Dean Smith preached the importance of surrounding yourself with winners. So we did just that.

8.5 things to know about

dr. adrian s. lineberger, dds:

Born: Chapel Hill    Raised: Grand Rapids, Michigan

I graduated from University of North Carolina – Wilmington. I lived 50 feet from the beach my last three years, and still somehow graduated in four years total. (Lots of summer school for the obvious reasons.)

I met my wife, Sara, at UNCW; I reserve the right to not tell the story as to how we met…ever. Sara and I got married in May 2007; we moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan shortly thereafter, so that I could attend University of Michigan Dental School. Sara, a Troutman, North Carolina native, had NO IDEA what she was getting herself into when we moved to Michigan winters.

Straight outta dental school graduation, Sara and I literally jumped in the U-Haul to drive back to North Carolina, so that I could pursue a great opportunity with an established dental practice here in Charlotte.

I learned a lot from the two dentists I worked with at that practice; both were not only amazing clinicians, but also great leaders in teaching the importance of relationships in our line of work.

There’s a real person behind those choppers. I respect that.

The logistics of three practicing dentists in the same, small practice doesn’t always work, so I set out on a personal and professional quest to do what pretty much every friend in the dental field told me not to do – launch a scratch start practice in a major, metropolitan area.

Four reasons why I knew I could make this work:

  1.  I love Charlotte. My wife loves Charlotte.  My three-year-old daughter loves Charlotte, yelling out “there’s the buildings of Charlotte!” every time we loop around 2-77. Charlotte has this odd, strong way of making you feel absolutely comfortable in your own skin from the get-go. I knew I wanted to start this practice here.
  1. The strong neighborhood connections fueled in Charlotte are the best of both worlds: a legit, historical neighborhood feel with young, fun families.  I grab a coffee from Laurel Market every morning (Note: please stop drinking my Guatemala Antigua); snag take-out from Fenwick’s on the regular; eat RuRu’s and Stagioni with friends to make us feel human again (Note: We have a three-year-old and a seven-month-old).
  1.  Dentistry is pretty damn personal business. I love the relationship aspect of what I do and those relationships in this city make my practice the unique environment I always wanted to create.  I get to establish strong, genuine, longstanding relationships with grandparents, parents, young professionals, families, teenagers. I think a personal relationship is not simply  beneficial – it’s crucial.
  1.  I didn’t want to commute to the rural areas, where all of my dental friends told me I needed to go to start a new practice.  I knew that I wanted to be a strong part of the community I practice in – give dental presentations to my kids schools on career day, sponsor local events, see my patients out and about, grab a beer, play some golf. I want to be in my community, and I want this community in my practice, as well; I will do all I can to give back.

I’m trying to do better than “good enough”.   

Thanks to the following, I can practice what I preach:

All this for my family, man, I try my hardest.  My wife, Sara, is a nurse by trade, but now, she stays at home with our two kids.  It’s amazing; I get pics and videos all day of my daughter, Campbell Grace (3 years old) and son, Drake (7 months).  I look forward to coming home every day.

Our friends.  I’ve met some amazing people since we’ve moved here, and love checking out new spots around town. (High five, Charlotte Agenda).

Faith. We’re members at Myers Park Presbyterian. It’s an amazing church with amazing people.

Four things I love:

I dig sports. Like – all sports.  I played basketball, football, and baseball in high school.  I play tennis and golf now. (I’m an old man.) I got DirecTV while in dental school in Ann Arbor, MI for the SOLE PURPOSE of watching the Panthers every Sunday. (Yes, even through the David Carr, Matt Moore, Vinny Testaverde, Jimmy Clausen, Brian St. Pierre days.)

The beat. I love music – specifically, hip-hop. Which is why you’ll see strong references to rap songs through this website, and why I’m more than happy to talk about the pride I take in my office playlist.

Truth: I love me some brew. I honestly love all of the breweries in Charlotte, and all for different reasons; I get to as many of them as often as I can.  NoDa’s “Hop Drop n Roll” is my go-to for any event.  Craft Growler Shop is easily my favorite beer destination.
Dentistry.  Obviously.  I live for this. It isn’t just a hobby like that.




Let’s talk about: Your latest outdoor adventure, vegan recipes, and dogs. Bonus points if you show me pictures of your dog.

If I don’t reply to your email, text, call right away it’s because: I’m probably climbing a rock or playing in the woods somewhere.

Best trait I love in other people: Compassion

Favorite hip-hop track: Electric Relaxation- A Tribe Called Quest

Top CLT go-to spot:Inner Peaks, Fern, and Free Range Brewing

Favorite Panther: Greg Olsen. Amazing athlete. Philanthropist. Handsome. Trifecta.

FB, Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat:  Snapchat

Go-to adult beverage: A.M.- Bloody Mary with all the greenery, P.M.- Moscow Mule or Wooden Robot’s Good Morning Vietnam.

Best advice I’d give someone joining the Lineberger Dentistry fam: Don’t be surprised when you realize coming to the dentist is your new favorite thing. We are all about providing a judgment free, chill atmosphere while helping you meet your dental goals. Get ready to smile. Oh, and take the slide on the way out!


If I don’t reply to your email, text, call right away it’s because: I PROBABLY HAVE MY CAPE ON, JUGGLING MY FAMILIES SCHEDULES

Best trait I love in other people: KINDNESS

Favorite hip-hop track: ALL OLD SCHOOL HIP HOP & R&B


Favorite Panther: LuUUUUUUUUUUKE

Go-to adult beverage: CABERNET OR CHARDONNAY 








Let’s talk about: food! real food, local food, farmer’s market, sustainable farming and of course, all the fitness in clt.

If I don’t reply to your email, text, call right away it’s because: my phone is on silent…always, so don’t keep me as your ice.

Best trait I love in other people: humor, we all need a good laugh

Favorite hip-hop track: juicy – notorious big

Top CLT go-to spotfancy and farm to table food. always customshop, on the daily roots cafe and not just coffee. 

Favorite Panther: hold on, i need to ask my son.

Go-to adult beverage: wine period! also, tito’s soda with two limes!

Best advice I’d give someone joining the Lineberger Dentistry fam: enjoy the music, atmosphere and conversation while the crew works on your smile, just relax. we’ve got you!

Let’s talk about: new places in clt to try, or dope travel destinations

If I don’t reply to your email, text, call right away it’s because: eating or binge watching something on netflix or bravo

Best trait I love in other people: KINDNESS

Favorite hip-hop track: juicy – notorious big

Top CLT go-to spot: the queen & glass for cocktails and sabor for tacos… i love tacos.

Favorite Panther: cam newton (2015 mvp season)

Go-to adult beverage: prosecco and margs 

Best advice I’d give someone joining the Lineberger Dentistry fam: relax, we’re not your average dental office. judgement free zone at all times.