Our Caring Dental Team
Elite Dental Care, with offices in Germantown, Trenton, and Jackson, TN, is proud of our experienced and caring dental team. All three of our locations have a team of employees ready to help you with all your dental needs.
Meet our Jackson Dental Team
Carla Denton, Registered Dental Hygienist
Carla was raised in Clinton, TN where she attended and graduated from Clinton High School in 2000. Soon after her graduation she became a registered dental assistant. Carla attended Roane State Community College and received her Associates of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. Along with being a Hygienist, she is certified in local anesthesia. She graduated with honors and was president of the class of 2005. In 2006 she married Matthew Denton and soon the couple moved to West Tennessee in 2007 where she resides in Dyer. The couple have two beautiful daughters, Carley and Elly. She has been employed as a Hygienist at Elite Dental Care since January 2015. The family raise chickens, goats, pigs, and cows on a Tennessee Century Farm. The Denton family are members of Dyer First United Methodist Church.
Becky Olexa, Registered Dental Hygienist
Becky has worked at our office since 2009. She is a native of St. Louis, MO, and of course is a huge Cardinals fan! She graduated from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN in 2008 with a Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene. She is certified in Administration and Monitoring of Nitrous Oxide as well as Administering Local Anesthesia. When she's not working, Becky enjoys working out and spending time with her energetic little boy, Deklen and husband Eric. Becky and her family live in Medina, TN.
Peyton Taylor, Registered Dental Hygienist
Peyton is from Bells, TN. She graduated from JCS in 2010 and went on to earn a degree in Business Marketing from UTC in Chattanooga. Upon graduation, she decided to go back to school and pursue her dream of becoming a Dental Hygienist. She graduated from Remington College in Nashville where she was voted Best Overall Clinician by the instructors out of her graduating class. She has her certifications in Administration and Monitoring of Nitrous Oxide and Administering Local Anesthesia. She attends Englewood Baptist Church. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her large family, being outdoors, traveling and playing with her dog Sophie. She is married to Blake Taylor and they live in Jackson.
Katie King, Registered Dental Assistant
Katie started working with Elite Dental Care in May 2012. She received her Associates Degree of Applied Science from Miller-Motte Technical College and her Registered Dental Assisting Certification from the 8th District Dental Assisting School in Clarksville, TN. In addition to her dental assisting license, she is also certified in Expanded Functions Dental Radiology, Nitrous Monitoring, and CPR. She lives in Jackson, TN with her husband Matt and two daughters, Sophia and Cecelia. The king family attend West Jackson Baptist Church.
Taylor Richardson, Registered Dental Assistant
Taylor has been an assistant with us since June 2014. She comes to us from Bolivar, TN where she has been raised and is currently still located. She also graduated high school from Bolivar Central in 2011. She received her certification has a Registered Dental Assistant in July 2013 from Concorde in Memphis,TN. Taylor enjoys being outdoors and traveling, she comes from a large family that she loves to spend time with.
Janna Henderson, Registered Dental Assistant
Janna started working with us in September of 2014. She completed her dental assisting program at Dental Staff School of Tennessee. Janna grew up in Jackson where she attended Trinity Christian Academy from K-12 and then went on to receive her associate of science degree from JSCC. In addition to her dental assisting license, Janna has her certification in dental radiology, Nitrous Oxide monitoring, and CPR. She attends Englewood Baptist Church, and in her free time enjoys running which has led to the completion of her first half-marathon which she ran at St. Judes in December of 2014.
Teara Hutcheson, Registered Dental Assistant
Teara started with us in October of 2016. She is a Gibson county native and has worked in both our Trenton and Jackson locations! You will mostly see her in our Jackson office, but she is always willing to lend a helping hand in Trenton too! Teara completed her registered dental assisting program in 2001 from Tennessee Technology center of Jackson, TN. In addition, she is also certified in dental radiology, Nitrous Oxide monitoring, CPR, placement of dental sealants, and she most recently completed her expanded functions for restorative dentistry in 2018. Teara resides in Trenton, TN with her two sons, Trace and Trent. They enjoy spending time with their family and friends and also their two dogs, Ginger and Ransom.
