Jacob Long, DDS
Dr. Long was born and raised in a small town in southern West Virginia. He graduated from Marshall University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. The next fall, he attended West Virginia University School of Dentistry.
After graduation, Dr. Long and his family moved to Wilmington to begin Dr. Long’s dental career. Their love for the beach and warm weather made Wilmington, NC a top choice for raising their family and planting roots. Wilmington’s small town charm and friendly residents quickly made the Long’s decide to begin their lives there.
Dr. Long purchased the office in 2018, which was when it became Long Dental. He is proud to continue the practice’s 40 year old legacy of providing top notch dental care in Wilmington. Dr. Long is a member of the American Dental Association, North Carolina Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentistry.These organizations plus his continuing education hours keep him current on all of the latest dental advancements. He is always seeking the latest dental ideas and tools to ensure his patients receive the most current and up to date care possible.
Dr. Long and his family now live in the Porters Neck area of north Wilmington. He and his wife Brittany have three sons, Brody, Grayson and their newest addition, Carter. Dr. Long enjoys spending time with his family and making memories at the beach, playing sports in the back yard and of course the occasional wrestling match or water balloon fight with his boys. As a WVU grad and West Virginia native, you can find Dr. Long wearing gold and blue as he proudly cheers on the WVU Mountaineers. He also enjoys fishing, hunting and staying active. You may also find him grilling out in the back yard or trying new restaurants around town with Brittany.
Dr. Long is excited to build a long- lasting relationship with you and your family. We hope to see you soon!
Jill – Patient Communication Coordinator
Tara – Office Manager
Tara is our office manager. She wears many hats in our office and provides great leadership to our team. You can find her greeting you with a smile and answering any questions you may have about our office. Tara began her career as a certified dental assistant and quickly learned the administrative part of the office as her goal was to become an office manager. Tara enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenage daughters. She enjoys being outdoors and loves anything vintage. A lot of her free time is spent camping in her 1966 Shasta Compact. Tara says “I love working at Long Dental because the office is small and personal. Dr. Long treats both his team and patients like part of the family!”
Katie – Dental Hygienist
Katie is one of our Dental Hygienists. She transitioned to work part time after her son was born in March of 2019. She loves her little family which also includes an English bulldog, Toby and a cat, Lola. Katie graduated with an Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene from Cape Cod Community College in 2008 and in 2012, she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Statistics with a focus in Actuarial Science. Katie grew up in Cape Cod, Massachusetts but moved to Iowa and then Connecticut before settling in North Carolina in 2016. Katie loves going to the beach, reading, horseback riding and hiking. A fun fact about Katie is she is a math nerd at heart.
Maria – Dental Assistant
Maria is one of our dental assistants. She moved to Wilmington with her husband and two kids, 12 years ago. Maria is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio where she was a dental assistant there for 10 years. She took a hiatus from working for a short time to raise her little ones. But then decided to jump back into the profession in 2018 and is loving every minute of it! Maria says “I love being with patient’s and making you feel at home. If I can make you smile or laugh, then I have done my job!” On her off time, she enjoys spending time with her family and their dog Winston, at the beach, her kids sporting events, or sneaking away to the mountains.
Kate – Dental Hygienist
Kate is one of our dental hygienists. She is a Wilmington, NC native. Kate graduated from UNC at Chapel Hill in 2009 with a BA in Sociology and in 2018 from Cape Fear Community College with her degree in Dental Hygiene. Kate enjoys spending time with her husband, Jason and their little boy, who was born in 2019.
Penny – Dental Hygienist
Penny is one of our dental hygienists. Penny enjoys coming to work to see her patients of many years and meet new ones as well. She has practiced dental hygiene for over 30 years. Penny graduated from Wayne Community College in 1977 and then pursued her Bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from UNC Chapel Hill. Penny has two children and a “grand-dog” she enjoys spending time with.