Meet Our Doctors
Dr. Anthony Garofalo
Dr. Anthony Garofalo received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from New York University College of Dentistry in 2005. From a young age, he was eager to follow in the footsteps of his father, brother, and uncle, who are all practicing dentists.
During his time at NYU, he pursued additional advanced courses on dental implants, oral medicine, and orofacial pain treatment. In his final year, Dr. Garofalo was chosen to serve as a member of the University’s Ethics Committee. After graduation, Dr. Garofalo was awarded a Certificate of Achievement in Comprehensive Aesthetic Dentistry from New York University for his participation in a yearlong course of study.
Dr. Garofalo began his career by joining a private practice in the prestigious community of East Hampton, New York. During this time, he was also a part-time associate professor at New York University. Dr. Garofalo brought a youthful perspective as a professor and his enthusiasm led him to be awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Clinical Teaching.
In 2010 Dr. Garofalo brought his knowledge and expertise as a dentist to the Ballantyne area in Charlotte. His good reputation in the dental industry spread and led him in a partnership with Dr. Aten, forming the Aten & Garofalo Dentistry.
When he’s not on his white coat, Dr. Garofalo is active in numerous dental and charitable organizations throughout the Charlotte and Ballantyne community. Along with his wife, Liz, Dr. Garofalo shares a mutual love of cooking, traveling, photography, and cheering for the Carolina Panthers!
Dr. Deborah J. Aten
Dr. Deborah Aten received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from The Ohio State University in 1993. While at Ohio State, she was selected to serve as one of the team dentists for The Ohio State Athletics Department. She then continued her post-graduate training at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC by earning certification in a general practice residency.
After her residency training, Dr. Aten joined the faculty at Carolinas Medical Center in the Department of Oral Medicine and served as the GPR Assistant Program Director for many years. From there, Dr. Aten worked as an associate in a busy Charlotte dental practice. Leveraging her broad experience, Dr. Aten opened Aten Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in 2001 to provide Ballantyne area residents the oral expertise and care close to their home and office.
Dr. Aten continues to focus on post-graduate education by attending numerous continuing education courses focusing on comprehensive cosmetic, reconstructive, and preventive dentistry. She is a proud member of the following:
- American Dental Association
- North Carolina Dental Society
- Charlotte Dental Society
- Outer Loop Education Study Club
She served as the President of the Second District Dental Society and North Carolina Dental Society Board of Trustees. In her free time, Dr. Aten enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, outdoor activities, and cheering for the Ohio State Buckeyes.