Our Team


Angie Burleson, RDH

Angie has been a part of our team since we began in 2008 and involved in Dentistry for 15 years at this location.  She has been a Registered Dental Hygienist since graduating in 2005 from Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College and receiving her Associate in Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene.

Angie is dedicated to her patients' oral health.  She provides regular cleanings, deep cleanings, along with soft tissue maintenance (gum disease) with a primary focus on oral hygiene education for the entire family.  Angie believes a healthy smile is a "beautiful" smile.

She and her husband Tom reside in the Newdale Community of Yancey County.  They have 3 grown children and 6 wonderful grandchildren.  Angie enjoys traveling (especially when it is with the grandkids), hiking, and being involved with her church family.



 Christy Cloer, CDA

Christy joined our team in June 2010 and has been involved in Dentistry for 23 years.  She is a 1997 graduate of Western Piedmont Community College.  Christy is a Certified Dental Assistant and maintains certification by Dental Assisting National Board.  Past work experiences have been in oral surgery and orthodontics.  Christy is currently accredited with Blue Ridge Regional Hospital to work in the Operating Room with Dr. Townsend and is a part time dental instructor at Western Piedmont Community College.  Her favorite part of of working in dentistry is connecting with patients and helping them create and maintain a beautiful smile.

Christy is married to Brett and they have one son, Curran and two daughters, Zoe and Marley.  She enjoys reading, walking and spending time with family and friends.




Angela Cook, Business Administrator

Angela joined our team in October 2014. She is a 1993 graduate of Mayland Community College where she received dual Associates degrees in Applied Science in both Business Administration and Business Computer Programming along with a certificate in Accounting. She has worked in the healthcare field for over 30 years. 

As Business Administrator, Angela's priority is to help patients find the best financial plan to achieve their dental goals.  She considers it a privilege to care for our patients and to be a part of a team that always works together to provide the most exceptional experience possible.  She shares in our team's main focus to ensure excellent quality dental care as we serve our community. 

Angela lives in Spruce Pine with her husband and son.  She is grateful to live in these beautiful mountains!





Tammy Davis, RDH

Tammy joined our team in January 2011.  She started her career in dentistry 30 years ago.  She graduated from McDowell High School then attended Western Piedmont Community College where she received a diploma in Dental Assisting in 1990.  She studied Dental Hygiene at Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College where she obtained her Associates in Applied Science degree in 2005 and was the recipient of the North Carolina Dental Hygiene Advanced Studies Award.  Nothing is more rewarding to Tammy then getting to know her patients, making them feel comfortable and helping them achieve their optimal oral health.  She loves seeing a smile on her patient's faces as they leave.

Tammy has been married for 25 years and is the proud mother of two daughters, a dog, and a cat.  When not in the office, quality time with her family is very important.   Tammy enjoys tending to her flowers.  She also enjoys feeding and watching the birds.




 Emily Hopson, Hygiene Coordinator

Emily joined our team in 2021 and has been involved in dentistry since 2017.  BIO coming soon!


MacKenzie McKinney, DAII

Kenzie joined this team in 2018.  She graduated from North East State Technical Community College dental assisting program in 2016 and has been a dental assistant for 4 years.  Her favorite procedures to assist are oral surgery and crown and bridge procedures.

Kenzie has been married for a little over a year.  She and her husband are residents of Yancey County.  Together they enjoy spending their time being outdoors including, fishing, hunting, and camping.  They also enjoy being active in their church and ministry work.






Stephanie Townsend, Practice Administrator

Stephanie joined this team in 2008 and involved in dentistry since 2001.  Stephanie is our practice administrator.  She enjoys working with her husband, Dr. Taylor Townsend and the best dental team, to provide an exceptional experience for each patient in our office.  Originally from Kingsport, TN, Stephanie met Dr. Townsend at Furman University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Computer Science in 1998.  Through a continued commitment to education, and as a lifetime member of AADOM (American Association of Dental Office Managers), she is currently working towards her fellowship status in this organization.  To accomplish this goal, Stephanie participates in the AADOM Study Club, courses through the DALE Foundation, classes at the Hinman Dental meeting, and webinars. 

Taylor and Stephanie have been married for 21 years and are are proud parents of two children, their 19 year old daughter and their 18 year old son.  As a family, they love to travel and play outdoors including climbing, camping, and bicycling.  Taylor and Stephanie have been foster parents for 3 years and currently loving a sweet 7 year old girl who bring a ray of sunshine to everyone she meets.  Stephanie enjoys being actively involved in ministries at Church.



What we've been up to....


Team Building Day September 2019 #teamtownsend

Hinman Dental Meeting March 2019, View before dinner from the top of the Sundial Restaurant, Atlanta, GA

Hinman Dental Meeting March 2019, Dr. Townsend, Christy, and Kenzie trying out Atlanta's Electric Scooters!

Team Building 2019, Asheville, NC

Hinman Dental Meeting March 2017.  View of Atlanta from the top of the Sundial Restaurant after a wonderful team dinner.

North Carolina Dental Bus at First Baptist Church in Spruce Pine.