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Our Staff

Tammy Bevis

Tammy Bevis began her dental career in 1985 as a dental assistant for Dr. Bruce Evans. She then went to work for Dr. Bobby Moore and under his training, completed the Dental Hygienist Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her hygiene career with Dr. Moore continued for almost 20 years. She then went to work for Dentistry of the Shoals for 8 years. Tammy is proud to now be part of the Dynamic Dentistry of the Shoals Team. She loves dental hygiene and the opportunity it has given her to help others.

Tammy has extensive training in ACLS (advanced cardiac life support), OSHA, and extended her hygiene knowledge by attending Periodontal Treatment training at UAB. She participated in Dentistry from the Heart for 8 years and volunteers annually with Thanks-Giving Back a Smile.

Tammy has been married to Kevin Bevis for 29 years. They have one son, Hunter and daughter in law Brooke. Tammy has two precious grandchildren Braylee (4) and Owen (1). In her free time, Tammy enjoys playing and spending as much time possible with her grandchildren.

Tammie Black

Tammie Black grew up in the Shoals area and graduated from Rogers High School in 1995 and attended Northwest Shoals. She began her fulltime dental career in 1997. She completed the dental hygiene program in 1999 at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has worked in dentistry in the Shoals area for the last 19 years.

Tammie is thankful to have joined Dynamic Dentistry in 2017. She is a dental assistant and also works in the hygiene department as needed. She is well trained in OSHA, ACLS, and periodontics. She is an active participant in Thanksgiving Back a Smile.

Tammie is married to Larry Black and has two sons, Collin and Brady. She enjoys spending time with her family. Tammie’s goal is to always make people feel like they are important and for them to be healthy and confident with their smiles.

Shelia Dugger

Shelia Dugger began her dental career in 1983 as an oral surgeon's surgical assistant where she worked until 1990. She then went to work for Dr. John Thomas until 1999 where she completed the Dental Hygeine Program at UAB. Shelia's husband's job transferred them to Birmingham in 1999 until 2008. Shelia and her husband transferred back to Muscle Shoals where Shelia went to work for Dr. Kenneth Swindle in 2008 until 2017 when Dr. Swindle retired. Shelia joined Dynamic Dentistry of the Shoals August 2018.

Shelia has been married to her husband Tom for 27 years. Shelia and Tom enjoy traveling and working on Tom's antique cars. Shelia has two nieces, Beverly and Brooklyn and one nephew, Christopher that she adores. Shelia also has a stepdaughter, Tara and her husband Jerry and two grandchildren Alex and Elly whom she enjoys spending time with.

Greta Ely

Greta Ely is a Shoals native. She graduated from Sheffield High School in 2003 and then attended Auburn University where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development & Family Studies with a concentration in Child Life. She began her dental career in 2009 and has been fortunate enough to work with quality dentists over the years in Alabama, Wisconsin and Tennessee. She started at Dynamic Dentistry in 2016. And is now the Hygiene Coordinator.

While at Auburn she met her husband Derek who grew up in Athens, WI. She has two rambunctious boys Pierce (7) and Wells (1). When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Polissa Ezell

Polissa Ezell grew up in Rogersville, Alabama and graduated from Lexington High School in 1980. She attended Allen Thornton Vocational School and then Calhoun Community College. Polissa became licensed in cosmetology and worked for 12 years before transitioning into the dental field. She was a dental assistant for 2 years before completing the Dental Hygiene Program at UAB. Polissa has been a hygienist for the past 21 years accumulation vast training and knowledge in the field of periodontal disease and treatment. She has attended JP Anthony Perio, P3 Perio, Tom Orrent, and the Las Vegas Institute and is excited to bring that knowledge to Dynamic Dentistry of the Shoals. Polissa volunteers with Give a Kid a Chance, an organization that helps kids have a successful start to school, participated in Dentistry from the Heart for 8 years, and now volunteers annually with Thanks – Giving Back a Smile.

