Meet the Team

Pat

Pat has worked alongside her dentist husband since the practice was established.  She has worked in all positions within the office throughout the years except dental hygiene.  She currently serves in a role held for many years as the Financial Administrator as well as the Secretary/Treasurer of the practice corporation.  She has been trained in the business side of dentistry at The Schuster Center for Professional Development in Scottsdale, Arizona as well as extensively in customer service during her previous employment with South Central Bell in Memphis and Knoxville.

Pat and Ron were high school sweethearts and married after his first year in dental school. They have been active members of Sevier Heights Baptist Church for over 20 years. She is the proud mother to her daughter, Stephanie, son, Jonathan, and the grandmother to her beautiful Abby.

Jan

Jan joined our administrative staff as our Office Administrator/Patient Coordinator in February of 1992.   Her previous experience as a Legal Secretary and banking Executive Assistant makes her well-trained as the manager at our front desk.  After she began her dental career in our practice she completed an extensive training regimen at The Schuster Center for Professional Development in Scottsdale, Arizona.  She is usually the first person our patients meet via telephone or upon arriving in our office since she functions as our key telephone contact and greeter.  She assists patients in scheduling their appointments, financial matters and filing insurance claims.  Jan is gifted at helping the office to run smoothly and efficiently and keeps our patient records up to date and complete.

Jan and her husband have three grown children and two grandsons.

She and her family are actively involved in their church.  Jan loves UT sports, especially Lady Vols basketball. She usually vacations at a beach destination when all the family can arrange some time off together.

Karen 

Karen has been a dental hygienist (RDH) in our practice for over 27 years Her first tour of duty began in 1980.  After a span of years moving around the country as an Army Major’s wife, she rejoined our team in 1992 when her husband retired from the Army.

While practicing Dental Hygiene in our office, she has been trained along with Dr. Foust in Anti-Infective Periodontal Therapy. Karen also trained with our team at The Schuster Center for Professional Development in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has obtained an additional Board of Dentistry certification by fulfilling requirements in Dental Anesthesia and specialized radiology training for our NewTom Cone Beam imaging. She has also completed an associate fellowship within the World Clinical Laser Institute for clinical applications as well as training for advanced oral cancer screening with Oral ID™.

Karen and her husband married in 1981 after first meeting in her hygiene chair in our office.  She has three married children, a granddaughter and three grandsons.  She loves to visit the beach, fish, garden, and spend time with her grandchildren.

Karin 

Karin became a member of our dental assisting team in December 2006. Her dad and uncles are retired dentists so working in and around dental offices has always been a big part of her life. She grew up working for her dad in his practice and later worked in a dental laboratory for 8 years.  Karin also worked in a private dental practice as a dental technician and manager.

After graduating from the Tennessee Technology Center Dental Assisting School in Knoxville she received additional extensive training at UT Dental School, Memphis where she achieved her certificate as an Expanded Function Registered Dental Assistant/Dental Technician (EFRDA).  In addition she has been trained surgically alongside Dr. Foust in implant placement and related surgeries at UT Health Science Center in Memphis. Karin has also completed an associate fellowship within the World Clinical Laser Institute for clinical applications as well as trained in the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST®) for gum recession correction.  She also completed specialized radiology training for our NewTom cone beam imaging.

She has been married almost 30 years and has three wonderful boys.  Karin enjoys gardening around her mountain top home, camping and other fun outdoor activities with her family. She especially loves vintage car shows.

Jennifer 

Jennifer originally joined our team in December 2001 after graduating from Tennessee Technology Center as a Registered Dental Assistant. After adding 2 more children to her family she took a few years off to raise her children.

After her time away she returned to work with our team in a part-time capacity as a chairside dental assistant in December 2013.  Since then she has completed an associate fellowship within the World Clinical Laser Institute for clinical applications as well as trained in the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST®) for gum recession correction. She also has received specialized radiology training for our NewTom Cone Beam imaging.

Since gaining knowledge about new advancements in dentistry energizes Jennifer she is always eager and more than willing to learn anything new we incorporate into the practice.  She has a wonderful rapport with patients of all ages.  As a seasoned mother of four she can easily relate to our younger patients while communicating effortlessly with patients of all ages.

Obviously, with a large family Jennifer and her husband stay very busy but still find time to remain active in their church. She loves spending time with her family, gardening, crafting, and building and decorating doll houses.