Meet the Our Amazing Dentists
John R. Ver Ploeg, D.D.S.
Dr. John Ver Ploeg grew up in the Iowa countryside. A wrestler and trombone player in high school, he then left home to attend the University of Pennsylvania and later Montana State University. In 1979, he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Minnesota, where he met Julia, a dental hygiene student and his future wife.
Upon graduation, John and Julia moved out to New Hampshire to start their life together. Thirty-plus years later they are still here, the proud parents of 4 adventurous children who continue to explore various corners of the world.
As often as the weather permits, John bikes to work from his home in Nottingham. When not in the office, he can most often be found skiing, skating, swimming, or boating on Lake Pawtuckaway.
"Southeastern New Hampshire is a wonderful place to live," says John. "I enjoy my patients and the practice of dentistry. I look forward to many more years on Main Street."
Phebe Westbrook, D.M.D
Dr Phebe Westbrook grew up in historic Natchez, Mississippi, the oldest settlement on the lower Mississippi River. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Louisiana State University, where she was a member of the Honors College. Dr. Winters attended the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS, and completed her DMD in 2010. Following dental school, Dr. Westbrook completed a residency in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, receiving a certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry. While at UNC, she received advanced training in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, Invisalign, periodontal surgery, oral surgery, endodontics, and the restoration of implants. After working in private practice in North Carolina for nearly two years, Dr . Westbrook answered the call of the wild and moved to Maine where she practiced for three years. Finally acclimated to the winter months, Dr. Westbrook and her husband Dr Jonas Westbrook, excited to move to the seacoast region of New Hampshire, where they both continue to practice dentistry in the Granite State, their new home.
A member of the American Association and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Dr Westbrook is dedicated to being a lifelong learner in order to provide the best care to her patients. She is committed to providing the highest quality dental care to all of her patients in the most gentle and comforting manner. She is also a firm believer of preventative dentistry and strives to help patients achieve optimal oral health in order to keep those smiles great!
Aside from dentistry, Dr. Westbrook enjoys being active outdoors, running, yoga, music, cooking, and spending time with family. Living within a short drive of both the mountains and the ocean is super exciting to her. Her true passion is traveling abroad and within the US. She loves experiencing new and different foods and cultures, especially alongside her favorite adventure partner, her husband Jonas and her daughter.
Jill Harrison, D.M.D
Dr. Jill Harrison grew up in Windham, NH and attended Salem High School before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Brown University. She earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania,where she was one of twelve members of her class to be elected to the prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. Dr. Harrison completed a General Practice Residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and worked in private practice there before returning to New Hampshire in 2015.
Dr. Harrison performs all aspects of general dentistry including fillings, crowns and bridges, implant restorations, bonding, veneers, whitening, and more. She is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and is committed to improving her skills through a wide variety of continuing education classes, including Spear Education® seminars and study clubs. She is committed to educating patients about their oral health and involving them in their treatment plans. Her favorite aspect of dentistry is seeing how even small changes in someone’s smile can affect how they feel about themselves and can boost their self-confidence.
Outside of the office Dr. Harrison likes being active and enjoys hiking in the White Mountains – she’s slowly trying to summit all of NH’s 4000 footers, as well as skiing,biking, and running. She also enjoys cooking (and eating!), exploring the Seacoast area
and then relaxing by reading or watching the New England Patriots.
John E. Ver Ploeg, D.M.D ~ Dr Jack
Why I Love Being a Dentist
I love dentistry because of its immense potential to positively affect a person's life. I believe that every visit should focus on improving the quality of life for the patient, both during the visit by making sure the patient is as comfortable as possible and for the future through long lasting, quality care. With that goal in mind I strive to provide quality, compassionate care to my patients.
Education and a Commitment to Continuing Education
I attended the University of New Hampshire where I earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. After graduation I spent half a year as a volunteer educator and caregiver at an orphanage in South America. It was during this experience that I developed an interest in health care. Upon returning to the United States I completed prerequisite course work in the natural sciences in preparation for dental school. I attended the University of New England College of Dental Medicine where I earned a Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD). After graduation I worked as a general dentist in Baltimore, MD and later Dover, NH where I practiced all aspects of general dentistry and pursued continuing education in endodontics, oral surgery, implants, restorative dentistry, and Invisalign.
Dentistry is an ever evolving profession, and I firmly believe in the value of continuing education. By maintaining a cutting edge knowledge of dental advancements I aim to provide patients with the most comfortable experience, most predictable outcome, and longest lasting results available.
Away from Work
Outside of dentistry I enjoy a variety of activities. During the warmer months I love sailing, hiking, motorcycling, and occasionally SCUBA diving. When the weather turns cold my activities shift to cross country skiing, downhill skiing, and pond hockey. I enjoy travelling any time of the year and am always on the lookout for the next destination.