All professionals at Karen Torres, DDS, PA maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training.
Dr. Karen Torres
Dr. Karen Torres was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1986 she relocated to the San Juan area in Puerto Rico. It was there she graduated from Antilles High School. Dr. Torres completed her Bachelor’s of Biology at UNC Greensboro in 1994. In 1999 she graduated “Cum Laude” from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS).
After graduating, Dr. Torres began her dental career working for the Tri-County Community Health Center in Dunn, NC. It brought her great joy helping a community in need of dental care. After a few years there, she was given an opportunity to continue her dentistry in Raleigh, NC. Being a little closer to the school she loves, and the area she loves living in, this was a great opportunity. She started her private practice on March 5th, 2009 in the MacGregor Village shopping center in Cary, NC. Dr. Torres carefully chose staff who share in her goals and vision for the practice to give you the best dental care possible.
In 2011, Dr. Torres’ husband and business partner, Chad Stall, joined the office full-time after selling his very successful ballroom dance studio in April of 2011. Together, they have worked hard to bring their patients the best levels of patient and customer care. The dental practice brings a great deal of happiness to their lives. Seeing how dentistry can help bring a smile back to someone’s face is the most rewarding. As a result of the outstanding service and dedication to her patients, Dr. Torres was awarded the 2014 Latin American Excelente Businesswoman of the Year Award.
After 4 years of growth at MacGregor Village, Dr. Torres saw the need to expand her practice and move to a new office location. On July 25, 2015, Dr. Torres moved her practice into a brand new facility located in Parkway Professional Park, close to Cary Parkway and Tryon Road. Her move to the new office was highlighted recently by the NC Rural Center. However, her vision for her practice remains the same.
Dr. Torres and Chad are proud parents of a son and two cats, Vader and Sidious. They love to dance, be outdoors, travel and visit with their families.
Dr. Torres' caring personality and ability as an excellent communicator result in optimal personalized dental care. When treating her patients, her chief concern is the patient’s comfort and well-being. Dr. Torres and her staff truly care for your dental health. Now that’s something to smile about.
Emily / RDH
I love being a dental hygienist! I really enjoy helping people and teaching patients all about their oral health. One of the most rewarding parts about this career is when I meet a patient who is generally very nervous about coming to the dentist, and I can help to put them at ease and make their experience as calm and pleasant as possible.
I am a very fun-loving and laid-back kind of person! I live in the Knightdale area with my fiancé Michael, and we have four tiny dogs and a cat who we love very much. On the weekends I enjoy going on hikes, eating out, seeing live music, and Netflixing! I also enjoy cooking, reading a good book, and traveling.
I have lived in the Raleigh area my entire life. I grew up in Apex and have lived in Raleigh for the past 15 or so years. I love the area so much and can't think of anywhere else that I would rather live!
Tasija / RDH
Hey there! My name is Tasija. I moved to the Triangle about 4 years ago from Northern Virginia, but my roots started in Germany. I attended NOVA for my Associates in Dental Hygiene. I feel so fortunate to be part of this amazing dental team since 2017. It is very rewarding to work with patients and I strive to be a ray of sunshine in everyone's day. My goal is to make all my patients' dental visits as stress-free and comfortable as possible.
When I am not spreading smiles through treatment or education, I love spending time with my husband and spoiling our fur babies, Maya and Charlie. We also love to cook, travel and try new restaurants in the area.
I look forward to meeting and getting to know you very soon!
Marlen / Front Desk Supervisor
I have been a part of Dr. Torres’ team since 2012. One of my favorite aspects of my job is helping our patients achieve dental wellbeing by providing them with honest and clear information. In my leisure time, I enjoy watching movies, listening to 2NE1 and La Oreja de Van Gogh, and eating Mexican food. My favorite trip so far has been to Portland, Oregon with my husband and I hope to be able to travel to Japan and South Korea someday. My only pet at the moment is Suki, a very active orange tabby cat with white socks.
Brisa / Receptionist
I have been doing receptionist work for almost 2 years now & I can personally say I really enjoy what I do. I love being part of such a wonderful team & being able to assist such wonderful patients. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going out to dinner, movies, shopping or doing fun outdoor activities like hiking, playing sports or spending time at the park. At home we have a small Maltipoo, a baby Pug, and a sweet German Shepherd. I also really enjoy traveling whether if it is far or close, it is always worth the while.
Zuleyka / DA I
Hi, my name is Zuleyka, I am a dental assistant and have been working with Dr. Torres for about three years. I am originally from St. Croix (in the Caribbean Islands). I live with my mother who is Dominican, my sister, who is also from St. Croix, and my toy poodle Yuki. My hobbies are playing the violin, listening to music, skating, skateboarding, surfing, drawing and swimming.
Thania / DA II
My name is Thania and I am a dental assistant here at Karen Torres DDS. I’m originally from Mexico but moved to U.S at a young age. I have been very fortunate to work with Dr. Torres for three years now, & I am loving every second of it. I love to see patients smile and make them feel like family. What I love the most about dentistry is that we get to enhance the health of patients but also help create smiles that boost patients’ confidence and self-esteem. Outside of work, I love to spend time with family and friends. I am happily a new auntie! I love spending time with my baby niece. Taking walks with her is the best! Also, I like to read, listen to music, dance, cook, and shopping!! I have a dog name Negra (creative name I know). She is five years old. My favorite holiday is Christmas. I hope you enjoyed getting to know me a little more.
We hope to see you soon!
Crystal / DA II
I have been working as a dental assistant for 8 years. I have worked with Dr. Torres for 2 and a half years and enjoy my work family. My favorite part of dentistry is seeing the positive life-changing results that cosmetic dentistry can provide for patients. I enjoy working with patients and helping them through their dental anxiety with my friendly chairside manner. I have two amazing kids with my husband. We enjoy outside activities, going to the movies and spending quality time together.