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Meet The Doctors

Dr. Gerald Hargis is committed to providing excellence in dentistry, and has been practicing dentistry in his hometown of Burlington, NC since 1979. The doctor uses the latest in dental techniques to provide you with a beautiful and healthy smile. Dr. Hargis is very excited to be working alongside his daughter, Dr. Leslie Hargis. Read more about them below:

Dr. Gerald Hargis

Dr. Hargis believes strongly in continuing education and patient education to help prevent oral health problems before they occur, and makes sure to keep his patients fully informed about their dental health.

Dr. Hargis has been practicing dentistry in downtown Burlington, since 1979. He is very excited to now be working alongside his daughter, Dr. Leslie Hargis-Fuller.

He is a member of the American Dental Association, the North Carolina Dental society, and the Triad Dental Study Club.

Dr. Leslie Hargis

Dr. Leslie Hargis chose the dental field as it is “the perfect balance of serving others, art, and science.” Dr. Gerald Hargis is not only her father, but business partner and mentor. Dr. Gerald Hargis has been practicing dentistry in downtown Burlington since 1979. Leslie is thrilled to carry on the family practice and share this professional experience working alongside him. She greatly values the family tradition of treating and serving the community for another 30 years!

Dr. Hargis is a native of Burlington, NC. In 2010, she graduated from UNC’s Dental Hygiene program. She continued her studies at the UNC School of Dentistry, graduating in 2017 with her Doctorate in Dental Science. This past year, she completed a Geriatric Fellowship, which was a collaborative research project between the UNC schools of medicine and dentistry based around delivering advanced care planning and advanced directives to patients and families. Dr. Hargis is especially passionate about treating the geriatric population as there is great treatment need in this area.

When she isn’t working, Dr. Hargis enjoys traveling with her high school sweetheart and husband of 6 years, Ryan. They have two pets together, a Shih-Tzu Rylie, and Tabby Cat, Winifred. She spends some of her free time volunteering at various opportunities within the community through The Lamb’s Chapel. Dr. Hargis-Fuller is very passionate in her faith, nature, and her love for animals. She gives all glory and thanks to God and looks forward to the journey ahead at Hargis Family Dentistry!

Dr. Valerie Acquesta

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Valerie Acquesta to our practice family at Hargis Family Dentistry. Dr. Acquesta is a proud native of our beautiful state of North Carolina. She chose to pursue dentistry because of its ability to impact a patient’s health and self-confidence all in a single visit.

She graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders; she then spent two years teaching young adults with autism. After this, she returned to school to pursue a career in dentistry at the UNC School of Dentistry, graduating with her Doctorate in Dental Surgery.

During her studies at UNC, Dr. Acquesta developed a passion for general dentistry and the ability to foster long-lasting relationships with her patients. She is excited to grow and become part of the family at Hargis Family Dentistry! When Dr. Acquesta is not practicing dentistry, she loves traveling, nurturing her plant family and spending time with her real family.

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