All our professionals at Dr. Vestal's office, maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.

Dr. Tracie L. Vestal D.D.S

Dr. Vestal was born in Oak Ridge NC (near Greensboro). She received her Bachelors of Science Degree with Honors in Chemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill in May 1996. Received Doctorate of Dental Surgery from UNC-Chapel Hill in May 2000. Then she received her Masters of Business Administration from UNC-W in May 2005.She is married to Rodney Long. They live in Elizabethtown with thier four children, Cooper, Sydney, Hunter and Anna Grace. They also have 2 fat cats and 2 fat dogs. In her time off she enjoys basketball-both playing and watching UNC tarheels, crafts, cycling, piano and good times with good friends.


1. Ortho lecture series-Straight Wire Orthodontics-over 100 hours September 2008-April 2009-Atlanta GA.

2. DOCS-Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation- 24 hours May 2008-Washington D.C.

3. Hinman- Hand-on Implant placement-March 2009- Atlanta Ga.

4. Advanced Cardiac Life Support- May 2008

5. Fixed Pros Annual Session 24 hours- February 2008- Chicago, IL.

6. Hinman- March 2009-Atlanta, GA.

a. Oral Surgery for the General Practitioner

b. Managing the severely worn dentiton

c. Proper post usage

d. Controversies in Clinical Dentistry

e. Removable Partial Dentures at the Higher Level

7. CEREC- 2 hours- November 2008

Heather J. Autry, RDH

I have been a registered dental hygienist for almost 14 years, 7 of which have been with Dr. Vestal in Elizabethtown, NC. I graduated from Fayetteville Technical Community College and have a two year Associate's Degree In Applied Science. I continue to challenge my professional skills through continuing education. I thoroughly enjoy my current patients as well as getting to know new faces.  I feel that it is my responsibility to help my patients keep a healthy smile. I am the proud mother of two beautiful children that keep me very busy. I enjoy going to the beach, running, spending time with friends and family, volunteering in my church and community and any outdoor activities. I feel very honored to be a part of Dr. Vestal's dental team. Everyone here works together to provide the best in treatment and care for our patients. Dr. Vestal strives to do precise and professional work in a fun and relaxed environment.

Amy E. Merritt, DA/ Office Manager

I have worked in the dental field since 1998 as a dental assistant. I became Dr. Vestal's office manager in 2006. I regularly attend local and national dental meetings to assist our patients with thier dental care. I will be the person asssisting you with appointments and helping with your financial needs. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and our three kids. One of the greatest rewards of my job is building relationships with our patients and helping them to achieve and maintain excellent dental health. It is very rewarding knowing that our patient leave our office with quality dental work.

Heather Register, CDA

Heather Register has been a Certified Dental Assistant for 12 years. She attended FTCC. She is a bladen county native and joined Dr. Vestal's wonderful staff in June 2011. She has been married to her husband Clay for 12 years. Together they have a 2 yr old son, Cameron, who is full of energy. She enjoys spending time with her family & friends. She is a die-hard NC State Fan. Go Pack!!

Melanie Wheeless, RDH

I have been a registered dental hygienist for almost 14 years.  I received my Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology with a Chemistry Minor from Campbell University in May 1997. I received my Bachelors of Dental Hygiene form UNC-Chapel Hill in 1999. I am a native of Bladen County.  I am married to Daren Wheeless. Where we live in Ammon with my two children Hannah and Taylor. We also have a schnauzer named Harley. I enjoy country life by gardening and raising chickens. I also enjoys arts and crafts and playing bass guitar in my church praise band.