Meet The Team

  • Joanna RDA
    Joanna, RDA
    RDA
    Joanna RDA
    Joanna, RDA
    RDA

    Joanna is an RDA and Surgical Assistant at East Brainerd Oral Surgery. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and has a B.S in Biology and minor in Chemistry. She is a Registered Dental Assistant and certified in Nitrous Oxide Monitoring and an allied staff member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS). 

    She loves working for East Brainerd Oral Surgery because “I love sharing smiles and laughs with my coworkers while getting to help our patients have healthy, happy smiles as well.”

    In her free time, Joanna enjoys traveling, drawing, reading, and brewing a good cup of tea. 

    Her favorite Bible verse is Psalms 139:9-10. “If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”

  • Rachel RDA
    Rachel, RDA
    RDA
    Rachel RDA
    Rachel, RDA
    RDA

    Rachel is an RDA at East Brainerd Oral Surgery. She received her Associate’s Degree in Allied Health as well as RDA certification at Chattanooga State Community College. Her favorite part about working for East Brainerd Oral Surgery is helping patients to be at ease during dental procedures. 

    In her free time, Rachel likes to go on hikes, ride her bike, and hang out with her friends and family. 

    Her favorite quote is “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

  • Ashley
    Ashley
    Billing Coordinator
    Ashley
    Ashley
    Billing Coordinator
  • Brittany
    Brittany
    Treatment Coordinator
    Brittany
    Brittany
    Treatment Coordinator

    Brittany is a Treatment Coordinator at East Brainerd Oral Surgery.  She is a graduate of Ringgold High School.  Brittany says she loves coming into work every day at East Brainerd Oral Surgery because “the staff is like family and we all work together to give the best patient care possible.”

    Her favorite pastimes are watching her daughter’s softball games, spending time with family, and going to the movies. Her favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” 

  • Emily
    Emily
    Treatment Coordinator
    Emily
    Emily
    Treatment Coordinator

    Emily is East Brainerd Oral Surgery’s Treatment Coordinator. Emily’s favorite part of her job is helping patients get the most from their benefits and understand them. In her free time, Emily participates in a variety of activities that include swimming, cycling, motorcycling, reading, and spending time with family and friends. 

    Her favorite Bible verse is Luke 6:31: “Do onto others of how you want to be treated yourself.” 

  • Alison RDA
    Alison
    Implant Coordinator
    Alison RDA
    Alison
    Implant Coordinator

    Alison is East Brainerd Oral Surgery’s Implant Coordinator. She is a graduate of Ooltewah High School and Miller-Motte College’s Dental Assisting Program. She says her favorite part of East Brainerd Oral Surgery’s office is the friendship with all of the team members. In her free time, Alison enjoys spending time with her family. Their favorite activities are being outside and having movie nights.

  • Amanda
    Amanda, RDA
    Surgical Assistant
    Amanda
    Amanda, RDA
    Surgical Assistant

    Amanda is a graduate of the Chattanooga State Community College’s Dental Assisting program. She is one of the surgical assistants at East Brainerd Oral Surgery. Her favorite part of working with East Brainerd Oral Surgery is how much the staff feels like a family. “We work really well together when it comes to taking care of our patients,” she says.  

    In her free time, Amanda spends time with her family and friends. Her favorite Bible verse is 1 Thessalonians 5:11: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 

  • Leslie
    Leslie
    Leslie
    Leslie
  • Deya
    Scheduling Coordinator
    Deya
    Scheduling Coordinator

    Deya is East Brainerd Oral Surgery’s Scheduling Coordinator. Before she came to East Brainerd Oral Surgery, she studied Child Development at Harper College in Chicago, Illinois. She says she appreciates how “we treat each other like family” at East Brainerd Oral Surgery.

     

    In her free time, Deya enjoys spending time with her family and she is getting ready for her first baby. Her favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” 

  • Dr. Childress
    Bill Childress, DDS, MD
    Oral Surgeon
    Dr. Childress
    Bill Childress, DDS, MD
    Oral Surgeon

    Bill Childress was born and raised in Tennessee. He grew up in La Follette, Tennessee, and attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree there, he went west to Memphis and received his DDS from University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 1989. Dr. Childress joined the United States Air Force and completed a General Practice Residency at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Captain Childress served as a general dentist for four years at MacDill AFB, Tampa, Florida. He transferred to Lackland AFB, in San Antonio, Texas, and entered a six-year Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at the USAF’s Wilford Hall Medical Center. While in the OMS residency, Dr. Childress graduated from medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, and received a medical degree in 1998. He received certificates of completion for a General Surgery Internship in 1999, and the Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Residency in 2000.

