Dr. Christopher L. Durham joined the practice in 2011. He was born and raised in Henderson, NC, and graduated from Northern Vance High School in 1998. He then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated in 2002 with a degree in Biology. During his college career, Dr. Durham became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and was recognized for leadership with his induction into the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society. He also participated in the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program. Another college highlight for Dr. Durham was meeting his wife, Dr. Alison Durham.
Dr. Durham remained in Chapel Hill to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and graduated with honors in 2007. While completing his doctorate, he was selected for both the Robert Bryant and the Albert Schweitzer Service Fellowships. Both fellowships were outreach projects that Dr. Durham designed to educate at-risk, minority adolescents and adults about proper oral hygiene and oral disease. Along with three other colleagues, he helped create what is now the UNC Dental Malawi Project in Malawi, Africa. He was also inducted into the Upsilon Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. Following dental school he completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, VA.
Dr. Durham has a strong belief in giving back to the local and global community. He has taken part in the Mission of Mercy Dental Clinics several times in both North Carolina and Virginia. He has also traveled to San Pedro Sula, Honduras, to provide dental and oral surgery to indigent patients through Friends of Barnabas Foundation.
He is Board Certified and a Diplomat of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. Durham is also a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), American Dental Association, Greensboro Medical Society, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, National Dental Association, and North Carolina Dental Society.
He was the 2015 Vice President of the Third District for the North Carolina Dental Society, and is a mentor for the MALES program at UNC Chapel Hill. He is also on the United Way of Greater Greensboro African American Leadership Council.
Dr. Durham is passionate about oral surgery, but he is most passionate about his family. He enjoys spending time with his wife Alison and three children: Channing, Emory and Ophelia. The entire family enjoys being involved in the community. Dr. Chris and Alison Durham serve on the Capital Campaign Cabinet at The Greensboro Children’s Museum. They also have been strong supporters of Family Services of the Piedmont, Guilford Green, Hospice & Palliative Care of Greensboro, National Conference for Community and Justice, and the United Way of Greater Greensboro.
One of Dr. Durham’s favorite quotes is from Confucius: “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime!”
Dr. George Soung (pronounced “Song”) was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He started playing the piano at the young age of 5, and during high school, he achieved All-State honors and was selected for the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts as a clarinetist. This early exposure and training as a classical musician during his childhood and teenage years is likely what cultivated his very detail-oriented personality and thoroughness both in his personal life and his profession. From a technical stand point he is a perfectionist. He always strives to first take time to educate his patients fully and then to achieve the best possible results with the most conservative treatments available first. His most important goal is to treat his patients with compassion and a full understanding for his patients’ treatment needs and wants.
Dr. Soung is happily married to the love of his life and best friend, Julie, whom he met during dental school. Julie was born and raised in Charlotte and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Dental Hygiene. Her passion is pediatric dentistry and working with patients with special healthcare needs. She has worked in the private practice setting and in academics, where she was formerly a faculty member in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at VCU. George and Julie are blessed to be the parents of Stella, their angel in heaven, and their rainbow baby, Luca Joseph, who made his arrival in May 2017. They are Pittsburgh Steelers, Penn State football, and Tar Heel basketball fans, and amateur foodies. In his free time, Dr. Soung enjoys spending time with his family, (bass) fishing, shooting, working out, and watching sports. Dr. Soung and Julie are also passionate about volunteerism and community service and have participated in many different community outreach projects and events since their college days, in addition to Mission of Mercy Dental Projects during dental school and residency. They are members of Elevation Church in Greensboro.
Dr. Soung completed his undergraduate degree at the Pennsylvania State University as a Schreyer Scholar where he was a member of the Penn State Rugby Team and earned his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology with Honors in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2006. After college, he was accepted to medical school but ultimately decided not to pursue a career path in medicine, and subsequently spent 2 years in the pharmaceutical industry as a Research Biochemist at Merck & Co. before he decided to pursue a career in dentistry. Despite objections from his sister (a Duke University graduate), he decided that he wanted to experience true southern hospitality for himself and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Heels!) where he obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, graduating Cum Laude (with honors) in 2013.
