Meet The Doctors
Sree Nadella, DDS
Sree is honored to be the Chief Dental Officer for Better Dental. She was born in Virginia and moved to Roanoke Rapids, NC at a young age. She attended UNC Chapel Hill for both undergrad and dental school. Her dental niche is sedation dentistry, and she enjoys all aspects of general dentistry. Sree helps patients with dental anxiety receive dental care in a safe and relaxing environment. She considers it an honor and pleasure to listen to patient needs, provide excellent dentistry, and take care of each one personally. She looks forward to meeting you!
Her blood runs blue…go HEELS! She married her husband, Praveen, in 2004. They have two sweet teenage daughters, Jaya and Sona, and a Maltese named Murphy.
Nirmi Patel, DDS
Dr. Patel was born in New Orleans but soon thereafter moved to Alabama. She spent all her childhood and adolescence in Sweet Home Alabama and loved every moment. Dr. Patel completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama. Her passion for helping others and working with her hands inspired her to pursue a career in dentistry. Although a southern girl at heart, Dr. Patel wanted to explore other parts of the country and thus attended The University of Maryland Dental School and graduated with a very strong academic and clinical background. To further enhance her dental education and experience, Dr. Patel completed a General Practice Residency at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. Since then, Dr. Patel has practiced dentistry in Washington DC and then moved to the Triangle 8 years ago to be with her husband.
Dr. Nirmi Patel loves dentistry and strives to treat every patient the way she would want to be treated. She is passionate about dentistry and strives to provide the best dental care with patient care and comfort as her priority. She will customize and tailor treatment plans to reflect your individual needs and hopes to leave every patient with a positive dental experience. She’s excited to be part of Better Dental and looks forward to meeting you! She absolutely loves being a dentist! Dr. Patel feels blessed to be able to connect with people and take care of them. She believes that each of us are on this earth for a reason and that it is our duty to be kind, nurture, and serve our fellow man in whatever capacity we are gifted.
Dr. Patel is happily married and a proud parent of two boys, Arjun, and Aarin. She enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and eating anything sweet!
David Draper Better, DDS
David’s number one passion in life is his marriage to his beautiful wife, Sarah, and the six children that God has allowed them to bring into the world. Before earning a doctorate at the University of Maryland, Dr. Draper Better studied Italian and performed improv comedy at BYU. He is known by his patients for having a highly personable and compassionate chairside manner.
When he is not working, Dr. Draper Better loves playing guitar and cooking. His pumpkin pie is a family legend! (Hint: Graham cracker crust.) Homeschooling his children gives him and his wife a flexible schedule that lets them travel to fun new places and try delicious local eats. They love funny movies, playing soccer, and reading. Dr. Draper Better’s favorite book is “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”
John Draper, DDS
Dr. John Draper is a family-loving father of five beautiful children, three girls and two little boys. Dr. Draper met the love of his life, Wendy, at age 14! He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in 2016. Dr. Draper served in the Idaho National Guard and the Army Reserves after signing up when he was 17 years old and completed two tours of duty before finding his true calling in the dental industry. He finds joy in serving the wonderful patients of Better Dental, meeting one need at a time.
Tia Joyce, DDS
Dr. Tia Joyce looks forward to providing the highest level of dental care to you and your loved ones. Dr. Joyce is a North Carolina native, born in Charlotte and raised in North Wilkesboro, NC. Dr. Joyce attended Meredith College for undergrad, majoring in chemistry, biology, and psychology, and participated in several clubs and organizations, many of which she was honored to serve in as an executive member. After college, Dr. Joyce took a year off to work in a dental practice and soak in everything she could, with hopes to one day become the best dentist possible. Dr. Joyce attended dental school at UNC School of Dentistry at Chapel Hill, where she fell more and more in love with dentistry everyday.
In her free time, Dr. Joyce enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, and especially loving on her dog, Gubbs! She is honored to serve you here at Better Dental and is truly looking forward to welcoming you into our Better Dental family.