Meet Dr. Melissa Joy

Dr. Melissa Joy

Dr. Melissa Joy is a southern California native. She graduated summa cum laude while earning her undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis. She earned top honor by the Tennessee Historical Society for academic achievements.  Upon finishing, she applied and attended A.T. Still University where she graduated with a Doctorate of Dental Medicine (D.M.D).  During dental school, Dr. Joy is passionate about working with patients who have special needs. She holds a membership with the Special Care Dentistry Association. Prior to graduating dental school, she also received her Master’s in Public Health (M.P.H.) with a dental emphasis. She was recognized by American Academy of Orofacial Pain for her studies in the assessment and management of temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain.

Following dental school, Dr. Joy joined the Unites States Navy and attended a General Practice Residency (GPR) at the Marine Corp Base Camp Pendleton in California. Immediately following her GPR, she was accepted in an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Virginia. She served as chief resident where she demonstrated leadership and compassion for her patients. After graduation, she was assigned to Marine Corp Base Camp Lejeuene and Marine Corp Air Station Cherry Point, in North Carolina. While stationed in North, Carolina she held a staff position for the Navy’s Advanced Education General Dentistry Program.

Dr. Joy is Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a member of the North Carolina Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiologists. She enjoys practicing Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery including trauma, oral pathology and dentoalveolar surgery.

Dr. Joy is a proud Navy Veteran of 13 years. She earned numerous awards and commendations during her tenure. She is engaged to David and they have four dogs. In her free time, Dr. Joy loves to run. In 2019, she completed the Marine Corp Marathon. She enjoys watching sports and has recently adopted the local North Carolina teams.

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