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About Dr. Picot

Through conservative dentistry and a comprehensive approach, Dr. Picot leads the team with dedication, modern technique and style. A native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Dr. Picot completed his undergraduate in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It was there that he completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree. After graduating, he went to the Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, SC to complete his general practice residency.

As a Morehead Scholar, now known as Morehead-Cain, Dr. Picot was initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, and eventually founded the UNC Malawi Dental Project in 2004, which sends students annually to Africa to provide free dental services and education on AIDS/HIV. He also donated a locker room to the UNC School of Dentistry, which bears his name.

When Dr. Picot opened SouthEnd Dentistry in 2009, he had the opportunity to create his unique vision of what dentistry should look like – a modern and contemporary space where community happens and smiles are improved upon every day. More than 10 years later, Dr. Picot’s vision has paid off – he’s been voted a Top Dentist in Charlotte year after year, and boasts some of the most advanced in-house technology and procedures in the area.

Dr. Picot is still committed to effective dental treatments that address the root cause of symptoms. His wealth of experience has taught him to take a conservative approach to restorations and repairs, preserving as much of the natural tooth as possible. His long-term approach is focused on saving patients time and money, while giving them a smile they can be proud of.

About Dr. Sanders

Dr. Sanders was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana by two loving parents, an older brother and a supportive village of family and friends. After participating as a triathlete through high school, Dr. Sanders beat the odds and received an academic scholarship to Tuskegee University in Alabama where he received a B.S. in Biology and then went on to earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from Howard University College of Dentistry in Washington, DC. where he served as President of the Class and Vice President of the Student National Dental Association. Becoming a dentist had been a life-long dream since third grade and through hard work and determination he reached that goal.

Dr. Sanders loves being a dentist and he is particularly grateful for the opportunity to give back to the community through service and mentorship. His most memorable experiences were serving in multiple communities in Jamaica where he provided emergency dental care to hundreds of families and children who traveled for miles, serving for Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps and having the opportunity to work with Indian health Services. What he appreciates the most about dentistry is the ability to put smiles on faces every day changing the stereotype of office visits. Dentistry is also a confidence booster and he strives to change the lives of adults and children. 

Dr. Sanders is incredibly excited to work with Dr. Picot and his practice. With the state-of-the-art facility, modern technology, and great mentorship, he plans to continue to provide optimum care for all. He prides himself in providing dental education, open lines of communication and empathy for his patients’ needs with changing one smile at a time.

In his free time, Dr. Sanders enjoys spending time with his fiancée, family, friends, watching football (Go Colts), exercising, being a movie connoisseur, dancing and traveling.

About Dr. Athena Vu

Dr. Athena Vu was raised in New Orleans, LA. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Dr. Vu received her dental training from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, where she received her DDS.

Upon completion of her dental degree, Dr. Vu continued her specialty post-graduate studies in Prosthodontics also at Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. While in her specialist program at LSU, she took both the written and practical exams to receive her certification as a C.D.T.

After three extra years of training in aesthetic management of crown and veneer, full-mouth reconstruction, removable/complete denture, and implant reconstruction, Dr. Vu received her certification in Prosthodontics. As a Prosthodontist, Dr. Vu can revitalize your smile with dental implants & restorations.

She is also trained with the latest technology in Invisalign – the invisible way to straighten teeth without braces. Dr. Vu has built her reputation on providing personalized family care while incorporating the latest advances in technology in dentistry.

Dr. Vu and her husband live in Charlotte and are looking forward to better serve their community!

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Outside The Office

Dentistry isn’t his only passion. Outside the office, Dr. Picot donates his time to service projects in Malawi, and various community outreach boards. He founded an annual service project at UNC Chapel Hill and has a locker room bearing his name. Dr. Picot is a member of the Charlotte Chamber Board of Directors and the South End Business Advisory Committee. Additionally, he attends continuing education programs focused on improving dentistry techniques and practices so you can always count on the latest and safest new treatments at SouthEnd. Dr. Picot enjoys indulging in a game of chess, practicing the saxophone, doing crossfit, raising money for charity, cooking, travel, live music, and spending time with friends and family