Dr. Michael Schut is a native of Wisconsin. He received his B.S. in pre-med Biology from Mississippi College. He then attended the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry and received his D.M.D. in 2007. He went on to complete a year of post-grad training at the university hospital in Mississippi in the General Practice Residency program.
Dr. Schut enjoys all aspects of general dentistry while focusing implant and cosmetic dentistry. He thrives on the satisfaction gained by educating patients on how they can improve their oral health.
Dr. Schut makes his home in Wilmington. When away from the practice, he enjoys several hobbies – playing basketball, paddle-boarding, and attempting to surf.
Dr. Diefes received his training at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry – 37 years later, his approach to dentistry has evolved, yet in many ways it is still the same – taking time to develop relationships with patients and building mutual trust and respect. Dr. Diefes takes great pride in providing the highest level of dentistry using state-of-the-art equipment supported by a team of dedicated and caring professionals.
While at Chapel Hill, Dr. Diefes met and married a Whiteville native, Wanda Watson; her ties to the area were part of the reason he began practicing in Bladenboro in 1978. He and his wife are active members of Whiteville United Methodist Church. In their spare time, this dynamic duo can be found performing for local civic groups and fundraising efforts in their musical group know as Half and Half.
Dr. Diefes and the team at Whiteville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry welcome new patients of all ages and appreciate the opportunity to help you maintain one of your greatest assets, a healthy smile!
Christina is no stranger to hygiene. In fact, she is one of the originals – working for Dr. Gibson (the former practice owner) for 33 years. Originally from Missouri, Christina has been married for 32 years. She has two adult children and 10 “fur babies”. And, she is a very proud grandmother of two beautiful girls.
Jamie has been serving many of our patients for 17 years. She performs hygiene at the highest level and loves helping patients enjoy a lasting and healthy smile. Jamie understands that every patient is different, requiring all of our professional skill and experience. Perhaps her most impressive quality is how she treats her patients as though they are family.
When she is not taking care of oral hygiene, Jamie loves anything to do with the beach. She also enjoys board games and activities that present a challenge. Sure, she is easy going but has plenty of energy to love on her two boys and one fur baby.
Wanda has worked as a Registered Dental Hygienist since 1988 after graduating from Fayetteville Technical Community College with an Associate’s degree in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. She finds direct patient care and education very rewarding and values her role in contributing to patients’ overall health by helping them keep their teeth and gums in top condition. She cherishes time spent with her husband, two children and granddaughter. She also enjoys keeping and caring for her many animals.
When you meet Chelsea, it is hard to miss that she loves her career. “I’ve been a dental Assistant for 5 years and I love it”. She is always looking for ways to make our patients more comfortable and confident. Chelsea enjoys learning and makes it a priority to ask questions and learn from her teammates.
Growing up in Columbus County/Whiteville, she is a homegrown local, and proud of it. When she is not assisting in dentistry, you will find her with family and her two children.
Joy launched her career in dentistry over thirty years ago serving as a Dental Assistant for Dr. Diefes. Her warm personality and extensive dental knowledge ensure that our patients feel comfortable before, during and after their dental visits. She is truly passionate about meeting the needs of our patients and helping them achieve and maintain a healthy and confident smile. Aside from dentistry, Joy loves spending time with her wonderful husband Tim and her adorable dog Sonny. She is very active in her church and is a frequent volunteer for mission work.
Nanette didn’t grow up in Whiteville but she and her family love to call it home. Her attention to detail, developed over 32 years in dental assisting, makes her a natural part of our the team at Whiteville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. Patients find her to be accommodating and always willing to help.
Nanette was born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming – arguably one of the most beautiful part of the United States. Nanette met and married her husband, Sam, before leaving Wyoming. She says “I am so grateful to have served as a US Air Force spouse for 16 years. In addition to her long-time husband, she is the proud mother of daughter & son, and 3 wonderful grandchildren. She loves spending time with family, making crafts, and creating works of art with cross-stitch.
Pam has worked in our practice as a dental assistant since 1988. Through the years she has established many wonderful friendships with our patients and staff members. She enjoys assisting Dr. Diefes in helping our patients with their dental health and improving that most important feature—their smiles. She is very patient and thus works extremely well with children; she always has a smile on her face for everyone. Time with family and friends is very important to her; she considers herself truly blessed to have wonderful people in her professional and personal life.
Lynn has served as Hygiene Coordinator for our practice since 2003. She also assists other staff members, both front desk and clinical, when needed. She takes great pride in her work and always meets her tasks with a smiling face and a willing heart. She truly cares about the well-being of our patients and does her part to make sure that their experience is a pleasant one. Away from work she loves her time with family and friends.
Barbara is one of the first faces you see when visiting Whiteville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, hence her title, Director of First Impressions. She works hard to ensure every patient has a positive experience and outcome. Barbara enjoys violin, photography and shares her knowledge as a photography instructor at the local community college. She enjoys her thirty-five year marriage and two children.
Cindy joined our office team as a patient care coordinator in 2012 after working in the medical and dental fields for twelve years. Her experience in scheduling and insurance, coupled with her commitment to making sure that each patient has an excellent experience in our office, make her an invaluable asset to our practice. She enjoys traveling with her family, cooking and Blue Devils basketball.
Linda has been a valued team member since 1992 as a Patient Care Coordinator. Her organizational skills and dedication ensure that our office runs smoothly and efficiently. She is committed to optimizing the patient experience and she loves being a part of a practice that continues to provide the ultimate in dental care.
When Linda is away from the practice, she enjoys the beach and spending quality time with family and friends.