Your Greensboro Dentist: Guy A. Ribando, D.D.S
Educated in New Orleans at the LSU School of Dentistry, Dr. Ribando comes from a family that is deeply committed to oral health. His father, Guy Sr., practiced dentistry for over 40 years in New Orleans, LA. His two sisters, Dr. Maria and Dr. Valerie, graduates of the LSU School of Dentistry, have practiced together in New Orleans for over 25 years. One of five children, Dr. Ribando relocated to Greensboro, NC in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. He had practiced in New Orleans since graduating from the LSU School of Dentistry in 2000. Dr. Ribando is also a graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans where he earned a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy.
Dr. Ribando now resides in north western Greenboro with his wife, Kerrie, three children, Guy Evan, Olivia, and Evelyn, and their dog, Melody. He is a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and Gate City Rotary. A veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Dr. Ribando was on active duty in 2004 and 2009, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He served for over ten years in the United States Army Reserve where he proudly served our troops as a general dentist, helping to ensure our troops’ optimal oral health. Dr. Ribando traveled to Belize with his Army Reserve unit in 2007 to provide humanitarian aid to Belizean native children, and continues today to support humanitarian aid directives in dentistry.
Dr. Ribando was a delegate to the Louisiana Dental Association, and is an active member of the American Dental Association, the North Carolina Dental Society, and the Guilford County Dental Society. He enjoys fishing and golf as well as running and biking. Dr. Ribando is an avid follower of LSU football.
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Your Greensboro Dentist: Brittany S. Blue, D.D.S.
Dr. Blue (previously Dr. Semones) is so thankful that Friendly Dentistry brought her to Greensboro, a community she loves and is proud to call “home.” She enjoys getting to know new patients and helping them achieve excellent oral health. Dr. Blue has been at Friendly Dentistry since August 2011, and she truly feels that this practice has something special.
Dr. Blue grew up in Charlotte, NC, and received both her Bachelor’s Degree and her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While in school, she was honored to be the recipient of various educational scholarships, including the Hinman Scholarship in 2009. After graduating from Dental School in 2010, Dr. Blue completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry in Richmond, VA. However, she was happy to return to her home state of North Carolina so that she could be closer to her family.
Dr. Blue strongly believes that the key to providing the best quality dental care is through continuous dental education. In 2012, she completed a year-long course at the Triangle Dental Institute, where her sole focus was the placement of dental implants. She also obtained her Fellowship with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Additionally, Dr. Blue has traveled extensively to Seattle, WA, where she has become a graduate of the Kois Center, under the direction of Dr. John Kois, a world-renown dental instructor. Due to her emphasis on dental implants, Dr. Blue has had excellent success in placing dental implants. Thanks to her, our patients are able to obtain almost all of their dental treatment right here in our office. Dr. Blue maintains commitment to organized dentistry. She is a member of the Guilford County Dental Society, the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the North Carolina Dental Society.
Dr. Blue also has a strong commitment to community service. She represents the 3rd district on the board of North Carolina Missions of Mercy (NCMOM), an organization dedicated to providing free dental care to those without access or funds. Giving back to the greater Greensboro community, she sits on both the Steering Committee and the Grantmaking Committee for the Future Fund of the Community Foundation. This is an organization of young professionals dedicated to improving our community by distributing grant funds to local nonprofits. Last but certainly not least, she is also an active member of the Junior League of Greensboro, where she has chaired committees and served on the Executive Board.
A born-and-bred Tar Heel, Dr. Blue enjoys all things Chapel Hill, especially Carolina Basketball. She recently married her college sweetheart, Tom Blue; hence the recent name change from Semones to Blue! She enjoys staying active, spending time with her family and friends, and taking trips to the Greensboro Farmer’s Market. She loves experiencing new things, and you are likely to find her checking out the local haunts of Greensboro (new and old) and traveling. She is most cozy, however, sitting on her deck with some good conversation, good food, and her Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Penny and Piper!
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Your Greensboro Dentist: Mark A. Wilkinson, D.D.S.
Dr. Wilkinson has been helping people in Greensboro restore and maintain positive oral health for over 20 years. He is committed to changing the common misconception that a visit to the dentist is a painful, fearful experience.
Dr. Wilkinson believes that people should not be judged by their pasts, but given help, hope, and a plan for the future. We are proud to have Dr. Wilkinson as a part of our Greensboro dentist team.
Dr. Wilkinson attended the University of Tampa, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from The Ohio State University, and is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. He also completed a post-graduate residency in Advanced General Dentistry at Ohio State before ultimately settling in Greensboro.
A lifelong learner, Dr. Wilkinson has attended many advanced dentistry courses across the country. In 2002, he was trained in sedation dentistry, and has since made it his mission to seek out and help people who avoid the dentist due to shame or fear. Over the course of his career, Dr. Wilkinson has helped over 1,000 people overcome their dental phobias and receive the dental treatments they need and deserve.
Though he lives in Greensboro, Dr. Wilkinson is still a Buckeye at heart, and follows Ohio State football regularly. He is an avid motorcyclist, and has traveled much of the country on just two wheels. Dr. Wilkinson is passionate about art, architecture, and history. He enjoys traveling the world to explore and experiencing the richness of many cultures.
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Your Greensboro Dentist: Andrew Burton, D.D.S.
Dr. Burton was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina. The sixth of eight children, he learned early in his life from his siblings and single-parent mother to work hard to achieve his goals. Dr. Burton attended UNC Chapel Hill for his undergraduate degree in Chemistry with minors in Biology and Japanese, graduating with honors and entering Phi Beta Kappa honor society.
Dr. Burton remained in Chapel Hill where he met his wife Ashlea Ross, a UNCG alumna and Greensoro native, and received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from UNC School of Dentistry in 2017. While attending dental school, Dr. Burton was elected by classmates to serve as their representative on the American Student Dental Association and upon graduation he received the Student Leader in Organized Dentistry Award for his exceptional leadership in organized dentistry while at UNC.
Dr. Burton completed an advanced education in general dentistry residency at the Fayetteville North Carolina VA hospital where he felt fortunate to be able to serve our nation’s veterans and focus his training on dental implant placement, surgery, and restorative dentistry. He has enjoyed volunteering at Care Clinic in Fayetteville and The Dental Bus Ministry.
Dr. Burton is thrilled to join the incredible team at Friendly Dentistry and he and his wife look forward to making Greensboro their home. He makes it his mission to put patients at ease in the dental chair, truly listen to their point of view, and develop a plan together to meet the goals the patient has for their oral health and smile. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, camping, ultimate Frisbee, chasing around his sassy daughter, volunteering at church, and playing Nintendo with friends.