Johnathan P. Earp, DDS

Dr. Earp

Dr. Johnathan Earp first attended Nuclear Power Training School at the United States Navy in 1991 then continued to North Carolina State University, where he studied Biochemistry and Chemistry. In 2002, Dr. Earp graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Dental School.

Dr. Earp served on two submarines, the USS Key West and the USS Cincinatti, in the maintenance and operation of the nuclear reactor and propulsion plants. In 1994, he received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. From 2002-2006, Dr. Earp associated in the dental practices of Dr. Courtney Mitchell and Dr. Don Hardee. In 2006, Dr. Earp started his own practice, Earp Dentistry. Dr. Earp is now a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI).

On April 20, 2006, Dr. Earp married Kinston native Christian Cherry Earp, who received her degree in Special Education from UNC Wilmington. Their hobbies include hunting, fishing, gardening, boating and anything to do with water. They have two young sons, John Perkins and Ashby, who enjoy playing with the two family labs, Hattie and Spencer.

Rafael Torres, DMD

Dr. Torres

Dr. Rafael Torres obtained a bachelor's degree in Biology in 1999. He then graduated with honors from the University of Puerto Rico Dental School in 2004.

After graduating from dental school, Dr. Torres worked as a Lieutenant and Chief Dental Officer for the U.S. Public Health Service in Three Rivers, Texas. During this time he also graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement training center in Georgia.

Later, he practiced in Washington, D.C. in the office of Dr. Oswald Cameron, where he enjoyed treating personnel from foreign embassies, the Spanish Catholic Center and the Hispanic community in general.

After moving to North Carolina, he practiced for several years at the Bernstein Community Health Center and at a private practice in New Bern. Dr. Torres is also a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI).

Dr. Torres enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, participating in water sports and scuba diving.

Rafael Mendez, DMD

Dr. Mendez

Dr. Rafael Mendez graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, in 1998 with a degree in Natural Sciences. He then attended the University of Puerto Rico, School of Dental Medicine, where he graduated in 2002 and won the Raymond Baralt Award for his professionalism, leadership, civism and love for the dental profession.

Dr. Mendez is a member of the International Association for Orthodontics. From 2008-2009, Dr. Mendez was the Vice President of the Lions Club in his hometown of Manati, Puerto Rico. Before joining Earp Dentistry in 2014, Dr. Mendez practiced at the Kinston Community Health Center, the Bernstein Community Health Center, and The Dental Care Center.

In his spare time, Dr. Mendez enjoys spending time with his wife, Wanda, and his two children, Cesar and Gaby. As a family, they enjoy traveling and visiting the beach. Photography is one of Dr. Mendez's passions, and he enjoys taking pictures of their travels to make the memories last a lifetime.

Edward M. Baust, DMD

Dr. Baust

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