Meet the Team
Crystal Watson is a native to North Carolina and grew up in Raleigh. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002. She stayed at UNC-Chapel Hill and earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree in 2006. Prior to Healthy Smiles, Dr. Crystal worked in Community Health for 12 years. She is a member of the American Dental Association and the North Carolina Dental Society. Dr. Crystal enjoys seeing children and even has five of her own. Her three oldest attend Abbotts Creek Elementary…. Go Gators! When Dr. Crystal is not in the office, she and her husband David can be found enjoying time with their children. Dr. Crystal also enjoys triathlons, mandolins, and photography.
Dr. Shelly Rickert was raised in Cary, NC. She graduated from Duke University with a BS in Biology and received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from The University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. Dr. Shelly has over 20 years of experience in Community Health. Her practice philosophy is strongly focused on prevention. She believes good habits start early. Her hope is to see your child grow up cavity free. When she isn’t at Healthy Smiles, Dr. Shelly enjoys spending time with family and friends, weekend trips to the beach or mountains, hiking, Pilates, and attempting arts & crafts!
Certified Dental Assistant
Novelyn was born and raised in Jamaica. She moved to Canada as a teenager and later came to New Jersey where she began her career in dentistry. Novelyn has been a dental assistant for over twenty-five years and has always loved working with kids. She has an enthusiastic attitude towards providing dental education and care to patients and their families. She moved to Raleigh with her husband and two sons in 2002. When not working, she also enjoys walks on the beach, listening to music, cooking and relaxing at home with her husband and her four legged friend Milo, a Maltese mix!
Front Desk Assistant
Esmeralda was born and raised in Raleigh. She is married to the love of her life and enjoys spending time with her amazing husband and three wonderful children. Esmeralda is a native Spanish speaker and is excited to greet and help our Spanish speaking patients. As part of the front desk team, she loves her job and enjoys getting to know the children and parents.