    Major Childress moved to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and served as a staff Oral Surgeon at the Air Force hospital there. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 2001. In 2003, he moved back to San Antonio, Texas and Wilford Hall Medical Center, and served as a staff oral surgeon, Training Officer for the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, was promoted to Colonel in 2008, and retired in 2010 as Program Director of the Air Force’s largest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery residency.

    Dr. Childress has looked forward to coming home to Tennessee for 21 years, as he served his country in the Air Force. His wife, Betsy, grew up in Jefferson City, Tennessee, and graduated from Carson-Newman College. They have two children, Justin and Meredith.

  • Dr Meyers
    Karl L. Meyer, DDS, MD
    Oral Surgeon
    Dr Meyers
    Karl L. Meyer, DDS, MD
    Oral Surgeon

    Dr. Karl Meyer received his undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University in 1983. Upon graduation in 1987 from Northwestern University Dental School in Chicago, Illinois, he received a direct commission into the Air Force. He completed a one-year General Practice Residency at Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois. Dr. Meyer served as a general dentist at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas for four years before entering residency training in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) at Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas. While in the OMS residency, Dr. Meyer graduated from medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, and received a medical degree in 1998. He received certificates of completion for a General Surgery Internship in 1999, and the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency in 2000.

    Lieutenant Colonel Meyer was assigned to Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea for one year, then moved to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Dr. Meyer was promoted to Colonel while at Eglin AFB. His 23-year miltary career included two tours in Korea and a voluntary humanitarian mission in Suriname, to treat an under-served population. His military career culminated in 2010 as the Director of Education in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery for General Dentistry, and senior teaching staff at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland AFB, Texas. He is a member of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.

    Dr. Meyer is married to Francesca Hsin, from Portland, Oregon. She is a graduate of Oregon State University, and University of Texas Health Science Center School of Pharmacy. The Meyers have one daughter.

  • Ricky Johnson, DDS, MD
    Ricky Johnson, DDS, MD
    Oral Surgeon
    Ricky Johnson, DDS, MD
    Ricky Johnson, DDS, MD
    Oral Surgeon

    Dr. Ricky Johnson retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2014, and returned to the state he calls home. He grew up in Dickson, Tennessee, earned his undergraduate degree from David Lipscomb College in 1985, and graduated first in his dental school class at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, in 1991.

    In the Air Force, Dr. Johnson served as a general dentist at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois and Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, prior to entering residency in the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) at Wilford Hall Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas. While in the OMS residency, Dr. Johnson graduated from medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, and received a medical degree in 1999. He received certificates of completion for a General Surgery Internship in 2000, and the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency in 2001.

    Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Johnson was assigned to Kadena Air Base in Japan for one year, then Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas for four years. He returned to Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, for the final years of his Air Force career. From 2010 until 2014 he wasCommander of the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Flight and Chairman/Program Director of the SanAntonio Military Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, as well as Military Consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

    Dr. Johnson met and married his wife Kim, while living in Murfreesboro before attending dental school. They have two children, April and Steven. Outside the office, Dr. Johnson enjoys outdoor activities, hunting, fishing, boating, and college football. He anticipates becoming active in the local American Legion and finding a church family.

  • Jenny
    Jennifer, RDA, BS, FAADOM
    Practice Manager
    Jenny
    Jennifer, RDA, BS, FAADOM
    Practice Manager

    Jenny is a 2008 graduate of Chattanooga State Technical Community College, and the dental assisting program. She is certified in radiology, sealants, and nitrous oxide monitoring. She is also a graduate of East Tennessee State University in 2010, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health, concentration in community health and a minor in nutrition.

    Jenny is a Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR certified instructor and enjoys providing patient education as well as dental education to offices in CPR as well as sterilization and infection control. Jenny enjoys greeting patients with a warm smile and providing assistance and care to meet the patient’s needs.

    Jenny is a member of the American Dental Assistant Association (ADAA), Tennessee Dental Assistant Association (TDAA), Alpha Phi Omega, and an AlliedStaff member of American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS).

