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Dr. Daniel Woolf

Hello friends, my name is Dr. Daniel Woolf and I am excited to return to Chapel Hill and join the excellent team at Royal Oak Dental Group.

I was born in Redding, CA but spent many of my early years in Washington State. I also lived in Arizona and Virginia before serving a church mission back in California. I attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where I received a B.S. in Zoology in 2000.

I attended UNC-Chapel Hill for dental school and graduated with my D.D.S. in 2004. While I was a student at UNC, I did dental rotations at a Veteran’s Affairs hospital in Washington, D.C; the Butner Youth Correctional Facility, and several public health clinics across North Carolina. After graduation, I completed a one year residency at the Fayetteville Veteran’s Affairs hospital.

I have been in private practice since 2005 and I enjoy all aspects of general dentistry. Helping people achieve and maintain dental health is why I became a dentist. I feel that Royal Oak’s team approach to dentistry is the most effective and beneficial way to accomplish this.

My wife Susan and I have three wonderful children. We love North Carolina and are glad to call it home. We especially enjoy the beaches and warm summer days. We are active in our church and community and love the southern hospitality that is so prevalent here.

I am honored for this opportunity to serve you here in Chapel Hill. I look forward to meeting you and helping with all your dental needs.


Amy Herron

Amy Herron

Registered Dental Hygienist, RDH

Hi, I’m Amy and I am a Dental Hygienist at Royal Oak Dental Chapel Hill. I am originally from a small town in California but have called North Carolina my home state for the past sixteen years. I received my Dental Hygiene Certification from UNC Chapel Hill in 2008. I really enjoy the combination of providing both healthcare and education to the general population making Dental Hygiene the perfect fit for me.

Amy’s bright smile and bubbly personality make any dental visit a comfortable and pleasant experience. When Amy is not busy cleaning up smiles, you can find her managing her household of 6 or mowing her many acres of property. Amy is involved in youth sports and enjoys coaching. Amy also loves having friends and family come to visit.

The one thing at the very top of Amy’s bucket list is to travel the world.


Melissa Schreiner

Melissa Schreiner

Registered Dental Hygienist, RDH

Melissa is originally from Southern California, and relocated to the East Coast in 1994. Melissa began her dental career in 1995 as a certified dental assistant and earned her AAS in Dental Hygiene in 2001 from CCCC in Jacksonville, NC. She relocated to Kentucky where she earned her BS in from Western University (GO BIG RED!). After her husband’s retirement from the Marine Corp., Melissa and her husband decided to make NC their home!



Anna Diercksen

Dental Assistant

Anna was raised in Clayton, North Carolina and has been a part of the Chapel Hill team since April 2019. She has been a dental assistant for 5 years. On her days off she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children at their home in Mebane, NC.



Teresa Woods

Dental Assistant

Teresa graduated from Alamance Community College’s dental assisting program in 1996 and joined Royal Oak Dental Group’s Chapel Hill practice in 2019. When not chairside, Teresa enjoys doing yard work or hanging in the pool with family.



Cassandra Cloninger

Practice Administrator

Cassie was born and raised in a small town in Western NY and relocated to Rolesville, NC in 2015 after visiting friends in the area. Cassie brings 13 years of retail management as well as several years of dental management experience. Cassie loves all things dental happily serves as Office Manager in our Chapel Hill location. When not working, Cassie enjoys spending time with her husband of 18 years and their 4 children. She also loves reading, planning and making wreaths for her small business.



Royal Oak Dental Group is proud to provide a full scope of dental health services to patients from Raleigh, Cary, Siler City, Chapel Hill, Durham, North Hills, Wake Forest, Garner, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Knightdale, Wendell and Morrisville, NC, as well as the greater Triangle area.
Click Here: COVID-19 & Office Updates

Dear Patient:
We hope this message finds you safe and healthy as we all collectively do our best to navigate the COVID-19 health crisis. Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout these challenging times. Because the health and safety of our patients and community is paramount, it has been necessary to limit our patient care to urgent and emergency care over these last few months.

As we have closely followed recommendations from the North Carolina Dental Board, CDC, and other reputable health organizations, we recognize the importance of regional-specific guidance based on the most comprehensive, accurate, and current scientific literature and data available. While community guidelines may continue to evolve, we must continue to make our treatment decisions based on the best knowledge available. It is our job to help improve the health of our patients by approaching comprehensive dental treatment PROACTIVELY, not just reacting after the compromise has become irreversible in nature.

With this in mind, we have made the decision to safely reopen our doors to ALL PATIENTS beginning Monday, May 11th. This means routine dental care, such as cleanings and simple restorations, will resume. When you come to our office you will notice the following elevated measures and precautions that we believe are necessary to maintain until we emerge from this COVID-19 environment (and likely thereafter):  

  • Sanitation stations in the front desk/waiting area
  • Anti-microbial Hydrogen Peroxide mouth rinses before the start of each appointment
  • Hi-Evacuation suction for hygiene appointments to minimize cavitron-related aerosols
  • Patient entrance doors will remain open to reduce contact 
  • Mandatory pre-screening questionnaire over the phone when appointments are confirmed and upon arrival to the office, in addition to temperature checks of ALL STAFF and PATIENTS
  • Patients will wait in their vehicles until their appointment begins
  • Limited access to patient waiting areas and operatories whenever possible (e.g. restricted to patients, parents of young children, translators, service animals, special needs assistance, etc.)
  • Enhanced social distancing measures throughout the office 

This is not the first crisis that we have endured as a state or as a nation, and we look forward to overcoming this event better, stronger and more resilient than ever before. We cannot thank you enough for trusting us with your oral health. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns, and let us know if there is anything we can do to better serve you.
Royal Oak Dental Group