We make every patient feel like family.

Meet Our Staff

Both doctors practice all phases of family and general dentistry. Their office utilizes new technologies in dentistry and the latest techniques. They attend continuing education courses regularly as does their staff. They utilize specialists in the community for levels of expertise they believe patients may sometimes require and will discuss these options if the need arises.

Dr. Robert G. Plage

Dr. Robert G. Plage received an undergraduate degree in biology from Wake Forest University and went on to get his DDS degree from Georgetown University School of Dentistry. He has lived in Wilmington for over 35 years.

Throughout his career, Dr. Plage has been an advocate for the underserved populations living in our area. He has been very involved with the NC Mission of Mercy (MOM) dental program – a free, traveling dental clinic that operates to reach the underserved in our state. He has been active in the MOM clinics both locally, serving as local chair for 10 years, and on the state level. In addition to serving the public, Dr. Plage has served his profession. He has been active in the North Carolina Dental Society as well as the American Dental Association. He is also a fellow in the American College of Dentists, an organization dedicated to dental ethics, education and professionalism.

Dr. Plage has been married to his wife, Anne, for 41 years. They have two children, Cait and Michael. Cait and her husband, Joel, live in Nashville, TN. Michael is a graduate of UNC School of Dentistry, married to Dr. Nataleigh Hitt Plage and is a partner in Plage Dentistry.

Dr. Michael R. Plage

Dr. Michael R. Plage is a native of Wilmington and a graduate of John T. Hoggard High School. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for both his undergraduate degree in psychology and his DDS degree.

Dr. Plage is an Eagle Scout. His Eagle Scout project involved planning and implementing Wilmington’s first Mission of Mercy free dental clinic in 2004. He has volunteered at many free dental clinics around the state and is a member of both the North Carolina Dental Society and the American Dental Association.

Dr. Plage’s interests include running, surfing, snowboarding and watching all kinds of sports, especially the UNC Tarheels. He is married to Dr. Nataleigh Hitt Plage who is a practicing dentist for CommWell Health in Penderlea.

Susan, Scheduling Coordinator

Susan is originally from Charleston, West Virginia, and moved to Wilmington with her family in 1985. She has two sons that are 17 and 25. Susan began working as a scheduling coordinator in orthodontics in 2011, then worked with foster children and families for a few years, and found her way back to a dental career. She enjoys watching college basketball and the NFL. Hobbies include reading, gardening, and spending time with her family and dog, Penny. 

Tristen, Information Technology Coordinator

Tristen is from Fayetteville, North Carolina. He will be graduating from UNCW in May 2019 with a degree in Biology and a minor in Computer Science. Tristen began his journey for dentistry his sophomore year of college and continues to prepare for the rigors of the dental school application process. Tristen has one little sister and a precious puppy. When not in the office, he enjoys playing beach volleyball, flying, swimming, and programming.

Shelia, Insurance Coordinator

Sheila has over 30 years of medical and dental billing experience. Shelia started working at Plage Dentistry in July of 2019. Sheila was born in San Diego, California and moved to Pinehurst, North Carolina as a young child. She remained in Pinehurst until she moved to Wilmington in 2015 with the love of her life Clint and their furry feline friend Hudson.  When Sheila is not working, she enjoys off-road adventures, kayaking, long walks, and spending time with her family & friends.

Susie, Office Manager

Susie has come to us from Crystal Lake, IL. She and her husband, Mike, have two sons; one of which lives in New York City and one who lives, with his wife, in Eagle, CO. Susie is an avid bicyclist who also enjoys tennis, hiking, yoga and relaxing with a good book. Her favorite aspect of Plage Dentistry is feeling like a part of one, big family. She started working at Plage Dentistry in June, 2017, and has been working in the dental profession for over 25 years.

Anne, Administrative Assistant

Anne is a native of Boone, NC and has lived in Wilmington for 35 years. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University, where she met her husband. She has two grown children; her daughter now lives in Nashville, TN and her son lives here in Wilmington with his wife. Anne enjoys reading, traveling, playing tennis and relaxing in her beach chair at Masonboro Island. Her favorite part of working at Plage Dentistry is the relationships we have built with our patients. She has been in the field of dentistry for 26 years and has worked in this practice for 24 of them.

