Our Dental Team

Kennesaw Team

Heather R., Practice Administrator: Heather has been in the dental field for over 15 years, she loves providing the patients with the best care possible. Heather is originally from Louisiana, which means she is a huge LSU/Saints fan, but don't hold that against her! In her spare time she loves running, playing kickball.. anything outdoors! She has a 9 year old pit mix named Bella that she absolutely adores.

Debbi, Treatment Coordinator: Debbi has worked in the dental field for over 30 years as an assistant and in front office operations. She enjoys getting to know and helping the patients. In her free time she likes trying new recipes and spending time with her dog Cooper.

Heather D., Insurance Coordinator: Heather has been in the dental field for 14 years. Her specialty is helping patients understand and maximize their insurance benefits. She has been with 1st Choice for 3 years and is a great asset to the team. Heather is a mother of two boys, Matthew and Braydon. Heather loves spending her time off with her family. She enjoys being outdoors and going to her boys' sporting events.

Ashley G., Treatment Coordinator: Ashley is a treatment coordinator at 1st Choice, Although she has only been with the office for a short time, she loves helping patients and making them feel completely comfortable before stepping through the doors. When Ashley is not at the office she loves spending time with her husband and two wonderful girls, going on weekend trips and exploring all Atlanta has to offer.

Shelbi, Front Desk: Shelbi was born and raised in Texas until moving to Georgia at the age of 3. Making people smile and feel good about themselves is something she feels strongly about, and what better way to fulfill this passion than with 1st Choice Dental! When im not in the office you can find her outside in the sun, preferably by the pool with friends or just hanging out with her family.  

Ashley, Dental Hygienist: Ashley is a great help to our doctors and patients by providing attentive service during cleanings and other treatments. She loves getting to know the patients, and makes a concerted effort to keep the patients informed and encourage them to do their best with preventive care at home. Ashley is very adventurous. She likes wakeboarding, riding four-wheelers, and she even learned to skydive recently! When she's taking it easy, she likes spending time with her friends and family, including her little Yorkie, Winston.

Dawn, Dental Hygienist: Dawn has been in the dental field for over 10 years. She loves helping patients achieve and maintain a healthy smile and smile, as this is incredibly important to their overall health and wellbeing. She is so thankful that she gets to be a part of an awesome dental team, and gets to care for so many great patients. She also loves being a part of an amazing and large family. She is married with 2 kids, and has over 20 nieces and nephews. She enjoys soccer, shopping, and being outdoors.

Liz, Dental Hygienist: Liz has been in the dental field for 19 years. She started as a dental assistant working in general dentistry and oral surgery. Liz grew up in southern Indiana with 3 brothers, she moved to Georgia 9 years ago with her husband and 2 boys. They have 3 spoiled dogs that require hikes in the woods and all of her attention. Liz is constantly reading research articles to stay well informed of new therapies and treatment options available to her patients.

Sheila, Dental Hygienist: Sheila received her degree in dental hygiene from Columbus State University in 1973. She has practiced dental hygiene for over 40 years. She lives in east Cobb county with her husband Scott. They have 3 daughters and 2 grandsons. She enjoys spending time with her family. She loves to travel, shop, and try new restaurants.

Dusti, Lead Dental Assistant: Dusti graduated from Hawes Career Institute in 1995. In 2003, she became a certified dental assistant while attending Ohio State University. In 2004, she passed state boards to become an expanded functions dental assistant. She has been working as a dental assistant for 20 years; 17 years in Ohio, and 3 in Georgia. Dusti is a big Ohio State fan and loves lounging poolside with her husband and their two very loved dogs, Bella and Hooch.

Karla, Dental Assistant: Karla grew up in South Carolina, moved to Georgia in 2008, and graduated from Woodstock High School in 2012. She attended the Georgia School of Dental Assisting program in Roswell. Karla loves to meet new people and enjoys helping others. It has always been a dream of hers to work in dentistry; ever since she was little she has loved going to the dentist! Karla is fluent in Spanish and likes to to teach her fellow team members new words. She loves to cook and do lots of DIY projects on her days off. She has a rescue Chihuahua mix names Raymond, everybody loves him!

Emily, Dental Assistant: Emily grew up in Gulfport, Mississippi and recently moved to Georgia. She has been in the dental field for five years; and her favorite part about dentistry is getting to know the patients and helping them achieve beautiful smiles. She has been married for five years and has had the opportunity to move around the world and live in amazing places due to her husband being in the military. She has two rescue dogs named Pixie and Mr. Gibbs. Her hobbies consist of all types of water activities and shopping!

