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Practice History & Our Lucky Team

Rock Solid Foundation

Dentists at the practice since 1954Over 50 years strong, our dental practice has held a special place in Durham since 1954 when it was founded by Dr. Leroy Heath, one of UNC Dental School’s inaugural graduating class. Dr. Don Wheless took over in 1982. Dr. Wheless was valedictorian at Emory Dental School and a UNC Dental School Professor of Prosthodontics. He retired in 2012 and chose Dr. Bill Argersinger to succeed him and continue the practice.

Dr. Argersinger has maintained the rock solid foundation of comprehensive family dentistry our patients are used to, as well as reinvigorated the practice with an esthetics and cosmetic talent. Whether dental implants, or tooth whitening, clear braces like Invisalign®, or just fillings are part of reaching your dental health goals, Dr. Bill will have a reasonable game-plan for you to consider. We encourage you to check out our testimonials, or check out our recommendations/reviews on facebook . Look up ‘durhamdds’ on facebook and you’ll see what many others are talking about regarding Dr. Bill and his style.

Our team is thrilled that you’re considering our practice. We are fortunate to have earned the trust and confidence of thousands and thousands of our community’s long time citizens and we hope to earn yours. Please check out our backgrounds and get to know us better. Combined our team has over 100 years of experience.

If you feel like our practice might be a good fit for you and your family, give us a call or an email. We look forward to hearing from you.

Dr. Bill Argersinger DDS

Durham Dentist & DurhamDDS President

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The Short Story

Dr. Bill is an artist with a gentle touch, an engineering mind, and an outgoing personality. The profession of dentistry has offered him a perfectly-matched outlet to utilize his natural talents.

A Long And Winding Road

Dr. Bill grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan College of Engineering where he was also a three year starter and captain for the Men’s Lacrosse Team. He extended his love of lacrosse into almost of decade of coaching while working professionally.

Prior to becoming a dentist, Dr. Bill was a global business professional and spent 9 years working for a handful of high tech companies. While considering a profession in dentistry, his last company asked him to move to Singapore. After a lot of thought and reflection, he decided that Dentistry was his calling and turned down the opportunity of a lifetime. The rest is history.

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Dr. Bill graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. He is a straight shooter who will communicate clearly and directly with you about your options, their advantages and disadvantages, and give you the information you need to make the right decision about your oral health.

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Dr. Bill is active in the North Carolina Dental Society, the American Dental Association, the Triangle Study Club and the Guy Willis Study Club. He is also privileged to have earned a position as a clinical consultant for The Dental Advisor (, one of dentistry’s leading publications concerning clinical performance of new technologies and materials.

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A Heritage of Dentistry

Dr. Bill comes from a dental family: His grandfather graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 1953 and opened a practice in Grosse Pointe, MI. Dr. Bill’s mom was a periodontal hygienist and her brother (Dr. Bill’s uncle) is a dentist (Michigan DDS ’83). Uncle Jim took over Dr. Bill’s Grandpa’s practice and still practices. Dr. Bill is not the last dentist in the family line; Uncle Jim’s daughter is attending the University of Michigan School of Dentistry as well. It’s safe to say that “dentistry runs in the family”.

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Caring & Growing Family

Dr. Bill and his wife, Alana, have two young daughters, Ellen and Millie. They enjoy engaging in the curiosity of their young children and weaving their lives deeper and deeper into the fabric of North Carolina. Dr. Bill is the dentist he is today because of the support of his family. He is an avid sportsman who enjoys barefoot running, kite-surfing, golf, fishing, and an occasional vigorous chess match.


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Suleana Buffkin

Treatment Assistant (CDA) / Treatment Planning

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Joanne Jones

Office Manager / Treatment Assistant (CDA/RDH)

Joanne Jones

Having a great passion for working with others, Joanne is the ‘Rock of Gibraltar’ of our practice. She has called our practice her ‘home away from home’ since 1974! You will not find a more dedicated hard-working person who cares more for their patient’s well-being, and quality of their dental care. She helps ease worries you may have by listening and answering your questions, and her extensive experience helps patients understand what to expect. Her dedication, drive for perfection, and friendly personality make Joanne an exemplary team member. Joanne received a Dental Assisting degree from Alamance Community College, and a Dental Hygiene degree from Guilford Community College. She is an active member of the American Dental Hygienist Association. Joanne resides in Orange County, where she enjoys the outdoors, church activities and spending time with family.

Stephanie Gooch

Treatment Coordinator / Treatment Assistant (CDA)

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Suzanne Alderman

Dental Hygienist, RDH

Suzanne Alderman

Suzi brightens every day with her smile, enthusiasm, and passion for patient care. She has been the heart of our practice’s hygiene and periodontal care team for a decade. While born in Minnesota, she grew up in Spartanburg, SC. She moved to our community to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (focusing on periodontics) in 1993. She has worked in private practice clinical hygiene since 1993. Suzi is currently married and has two children.

Wendy Bowling

Dental Hygienist, RDH

Wendy Bowling

Wendy brings over a decade of experience in helping patients reach and maintain optimal oral health. Wendy is a lifelong native of the Triangle, where she grew up just down the road in Creedmoor, NC. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her husband and three kids keep her busy and occupied with activities, sports, and fun. Wendy is passionate about patient care, diagnosis, and education. She is also a lifetime member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association.

Kristi Lewis

Patient Coordinator

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Alana Argersinger

Business Manager

Alana Argersinger

Alana has been instrumental in Dr. Bill’s dental career and has been by his side every step of the way. They have known each other since middle school and were married in 2003. They now have two young daughters, Ellen and Millie. Alana has a diverse background ranging from studying geomorphology at Denison University (as well as competing as a varsity athlete there), to leading and overseeing large volunteer organizations, and hiring nurses for UNC. Her primary responsibility with DurhamDDS is shouldering the business management responsibilities, allowing Dr. Bill to focus entirely on serving his patients. Outside of her DurhamDDS functions and family activities, she enjoys gourmet cooking, running and competing in triathlons.