Meet The Doctors

David Draper Better, DDS

Visionary 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.

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!

Sree Nadella, DDS

Chief Dental Officer

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. 

John Addison, DDS

The great William Shakespeare once said, “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them”. Dr. Addison says, “Some are born to be dentists, some achieve dentistry, and some have dentistry thrust upon them”. This is a great way to understand Dr. Addison’s dental journey. A native of the south suburbs of Chicago, Dr. Addison grew up always looking forward to going to the dentist because going to the dentist meant seeing his grandfather and extended family in Canada. Dr. Addison has such great memories of hanging out with his Grampy, talking to patients, and learning about procedures at the dental office. At home in Illinois, Dr. Addison was able to continue exploring his dental curiosities by tagging along at work with his mother, a dental hygienist.

Dr. Addison was admitted to the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), an esteemed public boarding high school, where he was able to passionately explore the sciences. He later attended Northwestern University, majoring in Philosophy and Physiology, while undertaking critical medical research projects. As Dr. Addison was finalizing what career to pursue, fate intervened when he was hit by a car while biking through campus, luckily suffering injuries only to his teeth. Taken by ambulance to the ER, one of the first providers to treat him was an emergency room dentist that embodied just how dentistry can positively affect people’s lives. As his smile was restored over the coming months, it became clear that dentistry was Dr. Addison’s calling. Dr. Addison attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine where he excelled, graduating with honors and being awarded the respected “Excellence in Esthetic Dentistry Award”. 

After graduating dental school, Dr. Addison was sure of one thing . . . he needed to leave cold weather behind! In 2012, in sunny Miami, Dr. Addison realized his life-long dental dream of owning and operating his own dental practice – Addison Dental. With extensive training in implants, cosmetic dentistry, and sleep apnea treatment from prestigious institutions like The Pankey Institute, Dr. Addison quickly became a beloved dentist, earning accolades for his work year after year. 

As much as Dr. Addison loved practicing in Miami, he loves his amazing family even more! With 3 terrific kids, a mischievous puppy, and a truly spectacular wife, it was an easy decision to sell his Miami practice and move to North Carolina when his wife got the perfect opportunity to pursue her MBA and tech startup at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. While relocating to North Carolina has been a whirlwind adventure, Dr. Addison and his family are truly loving North Carolina and are certain they’ve found a place to settle down and call home. Dr. Addison is ecstatic that he has found the perfect fit and a great dental family at Better Dental. He looks forward to continuing his dental journey and using his skills, experience, and expertise to improve the health and smiles of his patients.

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