Coastal Carolina Oral Surgery - Wilmington, NC

Meet Our Staff

We are contracted with the following insurance companies: Aetna, Ameritas, Cigna, Delta, Metlife and UHC. We’re here to answer any questions or concerns you may have about our procedures, treatments and insurance information. Our goal is to treat everyone like family, enhance our patients quality of life, and to help them feel more confident.

Dr. Bruce C. Arné

Dr. Bruce C. Arné

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (OMFS)

Education:
Appalachian State University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry (Anesthesiology)
University of California/ San Fransico - Fresno Campus (OMFS)

In 1989, Dr. Bruce Arné graduated from Appalachian State University where he attended on an Athletic Scholarship for Soccer. From ASU he went on to UNC at Chapel Hill for graduate school.  He finished his Master of Science degree in Audiology in ’91 with a GPA of 4.50.  While in graduate school, Dr. Arné was able to work very closely with the UNC-CH Dept. of Otolaryngology (ENT).  It was during this time that he developed an interest in head and neck surgery.  He also became acquainted with many of the Dental students at Chapel Hill. It was because of these friendships that he made the decision to apply to the UNC-CH School of Dentistry (being accepted in ’93).

After graduating with a DDS degree in ’97, Dr. Arné was accepted into the UNC-CH Department of Anesthesiology as a resident. He interviewed alongside many newly graduated MD's for this very competitive position. After his anesthesiology residency, he received comprehensive training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) at the UCSF-Fresno campus(University Medical Center- a Level I trauma center). It was at this time that he was able to develop his skills in facial reconstruction, treatment of head and neck trauma, craniofacial surgery on children, and reconstructive surgery and pathology for cancer patients.

In 2002, Dr. Arné moved to Wilmington, NC – the city where his wife was born and raised – and established his practice. Since that time he has held an adjunct associate professor position in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at UNC-CH; has been appointed as a team doctor for the UNC-W athletic department; has been elected President of the Board of Directors for the Cape Fear Soccer Association; has assisted Law Enforcement with tactical medicine and training; and has developed an interest in Disaster Medicine, tactical medicine, and assisting the men and women of the US Armed Services.  Recently he was appointed to the editorial review board of the Journal of Special Operations Medicine and the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons disaster relief team.

 

Surgical Assisting Team
Our clinical staff members have been cross-trained in Surgical Assisting and anesthesia management.  Each member has successfully completed rigorous training in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and is competent in mitigating in-office emergencies. The team has also completed additional training offered by the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons concerning anesthesia and office emergencies. In addition, they have undergone training in infection control, x-ray technology, and have completed courses in dental implant techniques from the Zimmer Institute in Carlsbad, CA.

Administrative Staff
Our administrative staff has years of experience in both the medical and dental fields. They were selected for their outstanding customer service and expertise in their respective fields. Our staff is also required to complete annual training in insurance coding and billing, infection control, CPR, and practice management.

 
Ryann Barefoot, CDA II

Ryann Barefoot, CDA II

Surgical Staff

 
Christina Umphlett

Christina Umphlett

Surgical Staff

 
Lise Phillips

Lise Phillips

Executive Associate

 
Teresa Harding

Teresa Harding

Insurance Specialist

 

Jessica Tilghman

Billing Coordinator and Insurance Specialist

 
Sara Duncan

Sara Duncan

Office Manager

 
Fran Szalay

Fran Szalay

Executive Associate