At Bozart Family Dentistry our philosophy is to provide comprehensive dentistry to all patients. This means explaining all available options to every individual and having the patient make an educated decision with regards to their treatment. Dr. Bozart understands that what the textbook recommends is not appropriate for every patient. He states:
the textbook does not take into account the patients situation. The textbook fails to recognize financial or time constraints, personal desires, fear, etc.”
Dr. Bozart tries to develop an understanding of the patients desires, situation, and personality to help establish an individually appropriate treatment plan. He believes every patient should have a well established relationship with their healthcare provider. This lends itself to better understanding, trust, and personalized treatment.
Dr. Albert Bozart
Dr. Albert Bozart was born and raised in North Carolina. He received both his Bachelor of Arts and Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the UNC at Chapel Hill. The education he received provided a solid background for his professional career. After graduating from dental school, Dr. Bozart participated and graduated from an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency. This residency provided the opportunity to explore more complex and diverse patient cases. Dr. Bozart learned numerous skills and treatments under the direct supervision of over 20 board certified specialist. He states, “While UNC provided a solid academic foundation, the AEGD residency gave the clinical skill and confidence through treating difficult cases in all areas of dentistry”.
After graduation, Dr. Bozart fulfilled a military obligation. He attended UNC Dental School on a full military scholarship. He agreed to become a US Army Dentist after graduation in return for the military paying for his education. He states, “this turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life”. While on active duty, Captain Bozart treated numerous soldiers at Fort Gordon and Fort Benning, Ga. After leaving active duty, Dr. Bozart entered private practice as an associate in Wilmington, NC. He chose to move to Wilmington because he has extensive family in the area and his children love the beach. The private practice experience was very rewarding for Dr. Bozart. He learned the complexities of dealing with the business side of dentistry. He states. “this is the aspect of dentistry I dislike the most. I wish the business side of dentistry did not exist, like in the Army, but it is a necessary evil and I did learn valuable information during this time.” As you can see, Dr. Bozart has a very diverse and enriched professional and educational experiences.
Dr. Bozart has two girls, Alison and Sydney. They both are fun loving, caring, and sweet girls. On weekends the girls can be found playing TopSoccer, Special Olympics bowling or just hanging at the beach. They both have a rare condition called Mucolipidosis Type IV (ML4) and need constant help. Dr. Bozart finds tremendous strength in Alison and Sydney. He states. “all of the education in the world does not provide the gift that both girls have provided. They have provided me with a purpose that no job title ever could”, Dr. Bozart feels spiritually blessed to have been given the two girls and advocates for them and others like them.
Dr. Lauren Francis
Dr. Lauren Francis is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has been in Wilmington since 2008. Dr.Francis attended Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, PA, where she received her Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree. Prior to that she attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology Degree.
After graduating from dental school, she completed a one year hospital based dental residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. The residency provided advanced training in dentistry including hospital based dentistry, oral surgery and implant training. She is a member of the American Dental Association and the North Carolina Dental Society. She started with Bozart Family Dentistry in January 2010. Dr. Francis enjoys practicing all aspects of general dentistry and is an Invisalign certified provider. In October 2015, Dr. Francis completed a 7 month mini residency in dental implants with the Triangle Dental Institute in Durham, NC. She lives in Wilmington with her husband Dan, two daughters and their dog Sadie.
Dr. Steve Regnier
Dr. Regnier, who prefers to be called Steve, is originally from Long Island, NY. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at Albright College in Reading , PA. After that, he went directly on to dental school attending Fairleigh Dickinson School of Dentistry in New Jersey. He graduated in 1989, finishing second in his class, and was the only one in his class to receive a Masters of Science degree in Human Physiology simultaneously with his Doctorate of Dental Medicine ( DMD) degree. He then completed a one year dental residency at Genesee Hospital in Rochester, NY. Following the residency, he went into private practice in Trumansburg , NY, and after 25 successful years in one location, it is time for the next stage in life with Bozart Family Dentistry in the beautiful state of North Carolina.
He and his wife will be residing in Wilmington, while his 3 children are finishing college. He is a half marathon runner, golfer and loves the beach. He is very excited to join this already wonderful practice and looks forward to the opportunity to help you in the near future.
Dr. Traci Espinosa
Dr. Espinosa was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she received her Bachelors in Biology from The University of New Mexico in 2000. She then moved to Boston where she attended dental school Tufts University. Immediately after dental school, Dr. Espinosa moved back to Albuquerque where she joined a practice as an associate and learned the business for two years before starting her own practice, which she owned and ran for four years before selling it. After selling her practice she moved to North Carolina to work in children’s dentistry (ages 2-20) while awaiting her commission in the USPHS (United Sates Public Health Service). Her commission within the USPHS then led her to serve within the US Coast Guard for the next four years in the Washington, DC and Annapolis, MD areas.
Once fulfilling her commission with the USPHS/ USCG, she then moved to our beautiful area that she feels lucky to be able to now call home. Dr. Espinosa is happily married to her husband Ray and has two children, Toby and Haley. Toby is an up and coming football star and Haley has a special talent for dance. In her spare time, you’ll find the Espinosa’s enjoying the beach and boating lifestyle that our area is known for, or possibly having dinner at their favorite Wilmington area restaurant, Bluewater Grill. Although Bluewater may be her favorite restaurant for atmosphere, her favorite foods are actually sushi and Indian food, or anything else spicy. Dr. Espinosa is also Invisalign certified. So if you’re coming in for an Invisalign treatment be sure to ask her about some of her favorite sports teams, the Kentucky Wildcats (basketball), Notre Dame (football) or her favorite baseball team, the Boston Red Sox.
