About Us

Our Mission at Thrive Family Dental

Honest, Patient-Centered Dental Care

We pride ourselves on superior dentistry and a patient experience that exceeds all expectations. Our team combines skill with a genuine desire to increase our patients’ overall well-being, and we go to great lengths to ensure that you are as comfortable and happy as possible in our office. Every patient has different needs and preferences, so we tailor each appointment to take this into account. If you’re looking for a compassionate, considerate dentist in Porters Neck, call or visit us today!

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Dr. Ben Friberg


Initially, Dr. Friberg studied Business Management at Oregon State University. After he graduated, he worked for 3 years as vice president of a construction company. Though he found the work enjoyable, he always felt that a career in healthcare would be more fulfilling. Dr. Friberg decided to go back to school to pursue a career in dentistry and gain the opportunity to make a positive impact on peoples’ lives.

He earned his DDS from SUNY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine and moved to Wilmington soon after. Now that he has put down roots with his wife and two children, he’s excited to open his own practice and provide patient-focused dental care here in Porters Neck. If you’re looking for a friendly, honest dentist in Wilmington who has a passion for helping patients succeed, Dr. Friberg would love to meet you! When he’s not in the office, you can find him out fishing, at home brewing beer, or spending nice days at the beach with his family.

Dr. Friberg is the proud recipient of StarNews Media and the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce's '40 Under 40' Award!

Mckenzie McSparron

Insurance Coordinator

McKenzie and Her Husband moved to Wilmington in October 2018 from Buffalo NY. She started her career in Dentistry in 2010 working front office/management in both General and Orthodontics. McKenzie is extremely excited to be a part of the team at Thrive Family Dental and to grow within. She loves spending time with her husband and Daughter at the beach and exploring all that Wilmington has to offer.

Tracy Curran

Dental Hygienist

Tracy, a Western New York native, has called Wilmington home since 1994. Tracy received her Bachelor of Finance Management from UNCW in 1999 and had previously worked in several management positions. In 2015 Tracy made a career change and went back to school at CFCC where she received her Associates in Dental Hygiene. After many years working in retail, she understands the importance of good customer care. Tracy’s favorite part of her job is getting to know her patients and building long-term relationships. In her time away from the dental office, Tracy enjoys walking, travelling and spending time with her husband and three sons.

Debra

Hygienist

Debra and her husband moved to Wilmington with their three daughters in 2018 from Pennsylvania. Debra started her dental career in the United States Air Force as a dental lab technician. After her honorable discharge she began dental assisting in a pediatric office. A few years later she decided to further her education and she earned her dental hygiene degree in 2012. She enjoys being part of the Thrive Family Dental team and getting to know her patients and the community. Her greatest joy in life is cheering her daughters on during their soccer games. She also loves spending time at the beach with her family and nice quiet boat rides with her husband.

Anna

Dental Assistant

Anna and her husband moved to the Hampstead area in 2015. She graduated Miller-Motte college in 2011 with her associates degree in applied science for Dental Assistant. She has worked in both general dentistry and pediatrics. . Working at Thrive Family Dental has giving her a sense of fulfillment due to the beliefs, values, and standard of care Dr. Friberg provides to his patients. She loves spending time with her two beautiful girls, Brooklyn and Madalyn-Kate. She enjoys summer days spent at the beach and spending quality time with her husband.

Jennifer

Office Administrator

Jennifer began her career in dentistry over 30 years ago, working as an assistant after school. She graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Health Related Professions in New Jersey. She received her degree in Health Related Professions and her Dental Assisting National Board certification. She worked as a surgical assistant in a periodontal office for 5 years before taking a break of 14 years to raise her family. She and her family moved to Wilmington in 2013 from London, England where they lived for 10 years. Upon her arrival in Wilmington, she restarted her career in the dental profession as a Treatment Coordinator for a busy pediatric practice. Jennifer joined the team at Thrive in September 2019, and she brings with her an abundance of knowledge and experience that we are thrilled to have. When she is not in the office she can be found spending time with her family, walking their 2 rescue dogs, or supporting her children in their numerous athletic and theatric activities.

Kaitlyn Dove

Front Office Assistant

Kaitlyn was born and raised in Leland, NC. She graduated from UNCW in 2020 with a Business Administration degree with a concentration in Economics and Finance. Although she is new to the dental field, she has learned so much already. She loves that at Thrive Family Dental everyone is treated with love, dignity and respect which are core values she has. In addition, she loves forming relationships with our patients. When she is not at work, she enjoys being outside, exercising, and spending time with her friends, family, and dog; Hazel.

Caleigh Ploch

Dental Assistant

Caleigh moved to Wilmington three years ago from Bath, North Carolina. She knew she had an interest in the dental field from an early age. Caleigh graduated from Cape Fear Community College in 2020 with her dental assisting certification. She enjoys working at Thrive due to the uplifting atmosphere and attention to detail with patient care. When she is not in the office, Caleigh can be found hanging out with friends and traveling

Meet MEADOW, Thrive's Rehabilitative Facility Dog

A Trusted Companion for Your Visit

MEADOW is our Rehabilitative Facility Dog, and she is specially trained by paws4people® to help our patients who suffer from dental anxiety or fear. MEADOW loves to sit calmly in the laps of our patients while they get the dental treatment they need. She provides deep pressure therapy to lower anxiety levels and induce feelings of safety. By the time you leave your appointment you’ll have a new friend! MEADOW has over 300 hours of training that make her a great addition to our team at Thrive Family Dental.

Our Office & Amenities

Every aspect of our office was built with you in mind. Our state-of-the-art technology and modern amenities make it easy to give our patients the quality dental experience they deserve. Enjoy coffee or tea from our beverage station, catch up on your favorite Netflix shows with TVs in every operatory, and stay entertained at our iPad bar. Let us know if there’s anything else we can do to help you enjoy your visit. We’re always looking for ways to improve!

Our Modern Technology

At Thrive Family Dental, Dr. Friberg combines expert care with state-of-the-art tools to bring every patient efficient, accurate, high-quality dentistry. We believe that our patients deserve the best care possible, so we invest in modern dental tools for added comfort, faster healing times, and a more comfortable visit. We offer CBCT scans to enhanced accuracy and a level of detail second to none. Looking for a modern dental office in Porters Neck that doesn’t feel dull or drab? Come to Thrive Family Dental today!

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