About Our Practice


Our practice was established by Drs. John and Sandi Ruocco in 2005. In February 2019, Drs. Ruocco welcomed Dr. Naina Mahale and established a transition of ownership. Dr. Mahale is excited to work with such wonderful staff and loyal patients.

Ruocco Dental is a warm and inviting office with a team dedicated to caring for patients from all walks of life. Our front desk staff knows most of our patients by name, and we greet every person that enters in a friendly manner. We like to think our office typifies the phrase “Southern Hospitality”. The focus of our practice is to address your dental needs and find every possible way to give you a positive experience. We are very appreciative that our patients choose to see us and we strive to exceed expectations everyday. Our goal is to never make you feel like a number or feel rushed and ensure that we are giving you the full attention and time that you deserve.

We are located at 8418 New Town Road in Waxhaw, NC, just off Providence Road and have plenty of parking.

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please call (704) 709-8933 or email us at info@ruoccodental.com.


Meet Our Dentists

Dr. Naina Mahale

Naina Mahale, DDS

"I love helping people achieve the smile that they have always wanted!"

What I love about being a dentist is it gives the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life. Through them, I have learnt so much , not only about peoples’ lives and values but also about myself. I am enriched each day by my interactions with patients and staff in so many ways.. I look forward to getting to know my patients and what is important to them and help them achieve their goals for their dental health. In order to truly serve my patients well, I appreciate the importance of keeping up with new advances in dentistry. People are often surprised to know how much dentistry is constantly evolving! But what I have learnt is that every day is a new opportunity to be better than yesterday. I am excited to be actively engaged in this process and am constantly looking at ways to incorporate new technologies and materials that make for better patient experience, comfort and better quality dentistry.”

Dr. Mahale graduated from dental school in 2008 from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Shortly after she was part of a modern technology driven practice in Fargo ND for 9 years. She lives in Charlotte with her husband and her 6 yr old dog Dobby. In her free time, Dr. Mahale loves cooking, baking ,watching movies ,travel and hanging out with her friends and family.

Dr. Mahale is committed to continued growth both in her knowledge and hand skills and in this quest, she has consistently participated in hundreds of hours continuing education courses in Orthodontics, Facial Generated treatment Planning, Root Canal Therapy, Cosmetic Dentistry and implants.

Dr. John Ruocco

John Ruocco, DDS

Dr. John Ruocco graduated from dental school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received a degree in 1990. He has worked in a private practice for over 28 years, first in Northern Virginia and now in Waxhaw. He opened the Waxhaw office with his wife in July 2005 in a new state-of-the-art office. Dr. John Ruocco frequently participates in continuing education programs and stays informed about the latest dentistry developments. He enjoys the challenges that dentistry offers and likes helping people restore their smiles. When he is not helping his patients, John enjoys spending time with family and friends, working in the yard and playing tennis.



Meet Our Team

The warm, outgoing nature of our staff is key to our success. Many patients tell us that we had them at “hello.” We greet each patient by name and ensure our patients feel comfortable and cared for as soon as they step foot in our Waxhaw, NC dental office. But we’re also skilled professionals who bring extensive knowledge and experience to our work. We’re a close-knit team and, just like the three doctors, we’re good listeners who don’t rest until our patients are happy.

Judy - Scheduling Coordinator

With more than 20 years of experience in the fields of orthodontic, pediatric, and general dentistry, Judy is the ideal person for the role of our front office coordinator, a position she’s been thrilled to hold since 2007. Always happy to extend a genuine welcome to each of our patients, Judy thoroughly enjoys making everyone who walks through our doors feel comfortable and cared for. Her love and passion for helping people is evident in the way all of our patients feel from the moment they enter our practice. During her free time, Judy enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.

Sabrina - Treatment Coordinator

Sabrina has been with Ruocco Dental since 2013 and has 16 years of experience in dentistry. She loves to meet new people every day as well as help them reach their oral health goals. Of all the wonderful things about serving our patients at Ruocco Dental, Sabrina says that what she loves most is our warm, welcoming atmosphere and how it positively affects the overall patient experience. When she isn’t helping patients with insurance, billing, and other important financial aspects, Sabrina enjoys drawing, gardening, spending time with her family, and maintaining an active role in her church.

Vanessa - Registered Dental Hygienist

With 15 years of experience in dentistry, Vanessa specializes in providing our patients with a gentle touch and personalized preventive care. She loves getting to know her patients and their families on a personal level, and especially enjoys the warm, caring atmosphere that she and the rest of our staff promote here at Ruocco Dental.  She loves playing an integral role in that process of helping her patients achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. Vanessa enjoys spending time with her husband, and two daughters, as well as serving in their church.

Bethany - Registered Dental Hygienist

Born in Columbia, South Carolina, Bethany has lived in the Charlotte area since the age of three. She earned her Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene from Central Piedmont Community College and strives to continue learning all that she can to give her patients the best possible care.  Bethany loves the field of dentistry; one of her favorite things about being a dental hygienist is treating patients with dental anxiety, easing their fears and giving them a positive experience to build on. Bethany also volunteers in the community with dental organizations such as the Mission of Mercy Clinic. In her spare time, she is very involved with her church and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Kari - Registered Dental Hygienist

After 20 years of experience as a registered dental hygienist, Kari says she most enjoys getting to know her patients and providing a great dental experience. Originally from Grafton, West Virginia, Kari earned a bachelor of science in dental hygiene at West Virginia University. Kari and her husband, Gary, rescued their Labrador retriever mix named Oliver. They enjoy traveling and spent time living in Hawaii and Italy.

Meghan - Dental Assistant II

Meghan joined Ruocco Family Dentistry in 2012, bringing more than 12 years of experience and a passion for helping people to our oral healthcare family. She earned her Dental Assisting II certification at CPCC and currently resides in Wesley Chapel. She truly loves working with our wonderful team, and finds real fulfillment in helping our patients keep their smiles healthy and beautiful. When Meghan isn’t assisting our doctors in clinical procedures and making our patients feel welcome and comfortable, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, reading, and playing an active role in her church.

Amanda - Dental Assistant

Amanda joined Ruocco Dental in April 2018, bringing more than 11 years of experience to her work as a dental assistant. She attended York Tech and then trained on the job in Kershaw, South Carolina. Amanda is married and has one son. She and her family enjoy going to the local dirt track, boating on Lake Wateree and spending time with family, friends and their dogs. How many dogs? Amanda and her family have 20 dogs, three of which are adopted.

Kelly - Patient Coordinator & Fill-in Dental Assistant

Kelly has worked in the dental field since 2012, and she joined our team in 2018. Kelly completed her basic dental assistant training chairside. She went on to complete advanced dental assistant training through the Charlotte Area Education Center. Whether she’s helping patients fit dental care into their schedules or making their experiences in the dental office more enjoyable, Kelly is an invaluable member of our team. Her warm and friendly manner make it easy for every patient to feel relaxed and right at home in our dental office. Originally from Norfolk, Kelly now lives in Monroe with her husband, Scott, and son, Easton. She enjoys playing softball, hunting, fishing, and watching football.