Jade Clark, Registered Dental Assistant
Jade has been an assistant at Elite since September 2018. She comes to us from Lexington, TN where she has been raised and is currently still located. She graduated high school from Scotts Hill in 2011. She received her certification has a Registered Dental Assistant in January 2014. Jade enjoys spending time with her daughter, Georgia. She is always willing to lend a helping hand at both Jackson and Trenton locations.
Hailey Nichols, Registered Dental Assistant
Hailey is from Lexington, TN, and she just graduated high school from Scott’s Hill in May of 2019. She found her love of dentistry when she shadowed a dental assistant friend and knew that she wanted to learn more about it. She immediately signed up for a local Dental Assistant program, was accepted, and completed in August. We are happy to have her working with us - she is a quick learner and super friendly with the patients.
In Hailey’s free time, she loves traveling to new places that she has on her bucket list. She is a music buff and loves the Beatles. Of course she loves spending time with her family and friends!
Michelle Garcia, Dental Assistant
Michelle is originally from Los Angeles, CA, but she was raised in Jackson. She graduated from Northside High School in 2016, and she just completed a Dental Assistant program this year. She is a quick learner and can keep up with our fun, fast paced office. We are also happy that she is bilingual and speaks fluent Spanish.
She married her high school sweetheart, and they have a little girl named Melody. In her spare time, she enjoys family walks in the park, shopping and watching movies!
Kara Durbin, Insurance Coordinator
Kara Durbin started working at Elite Dental Care in April of 2019. Kara was raised in Milan, TN where she graduated from Milan High School in 2009. She is an Army wife that's dedicated to serving her community while her husband serves our country. They have two children, Ashlynn and Liam, that are her biggest miracles! They also have a Boxer baby, LuLuBelle, and a Goldendoodle named Scarlett. Kara has a big personality and she loves to bring a smile to everyone's face!
Alexis James, Patient Coordinator
Alexis James started working at Elite Dental Care in June of 2018. Alexis grew up in Jackson, TN, and graduated from Liberty Technology Magnet High School class of 2014. She is currently enrolled at Jackson State community College to earn her Associates to Business Management Degree which she will complete in May of 2019. In her spare time, Alexis enjoys spending time with her husband, Zack and 4 fur babies, Roscoe, Marshall, Roxy, and Drake. Alexis and her husband are active members at Union Grove Church in Beech Bluff, TN.
Amy Lownsdale, Patient Coordinator
Amy started working at Elite Dental Care in October of 2017. Amy grew up in Marianna Arkansas and graduated from Lee High School in 1997. She currently resides in Humboldt. She enjoys spending time with her son, Cameron and watching him play baseball. She attends 1st Assembly of God in Humboldt.
Kara Qualls, Hygiene Coordinator
Kara joined Elite in March 2019 as Hygiene Coordinator in our wonderful Jackson location. She is a Gibson County native and graduated from Gibson County High School in 2013. She married her middle school sweetheart, Tanner in 2015 after being together since 2007. They now currently reside in Dyer with their 2 dogs, Cooper and Bristol. She enjoys riding her four wheeler, being outside, reading a good book, and writing. Kara is a member of First Baptist Church of Rutherford. She is eager to assist you with scheduling your hygiene appointments to best fit your schedule and will greet you in office with a smile.
Meet our Trenton Team
Kathy Milligan, Registered Dental Hygienist
After receiving her associate degree from Jackson State Community College, Kathy attended the University of Tennessee at Memphis where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene. She has since obtained certification in the expanded functions of prosthetics and nitrous oxide administration through the university. Kathy is a member of the American Dental Hygienists Association. She has served as Secretary and currently holds the office of Treasurer. She enjoys volunteering with community organizations such as the Smiles & Blessings Ministry, Smile & See Project, and the Sweet Tooth Event. Kathy and her husband Tony reside in Trenton with their three daughters where they are active members of Eldad Baptist Church. She has a patient of Elite Dental since childhood and a hygienist with the practice since 1994. She values the friendships of the patients she sees and considers it a privilege to provide the
Valli Smith, Registered Dental Hygientist
Valli has been with Elite Dental Care since February 2006. She started her career in the office as a registered dental assistant, and then furthered her education to become a registered dental hygienist. Valli received her dental hygiene degree from West Kentucky, where she graduated with honors. She obtained certification for both administering local anesthesia and administering and monitoring nitrous oxide from the University of Tennessee at Memphis. Valli is a participant in the 7th district hygiene association. She and her husband Brent live in Rutherford with their two children. They are active members of New Bethlehem Baptist Church in Dyer, TN. Valli values the relationships she has with her patients and is proud to provide exceptional dental care in an office that upholds the highest ethic and moral standards.
