Dr. Tara Woodroof grew up in Aiken, SC and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina. She enjoyed school and learning just about anything, especially math and science. While pursuing her degree in chemical engineering, she contemplated going to medical school. She shadowed several medical doctors, but it was the pediatric dentist she shadowed that really struck her interest. She was excited for the hands-on and artistic aspect that sets dentistry apart from other medical professions.
Dr. Woodroof attended the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston for her DMD. She moved to Charlotte in 2010 and has worked at Charlotte Dentistry ever since. She loves working in a group practice where the dentists come together to share knowledge and support one another. She is always learning more about her profession and her patients.
She likes forming a connection with each patient and catering to their individual needs. Her goal is to provide painless dentistry and ensure every patient leaves feeling like all their needs were met and questions answered. She always puts herself into a patient’s shoes when deciding how best to treat their dental needs. When a patient dislikes the dentist, she tries to discover the root cause. She believes it takes a very positive experience (or 10!) to counteract past bad experiences. She welcomes the challenge of getting a patient from “I hate the dentist” to “that wasn’t bad at all.”
She takes a particular interest in cosmetic dentistry and treating children. She loves being able to see the joy on patients’ faces when she improves their front teeth so they can smile with confidence.
Her professional affiliations include:
- North Carolina Dental Society
- Charlotte Dental Society
- Charlotte Implant Study Club
- American Dental Association
Dr. Woodroof has been married to her husband, Will, since 2010. She spends most of her time outside of work with him and their sons: Charlie, who was born in 2016, and James, who was born in 2018. In her spare time, Dr. Woodroof likes to run, practice yoga, read, and cook healthy meals. She is an avid Gamecocks football fan.