The Team You Choose Makes a Big Difference

At Smith & Heymann Orthodontics, we believe your smile has the power to change your life in so many positive ways.

From your first day in treatment to the day you walk out with your new smile, we want to be the best part of your day. We know it’s a privilege – and it’s one we take seriously.

Tour Our Offices

In Chapel Hill, Durham, Mebane, & Roxboro, NC

You'll love our four offices because we worked hard to give you an environment where kids are comfortable and adults actually want to kick back and relax.

You can check out two of our offices below. When you come for your first free consultation, we'll give you a personal tour.

Meet Our Doctors

We can’t help the way we feel, because we see the change it makes on our patients' faces, and in their lives, every day.

Spending all our waking hours (and some of our sleeping ones) focused on smiles is pretty awesome.

Dr. Smith

Meet J. Dempsey Smith, DMD, MS

Dr. Smith is a native of North Carolina, valedictorian of his high school, top of his class in dental school and lauded graduate of UNC. I guess you could say he was really good in school.

But, we think it's his passion for people and what orthodontics can accomplish to improve their lives that really sets him apart.

After earning his specialty degree in orthodontics, he served in the Navy for four years, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He lives in Durham with his wife and former high school sweetheart (yes...they are the same person you jokester, you) and their three kids.

Meet Dr. Gavin Heymann, DDS, MS

Dr. Gavin Heymann was born and raised in the Chapel Hill/Durham area. He graduated from Chapel Hill High School and pursued his undergraduate education at UNC Chapel Hill, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in biology.

He attended the UNC School of Dentistry, from which he graduated with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the top of his class in 2005.

He remained at UNC for his specialty training in orthodontics, and received the Andrew McArthur Brooks Fellowship, as well as earned a Master of Science and an orthodontic certificate from one of the most well-respected orthodontic programs in the world.

Dr. Heymann
Dr. Katya

Meet Dr. Katya Skillestad, DDS, MS

Dr. Kat grew up just south of Charlotte, North Carolina, but she was actually born in the former USSR and came to the United States as a baby. She does speak fluent Russian, but don’t worry, she’s not a spy (like she’d tell you anyway).

After earning her undergraduate and dental degrees at UNC, she went on to study orthodontics at Texas A&M University in Dallas, where she won the prestigious award of Resident of the Year from an esteemed orthodontic journal.

Now, Dr. Kat and her husband Garrett reside in Durham with their crazy dog, Sully. In their spare time, the pair enjoys traveling and volunteering, hiking, and playing board games.