Dentistry and the World of Augmented Reality

  Although not a digital native, I am very comfortable with the digital world.  It’s not that I have necessarily sought out cool digital technology in my life, but I certainly haven’t offered up much resistance to its ever-increasing reach into my life, either. Most recently, I find that I have inadvertently dropped into the world of augmented reality without even knowing it.  A couple of weeks ago, I spent two days in training to learn how to enhance my dental implant placement by using sensor-guided surgery.  This equipment will allow us to not only keep more of our implant… read more

If I Only Had a Brain

I’d unravel every riddle for any individual, In trouble or in pain. With the thoughts that I’d be thinkin’, I could be another Lincoln, If I only had a brain. --Scarecrow, The Wizard of Oz   Therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Universitatus Committeeatum E Pluribus Unum, I hereby confer upon you the Honorary Degree of ThD….Doctor of Thinkology! --Wizard to Scarecrow, The Wizard of Oz   Thus spake the Wizard and thus it is so.  Just like the Scarecrow, I received a diploma recently.  But instead of a Doctor of Thinkology, I got a… read more

Enjoy Our Fall Friendly Oral Healthcare Tips!

Cooler Weather Can Signal Teeth Issues   Many people find that when cold weather arrives, their teeth become more sensitive.   This could be nature’s way of telling you there’s damage to the teeth or gums.  Cold sensitivity may be the result of several factors, including cracked teeth, gum shrinkage, thin enamel, or grinding.  Those who experience sensitive teeth for more than three days should speak with our office to have this problem evaluated. Take Time to Research Your Dental Care Options for 2018  Fall is the season when many will decide how they will manage their dental care in… read more

Happiness is a Warm Blanket!

  Earlier this summer, I underwent elective surgery following a bout of diverticulitis. Why one would undergo elective surgery following a bout of diverticulitis is a story for another time, but one of the many epiphanies I had during this experience was just how huge the little things can mean in the time of need. I’m a control freak. I’m also very self-reliant. So, when I found myself in a position where I had to let go of control, to rely on others to take care of me before, during and after surgery, I had to have a little talk… read more


NEW YORK, JAPAN, THAILAND...Oh My!!! Gillespie friends & staff are having a blast exploring our beautiful world this summer!  We’ve hung out with samurais in Japan, said “hello” to the Statue of Liberty, & climbed to new heights in Thailand!  Are you expanding your horizons this summer?  Bring us with you!  Let any staff in the office know and we’ll give you a nifty “GILLESPIE GOES GLOBAL” t-shirt.  We’d love you to join our collage of beautiful places by posting a Facebook photo of you at your exotic destination wearing the t-shirt with the tag #GillepieGoesGlobal ! Local and national trips… read more

Welcome Dr. Plaisted!

  Here at Gillespie Dental Associates, we are very picky about who we bring onto our staff.  When looking for someone to add to our team, we take our time and seek out dental professionals who are the perfect mix of skill, intelligence, and empathy.  Dr. Virginia Plaisted has all of these qualities and more!  She is experienced, enthusiastic, and a great conversationalist to boot!   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 2011.  In 2014, after practicing dentistry… read more


WELCOME DR AMY HALDEMAN!  We are beyond thrilled to announce the addition of Dr. Amy Haldeman to our Gillespie Dental staff!  Along with 17 years of dentistry experience, Dr. Haldeman brings a bubbly and caring personality to our office.  You will notice how quickly she can light up a room!  Originally hailing from Rockford, Illinois, Dr. Haldeman now lives in Asheville with her husband, Dr. Ryan Haldeman (they met in dental school!) 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… read more

Blood Drive Success!

On the morning of September 23rd, the parking lot of Gillespie Dental Associates was a warming picture of good folks having a good time and doing an even greater thing: donating blood to the American Red Cross!  Together, we donated 29 units of blood and saved up to 87 lives!  Our office wants to say specific thanks to our event sponsors LoLo & Pack’s Tavern, to the Red Cross, and to our assistant, Rebecca, for saying, “you know, I’ve always wanted to participate in a blood drive- we should have one”! And finally, to all the donors who came out-… read more