Dr. Turek was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky, but grew up in California, specifically the Silicon Valley area, because her father was an engineer for IBM. Throughout her undergraduate studies, she had worked as a dental assistant; she enjoyed the field so much that she decided to pursue a career in dentistry.
After completing her doctorate in San Francisco and professional training (residency) in North Miami Beach, she joined the NC Department of Health and Human Services to provide dental care in the rural areas of North Carolina, where it is difficult to find. She spent more than seven years working in clinics to provide dental care to the underserved and continues to love her work today.
What she loves about her job is making people smile: Her goal with every patient is to have them leave the dentist chair with a positive, pain-free experience and feeling good about their smile. As a lifelong lover of the beach, she tries to stay as close as she can to the sand and waves.
Undergraduate: University of California, Santa Barbara; Bachelor of Science in biopsychology
Graduate: Pacific School of Dentistry, San Francisco; Doctorate of Dental Surgery
Residency: NSU School of Dentistry, North Miami; advanced education in general dentistry
Achievements: CPR and AED Certified, OSHA trained, previous president of the Tri County Dental Society, secretary of the St. Mary Health Center Board of Directors, volunteer for Mission of Mercy and the Wilmington St. Mary Health Center, completed ICOI Fellowship Program (International Congress of Oral Implantologists)