“I love developing relationships with our patients while being able to help improve their quality of life through not only our services, but the atmosphere that our staff has developed as well. We are a patient-centered practice and do what we can to make our services comfortable and convenient for all.” — Dr. Whitley
Dr. Daniel Whitley is originally from Goldsboro, and his family has owned and operated small family farms in Eastern North Carolina for more than 100 years. He is glad to be in Eastern North Carolina and serving the residents of Onslow County.
Dr. Whitley completed his undergraduate degree at NC State University. He went on to earn his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Whitley is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the North Carolina Dental Society, and the Onslow County Dental Society. He is a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and has a specific interest in digital technologies in dentistry and their applications to improve patient dental care.
Apart from his own continuing education, Dr. Whitley donates his time and materials towards dental education at UNC School of Dentistry and VCU School of Dentistry. He is also published in several peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Oral Implantology, Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, and Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Dr. Whitley volunteers his time and expertise at Missions of Mercy and participates with the ADA Foundation’s Give Kids a Smile program.
Dr. Whitley and his wife Katharine have a yellow Lab named Banks. Dr. Whitley enjoys the outdoors and adventures in hunting, fishing, and boating. He is a fan of football, including the fun of tailgating, golfing, and grilling.
A native of Swansboro, Dr. Rhonda Norris attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her undergraduate degree and went on to earn her Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the UNC School of Dentistry, from which she graduated in 1983. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the North Carolina Dental Society, and the Onslow County Dental Society.
Dr. Norris and her husband have a son in college and a daughter who is married. Her family continues to grow with the additions of two wonderful grandchildren. Dr. Norris is an enthusiastic Tar Heel sports fan, and always ready for the next sport season. She is also involved in church activities.
Meet Dr. Getty
Dr. Paul Getty attended Temple University Dental School, where he graduated with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1976. He served in the US Navy where he finished his Navy Periodontal Fellowship. Dr. Getty also served in the US Army National Guard. Dr. Getty is a member of the North Carolina Dental Society and American Dental Association. Dr. Getty has been practicing dentistry for over 40 years. He loves helping patients improve their oral health, appearance, quality of life along with eliminating patient distress and discomfort.
Dr. Getty grew up in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. Today, he thrives living in Newport on a small farm caring for his garden, chickens, and livestock. He enjoys being able to relax and spend time at the beach so living on the coast of North Carolina is the perfect place for him. Dr. Getty is active in his church activities and involved in the local Sierra Club and County Health Board.
Dr. Getty’s family includes his wife, his son living in New York City and his daughter living in Durham North Carolina. And of course, numerous four-legged family members who keep Dr. Getty very busy and entertained.
Meet Dr. Wetherill
After graduating from NC State University with dual degrees in economics and business management, Dr. Richard (“Whip”) Wetherill, III continued his studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Dentistry, where he received his degree in 1998. After obtaining his Doctorate of Dental Surgery, Dr. Wetherill returned with his family to Wilmington to set up his practice. He is currently a member of the American Dental Association, the North Carolina Dental Society, and the Wilmington Tri-County Dental Society.
Dr. Wetherill is a native of Wilmington and resides there with his wife Susan and their three children. When he is not busy helping people with their smiles, you can usually find him at one of his children’s sporting events or other activities. In his free time, Dr. Wetherill is apt to be on the golf course, deep in the woods hunting, or simply in his yard trying to fight the weeds! Dr. Wetherill also enjoys playing coed soccer, serving on the parking and host team at his local church, serving Meals on Wheels once a month, and even helping BSA Troop 13 as a member of the Scout Committee.
Meet Dr. Lauten
Dr. Lauten grew up in Greensboro. He completed his undergraduate and dental school education at the University of North Carolina, which culminated in a Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1975. He was in civilian dental practice for 14 years in West End, North Carolina and Baltimore, Maryland between two active duty assignments in the Navy. He rejoined the Navy in 1991 here at Camp Lejeune. He earned his MS in TMD and orofacial pain from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in 1998. His past memberships include the American Academy of Orofacial Pain and the American Dental Association. He is currently a member of the Coastal Carolina Dental Society.
Dr. Lauten retired as Captain from the U.S. Navy Dental Corps after 22 years of active service. He worked as a general dentist for the Second Dental Battalion, Camp Lejeune, for an additional year.
Dr. Lauten and his wife Sylvia have been married for 24 years and they have two children. He is a hospice volunteer and has served five dental missions to Honduras. He enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, and Tar Heel sports.