Dr. Gainer

James A. Gainer, DDS

Dr. James A. Gainer is a general dentist with years of training and experience in a vast array of dental procedures. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland Dental School, one of the best schools in the country. Since graduating with his DDS degree in 1984, he has performed general dentistry while continuing his education with several postgraduate courses in different fields of dentistry. Dr. Gainer provided caring and precise dental care at his former practice in Lexington Park, Maryland, from 1992 until selling his practice to relocate to North Carolina in 2011. Since February 14, 2011, Dr. Gainer has been providing the residents of Wilmington, North Carolina, with the same great dental care.

Dr. Gainer is married to Lisa Gainer, and they have two children, Clark and Madi.

Dr. Gainer emphasizes the comfort of each individual and is thorough in explaining his procedures to further ease his patients. His approach to your treatment begins with patiently listening to your concerns. After a complete examination, he reviews and discusses the diagnosis and treatment options with you. He realizes the importance of staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in dentistry and continues his education accordingly. This continued development enables him to provide his patients with the best quality of care in the field. Dr. Gainer has a wide range of experience in several different areas of dentistry, from cosmetic and restorative dentistry to root canals and implant crowns. He is considered a preferred Invisalign® dentist and is able to straighten the whole family’s teeth without the discomfort or bulky appearance of braces.

Dr Paterson

Yulia Paterson, DDS

Dr. Yulia Paterson joined Wrightsville Dental in September 2016. Dentistry has always been her passion allowing her to have a positive impact on other people. Dr. Paterson prides herself on being gentle and kind with her patients while being a perfectionist in her field.

Dr. Paterson was born in Ukraine then relocated to the United States in 1996 and settled in New York City. She attended St. John’s University and received a Bachelor of Science in biology in 2002. Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, she went on to pursue her dental education at New York University College of Dentistry, graduating in 2006 as a Doctor of Dental Surgery. She then completed a one-year General Practice Residency program at Jamaica Hospital. Immediately after residency, Dr. Paterson joined a private practice in Manhattan as an associate dentist, where she remained until her move to Wilmington, North Carolina, in December 2011.

Dr. Paterson is a certified preferred provider for Invisalign clear aligners since 2007. She received a postdoctoral one-year training in cosmetic dentistry at the NYU College of Dentistry Aesthetic Institute in 2011. Dr. Paterson is a member of the American Dental Association®, the Port City Study Club and the Tri-County Dental Society. She is an active member of the local community and is fluent in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish. Dr. Paterson believes in staying current with the latest advancements in all aspects of general dentistry. Outside her passion for dentistry, Dr. Paterson enjoys traveling, volunteering, sports and reading. She and her husband, Bret Paterson (a native of Wilmington), love spending time with their two children and are proud to call Wilmington their home.

Dr Overton

James Overton, DDS

Dr. James Overton is a native of Salisbury, North Carolina. He is a graduate of Davidson College with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy for six years as a deck officer aboard a ship in the West Pacific. After the Navy, he graduated from UNC School of Dentistry with a DDS degree. He and his wife, Becky, moved to Wilmington after graduation in 1974 and opened a general dentistry practice. Jim is a member of the American Dental Association and the North Carolina Dental Society, past president of the Wilmington Tri-County Dental Society, and president of the Eastern Prosthetic Study Club. He and Becky are members of First Presbyterian Church, where he has served as a member of the Board of Deacons and the Chancel Choir. His hobbies include woodworking and sailing.

His practice has seen the transition to digital dentistry, which has involved constant continuing education and training for him and his team. Dr. Overton has merged his practice with the gifted Dr. Gainer and his amazing team and is pleased to see the addition of Dr. Yulia Paterson to the team. This combination of doctors and team will allow a wider range of services and hours for patients, with the same gentle care and state-of-the-art dentistry in Wilmington.

Dr LePendu

Adrian LePendu, DDS

Dr. Adrian LePendu entered the dental field at the age of 17 as a dental assistant in the Army Reserve. This commenced his love of dentistry, and he continued to the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry on a Navy scholarship program. Upon graduation in 2004, he was elected to the Tau Kappa Omega Honor Society and then served in the Navy for three years. During his Naval career, he completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency and became the solo dentist on the forward-deployed USS Harpers Ferry out of Sasebo, Japan. His favorite part of the Navy was providing the troops with the care they deserved and the opportunity to provide dental care to impoverished areas of the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia.

Dr. LePendu is married to Christine, and they have two boys, Andre and Lucas. He and his family have enjoyed the last eight years in the beautiful outdoors of Colorado with skiing and snowboarding, biking, hiking and climbing. He also enjoys volleyball, home improvement, motorcycles and working on his ’68 VW. Dr. LePendu and his family have always dreamed of living by the ocean and feel Wilmington will be a perfect fit for them.