Meet Our Team in Southern Pines


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John B. Oettinger, D.M.D.

Dr. Oettinger is a North Carolinian born and raised. He grew up in Kinston, NC about two hours east of Southern Pines. While working towards becoming an Eagle Scout, he was fortunate to encounter the leadership of several members of the dental community in Kinston, eventually leading him to consider dentistry as a career at an early age. After receiving an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from UNC Chapel Hill, he had a short career in real estate before deciding to pursue his goal of becoming a dentist. Prior to beginning his formal dental education, Dr. Oettinger completed post-baccalaureate work at UNC while serving for 15 months as a full-time intern for one of his now mentors, Dr. Steve Hart in Chapel Hill. Dr. Hart’s practice was almost exclusively focused on sophisticated, relationship-based restorative dentistry with an emphasis on occlusion (bite). It is during his time in this unique environment, even before attending dental school, that Dr. Oettinger developed a deep interest in Prosthodontics.

Dr. Oettinger earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine in 2008 from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, where he served as a student teacher, class representative, and member of the admissions committee. During dental school, he participated in a clinical externship with the 2nd Dental Battalion, United States Navy at Camp Lejeune, NC. His outstanding academic and clinical achievements while in dental school include recognition as a National Board Part I Scholar and a Dean’s Scholar; selection by the Dean as a Humana Scholar; receipt of the Hanau Prosthodontics Award, the Southeastern Academy of Prosthodontics Award, the Horace Wells Senior Student Award, and the Alpha Omega Award among others, as well as induction into both Omicron Kappa Upsilon national dental honor society and the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Dr. Oettinger completed dental school first in his class, as the only Summa Cum Laude graduate that year. He then completed a three-year residency in Prosthodontics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry and the Birmingham VA Medical Center. This intensive training in complex oral rehabilitation included a particular emphasis in both the surgical placement and prosthetic restoration of dental implants. Dr. Oettinger holds two Certificates of Advanced Education in Prosthodontics.

In 2011 Dr. Oettinger and his family came to Southern Pines, transitioning into private practice with Dr. Herbert “Buzz” King and Dr. William “Bill” Sulik, both respected prosthodontists. Following the tradition of Drs. King and Sulik, and in the spirit of Dr. Hart’s mentorship, Dr. Oettinger’s practice is focused on relationships, both with his colleagues in the local and surrounding communities who entrust him with the treatment of their patients’ complex dental needs by referral, and with those patients as well. Dr. Oettinger recognizes that every dental situation is different, so he seeks to provide each and every patient with solutions that are unique to his or her specific circumstances, and strives to deliver the highest level of specialty care available. He understands that this must be accomplished by treating all persons with dignity and kindness, and by listening carefully and thoughtfully so that he can know and understand their needs. He believes that treatment can only be truly successful when the relationship between the doctor and patient is based on mutual understanding, respect, and trust.

Dr. Oettinger has extensive experience working with patients with significant dental problems, and his particular area of interest is dental implant therapy including their surgical placement. He is committed to lifelong learning and regularly attends local, regional and national dental meetings where he stays abreast of clinical and scientific advances. He maintains membership in several local and national organizations and study clubs as indicated below, including a Pankey Affiliated Learning Group with other passionate dentists and specialists who engage in intensive learning, support and discussion on patient care one full weekend every six months. He has held an appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Prosthodontics at the UNC School of Dentistry and has assisted in clinical instruction of dental students and Prosthodontic residents. Dr. Oettinger is dedicated to carrying on the tradition of excellence in Prosthodontics started in Southern Pines by Dr. King over 40 years ago.

American College of Prosthodontists

Southeastern Academy of Prosthodontics

American Academy of Implant Dentistry

Academy of Osseointegration

American Dental Association

North Carolina Dental Society

Lee County Dental Society

Sandhills Symposium Study Group-Southern Pines, NC

Sandhills Study Club-Southern Pines, NC

Pankey Affiliated Learning Group-Chapel Hill, NC

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William D. Sulik, D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. Sulik achieved the rank of Associate Professor in Prosthodontics at UNC. During his tenure at the dental school, he was active in teaching, research and in the Dental Faculty Practice. His teaching responsibilities included clinical and didactic instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His clinical research in dental materials helped introduce dentistry to an exciting new alternative to conventional options for the fabrication of crowns and bridges. Dr. Sulik has lectured extensively at major dental meetings both nationally and internationally. He has authored and/or co-authored numerous publications in refereed journals and has written chapters for a number of popular textbooks.

