OUR STAFF

Dr. Tim Gillespie+-

Dr. Tim Gillespie

Dr. Tim Gillespie has over 20 years of experience in dentistry, with a focus on cosmetic, restorative and implant dentistry. Originally from Sylva, NC, he received his Bachelor’s 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 28 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 has directed medical/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 and has made many presentations to various organizations on topics ranging from new advances in dentistry to practice management to dental missions work.

Dr. Jaime Peterson+-

Dr. Jaime Peterson

Dr. Jaime Peterson was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her Undergraduate Degree in Biology, from the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia in 2010. Upon graduation, Dr. Peterson was selected to attend a one year general practice dental residency program in Asheville, NC. During residency training, Dr Peterson was able to learn advanced dental procedures as well as delivery of hospital based dentistry.

In November 2013, Dr. Peterson joined Dr. Gillespie’s dental practice. Patients enjoy Dr. Peterson’s warm and caring demeanor, as well as her attention to cosmetic detail. An avid learner, she enjoys enhancing her skills (learning new techniques) through hands on continuing education courses. She is currently working toward earning her fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry and is a certified Inman Aligner Provider. To learn more about enhancing your smile with esthetic orthodontics, follow our Inman Aligner link HERE.

Dr. Peterson’s professional affiliations include memberships in the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the North Carolina Dental Society, and the Buncombe County Dental Society. Prior to joining our practice, she served as Assistant Director of Blue Ridge Community Health Services Dental Department. Currently, she holds a staff position at Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, NC.

Dr. Peterson is married to Joe Peterson. They reside in Hendersonville with their two children and two dogs. They enjoy hiking, camping and spending time with their family.

Dr. Amy Haldeman+-

Dr. Amy Haldeman

Dr. Haldeman brings 17 years of dentistry experience and a bubbly, caring personality to our office.  You will notice how quick she is to light up a room!  Originally hailing from Rockford, Illinois, Dr. Haldeman graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1998.  She now lives in Asheville with her husband, Dr. Ryan Haldeman and their 3 children, Tyler, Grant, and Ella.  Dr. Haldeman is a woman of many interests.  In addition to being involved in her children’s extra-curricular activities, Dr. Haldeman leads an active lifestyle; hiking, running, tennis, you name it- she’s always on the move!  Dr. Haldeman also loves traveling to beautiful places.  Ask her about her most recent tour of Italia!

Dr. Virginia Plaisted+-

Dr. Virginia Plaisted

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 Doctorate of Dental Surgery 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, NC 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!

Dental Hygienists+-

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 is attending UNC Asheville. Doreen is a no-nonsense, quick speaking 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 Associates 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!

Dental Assistants+-

Yvette Manny

Yvette received her dental assisting degree from Keiser University in Florida. Yvette has been a dedicated assistant for years! Patients appreciate her empathetic, caring nature. Family is very important to Yvette as she spends her time out of the office with her husband, children and grandchildren.

Rebecca Allen

Rebecca received her dental assisting degree from AB-Tech. She is a compassionate, caring, knowledgeable dental assistant. Typically, Rebecca will be right by your side during treatment but she likes to stay busy and you might see her helping at the front desk or answering the phones. Rebecca is a Western North Carolina Native and spends her free time traveling and watching baseball with her husband and her two sons.

Wendy Long

Wendy is originally from Florida but now calls Western Carolina home. She received her dental assisting degree from AB-Tech. A terrific conversationalist, Wendy does a great job putting patients at ease. Wendy loves traveling and spending time outdoors hunting and fishing with her husband.

Kayla Childress

Patients who work with Kayla enjoy her sweet and easy going personality. Kayla graduated with a degree in dental assisting from AB-Tech and loves using her skills to help patients feel comfortable. During her free time, you may find Kayla in a yoga studio, on a hiking trail, or enjoying time at home with her Bengal cat, Aspen!

Front Office Staff+-

Valerie Mueller - Director of Operations

Valerie received her dental hygiene degree from Youngstown State University and a Master’s 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.

Whitney Lanier - Director of Training and 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.

Kate Ross - Office Administrator

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.

Cindy Chapman - Business Coordinator

Cindy, a native of Balsam, has been with Dr. Gillespie’s practice since opening in 1993. She received an Associates 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 - Hygiene Coordinator

Julie was raised in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina and graduated from Western Carolina University with a BS 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.

Michelle Baber- Scheduling Coordinator

Growing up with a father in the military, Michelle had the opportunity to live in many places before she chose Asheville to be her long-term home. She lives here now with her husband, Jack, and gets to spend a great deal of time with her two children and four grandchildren.

Michelle supports our office by coordinating the schedule and making sure appointments run smoothly throughout the day.

With an artist’s eye, Michelle is the fashionable one in the office! We always love seeing what jewelry or color combination she’s chosen for the day. She also loves to make crafts, travel, and cheer for the Clemson Tigers!