Dr. Tim Gillespie
Dr. Tim Gillespie has over 30 years of experience in dentistry, with a focus on cosmetic, restorative and implant dentistry. Originally from Sylva, NC, he received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Western Carolina University. After working for three years as a research chemist in Birmingham, AL, he returned to study dentistry there at the University of Alabama School of Dentistry. Upon graduation in 1993, Dr. Gillespie opened an office in Asheville and maintained a solo practice there until he and Dr. Ken Hornowski merged practices in 1996. A past member of the Editorial Board of Dental Economics magazine, Dr. Gillespie has served as a Clinical Instructor at AB Tech as well as Chairman of their Allied Health Sciences Dental Advisory Board. He has served on the ABCCM Medical Ministry Board of Directors and the United Way Peaks Society Steering Committee. He is a past President of the Buncombe Co. Dental Society as well as the First District component of the NC Dental Society and has served as Vice-President of the NC Dental Society Board of Trustees. Dr. Gillespie has been married to Betsy for over 30 years and has three sons, Benjamin, Matthew and John. He is a member of Central United Methodist Church in Asheville where has played in the brass ensemble. In past church involvement, he has been a Bible Study teacher, served on a board of deacons, chaired a missions committee, and he has directed medical and dental teams doing missions work in Honduras. He enjoys hobbies such as boating, travel and music, including a 5-year stint playing trumpet in a 10-piece rock band. His professional affiliations include the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry (Fellow), American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (Sustaining Member), International Congress of Oral Implantologists (Fellow), NC Dental Society and Buncombe County Dental Society. Dr. Gillespie has well over 1000 hours of continuing education, including an MBA from NC State University, he and has made many presentations to various organizations on topics ranging from new advances in dentistry to practice management to dental missions work. Most recently, Dr. Gillespie published his first Graphic Novel, The Jam Band Theory of Leadership, which is now available in office or to read online.


Dr. Amy Haldeman has been practicing dentistry in North Carolina for over 25 years, and has been with Gillespie Dental Associates for over 6 now. Originally from Rockford, IL, she remained in the Midwest to pursue her studies, and graduated with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Iowa in 1998. Known to be very thorough and detail oriented, Dr. Haldeman specializes in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, extractions and implants. An avid learner, she enjoys acquiring new skills while enhancing and sharpening current techniques through continuing education. Dr. Haldeman brings a bubbly, caring personality to our office. You will notice how quick she is to light up a room. One of Amy’s greatest passions is making anxious patients feel at ease. She provides genuine and compassionate reassurance and takes pride in creating the perfect dental experience for all her patients. Be assured, your appointment will be a pleasant one.Dr. Haldeman has been married to Dr. Ryan Haldeman for 25 years. They have lived in Asheville for 20 years, along with their three children Tyler, Grant and Ella. The Haldeman’s love traveling around the United States and overseas. They also enjoy spending summers at the lake, exercising, hiking and spending time with family and friends.


From 1983 to 2013, Dr. Virginia Plaisted practiced family dentistry in New York State with an emphasis on comprehensive, reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Plaisted received a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry in 1981 and a fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2001. She is an active member of both the ADA® and Academy of General Dentistry. Upon selling her practice in 2014, Dr. Plaisted moved to Asheville, North Carolina, in search of a gentler climate. With her warm and thorough approach to dental care, Dr. Plaisted is a stellar addition to our office! Dr. Plaisted’s family includes her husband, Grant, and four sons: Andrew, Adam, Alex and Daniel. Dr. Plaisted loves to travel to the Caribbean to scuba dive whenever she can. She also is an avid swimmer — keep an eye out for her doing laps in Biltmore Lake!