Meet the Staff

HYGIENISTS:

Keslyn Powell, RDH:

My name is Keslyn, but most of my family and friends call me Kess. I am a dental hygienist here at Allatoona Family Dental. I graduated from Georgia Highlands College in May 2014. I truly enjoy my job and helping patients better their oral health by educating them on the aspects of their teeth and gums that can guide them in making better oral hygiene choices that will in turn also promote and improve their overall health and wellness.

I was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 1984 but have lived in Georgia since age 2. I grew up in Cartersville but moved to Calhoun in 2010 after marrying my husband, Jarod. We have two children, a son named Joseph who was born in November of 2011 and a Boykin Spaniel named Henry. In our free time we enjoy anything outdoors such as swimming, hiking, kayaking, fishing, and going to the beach. I love to travel and see new places. I also enjoy working out.....and eating. We consider ourselves "foodies" and enjoy cooking at home together.

I look forward to seeing you at Allatoona Family Dental and helping you keep your teeth and gums healthy.


Jenny Gravitt, RDH:

I was born in Tennessee, but raised in Georgia. I am a 2007 graduate from Chattanooga State. I have been a part of the team at Allatoona Family Dental since 2015. I enjoy getting to know my patients while helping them maintain beautiful and healthy smiles.

My husband Wade and I married in 2007. We have two children, Ryder and Bodi. They both keep us very busy! I enjoy riding horses, traveling and spending time with my family and friends.


Lynn Laco, RDH:

I have been a hygienist for 34 yrs and I feel blessed to be part of a profession that I love. Developing a relationship with the patients is rewarding and I look forward to seeing the patients at their recare appointments.

I was born and raised in New York. I went to college for Dental Hygiene in Buffalo, NY and graduated in 1982. We moved to Georgia in January 1998 and I started working for Allatoona Family Dental soon thereafter.

I have been married for 35 yrs and we have 3 children, 2 daughters and 1 son. We love to travel! I enjoy the outdoors, hiking, photography, and spending time with family and friends.


Kellen Churchill, RDH:

Greetings! I was born and raised in Rome, GA where I currently live with my wife, Heather, and my daughter, Kaylyn. I enjoy spending time with family and working with my hands when I’m not with them, either under the hood of a car, drawing, painting, or doing some other hands-on project. I graduated Georgia Highlands College with my Associates of Science in Dental Hygiene in 2014, where I was a part of the first class in eight years to graduate with a full hygiene class.

What I’m passionate about most with this field is I enjoy the feeling that I’m helping people with their smile, health, and overall well-being. I feel like I’m part of a great team here and feel very blessed to assist you with your dental needs!


Carey Dobson, RDH

My name is Carey. I have been a Dental Hygienist for 29 years and have been a part of Allatoona Family Dental for 25 of those years. I enjoy helping patients overcome their fear of the Dentist while helping them with their oral health

I was born and raised here in Cartersville. I have two grown children, Wes and Tinsley. I enjoy traveling especially to the beach, spending time with family, antiquing, and supporting local sport teams the Atlanta braves and the Atlanta Falcons



ASSISTANTS:

Windy Arrington, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant:

I grew up and have lived here in Bartow County my entire life. I have been married for over 20 years to my wonderful husband, Daniel and we have one son, Nathaniel. In my free time I enjoy scrapbooking, camping and quality time with my family.

I have worked with Dr. Fitzgerald for over 17 years. The thing I like best about my job is meeting and talking with patients about their dental needs.


Brittany Burris, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant:

I’m Brittany Burris. I’ve been in the dental field for 9 years. I picked dental because I love seeing people get out of pain. I also love a challenge and this field gives me plenty of those.

I’m married to a great man and have two beautiful girls, Sydney and Sadie. In our free time we like to spend time outdoors at the lake or do things with our church. We love college football (except Georgia). LSU!


Nicole Cagle, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant:

My name is Nicole Cagle. I come from a military family. My dad was in the military for 20 years, so we traveled a lot. My mother is from Germany. I have lived in Germany, Texas, California, and now Georgia.
I am married and have one son, Stevie, and one step-daughter, Stephanie. I love to go to the movies and to the mountains. Dollywood is my second home. I love the holidays. Halloween is my favorite and I love going to haunted houses. I have many animals because I live on a farm in Waleska. I have a pony, chickens, a bunny, two dogs, seven cats, fish, and cows.

I’ve been a dental assistant for 11 years. I joined Allatoona Family Dental about a year and a half ago. I really enjoy my job and I can leave each day being fulfilled from the interactions I have had with my patients.


Michelle Stone, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant:

Hi. My name is Michelle. I have been an expanded functions dental assistant since 1989. I moved here from Nashville, TN six years ago. I joined the Allatoona Family Dental team in 2014. I have loved my career choice. Taking care of my patients has always been rewarding.

Outside the office, I enjoy spending time with my family and cooking. I have two grown children, Ashley and Aaron. I recently became a grandmother to a little girl, Taytum. I have a wonderful husband, Billy. After we were first married I was blessed with the opportunity to drive truck cross-country with him for almost 2 years. We saw so many beautiful parts to our country, but I’m happy to call Georgia home.


Ali MacDonald, Hygiene Assistant & Sterilization:

I am Ali MacDonald, and I was born and raised in Cartersville, Ga. I graduated from Valdosta State University with my Bachelor of Science in Biology. Currently, I am a full time graduate student at Georgia State University working towards my Master of Science in Biology. Between work, school, and studying, I love to hike, read and volunteer my time. While I will spend as much time outside as possible, I always make sure to head back inside to watch the Florida Gators play football!

