Dr. Melinda Cunningham, born and raised in Raleigh, NC, attended North Carolina State University for her undergraduate career in Biochemistry, with a minor in History. As the daughter of a retired NC State professor, she essentially grew up on campus. While deciding what career path to pursue, Dr. Cunningham dreamed of various options including oceanography, tornado chasing, and becoming a veterinarian. After working with her Pediatric Dentist one summer, she quickly found her calling in life.
Dr. Cunningham earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. She continued her education at the Children’s National Medical Center, where she earned her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry. Her professional background has focused on comprehensive dental care, dental rehabilitation under general anesthesia and oral sedation, emergency dental management, comprehensive treatment for special needs patients, and interceptive orthodontics for children.
Outside of the office, Dr. Cunningham is passionate about food and traveling; she has visited 5 out of the 7 continents and can not wait to discover more. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, who is the chef and owner of Namoli’s Pizzeria in Apex, their daughter and 2 canine children. As a family, their favorite activities include going on walks and traveling to their lake house.
Fueling her passion for pediatric dentistry, Dr. Cunningham truly loves how she is able to see kids grow up. Her goal for every patient is to bring a smile to their face and make their visit an enjoyable one! She looks forward to meeting all of her new patients and their families!