Dr. Benjamin Friberg
Dr. Friberg was born and raised in Portland, OR. Other than living in Buffalo, NY for dental school, Wilmington is the only other city he has lived in. After completing his undergrad at Oregon State University in 2005 with a Business management degree and minor in Construction Engineering, he went to Dental school at State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. He moved to Wilmington in 2016 and began working with us in January 2018. Dr. Friberg’s focus is “providing comprehensive dentistry that considers the whole mouth, not just one tooth at a time”.
Dr. Friberg has been married to his college sweetheart for 13 years. They have two children and a dog named Boone. His family spends their free time going on weekend adventures and exploring new places on road trips. His hobbies include brewing beer and sailboat racing. He has over 10 years of home brewing experience and is on the crew of a 28 foot sailboat in Southport.
Dr. Michelle Holmes
Dr. Holmes was born and raised in northeastern Ohio but her mother originally migrated from abroad so she has dual citizenship in Ireland. She has lived in many places including Singapore, Texas, and Chicago. She has been living in Wilmington for the last 12 years and claims it to be her favorite city yet. Dr. Holmes completed her Bachelors in Microbiology at Ohio State then graduated Dental School from the University of Texas where she was president of her dental school class. She has had many experiences in the dentistry field including working in a very high end cosmetic practice Chicago, to practicing in a public health clinic serving a rural community. She is passionate about “helping people feel proud of their smile” and especially enjoys working with patients in need of dentures.
Dr. Holmes has been married to her husband for almost 30 years. They have two children, two dogs, two cats, and one gecko named Tooothless. She is a certified Disney fanatic so the family loves taking trips to Florida and seeing the magic of Disney. Her hobbies also include gardening and supporting local theater and the arts. You can find her enjoying live shows on the weekends or helping out behind the scenes.
Dr. Austin was born and raised in the small town of Shinglehouse, Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University. Prior to dental school he worked as a dental assistant, allowing him to work with patients in an office setting and solidifying his joy for general dentistry. After, he went to West Virginia University School of Dentistry and graduated 3rd in his class. Dr. Austin is certified in dental lasers as well as conscious sedation and hopes to soon become certified in implant dentistry as this area interests him.I
In Dr. Austin’s is married to his wife, Katherine, who he met while attending college! They do not have any children yet but look forward to growing their family by 3 or 4 in the future! In his free time he enjoys golfing, hiking, going to the beach, and traveling. When there’s a Chicago Cubs game on, he’s surely watching it!
Dr. Clifton Ball
In 1974, Dr. Ball graduated from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry, cum laude, and practiced general dentistry in his home town of Canton, Ohio for four years. In 1980, he received a Master’s Degree in the specialty of Orthodontics from the Ohio State University and practiced as a specialist in orthodontics for twenty two years. Because of his love for family dentistry, Dr. Ball spent the next fifteen years practicing as both a general dentist and as an orthodontist. During that time he accumulated hundreds of hours of continuing education in a wide variety of topics related to clinical dentistry and orthodontics. He received special certification from the Foundation for Advanced Continuing Education for two years of post-graduate studies of the teeth, jaw bones and jaw joints (TMJ). Few orthodontists in North Carolina have achieved this distinction! As you can see, Dr. Ball is absolutely committed to excellence in dentistry and orthodontics.
Dr. McElhaney graduated from NC State University with her undergrad degree in Zoology/Premed. She was a scholarship athlete there for swimming. In 1988 she graduated from the UNC School of Dentistry. She has over 30 years experience in dentistry now and is also certified in botox and dermal filler injections. Dr. McElhaney owned her own practice in NC for 24 years and learned valuable knowledge. After wanting to slow down but still enjoy her love for dentistry, she moved to Wilmington and joined our team! She has 2 children who recently graduated from college and 3 dogs. In her spare time she competes in Ironman Triathlons with her partner. She competed in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in South Africa in 2018 as well as competed and qualified in the IM World Championships in Kona, HI in 2017. If she if not doing dentistry she is Swimming, biking, or running!
Dr. Eric Oxley
Dr. Oxley was born and raised in Tennessee. He received his undergrad from Milligan College in Johnson City, TN where he also played baseball. For dental school, he received his D.M.D. with distinction from the University Of Kentucky College Of Dentistry in 2015. After graduation from dental school Dr. Oxley commissioned in the U.S. Navy as a Dental Officer and attended an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School in Bethesda, MD. Upon completion of his AEGD, he reported to Camp Lejeune, NC to continue his military service. Dr. Oxley is still currently serving in the U.S. Navy Dental Corp and began working part-time with Bozart Family Dentistry in October 2017. Dr. Oxley has completed over 450 CE credits in general dentistry, esthetic dentistry, CAD/CAM dentistry, dental implants, endodontics and prosthodontics. He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Dr. Oxley lives in Sneads Ferry with his wife, son and 2 dogs. During his spare time he enjoys going to the beach to relax, hiking in the Appalachian Mountains, watching Kentucky Basketball and CrossFitting. He has competed with CrossFit at Regionals individually 3 times and 2 times at The CrossFit Games with a team. Although he bleeds a different “Kentucky” blue, he appreciates basketball greatness and has no hostility to any teams in North Carolina. Dr. Oxley is excited to be a part of the BFD team and looks forward to the opportunity to serve each his patients.
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