Meet Our Wonderful Team

Specializing exclusively in orthodontics to create your best smile.

Get To Know Dr. Josiah Rich

His name is Josiah, but everyone calls him Dr. J!

Dr. J’s journey to becoming an orthodontist in Dunn, NC:

What inspired you to become a part of the healthcare field?

“I grew up in Kenya, Africa because my parents were medical missionaries there for 30+ years. Watching my father serve others convinced me at an early age to pursue a life devoted to helping others.”

Why did you choose orthodontics?

“Orthodontics melds two of my passions: strategic problem solving and improving my patients’ lives. I get to nerd out by planning the best way to straighten your teeth and then watch the transformation as that smile increases your confidence and improves your life.”

Fun Facts About Dr. J

What do you do outside of the office?

“I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I’m an avid skydiver, competing at the national and world level as part of the US Parachute Team. I enjoy photography, travel and learning about other people!”

Who is your hero?

“My hero is any man or woman who leads a simple life, avoiding the distractions that never satisfy, and focusing on the things that bring true joy.”

What was the best day of your life?

“The best day of my life was when we found out that the court approved the adoption of my little sister.”

What flavor ice cream would you be?

“Peppermint: because it’s simple and fresh.”

Dr. J’s Orthodontic Credentials

Get to Know Our Team

Helping Dunn smile for more than 20 years.

Learn more about Debbie

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Debbie who is at the front desk at Skyblue Orthodontics

Debbie

“I am happily married to my husband, Eddie. We have two wonderful daughters, who’ve blessed us with five grandchildren. I’m also blessed with my work family.”

What can patients expect from you?

“You can expect a warm, friendly greeting by me as soon as you walk through our doors.”

What do you like to do outside the office?

“I love spending time with my family. With five grandchildren, I can stay busy.”

Who is your hero?

“My husband. He has always worked hard to provide for us.”

What’s one item on your bucket list?

“I know this sounds crazy. I would love to go on “The Price is Right.” We record the show every day and watch it at night.”

What’s your spirit animal?

“Butterfly. I just go with the flow.”

Debbie

FRONT DESK

Learn more about Martha

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Martha who is at the front desk at Skyblue Orthodontics

Martha

“My world consists of a son and daughter, their spouses, and my five handsome grandsons. My daughter and her family live in Fayetteville, so I do get to spend more time with them than my son and his family who live in Florida. He is retired Air Force and decided to remain down there where he was based for many years. I savor every moment that I have with them and especially when having the whole family together, which is rare. I have lived in this area all of my life and share a home with three male canine furbabies! Yes, the males rule in my family, and they are all great!”

Why did you choose orthodontics?

“I’ve always thought a person’s smile is very important, and having straight teeth makes that smile even more beautiful!!”

What can patients expect from you?

“You can expect a close-knit atmosphere with us. It’s my goal to know what you enjoy during your visit with us. Walk through our doors, and I’ll be sure to greet you with a warm, friendly smile.”

What do you like to do outside the office?

“On the first Friday of each month, my church has a Food Bank for which I volunteer as much as possible. I love being able to help those less fortunate and also getting to spend time with my church family while doing so.”

Who is your hero?

“Anyone who has served in our Nation’s Military is my hero. As the mother, mother-in-law, sister, and daughter-in-law of men who have served our country, they make me proud. My son-in-law and father-in-law are both Purple Heart recipients of different wars. My son served 20 years and now retired from the Air Force. My brother served in the Navy. They are truly my HEROES!!”

What’s one item on your bucket list?

“I love the Great Smoky Mountains and would love to retire there. My dream is to have a cabin or small place there to live when I retire.”

What’s your spirit animal?

“I truly believe the Bunny Rabbit is my spirit animal because my father raised them for many years, and sold at Easter. I can remember my kids were so excited to see those bunnies, and dad would take them out of the cage to hold and pet. Now that my children are grown, anytime a bunny comes around, we are all reminded of my dad, their grandfather, and all the joy those furry animals brought to us. We feel that he is somewhere near when a bunny shows up.”

Martha

FRONT DESK

Learn more about Tricia

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Tricia who is at the front desk at Skyblue Orthodontics

Tricia

“I grew up in Sanford, NC and now reside in Mamers, NC with my husband Neal and son RJ.”

Why did you choose orthodontics?

“I chose orthodontics because I love to see the change it can make in a person’s life.”

What can patients expect from you?

“I want to make sure you feel like you’re part of the orthodontic family. You can expect me to be genuine and honest, and I’ll make sure you feel welcomed.”

Experience and achievements:

  • – Started in orthodontics as an orthodontic assistant in 1992
  • – Became a patient coordinator at our practice in 1996
  • – Certified orthodontic assistant
  • – Many treatment coordinator courses completed

What do you like to do outside the office?

“I love spending time with my family and friends. We like to travel to the beach, and I love ANY type of fishing and being on the water.”

Who is your hero?

“My husband, Neal. He has been the best father, husband, and supporter that I could ever have wished for.”

What’s one item on your bucket list?

“I would love to travel to the US and see the highlights of all 50 states.”

What’s your spirit animal?

“A cardinal.”

Tricia

PATIENT COORDINATOR

Learn more about Angie

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Angie who is an orthodontics assistant at Skyblue Orthodontics

Angie

“I am a Christian mother and grandmother. I live in the Meadow community. I’m also very involved with my church. I enjoy working with people and seeing them smile.”

Why did you choose orthodontics?

“I fell in love with orthodontics because of seeing the results of people’s faces after changing their appearance and lives. I wanted to help give people that happiness.”

What can patients expect from you?

“You can expect top-notch, friendly care from me. I’m a total people person and seeing my patients every day is the best part of my job (and my co-workers second!).”

