Dr. Anthony Michelakis or Dr. Tony as known to his patients is a 1990 Graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. He grew up in Warren, Ohio and opened a practice next to his father’s Allstate Insurance office. After practicing seven years he moved his family to Brunswick County and opened a practice on Oak Island. After growing his practice for 20 years to seven dentists, 65 employees and two locations he decided to sell and downsize to a more personal private practice. He chose Leland due to its proximity to his farm in Delco. Dr Tony enjoys living, working and hunting on his 70 acres when not doing what he loves most and has dedicated his life to. “There is amazing peace being on a tractor in the woods and living off the land”.
Dr. Tony gives amazing personal care to his family of patients. He always gives his cell phone number to all his patients and encourages them to call anytime day or night, even if they only have a question. He loves all aspects of patient care including: Crowns, bridges, dentures, implant placement and restoration, root canals, orthodontics and TMJ treatment. He thrives on continuing education always far exceeding the minimum hours required by the state of North Carolina. Dr Tony usually attends over 100 hours per year well over the 15 hours required. “I continue to want to learn and grow. Each course brings a new set of challenges and it keeps me young and ambitious.” Dr Tony is a 2015 Graduate of the Kois Center in Seattle Washington. He traveled to Seattle 8 times over a three-year period to learn from the greatest teacher in the field Dr John Kois. “John Kois provided a new way to approach the ever-changing field of Dentistry. John changed my approach to a risk and evidence-based way of treating patients using science and research to best treat my patients. He is also a 2008 graduate of the Triangle Dental Institute where he studied under the head of the UNC Periodontal department David Simpson. It was a 10-month continuum course on Implant placement and restoration. Dr Tony has been a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists since 2009.
Dr Tony has two grown daughters Lilly and Carly who live together in Cary, NC. They are both graduates of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He enjoys driving there to have dinner and spending time with them whenever he gets a chance. He also loves traveling the world and has been to 36 countries over the years. Many of them with his children from the time they were 4-5 years old. He also spends time in the Dominican Republic doing dental mission work in the sugar cane fields of La Romana. He finds this the most rewarding travel as he gets older. “These children have nothing but a love for life. They appreciate what we do for them and smile the whole time. We take them flip flops and other clothing and it brings a joy that you can’t imagine”.
Andi began her career as a dedicated Hygienist more than 15 years ago. She graduated with honors with her degree in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. Over the years she has acquired a wealth of knowledge in the dental field and is thankful to be able to share that knowledge with her patients. Andi truly enjoys helping people have a healthier and happier smile.
Andi is originally from Montana, and moved to North Carolina 25 years ago. She enjoys spending time with her family including her husband, Chris, their three sons and granddaughter. When not in the office, she enjoys reading, movies, biking, hiking and spending time at the beach.
Tammy began her career in dental in 1990. She has had the privilege of working all over this great country and in England. Tammy brings experience, knowledge and a true love of people to her assisting skills. Tammy is always serious about her job, but laughter is always a big part of her “serious”. She strives to ensure each patient is comfortable, understood and feels her genuine compassion for them and laughs with her.
Tammy is from a small town in northern Pennsylvania and has lived in North Carolina since 2006. She lives with her husband and best dog, Levi and has 2 grown children whom she is very proud of. She enjoys making people laugh, camping with good friends and praising the Lord.
Shea comes to our practice with over 28 years of experience in all phases of dentistry. She received her Dental Assisting Certification in 1992. Shea has a gentle spirit and is committed to making her patients feel at ease in the dental chair. She focuses on helping patients clearly understand their treatment needs and serves them as their advocate in obtaining that treatment, while comforting and easing any anxiety they may have. Expect a giggle or two in her chair as well!
Shea was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. At home Shea spends her free time walking the beach, doing yoga, hiking, having her grandbabies over as much as possible. She truly enjoys traveling- especially out West!!! Shea resides in the lovely community of Oak Island, NC and cherishes her coastal lifestyle.
Christina joins the practice with 6 years of dental experience. She is the friendly face of the practice and the first one you will see when you arrive. Her bubbly personality and acute understanding of insurance is reassuring to our patients. You will always find her with a smile on her face waiting to serve and assist everyone. Christina can be relied on for her thorough knowledge of dental insurances, coverage and dental procedures. Her favorite part of our practice is our GREAT team and genuine care for our patients!
Christina grew up in Kannapolis, NC and moved to Wilmington in 2007. When not working she loves spending time with her family in Concord, NC spoiling her niece and nephew, time at the beach, loving on her dog Bellah and using her amazing cosmetology skills (yes, she was a hairdresser!) at the request of her family and friends.
Mellony started her dental journey in 1997 in New Hampshire, after leaving the airline industry as a flight attendant. She has worked in orthodontics and general dentistry in both administrative and clinical capacities. This experience gives her a fuller understanding of the clinical aspects of dental procedures as well as insurance coverages and finances. She is committed to making your dental experience from the beginning to end as seamless, painless and as pleasant as possible using her infectious smile and sense of humor. She ensures every patient has the access and understanding of the treatment needed, while making sure that it is financially attainable. Mellony is grateful to have found an amazing doctor and incredible staff that make going to work like hanging out with family (the good kind!)
Mellony moved to Leland in 2014 from New Hampshire. Her adult twin boys are back in NH, (they LOVE the snow). Her husband and she are crazy dog people with 6 dogs, (they are foster failures over and over and over again!) In her free time (after taking care of dogs), she enjoys woodworking, antiques, stand-up comedy, the beach and helping friends.