1133 Medical Center Drive
Wilmington, NC 28401

Meet the Team

Norma Cortez, DDS, PA

Susie Miller, Office Manager

Susie moved to Leland, NC in 2015 and is proud to call this her new home. She is originally from Wisconsin where she has raised two wonderful sons and is now the proud grandmother of one amazing grandson. She started her career in the dental field in 1993 as a dental receptionist. She was then blessed to be a lead dental assistant for 8 years until finally finding her true calling as an office manager/financial coordinator, which she has been doing for the past 10 years. She loves the dental field and couldn't imagine doing anything else.

Ginna Llanos, Patient Service Coordinator

Ginna Llanos, Patient Service Coordinator

Ginna is fluent in both English and Spanish. She is originally from Cali, Colombia but moved to Wilmington 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She has been working at Cape Fear Smiles since April 2016. When away from work she enjoys spending time at the beach, shopping & enjoying dinner with friends at some of Wilmington's wonderful, local restaurants.

Janet Gilbert, Dental Hygienist

Janet Gilbert, Dental Hygienist

Janet was born and raised in Boone, North Carolina. She completed the Dental Assisting Program at UNC Chapel Hill; Janet worked as a dental assistant in Boone until she decided to study dental hygiene at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. Following graduation Janet returned to Boone where she worked for a year and married her husband Marty. Janet and Marty moved to Wilmington and they cannot imagine ever leaving the area. Janet and Marty’s daughter graduated from NC State.

Karen Maasch

Karen Maasch, Dental Hygienist

Karen says, “I am the Yankee in the office.” Her husband, Fred and their three children, Bryan, Erik, and Sarah moved here from New York in 2003. Karen earned her degree in Dental Hygiene from the State University of New York at Farmingdale. Prior to that, she was certified in Dental Assisting from BOCES II in Brookhaven, New York where years later Karen was a Dental Assisting Instructor until she moved to Wilmington. Karen has practiced dental hygiene in New York, Texas, and North Carolina. Karen loves Wilmington and she plans to stay here and hopefully teach dental hygiene here one day.

Marisela Pope

Marisela Pope, Dental Assistant

Marisela is originally from Peru but she has called the United States her home for the last 12 years. Marisela is married to her husband Glenn and has a daughter named Claudia. Her love and passion for people led her to work in the dental field. She has been with Cape Fear Smiles since 2012. Marisela received her dental education at the Academy of Dental Assisting in Kentucky and through SEAHEC in NC. Marisela is fluent in both English and Spanish. It is her goal to make your visit as comfortable as possible and surpass all of your expectations.




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