Dr. Aaron Wilharm has been practicing dentistry on Oak Island, NC since May of 2003. A native of Colliers, WV, Dr. Aaron was lured to the Carolina coast’s warm climate, welcoming residents, and a laid-back lifestyle. At Bethany College in West Virginia, he studied Biology for three years before attaining early admission to West Virginia University School of Dentistry.
Darren is a native of Clinton, North Carolina. He attended UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was inducted into the Phi Betta Kappa Honor Society. Darren graduated with distinction in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. Darren continued his education at West Virginia University where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree with honors in 2002.
Dr. Matt Miller was born and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia. Upon graduating High School he attended West Virginia University where he graduated Cum Lade with a BS in Dental Hygiene in 1995. Matt stayed true to West Virginia University where he went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2001. Since graduating, Matt has owned and practiced at Very Gentle Family Dentistry located in his hometown. In his 8 years of practicing Matt has become proficient in all aspects of dentistry, finding cosmetic dentistry to be the most fascinating and rewarding.
Dr. Gregory Hohl was born in Easton Pennsylvania and is the youngest of 5 children. He attended college at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1999. Afterward he joined the U. S Navy and served 3 years at Camp Pendleton in California. While there Greg accepted a Navy scholarship to go back to school for dentistry and he attended Virginia Commonwealth University; which he graduated from in 2006 with his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.
Dr. Mark Dobransky, a native of Owego, New York, moved to North Carolina after high school when he fell in love with the coastal region. Dr. Dobransky attended East Carolina University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. He continued his education at ECU where he earned his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry degree with Honors. Dr. Dobransky finished his Advanced Education in the General Dentistry certificate program at ECU.
Dr. Cecilia Liu, our full time pediatric dentist, was born and raised in North Carolina. Dr. Liu completed her undergraduate education at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. In 2013, she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she participated in several dental mission trips around the world. She completed a one-year Advanced Education training in General Dentistry with Lutheran Medical Center in Hawaii prior to her pediatric residency. Dr. Cecilia completed her specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she served as the chief resident during the final year in residency.
Dr. Nichole was born in Wilmington, NC and later lived on Oak Island before moving to Clearwater, FL. She returned to North Carolina to earn her undergraduate degree in Biology at Wake Forest University and received her Doctor of Dental Medicine at East Carolina University.
Following dental school, Dr. Nichole gained specialty training in pediatric dentistry at NYU Langone Health – Brooklyn (formerly Lutheran Medical Center) in New York City. She has recently moved back to North Carolina and is excited to join Dr. Cecilia Liu and the Coastal Pediatric Team.
Dr. Nichole was drawn to dentistry for its multi-faceted nature. She is enamored by the technical aspect of dentistry as well as the relationship building aspect. She is passionate about working with kids – so a specialty in pediatric dentistry was a perfect fit!
Outside of her work life, Dr. Nichole enjoys being outdoors–especially on the water–with her husband James, son Tucker, and the family’s chocolate Lab, Ellee.
Dr. Courtney Strubin is an Oakland, MD native. She vacationed with her family in Morehead City, NC growing up and fell in love with the warm sunny weather of the coast, the dog-friendly beaches and the southern charm of the residents. She knew that after dental school Coastal North Carolina is where she wanted to work and live.