Meet Your Dentists

Meet our exceptional dentists who have outstanding character, vast knowledge from prestigious schools, and a passion for dentistry. We’re here to serve you!

Doctors that Care for You

Our doctors easily become our patients’ go-to oral health care professionals, and for good reason. We’re highly experienced in dental care, addressing a wide array of oral concerns. We’re already well-trained but make it a point to continue studying the latest developments in oral health.

More importantly, we genuinely care about our patients. Our compassion extends beyond your teeth and gums, in fact. We want you to steer clear of dental complications, so you can socialize confidently, and we give you beautiful smiles, so you’ll feel more empowered in any social situation.

We acknowledge, though, that many people put off dental visits because they feel uneasy on the dental chair.

We make it a point to make every dental appointment a fun, rewarding experience. We’ve built a clinic that feels just like home, and you’ll be sure to know that you’re in good hands.

Dr. David Draper

David had his fair share of rough dental experiences as a kid. He used to dislike going to the dentist, but he had lots of ideas on how to make dentistry more accessible and enjoyable. So, he decided to become a dentist himself.

He graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery with a focus on oral surgery and implantology. Now, he’s on a mission to provide dental care that’s fun for both kids and grown-ups.

When Dr. David isn’t practicing dentistry he loves to spend time with his family, traveling, playing the guitar & working in the yard. Additionally Dr. David enjoys riding on his unicycle, serving his local church and being involved in hurricane relief projects.


Dr. Flavius Popescu (Dr. P.)

Born in Romania and raised in the great state of Ohio, I learned early on that healthcare is a luxury for many people, Seeing my own parents’ struggle influenced me tremendously and drove me to to become a dentist. I carry a deep compassion for those in need and strive to create solutions whenvever I can. Dental problems can be a heavy burden on people and my goal is to provide the best care in an efficient manner.

Through various dental mission trips, I’ve had the privilege of practicing dentistry all over the world, but am equally as proud to serve my community here at home. My wife and I have one child and another on the way, Lord-willing. I earned my Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Prior to serving in North Carolina I practiced in Florida, both in Naples and Marco Island – two great places to live and visit, if you get the chance!

“Activities I enjoy doing include soccer and biking. I love discovering new restaurants, buying fresh vegetables at the local markets and am also an active member of the Romanian Christian Church community.”

Dr. John Draper

Soft spoken and sweet, Dr. John is also on a mission to make dental visits fun and exciting! He’s really good with kids, in fact he has five and volunteers for his church nursery class. Because he’s gentle, it’s hard to believe that he has served almost a decade in the Army Reserves to include deployments to Iraq and Cuba.

Dr. John graduated from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and is trained in progressive dental technologies and treatments.

John Draper

Dr. Bridget Swope

Dr. Bridget hails from the great state of Indiana where she was raised and earned both her under-graduate degree (Indiana University – Northwest; major in Biology, minors in Chemistry and English) and her Doctorate of Dental Surgery (Indiana University School of Dentistry). During her time at IUSD, Dr. Bridget served as a board member for the Student Outreach Clinic, which provides free care to the under-served population. 

In 2017, she was able to serve on an international trip to Ecuador. Dr. Bridget completed a one-year General Practice Residency in Asheville, North Carolina at the Mountain Area Health Education Center. Upon completion of her residency she moved to Raleigh to be closer to her family, who also had relocated from Indiana.
I am so grateful for the work family I have here at Better Dental! I look forward to serving you as a member of this amazing team!

Dr. Tim Gibson

Raised in South Carolina, Dr. Tim earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Clemson University. Then, Dr. Tim earned his doctorate of dental surgery from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, at the Adams School of Dentistry.
His interests in dentistry include endodontics and restorative dentistry. In his free time, Dr. Tim enjoys playing golf, watching college football, and traveling to see family and friends.
Tim Gibson

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