Meet Our Dentists

Meet Our Dentists

Meet our dentists in Surf City, NC


Dr. Matthew Parr, DDS

Dr. Parr has a passion for complete oral dental health and is dedicated to continuously furthering his education and bringing the latest dental techniques to Coastal North Carolina.  Dr. Parr is committed to bringing the best dental services to the people of Surf City and surrounding areas. This commitment continues with providing a true state-of-the-art practice for the benefit and comfort of our patients. Dental health and well-beingis the utmost priority.  Dr. Parr continues to seek out new methods and technology to ensure patients have the best access to the highest quality dental care.


Dr. Karen Hardesty, DDS

Originally from Goldsboro, NC, Dr. Karen Hardesty attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Chemistry. She then attended New York University College of Dentistry in New York City where she received a Certificate in Clinical Research and a Doctorate in Dental Surgery. After completing her doctorate program in 2009, Dr. Hardesty returned to Eastern NC to provide dental care to patients in undeserved areas. Her love of NC beaches, where she enjoyed many vacations with her family, eventually brought her to the Surf City area. Dr. Hardesty is dedicated to providing the best possible care for her patients and aims to make them feel as comfortable as possible. She especially enjoys seeing children and giving them a positive outlook on dental care. She is a member of the Wilmington Tri-County Dental Society. Dr. Hardesty also volunteers her services to provide dental care for patients at NC Mission of Mercy and St. Mary’s Health Center in Wilmington, NC. When she is not helping people with their dental needs, she enjoys the outdoors and watching UNC Tarheel football and basketball with her husband David, and their adopted dog, Buster.


Dr. Sam Taylor, DDS

Originally born and raised in Dodge City, Kansas, Dr. Samuel Taylor attended Kansas State University where he graduated with a B.S. in Microbiology in 2009.  He then attended Midwestern University School of Dental Medicine where he graduated with a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 2014.  After commissioning as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy, he attended a 1-year post-doctoral residency training in Advanced Education in General Dentistry at Great Lakes Naval Base in North Chicago, IL where he gained additional training on complex prosthodontic, endodontic, and surgical procedures.  Following his 1-year stent in Illinois, he transferred to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and is currently on Active Duty serving as a general dentist providing dental services to marines and sailors.

Dr. Taylor takes pride in providing his patients with quality and comfortable dental care.  Dr. Taylor takes the time to listen to each patient’s concerns and educating them on various procedures.  It is his primary goal that each of his patients leaves Surf City Dental with a positive experience. 

A resident of Sneads Ferry, Dr. Taylor enjoys golf, travelling, and learning Spanish.  He has a 9-year old son named Jackson.

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