When you’ve been working in dentistry for nearly 40 years, you tend to learn a thing or two about how to manage a dental office. That’s what you can expect, and then some, from Rhonda. She’s been with our office since 2013 and has taken several continuing education classes over the years, earning certificates for dental assisting and management. When you come to the office, you’ll find Rhonda is usually busy managing our daily operations, helping fellow team members, handling billing and insurance claims, and overall making sure the office runs smoothly. Rhonda says the work she does is rewarding because she’s able to make a difference for both patients and staff.
She first became interested in dentistry while in high school when her dentist offered Rhonda on-the-job training as a dental assistant. Rhonda says she loves being in the dental field, having spent 12 years working in pediatric dentistry and the rest in general practices.
Outside of work, Rhonda is busy with her husband of over 30 years remodeling and building homes. She loves spending time with her children and grandchildren, volunteering, and going on mission trips with her church.
Missy has been working in the dental field since 2001 and has been with Pine Mountain Family Dentistry for over 16 years. She received her dental training and EFDA certification from Columbus Technical College and has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience on the job over the past 21 years. Currently she works with our front office staff setting appointments and answering phone calls. She also works as an expanded functions dental assistant from time to time and says she loves being able to make a difference in her patients’ lives and help them be more confident with their smiles. Her favorite thing about the practice is getting to work with a great team and doctors, and helping deliver the quality dental care the patients deserve. Her knowledge as an assistant has also been a huge asset working with patients at check out and going over treatment plans.
When not in the office, Missy enjoys watching movies and spending time with her family, especially her two sons, Ashton and Jaxon, and her two-year-old grandson, also named Jaxon. You will also find her volunteering at a First Baptist Church dental clinic in LaGrange.
Peyton is a graduate of West Georgia Tech and is excited to be working with our exceptional front office staff. She’s usually busy answering phone calls, scheduling appointments for patients, and helping them out when they arrive at the office. Peyton loves being a part of our team for two reasons: her co-workers and her patients. She chose this career path to follow in her sister’s footsteps and to pursue a lifelong interest in healthcare. Peyton would most likely be a nurse if she weren’t working in dental care. You’ll love Peyton because she’s always hardworking, kind, and honest. When Peyton has some time off from the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and two pups. She also loves being outside, hunting/fishing with her boyfriend, and going on walks.
Front Office/Insurance Coordinator
Kayli is a graduate of Gordon State College with a degree in Human Sciences. She’s very helpful with verifying insurance coverage and assisting at the front desk. Kayli is proud to have joined the team at Pine Mountain Family Dentistry because it’s a place where people can feel comfortable about knowing they’re getting excellent dental care from multiple talented dentists. Kayli absolutely loves reading! If she weren’t working in the dental field, you’d probably find her at a publishing house as an editor. Kayli is always kind, empathetic, fun-loving, loyal, and thoughtful. She volunteers in her free time with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in foster care) in Troup County, where she’s been helping out since her senior year in college. When she’s not reading, Kayli loves spending time with her mom and their two cats, Dot and Bitty.
April is a graduate of Columbus Technical College. She’s a certified dental assistant through the Dental Assisting National Board. April also holds certifications in radiology, anesthesia administration, pulmonary technician, IV therapy, and expanded functions as a dental assistant. April has been working in dentistry since 2002.
At the office, she’s responsible for sterilization, treatment planning, assisting with all dental procedures, taking x-rays, ordering supplies, setting up treatment rooms, and making temporary crowns. She loves helping patients get the healthy smile they’ve always wanted and get out of pain. April says working at Pine Mountain Family Dentistry is a special experience because of how everyone treats one another like family, with every team member taking pride in their work caring for patients. April has worked in various fields of dental care, including general/family dentistry, periodontics, and oral and maxillofacial surgery.
April is trusting, dedicated, loving, sympathetic, and loves to clean. She’s born and raised in LaGrange, very family-oriented, and a member of the Faith Baptist Church. When she’s not at work, April is spending time with family, shopping, exercising, enjoying the outdoors, cooking, and crafting.
Kristin has been working in dentistry since 2003. At Pine Mountain Family Dentistry, some of her biggest responsibilities include assisting the doctors, working with patients to make them comfortable, treatment planning, and taking x-rays. She decided on a dental career path when she realized she wanted to work in the medical field and help people be healthy. She says working as part of our team is special because of the level of teamwork and the extra special care everyone takes of every single patient who comes through our doors. When you work with Kristin you’ll find that she’s always hardworking, loyal, smart, and empathetic to your needs.
Kristin stays busy when she’s not helping patients by hiking, fishing, cooking out, swimming, going to the beach, and spending as much time as she can with family, friends, and her dogs.
