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A Place to Call Home

Discover how Aspen Dental is helping patients throughout North Carolina get the care they need, today. If you’re looking to have a flourishing career and join a community that thrives on collaboration and has fun while doing it, this is where you belong. Follow the Carolina Road to discover why you should say yes to a career with Aspen Dental!

Dr. Heald

“Working with Aspen Dental allows me to provide healthcare options in a way that most clinicians aren’t offering. The financing options and accessible hours are what make Aspen unique and patients are really appreciative of that.”

Dr. Katie Heald
Owner, Aspen Dental, Morganton, NC

About Dr. Heald:

  • Graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry in 2012
  • Joined Aspen Dental in Florida for ownership opportunity and to treat a population that has minimal access to dental care
  • Relocated to North Carolina in 2019 to open first Aspen Dental office in the state as a practice owner

Her North Carolina Favs:

  • As a native of the Tar Heel State, people are so friendly and in desperate need of dental care and dental providers
  • The great outdoors – from hiking to skiing to white water rafting, there’s plenty of options to get outside and enjoy Mother Nature
  • College Sports – there’s so many universities across the state to enjoy collegiate athletics and activities

Cost of Living

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The cost of living in North Carolina is well below the national average. North Carolina is one of eight states with a flat income tax rate of 5.75%.

Real Estate

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The median home cost in North Carolina is $175,600, with a very low property tax rate of 0.85%, significantly below the national average of 10.35%. In 2018 residents paid an average of $2,138 in property taxes.

School Systems

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There are 115 school districts throughout the Tar Heel State, accommodating more than 1,500,000 students. North Carolina has multiple highly-regarded state universities including UNC Chapel Hill and is home to prestigious universities such as Duke University, Wake Forest University and Davidson University.

Opportunities for Ownership

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As a brand new state for Aspen Dental, there are multiple opportunities for ownership and partnership. There are also multiple Large Group Practices throughout the region, meaning an office isn’t owned by a practice owner yet, creating opportunity for new dentists to acclimate within the Aspen Dental model and determine if the path to ownership is the right fit.

Mentorship & Student Loan Reimbursement Opportunities

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As a dentist in this region, you’ll work in offices that provide a full range of dental and denture services, emergency dental and specialty dental services, as well as cosmetic dentistry services. Some examples include: crown and bridge, fillings, sore gum relief, root canal therapy, digital radiology, advanced screening for oral cancer, veneers, dental implants, tooth whitening, and the ability to become certified in offering Invisalign treatment. If a mentor is what you desire, you’ll have access to successful and experienced dentists who have been trained on how to best hone your clinical and leadership skills to help you achieve your goals.

Student Loan Reimbursement packages are also available for many locations throughout this region to help you pay down your debt faster so you can focus on what you do best: practicing dentistry.


Great Smoky Mountains

The National Park straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee.


A 1,200 mile handmade trail that spans from the Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks.

Hatteras Island

A barrier island located off the North Carolina coast, and part of the Outer Banks.


College Athletics

Celebrate and support the blue-blood rivalry between Duke and UNC.

Wright Brothers

Visit the historical site of Kitty Hawk and tour the Wright Brothers National Memorial.

City Life

There's plenty to do to in North Carolina: museums, shops, galleries, zoos, and more.


Carolina BBQ

Eastern North Carolina and Lexington-style BBQ both compete to be the state's favorite.

Chicken 'N Biscuits

A Southeastern favorite from nearby restaurants or homemade recipes.

Shrimp and Grits

You can find classic and contemporary shrimp and grits throughout the state.

She-crab Bisque

A rich soup with, Atlantic blue crab meat, crab roe, and a small amount of dry sherry.

Fried Green Tomatoes

The ultimate Southern comfort food ordered as an appetizer, snack or as a side dish.

Peach Cobbler

Happiness in a bowl! A staple in the south and perfect for summertime.

Let's go 1-on-1

Make an appointment to talk to an Aspen Dental Career Guide, and we'll help you find the fit that's right for you.