About Our Doctors

Doctors Deana Cook and Phyllis Cook
Drs. Deana and Phyllis Cook

Dr. Deana Cook, DDS, MS

Dr Deana Cook

Dr. Deana Cook is excited to return to her hometown of Wilmington to join Cook Periodontics & Dental Implants and become an active member in the community.

She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her undergraduate education in Art History. After studying abroad in Italy she began to appreciate the wonderful mix of art and science dentistry provided. She then began her dental education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating with honors. In dental school, Dr. Cook was the recipient of the Grover C. Hunter award for excellence in clinical periodontology.

Wanting to broaden her educational experience and to learn the Texas Two-Step, Dr. Cook decided to head out to Texas for her residency training in Periodontics. Dr. Cook received her Certificate in Periodontics and her Master’s degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She was awarded First Place in Oral Research Presentation when presenting her clinical research at UTHSCSA Dental Science Symposium and was a finalist for the Dr. & Mrs Gerald M. Kramer Award for Excellence.

In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors, running with friends, biking, swimming and relaxing at the beach.

In 2015 she became the director of the Port City Study Club.


Dr. Phyllis Cook, DDS, MPH

Dr Phyllis CookDr. Cook was born in Kokomo, Indiana and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She graduated Palm Beach Junior College with an Associate's Degree in Dental Hygiene in 1975. She moved to North Carolina in 1985. The love for her work and her drive as a professional motivated her to pursue a career in Periodontology. She completed her pre-dental curriculum at UNC Charlotte in May of 1992. Dr. Cook excelled in her studies and graduated from the UNC School of Dentistry in May 1996. In the spring of 1996, she became involved in Teaching Assistants for Conservative Operative Dentistry (teaching freshman dental students preclinical operative skills). Dr. Cook received her certificate in Periodontics after completing the three year residency program in 1999, also at the UNC School of Dentistry.

Dr. Cook's honors include maintaining the Dean's List at the University of North Carolina in 1993 and 1995. She was honored with the Summer Cancer Assistantship Award in 1995 and the International College of Dentists Achievement Award in 1996. In the same year, Dr. Cook was awarded with the Annual Student Award from the American Academy of Periodontology, and was inducted in the Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Honorary Dental Society. Membership to the elite International Team of Implantology was awarded in 2005. She is an active adjunctive professor at the UNC School of Dentistry, Department of Periodontics. In November 2005, Dr. Cook became certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.

Dr. Cook is the founder and member of the Port City Study Club that was started in September 2008 which represents "common knowledge will help us achieve common goals for the best patient care".

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Dr. Deana Cook and Dr. Phyllis Cook, located in Wilmington, NC are periodontists who serve patients from Castle Hayne, Porters Neck, Odgen, Leland, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Southport, and Hampstead. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!

Perio Risk Assessment

The American Academy of Periodontology's risk assessment test will help you see if you are at risk for having or developing periodontal (gum) disease.

For a limited time, Dr. Cook is offering patients a $150 credit towards any dental treatment if you book your appointment today! 

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