Expanded Duties/Certified Dental Assistant
Karen has been a staple in the dental field for over 44 years. She completed her training at Clayton Junior College, West Georgia Technical College, and at the Columbus Technical College. As a Certified Dental Assistant, Karen is responsible for assisting the doctors with whatever they need, setting up and breaking down the operatory between each patient, scheduling appointments, sterilizing the equipment and operatories, as well as numerous other office duties. She loves helping patients feel comfortable while serving their dental needs.
When she’s not in the office, Karen enjoys everything outdoors — camping, flower gardening, and exercising, in addition to spending time with her family and friends.
Nikki is no stranger to the world of oral health and dental assisting, having been in the field since early 2016. She received her dental training at the Dental Staff School of Tennessee. She also has her EFDA certification from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Dentistry. She has been with Pine Mountain Family Dentistry since March of 2022.
Currently she works as a dental assistant, doing everything from scheduling appointments and taking x-rays to assisting dentists during procedures, and almost any other duty asked of her. Her favorite thing about the practice is getting to help patients and see them smile again. If she wasn’t working at the practice, Nikki would love to teach.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, crocheting, spending time outdoors, and volunteering in the community.
Between serving in the United States Air Force as a dental assistant, studying at American Military University, and now in her second stint with Pine Mountain Family Dentistry, Meridith has been working in the dental field for 13 years. After a brief move, Meredith has returned to the area and to Pine Mountain Family Dentistry saying, “ I knew I wanted to work in the dental industry when I moved back and couldn’t imagine working anywhere else but here”.
Working as a dental assistant, Meridith loves helping and spending time with patients. Her favorite thing about the practice is getting to work with doctors and team members who truly care about their patients, and the special relationships that are formed between the patients and the dental team.
When not in the office, Meridith enjoys hiking, traveling, doing yoga, and spending time with her family, She also enjoys volunteering and is involved with her church community, helping to provide essentials for families in need.
Pine Mountain Family Dentistry is pleased to welcome Alyssa to the team. As your dental assistant, she’s available to help with taking x-rays, treatment planning, and completing dental treatments. Alyssa was drawn to dentistry because she believes that everyone deserves to smile, and she wants to be a part of that every day. Working as part of a team like ours is rewarding for Alyssa because of our genuine family relationships with one another and our patients. The doctors actually care about patients as people and want to do everything they can to help them be healthy. Alyssa is a pleasure to work with because she’s outgoing, ambitious, and caring. Alyssa enjoys going hiking with her fiancé Christian, and their dogs, Millie and Scout, when she’s not at the office. You might also find her unwinding with a nice walk. Alyssa is also up for an adventure and trying anything once.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Tracie is a graduate of Columbus Technical College with nearly 20 years working in the dental field. She’s been with our office since 2004. As a dental hygienist, she’s responsible for cleanings, x-rays, maintaining proper gum health, and educating patients about how to care for their smile. One of the aspects of her job that Tracie loves the most is catching up with her longtime patients every six months and also meeting new patients. She loves giving people pretty, clean teeth. Tracie says that if she wasn’t a dental hygienist she’d probably work in a floral shop because she loves flower arrangements. She loves being a part of the team at Pine Mountain Family Dentistry because the office has a small-town feel and every patient is like a member of our extended family.
When you meet Tracie, you’ll find she’s caring, helpful, grateful, punctual, and family-oriented. Outside of work, Tracie is usually enjoying spending quality time with her two sons and husband.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Danielle is a graduate of Pensacola State College with nearly 30 years of experience in dentistry. She’s been with Pine Mountain Family Dentistry for almost 20 years. She’s responsible for cleanings, x-rays, patient education, and more. Danielle loves being a registered dental hygienist because it allows her to build relationships with patients that span many years, providing them quality care for healthy smiles that last a lifetime. She ended up in the dental field after she showed an interest in high school. Danielle was hired as a sterilization technician and the rest is history. She says that if she wasn’t busy taking care of smiles all day, she’d probably be a stay-at-home grandparent.
She stays busy outside of the office enjoying time with her husband, five children, and one grandchild. Danielle loves to cheer on the Auburn Tigers and do anything outdoors.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Elizabeth is a graduate of Columbus Technical College and has been working in dentistry for over a decade. She’s one of our friendly, talented registered dental hygiene professionals who love to help patients take extra special care of their teeth and gums. Elizabeth says what she loves most about dental hygiene is getting to know patients and their families while helping them achieve and maintain their oral health goals. She wanted to be a dental hygienist because she loves helping people and sharing valuable information that’s going to help them look and feel better. Patients and her teammates love Elizabeth because she’s responsible, empathetic, genuine, honest, and realistic.
When she’s not taking care of teeth, Elizabeth is usually reading, hiking, traveling, and visiting with family and friends. She also loves to bake!