Our Team

We have an amazing staff with years of experience in caring for people just like you.


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Dr. Simon Melcher
Dr. Simon Melcher is a 2003 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. He completed his undergraduate studies at NC State, and enjoys the privilege of working closely with many of their athletes. He is an active member of the American Dental Association, North Carolina Dental Society, the Raleigh/ Wake County Dental Society, and the Academy of Sports Dentistry. Dr. Melcher was the 2003 winner of the Southeastern Academy of Prosthodontics Award of Excellence. In his free time he enjoys backpacking and cycling. He, his wife Betsy, and their three children reside in Apex.
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Dr. Emily Rodriguez
Dr. Emily Rodriguez earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, where she played Division I Lacrosse. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery and completed a fellowship in Advanced General Dentistry from UNC Chapel Hill. She was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society, a prestigious honor demonstrating high character and excellence in scholarship. She was a member of Gorgas Odontological Honorary Society, which highlighted her scholastic achievement, and Gamma Pi Delta Prosthodontic Honor Society for her clinical achievements.

She is a perfectionist in both dental skills and patient care. She will always spend extra time when needed to explain and answer patients' questions thoroughly. Her skilled and gentle touch appeals to patients of all ages.

Dr. Rodriguez has volunteered on several mission trips to the Dominican Republic and Ecuador to participate in humanitarian missions providing care to communities without access. She is an active member of the American Dental Association and the North Carolina Dental Society. Dr. Rodriguez grew up in Annapolis, Maryland and developed an early love for the joys of sailing and being on the water. She lives in Raleigh with her husband Dave and their son Finn.
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Cathy, CDA, Practice Manager
Cathy has over 35 years of Dental experience. The last 8 years have been here with Dr. Melcher and Dr.Rodriguez. She prides herself on treating patients with respect and compassion.

Cathy and her husband Bud have raised 4 children. 2 of which, are still at home and in school. They keep them very busy at ages 14 and 18. When not at work you will find Cathy spending time with her family, cheering the Wolfpack to Victory, singing in the church praise band, playing at the beach or Doing something with her Bernese Mountain Dogs.
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Laura, Dental Assistant
Laura has 12 years of dental assisting experience. She prides herself with giving the ultimate care to patients. When not at work she spends most of her time with her daughter, attending softball games and other school events. For fun she enjoys beekeeping, reading and frequent visits to the beach with family.
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Nora, DAII Dental Assistant
Nora has been a Dental Assistant for over 25 years, and has been with Dr.Melcher and Dr. Rodriguez since 2005. Nora truly loves her career in Dentistry and it shows in the quality of time and care that she gives to all her patients. Nora has been married for 23 years and has 2 Children. She also has 3 dogs and 1 cat. She is very devoted to her family. When she is not at work she is spending time with her family.
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Louise, Dental Hygienist
Louise has practiced dental Hygiene since July 1977. She has been with this practice for 23 years. Louise prides herself on professionalism and providing outstanding patient care. Louise and her husband Carl have 2 grown children. Carla is 27 and lives in Santa Fe, NM. Taylor is 25 and lives in Houston, TX. Louise enjoys yoga, cooking, gardening and most of all traveling with her family and friend.
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Jennifer, Dental Hygienist
Jennifer grew up in Swansboro (coastal NC) and moved to Raleigh in 2001. She attended Wake Technical Community College, where she received an applied science degree in dental hygiene in 2005. She joined the practice in 2012 and has enjoyed building a rapport with the practice's long established patients and developing lasting connections with our new patients. Jennifer is a member of American Dental Hygiene Association and the North Carolina Dental Hygiene Association. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband, Todd, and their daughter, Lilyana. They love traveling to the NC Mountains and attending college football and professional hockey games.
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Niurka, Dental Hygienist
Niurka has been a Dental Hygienist since 1982. She has practiced in Florida,California and North Carolina. She began working with Dr. Melcher and Dr. Rodriguez in 2007. Fluent in Spanish she provides outreach for our Hispanic patients. She particularly enjoys working with children and values the patient relationships and friendships she has formed over the years.

Her hobbies include traveling, hiking, gardening, reading, and cooking. She and her husband of thirty years have three children.
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Jessica, CDA Office Administrator
We are so happy to welcome back Jessica to our staff. Jessica has over 25 years of dental experience as a Dental Assistant as well as a Dental Office Administrator. Not only will she greet you when you arrive for your appointments, but you may find her chairside with your doctor. Jessica is a Wilson, North Carolina native but has made Raleigh her home with her Fiance Justin and her little yorkie "BIG". Jessica will be hearing wedding bells very soon!