Polissa married her best friend, Bobby in 1981, and he mains the love of her life. They have two sons together, Orey Ezell (wife Kayla) and Cody Ezell. They have a spoiled rotten granddaughter, Madalin Rose and now expecting the arrival of their first grandson who they can’t wait to spoil just as much. Polissa will be adding daughter in law Kristin to the family July 2019.

Lara Grisham

Lara Grisham grew up in Rogersville, graduated from Lauderdale County High School in 2008 and attended Calhoun Community College. After completeling the North Alabama Dental Assisting Program in June 2013, she began working for Dentistry of the Shoals as one of Dr. Ryerson's assistants. In October 2014, she followed Dr. Gillespie to Dynamic Dentistry.

Lara is trained in OSHA, ACLS (advanced cardiac life support), CPR and sedation dentistry. She is an active participant in Thanks-Giving-Back-A-Smile. Lara's strengths as an assistant build on her ability to develop lasting relationships with her patients. She strives to give 100% to each person she meets, delivering top-notch personal care. Lara has a 2 year old son, Mason. In her spare time she enjoys shopping and spending time with friends and family.

Trista Henley

Trista Hensley grew up in Collinwood, TN. She graduated in 2009 from Collinwood High School. Trista attended Columbia State Community College for a couple of years then went to Tennessee Technology Center in Pulaski where she got certified as a Dental Assistant in 2013. Soon after she began her career in the dental field at Teena McLaughlins Family Dentistry as an assistant. In 2018 Trista joined the Dynamic Dentistry team and is excited to be apart of such a wonderful group of women who share a passion to care for others.

Trista and her husband, Jeremiah, reside in Collinwood and have been married for 2 years. They enjoy spending time in the outdoors and beings with family and friends.

Jessica Ann Howell

Jessica Ann Howell is married to Zac Howell and the step mother to son Zane. She is from Kansas and grew up on an organic butcher farm with her father Gordon and little sister Carolyn . She met Zac when he was stationed at Ft. Riley in 2010 and moved to his home town later in 2011. She attended North Alabama Dental Assistant Program, interned with Dynamic Dentistry January 2018- April 2018 and has been employed since. Jessica is a Certified Dental Assistant who is also certified in advanced CPR and OSHA. Also, a proud volunteer of Thanksgiving Back A Smile. They reside in Sheffield with 2 fur babies, Zoey (4 yr. old German Shepherd) and Axl Rose (2 yr. old Lab/ Pitbull mix.) She is consistently thankful for the opportunity of working with the most up-to-date dental office in such a rewarding career.

Amy Knipper

Amy Knipper grew up in Collinwood Tn. and graduated from Central High School in 1991. She attended Northwest Community College on a basketball scholarship from 1991-1994. She began her dental career in 1999 as a dental assistant at Smith & Smith Endodontics where she stayed until 2002 when she went to work for Dr. John Lane. Since then she has had an additional 16 years of experience working in general dentistry doing everything from assisting to insurance. She is currently a treatment plan coordinator. Amy truly loves her patients and helping take care of their dental needs. She always wants to make them feel comfortable and loves to see them smile.

Amy has one child named Coleton. He is 18 years old and currently in his 1st year of college. He is an EMT and Central Volunteer Firefighter. She is extremely proud of him and excited that he has chosen a field that allows him to help others also.

Kellyn Malone

Kellyn Malone grew up in Mississippi and graduated from Starkville High School in 2007. She went to dental hygiene school and received her Associates of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene degree at Northeast Mississippi Community College in 2010. Kellyn has been in the dental field for 8 years and has been at Dynamic Dentistry of the Shoals for 2 1/2 years. She has training in ACLS, CPR, OSHA and periodontics. She also has participated in Thanksgiving Back A Smile at our office. Kellyn and her husband, Clint, have been married for 5 years. They love to travel and spend time with family and friends.

Deedra Michaels

Deedra Michaels grew up in the Shoals, graduated from Deshler High School in 2000, and attended Northwest Shoals Community College. She began her dental career in 2001 as a dental assistant at the office of Dr. Cox in Phil Campbell, Alabama. In 2002 she began assisting Dr. Alvarez and Dr. Rousseau in Russellville, Alabama. In 2006 Deedra became the full-time assistant to Dr. Mary Leigh Gillespie. After completing the dental hygiene program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2009, Deedra began her career as a dental hygienist.

