Get To Know Our Dentistry Team

About Us

 Healthy Smiles opened in 2017 with the goal to make children’s dentistry a safe, comfortable, and FUN experience. Our team of general dentists caters to babies, toddlers, kids, and young adults. We accept most insurance, Medicaid, and we offer in-house membership plans. We look forward to serving your family!


Crystal Watson, DDS


Dr. Crystal was born and raised in North Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002. She then received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006. While in graduate school, Dr. Crystal volunteered for a month in the Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos Orphanage in Mexico. She completed her community rotation in Montana on the Flathead Indian Reservation and her hospital rotation in Adelaide, South Australia. Prior to Healthy Smiles, Dr. Crystal worked in Community Health for 12 years.

Dr. Crystal and her husband, David, have five children: Joshua, Grace, Faith, Jacob, and Jeremiah.

They have one mixed breed dog named Cinnamon. Dr. Crystal plays the mandolin, participates in triathlons, and loves photography. Dr. Crystal and her family are active in their church, Crossroads Fellowship. Her husband plays the guitar on the Praise Team on Sunday mornings and Dr. Crystal attends the photography small group at church.

Dr. Crystal feels blessed to be able to spend time with her patients and their families.



Shelly Rickert, DDS


Dr. Shelly was raised in Cary, NC. She graduated from Duke University with a BS in Biology and received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from The University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. Dr. Shelly has over 20 years of experience in Community Health.

Her practice philosophy is strongly focused on prevention. She believes good habits start early. Her hope is to see your child grow up cavity-free. When she isn’t at Healthy Smiles, Dr. Shelly enjoys spending time with family and friends, weekend trips to the beach or mountains, hiking, Pilates, and attempting arts and crafts!



Novelyn Logan

Certified Dental Assistant

Novelyn has been a dental assistant for over thirty years and has always loved working with children.  She has an enthusiastic attitude towards providing dental education and care to patients and their families.

Novelyn moved from New Jersey to Raleigh with her husband and two sons in 2022.  When Novelyn isn’t working, she enjoys walks on the beach, listening to music, bonding with her new grandson, and relaxing at home with her husband and her four-legged friend Milo, a Maltese mix.



Carla Parker

Front Desk

Carla is from Eastern North Carolina, born and raised in Carteret County. She moved to Zebulon in August 2021 and started working at Healthy Smiles in October 2021. Carla has almost 40 years experience working in a dental office and is here to help with any insurance questions or scheduling needs.

Carla has two grown daughters (Taylor and Lauren) and one granddaughter (Carolina). Carla recently married her husband Roy and they have a sweet cat named Opie.

In her spare time, she and her husband enjoy cooking in pig cooking competitions in North Carolina.

Carla and her husband are both NC State Pig Cooking Champions. When not participating in competition cooking, Carla judges local contests. She is a Certified Judge in the NC Pork Council.

Carla is active in her church, Piney Grove Baptist Church, in Kenly. She also enjoys cooking, baking, playing board games, and spending time with family.



Sophia Jones

Front Desk

Sophia was born in Puerto Rico, but has lived in North Carolina most her life. She loves cats and frogs.

Sophia is very musical and can play both the piano and guitar. She also loves being outdoors and in nature. Sophia loves children! As a matter of fact, she comes from a large family and is one of 7 children herself! Sophia is actively involved in her church and has traveled around the East Coast for Mission Trips. In fact, she loves to travel in general.

Sophia has known Dr. Shelly her entire life. Sophia can't wait to greet you when you come and visit us at your next appointment!


Mandi Taylor

Dental Assistant II

Mandi was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, but has lived around the world. She enjoys going to the gym and participates in Bodybuilding Figure Competitions. Mandi won 1st Place in her class in the 2015 and 2016 NPC North Carolina State Championships.

Mandi has two fur babies named Ranger and Daisy. She loves good food and spending time with family.



Taylor Jones

Certified Dental Assistant

Taylor, or Tay as her family lovingly calls her, is a North Carolina native who loves God and nature. She married her high school sweetheart in 2018 and they now have 5 fur babies… yes, you read that right, 5! Tiny, Mocha Bean, Gracie, Cooper, and River Rose are their names. When she isn’t working, she and her husband enjoy traveling, going to national parks, trying new foods, and hiking with their pups. Taylor and her husband are both committed members of their church where they both serve on the choir and the senior outreach committee.

Taylor graduated from WTCC’s Dental Assisting Program in 2021 and enjoys interacting with patients. She is committed to shaping young patient’s view of the dentist by ensuring they have positive experiences.