Dr. Vinita Patel


Dr. Vinita Patel is a native Charlottean, graduated from NC State University with a B.S in Biology and went on to attend dental school at the prestigious University of Louisville School of Dentistry.

Charlotte was home to Dr. Patel, therefore decided to move back and serve her community of many years. Dr. Patel is married and has one daughter as well as other family in Charlotte.
Dr. Patel believes in comprehensive care meaning she is going to look at the overall picture and be certain of all issues that are at hand. She believes in making sure the “foundation” for your teeth is healthy and stable.

Passionate about her career, Dr. Patel enjoys all aspects of general dentistry (fillings, crowns, bridges, extractions, oral surgery, cosmetic procedures, complete dentures, partial dentures). It is her goal to make her patients feel comfortable, have a pain-free experience, and enjoy coming to the dentist.

Dr. Patel is a member of the ADA, Charlotte Dental Society, and is always excited to stay abreast the most upcoming technology and advances in dentistry which is ever so changing.
In her free time, Dr. Patel enjoys spending time with her family , friends, and traveling to sunny and relaxing locations.


Mark Lassiter, D.D.S.

Dr. Mark Lassiter is from Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from the Northside High School of Performing Arts. He attended Georgia State University where he was Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity president as well as a new student orientation director. He graduated from Pfeiffer College in 1991 with a degree in Biology.

Dr. Lassiter attended the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry where he was on the selection committee to decide students to be accepted as candidates for the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at UNC. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from UNC- Chapel Hill in 1995 and has been an associate at Norwood Dental Care since 2000. Dr. Lassiter is a member of the Third District Dental Society, The North Carolina Dental Society and The American Dental Association.

Dr. Lassiter is very excited about serving the community of Norwood as a general dentist for many years to come.

Dr. Lassiter lives in Charlotte and is a proud father of five children. He attends St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Charlotte. Dr. Lassiter is also a singer/songwriter and music producer. He has worked with James Taylor bass player Leland Sklar and other legendary session musicians. His album Living Past was selected as a Top 20 Indie Album of 2009 by The Mothpod Podcast.


Dr. Jonathan C. Allen, Jr., DDS

Dr. Jonathan C. Allen, Jr., DDS joined Lassiter Allen Dental Group in 2014 and will serve as the primary dentist at the Wingate office. A North Carolina native, he received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995 and graduated from New York University College of Dentistry in 1999.

After dental school, he returned home to North Carolina where he gained acceptance to The East Carolina School of Medicine General Residency program where only three residents are selected each year. Since 2000, Dr. Allen has been in private practice in the Charlotte region. He will offer a full range of dental services, including but not limited to cosmetic dentistry, implant restoration, surgery, and root canals. Dr. Allen looks forward to serving you and your family.

When he is not in the office, you can find him spending time with his son and wife. Dr. Allen has been happily married since 2001 to his wife, Gina, and in 2012 they both welcomed their son Brody into the world. He enjoys tennis, photography, backpacking, kayaking, and woodworking. His most recent hobby is stand-up comedy which he will admit he is very much a novice but thoroughly enjoys entertaining people.


Wayne King, D.D.S.

Dr. Wayne King, a root canal specialist, will perform diagnostic and root canal procedures for patients of Norwood Dental Care on a weekly basis. Dr. King attended dental school and residency at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Dentistry. This represents the first time in the history of Stanly County that an endodontist has been available to treat patients in the county. This will improve access and reduce drive time for patients of Norwood Dental Care.

An endodontist is a dentist who has undergone a minimum of three years advanced training and is registered as a specialist by the dental board. Endodontists are experts in root canal treatment and other procedures involving the pulp (the internal structures of a tooth.)

They are experienced in managing complicated cases, including diagnosing and relieving orofacial pain, treatment traumatic injuries to teeth and retreating previously unsuccessful root canal fillings.

Dr. King is a published author in the Journal of Orofacial Pain and a co-author of the article, ” The Relationship Between Resting Arterial Blood Pressure and Acute Postoperative Pain in Endodontic Patients ” He lives in Chapel Hill and is an avid runner and musician.