Traditional & Holistic Dental Care


Dr. Jessica Shireman DMD AIAOMT

Dr. Jessica Shireman DMD AIAOMT loves practicing holistic dentistry. She has been practicing holistic dentistry for over a decade. Her interest in dentistry started during her childhood and she has never looked back. She has a unique, patient-health-based approached to dentistry. She holds both SMART certification and is Accredited by the IAOMT in safe-mercury removal. She strives to keep up with safe and healthy dental treatments for patients. She has completed extensive continuing education in the Spear-based codiagnostic treatment planning methodology, ozone therapy and airway management and many other areas.

In her first years of practice, she focused on ensuring safety during mercury removals and the toxicity of fluoride. She enhanced her journey in holistic dentistry by understanding how airway issues can be the root cause of many holistic health issues. She understands how lifelong learning is important to the profession of dentistry and is always exceeding the annual requirements for continuing education. In the past several years, she has added many services to her practice including 3-D imaging, ozone therapy, zirconia implants, microscope identification of oral pathogens.

Dr. Shireman is originally from Kansas City, Missouri, where she demonstrated her commitment to research and health during a high school Americorps program. She got her undergraduate degree from Grinnell College, in Grinnell, Iowa and attended dental school at Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2009, where she served in many dental leadership groups. During dental school, she completed a one-year research fellowship through Howard Hughes Medical Institute where she did research at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. She holds numerous patents and publications. She completed one year of residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.

Dr. Shireman enjoys traveling, cooking and hanging out with her husband and three kids Zachary, Samantha and Shane. In her free time, Dr. Shireman enjoys cooking, saltwater fishing and travelling. She has travelled to 5 out of 7 continents and one day hopes to visit the other two.

List, K, Currie, B, Scharschmidt T, Szabo R, Shireman J, et al.
Autosomal Ichthyosis with hypotrichosis syndrome displays low matriptase proteolytic activity and is phenocopied in ST14 hypomorphic mice. Journal of Biological Chemistry. E-published on October 27, 2007. Cover article.

Sulek, J, Wagenaar-Miller RA, Shireman J, Molinolo A, Masden DH, Engelholm LH, Behrendt N, Bugge TH.
Increased expression of the Collagen Internalization Receptor uPARAP/Endo180 in the Stroma of Head and Neck Cancer. Journal of Cytochemistry and Histochemistry. April 2007.

The effects of Oculo-Facio-Cardio-Dento Disorder (OFCD) on cell cycle regulation proteins. Poster Presentation. 42nd Annual Dental Students Conference on Research. March 2006.
US Patents: 20050061962, 20050121604.


Dr. Melanie Goforth-Moore DMD

Dr. Melanie Goforth-Moore is a Brunswick County native, born and raised in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Goforth-Moore is a member of the inaugural class of the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine where she received her Doctorate of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Goforth-Moore enjoys getting to know her patients and providing comprehensive dental care. She has a passion for cosmetic dentistry and takes pride in restoring health and confidence in her patients. Dr. Goforth-Moore believes in regularly attending continuing education courses to provide the best and most up-to-date dental care.

Dr. Goforth-Moore and her husband, Mike, have three children: Ariya, Julian, and Mirabella, along with three “fur babies”, Max, Nala, and Rita. Dr. Goforth-Moore loves spending time with family, going to the beach, and reading a good book.


Professional Memberships:

  • American Dental Association
  • North Carolina Dental Society
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology
  • Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART) certified
Dr. Melanie Goforth Moore


Dental Assistant

Tabitha is excited she moved to Wilmington from Texas a few years ago. She loves to hike and garden. She also enjoys going to the beach with her children! Tabitha became a dental assistant for over ten years after an interest in being able to help with people’s dental needs. Tabitha is Dr. Shireman’s “right-hand” lady and has been with her since nearly the beginning of the practice. Many patients enjoy her gentle and friendly nature!



Dental Hygienist

Jess moved from New Jersey to Wilmington to study environmental science at UNC-Wilmington. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and sons doing activities such as bike riding, surfing, searching for sharks’ teeth and yoga. Jess also loves playing with her two dachshunds. Jess has been a hygienist for almost ten years. She enjoys helping patients discover new and easy ways to improve their oral hygiene! I believe dental appointments should be positive and stress free and she strives to create that atmosphere for each of her patients. Many patients who have seen her request that they see her at her next appointment due to her gentle and thorough nature.

Jess has completed the Biological Dental Hygiene Accreditation Program through the IAOMT to accredit her passion and understanding of biological dentistry and the oral-systemic connection.


Patient Care Coordinator

Megan is a Pennsylvania native who migrated to Wilmington in 2014. She loves connecting with existing patients as well as helping to introduce new ones into the practice. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, writing music, and spinning her record collection.



Patient Care Coordinator / Dental Assistant

Susan joined Dr. Shireman’s team after relocating to Wilmington. She has spent the last 18 years at an orthodontic practice working as a registered orthodontic dental assistant. At our office she will be one of the first to welcome you at our reception area! Susan lives here in Wilmington with her husband and their beloved 4-year-old Airedale Terrier, Ellie May. In her free time, she loves helping others, spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, walking, and gardening.


Dental Hygienist

Taylor recently moved from North-East Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania College Of Technology where she studied dental hygiene. She enjoys warm weather and is an avid beach goer. Her goals in the dental field are to help patients improve their oral health while making them feel comfortable and supported along the way.

Taylor has completed the Biological Dental Hygiene Accreditation Program through the IAOMT to accredit her passion and understanding of biological dentistry and the oral-systemic connection.



Certified Dental Assistant

Brittany was born and raised here in Wilmington. She graduated from Cape Fear Community College’s Dental Assisting program, and has been a dental assistant for over 15 years. She is also a graduate of Campbell University where she studied Business Administration, but the dental field has always been her passion. When she is not working, she is spending time with her husband and three children. She loves watching her children play sports and traveling.


Certified Dental Assistant

Tiffany is a South Jersey native but has lived in Wilmington for 10 years. She has a 14-month-old daughter named Ella, who she shares with her partner, Jordan. Tiffany also has two step sons, Liam and Dayton. She has 3 crazy dogs named Benji, Mercey, and Sadie. In her free time, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her family, skateboarding, traveling, and being outside.


Arya Candace Donahue

Energy Medicine Practitioner / Owner of Naturally You

As an Energy Medicine Practitioner, Arya uses the Asyra non-invasive bio-energetic assessment screening. She was associated with the Great Smokies Integrative Medicine Center. In addition, she is a holistic nutrition specialist focusing on food sensitivity and meal planning. Arya received her holistic nutrition specialist certification in 2017. She was a certified as a Breath Therapist in 1994 with the International Breath Institute and has trained with Dr Andrew Weil. Arya has offered training classes in wellness, communication and leadership through Wake Medical Center, The University of North Carolina at Wilmington and Western Carolina Industries in Asheville, NC. In addition, Arya has worked in integrative medicine with Great Smokies Medical Center in Asheville. She is the former Director of Employee Relations and Staff Development with New Hanover Regional Hospital in Wilmington, NC. Here at Wilmington Holistic Dentistry, she will be using her skills to provide our newest diagnostic service, bioenergetic testing.