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 26 years. They have one son, Hunter and a precious granddaughter, Braylee. In her free time, Tammy enjoys being with her family and spending time on the river. She also loves her many fur babies.
Polissa Diane Ezell grew up in Rogersville, Alabama and graduated from Lexington High School in 1980. She attended Allen Thorton 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 accumulating 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 remains the love of her life. They have two sons together, Cody and Orey Ezell, daughter-in-law Kayla, and a spoiled rotten granddaughter, Madalin Rose. According to Polissa, the most important things in life are God, family, and taking care of people.
Lara Grisham grew up in the Shoals area. She graduated from Lauderdale County High School in 2008 and after completing the North Alabama Dental Assisting Program in June 2013, she began working with Dr. Mary Leigh Gillespie. She followed Dr. Gillespie to Dynamic Dentistry of the Shoals in October 2014. Lara is trained in OSHA, ACLS (advanced cardiac life support), and sedation dentistry. 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 feels that educating her patients is the most important part of her job. Lara has been happily married for 3 years. She and her husband reside in Rogersville, AL. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family.
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 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 2007 and they have a daughter, Autumn and son, Braxton. She loves spending her free time with her family and children, supporting her daughter’s travel softball team and pageants, and Braxton’s daily adventures in boyhood.
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 a 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 sedation dentistry. Betty attends Tri-County Dental Association meetings. She has participated with the organization Give a Kid a Chance, which helps children get off to a great school year, and for the past 8 years, she has generously given of her time and skills to Dentistry from the Heart. Betty also helped with Thanks-Giving Back a Smile 2014.
Betty is married to Ronald Pace of Muscle Shoals and attends First Methodist Church in Florence, AL. Her former husband was Roger McManus, who lost a vigilant six year battle with colorectal cancer in 2010. She is a graduate of Sheffield High School, class of 1972.
Betty has two sons, Kevin Gibson (Adina) and Jeff Gibson (April), step-sons, Derek McManus (Carissa) and grandson, Tye McManus; and Cass and Terry Pace (Anita) and grandchildren, Forrest and Alexandra. Jeff and April are expecting their first child in November 2014. She also has a beloved fur baby, Aubie, a miniature dachshund, who Ron welcomed into his home when they married in January 2014.
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 a part 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 2 years. She and her husband reside in Florence, AL. In her free time, Tessa enjoys being with her family and spending time on the river. She also loves her many fur babies.
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 national dental assisting 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 began her dental career in 1990 working for Dr. David Merritt. In 1992, she completed the Dental Hygiene Program at UAB. Over the past 25 years she has thrived at numerous dental practices across the shoals area, working with Dr. James Stoddard, Dr. John Waddell, Dr. Wilson, and Dr. DeGroote, Dr. Ryerson and Dr. 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 hygiene coordinator.
Karen is extensively trained in the treatment of periodontitis, most recently completing a 3-day seminar with key-note speaker, Bob Frazier. She has completed many hours of OSHA and ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) training. Karen is active in the community and for many years has 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 8 years and participates annually 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. Her oldest son, Jason Allen is owner of The Carriage located in downtown Florence. Jason is also the music director at First Presbyterian Church in Sheffield. Her daughter, Kristen Howard, is a hospice nurse for Amedisys and mother to Ava Leigh. Karen’s youngest child, Chris Tate is employed for United Johnson Brothers. Karen is an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Sheffield, where she enjoys singing in the choir.