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Kempter Holistic Dentistry (KHD) is a biologically minded IAOMT accredited practice founded by Dr. John Kempter in 2011. Dr. John’s brother, Dr. Eric Kempter, joined our team in 2016 making us truly a family practice. In April of 2019 we announced our second location in South Charlotte. Most recently, in the summer of 2020, we welcomed our new associate dentist, Dr. Erin Wilbanks. We are very excited that we can provide our holistic dental approach across the Charlotte region and for the growth we have had over the years.

KHD takes a whole-body approach to addressing dental needs, often partnering with specialists, physicians, toxicologists, oral surgeons, and sleep physicians to offer patients personalized, comprehensive, and collaborative care. At KHD we want patients who are seeking health. In order to provide the highest quality dental health care we must spend the time needed to establish a relationship, level of trust, and gather data. We want to know why you are here and how we can cater care towards your specific needs.

Dr. John E. Kempter :


Dr. Kempter is a young, holistic-minded, cutting-edge dentist who prides himself on being able to simplify the complicated evolution of dentistry. He not only provides insights into the latest dental care trends but can offer multiple treatment options that cater to an individual’s budget.

He graduated from Providence Senior High School, North Carolina State University and UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Dentistry.

He is a member of the  North Carolina Dental Society, the Academy of General Dentistry, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine , the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology and Cerac Doctors.

Dr. Kempter also serves as a board member of the North Carolina Academy of General Dentistry. Locally, he’s a member of the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau.


Dr. Eric M. Kempter :

I started dental school in 2010 and graduated in 2014 from the University of North Carolina. During that time my brother and I just got talking and started having discussions about dentistry in general and just things that we were noticing. He was noticing out in practice, I was noticing in dental school.

We’ve all come from a background in chemistry so I was asking him questions about the information I had learned during my education and we got on the topic of the amalgam fillings. During that time my grandfather had dementia and Alzheimer’s and my brother had raised some concerns about the level of mercury in amalgam fillings and the occupational hazards that we were exposing ourselves to or would be exposing ourselves to the long term career.

It took us down a path of doing a little bit of research on it and we discovered this organization the IAOMT that is the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. Turns out they are the governing body for the procedure to safely remove amalgam fillings which I know we’ll get into later and we actually went to our first conference. The rest is history. A lot of what we heard there made sense. He immediately started implementing that into his practice. The transition from a traditional practice to more of a holistically minded practice began at that point.

Dr. Erin A. Wilbanks :

Dr. Erin Wilbanks is a Concord, North Carolina based Dentist who is specialized in Dentistry. She does not accept the Medicare-approved amount. Patients will be billed for the treatment.  Dr. Erin Wilbanks is the primary dental care provider for patients of all ages. She is responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management and overall coordination of services related to patients’ oral health needs.

Associate dentist Dr. Erin Wilbanks has joined the practice at Kempter Holistic Dentistry and will be seeing patients at their Concord and Charlotte locations. A general dentist from Baton Rouge, Wilbanks is an alumna of Louisiana State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences with a minor in business administration.

She completed dental training at the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, in New Orleans, and has since been focused on pursuing holistic dentistry, joining the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology in 2017.

Erin Wilbanks is a provider established in Concord, North Carolina and her medical specialization is dentist. A dentist like Dr. Erin Wilbanks, DDs is a skilled in and licensed provider that diagnoses and treats problems with patients teeth, gums, and related parts of the mouth. Dentists educate patients on how to take care of the teeth and gums and provide information on diet choices that affect oral health. Dentists must be licensed in the state in which they work.

Dr. Richard W. Van Gurp :

Dr. Richard W. Van Gurp, DDS DDS is a male dentist in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Richard W. Van Gurp, DDS DDS. He is licensed to practice by the state board in North Carolina (5645).

Dr. Richard W. Van Gurp, DDS is a family dentist in Charlotte, North Carolina. For more than 25 years, Dr. Van Gurp has provided patients with a high level of skill and service that is hard to find with other dentists. Dr. Van Gurp is experienced in all aspects of dentistry including general and cosmetic dentistry, restorative dental care, dental implants and TMJ therapy. With an approachable demeanor that immediately puts his patients at ease, Dr. Van Gurp has earned the reputation as one of the leading general and cosmetic dentists in North Carolina. There are very few among us who are in the enviable position of living out their childhood dream. For Dr. Van Gurp, this is exactly what he is doing. At age of 12, he knew he wanted to be a dentist. In following this dream, his skill and genuine concern for his patients have earned him professional recognition and continued praise from clients.