Helen, Registered Dental Hygienist

Helen has been a practicing hygienist for over 35 years. She started her career in a pediatric practice and soon discovered her special talent for introducing children to the world of dentistry. While she enjoys all her patients here at Plage Dentistry, she particularly enjoys getting to work with the younger kiddos. Helen joined our practice in 2003 after moving to Wilmington from New York. In her freetime she enjoys spending time at the beach, photographing sunrises and sunsets, watching sports and trying new restaurants with her husband John.

Janet, Registered Dental Hygienist

Janet is from New York. She has been married to her wonderful husband since 1975 and has a son and a daughter as well as two grandchildren. In her free time, Janet enjoys going to the beach, boating and traveling with her family. Her favorite part about working here is being part of a practice that has such great people. In addition, she loves being able to give patients the care they need. Janet has been in dentistry since high school, in fact it was her very first job. She started working at Plage Dentistry in 2005.

Mary, Registered Dental Hygienist

Mary was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She earned a B.S. degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Maryland Dental School and has been practicing for over 20 years. She and her family relocated to Ocean Isle Beach together in 2005 and she started working at Plage Dentistry in 2011. Her husband is a general contractor in Brunswick county and her daughter is a senior in high school. Mary’s interests include boating, beaching, music, theater and reading. However, she most enjoys spending time with her daughter before she leaves for Appalachian State University next year.

Rosa, Registered Dental Hygienist

Rosa has come to us from South Africa. She has been married to the love of her life, Stephen, for 33 years and they have two children together. Her daughter lives in New York City and her son lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL. In her free time Rosa enjoys boating, biking, fishing, hiking, paddling and traveling. Her favorite aspect of dentistry is the daily challenges the practice and profession bring. Rosa has been in the field of dentistry since 1985. She started as a dental assistant from 1985-1991. She then became an educator, teaching third graders. Rosa then returned to dentistry as a hygienist. She has been working with the Plages for two years.

Sandy, Certified Dental Assistant

Sandy is from Greensboro, North Carolina. She attended Guilford Technical Community College where she earned her certification in dental assisting in 1972. She is our longest standing employee, having worked with Dr. Robert Plage for over 30 years. Sandy is blessed to have her wonderful sister and two brothers as well as all her friendly fur babies that she takes care of. She noted that her family, animals and working in the dental field is what brings her joy and keeps that jovial smile on her face every day.

Kerri, Certified Dental Assistant

Kerri is from a small town right outside of Wilmington, North Carolina. She and her husband have two children and a number of animals which she considers her “extended family”. In her free time, Kerri enjoys reading and spending time with her family. Her favorite part of working at Plage Dentistry is talking with her patients and being able to help meet their dental expectations. Kerri has been a certified dental assistant since August 1998 and has been working with Dr. Plage since December of 1998.

Angy, Certified Dental Assistant

Angy was born in Georgia but moved to North Carolina at a young age and has spent most of her life between Wilmington and Rocky Point. She has three wonderful children as well as four beautiful grandchildren and a pitbull. Angy is a sports fan – she enjoys watching football, baseball, and basketball. Her favorite season is Fall, however, she loves all things Christmas regardless of the time of year. She loves cool nights, crisp mornings and getting cozy by the bonfire. Her favorite aspect about Plage Dentistry is the patients and how we are able to put even the most nervous patients at ease. Angy has been a certified dental assistant since 2006 and has been working for this office since 2008.

Brittany, Certified Dental Assistant

Brittany is a native of Leland, NC. She has one brother and a precious nephew. She is a very family-oriented person – family and friends hold a majority of her heart. Brittany loves going to the beach and going on dinner dates and trips with her friends and family. Brittany’s favorite part of working at Plage Dentistry is meeting new patients and establishing rapport with current patients. She also enjoys the atmosphere of our work family. Brittany has been a certified dental assistant for since 2011 and has been working at this office since September 2017.


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Wilmington, NC 28403

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