Our Team

Dr. Young and team

We know that our office is only as effective and as welcoming as the people who work in it, which is why we take pride in our friendly and well-trained team members! As a team, we are especially interested in making all our patients feel right at home! We put your needs first to achieve efficient and comprehensive treatment in a supportive and nurturing environment. We promise to speak candidly with you about possible treatments as well as any risks and associated costs of treatment, and how treatment can address your individual needs as a patient.

Our team is uniquely trained and highly skilled, and we strive to provide energetic and fun-loving service to each patient. Our team consists of team members with specialized training and multiple certifications, and each one of our team members has years of experience in treating patients with the highest level of care. We strive to stay abreast of the very latest in technology and advances by regularly attending continuing education courses and seminars.

To experience the difference that only a well-trained, professional and courteous team can deliver, schedule your appointment with our office today!

Leigh AnnLeigh Ann Shadden – Registered Dental Hygienist

Leigh Ann has been with our team as a Registered Dental Hygienist since 1992. She is CPR and nitrous oxide certified. She lives in Rhea County with her husband Scott, daughter Millie, and their dog. Leigh Ann loves taking lots of pictures of her Great Dane and buying them gifts! In her free time, she enjoys doing paper crafts and spending time with her friends and family.

LaurenLauren Curtis – Registered Dental Hygienist

As a dental hygienist, Lauren looks forward to meeting new people, building relationships, and educating her patients on their oral health. Lauren and her husband Ethan are both from Tellico Plains. After graduating from ETSU in 2017, Lauren came back home to serve her area as a registered dental hygienist. She values time with friends and family and enjoys camping, hiking, reading, and church activities. Lauren is a skilled, patient-focused clinician with a sense of humor. We are lucky to have her as part of our team!

Alicia Walker – Registered Dental Hygienist

Alicia earned her bachelor's in dental hygiene at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Over her 30-year career as a hygienist, she's never met a stranger! Alicia loves connecting with each patient at their appointment to educate them on their oral health. Her certifications include administering nitrous oxide and limited prescriptive authority. Her passion for oral health goes beyond the office. Alicia is a fellow of the ADHA and has held various offices of local and state dental hygiene associations. Alicia even enjoys keeping up with all the latest dental hygiene bills that move through our state's legislation! When she isn't wearing her hygiene hat, Alicia's traveling and hanging out with friends and family. She is a mom to two college age kids, Jacob and Christina. her fiancé Chris is also a healthcare provider.

JenniferJennifer McCowan – Registered Dental Hygienist

Jennifer has served the community as a dental hygienist for nearly 30 years and specializes in disease prevention, maintenance, and educating patients about oral health. She is a proud wife to her husband Kent, mother to her two wonderful children Katie and Kyle, and mother-in-law to her precious daughter-in-law Alexsis. When she is not spending time with family and friends, Jennifer and her husband are on their family farm tending to their cows and goats! She spends her days out in the field with her dogs Mocha and Java and her goats Bambi, Silver and Laverine.

Caroline Caroline Young – Office Manager

Caroline joined our team as Office Manager after serving her Athens community for 13 years as a professor of natural sciences at Tennessee Wesleyan University. Dr. Young and Caroline met as students at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY where they both studied biology. After college, she earned her master's degree in physiology at the University of Louisville as Dr. Young earned his DMD. While at UofL, Caroline developed the love of education and dentistry that would guide her throughout her career. Before she was an educator, Caroline worked alongside Dr. Young for several years as his first office manager in Kentucky. Caroline and Dr. Young have been married for over 30 years now and have two wonderful children, Katie and Jim. She enjoys spending time with family and pets, reading a good book, and spending time in nature. 

ChristieChristie Norwood – Office Administrator

Christie is an asset to our team not only because she is an outgoing people-person, but because she brings a combined 13 years of dental assisting and administrative experience to patients at the front office. Christie has a son named Brandon and two pets, a Chihuahua named S'mores and a cat named Shadow. Christie enjoys camping, kayaking, and spending time with her granddaughter.

AutumnAutumn Goins – Registered Dental Assistant

We are fortunate to have experienced dental team members like Autumn at our practice. Autumn loves to connect with her patients and make them feel at ease. As a Dental Assistant, she loves to keep up with the latest dental technology. When out of the office Autumn enjoys shopping as well as spending time with her family including her husband Roger, her three children Audrie, Roman, and Tatum, and their dog, Marley, too!

AshleyAshley Gatlin – Registered Dental Assistant

Ashley proves her natural talent as Dental Assistant everyday as a member of our team. Her heart for patients and clinical skills are an asset to our office. When Ashley isn't continuing her education and taking new and exciting dental courses, she enjoys kayaking and hanging out with friends and family!