Services :

Holistic Dental Hygiene :

Our holistic hygiene department focuses on giving our patients the tools needed to have a healthy mouth for a lifetime.  This is accomplished by customizing care based on each patient’s needs, patient education, and identifying dental disease early.

Safe Mercury Removal :

We are certified in the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) S-M-A-R-T process, which means we follow the IAOMT’s research based protocol for mercury amalgam removal.


CEREC is an advanced dental restorative system that allows our dentists to restore decayed teeth, place crowns, remove defective amalgam fillings, or place cosmetic veneers in just one appointment. This allows you to have the highest quality, most lifelike dental restorations in just one visit to the dentist.

Implants :

  • Virtual 3D implant planning
  • Minimally invasive approach
  • All-on-4 implant option (full cosmetic permanent implant bridges)
  • On-site advanced technology
  • Metal-free implant options

Invisalign :

We offer orthodontic services using state-of-the-art Invisalign technology.

Invisalign allows us to move teeth and correct your bite without the use of metal wires and brackets.  Along with achieving a perfect smile, Invisalign can also help improve:

  • Gum health
  • TMJ pain/problems
  • Ability to clean teeth and reduce plaque build up
  • Solve issues with clenching and grinding

Non-Surgical TMJD Treatment :

Trauma or injury, bad orthodontics/dentistry, chronic tooth wear, and grinding or clenching are a few of the reasons why people suffer from jaw pain. We use a dental orthotic like a retainer to “deprogram” your jaw from the bad position it is in. The deprogrammer prevents interlocking of the teeth and therefore allows the patient’s lower jaw to gradually relax and settle into an ideal position with relation to the teeth. It is a great non-surgical option that is based on the lasted research in biologic tempomandibular joint treatment.

Ozone :

Oxygen Ozone Therapy (OOT) has been used in many countries throughout the world for many years.  It has been recently gaining interest in the medical community in the wake of an increasing number of scientific and clinical papers published in international peer reviewed medical journals. 

Tongue and Lip Tie Release :

At Kempter Holistic Dentistry, we offer laser tongue and lip tie revision. We use a CO2 laser which allows us to release the tongue tie with little to no bleeding and no need for local anesthesia on infants. We also use medical ozone to significantly decrease healing

time and aid in wound cleansing. Proper post-op stretching and follow up with your lactation consultant, speech pathologist, or myofunctional therapist is paramount for successful resolution of your child’s tongue tie.

HealthyStart :

The HealthyStart™ Treatment System is safe, effective and naturally promotes growth and development. Treatment with HealthyStart™ is a non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical, pain free and non-invasive therapy when worn at night or as directed, to assist parents who struggle with children affected by Sleep Disordered Breathing, a restricted airway and crowded or crooked teeth.

Q Will you accept my insurance and what is your policy about payment?

We are dedicated to making sure you achieve your dental goals and we will maximize any dental insurance coverage you have. However, we do not want insurance companies dictating your dental treatment or your health outcomes. Our patients deserve a certain level of care, and our main goal is to ensure that we provide this.

Therefore, we do not participate with any dental plans as a preferred provider. We are considered out-of-network.

Even though we practice biologically, most of our procedures are coded in the same way as traditional dental offices. As a courtesy to you, we will file your insurance claims electronically for you. Your insurance will reimburse you directly for any services provided here in the same way as any traditional dental practice for out of network benefits. It usually takes about 2-4 weeks for the insurance company to send you the reimbursement.

In order to keep our practice costs down, and in turn keep the cost of your visits down, we ask for payment at the time of service for any of your treatment visits.

Q What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, check, credit cards, and CareCredit.

Q Do you see children?

Yes, we do see children starting at age 3 for routine cleanings and exams.

Q What are the practice requirements for x-rays for a new patient?

Up-to-date x-rays from a previous practice or new x-rays will be taken. We have the lowest dose digital x-ray systems on the market today. Customary x-rays include a CBCT (3D panoramic x-ray) and 4 bitewing x-rays.

We do try to minimize the amount of x-rays taken, however, x-rays are important diagnostic tools that help us provide our patients with the best treatment and maintain optimal oral health.

Q Does your office use fluoride?

No, our polishing paste and any other products used are fluoride free.

Q What is your protocol for amalgam removal (mercury fillings)?

Our dentists are members of the IAOMT and use the SMART protocol for the safe removal of mercury fillings.

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