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    Wake Forest location

    Conveniently located on South Main Street, The Dental Care Center in Wake Forest provides general and cosmetic dentistry to North Carolina dental patients. We are able to see entire families, providing a wide range of dental care services including dental implants, dentures, and teeth whitening. We want to help you maintain a beautiful smile throughout your entire life. Contact our Wake Forest dental office today for an appointment. We can’t wait to make you smile!

    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. Elizabeth Clapham

    picture coming soon Dental Care CenterDr. Elizabeth Clapham grew up in Chapel Hill, NC and has been practicing dentistry since graduating from UNC School of Dentistry in 2012. She is a compassionate and gentle dentist known for her attentive manner. Her focus is understanding and addressing her patients’ concerns and restoring their quality of life.

    Dr. Clapham is a graduate of Durham Academy and Smith College, and currently lives in Chapel Hill with her two children and their many pets. In her free time, she loves to explore with her children, travel to the beach or mountains, and find the time to relax with a good book.

    Dr. Ashley Gates

    Dr. Gates grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from North Carolina State University with a bachelor degree in biological sciences, she went on to attend UNC Adams School of Dentistry.  Her memberships include the American Dental Association, Raleigh-Wake County Dental Society, American Association of Women Dentists, and Academy of General Dentists.  Dr. Gates is passionate about mission work and giving back to the community.  She has volunteered in rural Uganda providing dental care to those in need.

    Dr. Gates and her fiancé live in Raleigh with their two dogs.  Some of her favorite hobbies include traveling, hiking, reading and baking.

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

    building Dental Care Center

    1900 South Main St., Suite 206
    Wake Forest, NC 27587

    Phone: (919) 562-7008

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