Valerie White, Registered Dental Hygienist
Valerie joined the staff of Elite Dental Care in January of 2014. Valerie received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Tennessee at Memphis in 1998. She also obtained her certification in the administration of local anesthesia from the University of Memphis in 2014. Valerie and her husband Kevin reside in Medina with their daughter. They have recently started attending the Englewood North Campus in Medina and enjoy spending their weekends at the ballpark watching their daughter play competitive travel ball. Valerie enjoys meeting new people through her job and building relationships with her patients.
Jan Tolley, Registered Dental Hygienist, BS
Jan has been a registered dental hygienist for 35 years. Originally from Nashville, TN, she got a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from Lambuth University and then went on to receive a dental hygiene degree from Meharry Medical College. Jan has practiced dental hygiene since 1983 and started with Elite Dental Care part-time in 2012. She and Wendell live in Jackson, TN and enjoys her 5 grandchildren, motorcycle riding, exercising, and growing beautiful flowers. She also is a member of West Jackson Baptist Church.
Cindy Hankins, Registered Dental Assistant
Cindy’s career with Elite Dental Care started in 1990. Cindy completed the dental assisting program at Tennessee Technology Center in Jackson. She also received her expanded functions certification from University of Tennessee Dental School in Memphis along with coronal polishing and nitrous oxide monitoring. She is a lifelong resident of Trenton and is married to Marty. They have one daughter and three grandchildren and are members of the First Presbyterian Church in Trenton.
Erin White, Registered Dental Assistant
Erin has been with Elite Dental Care since February 2009. She received her Registered Dental Assistant Certification from Tennessee Technology Center in Jackson, TN in 2006. She the received her Restorative Expanded Functions Certification from the University of Tennessee at Memphis in 2012. She is also certified in Dental Radiology and Nitrous Oxide Monitoring. She is a life long resident of Trenton and a graduate of Peabody High School. Erin and her husband Danny have been married since 2005 and have two sons, Logan and Cameron. They enjoy attending First Christian Church in Dyersburg, TN and spending a lot of time at the baseball field.
Nancy Baker, Registered Dental Assistant
Nancy has been with Elite Dental Care since October 2017. Nancy is one of our Registered Dental Assistants. Nancy is originally from Louisiana and is a New Orleans Saints fanatic. Nancy has lived all over the U.S. and loves to travel. She recently moved to Tennessee after her husband, Chris, retired from serving our country with the United States Marine Corps. While they were stationed in California, Nancy became certified in dental assisting and dental radiology through a program sponsored by the US Navy with 23 rd Dental Battalion. Nancy received tech of the month while training at 23 rd Dental Battalion. Nancy loves all aspects of being part of our dental team. Nancy and Chris have been married since 1994 and have two adult daughters, Rebecca and Lindsey. They also have too many pets to list.
Sallie King, Registered Dental Assistant
Sallie has been working at Elite Dental Care since 2005. One of her special talents is being a great listener, and our patients feel they can tell her any concerns they may have. Sallie received her Registered Dental Assistant certification from Tennessee Technology Center in Jackson and is also certified in nitrous oxide monitoring. A lifelong resident of Trenton, Sallie is a graduate of Peabody High School and is married to Ed King.
Morgan Cooper, Registered Dental Assistant
Morgan has been with Elite Dental Care since July 2017. She received her Registered Dental Assistant Certification from The Dental Staff School of Tennessee in Franklin, TN in 2015. She then received her certifications in Dental Radiology, Sealant, Coronal Polishing, CPR and Nitrous Oxide Monitoring. She graduated from Gibson County in 2013. Morgan and her husband Chance live in Trenton and have a little girl named Blakely Claire. They are an active member at New Bethlehem Baptist Church in Dyer TN. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Ashley Neal, CSR
Ashley has been with Elite Dental Care since November 2018. She grew up in Trenton, TN and graduated from Peabody High School in 2011. She received her certificate in Dental Assisting from Mott Community College in 2018. Ashley lived in Northern California for four years while her husband, Hunter, served in the United Sates Air Force. They have two wonderful sons, Spencer and Owen. The Neals are active members of Eldad Baptist Church.
