Dr. Tim Gillespie+-

Dr. Tim Gillespie

Dr. Tim Gillespie has 25 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 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 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, including an MBA from NC State University, 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 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!

Kailey Jones

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!

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.

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.

Irene Arroyo

Irene has a quiet and smiling poise to her which relaxes patients. She is the true epitome of keep calm and carry on. Irene loves to learn and is ready to take on a new advances in our office with enthusiasm. Irene is bilingual and loves to spend time with her family and pups at home.

Maddy Trimble

Originally from California, Maddy has called WNC home for over 15 years now. She is a recent graduate of AB-Tech where she received her degree in Dental Assisting. Maddy is a true executer that gets things done! Her bubbly personality and friendly, attentive manner are also loved by her patients. She enjoys knitting and painting, working at the local animal shelter and is very involved with her church.

Vondy Pope

Vondy is originally from Virginia although she has spent most of her life here, in North Carolina. She studied dental assisting at Eastern School of Technology in Virginia Beach and brings over 20 years’ experience to our assisting team! She has an exceptional work ethic and loves her job! She is a great listener and loves her patients most of all. Vondy has two children, Logan & Frances & is interested in yoga and reading as well as European motorcycles & cars!

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.

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 - Director of 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.

Stefanie Conley - Director of Business Development

Stefanie is a Franklin, NC native and a Western Carolina Catamount through and through. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship and brings a wealth of knowledge and energy to our team. Stefanie has never met a stranger and loves to learn about our patients so she can understand how to best serve them. When not at work she loves to spend time with her family and puppy, Butters.

Leah Gruitza – Dir. 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 or 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 with their Australian Shepherd, Vinny.

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 - 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.

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 pitbull, Titus.