Meet the Team
Meet The Highly Trained Team At Our Boone, NC Dental Office
At our dental office in Boone, NC, we have carefully selected our staff for having excellent technical and people skills. Below are the staff members who work with Dr. Airey to deliver some of the best dental care in the High Country.
Marie joined Appalachian Dental Care in 2008. She has an Associate of Science degree in dental assisting from Palm Beach College, and she brings 30 years of experience to both the front and back ends of the dental office. First impressions are highly important, and Marie is one of the first people to welcome patients into our office. She works hand in hand with patients to ensure they get all of their appointments scheduled. She also files insurance claims to help patients take full advantage of their benefits so they can achieve healthy and happy smiles.
Dental Assistant II / Business Marketing Manager
After graduating from high school, Samm decided to further her passion for dentistry by training alongside Dr. Airey in 2009 to learn skills necessary to be an office-trained assistant. She completed her radiology and coronal polishing certifications at Wake Forest and completed her certification in laughing gas at UNC-Chapel Hill. She also completed courses in medical emergencies for the dental office, OSHA and CPR Training, and became a dental assistant II in 2011. She enjoys all types of dentistry, but she especially loves the modern technology integrated into the practice with CEREC same-day crowns and Galileos 3-D imaging. You will see Samm working alongside Marie at the desk, with Leah in the lab, and assisting Dr. Airey. Samm continues to learn and broaden her education through continuing education courses and training. Her personality and smile brings a bright, fun atmosphere to the office.
Certified Dental Assistant and Certified Phlebotomy Technician
Leah joined our Boone, NC dental team in 2010. She received her associate’s degree in dental assisting at Wilkes Community College, and she received her laughing gas certification at UNC-Chapel Hill. She completed phlebotomy training at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute in 2015 to provide patients undergoing surgical dental procedures faster healing times and better results. At Appalachian Dental Care, Leah’s focus is on ensuring optimum patient care. She strives to further her education throughout the world of dentistry with continuing education courses, which help her stay up to date with the latest and greatest technologies and innovations. Leah works chairside with Dr. Airey on various procedures and in the in-house dental lab.
Dental Assistant I
Cheyenna, a Boone native, joined our team in July 2017. She graduated from Watauga High in 2015. Dr. Airey has been her dentist since 2007, and she recently decided she has a passion for dentistry. Her bright and funny personality brings so much light to the office, and we are overjoyed to have her as part of our team. Cheyenna received her radiology certification from Parkway Dental Assisting School and is training to be a dental assistant II.
Cheryl joined our practice in August 2018. She completed the dental assisting program at Portland Regional Technical School. She has also completed courses in medical emergencies for the dental office, OSHA, and CPR training. Cheryl enjoys all types of dentistry and takes pride in providing the best care possible to our patients. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her two daughters and her husband, Ricky.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Sharon joined our practice in 2018 as a dental hygienist. She received her certification from Catawba Valley Community College. Sharon is the perfect asset to our team and has been giving superior oral care for over 10 years. She is a team player and believes that educating people is the most important step in helping them achieve and maintain healthy, beautiful teeth. Sharon takes pride in educating patients on how their oral health is a gateway to their overall health. Her humor and kindness are refreshing to patients and staff alike. Patients often compliment her on her kind touch and attention to care.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Katie joined our practice in 2019 as a dental hygienist. She received her certification from Catawba Valley Community College. Katie is eager to learn and give the best care she can to our patients. Patients and coworkers alike find it refreshing to have such a kind addition to our practice. Katie is a team player and believes that educating people is the most important step in helping them achieve and maintain healthy, beautiful teeth. Her sweet, caring personality makes patients feel comfortable and puts smiles on their faces.
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