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Meet Dr. Yaste

Dr. Christian Yaste, D.D.S. is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. After graduating in 1996, he moved to Charlotte, North Carolina and completed a two-year postgraduate residency in Oral Medicine at The Carolinas Medical Center. Dr. Yaste is qualified in all areas of general dentistry but has also taken advanced training in cosmetic restorative procedures as well as full mouth rehabilitation. He is a national speaker and consultant for several dental manufacturers and has been published in multiple dental journals.  Recently Dr. Yaste and his partner authored the book, Open Your Mouth! How the Right Coversations with Your Dentist Can Change Your Life.

In Dental School Dr. Yaste had a bike accident that left him with several broken off front teeth and cuts to his face and mouth.  Immediately after the accident he found himself being rushed through the process of a dental emergency that left him scared with dental phobia.  It was at this point that he almost quit dental school, not being able to imagine a career of making people uncomfortable.  Instead he, and his partner Dr. Joe, embarked on a mission to find ways to make dentistry comfortable for their patients.  His experience has made him more empathetic to the needs of his patients and helped develop the vision behind the Ballantyne Center for Dentistry and Dental Implants.

Dr. Yaste is married and has two children.  His parents and siblings live in North Carolina and he enjoys visiting together with them frequently.  He also enjoys the mountain and road biking, camping, fishing, Spartan races, reading and spending time with his kids and wife.  Dr. Yaste’s favorite food is Taco Bell! (his nickname at the office is “docobell”.  His “soul” purpose is serving others through dentistry.

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Meet Dr. Hufanda

Dr. Joseph Hufanda, D.D.S. is also a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He and Dr. Yaste went through dental school together and have known each other since the 8th grade! After graduation, he underwent three years of additional training with the Upper Peninsula Rural Health Services. Dr. Joe (as he is referred to by his patients) has completed continuing education courses in advanced full mouth rehabilitation, aesthetic restorative dentistry and dental implants.

Dr. Joe speaks frequently to large groups on dental implants and advances in dental technology.  He believes that in co-discovery, listening to his patients and building relationships with them is the first step to helping them find the best solution to their problems. Providing his patients with a safe, nurturing and relaxed environment is important to Dr. Joe as many of his patients have dental phobia due to bad dental experiences in the past. For the past 15 years Dr. Joe has been offering his highly fearful patients Moderate Conscious Sedation and is now certified to provide IV. Recently he and the other doctors at the practice were featured on the Emmy award winning show “The Doctors”.

Dr. Joe was aware at a young age that dentistry was his calling. .Both of his parents were in the medical field and encouraged him to use his talents to make a difference in other peoples lives. Dr. Joe is married to Tatjana and together have and has an adorable son who he is proud to share stories about with his patients. When he is not creating beautiful smiles, Dr. Joe can be found doing all kinds of other creative things with his hands. He has a innate talent for all things artistic and is a talented painter, illustrator, musician, and cook. Team members at the Ballantyne Center for Dental Implants are especially fond of his drawings and personalized, hand-made cards.

 

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Dr. Eric Satterlee grew up in the state of New York and graduated from State University of New York with a degree in finance.  After working for several years he considered obtaining his MBA, but after much soul searching he realized that his true purpose was to make a real difference in peoples lives.  A friend brought up dentistry as a possible vocation for serving others and it immediately resonated with him.  From there Dr. Satterlee became laser focused on becoming a dentist, and not just any dentist, but a GREAT dentist (This is the reason Dr. Yaste and Dr. Joe were so interested in bringing him to the Ballantyne Center for Dentistry). Within a short time Dr. Satterlee rose to the top of his class at the New York University of Dentistry.

After graduation, Dr. Satterlee and his wife decided to make North Carolina their home.  Charlotte specifically interested them because of its diversity and growth.  He worked in several dental practices and eventually was introduced to Dr. Yaste and Dr. Joe.  He knew they had the same vision that he did and it didn’t take long to find out that the Ballantyne Center for Dentistry would be a perfect fit.  After joining the practice Dr. Satterlee became licensed in I.V. sedation and immersed himself in adult care dentistry.  Now Dr. Satterlee has advanced training in restorative general dentistry and comprehensive adult care treatment planning.

Dr. Satterlee has a few interesting talents.  His claim to fame in our office is his good nature and his expertise with coffee.  He is a coffee connoisseur as he roasts his own coffee beans, grinds them, and brews the perfect cup of coffee every morning.  He also enjoys being outdoors and spending time with his wife and daughter.

What is most important to Dr. Satterlee is building trust with his patients and helping them address their chief concerns while providing options to resolve any health or cosmetic issues they may have.

         

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