MEET OUR DOCTORS
Dr. Steve Olmstead
As a native to the area, Dr. Olmstead is honored to serve the Hampstead, Topsail, and surrounding communities. He graduated locally from Topsail High School and received a Bachelor Degree in Biology from UNC-Wilmington in 2006. Dr. Olmstead is a graduate of East Carolina University- School of Dental Medicine. He became the proud owner of Topsail Dental in 2016, and since then has become one of the most trusted dentist in the area.
Most recently, Dr. Olmstead received a Fellowship from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI). The ICOI was founded in 1972 and has 12,000 members worldwide in 89 countries. It is the world’s largest dental implant organization, as well as the world’s largest provider of continuing dental implant education. Dr. Olmstead is currently a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the North Carolina Dental Society. He participates in the Cape Fear Dental Study Club and is committed to continuing education and the pursuit of excellence in the oral healthcare that he provides.
Dr. Olmstead and his wife, Carrie reside in Topsail Island and are the proud parents of their sons Stephen and Porter. Apart from dentistry, Dr. Olmstead enjoys spending time with his family and friends and participating in the many outdoor activities that this area has to offer, especially surfing.
Dr. Lauren Francis
Dr. Lauren Francis grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. After graduating from Washington and Lee University with a Biology degree, she attended dental school at Temple University School of Dentistry.
Upon graduating in 2003, Dr. Francis completed a one year hospital based general practice residency program at Albert Einstein Medical Center. The program had a heavy focus on implant dentistry and oral surgery.
Dr. Francis has been in practicing general dentistry since 2004 and has lived in the Wilmington area since 2008. In 2015 She completed a seven month implant program with the Triangle Implant Center and enjoys all aspects of dentistry.
She has been married to her husband Dan for eleven years and they have three children-Molly, Taylor and Sean. Most weekends they enjoy spending time outdoors at the beaches or hiking in the state parks.
Dr. Asani Palamaru
Dr. Alexandra Palamaru (Dr. Asani) was born and raised in a small town in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania. Along with her family, she moved to the United States when she was 10 years old. Her childhood and adult life was spent in Michigan where she went to college and dental school, graduating from The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. During dental school, Dr. Asani met her husband, Eric who is a dentist for the U.S Navy. Dr. Asani has wanted to be a dentist since she was very young and loves every aspect of dentistry. From the initial patient interaction and getting to know patients personally to designing new smiles using veneers/crowns. Dr. Asani especially loves working with and treating pediatric patients. Most recently Dr. Asani has been certified through the American Academy of Facial Esthetics in the treatment of Orofacial Pain, migraines/headaches, grinding/bruxims using Botox/Xeomin therapy. In her spare time, Dr. Asani loves to camp and hike with her husband and her dog Honey. Her hobbies include running and playing golf.
Meet Our Team
Practice Administrator/Registered Dental Hygienist
Melissa has been a part of the Topsail Dental Team since January 2018 and joined our staff as Practice Administrator. Melissa is originally from Washington, N.C. and received her Associate Degree in Science from Peace College in 2003, followed by a Bachelor Degree in Science/Dental Hygiene from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006. Melissa has been a practicing Dental Hygienist for the past 14 years and involved in Practice
Management/Administration for the past 9 years. She has received a variety of dental training throughout her dental career from companies such as The
Coaching Center, Productive Dentist Academy and The Scheduling Institute. These companies are well known to help practices and their team achieve excellent in patient care, efficiency, and growth strategies. Melissa relocated from the Raleigh area and now resides in Hampstead with her husband Chris, and two kids, Mary Addison (9) and Luke (5). For fun, She enjoys time with friends and family, group fitness classes, and boating on the intracoastal.
Patient Care Coordinator/Executive Assistant
Carrie began with the Topsail Dental Team in 2016. She received her Bachelor Degree in Business Management from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2010. Carrie got involved in Dentistry when her husband, Dr. Steve Olmstead was accepted into Dental School. That led her to patient care coordinating, where she worked in administration for 5 years. In 2017, Dr. Olmstead and Carrie took ownership of Topsail Dental. Carrie enjoys getting to know the patients of the practice and helps aid in making sure our team and patients have a exceptional experience when they visit Topsail Dental. In her spare time, Carrie is taking care of her and Dr. Olmstead's four year old son, Stephen and one year old, Porter. For fun Carrie enjoys spending time outside, the beach and hanging out with family and friends.
Patient Care Coordinator
Kate joined the Topsail Dental Team as a patient care coordinator in January 2019. She grew up on Topsail Island and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Operations Management from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2016. After working in property management for the last five years, Kate decided to take on a different challenge and learn the business operations of dentistry. With over ten years of customer service, Kate is eager to provide excellent care to all of our patients here at Topsail Dental. She currently resides in Wilmington with her two dogs, Maverick and Harper and in her free time enjoys, boating, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Patient Care Coordinator
Laura join the Topsail Dental in July 2019. She is originally from Florence, SC, but has lived most of her adult life in North Carolina. Over the past five years Laura has worked as a patient care coordinator and her favorite part about dentistry is the relationships she forms with patients. Laura recently relocated back to this area, and resides in Hampstead with her husband. Her son Ross and daughter-in-law McLaren live nearby in Wilmington and in her spare time, Laura enjoys running, writing, relaxing by the ocean and spending time with family and friends.