The oral surgery team at Blue Ridge Orthodontics is comprised of experienced specialists who are committed to providing state-of-the-art, individualized care for each patient in WNC. Before you schedule your oral surgery consultation, take a few minutes to learn more about our talented team of doctors in Asheville.


Dr. Jim W. Howell, D.M.D.

Dr. Howell is a board certified oral surgeon that currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina.

He earned his Business degree with an emphasis in Marketing from Clemson University in 2002. In 2007, Dr. Howell graduated with a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry degree from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine.

In 2009, he returned to MUSC for his oral and maxillofacial residency. His career then directed him to Anchorage, Alaska, where he held various teaching appointments in oral surgery with the NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine’s partnership with the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium.

A passion for his hometown brought him back to Greenville, SC as head of Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery’s Greenville office. He focuses on orthognathic surgerytreatment of maxillofacial trauma, facial trauma repair, dental implant reconstructioncleft lip/palate surgery and wisdom teeth removal. Dr. Howell loves working in his hometown, where he lives with his wife and two (yes, two) sets of twins.


  • Undergrad – BS Marketing – Clemson University
  • Dental School – Medical University of South Carolina (College of Dental Medicine)
  • Adjunct professor at the University of Florida’s College of Dental Medicine and NYU Lutheran Dental Partnership with Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium in Juneau, AK.
  • Residency – Medical University of South Carolina
  • Fellowship in Orthognathic Reconstructive Surgery – Carolinas Center for Oral and Facial Surgery – Charlotte, NC

Dr. Waheed V. Mohamed, D.D.S., M.D.

Dr. Mohamed completed a fellowship in cosmetic surgery in Abilene, Texas and also trained in oral and maxillofacial surgery in New Orleans, LA.

He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin, earned his doctorate of dental surgery degree at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, and completed an internship in maxillofacial trauma in New Orleans. His work in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina earned him a national community service award.

Dr. Mohamed stayed in New Orleans to complete medical school, a general surgery internship, and his residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Louisiana State University.  His training there involved trauma, pathology, and cosmetic surgery of the face. After spending 10 years understanding the human face, he joined Dr. Howard Tobin for a fellowship in cosmetic surgery.


  • Undergrad – University of Texas – Austin, TX
  • Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) – Baylor College of Dentistry – Dallas, TX
  • Medical Doctorate (MD) & Residency at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Dr. Richard A. Kapitan, D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. Kapitan is a Board-Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon specializing in cleft lip/palate surgery, orthognathic (jaw realignment) surgery, facial trauma repair, bone grafting, and dental implant reconstruction. Dr. Kapitan holds both a doctorate in surgery and master’s of science degrees, as well as advanced training as a specialist in surgery and anesthesia (OMS) from The Ohio State University Medical Center.

Dr. Kapitan is a Diplomate of the American Board of OMS, a Fellow of the American Association of OMS, and is a member of both the North Carolina Society of OMS and the Southeastern Society of OMS. He holds appointments as Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at both Louisiana State University (LSU) and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC). Internationally, Dr. Kapitan is a volunteer cleft surgeon, surgical team leader, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Free To Smile Foundation; a not-for-profit medical mission group that provides free cleft lip and palate surgeries to children in need around the globe.

On a personal level, Dr. Kapitan enjoys camping, hunting and fishing with his family. He lives on a family farm that he operates with the help of his family in Weddington NC, and is an active member at Nativity Orthodox Christian Church in Charlotte, NC.


  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) – The Ohio State University – Columbus, OH
  • Master of Science (MS) – The Ohio State University – Columbus, OH
  • Certificate of Surgical and Anesthesia Training – The Ohio State University – Columbus, OH

Meet The Rest of Our Team in WNC

Our friendly, professional team delivers high-quality orthodontic care and outstanding customer service. We’ll greet you with a smile, treat you with a smile — all while working to improve your smile.

Our staff is constantly learning, mentoring one another and in training – from on-site workshops on customer service, to targeted seminars for specific departments. We’re proud to have grown to more than 35 team members, all of whom are here for you!

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Asheville BRO Team

1915 Hendersonville Road

Asheville, NC 28803