Like Dr. Durham, he completed his residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the highly renowned Virginia Commonwealth University (Medical College of Virginia) Medical Center in Richmond Virginia, a Level 1 Trauma Center and one of the oldest, best known and most reputable OMFS training programs in the country. During the four years Dr. Soung spent in residency, he obtained extensive training in all facets of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery including dentoalveolar surgery, dental implant surgery and bone grafting, pathology, corrective jaw surgery, TMJ surgery, and management/treatment of facial trauma. He completed rotations in General Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Cardiology, and in the Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit (STICU). Dr. Soung also received extensive training by the VCU Department of Anesthesia in the administration of both inpatient and outpatient general anesthesia, and deep and moderate intravenous sedation for both adults and children. An essential component of that training included advanced airway and emergency management.
He is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery – a distinction which requires successful completion of a very comprehensive 2-part (written and oral) examination process after graduation from an already lengthy and demanding surgical residency program, and which demonstrates his commitment to the specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and knowledge of the skills central to the specialty. Dr. Soung is a member of the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, American Dental Association, North Carolina Dental Society, Guilford Dental Society, Rockingham Dental Society, and Asheboro Dental Society. He maintains hospital privileges at High Point Regional Hospital, the Surgical Center of Greensboro, and Valleygate Dental Surgery Center.
George and Julie could not be happier to be back in North Carolina and are thrilled to be able to call Greensboro their home. Dr. Soung feels ecstatic and privileged to be a part of the Oral Surgery Institute of the Carolinas team and to have Dr. Durham as his mentor and partner, and is very excited about having the opportunity to serve the Greensboro community both in and out of the office.
Dr. H. Alexander “Alex” Crisp was born and raised just down the road in Burlington, NC. In 2006, he graduated from Walter M. Williams high school, where he was first chair bass in the county orchestra and earned all-state honors playing football as a strong safety. He then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for his undergraduate studies, where he majored in Exercise and Sports Science. While at UNC, he also played linebacker on the varsity football team. Dr. Crisp walked-on to the football team and was awarded a full scholarship in his senior year. Although Dr. Crisp loved playing football, he soon gave it up to pursue his dream of becoming a dentist.
After graduating from UNC in 2010, he went on to attend East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine, where he obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree and graduated as a member of the 2015 inaugural class. During his second year of dental school, Dr. Crisp decided that he wanted to become an oral surgeon. Through hard work, determination, and mentorship, he propelled himself to the top of his class and graduated Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU). He then went on to complete the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency program at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.
While in residency at MUSC, Dr. Crisp discovered that he enjoys performing orthognathic surgery, managing benign pathology, and performing extractions and implant dentistry under IV sedation. Dr. Crisp also has a passion for teaching, his desire to become an educator led him to his current position as Assistant Professor at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Crisp is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), American Dental Association, NC Dental Society, Old North State Dental Society, National Dental Association, and the Greensboro Medical Society.
When Dr. Crisp is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family; especially his wife, Jennifer. Dr. Crisp and Jennifer like to travel, try new restaurants, exercise, watch movies, and spend time with friends. Dr. Crisp is a very hard worker, but he also realizes that he is very fortunate. He credits much of his success to his strong family support system. He believes that he has been able to achieve success by standing on the shoulders of those who came before him.
Dr. Crisp is very excited to join the Oral Surgery Institute of the Carolinas team and work together with Dr. Durham and Dr. Soung. He looks forward to becoming a member of the Greensboro community and giving back to his hometown community in Burlington and the surrounding areas.
Originally from Hickory, NC, Julie joined The Oral Surgery Institute of the Carolinas in 2017 with 27 years experience in the dental field. Julie found her love of oral surgery while helping out a friend at another oral surgeon’s office. She enjoyed it so much that she made it her career! Julie is very caring and always ensures that her patients feel comfortable during their visit.
Julie resides in Kernersville with her husband of 17 years, Spencer, and their three dogs. They also have three grown sons and one grandson. In her free time, Julie enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, and traveling.