Dr. Cortez was born in Peru. She came to the United States when she was 18 years old to pursue her education. She has an impressive life story. She has earned 2 athletic scholarships from MDCC, a junior college in Miami, and from UNC-Chapel Hill where she was a setter in the volleyball team. Dr. Cortez obtained her undergraduate in Biology and her degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While in Dental School, she volunteered in various dental organizations that helped the community around Chapel Hill. After finishing Dental School she moved to this area where she met her husband George. Dr. Cortez and her husband currently live in Ogden along with their two dogs: Princess and Shane. They are excited to call Wilmington their home and raising their family here.
Dr. Melissa Owen grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She attended James Madison University, where she obtained her bachelor's degree in Biology. She went on to pursue her DDS degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During dental school, Dr. Owen married her high school sweetheart, Conally. She also was involved in various organizations, serving as patient care coordinator at the Samaritan Health Dental Clinic in Durham, NC. After dental school, Dr. Owen and her husband packed their bags and moved to Los Angeles, CA. There, Dr. Owen completed a General Practice Residency at the Sepulveda VA. Dr. Owen and her husband are looking forward to making Wilmington their home and are excited about future adventures in dentistry and beyond.
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