In October of 2014, Deedra followed Dr. Mary Leigh Gillespie to Dynamic Dentistry of the Shoals, serving as the scheduling/treatment plan coordinator. Deedra can always be called on to go to the back to help assist the Dr.s or do hygiene. Deedra is skilled at taking care of patients, making them feel comfortable and helping them understand their treatment plans and insurance benefits. She always has a smile on her face and is willing to help. She truly loves her job and is happy to work among such positive, like-minded women. Deedra is well trained in ACLS (advanced cardiac life support), assisting with IV sedation patients, and participated in Dentistry from the Heart for 8 years and annually with Thanks-Giving back a Smile . She also volunteers for the Salvation Army, and participates in the health fairs at the YMCA. She has been happily married to her high school sweetheart, Jason, since May 2008 and they have a daughter, Autumn and son, Braxton. She loves spending her free time with her family and children, supporting her daughter’s softball, volleyball teams and pageants, and Braxton’s baseball and travel wrestling team and his daily adventures in boyhood.

Betty Pace

Betty Pace began her career in dentistry in 1996 working part-time as a dental assistant in the office of Dr. James Ryerson. The following year she began assisting full time and she remained with Dr. Ryerson’s office for 17 years. The last 12 of those years, she was the main assistant to Dr. Gillespie, and in October 2014, she followed Dr. Gillespie to Dynamic Dentistry of the Shoals. Betty has made it her goal to always treat patients the way she wants to be treated-that is, with kindness, compassion, and attention to detail in her work. Her motto is “A job worth doing, is worth doing well.”

Betty is well trained in OSHA and ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support). She assists Dr. Gillespie in IV Sedation Dentistry. Betty has attended Tri-County Dental Association meetings. She has participated with organization Give a Kid a Chance, for 8 years, she has generously given her time and skills to Dentistry from the Heart. Betty has also helped with Thanks-Giving Back a Smile for 5 years.

Betty is married to Ronald Pace of Muscle Shoals and attends First Methodist Church in Sheffield. She is a graduate of Sheffield High School, class of 1972 and attended Shoals Community College.

Betty has two sons, Kevin Gibson (Adina) and Jeff Gibson (April). Jeff and April have a 4 yr old daughter, Hadley Grace and step-sons Derek McManus (Carissa) and they have two sons. Ron has two sons, Cass and Terry Pace (Anita) and grandchildren, Forrest and Alexandra.

Tessa Peters

Tessa Peters grew up in the Shoals area. She graduated from Rogers High School in 2008 and attended the University of North Alabama. She began her dental career November 2008 as a dental assistant working with Dr. Mary Leigh Gillespie. After completing the dental hygiene program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2012, Tessa began her career as a dental hygienist. Tessa practiced hygiene for three years at the office of John David Reed in Huntsville, AL until joining Dynamic Dentistry of the Shoals in November 2015. She has extensive training in OSHA, ACLS, IV Sedation, and Periodontics. She is so thankful to be apart of the Dynamic Dentistry of the Shoals Team. Tessa has participated in Dentistry from the Heart for 5 years, volunteered for Give a Kid a Chance, and Thanks-Giving Back A Smile. Tessa's goal is to help her patients feel confident with their smiles and enjoy the dental experience. Tessa has been married for 5 years and has a boy Brixton that is 7 months old. Tessa's family resides in Greenhill, Al. In her free time, Tessa enjoys being with her family and spending time on the river. She also loves her many fur babies

Brenda Rodriguez

Brenda is from EL Salvador , she moved to the U.S at the age 10 to lake Elsinore California where she attended Machado Elementary middle school terracotta them attended High school Temescal Canyon.

Brenda then moved to Alabama in the 11th grade to graduate from Russellville High school in 2006.

