Our Team

25 years of providing quality family dentistry for all ages

James R. Garden, D.D.S.

Dr. James R. Garden, D.D.S. received his B.A. degree in biology from SUNY@Buffalo in 1980 and his D.D.S. degree from SUNY@Buffalo in 1985.  Dr. Garden opened his first dental practice in 1985 in Syracuse, NY and rapidly outgrew this location and relocated only a few short miles to the Westvale Professional Bldg in Syracuse in 1989. Dr. Garden continued practicing there for 10 more years until 1999. In the summer of 1999, Dr. Garden and his family relocated to Charlotte citing the favorable climate and living conditions as their reason for moving.

Dr. Garden opened the Cosmetic and Family Dental Center of Matthews in September 2000 and is now entering his 25th year of providing quality family dentistry for all ages.

Dr. Garden is A.D.A board certified and licensed with the Northeast Regional Boards, Florida, and North Carolina.  Dr. Garden is a member in good standing of the American Dental Association, the N.C Dental Society, and the NYS Dental Society.

Dr. Garden has two sons, Joseph ( UNCC) and Zachary ( SUNY@Buffalo). Dr. Garden is a contributor to the Siskey YMCA, the Matthews Playhouse, and several local high school sports programs and yearbooks. Dr. Garden enjoys weightlifting, boxing, photography, anything motorcycle related and spending time with his family.

Timothy A. Richard, DDS

After receiving his undergraduate degree for the University of Illinois in 1965, attended Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry in Cleveland, Ohio, graduation in 1969 with a DDS degree. He completed a one year dental internship program at Charlotte Memorial Hospital leaving in 1970 proudly for a two year tour of duty in the United States Army Corps. He returned to charlotte in 1972 to begin his private practice of restorative dentistry. Dr. Richards has three children: David, Peter, and Matt; he also has seven wonderful grandchildren. He enjoyed tennis for many years, and had opportunities to play golf. He collects stamps and read since his retirement from restorative dentistry in September of 2011.


Cindy is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Cindy and her husband Bob, moved to Charlotte in 2003 from Chesterfield, Michigan right outside of Detroit. Cindy has been a dental assistant since 1983 and started working with Dr. Garden in March of 2003. She enjoys her work and the variety of Dental Services Dr. Garden offers his patients. She likes hiking, bike riding, football season, dining with friends and long weekends relaxing with her Husband, 2 Maltese puppies, a glass of wine and plenty of sunshine.


Jennifer and her husband Greg moved to North Carolina in 1994 from Tennessee. Jennifer has been working for Dr. Garden for 10 years. She is here to assist you in many of your dental needs as in scheduling appointments, treatment planning and answering any questions you may have about your dental coverage. Jennifer will be happy to assist you in receiving your desired smile. In her spare time she enjoys cycling, swimming and spending time with her two dogs Paris and Porscha.


Carol has been a dental assistant since 1998. She is very passionate about dentistry and the importance of great dental care. Carol is a huge animal lover; she helps network animals for the rescue as much as possible. She adores her 3 dogs, close knit family and enjoys live music, movies.


Margaret, RDH

Margaret has lived in Charlotte for 12 years after living in Arlington Texas and growing up in Hampton VA. Margaret has a son Preston who is 17. She has been a dental hygienist with Dr. Garden for 7 years. She enjoys getting to know patients and educating them on their home care practices. In her spare time she likes to exercise go cycling volunteer and travel.


Janet earned a B.S in Dental hygiene from West Liberty State University. Originally from West Virginia, she has lived in Weddington area for 26 years. Janet is married to Doug and has two children Carson and Paige. Janet has worked for Dr. Garden for 15 years as a dental hygienist. When not working she enjoys tennis, riding motorcycles and spending time with her husband and children.

Juliane, RDH

I have been a Dental Hygienist since 2010 and joined Dr. Garden’s office in 2011. I am originally from Russia. I have lived in the United States for 18 years now. I love my job. My favorite part of being a hygienist is getting to know my patients and seeing them walk out with beautiful smiles. It is my goal to educate my patients and help them to obtain the best oral health while providing the highest quality care. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 24 years and we have two beautiful smart kids and a cat. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, reading, cooking, and of course shopping.