At Bird Pediatric Dentistry, our entire kind and compassionate team is passionate about helping children have the best possible oral health with beautiful and functional smiles. From infancy to adulthood, our team of pediatric dentists and dental professionals are dedicated to ensuring your child has a wonderful experience while receiving the care and education that will start and keep them on the road to a lifetime of excellent oral health.

Meet Dr. Suzanne Bird

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Practice Philosophy

As a board-certified Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Suzanne Bird is one of just a few pediatric dentists in the United States who is also a certified Orthodontist. This dual specialty helps Dr. Bird create a pleasurable experience for your children as she assesses their growing jaws and how their teeth are growing in. If there are any concerns, Dr. Bird can often guide your children’s growth and development with orthodontics – without referring your child to an unfamiliar team.

Home Life

When not helping her family of patients attain and maintain straight and healthy teeth, Dr. Bird appreciates traveling to tropical destinations and spending time with her husband Jake and their five children, Jacob, Emily, Marilyn, Rosemary and Renee; the youngest of whom is an aspiring dentist! The family also enjoys the antics of their furry family members, a Cockapoo named Otto and a Labradoodle named Henry.
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Education & Professional Memberships

Dr. Bird earned her doctorate from UNC School of Dentistry, her Pediatric specialty from The Ohio State University and Columbus Children's Hospital, and her Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics from The University of Missouri in Kansas City. She is an active member of the following organizations:
  • American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • North Carolina Society of Pediatric Dentistry
  • North Carolina Dental Society
  • Charlotte Dental Society

Meet Dr. Chris Cotterill

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Practice Philosophy

Dr. Chris Cotterill is a firm believer in the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” In other words, practicing good oral health habits and visiting a dentist regularly are the best ways to keep a smile healthy and beautiful. A board-certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Chris works hard to provide children, teens, and people with special needs high-quality care. “I love helping children experience life with happy, healthy smiles,” he says. He considers himself fortunate to work with a fantastic team equally passionate about providing kids an excellent experience and treatment.

Education

Dr. Chris achieved his doctorate at the University of Kentucky in 2003, followed by his pediatric dentistry certificate in 2005.

Home Life

When he’s not at the office, Dr. Chris enjoys bicycling, golfing, playing tennis, hiking, and spending time on the water. He is married to Christine. He has one fur baby, a red Labrador retriever named Bourbon. Dr. Chris grew up in Kentucky and has lived in North Carolina since 2012, minus a short stint in Colorado in 2018. “I love North Carolina and the people who live here,” he says. As an active member of the community, you can find him at church services and volunteering for the local Special Olympics’ Healthy Athletes program. One day, Dr. Chris wants to sail around the world!

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Dr. Kelly Lipp

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Practice Philosophy

As a second-generation dental professional, Dr. Lipp loves children and is passionate about helping them start their dental journeys in calming comfort. She knows that healthcare can sometimes be intimidating and confusing, so Dr. Lipp places her focus on creating a comfortable, enjoyable, and educational environment at every visit.

Home Life

Dr. Lipp and her husband Dr. Blake Nelson, who is also a dentist, have recently made Charlotte home and are excited about exploring the city. They spend their free time cooking, hiking, and relaxing with their dog, an adorable Goldendoodle named Teddy, who will do anything for a treat.

Education & Professional Memberships

Rounding out the UNC School of Dentistry alumni is Dr. Kelly Lipp. After earning her doctorate, Dr. Lipp also earned her certificate to practice pediatric dentistry at The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Lipp wrote her master’s thesis on Pediatric Patient Comfort Following Dental Treatment. She is an active member of the following organizations:
  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • North Carolina Dental Society
  • Charlotte Dental Society
  • American Academy of Dental Research
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Dr. Lipp and her husband
Dr. Blake Nelson & Teddy.

