Meet the doctors
Dr. Daniel Duffy received his D.M.D. from East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine and holds a BS in Business Administration from the ECU College of Business. His private practice, Live Oak Dental, specializes in family dentistry, advanced dental procedures, and wellness-based care. Dr. Duffy is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the North Carolina Dental Society.
Dr. Duffy invests in his own professional development through regularly participating in advanced dental training programs. He has completed several graduate level curricula, including dental implant training with the Engel Institute and continuing education courses at the prestigious Kois Center in Seattle, WA. In July 2023, Dr. Duffy received his Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry, an award only achieved by dentists who have demonstrated a commitment to earning over 500 hours of continuing education.
Driven by a passion for helping others, Dr. Duffy strongly believes in offering his patients an exceptional dental experience from consultation to conclusion. His focus is high quality dentistry and an excellent patient experience at the office. His team utilizes leading-edge technology such as digital radiography and a 3D imaging scanners to provide comfortable and comprehensive dental treatment.
A dedicated leader in the local dental community, Dr. Duffy served as the President of the Cape Fear Dental Study Club and is an active member of the NC Dental Society 5th District Board of Trustees. Dr. Duffy previously served on the dental advisory committee for Cape Fear Community College and is a board member of the Cape Fear Clinic—a free clinic offering medical services to uninsured individuals. Dr. Duffy further volunteers his time and expertise with NC Missions of Mercy and St. Mary’s Clinic. Dr. Duffy was also among a group that was given the award for the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce “40 under 40” in 2021. In 2023, he was again recognized by Incisal Edge magazine as a leading young dentist in the country with their “40 under 40” award. An avid surfer, Dr. Duffy is a previous member of the Wrightsville Beach Longboard Association and Cape Fear Chapter’s Surfrider Foundation. He has been known to “talk surfing” to interested patients, regaling them with over 20 years’ worth of stories and world travel. Dr. Duffy and his wife Melissa have been happily married for ten years and live in Carolina Beach with their three children. The Duffys enjoy spending time together outdoors and exploring North Carolina’s beautiful Southern Coast.
Meet the doctors
Born and raised in Whiteville, NC, Dr. Godwin moved to Wilmington in 2011 to attend UNCW where she earned a degree in Chemistry. She then attended ECU School of Dental Medicine and earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Never wanting to live too far from family and the water, Dr. Godwin moved back to Wilmington to start her career as a General Dentist. Dr. Godwin enjoys working and serving the people of North Carolina. She is passionate about her career as dentist and can’t wait to provide comprehensive dental care to her patients. Dr. Godwin is a member of the American Dental Association, the North Carolina Dental Society and the Academy of General Dentistry. She prides herself on making her patients feel comfortable and creating a genuine connection with her patients and providing the individualized care they need. Outside of the office, Dr. Godwin spends most of her time with her husband, Zack and their Great Dane, Ozzy. She loves the water, staying active, trying new restaurants and live music. Dr. Godwin is very excited to meet you at Live Oak Dental!
Meet the doctors
Dr. Christopher Colella is originally from Massachusetts. He received his D.D.S. from Indiana University School of Dentistry and has been practicing in the South Bend area since graduating. He attended Wichita State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry. Dr. Colella has visited the Wilmington area many times over the years and has always loved his time spent here. His family shared his love of the area and moved to NC a couple of years ago, so he was very happy when the opportunity arose to move here also.
Dr. Colella is always continuing his career through C.E. courses and has been trained by BioHorizon’s Implant Pathway course and the Implant Dentistry Continuum. His goals are to provide the best care possible and make going to the dental office fun and enjoyable. Dr. Colella is a part of the American Dental Association.
Dr. Colella enjoys bowling and working on his cars in his free time. He was part of the 2015 Team USA bowling team and brought home 4 gold and 2 silver medals while representing our great country. He has been a P.B.A. member since 2015, he has a PBA 300 game and currently holds two regional PBA titles as well!
Our patients say
You will be greeted with warm smiles by all! The staff is professional, courteous, gentle and just outstanding. Live Oak is equipped with the latest equipment and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend this office!
From the atmosphere to the staff, this practice is absolutely positive and spectacular. Not as common to find a dental office that actually cares about their patient outside of their treatments and dental plans. Live Oak is the best in the business.
My experience at Live Oak Dental was absolutely amazing. The office is immaculate, staff is super friendly and professional and my exam was very thorough and easy. To be honest, my cleaning was the most gentle cleaning I have ever had! Thank you to everyone at Live Oak Dental for making my first visit there welcoming!
Love this dentist office and all the staff. You are greeted with a smile and always made to feel comfortable. The doctors walk you through the procedures and make sure you fully understand cost before they get started. I highly recommend Live Oak Dental!
I made my first appointment with Live Oak Dental and I was so happy I chose this practice as my new Dentist. From my phone call to make my appointment, to my first visit the staff were so professional. They really make you feel comfortable, they are caring and take the time to answer any questions I had. If you need a Dental practice in the Wilmington area I would certainly suggest you give them a call and make an appointment, you will be very satisfied that you did.
We canceled Disney World and came here instead; almost as much fun and cheaper... who would know? Awesome staff, terrific technology, cannot be beat.
Live Oak Dental makes going to the dentist pleasant and easy! All the staff is enjoyable to be around and it’s a great environment. They are thorough and give plenty of options to accommodate all needs! I know I can trust that I am getting the best care.