About Us

SouthPark Pediatric Dentistry specializes in treating children from infancy through their teenage years and children with special health care needs.

Our team listens to your questions and concerns about your child’s oral health, and gives you the necessary information to make an informed decision.

We want your child’s visit to the dentist to be a fun, educational and positive experience. Our goal is to provide your child with beautiful smiles, in a safe and inviting dental environment they will love to visit. View our site and if you have any questions, send us a message, give us a call, or just stop by our office. We look forward to meeting both you and your family soon.

Why a Pediatric Dentist?

Pediatric dentists have two to three years of specialized training following dental school and treat children only, infancy through their teenage years. Our doctors are specially trained to ensure that early dental experiences help your child build confidence and knowledge, setting a great precedent for their future dental health.

Very young children, preteens, teens, and patients with special needs all need different approaches in dealing with their behavior, guiding their dental growth and development, and helping them avoid future dental problems. Pediatric Dentists are best qualified to meet these needs.

Our top priority is caring for your child’s oral health through
education, prevention, positive motivation and quality treatment.

Meet Dr. Charles Cooke

Meet Dr. Oscar Mvula


Dr. Cooke and Dr. Mvula truly enjoy working with and teaching children. Their passion and enthusiasm for teaching kids the skills necessary for excellent oral health is seen through the fun and energetic environment created for their patients.
Dr. Cooke and Dr. Mvula hope to make every experience a positive one for their patients, and they hope that through positive reinforcement and motivation they can encourage patients and parents to invest in excellent oral health.
Dr. Cooke and Dr. Mvula are both members of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Southeastern society of pediatric dentistry, the North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the North Carolina Dental Society.


membership associations

ada Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry North Carolina Dental Society North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry








Meet Dr. Rutledge

Dr. Carson Rutledge, DDS

rutledgeWorking with kids has always been a large passion for Dr. Rutledge. At a young age he began volunteering with a therapeutic horseback riding program in his hometown of Virginia Beach, VA where he served as a mentor for kids with special needs.

He attended Clemson University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2010 and went on to earn his Doctorate at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. Following graduation, Dr. Rutledge moved to San Diego where he completed a two-year postdoctoral program in advanced education in pediatric dentistry through NYU Lutheran Medical Center in conjunction with Rady Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Rutledge grew up in a very active family and sports have always been core outlets for him. In his free time Dr. Rutledge enjoys traveling, snowboarding, watersports, horseback riding, and playing basketball and soccer.

Meet Dr. Wong

Dr. Wong, DDS

wongDr. Wong is happy to call Charlotte her home after practicing and residing in Northern Kentucky, Southern California and upstate New York. She received her DDS from the University of Michigan and then completed her pediatric residency at the University of Southern California and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Dr. Wong is originally from Peru and, therefore, is fluent in Spanish. Throughout her education, she has made an effort to help those in underserved populations by treating children of migrant farmers in Michigan, volunteering for the Crowe Indian Reservation in Montana, and treating Hispanic children throughout various dental clinics in Los Angeles.

On a more personal note, Dr. Wong enjoys spending time with her husband, son and fur children (Cheeto and Brownie). In her spare time she enjoys riding bikes, playing badminton, cooking, traveling and pilates.

Meet Dr. Lisa

Dr. Lisa, DDS

lisaDr. Lisa has always had a passion for working with kids, and looks forward each day to helping children with their dental needs.

A native of Charlotte, Dr. Lisa is thrilled to be practicing dentistry in her hometown! She attended UNC Chapel hill for her undergraduate studies, and later received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Maryland. After receiving her doctorate, she then completed a pediatric dental residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital which is often ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country. As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Lisa specializes in treating the dental needs of infants, children, adolescents, and patients with special healthcare needs.

When not treating patients, Dr. Lisa enjoys hiking, sports, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.









Meet Our Anesthesiologist

Dr. Charles F. Cangemi, JR, DDS, MS

cangemiDr. Cangemi has held lifelong interests in both dentistry and anesthesiology. He completed dental school at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, where he received the Grover C. Hunter Jr. Award for academic and clinical excellence in Periodontics. He then completed a residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry, also at the University of North Carolina. While in private practice he completed his certification in intravenous sedation. Desiring more extensive knowledge in anesthesiology, he sold his practice and entered into an anesthesiology residency and a Masters Program in anesthesiology at Ohio State University.

This comprehensive hospital based program provided training in all areas of medical anesthesiology. After obtaining a Certificate of Residency in Anesthesiology as well as a Masters Degree in Anesthesiology from Ohio State University, he provides anesthesiology services for General Dentists, Pediatric Dentists, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and other Dental Specialists for a wide variety of dental, pediatric dental, maxillofacial and facial cosmetic surgical procedures.

Dr. Cangemi is a Diplomate of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology, an American Dental Society of Anesthesiology Fellow, a member of the Anesthesia Advisory Committee and an Anesthesia Examiner for the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners, an author of publications in dental and anesthesiology journals, and an anesthesia lecturer. He is certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Basic Life Support.










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Came because you were in-network, but we will stay because it was a good experience. Dr. Oscar explained my daughter’s cavity issues much better than previous dentist. Patiently answering my questions.
We had the best experience. Everyone was so friendly and professional. I was very impressed and appreciated the treats and balloons for the boys. Thank you for providing such great care.
-Wilkes’ Mom
The entire staff was super caring and took my son’s special needs into consideration.
-Damien’s Mom
Loved this office! So warm and friendly. The doctor was very knowledgeable and easy to understand. Thanks!
-Zander’s mom
The hygienists are always so sweet and patient with the little ones! Dr. Cooke is wonderful and puts the kids at ease. We always look forward to our visit here. Thank you.
-Parker’s Mom
We love you guys!! You are awesome and our son LOVES coming! He was so excited to brush his teeth that evening!! =)
-Christopher’s Mom
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