Dr. Ray Mooring is an institution in Mount Olive, having run his dental practice from his office on Smith Chapel Road ever since 1969. Mooring recently made the decision to retire after finding someone he felt comfortable entrusting his patients to. Dr. Amy Kimes (right) took over the practice late last month and has been well received by the town and Dr. Mooring’s patients.


Dr. Mooring passes torch to new dentist

By John Cate, staff writer, Mount Olive, North Carolina Tribune

After nearly four decades of service to the Mount Olive community, Dr. Ray Mooring had finally decided it was time to do something else. Meanwhile, about 25 miles to the north, Dr. Amy Kimes was a dentist in search of a practice to call her own. The two of them got in touch with one another, a deal was struck, and so far, no one could be happier.

Dr. Kimes, a North Carolina native, is the wife of Citizen Potawatomi Nation member Eric Kimes. Her travels have taken her to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, to California, and to Afghanistan as a U.S. Navy dentist. She took over Dr. Mooring