At Gillespie Dental Associates, we have a team of talented dental hygienists who help our dentists, Dr. Timothy E. Gillespie, Dr. Jaime Peterson, Dr. Amy Haldeman and Dr. Virginia Plaisted, keep your smile clean and healthy. Take some time to meet them and then call (828) 252-9351 for your dental appointment in Asheville, North Carolina.

Donna Barnhart
Donna began her career with Dr. Gillespie as a dental assistant, she then furthered her dental education and graduated from AB-Tech with a degree in dental hygiene. Donna’s patients enjoy her southern belle charm, nurturing demeanor and gentle touch. She is a devoted wife and mother of two absolutely adorable sons.


Doreen Ferguson
Doreen completed both the dental assisting and dental hygiene programs at AB-Tech, and she is attending UNC Asheville. Doreen is a no-nonsense, quick-speaking and very thorough dental hygienist. Patients enjoy her lively personality and stories of her daughter’s escapades. Doreen enjoys traveling and mountain biking with her husband and sweet daughter.


Mary Pearson
With a hygiene resume that spans over 36 years, Mary offers a great deal of experience and professional insight to our practice. Mary’s bright and engaging personality puts patients at ease. She builds lasting relationships while learning about her patient’s lives and hobbies. Mary herself has a wide range of interests, from hat making to singing jazz to spending time with her granddaughter, Isla.


Mary Kathleen Hood
Mary Kathleen Hood received her associate degree in dental hygiene from AB-Tech. Patients appreciate Mary Kathleen’s easy-going nature and how quick she is to smile. She uses her empathy and attention to detail to create an excellent patient experience. During her free time, you might find her exploring the rich food culture scene of Asheville or out hiking on some beautiful trail with her husband, Tim, and German Shephard, Hya!


Mary Kathleen Hood
Kailey received her Dental Hygiene degree from AB-Tech. She works as a hygienist and also assists our busy front office staff at times. Kailey has a laid-back manner and her patients find this easy-going demeanor to be extremely calming! Kailey and her husband, Jeremy, enjoy travel, hiking, live music and long walking adventures. Kailey also enjoys quiet evenings at home with her cat, Kevin and Jeremy’s gourmet culinary creations!