As I am an aspiring dentist, I enjoy every second at the office and working with patients. I am a hygiene assistant and work in sterilization. I love seeing patients enjoy their experience here at Allatoona Family Dental and the employees who work each day to make it happen. I am so fortunate to be part of this caring, motivated office.


Erika Brock, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant:

Hello! Welcome to our office! My name is Erika I have been an expanded functions dental assistant for 12 years. I joined Allatoona Family Dental in 2013 after the birth of my first child. I love my job because I can help people have a beautiful smile, more confidence and ideal dental health. My goal every day is to make our patients very comfortable with treatment.

My husband Dusty and I have been married since 2010. We have one beautiful daughter Hadley who was born in June 2013. We also have a Chocolate Lab Timber who is supposed to be a “hunting” dog, but he is more of a family member than a dog. When not at work we enjoy spending our extra time outdoors, and traveling.


Jo Benton, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant:

Hi, I am Josephine "Jo" Benton. I am a 24 year veteran of the U.S. Army and have been in the dental field since the mid-nineties. My favorite part of my job is watching apprehensive patients grow comfortable.

I enjoy reading and pretending to work out. I enjoy spending time with my two grandchildren, Brynleigh and Braylon.



FRONT DESK:

Sheila Edwards, Front Desk Receptionist:

I understand that a visit to the dentist can be a non-enjoyable and even frightening experience to some people. I always strive to ensure that each office visit is a pleasurable experience as soon as you walk in our office door. I feel first impressions are lasting impressions.

I was born in Ohio but grew up in Kentucky. I moved to Georgia 23 years ago after getting out of the Navy. I reside in Dallas with my husband of almost 18 years and three of our five children. I enjoy spending time with my family doing anything outdoors, love the beach, and my husband and I both have a passion for motorcycles.


Kristie Townsend, Treatment Plan Coordinator:

Hi, my name is Kristie. I have a wonderful little girl named Ava, 2 cats, and our biggest baby is our Great Dane named Bodi. I graduated in 2006 from Coosa Valley College Dental Assisting Program and was awarded most outstanding Dental Assistant. I have worked in the dental field for over 10 years now and love it. Helping people smile and feel confident about themselves is the best part of my job.


Brittney Hullander, Hygiene Coordinator:

My name is Brittney Hullander. I was born in Louisiana and moved here to Georgia in elementary school. I currently live in Kingston with my husband. We have three boys - Jacob, John, and Gabe. Our boys are all in elementary school and are very active in sports the county rec department. We stay very busy as a family and enjoy outdoor activities, love watching movies, and traveling as much as we can. My husband owns his own business in Cartersville and enjoys seeing many clients in the area.

I have been in the customer care field all of my working life and enjoy helping people. I have been with Allatoona Family Dental since 2015 and am very pleased to be part of the team here. I enjoy being able to help patients understand their dental benefits and how to best utilize their dental insurance by walking patients through their treatment plans so they they are able to see step by step how we are able to help them. Many people have a fear of the dentist and most of the time a friendly face and helping hand can go a long way in helping patients move forward with treatment if they feel they are in a friendly and caring environment.


Tina Jones, Front Office Insurance Coordinator:

You could say that dentistry in is my blood. My whole family is, or was at some point, in the dental field, My step father is a dentist and I although I said that I would NEVER, I started working for him in 2000 while I was on the fence about going to hygiene school. As it turns out, hygiene was not for me but I really enjoy working up front and assisting on occasion. I’ve been with Allatoona Family Dental since 2011.

I grew up in the Alpharetta area but now live in Cartersville with my husband Jimmy, daughter Sophie, and our fur baby Daphne Dora Boots. We will be a welcoming a new addition, a son, in October 2016. Sophie’s extracurricular activities keep me pretty busy, but in my spare time I enjoy working out, cooking and photography. I have a small photography business that focuses mostly on maternity, newborns, and children. I’m lucky to have two jobs I love, even if it’s exhausting at times.

I look forward to speaking with you and helping you with your dental and/or insurance questions.


Sam Fort, Practice Administrator:

I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Minnesota. What was once a great place to live, at this stage of life is now only a great place to visit. I graduated from Coon Rapids Sr. High in June 1975.

After graduation, I joined the U.S. Navy in 1975 and attended boot camp in San Diego, CA in January 1976. From there I was sent to Meridian Mississippi for Storekeeper School. Upon graduation from SK school, I was send to the “REAL” Navy in Keflavik, Iceland. After a bitter cold one year’s time, I was sent to Charleston, SC where I served aboard the U.S.S. Orion, a submarine tender. After learning that my wife was pregnant with our first child and being told that she couldn’t go overseas with me, I ended my time with the Navy and was honorably discharged in December 1979.

I am the father of 4 children and I have 5 grandchildren. In my spare time, I enjoy Braves baseball, both Atlanta and Rome, and golf.
I started with Allatoona Family Dental in July of 2007 as the front desk receptionist. I am now the practice administrator. I love working in the dental field. The people I work with are the best in the business and a pleasure to work with. This is a great team of professionals who take their jobs seriously and love what they do. In my 9 years here, Allatoona Family Dental has grown into a full service practice that offices their patients a full line of dental procedures. I hope you choose to join our FAMILY. I know you won’t regret it.