Anna, Dental Assistant: Anna graduated high school in 2011. She worked in the finance field for a couple of years before trying her hand at something new. She went to assisting school and has been with 1st Choice ever since! She enjoys working closely with patients and Dr. Vaughn to make a difference in lives. Her goal is to have the patients leave the office with a smile on their faces!


Woodstock Team

Holly, Practice Administrator: As the practice administrator, Holly works with the Woodstock team to help ensure that all patients receive the highest levels of customer service when it comes to appointment scheduling, financial arrangements, and any business related issues. What she loves most is that 1st Choice values patient care above all else. On a personal note, Holly loves hanging with her favorite pup "Bear", going to festivals, hiking, and hanging out with friends at any type of sporting event. Don't hold it against her but she loves the LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints! "I really enjoy my interactions with so many different people. Everyone has a story, and it's great to be able to become a part of that."

Amanda, Front Desk: Amanda is originally from Jacksonville, Florida (go Gators!), but has been in Atlanta since 2002. Amanda has worked in dental for 8 years and loves it! Making people smile is her favorite part of the job. In her free time, Amanda enjoys playing with her 2 girls, ages 12 and 3. She loves to bowl, watch football, and go to the gym!

Shannon, Treatment Coordinator: Shannon was born and raised in Macon, Georgia, and moved to Canton in 2014. She has been in the dental field for more than 20 years. She began her career as a dental assistant and spent much of the 20+ years as an oral surgery and periodontal assistant before making the transition to the administrative side of dentistry. She takes pride in knowing that almost any questions her patients have about their treatment or insurance she can answer and loves educating them about the importance of oral health. The most important thing to her at this phase of her career is making her patients comfortable in every part of the dental office and catering to their comfort. Outside the office she enjoys spending time with her husband and visiting family in Macob. Quiet, peaceful times at her home and North Georgia festivals are regulars on her days off.

Tyara, Scheduling Coordinator: Tyara has only been with 1st Choice for a short time, but she is enjoying what the dental field has to offer, and enjoys gaining knowledge. Tyara loves to make our patients feel as comfortable as possible before their scheduled appointment and loves making sure that the patient's expectation is in place. In her spare time she enjoys spending quality time with her husband and amazing boys. 

Amy, Dental Hygienist: Amy takes a lot of pride in her work at 1st Choice Dental Care. She has been working with Dr. Vaughn for more than 14 years. Amy likes getting to know the patients and visiting with them over the years. When she's not in the office, Amy likes to relax by the lake and spend time with her family. She and her husband have 3 boys that keep them very busy.

Aubrey, Dental Hygienist: Aubrey offers outstanding care to patients by providing individualized treatment and patient education, while creating a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. She enjoys getting to know each of her patients. She believes a healthy mouth is key to a confident smile, and takes pride in working with her patients to achieve that confidence. When away from the office, Aubrey likes spending time with her husband, her 8 month old girl, and her dog, Dexter. Together they enjoy hiking local trails, boating, whitewater rafting, and soaking up as much sunshine and fresh air they can.

Sydney, Dental Assistant: Sydney grew up in Alpharetta, Georgia and attended college at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. Upon her return to Georgia, Sydney attended dental assisting school in the summer of 2015. She has been with 1st Choice since October of 2015, and absolutely loves assisting. Sydney's favorite place to be is the beach! When she's not at the beach, you can find Sydney spending time with her family and her golden retriever, Teller.

 


Marietta Team

Autumn, Front Desk: Autumn is new to the dental field, but is eager to learn and loves working with her team. She enjoys greeting and getting to know the patients as they come into the office, and wishing them well as they leave. In her off time she enjoys spending time with family and her three children, traveling, and being outdoors. She is also a lover of all sports, and in her crafty she daringly tries DIY projects that she finds on Pinterest. 

Cynthia, Dental Hygienist: Cynthia brings with her 9 years of dental hygiene experience. She is a graduate of Middle Georgia Technical College in Warner Robins, Ga. She has solid knowledge of numerous dental procedures. She enjoys building a rapport and cultivating relationships with her patients. She helps optimize patient experiences and minimizes their discomfort and anxiety. She is professionally committed to educating patients on oral hygiene. She recently relocated to the Marietta area with her husband, Kenneth and daughter, Olivia. In Cynthia's spare time, she enjoys have cooking contests with her husband, long walks, and spending time with her family.