dean cosmetic dentistry team kim, dental hygienistKim – Dental Hygienist

Kim graduated in 1992 from East Tennessee State University with a degree in dental hygiene and health education.  Since 2010 Kim has been a fun-loving employee to Dean Cosmetic Dentistry.  She enjoys her job as a health care provider in which she educates her patients on how to achieve a long-lasting healthy smile.  She is committed to keeping up with the newest technology and then conveying that expertise to her patients.

Kim loves to develop a strong and lasting relationship with her patients.  You hear her often say that her patients are her family.  Kim has a teenage daughter, Atlee, that is the light of her eye.  She also likes to spend time with family, friends and travel.  She feels life is about making those special memories.

dean cosmetic dentistry team Melissa dental hygienistMelissa – Dental Hygienist

Melissa attended West Georgia Technical College and graduated in 2009. After a couple years of working as a hygienist she decided that wasn’t quite enough and went back to college part time to finish with a bachelor’s degree in Public Health of Dental Hygiene. Melissa joined Dean Cosmetic Dentistry in 2014 as a Hygienist part time then moved to full time by assisting Dr Dean along with her role as hygienist, but she quickly went full time as a hygienist. However, Melissa likes the variety of roles to challenge her so while still a hygienist, she also is working a little all over the office. Melissa loves connecting with people one on one and enjoys educating people on the importance of happy teeth whether you were born with them, have invested in them, or want to invest in them. Melissa enjoys her free time reading, watching movies, crafting, and finding good deals. She has started to travel more and would love to hear your travel stories.

Karen – Insurance Coordinator

Karen has been a patient for over 25 years.  We loved Karen’s friendly, outgoing personality so much that we asked her to join our team!  Karen has a natural compassion for people and truly loves the day-to-day interaction with our patients.  Her warmth and humor make long time and first-time patients feel comfortable and at home.  Even though Karen is new to the field of dentistry, she has taken on the Front Office Coordinator position with outstanding work ethic and drive and learns fast and efficiently.  Karen was born and raised in Georgia but has been in Knoxville for over 35 years.  She has 3 children and 3 grandchildren whom she loves to spoil.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  She is active in her church, loves to read, listen to music, laugh and have fun in life.

Cathy Atkins – Insurance Coordinator

My career in the dental field began 16 years ago in Oral Surgery. I enjoy doing the insurance aspect of the office and helping Patients to understand their benefits. 

I have lived here in East TN my entire life with the exception of moving to Michigan when I was very young for a few years and then we moved back to this area. I would not trade East TN for anywhere else in the world. My husband Randall and I have been married for 28 years and we have a daughter who is R.N. and now married and a son who is a senior in high school, we are so proud of both of them and they are such a joy to our lives. Faith and family are the most important things in my life and what give me the most fulfillment. Outside of work I enjoy hiking, bike riding and spending time with family and my favorite places to be are in the mountains or at the beach.

Michael – Dental Hygienist

Michael attended East Tennessee State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene. He has since extended his licensure to include certifications for administering Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas), Local Anesthesia and cutting edge Laser Therapy. Michael has worked as a Dental Hygienist for four years, and recently moved with his family from Virginia, to the lovely mountains of Tennessee. Michael has been a fantastic fit to our family here at Deans Cosmetic Dentistry. He expresses a calm, caring personality, and a quick wit! Michael enjoys educating patients and meeting their needs to achieve their ideal smile. He is a story teller and patients appreciate how he discusses dentistry in a way that isn’t confusing. Michael is quick to share a laugh and loves to hear the highlights of his patient’s day. Michael spends most of his free time with his baby son Garrett. He enjoys cooking, guitar, woodworking, photography, reading and investing.