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From our Smithfield, North Carolina dental office, we welcome patients with a wide range of dental needs. Our general dentists are dedicated to staying up-to-date with the latest innovations in cosmetic, restorative, and family dentistry, so they can offer you procedures like dental implants and chairside teeth whitening. As our patient, you can expect gentle dentistry and compassionate dentists sensitive to your family’s unique needs. In addition to helping you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile for life, we also focus on your comfort, offering amenities like aromatherapy, hot towels, personalized music, and a children’s play area. Contact us to schedule an appointment at our Smithfield dental office today.

Meet The Team

Dr. Michael S. Watson

Dr. Watson grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989 with a degree in Chemistry and received his DDS from the UNC School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill in 1993. He completed a postgraduate training program in Esthetic Dentistry at University of Missouri – Kansas City in 1996. He has completed numerous courses at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters, Erin and Meredith. They also have two dogs, a German Shepherd named Trigger, and a Pekingese named Bitty Bear. He is an avid shooter and enjoys both time at the range and also first person shooter video games. The whole family are big Disney fans and love movies.

Dr. Stuart Higgins

Dr. Higgins graduated from North Carolina State in 1990 with a bachelor’s of science in zoology and attended Dental School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Higgins has also attended the LD Pankey Institute and the Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Studies.

Dr. Higgins enjoys camping, skiing and spending time with his wife, Kelley and their 3 children.

Dr. Higgins is a graduate of Louisburg College, North Carolina State University, and received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has completed many courses in cosmetic and complex restorative dentistry.

His memberships include:

  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • North Carolina Dental Society
Dr. George Mani

Dr. Mani graduated from North Carolina State University in 1985 with a bachelor’s of science in zoology; he attended the University of North Carolina, School of Dentistry, from 1985 to 1989 and worked with the US Public Health Service from 1989 to 1993. He returned to NC in 1993 and started his own dental practice in 1997 in Wake Forest, NC where he lives with his wife, Shirley, and two daughters, Rachel and Meera. In addition to practicing dentistry, he enjoys tennis, basketball, hiking, and travel.

Dr. John G. Collins

Dr. Collins is from Kentucky and attended the University of Louisville school of Dentistry. Afterward, he completed a Periodontics residency at Emory University in Atlanta. He moved to North Carolina to work at the dental school in Chapel Hill on a post-doctoral research program funded by the National Institutes of Health. While at UNC-CH, he authored 17 research articles in the field of periodontal disease research and implants.

As a member of Central Baptist Church in Henderson, Dr. Collins has been involved in mission work on 4 continents. An avid cyclist, he enjoys bicycle touring and travel with his wife. They have 2 adult children.

Dr. Colin Pedersen

Dr. Pedersen received his bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and his Doctor of Dental Medicine from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. With a passion for helping others, Dr. Pedersen has volunteered domestically in under-served areas and has also traveled internationally to provide diagnostic and dental surgical care to third-world populations.

Dr. Pedersen completed the prestigious Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at UNC School of Dentistry. He enjoys the comprehensive aspect of dentistry, matching the dental needs of his patients with improving their oral and systemic health. His passions include cosmetic/restorative dentistry, endodontics, and surgery.

Originally from Boston, Dr. Pedersen is a avid Red Sox fan and is also a UNC Tarheels fan. When he’s not working with patients, Dr. Pedersen can be found playing soccer, boxing, running and traveling with his wife, Emma.

Dr. Kelly Konczal

Dr. Konczal has been practicing dentistry in the Smithfield area since 2008, minus a 9 month stint in California. She was trained at UNC-Chapel Hill, but remains true to her undergraduate roots as an NC State fan. In 2004 she graduated from State summa cum laude with degrees in Microbiology and Botany and conducted research on fungal plant pathogens.

Dentally, Dr. Konczal’s passion is extracting teeth. She loves to take patients’ minds off of their dental treatment by amusing them with stories of her daily life. The sound of laughter in the office is not at all unusual. She is also Clear Correct certified.

Outside of the office Dr. K enjoys spending time outside with her daughter and two dogs, a bullmastiff and a chihuahua. She is also a self-proclaimed nerd, word-game master, and maker of amazing baby food.

Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

545 Venture Drive
Smithfield, NC 27577

Phone: (919) 938-0525

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