Meet The Team
Dr. Crystal Watson
Dr. 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. Dr. Watson has been working in Community Health for the past 11 years. She is a member of the American Dental Association and the North Carolina Dental Society.
Dr. Watson enjoys seeing children and even has five of her own. Her two oldest attend Abbotts Creek Elementary…. Go Gators! When Dr. Watson is not in the office, she and her husband David can be found enjoying time with their children. Dr. Watson also enjoys triathlons, mandolins, and photography.
Dr. Shelly Rickert
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 Dr. Shelly isn’t at Healthy Smiles, she 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 Novelyn isn’t working, she 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!
Julie has been working in the dental industry for over ten years. She also has twenty-five years of experience in administrative and providing excellent customer service. She enjoys working with children and meeting new families. Julie helps patients feel welcome and comfortable when they arrive for their dental visits.
She currently resides in Raleigh with her significant other. She had two grown sons, an eleven year old Jack Russell, and an eleven year old tortoise cat. In her free time, Julie enjoys going to the gym, pool, beach & concerts.
Esmeralda Hernandez Colin
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.