Candy Jo Hughes, Patient Coordinator
Candy has been with Elite Dental Care since August 2007. Her job is to schedule your dental procedures with the doctors that best fit your schedule. We know you’ll be impressed with her friendliness; we certainly are. Candy lives in Dyer with her husband Ricky and their two sons Andrew and Tyner. They are active members Salem Baptist Church.
Shelly Monroe, Insurance Coordinator
Shelly joined Elite Dental Care in August 2019. She will help you with your insurance questions and file your insurance claim on your behalf. As everyone at Elite Dental Care she wants to make sure you feel welcomed, comfortable, and right at home.
Meagan Howard, Hygiene Coordinator
Meagan Howard has been with our team since May of 2018. She is our Hygiene Coordinator at our Trenton office. She is a native of Trenton TN and graduated from Peabody High School in 2003. She is married to Jonathan Marcus and they have an 8 year old son that keeps them on their toes, who loves to be outside. She also enjoys photography on the side and spending time with her family.
Danielle Kolywck, Patient Coordinator
Danielle will be the one greet you coming in the front door at the Trenton Office. She grew up in Trenton and graduated from Peabody High School in 2006. She attended Newbern Tech for Business Administration. Danielle and Derek have 3 kids Abigail, Jaxon, and Cason and fur babies. They enjoy anything outside and spending time with our family and friends.
Chris Alford, Lab Technician
Chris has been with Elite Dental Care since 2014. He is a graduate of Gibson County High School and attended Dyersburg State Community College. Chris aids our dentists in fabricating esthetic dental prostheses, ensuring you have a beautiful smile. Chris and his wife, Megan reside in Trenton with their five children.
Our Germantown Staff
Angie Flowers, Registered Dental Assistant
Angie started working at Elite Dental Care in December of 2015. She graduated as a Certified Dental Assistant from Tennessee Technology Center of Memphis in 2010.
Angie was born and raised in the Bartlett area. She and her husband, John, now reside in Oakland, where they recently started Oakland Apostolic Church. In her free time she enjoys family time with John and their two dogs, Baylee and Penny.
Teresa Ragan, Registered Dental Assistant / Financial Coordinator
Teresa received her Registered Dental Assistant certification from MAVT in 1985. In addition to her dental assistant license, she also has her coronal polishing certification. She lives in Collierville, TN with her husband, two daughters, and fur children, Dixie and Lilly. They are active members of Crossroads Baptist Church.
Hope Dedmon, Registered Dental Hygienist
Hope started at Elite Dental Care in September 2018. She is originally from Dyer, TN but is now a resident of Lakeland, TN. She graduated in 2013 from UT Health Science Center, with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene.She has been married to her husband, Taylor, since December 2017, and they have a cockapoo named Conley. Hope and Taylor are a part of a southern gospel group with Taylor’s family, The Barnett’s. When they are not singing on the weekends, they attend church at Bellevue Baptist Church and enjoy spending time with family.
Elizabeth MacDonald, Registered Dental Hygienist
Elizabeth joined Elite Dental Care in July 2017. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from UT Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. She grew up in a small town of North East Arkansas before attending Houston High School in Germantown, TN. Elizabeth taught elementary art for a number of years before pursuing her career in dental hygiene. She received her Bachelor of Art degree at University of Arkansas and a Master of Art in Teaching degree from The University of Memphis. Elizabeth has certification in both administering local anesthesia, and administering and monitoring nitrous oxide. She enjoys volunteering at the Mid-South Mission of Mercy and Remote Area Medical. In her free time, she loves spending time with her new husband, Robert, and her family. They are active members of Grace Evangelical Church of Germantown.
Gracie Fuller, Receptionist / Scheduling Coordinator
Gracie started at Elite Dental Care in September 2018. She lives in Olive Branch, MS with her large family of 7 siblings. She has been a member of GraceLife Pentecostal Church in Memphis, TN her entire life. She loves singing at church, photography, traveling for mission trips, baking and spending time with her family and friends.