About Me

Dr. Robert L. Harrell, DDS

When I was a kid, I was fascinated with how things worked. I loved working with my hands and used to take a lot of things apart – first toys, then computers, and finally, cars. I’ve also dabbled with art all my life. I knew my career would have to include these interests and my love of people, too. For me, dentistry is the ideal way to align all of these passions.

Dr Robert Harrell - Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne
My Journey

Life, Experience & Eduction

As a native of North Carolina, I was proud to receive my training at the dental school in Chapel Hill. Upon completion, I joined the U.S. Public Health Service as a commissioned officer and headed to New Mexico to work in a dental clinic on the Navajo reservation. I got several years’ worth of experience and knowledge in the short year I was there. My wife, Lisa, who is a dental hygienist, and I returned to Charlotte to establish Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne in 1999. A few years later, we started our family. Lisa and I are blessed to have three beautiful children today who make life an incredibly busy and fun-filled ride. I hope someday to have one of my children join me in the practice of dentistry. That’s a few years down the road, however, so we’ll have to wait and see.

Along the way, I have taken the time to study with many of the great minds and hands in dentistry, including Dawson, Misch, Strupp, and Spears. Continuing my education is something that is extremely important to me. I typically take three to four times the required amount of continuing education annually. I believe you never stop learning.

I’m fanatical about technology, as well. I have always loved computers and tech in general. In dentistry, this has translated into riding the wave of early adoption of pretty much every technology that has emerged in the field over the last 25 years. Check out our technology page to see what’s new in our office and learn how we use it to make treatments better, faster and more comfortable.

Having placed thousands and thousands of dental implants and crowns and performed as many other cosmetic procedures over the last 25 years, I have the experience to stand out from the crowd. I truly love helping people and I love practicing dentistry. I believe my results speak for themselves: Happy patients with beautiful smiles. My philosophy is pretty simple, I suppose: Use my talents and gifts to help good people.

I believe in giving patients what they want. That’s why we offer most every dental procedure that adults desire or need at Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne. We truly are a one-stop smile shop providing 5-Star service and First-Class smiles.

My favorite quote is from legendary former Notre Dame Football Coach Lou Holtz, “There is never a wrong time to do the right thing, and never a right time to do the wrong thing.”

If you need dental services or are looking for a new provider, I invite you to come in, sit down, have a cup of coffee with me and chat about how we can create the smile of your dreams. If you feel like I’m the right dentist for you, we’ll begin your new smile journey together.

“Smile. It will make you feel better. I promise.”

Qualifications & Interests

BA, Psychology

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1992


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Dentistry, 1996


North Carolina and South Carolina

Advanced Training

Advanced Prosthetic Reconstruction, Cosmetic Smile Design, Porcelain Veneers, Dental Implant Surgery and Prosthetics

Hobbies and Interests

My family, travel, photography

“ It is our mission to restore hope, to fulfill dreams, and to transform the lives and smiles of the good people who seek our care. Our team will treat every person with kindness, humility, and compassion. We will deliver excellence in everything we do. ”
Dr Robert Harrell DDS
Dr. Robert Harrell

Founder & CEO