Our Team

Angie Burleson, RDH 

Angie has been a part of our team since we began in 2008 and involved in Dentistry for 18 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, Certified Dental Assistant

Christy joined our team in June 2010 and has been involved in Dentistry for 26 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.




Tammy Davis, RDH

Tammy joined our team in January 2011.  She started her career in dentistry 33 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 over 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.




Picture and Bio coming soon, Hygiene Coordinator


Charity Johnson, Certified Dental Assistant

Charity joined our team in the summer of 2021. She is a recent graduate from Western Piedmont Community College in dental assisting and passed the DANB test to become a Certified Dental Assistant.  Her favorite part of dentistry is helping patients become confident in their smiles! 

Charity and her husband, Kevin have been married for 15 years.  Together, they have two children, a daughter Addison and son Tristan.  They love to travel and serve at their local church, Crossnore First Baptist.






Dawn Lewicki, Office Manger  

Dawn has been in management for over 24 years and is currently completing her degree in Business and Accounting.  She is looking forward to using this education to better serve the practice and its patients.  When not in the office, Dawn enjoys spending time with her husband of 17 years and her 5 grown children.  Together they enjoy spending time with their two huskies (Mika and Enzo) and their Yorkie (Thor).

Dawn and her family moved to Burnsville from Tampa Florida in July of 2022.  They are happy to be part of mountain life and have seasons again after 30 years.  She is happy to be part of our practice and looks forward to growing relationships in the community.



Caydeigh Loftis, Dental Assistant I 

Caydeigh joined our team in the summer of 2022. She graduated from the Accelerated Dental Assisting Academy in April 2022. Her favorite part of dentistry is getting to know our wonderful patients. 

 In her free time Caydeigh enjoys being outdoors, serving in her church, and spending time with her family and friends.






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 24 years and are are proud parents of three children, their 21 year old daughter, 20 year old son and 9 year old daughter.  As a family, they love to travel and play outdoors including climbing, camping, and bicycling.  Stephanie enjoys being actively involved in ministries at Church.


Makayla Wiseman, Business Administrator 

Makayla joined our team in August 2022. She is a 2019 graduate of Appalachian State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management. Her favorite part of dentistry is getting to know our awesome patients and helping patients find a plan to achieve their best smile.  

When Makayla is not in office she enjoys camping with her family, spending time with her fiancé Rodney, reading mystery novels and watching her favorite show, The Golden Girls.

Makayla is proud to be a part of Dr. Townsend’s team and is very grateful for this opportunity to support her community while expanding her knowledge of dentistry. 




What we've been up to.... 

 Christmas lunch at The Grove Park Inn 2022

Team Building Day 2022 - VA Creeper Bike Trail - Adventure Day!!


  Our WONDERFUL team & server at The Sundial Restaurant, Atlanta, GA - Hinman 2022



Christmas Lunch at The Grove Park Inn 2021

Team Building Day 2019 #teamtownsend

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.