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 3 cats and 3 Lab dogs. In her time off she enjoys attending her church where she sings in the choir, and volunteers with the youth of the church, she enjoys basketball-both playing and watching UNC tarheels, crafts, cycling, boating and good times with friends.


Heather J. Autry, RDH

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 three 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

I attended FTCC. I am bladen county native and joined Dr. Vestal's wonderful staff in June 2011. My husband is Clay Register and together we have a son, Cameron, who is full of energy. I enjoy spending time with my family & friends. I am a die-hard NC State Fan. Go Pack!!

Melanie Wheeless, RDH

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.

Terri Byrd, CDA

I am from Sampson county and live in Clinton NC. I am married to Jeff Byrd and we have a daughter , Rachel who is the apple of our eye. We have alot of cats and 1 dog. I love my church family and volunteering at my church and Sampson county relay for life. My family are true NC State Fans, love our family and spending time together.