Dr. Rebekkah Merrell
Dr. Merrell grew up in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She is an avid traveler and outdoor aficionado. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two dogs. She also enjoys volunteering with Junior Welfare League, shag dancing – the state dance of South Carolina, running, working out, hiking, white water rafting, kayaking, and skiing. When she isn’t working out and being healthy, she also enjoys cooking and baking foods that aren’t dentist approved! Dr. Merrell fell in love with Asheville on her many hiking and camping trips over the years. She is very excited to explore Asheville and to call Asheville home.
Rebekkah Merrell, DMD, MS has completed more than 1,000 hours of advanced training in cosmetic, laser, and implant dentistry. Dr. Merrell is proud to provide world-class comprehensive dental and oral health care tailored to your individual needs. She believes in using the most advanced dental technology and education to provide the best dental care in Asheville.
Dr. Merrell looks forward to being able to exceed your expectations by consistently providing comfortable, gentle, and high-quality dental care. She believes that smiles change lives and can’t wait to make Asheville her home.
Quote about Dentistry
“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” – Mother Teresa
Carolinas Medical Center, General Dentistry Residency
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, DMD
Medical University of South Carolina, MS Bioengineering
Clemson University, BS/MS Bioengineering
1000 hours of advanced continuing dental education
Continuing Education & Professional Memberships
American Dental Association
Academy of General Dentistry (serve on Membership council and several committees for national AGD)
American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
American Academy of Implant Dentistry
Fellow International Congress of Oral Implantologists
Young Professionals of Asheville
Junior Welfare League
Angela has been practicing hygiene for over 28 years. Licensed in New York, New Hampshire, and North Carolina it’s clear she’s no novice. Though her roots are in the Northeast, the birth of her first grandchild brought her south. Angela enjoys spending time with her family above anything else. Every ounce of energy is spent making others feel loved. Making somebody smile isn’t always an easy feat, but Angela takes on the task with pride. She is meticulous in her work and genuine in her presence
Carrie – Dental Assistant
Carrie has been a dental assistant for 27 years. She has proudly called Asheville home for the past 7 years. Carrie got her start as a dental assistant in Florida. When she wasn’t working as a dental assistant, she had a second career in “Gator Wrestling”. Yes, alligator wrestling! The largest alligator Carrie wrestled was a little over 10 feet! Most of the time, alligator wrestling was an exciting and safe hobby. Only one time did she get bitten! That’s a better record than she can say for her days as a dental assistant. Although, she prefers to not get bitten at all.
Carrie has many hobbies outside of the dental office. She enjoys hiking, bicycling, camping, and kayaking. She loves listening to live music and spending time with her daughter Chelsea and two beautiful granddaughter’s Alaina and Ava.
Lauren – Treatment Coordinator
Lauren was born and raised right here in Asheville. Lauren was homeschooled through 12th grade. Lauren is a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church. She played Volleyball, Basketball and Softball. She is the oldest of five children, two brothers and two sisters. Lauren has been in dentistry for three years. She move to Greenville, SC in 2013, where she attended Greenville Technical College and graduated in 2015 from massage therapy school. After a short time of using her massage therapy license, she decided to go to Palmetto School of Career Development to pursue Dental Assisting.
Lauren enjoys sports, spending time with her family and traveling. When she’s not at work she is either traveling to a family sporting event or spending time with friends. Come see Lauren’s smiling face at either our front desk or assisting you!
Mario – Office Manager
Mario is the newest member of the Asheville Smiles team. You may have heard his happy and comedic voice when you call our office! Mario will be glad to assist you with scheduling your appointments, and he can also help answer your questions regarding payments and financing. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Mario married into North Carolina over 20 years ago. After high school, he enrolled in the dental assistant program at San Antonio College. His career path shifted a year later when he was hired to be a gymnast/dancer in a professional musical theatre production. A self-taught performer, he was fortunate to enjoy a 30-year career in the entertainment industry, performing in productions with his wife, Lucinda, across the US and beyond. After years of traveling, he enjoys being settled in North Carolina and is happy to have come full circle back to the dental field. Mario is an accomplished photographer and spends his free time traveling, listening to live music, and producing and directing shows here in western NC.