Meet the Dental Team

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Meet Dr. Steven L. Hatcher

Dr. Steven Hatcher

Dr. Steven Hatcher has dedicated his career to changing patients’ lives with exceptional smiles. His practice is patient-centered, with an emphasis on individual attention. He recognizes that good oral health requires a lifetime of diligent care, and he strives to develop long-term patient relationships, helping them every step of the way.

Educational background

Dr. Hatcher attended UNC (University of Northern Carolina), where he majored in biology and completed undergraduate studies. During this time, he was awarded a cancer research grant from NIH. Following dental school graduation, Dr. Hatcher went to Fort Meade, MD where his military service began. The majority of his service was in Washington DC. He was stationed at various locations including the Pentagon, Fort McNair, Fort Belvoir, and Fort Meade.

Continuing education and professional affiliations

In keeping with his dedication to excellence, Dr. Hatcher regularly attends courses, lectures, and other educational opportunities. He is an active member of many professional associations, which affords him the opportunity to stay at the forefront of the latest developments in dentistry.

  • Guilford County Dental Society
  • North Carolina Dental Society
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry (Fellow)

Awards and honors

Dr. Hatcher’s commitment to excellence is evidenced by a long list of recognitions and awards, beginning in his college days, and continuing throughout his career. These include:

  • U.S. Army Health Professions Scholarship Recipient
  • Two Army Commendation Medals
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • Commissioned Captain, U.S. Army
  • Dean’s List UNC-Chapel Hill

Away from the office

When Dr. Hatcher isn’t in the office creating dazzling smiles, he enjoys time with his family, skiing, hiking, golfing, cooking, and traveling. He and his wife, Dr. Sona Isharani, and their daughter, Sophie, live in Greensboro.

Meet Dr. Chad Merrell

Dr. Chad Merrell – Dentist

Dr. Merrell’s passion for dentistry is evident through his interaction with his patients. He treats his patients as members of his family.

Dr. Merrell is married to Tricia and they have 3 children, Preston age 11 and Mary Grace age 10 and Thomas age 5. He enjoys spending quality time with his family, fly fishing, hiking and camping.

Educational background

Dr. Merrell was born in Anderson, South Carolina in 1973. He earned his Eagle Scout honor in 1989, attended High School in Arden, North Carolina at T.C. Roberson and graduated with a B.S. in Zoology from N.C State University in 1996. Upon graduating from Temple University School of Dentistry in 2002, Dr. Merrell completed the Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at UNC – Chapel Hill where he learned many of the advanced techniques he performs today.

Dr. Merrell is entering his 16th year in dentistry and enjoys the advanced technologies he can offer his patients.

Meet Dr. Victoria L. Santiago-Coiro DMD, FAGD

Victoria L. Santiago-Coiro DMD, FAGD

Dr. Victoria Santiago-Coiro, a native of Toms River, New Jersey is an experienced dentist, bringing thorough, meticulous care to her patient base for over 12 years.


With a lifelong dream of becoming a dentist, Victoria completed her undergraduate coursework at Montclair State University majoring in Molecular Biology. Dr. Santiago-Coiro was then offered early acceptance to UMDNJ- New Jersey Dental School (currently Rutgers School of Dental Medicine). Upon graduation in 2005, she went into private practice in her hometown of Toms River.

Dr. Santiago-Coiro is very passionate about continuing education and has earned a Fellowship award in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2011. She is looking forward to achieving Scholar status with the Dawson Academy. Through a rigorous curriculum and participation in study clubs, Dawson dentists are trained in an analysis of bite problems and related disorders of the TMJ’s (jaw joints) in order to achieve long-term maintainable health and comfort with the creation and maintenance of a beautiful, natural smile.


Dr. Santiago-Coiro is a die-hard New York Yankees fan and loves watching football. On Friday nights, you will always see her on the sideline cheering on, watching her husband, Damon, coach high school football at Southeast Guilford High School. She also enjoys spending as much time as she can with her 2 nieces and 4 nephews.

Meet Dr. Sona J. Isharani

Dr. Sona Isharani

Dr. Sona Isharani is a board certified pediatric dentist, and beloved by our patients. Her expertise in working with children comes from not only professional education and experience but also motherhood. She is known for her gentleness, compassion, and ability to develop a rapport with children.

Known to her patients as Dr. Sona, she strives to create a dental home, where children and parents feel relaxed and comfortable. She believes in establishing a good foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles through education and preventive care in a home-like, relaxed atmosphere.

Educational background

Dr. Sona earned her DDS degree from University of North Carolina, which is also where she earned her graduate and undergraduate degrees. She completed her training at the University of Maryland Dental School, with a three-year pediatric dentistry program. She graduated with a certificate in pediatric dentistry, and has been treating Greensboro children ever since.

Continuing education and professional affiliations

Dr. Sona completed fellowship training at University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia). The program included growth and development, as well as behavioral management along with clinical training. She is an active member of numerous professional associations, including:

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • North Carolina Dental Society
  • Guildford County Dental Society

Awards and honors

Dr. Sona has received many accolades throughout her education and training, including:

  • Samuel D. Harris Fellowship, from the National Children’s Oral Health Policy and Advocacy Training of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, (Dr. Sona was the first-ever recipient of this honor)
  • Marvin J. Black Community Service Award from UNC Dental School
  • Dean’s List at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Passionate Leadership Award from Junior League of Greensboro

Away from the office

When Dr. Sona isn’t at the office, she enjoys spending time with family and participating in community events. She donates her time and skills to Christina Smiles, an event proving free dentistry for underprivileged children, and serves as a Child Advocate of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (lobby day). Her favorite hobbies include meditating, exercising, reading, traveling, and volunteering. She resides in Greensboro with her husband, Dr. Steven Hatcher, and their daughter Sophie.

Patient Testimonials

Steven L Hatcher, DDS, PA
Rating: 5Review By Britt W.The work done by Dr. H and his excellent staff has truly improved my life. After years of neglect, Dr. H was able to fix my teeth and I feel confident about my smile and my teeth for the rest of my life.