Experience and achievements:

  • – Graduated Wake Technical Community College
  • – Became a certified dental assistant in 2004
  • – Been working at Skyblue Orthodontics ever since

What do you like to do outside the office?

“When I’m not at work, I spend time with my family. I am a simple person, but I love my family and my church.”

Who is your hero?

“My hero is Jesus. He died on a cross to save us from our sins and gave us a chance at eternal life through him.”

What’s one item on your bucket list?

“Go on a big family vacation with my whole family. It’s so hard to get everyone together. That is something I would LOVE!”

What’s your spirit animal?

“An elephant. My oldest daughter has always loved them. They are protective, very smart, and have great memories. My family sees an elephant and stops because of her. So if I was an elephant, I know they wouldn’t ever forget me.”

Angie

ORTHODONTIC ASSISTANT

Learn more about Marlene

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Marlene who is an orthodontics assistant at Skyblue Orthodontics

Marlene

“I am blessed with the most wonderful parents I could ask for, my sister (who is also my best friend), three handsome sons (who are and will always be my whole heart and soul), my granddaughters and nieces (whom I adore more than words could say), and the best work-family ever.”

Why did you choose orthodontics?

“Growing up, I was self-conscious of my smile. As a teenager, I was able to improve my smile with braces and getting a chance to do the same for others has always been a rewarding experience for me.”

What can patients expect from you?

“It’s important to me your visits are as comfortable as possible. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help. Helping patients feel better and improve their smiles makes orthodontics the best part of my day. ”

Experience and achievements:

  • – Trained dental assistant
  • – Worked as an orthodontic assistant for multiple doctors

What do you like to do outside the office?

“Family/friend time is critical to me! I absolutely love going places especially the beach, which is my happy place. I love hanging out with friends and listening to country music.”

Who is your hero?

“I have too many to name just one. :)”

What’s one item on your bucket list?

“Travel to more places, such as Ireland and even Montana.”

What’s your spirit animal?

“A butterfly just because they are so pretty to watch”

Marlene

ORTHODONTIC ASSISTANT

Learn more about Heather

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Heather who is an orthodontics assistant at Skyblue Orthodontics

Heather

“I am currently a dental assistant at SkyBlue Orthodontics. I have two dogs and one cat, and I have a son who I love dearly and is currently in treatment with us. I love summer and spend as much time at the beach as I can.”

Why did you choose orthodontics?

“I chose to work in orthodontics because it’s rewarding to create smiles and I love working with kids. I also like all of the hands-on work.”

What can patients expect from you?

“I’m an easy-going person, and I’ll do whatever it takes to get you and your child to smile with confidence.”

Experience and achievements:

  • – Graduated from Fayetteville Technical Community College
  • – Certified Dental Assistant
  • – Worked in general dentistry and pediatric dentistry on top of the orthodontic field

What do you like to do outside the office?

“I love to be outside, going on walks or hiking. The beach is my favorite place. I spend a lot of my time there in the summer. I also love hanging out with my son. We enjoy going out to eat and watching a good movie together.”

Who is your hero?

“My hero is my dad. He is the hardest working person I know and is very determined. He has always been there for me when I needed him, and I have always looked up to him.”

What’s one item on your bucket list?

“There are so many things I have on my bucket list, but I would have to say at the top is getting the chance to travel and visit Ireland.”

What’s your spirit animal?

“This one is tough … I would have to say my spirit animal would be a Unicorn. I say this because I am a dreamer and I believe anything is possible.”

Heather

ORTHODONTIC ASSISTANT

Learn more about Alisha

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Alisha who is an orthodontics assistant at Skyblue Orthodontics

Alisha

“My husband’s name is Timothy, and we have been married for nine years. We have a 5-year-old son named Noah and two dogs Max and Tucker. I was born and raised in Erwin, NC.”

Why did you choose orthodontics?

“I enjoy helping people and interacting with patients. I love being a part of giving them an awesome smile.”

What can patients expect from you?

“Patients can expect me to be friendly, dependable, and a team player. I love building relationships with patients and seeing their progress throughout orthodontic treatment!”

Experience and achievements:

  • – Has been an orthodontic assistant for three years
  • – Worked in general dentistry for nine years
  • – Received Dental Assisting Certification from Wake Technical Community College

What do you like to do outside the office?

“I love going to the beach and spending time with my family. I also love going to church.”

Who is your hero?

“My mom and dad because my dad is my inspiration and my mom is my best friend. They never let me down, and they are always there for me. They help to lead and guide me through life. They don’t just tell me what to do; they lead me to learn essential life lessons.”

What’s one item on your bucket list?

“To see the Grand Canyon.”

What’s your spirit animal?

“A turtle!”

Alisha

ORTHODONTIC ASSISTANT

Learn more about Frieda

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Frieda who is an orthodontics assistant at Skyblue Orthodontics

Frieda

“I live in Dunn with my husband Ronnie and puppy named Chelsea.”

Why did you choose orthodontics?

“I had orthodontic treatment in my early 30s. I never knew how much it would change my life. It made me more confident, outgoing, and I finally loved to smile! I knew then that I wanted to be part of that!”

What can patients expect from you?

“I will do what it takes to make sure you are taken care of in a caring & professional matter. You can trust to come to me in confidence with anything because I want to help you. Seeing that beautiful smile on your face when treatment is complete is the best part of my job. I love it!”

Experience and achievements:

  • – Worked as the front desk before becoming office manager

What do you like to do outside the office?

“I enjoy walking, riding my bike, and watching good movies.”

What’s one item on your bucket list?

“Taking a trip to Africa.”

Frieda

OFFICE MANAGER

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