Meet Our Team

Lisa Candon, DDS

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

A native of Charlotte, Dr. Lisa Candon is thrilled to be practicing pediatric dentistry in her hometown! She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her undergraduate studies and completed her dental training at the University of Maryland. Dr. Lisa then pursued her postdoctoral specialty training at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital which is often ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country! She is board certified and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. When not treating patients, Dr. Lisa enjoys spending quality time with her husband and daughter.

Nehemiah Lawson, DDS

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

What happens when you combine acting and singing with baby teeth? You get Dr. Nehemiah Lawson, of course! Dr. Lawson, a military kid, was born in Germany and raised in Columbus, GA. He attended the University of Georgia where he discovered his interest for dentistry, served on mission trips, and even performed at Town Hall (down the street from Broadway!). 

Dr. Lawson received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from UNC-Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry, and his postdoctoral pediatric residency training at Texas A&M College of Dentistry (formerly Baylor) in conjunction with Children’s Medical Center and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Dr. Lawson is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, North Carolina Dental Association, and the North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. 

In his free time, Dr. Lawson can be found hiking with his awesome German Shepherd (Tytin), weightlifting, traveling, singing and auditioning for the latest theatre stage show, trying new restaurants, and spending quality time with family and friends!

Oscar Mvula, DDS

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Oscar Mvula found his passion for pediatric dentistry by participating in clinical rotations focused on children and patients with special needs. Dr. Oscar earned his Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 2007 and received his Doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry in 2011. Dr. Oscar is a board certified pediatric dentist and a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Oscar is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and now calls Charlotte home.

Carson Rutledge, DDS

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Carson Rutledge found his passion for helping children at a young age while volunteering as a mentor for children with special needs. Dr. Carson received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Clemson University in 2010. He then completed a 2 year postdoctoral program in advanced pediatric dentistry with NYU Lutheran Medical Center, in conjunction with Rady Children’s Hospital. Dr. Carson enjoys skydiving, snowboarding, and loves watersports!

Austin Bowman

General Dentist

While actively pursuing continued education and clinical excellence, Dr. Austin Bowman believes in the business of people before teeth. To accomplish this, he strives to provide comfortable treatment – listening to the motivations, expectations, and fears of each of his patients and their caretakers – and creating a tailored experience.

He received his doctorate from the Dental College of Georgia, where he found a passion for special needs patients and pediatrics – being awarded the Brian Stone Award for volunteer service and care for patients with disabilities. 

Dr. Bowman is from Atlanta, GA, and is a proud Georgia Bulldog with a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. In his free time, he enjoys grilling out and exploring Charlotte with his wife and daughter.

Cecilia Akintonde, DDS

Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Cecilia Akintonde is a pediatric dentist focused on serving the unique dental needs of infants, children, adolescents, and special needs patients – all populations who require a great deal of care, patience, and heart alongside specialized training. She understands that oral health is an important part of overall systemic health and she focuses on helping her patients develop the skills necessary to build the foundation for healthy smiles.

Dr. Cecilia completed her undergraduate education at the University of Maryland, College Park where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in kinesiology. She then attended Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Following dental school, she completed her residency training in pediatric dentistry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, serving as Chief Resident during her final year.

Dr. Cecilia is very excited to be joining the team and is ready to explore the Carolinas and most of all – continue following her passion for working with children and their families. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, discovering new restaurants, and watching football.

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