DR. CLAYTON "BEN" SMITH
Dr. Smith is a native to the coastal community of Wilmington, NC. His father Clayton B. Smith, Jr., originally began the family practice in 1966 and went on to create a very successful practice and was very well known for his generosity and sense of humor. Dr. Smith, Jr. welcomed his son in 1994 after he received his degree in dentistry from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Though his father passed away in 2001, he and his team continue the tradition of offering the same standard of care with the latest technology. Dr. Smith, his wife Kim and their three boys all share a passion for the beach and time spent together. He is well known as a dedicated Christian, an avid fisherman and frequently volunteers his time to local charities.
Forever the student as was his father, Dr. Ben has pursued advanced education in endodontics, oral surgery, bone grafting, cosmetic dentistry, implant placement, and restoration, occlusion and TMJ dysfunction, and most recently oral appliance therapy for bruxism; sleep apnea. He is member of numerous organizations and volunteers his time in helping the community. Dr. Ben Smith is a member of the:
- American Dental Association (ADA)
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)
- Academy Computerized Dentistry (ACDNA)
- North Carolina Dental Society
- American Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)
- American Academy of Facial Esthethics (AAFE)
- International Congress of Oral Implantology (ICOI)
CHRISTI PUSKAS, CDA
I began dental assisting with Dr. Smith’s dad in 1987, and continued my career with Dr. Ben in 1994. I was provided an incredible on the job training experience and have enjoyed the continuing education path that we maintain in order to provide the best care for our patients. One of the things I enjoy most about my job is the relationship I have established not only with my co-workers but also our patients. Outside of work I enjoy family time, hunting, fishing, and boating.
GINGER HOBBS, CDA
I began my career in dentistry in 1981 as an assistant. and have been with Dr. Ben since 2008. In my 35 years of assisting, I have worked as an assistant in orthodontics, endodontics, oral surgery, periodontics, and general dentistry. This diverse scope of assisting enables me to help patients with their understanding of all treatment options. I enjoy running, boating and anything outdoors.
KRISTI THOMAS, RDH
I have been in dentistry since 1995 starting in front office working my way to clinical. I attended dental assisting school in 2005 & dental hygiene in 2006, both at Cape Fear Community College. I graduated in 2006 as a CDA and received my RDH license in 2008 after my boards were completed shortly after graduation. I love dentistry and have found the office that I will work at until retirement. We all make a great team and have a great boss. I love my patients, my team, and most of all my work . . . I LOVE TEETH!
PEGGY MARTIN, SCHEDULING COORDINATOR
I began my dental career in 1970 with an Oral Surgeon in Tennessee as a dental assistant. I moved to Virginia and began working for a General Dentist. Later moved to Wilmington, NC in 1988 and began my employment with Dr. Clayton Smith Jr. and continued my employment with Clayton B Smith III as a scheduling coordinator. I love meeting and talking to new people and seeing beautiful smiles!
REBEKAH MURRAY, RDH
I graduated from Coastal Carolina Community College with an Associates in Applied Science degree of Dental Hygiene in 2001. As a hygienist, I enjoy helping others smile with ease, knowing their smile is making a positive difference in their lives. It is my goal to help my patients achieve and maintain a healthy smile for life. I have been blessed to work full time in this extraordinary and caring office since 2007. We have an excellent, outstanding team here at Dr. Clayton B. Smith's office!
ROBIN PETERS, ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
I am originally from Baltimore, MD. I graduated from University North Carolina at Wilmington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. I started working for Dr. Clayton Smith III in 2002. I have a strong passion for dentistry. I am dedicated to addressing the needs of our patients, whether you need to schedule an appointment, discuss a bill, or have questions regarding treatment, I am here and willing to help. We care about you and your smile!