Meet Our Team in Southern Pines


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John B. Oettinger, D.M.D.

Dr. Oettinger is a native North Carolinian. He grew up in Kinston, NC about two hours east of Southern Pines. After receiving a degree in Philosophy from UNC Chapel Hill, he had a short career in real estate before deciding to pursue his dream of becoming a dentist. After completing post-baccalaureate work at UNC Chapel Hill, he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree 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, Dr. Oettinger participated in a clinical externship with the 2nd Dental Battalion, United States Navy at Camp Lejeune, NC.

He went on to distinguish himself by completing dental school first in his class and was the only Summa Cum Laude graduate. For his outstanding academic and clinical achievement he was recognized as a National Board Part I Scholar and Dean’s Scholar; he was chosen by the Dean as a Humana Scholar; he received the Hanau Prosthodontics Award, the Southeastern Academy of Prosthodontics Award, the Horace Wells Senior Student Award and the Alpha Omega Award among others; and he was inducted into the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Kappa Upsilon national dental honor society.

Dr. Oettinger then completed a three-year residency in Prosthodontics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry and the Birmingham VA Medical Center. His residency involved intensive training in complex oral rehabilitation, and included a particular emphasis in both the surgical and prosthetic phases of implant dentistry. He holds two Certificates of Advanced Education in Prosthodontics.

Dr. Oettinger holds an appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Prosthodontics at the UNC School of Dentistry and assists often in clinical instruction of dental students and prosthodontic residents.

Dr. Oettinger maintains membership in several national and local professional organizations, including the following:

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

Dr. Oettinger enjoys practicing dentistry, but not as much as spending time with his little girl Libba, son Leo, and wife Elizabeth. He also enjoys surfing, fishing, golfing, tennis, reading and watching the Tar Heels.

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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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Charity- Dental Assistant

Charity has been in the dental field for the past 8 years. She says her favorite part of dentistry is getting to know her patients and being able to help them feel more comfortable about their dental needs. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her granddaughter Madison.

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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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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.