She worked as an assistant/ translator for Dr Hammack DMD for 9 years. She is now currently with Dynamic Dentistry for 3 years now. Brenda always has a smile on her face and always there for her team and patients. She has has a spirit about her that makes every patient comfortable while in the dental office.

Brenda is married to Eden Rodriquez for 10 years, they have a 3 ½ little boy Aiden Rodriguez that is their world.

Cheryl Scott

Cheryl Scott became interested in dentistry at a young age. Her hometown dentist, Ralph Nix, and nearby orthodontist Kevin Holman of Tupelo, MS always made her feel comfortable in the dental chair. Cheryl knew she wanted to make others feel that way and this feeling pushed Cheryl to pursue a career as a dental assistant.

Cheryl graduated Red Bay High School in 2009. She then attended Northwest Shoals Community College before transferring to Calhoun Community College where she received an Associates of Applied Sciences in Dental Assisting degree. After passing her Dental Assisting National Boards in 2014, she went to work for Cox Creek Family Dentistry in Florence. Cheryl joined the Dynamic Dentistry team in 2015. She is an active participant in Thanks-Giving Back A Smile. Cheryl is OSHA certified and CPR certified.

Karen Tate

Karen Tate began her dental career in 1990 working for Dr. David Merritt. In 1992, she completed the Dental Hygiene Program at UAB. Over the past 28 years she has thrived at numerous dental practices across the shoals area, working with Dr. James Stoddard, Dr. John Waddell, Dr. Don Wilson, Dr. Brad DeGroote, Dr. Ryerson and Dr. Mary Leigh Gillespie. Working with so many dentists has allowed Karen to become knowledgeable in all areas of dentistry. She is proud to bring her vast understanding and experience to Dynamic Dentistry of the Shoals, where she is now the insurance/billing coordinator.

Karen is extensively trained in the treatment of periodontitis, completed a 3 day seminar with keynote speaker, Bob Frazier. She ahs completed many hours of OSHA and ACLS(advanced cardiac life support) training. Karen is active in the community and for many years volunteered for Give a Kid a Chance, an organization which helps children successfully start the school year. She participated in Dentistry from the Heart for 6 years and participates annually the last 5 years with Thanks-Giving Back a Smile.

Karen is married to Mark D. Tate, and they have three children together and one grandchild. Mark is an owner and counselor at Life Solutions in Madison and Florence. Her oldest son, Jason Allen is owner of the Carriage Wine and Market and Mama's Cheese Straws in downtown Florence. Her daughter, Kristen Howard, is a hospice nurse for Amedisys and mother to Ava Leigh. Karen's youngest child, Chris Tate is a C-17 crew chief in the United States Air Force.

Bailey Terry

Bailey Terry began her career with Dynamic Dentistry in 2018. She is a graduate of Lawrence County High School. She attended the North Alabama Dental Assisting program and graduated April 2018. She worked in intern positions as a Dental Assistant while in school. She is in charge of our Sterilization Department and also assists all doctors as needed.

Bailey is engaged to Austin Hill and their wedding is planned for October 2019. She has a precious fur baby named Sprocket, a tiny Teacup Chihuahua.

Natalie York

Natalie Barton York began her career in dentistry in November 2004 in the offices of Dr. James Ryerson and Dr. Mary Leigh Gillespie at Dentistry of the Shoals. In October 2014, she followed Dr. Gillespie to Dynamic Dentistry. Natalie always has a smile on her face and enjoys getting to know our patients like family when they enter our dental home.

Natalie is trained in ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and attended classes for our IV Sedation Dentistry in Texas. She coordinates the doctor’s schedules in order for them to run smoothly. She started giving her time to help with Dentistry from the Heart in 2006 and continues with Thanks -Giving Back a Smile since 2014.

Natalie is married to Kevin York of Muscle Shoals. She was born and raised here in this small town of Muscle Shoals. Natalie is a graduate of Muscle Shoals High School, class of 1991. She has two children that are her pride and joy, a daughter, Taylor Barton Phillips (husband Austin) and son Andrew Barton. Two step-sons, Ryan and Austin York. Everyone also knows how she loves her doodle furbabies, Darby and Stella.

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