Heather is a native of Barre, Vermont, and moved to Raleigh in 2006. She attended the University of Vermont, where she received an applied science degree in dental hygiene. Heather is known for her gentle touch and her quiet and comforting voice. She is a true professional, as patients feel very relaxed with her. Heather has also volunteered on the dental bus at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.
She feels as though working at Wainright and Wassel, D.D.S. is her “home away from home.” Heather has been with us since 2006.
Heather and her husband, Brian, have a son, Mason, and a daughter, McKenna. They also have their lovable family dog, Bodie. Heather loves to bake, and desserts and breakfast pastries are her specialties!
Karyn is a North Carolina native and considers herself a Tar Heel for life! She is a geographically well-rounded North Carolinian – born at the beach, moved to the Triangle and attended college in the mountains. She graduated from Lees-McRae College with a Bachelor’s of Science in biology in 2010 and then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, obtaining a Bachelor’s of Science in dental hygiene in 2012. She joined our practice in 2012 and continues to develop a lasting rapport with all of her patients.
Karyn is an avid runner and hope to complete a half marathon in all 50 states one day. She has completed half marathons in 9 states so far, with a personal record in Tennessee and her bucket list race at the Grand Canyon. In her free time, Karyn enjoys being active outside through running and hiking, going to the beach, practicing calligraphy, listening to books and podcasts, spending time with her family and being an active member at her church. Karyn and her fiancé Lance plan to get married in Wilmington in June 2021!
Karyn enjoys keeping up to date with all the latest and greatest technology and research as it pertains to dental hygiene. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and North Carolina Dental Hygienists’ Association – Greater Raleigh component. She has previously served as the NCDHA recording secretary, delegate for NCDHA House of Delegates, chair for Durham-Orange and Greater Raleigh components of NCDHA and as a continuing education co-chair for the North Carolina Dental Hygiene Academy of Advanced Studies.
Kristin Dillow, RDH, MS and Clinical Sleep Director
( Sleep Apnea and Treatment ) Kristin is originally from West Virginia and forever a Mountaineer. She started working at Wainright & Wassel DDS in 2007 shortly after she moved to Raleigh. Kristin received a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene from West Virginia University in 2006, and a master’s degree in Dental Hygiene Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014. Since her time in graduate school, Kristin has pursued training on the management of dental patients with sleep apnea. Her clinical research, “Patient response to sleep apnea screening in a dental practice” was awarded the AADSM Research Excellence Award and was recently published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry. Under the direction of our dentists, Kristin helps manage the sleep apnea program at Wainright & Wassel DDS, which offers oral appliance therapy as an alternative to CPAP.
Kristin is a member of the West Virginia University School of Dentistry Alumni Association. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at UNC- Chapel Hill School of Dentistry and also educates dental staff on screening and managing patients with sleep apnea through various educational programs across the country. Kristin and her husband, Nelson, welcomed their first child, Shepherd, in July 2019. They enjoy spending time on their farm with their dog, Milo. They also love traveling and West Virginia football.
Susan is a native of Virginia, but moved here when she was young, and now calls North Carolina home. She attended Sanderson High School and has been in the dental field since 2000. She started her career as a certified dental assistant and later received an Applied Science degree in dental hygiene from Wake Technical Community College. Susan enjoys patient care; helping each person that sits in her chair feel more confident in their smile. She says it is very rewarding to see a patient learn to take better care of their mouth.
Susan volunteers for charity dentistry events, such as Mission of Mercy, the NC Dental Bus, and Dentistry for the Heart. She received the Community Dental Award in her hygiene class, showing her sincere passion for helping others improve their oral health.
Susan loves to exercise and is involved in her church. She enjoys spending time with her high school sweet heart and husband, and their three children. They have an adorable maltipoo named Tinkerbell. They also love the beach, and taking trips to visit Mickey and Minnie.
Ali was born and raised in Garner, NC and graduated from Enloe High School. She received her Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene at Wayne Community College in 2016 where she also served as the Student Government Representative for her hygiene class.
One of her favorite things about working as a dental hygienist is building relationships with her patients while educating them about their oral health. In her free time, Ali enjoys visiting her family in Kentucky, going to the beach and playing with her adorable dog, Petey. She also enjoys deer hunting, and has been doing so since she was 11 years old. Ali is very active in her church and enjoys attending weekly bible study with her friends. She got married in June 2020, in Beaufort, NC.
Christy is a native of southern Nash County where she attended Southern Nash High School. She then graduated in 2015 from Halifax Community College in Weldon, NC, with an Associate’s degree in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene.
Christy’s husband, Matt, was also born and raised in southern Nash County where they plan to raise their two beautiful daughters, Jordyn and Carter. As a family, they enjoy cooking, going to the beach, the mountains and Disney World. Christy joined our team in 2019 and looks forward to helping you and your whole family, meet your oral health needs! In her free time, Christy enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and pulling for the Tarheels!
Kathryn was born and raised in Greenville, NC, home of the ECU Pirates! She attended East Carolina University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education. She then received her applied science degree in Dental Hygiene at Wayne Community College where she served as president of her Dental Hygiene class.
Kathryn and her husband, Kyle, welcomed their son, Thompson, in July 2018. They also have two adorable fur babies, a Labradoodle named Finley and a Shih-poo named Addie.
In her spare time, Kathryn loves spending time at the beach with her family and friends. She also enjoys cooking and trying out new recipes she finds on Pinterest.
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Wainright & Wassel DDS
6837 Falls of Neuse Road Suite 100 Raleigh, North Carolina 27615