Kingsport Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dental Staff

OUR TEAM is amazing! We specifically choose each of our staff members for their friendliness and ability to build relationships with children. Not every person was born to interact with children all day – but we were!

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Dental Hygienist

Since graduating from ETSU, Chandra has been a dental hygienist for 20+ years. She says it’s pretty simple why she loves her job, “I love helping to keep smiles beautiful.” Chandra and her husband Tim have two pre-teen boys. She spends her time off being the boys’ taxi service running them activity to activity. She often laughingly says her best quiet moments are in the car, having a nice carb heavy snack, while waiting on her boys.

Charity - Pediatric Dental Staff


Registered Dental Assistant

Charity may have spent a bit of her childhood in Michigan, but she got to Tennessee as fast as she could! After graduating from Cherokee High School, she went on to Walters State Community College and has been a registered dental assistant for over 20 years. She loves her job, but honestly, we think she comes to work for birthday lunches! Charity and her husband Bryan have a busy schedule supporting their son Carson on the soccer field and basketball court. Their family loves to travel and also camp at some of our beautiful spots in the Smokies. The Waters family are active members of Persia Baptist Church in Rogersville.

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Front Office

As part of our front office team, Ciara is here to help kids feel welcome and unafraid at their dental appointments. As a mom of two boys, she can relate to the kids and help them see that our dental team is full of friendly and fun faces. When not at work, Ciara and her fiance Aaron love traveling and supporting her eldest son as he plays football and baseball.

Dawn - Pediatric Dental Staff


Registered Dental Assistant
Front Office

When you come into our office, you may see Dawn in multiple roles. Sometimes she works the front office, other times she puts her dental assisting certificate to use and helps with patients. Dawn has nearly 20 years experience as a dental assistant. As a military brat, Dawn was born in Germany and spent some of her childhood there. Moving around during her childhood helped her learn to make friends quickly. To this day, Dawn still loves meeting new people. Dawn and her husband Steve have three children and love being grandparents. 

Debbie - Pediatric Dental Staff


Office Manager

Debbie has worked with our team since 1991. She is from Bean Station and has three children and one granddaughter. Her time with us has allowed her to get to know families. Now a second generation is coming to our sister office, Morristown Pediatric Dentistry, and she loves meeting the children of the original patients she met in our care. Debbie loves doing anything outside—sports, running, playing golf, being at the lake or beach. These activities are more special than ever now that she gets to spend them with her granddaughter. Since summer is her favorite time of year, Debbie loves July 4th. The burgers, lake time, and fireworks bring her so much joy.



Heather D.

Registered Dental Hygienist

Heather, who was born and raised in Johnson City, graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2015 and began working at Kingsport Pediatric Dentistry in 2017 as a dental hygienist. She makes it her goal to make children feel comfortable in the office. Heather says there is no greater success than seeing a previously fearful child come in for a visit where they are smiling, happy, and excited to see her. Heather and her husband Garrett have two children who they are teaching all about lake life during the summer. They spend the summer boating and playing in the water with their kids.

Lois - Pediatric Dental Staff


Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary

Lois has been a Registered Dental Assistant since 1994. In 2021, she completed her expanded function training which allows her to have a wider scope of practice with our team. Lois says that her favorite thing about working at Kingsport Pediatric Dentistry is belonging to a compassionate work team, whose members are committed to helping children with their dental needs. Lois grew up in Rogersville but currently lives in Kingsport. She has one child, Jamey, and enjoys hiking outdoors, kayaking, camping and yard work.


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Dental Hygienist

Kim has been a dental hygienist for over 30 years and loves helping improve her patients’ smiles. She is most proud to say that she had a patient choose a career in dentistry because of their own experience as her patient. What an incredible testimony! Kim and her husband Frank have one son and a soon-to-be daughter-in-law. They are excited to be growing their family. Kim makes wreaths on the side in her business Krafty Sisters.


Front Desk

Kennedy is one of the first faces you see when entering our office. She is always ready to greet children and parents with a smile. On the weekends, you can find Kennedy and her husband Eric with their Goldendoodle, Bear, playing at the dog park or watching a new Netflix show. Kennedy also enjoys playing board games with family in addition to attending church and eating with them on Sundays.


Front Desk

When you visit Kingsport Pediatric Dentistry, Sarah is the first smiling face greeting you when you walk in the door. She started in the dental field in 2015 and loves our team and the sweet young patients in our office. Sarah is a transplant from New Jersey. She and her husband Cody have three children. Their family loves to experience all that East Tennessee has to offer and are always up for trying new foods. 

Kailelle "KK"

Registered Dental Assistant
Front Office

Can you believe that KK has wanted to work in the dental field since she was 9? She loves this field. In 2018, she graduated from Ross Medical School as a RDA. She loves helping patients overcome their fear of the dentist so much, that she will soon be an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant. KK truly has a passion for learning more in the dental field. During the summer, she and her son Wyatt spend lots of time in the pool splashing, playing, and helping him grow in his swimming abilities.


Registered Dental Assistant

Teah started as a dental assistant in 2018 around the time her first child was born. With three children on her own, she has lots of tricks to distract children and help them have a fun experience while at the dentist office. Teah and her husband Bailey spend hours and hours outside with the kids and their doodle Whinston getting out all of the energy in their household and enjoying the sunshine. She’s also quite a deal shopper and loves to share the gems she finds on treks to a local thrift store.

Lexi the therapy dog


Therapy Dog

Lexi is an Australian Labradoodle. She has joined our family as a therapy dog for our patients. Lexi is still a puppy and learning, but her presence helps calm and relax the children. She is a hypoallergenic dog, which means no shedding and in MOST cases people with allergies are not affected by her. If for any reason you or your child do not want Lexi out and about while you are in the office, please let us know and we will be happy to put her in her bed!