Meet Dr. Suzanne Bird

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Practice Philosophy

As a board-certified Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Suzanne Bird is one of just a few pediatric dentists in the United States who is also a certified Orthodontist. This dual specialty helps Dr. Bird create a pleasurable experience for your children as she assesses their growing jaws and how their teeth are growing in. If there are any concerns, Dr. Bird can often guide your children’s growth and development with orthodontics – without referring your child to an unfamiliar team.

Home Life

When not helping her family of patients attain and maintain straight and healthy teeth, Dr. Bird appreciates traveling to tropical destinations and spending time with her husband Jake and their five children, Jacob, Emily, Marilyn, Rosemary and Renee; the youngest of whom is an aspiring dentist! The family also enjoys the antics of their furry family members, a Cockapoo named Otto and a Labradoodle named Henry.
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Education & Professional Memberships

Dr. Bird earned her doctorate from UNC School of Dentistry, her Pediatric specialty from The Ohio State University and Columbus Children's Hospital, and her Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics from The University of Missouri in Kansas City. She is an active member of the following organizations:
  • American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • North Carolina Society of Pediatric Dentistry
  • North Carolina Dental Society
  • Charlotte Dental Society

Meet Dr. Chris Cotterill

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Practice Philosophy

Dr. Chris Cotterill is a firm believer in the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” In other words, practicing good oral health habits and visiting a dentist regularly are the best ways to keep a smile healthy and beautiful. A board-certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Chris works hard to provide children, teens, and people with special needs high-quality care. “I love helping children experience life with happy, healthy smiles,” he says. He considers himself fortunate to work with a fantastic team equally passionate about providing kids an excellent experience and treatment.

Education

Dr. Chris achieved his doctorate at the University of Kentucky in 2003, followed by his pediatric dentistry certificate in 2005.

Home Life

When he’s not at the office, Dr. Chris enjoys bicycling, golfing, playing tennis, hiking, and spending time on the water. He is married to Christine. He has one fur baby, a red Labrador retriever named Bourbon. Dr. Chris grew up in Kentucky and has lived in North Carolina since 2012, minus a short stint in Colorado in 2018. “I love North Carolina and the people who live here,” he says. As an active member of the community, you can find him at church services and volunteering for the local Special Olympics’ Healthy Athletes program. One day, Dr. Chris wants to sail around the world!


Dr. Kelly Lipp

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Practice Philosophy

As a second-generation dental professional, Dr. Lipp loves children and is passionate about helping them start their dental journeys in calming comfort. She knows that healthcare can sometimes be intimidating and confusing, so Dr. Lipp places her focus on creating a comfortable, enjoyable, and educational environment at every visit.

Home Life

Dr. Lipp and her fiancé Dr. Blake Nelson, who is also a dentist, have recently made Charlotte home and are excited about exploring the city. They spend their free time cooking, hiking, and relaxing with their dog, an adorable Goldendoodle named Teddy, who will do anything for a treat.

Education & Professional Memberships

Rounding out the UNC School of Dentistry alumni is Dr. Kelly Lipp. After earning her doctorate, Dr. Lipp also earned her certificate to practice pediatric dentistry at The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Lipp wrote her master’s thesis on Pediatric Patient Comfort Following Dental Treatment. She is an active member of the following organizations:
  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • North Carolina Dental Society
  • Charlotte Dental Society
  • American Academy of Dental Research
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Dr. Lipp and her fiancé
Dr. Blake Nelson

About Our Team

Along with our kind and compassionate pediatric dentists, our team of dental professionals is dedicated to helping your children achieve excellent oral health with the beautiful smile they deserve.
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Business Development Manager

Alexa King

As the business development manager for both Bird Pediatric and Braces by Bird, Alexa is instrumental in promoting our services and practices. Spreading the word is her specialty! Alexa thoroughly enjoys engaging with the community and going to events. She grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota but has lived in Charlotte since 2017 (it’s nice to live where there isn’t snow!). She enjoys spending as much time as she can with her twin daughters, Ayla and Ella, and trying out new foods. She has a pet cockapoo named Oliver.