Dr. Sulik is also active in organized dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Equilibration Society, The North Carolina Dental Society, a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists and a Diplomat of the American Board of Prosthodontics, serving on numerous committees and involved with many organizational activities. In 1996 he was President of the American Equilibration Society, which is an international organization dedicated to excellence in restorative dentistry. Dr. Sulik has also served on the Board of Directors of the American College of Prosthodontists and as the Chairman of the Prosthodontic Forum.

Dr. Sulik practiced in Chapel Hill from 1985- 2010 where he limited his treatment to restorative dentistry. He also owned and operated Classic Dental Ceramics, a laboratory to support his treatment efforts. He and his wife, Melanie, have lived in Southern Pines part-time since 1999 and full-time since 1995. In 2010 he sold his Chapel Hill practice and joined Dr. King in his Southern Pines practice. Dr. Sulik has two children. His daughter, Kelly, is a veterinarian in Delaware and his son, Clay, owns an alternative energy business in Boone, NC.

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Dolores- Dental Assistant/Front Office

Dolores was born and raised in Moore County. She has been a staple in the dental field for more than 30 years. Dolores enjoys helping patients with in both the clinical setting and with any clerical questions that they may have. In her spare time, Dolores loves to spend time with her grandson, Coble.

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Betsy- Dental Assistant

Originally from Michigan, Betsy has called North Carolina home for the past 22 years. She has worked in the dental field for over 20 years. Betsy’s favorite part about dentistry is getting to know her patients and assist them through their time with Dr. Oettinger. When not at work, Betsy enjoys being with her husband and twin daughters as well as working towards her private pilots license.

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Alicia- Dental Assistant

Alicia was born and raised in Fayetteville. She is the youngest of 4 siblings. Alicia graduated from NC Dental U in 2018 before joining Dr. Oettinger.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as volunteering for Leaf Of Life.

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Brooke- Front Office

Born and raised in rural Wyoming, Brooke moved to North Carolina in 2012. She joined Dr. Oettinger in 2017. New to dentistry, Brooke has enjoyed getting to learn the in’s and out’s of the dental field and meeting all of the new and returning patients. Outside of the office Brooke enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband Jason and basset hound, Hazel.

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Samantha- Front Office

Samantha is a native North Carolinian.  Joining our front office staff, Samantha has over 20 years of dental office and insurance experience.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two boys, Noah and Ian.

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Ken- Laboratory Technician

Ken is a native of Las Vegas, coming to North Carolina in 2010. Ken has over 30 years of experience in both fixed and removable prosthetics. He successfully managed several full service laboratories and is a Gulf War veteran, volunteer in the dental community, and avid outdoorsman.

Frequently Asked Questions

What dental services are offered at your office?

Our office provides top-notch restorative and cosmetic treatments. When preventive dentistry won’t tackle your dental problem, we’ll likely have a solution. We specialize in restoration procedures such as dental implants, bridges, and dentures that can all be made right here in our own office lab so you won’t have to wait weeks for your new smile to be complete.

We also provide solutions for malocclusion and temporomandibular disorders, known as TMD. If you want to improve the appearance of your smile, we offer a variety of cosmetic services such as teeth whitening, veneers, and dental crowns. If you have questions regarding any of our services, don’t hesitate to contact our office by calling (910) 692-4051 and a team member will be happy to assist you.

Why should I trust you with my dental health?

Your dentist makes a big difference in the quality of your treatment. Drs. Oettinger and Sulik bring a unique blend of education and experiences to the table that are sure to exceed your expectations. Both Dr. Oettinger and Dr. Sulik are licensed prosthodontists.

Dr. Oettinger graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors and received various awards throughout his education. He remains an active voice within the community by participating in several organizations and the education of future dentists as an adjunct professor at UNC.

Dr. Sulik has participated in research studies and authored or co-authored several publications that have been featured in journals and textbooks. He has served on many esteemed boards within the field of dentistry, both nationally and internationally.

Together, they can solve your dental issues with unmatched precision and care so you can start on your road to recovery.

Why is a prosthodontist the better choice for my dental treatment?

In addition to having completed dental school, prosthodontists complete an additional three-year residency at a hospital or university for intensive training on oral rehabilitation. They’re well versed in handling challenging procedures that a regular dentist might not feel comfortable completing.

Our prosthodontists’ advanced training and expert knowledge will be sure to gain your confidence. If there’s anyone you can trust with your smile, it’s Drs. Oettinger and Sulik.

What makes your practice stand out from the rest?

At our office, we understand the importance of a welcoming environment. We want you to feel comfortable throughout your treatment and every team member makes it their duty to ensure feel right at home.

We also value teamwork. Many of our staff members have been with us longer than a decade and we work together as a unit to ensure your treatments are superb in quality so you’ll have a swift recovery.