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Meet Our Team

Dr. Daniel D. Phelps

Dr. Daniel Phelps has been a general dentist in Wilmington, NC since 1994.  He received a BS in Biology from Penn State in 1987 and his DDS from UNC Chapel Hill in 1991.  Dr. Phelps began his career doing a 1 year General Practice Residency with the US Air Force followed by 2 years as a general dentist at Eglin AFB in Florida.  He and his wife then moved to Wilmington, NC to start Phelps Family Dentistry.

He is an adjunct faculty member for the UNC School of Dentistry, East Carolina School of Dental Medicine, and Cape Fear Community College dental assisting and hygiene programs.  His current memberships include The American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, the North Carolina Dental Society and the International Congress of Oral Implantology.  He is licensed to provide IV conscious sedation in NC.   Dr. Phelps has also been recognized since 2011 by his peers as a TopDentist in Wilmington;  He has been on dental mission trips to Peru and Honduras and has been a volunteer dentist at St. Mary’s outreach clinic since 1998.

Dan and Lisa Phelps are parents to four children; Chad, Craig, Abby and Anna. His hobbies include basketball, racket sports, biking and boating at Lake Waccamaw. 

Dr. Lisa E. Phelps

Dr. Lisa Phelps’s goal is to provide the best care for you in the most relaxing environment possible.

Dr. Lisa completed 3 years of undergraduate studies at UNC- Chapel Hill with early acceptance into UNC- Chapel Hill School of dentistry.  Upon receiving a DDS in 1991 from Chapel Hill she attended a one year hospital GPR residency at Offutt Air Force Base in 1992.  Dr. Phelps is a member of American Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry and North Carolina Dental Society. She is licensed to provide IV conscious sedation in NC and has a recent certification in the placement of implants from the Triangle Dental Institute completing 168 hours of continuing education in the study of implantology.

Dr. Lisa is the daughter of Robert and Janice Ecklund and has been married to Daniel Phelps since 1990.  They have four children Chad, Craig, Abby and Anna.  She has enjoyed hosting several foreign exchange students that have become family.   Her hobbies include tennis, golf, water skiing, paddle boarding and picture taking/scrapbooking.  She believes in health prevention and health as a lifestyle.

Dr. Lisa believes in giving back to the community here at home by volunteering for St Mary’s Dental Clinic and across the world in places like Brazil, Honduras and Peru. She is also an advocate for education being adjunct faculty for UNC and a volunteer at GLOW, Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington.

Dr. Lisa Phelps is a member of American Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry and North Carolina Dental Society.

Vickie W. Ward, Office Manager

I became a member of the Phelps Family Dentistry Team in 2002 as the financial coordinator and then transitioned into the position of office manager. With almost 20 years of dental office-management experience, I attend continuing education courses each year to keep up to date on all the latest technology/trends in the dental field. 

In 2015 I started the Wilmington, NC Chapter of AADOM (American Association of Dental Office Managers) and received my AADOM Fellowship in 2018.

I live in Rocky Point, NC.with my husband Dee of 22 years. We have 2 daughters whom are both married and  2 adorable grandchildren. Being native to this area; I enjoy outside activities at the beach and the river. I also enjoy reading, researching genealogy, scrapbooking and have a fond love for horses.

Krystal Snyder-Biggs, Schedule Coordinator

As a native to Wilmington, Krystal graduated from JT Hoggard High School in 2009.

She began her schooling attending East Carolina University studying biology. She soon realized she wanted to pursue her dream of working in the dental field closer to home.

Krystal graduated from Cape Fear Community College Dental Assisting program in 2013. She worked as a chairside dental assistant for 5 years. She now enjoys her new role in the front office interacting with patients regarding their treatment, scheduling and insurance needs. Her optimum goal is for each patient to have good oral health.

Outside of the work environment, Krystal spends time with her husband and their 4-year-old yellow lab. She enjoys boating and beach time with her family and friends.

Jennifer Nobles, Schedule Coordinator

I am originally from Waynesville located in the mountains of Western NC. I graduated from the Dental Assisting program at Cape Fear Community College in August of 2017.  Weeks later I joined Phelps Family Dentistry team. I primarily work in the front office helping patients with their scheduling and insurance needs. I also enjoy helping with patient care especially with our anxious patients.

I attend continuing education courses regularly to stay up-to-date on current dental health and safety topics. I like to be knowledgeable about regulation changes that could affect the health and safety of our patients or fellow co-workers.

Outside the office, I am a Mom to my young daughter Sydney. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, listening to music and collecting shells on the beach.

Kari Barbour, Dental Assistant

I am from Sanford, NC and moved to Wilmington to attend Cape Fear Community College where I graduated from the Dental Assisting Program in 2008 and earned a DANB certification. I joined the Phelps Family Dental Team in 2008. My role as a team player has included wearing many hats from dental assisting to insurance management to schedule coordinator. It is my goal and passion to help our patients understand their treatment needs and the importance of maintaining a healthy smile.

Outside the office I enjoy beach outings, movies and sporting events. I love watching football with my boyfriend, Damian and hanging out with our cat, Cali Sundance.

Sue Laurent, Dental Assistant

I have been in the dental profession for over 40 years. The profession of dental assisting suits me perfectly. It combines my love of dentistry with my love for people. One of my greatest joys is to help people feel comfortable in the dental office while we improve their dental health. I have worked for Dr. Dan and Dr. Lisa for over 15 years and cannot imagine ever retiring. On a regular basis I volunteer at St Mary’s Dental Clinic and participate in office mission trips. Dentistry is an exciting profession that is constantly evolving. I enjoy keeping up with the changes through continuing dental education courses.

I come from a large Marine Core military family and enjoy spending time with my immediate family of two children and 4 grandchildren as well as my extended family. Other joys in my life are cooking for people, pet sitting and walking on the beach.

Jackie Sheehan

I am originally from Maryland and at 10 years old my family moved to North Carolina which I now call home. I live in Wilmington, NC with my husband and three dogs. I graduated from Cape Fear Community College in 2011 with a degree in Dental Hygiene. I joined Phelps Family Dentistry in 2015 and I am glad to be a part of an amazing team. One of my professional goals is to strive to keep up with current technology and techniques in my field and use this knowledge to provide the best care possible for my patients. I love my job but in my free time I enjoy spending it with my family and friends and being physically active.


Marlene Barton, Registered Dental Hygienist

I have been a registered hygienist for over 40 years and love what I do.  I find it very rewarding to help people increase their awareness of their current oral condition and find solutions that work for them. I am originally from New York City, New York and a graduate of New York University where I received the degree in Dental Hygiene. I moved to Wilmington in 1992 and have worked for Drs. Dan and Lisa Phelps since 1994. I attend continuing education classes each year to keep up with the latest technology in Dentistry.

I have three wonderful grown children and a sweet 13 year old Pitbull rescue. My favorite things to do outside of dentistry are reading and shopping!