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Patient Coordinator

Sheilla Robles

Sheilla has the natural ability to help patients feel at home when they arrive at Bird Pediatric Dentistry. She loves meeting children when they first show up for dental care. Sheilla stresses the importance of prevention through education. Each day is a good one for her as she considers herself lucky to be in a positive environment where everyone has a strong work ethic. When she’s not at work, Sheilla likes to go on hikes, play acoustic guitar, and watch TV. She grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico and relocated to Charlotte in the winter of 2017. She’s the proud mom of a Feist mix named Chuleta (aka Porkchop).
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Lead Dental Assistant

Michele Merritt

As our lead Dental Assistant, Michele has been helping us create a warm and inviting environment for our family of patients for more than seven years. Originally from Buffalo, Michele traded the snow for the city of trees and she couldn’t be happier to be here!
Away from the practice Michelle channels her creativity by making wreaths, scrapbooking, and dreaming of travel.
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Dental Assistant

Shyla Morse

A true people person, Shyla is happiest at work when she helps people smile. Born and raised in Charlotte, Shyla is dedicated to our city and the people who live here – it’s her dream to start up a mentoring program for young girls and young women. Away from the practice Shyla enjoys reading, hiking, and relaxing with the family dog, an Australian Shepherd/Husky mix named Zoe.

About Our Team

Along with our kind and compassionate pediatric dentists, our team of dental professionals is dedicated to helping your children achieve excellent oral health with the beautiful smile they deserve.
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Business Development Manager

Alexa King

As the business development manager for both Bird Pediatric and Braces by Bird, Alexa is instrumental in promoting our services and practices. Spreading the word is her specialty! Alexa thoroughly enjoys engaging with the community and going to events. She grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota but has lived in Charlotte since 2017 (it’s nice to live where there isn’t snow!). She enjoys spending as much time as she can with her twin daughters, Ayla and Ella, and trying out new foods. She has a pet cockapoo named Oliver.

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Patient Coordinator

Sheilla Robles

Sheilla has the natural ability to help patients feel at home when they arrive at Bird Pediatric Dentistry. She loves meeting children when they first show up for dental care. Sheilla stresses the importance of prevention through education. Each day is a good one for her as she considers herself lucky to be in a positive environment where everyone has a strong work ethic. When she’s not at work, Sheilla likes to go on hikes, play acoustic guitar, and watch TV. She grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico and relocated to Charlotte in the winter of 2017. She’s the proud mom of a Feist mix named Chuleta (aka Porkchop).
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Lead Dental Assistant

Michele Merritt

As our lead Dental Assistant, Michele has been helping us create a warm and inviting environment for our family of patients for more than seven years. Originally from Buffalo, Michele traded the snow for the city of trees and she couldn’t be happier to be here!
Away from the practice Michelle channels her creativity by making wreaths, scrapbooking, and dreaming of travel.
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Dental Assistant

Shyla Morse

A true people person, Shyla is happiest at work when she helps people smile. Born and raised in Charlotte, Shyla is dedicated to our city and the people who live here – it’s her dream to start up a mentoring program for young girls and young women. Away from the practice Shyla enjoys reading, hiking, and relaxing with the family dog, an Australian Shepherd/Husky mix named Zoe.

Community Involvement

As a practice, and individually, we believe that giving back to people and providing sponsorship for events that benefit kids is our responsibility. We participate regularly in community support initiatives including:
  • School presentations to teach oral health
  • School festivals
  • 5 k runs
  • Safety days
  • YMCA events
  • Local swim teams
  • Recreational sports leagues
  • Local schools
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Community Involvement

As a practice, and individually, we believe that giving back to people and providing sponsorship for events that benefit kids is our responsibility. We participate regularly in community support initiatives including:
  • School presentations to teach oral health
  • School festivals
  • 5 k runs
  • Safety days
  • YMCA events
  • Local swim teams
  • Recreational sports leagues
  • Local schools
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