Our dentists, Dr. Timothy E. Gillespie, Dr. Jaime Peterson, Dr. Amy Haldeman and Dr. Virginia Plaisted and everyone at Gillespie Dental Associates depend on our front office team! From scheduling to billing and from hygiene to communications, our office team keeps our dental office in Asheville, North Carolina running at its peak.

Valerie Mueller
VALERIE MUELLER – Director of Operations
Valerie received her dental hygiene degree from Youngstown State University and a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan. She enjoys finding new methods and creative ways to help the practice run efficiently. Valerie and her husband are enjoying their empty-nest years in Asheville now that their two daughters have married.


Kate Ross
KATE ROSS – Front Office Manager
Originally from Raleigh, NC, Kate received a degree in hospitality and tourism management from Appalachian State University and made Asheville her home in 2001. Kate has become the friendly face patients are greeted with when they walk through the door. She is also our New Patient Coordinator, arranging appointments, corresponding with other offices and insurance companies to make sure that your first visit is as effortless as possible. Kate has two beautiful and talented children which keep her busy.


Whitney Lanier
WHITNEY LANIER – Director Staff Development
Whitney received her dental hygiene degree from AB-Tech, her master’s degree in teaching from Western Carolina University and a Bachelor of Arts from Wake Forest University. She loves creating a work environment where employees are challenged to professionally grow and have fun in the process! She and her husband enjoy traveling abroad and exploring interesting places, Asheville included.


Leah Gruitza
LEAH GRUITZA – Director of Training & Patient Education
Leah is a transplanted western Pennsylvania native. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from The Ohio State University and her dental hygiene degree from AB-Tech. Leah works as a hygienist and holds the position of Director of Training and Patient Education for our office. She is a people lover through and through. She loves connecting with both her patients and co-workers and finding ways to help and show her care and support. Leah and her husband, Brady, love traveling, college football and hiking in these beautiful mountains with their Australian Shepherd, Vinny.


Sherri Capel Middleton
SHERRI CAPEL MIDDLETON – Patient Relations Specialist
Sherri received her dental hygiene degree from AB-Tech in 1993. She is an Asheville native with over 26 years of combined dental experience in dental hygiene, dental assisting and front desk operations! Our patients find her warm smile and empathetic nature to be so inviting and comforting. Sherri loves forming relationships with her patients and considers her co-workers family. Along with her husband, Allan and four children, Sherri enjoys spending time with friends and family, golfing, traveling, cooking and relaxing at the lake.


Cindy Chapman
CINDY CHAPMAN – Business Coordinator
Cindy, a native of Balsam, has been with Dr. Gillespie’s practice since opening in 1993. She received an associate degree in business administration from Southwestern Community and was a certified dental assistant for over 15 years. Cindy has a wealth of dental experience and insurance knowledge. She typically helps patients with coordination of detailed dental presentations while navigating financial options for our patients. Cindy dutifully travels over the mountain spending the days with us and her evenings with her husband and her rescued animals.


Julie Biggerstaff
JULIE BIGGERSTAFF – Hygiene Coordinator
Julie was raised in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina and graduated from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in nutrition and dietetics. You will probably recognize her voice as she spends the majority of the day on the phone talking to all of our terrific patients. Julie’s pastimes are running, cooking and being outdoors with her husband and their two loyal Pit Bulls.


Hailey Wallace
HAILEY WALLACE – Hygiene Coordinator
Hailey was born and raised here in Asheville! She received her bachelor’s degree in communications from UNC Charlotte in 2018 and currently contributes over 5 years’ experience in schedule coordination and customer care to our team! You will recognize her friendly face in our front office as she helps ensure the efficiency of our hygiene schedule! Her attention to detail and love for people make her the perfect fit. Hailey and her husband, Bryan, enjoy hiking, traveling, playing volleyball and spending time with friends and family as well as their pit bull, Titus.