Meet The Doctors

David Draper, DDS

Visionary DDS

David’s number one passion in life is his marriage to his beautiful wife, Sarah, and the six children that God has allowed them to bring into the world. Before earning a doctorate at the University of Maryland, Dr. Draper studied Italian and performed improv comedy at BYU. He is known by his patients for having a highly personable and compassionate chairside manner.

When he is not working, Dr. Draper loves playing guitar and cooking. His pumpkin pie is a family legend! (Hint: Graham cracker crust.) Homeschooling his children gives him and his wife a flexible schedule that lets them travel to fun new places and try delicious local eats. They love funny movies, playing soccer, and reading. Dr. Draper’s favorite book is “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”

John Draper, DDS

Dr. John Draper is a family-loving father of five beautiful children, three girls and two little boys. Dr. Draper met the love of his life, Wendy, at age 14! He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in 2016. Dr. Draper served in the Idaho National Guard and the Army Reserves after signing up when he was 17 years old and completed two tours of duty before finding his true calling in the dental industry. He finds joy in serving the wonderful patients of Better Dental, meeting one need at a time.

Flavius Popescu, DDS

Born in Romania and raised in the great state of Ohio, Dr. Flavius Popescu, or Dr. P, learned early on that healthcare is a luxury for many people. Seeing his own parents’ struggle influenced Dr. P tremendously and drove him to become a dentist. Dr. P carries a deep compassion for those in need and strives to create solutions whenever he can. Dental problems can be a heavy burden on people and his goal is to provide the best care in an efficient manner.

Dr. P earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Prior to serving in North Carolina, he practiced in Florida, both in Naples and Marco Island – two great places to live and visit, if you get the chance! Dr. P did not stop his education after graduation. Over the past decade he has attended numerous CE courses on everything from root canals to implants. He has received multiple diplomas and certificates from places such as the MidWest Implant Institute, Naples Institute of Implant Dentistry, the Dawson Academy, and many more. With the rate at which dentistry and technology are advancing there is always something new to learn! Through various dental mission trips, Dr. P has had the privilege of practicing dentistry all over the world, but is equally as proud to serve his community here at home. 

Dr. P and his wife have two little girls, Chloe and Eloise. Outside of the office, Dr. P enjoys soccer and biking. He loves discovering new restaurants, buying fresh vegetables at the local markets, and is also an active member of the Romanian Christian Church community.

Tia Joyce, DDS

Dr. Tia Joyce looks forward to providing the highest level of dental care to you and your loved ones. Dr. Joyce is a North Carolina native, born in Charlotte and raised in North Wilkesboro, NC. Dr. Joyce attended Meredith College for undergrad, majoring in chemistry, biology, and psychology, and participated in several clubs and organizations, many of which she was honored to serve in as an executive member. After college, Dr. Joyce took a year off to work in a dental practice and soak in everything she could, with hopes to one day become the best dentist possible. Dr. Joyce attended dental school at UNC School of Dentistry at Chapel Hill, where she fell more and more in love with dentistry everyday. 

In her free time, Dr. Joyce enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, and especially loving on her dog, Gubbs! She is honored to serve you here at Better Dental and is truly looking forward to welcoming you into our Better Dental family.

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