. When a patient needs dental work it can become overwhelming and stressful. Meghan understands that and enjoys working with patients to help achieve their dental health and goals, striving to make every visit a more comfortable and positive experience.


Jessie completed Dental Hygiene in 2007 at Wayne Community College and has been a part of the Raleigh Dental Arts team since 2016.

In her spare time, Jessie enjoys crafts, painting and DIY projects. She also likes to visit the beach, theme parks, and hiking trails.
Being a keen animal lover Jessie also likes to find the next dog to pet!

Jessie says when she was a child she was terrified of the dentist. She would cry on the way there. Her dental hygienist was always so comforting and sweet and helped conquer her fears of the dentist. Now Jessie likes to do the same for her patients, to try and make their visit something to look forward to.

DA II/Sleep Coordinator

Liz has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Greensboro and went to the University of Chapel Hill to complete Dental Assisting. Liz has been a part of the Raleigh Dental Arts team since 2008 working for Dr. Agarwal as his lead assistant before transitioning into the role of Sleep Coordinator in 2016. As our Sleep Coordinator, Liz helps those suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea and CPAP intolerance to find other alternatives through oral appliances.

Liz enjoys traveling, trying new food, biking and gardening. Liz says in her many years at Raleigh Dental Arts she has seen the difference we have made in peoples lives through changing their smiles to improve their confidence. For others, their health by giving them back the ability to eat and enjoy food which has improved the quality of their life.
Patients here become our family and that is how we treat them here.


Whitney has been a dental assistant for over 16 years and has been a part of the Raleigh Dental Arts team as a DA II since 2016.

Whitney completed the Dental Assisting Program in 2006 through the Maryland State Dental Association and received her EFDA Certification in 2015 through Harcum College in Pennsylvania.

For fun, Whitney enjoys listening to music, dancing and going to live shows. She also enjoys hiking, camping and doing almost anything outdoors.

Whitney says being able to be part of changing someone's life just by giving them their smile back and to see the confidence that it gives them is really rewarding.


Jackie joined our team in 2021. She graduated from WTCC and has been practicing since 2012. During her time at WTCC she was awarded with the Presidential Academic Honors Award and the Colgate STAR award which is in recognition of a student’s dedication to the dental hygiene profession, compassion in patient care, and enthusiasm for the role of the dental hygienist and community service.

She spends her free time with her 2 children & 3 cats. Loves to travel and enjoy anything by the water. Jackie is also passionate about food and wine! She earned her Court of Master Sommeliers Level 1 certification in 2018!

Jackie loves building relationships with her patients and can't wait to meet you!


Charae moved to Raleigh after graduating from hygiene school in 2002. She graduated top of her class and was awarded the Heart Award for her passion for the field and willingness to always help others. She has completed advanced studies with Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and Genr8tion Next. Charae is always working to advance her knowledge in all areas of dentistry and is grateful for the opportunity to work alongside and learn from Dr. Agarwal.
Charae always has a smile on her face and wants her patients to as well. She understands that the dental office brings anxiety for most and is here to answer all questions and
concerns to help ease that anxiety.
In her spare time Charae enjoys spending time with her family, cooking while singing along to music and dancing with her daughter.