    Jenny was born and raised in Etowah, TN where she graduated from McMinn Central High School in 2004, and currently resides in Chattanooga, TN. During her free time, she enjoys playing the piano, reading, traveling, being out on the lake, and spending time with her family. She married Robby in May 2011.

  • Leslie RDA
    Leslie
    RDA Surgical Assistant
    Leslie RDA
    Leslie
    RDA Surgical Assistant
    Leslie works part-time here at East Brainerd Oral Surgery. She has been with the practice since July 2015.  Leslie is certified in Radiology and Nitrous Oxide Monitoring.  She loves being a part of our team and has a grateful heart for helping others.
     
    “I truly enjoy my interactions with each patient here at East Brainerd Oral Surgery.  I can’t think of a better way to serve others than to provide comfort in times of need.”
     
    Leslie grew up in Maryville, TN before moving to Chattanooga.  She is happily married and has two boys.  Leslie enjoys being outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and supporting her boys in all of their sportings activates.
     
  • kristen lopez rda
    Kristen, RDA
    Surgical Assistant
    kristen lopez rda
    Kristen, RDA
    Surgical Assistant

    Kristen is a graduate of Miller-Motte Technical College where she received her certification as a Registered Dental Assistant. She is an Allied Staff Member of AAOMS and a member of the ADAA.

    “I am so blessed to work for such wonderful physicians and office staff! I truly love my job and what I do!”  Kristen wishes to continue to expand her knowledge with continuing education.  

    Kristen lives in Chattanooga with her husband and two children.  Her hobbies include spending time with family, being outdoors, watching movies, playing games, and Tennessee Football!

  • Abby
    Abby, RDA
    Surgical Assistant
    Abby
    Abby, RDA
    Surgical Assistant

    Abby is a graduate of Ooltewah High School and the Dental Assisting Program at Chattanooga State Community College. She is certified in radiology, sealants, monitoring nitrous oxide, and coronal polishing. Abby is also an Allied Staff member of American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS).

    Abby is very excited to be a part of the EBOS team. Raised in Chattanooga, Abby loves sports and attending Vols games, Titans football games, and Braves baseball games. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family. “I love the career field I have chosen and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else!” Abby recently became engaged to marry Quade.

  • Caitlin
    Caitlin, RDA
    Surgical Assistant
    Caitlin
    Caitlin, RDA
    Surgical Assistant

    Caitlin is a graduate of Central High School in Chattanooga. She is a graduate of Medical Assistant school and has over five years experience assisting with minor surgeries, dermatology experience, pediatrics and plastic surgery. Caitlin is always up for gaining new experience.

    Caitlin started her career at EBOS as an administrative assistant, and was the smiling face that greeted our patients at the front desk, and in 2014, completed her RDA training, and is now one of the smiling faces that greets our patients in the back!

    Caitlin is an Allied Staff member of American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS). Her hobbies include cooking, working out, hanging out with family and friends, and being adventurous! She and Shane were married in March 2015.

  • Carrington RDA
    Carrington, RDA
    Head Surgical Assistant
    Carrington RDA
    Carrington, RDA
    Head Surgical Assistant

    Carrington is a graduate of Ooltewah High School and the Dental Assisting Program at Chattanooga State. She is certified in Radiology, Nitrous Oxide Monitoring, Sealants, and Coronal Polishing. She is a member of the American Dental Assistant Association (ADAA) and is an Allied Staff member of American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS).

    She is a surgical assistant, but also fills in at the front desk on occasion. Carrington looks forward to furthering her education in the healthcare field. “I love coming to work every day and taking care of so many patients! Seeing a smile on their faces puts an even bigger smile on mine,” she says. She is excited to  be a part of the East Brainerd Oral Surgery team. Born and raised in Chattanooga, Carrington enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking, attending UT Volunteer events, being on the lake and spending time with her family, friends, and her dogs Lily, Lucy, Bentley and Jack.

  • Kim
    Kim
    Financial Coordinator/Marketing
    Kim
    Kim
    Financial Coordinator/Marketing

    Kim has over fifteen years of experience in Oral Surgery and over 20 years of experience in insurance and financial coordination. She is an Allied Staff Member of AAOMS. Kim has attended various continuing education courses which include insurance, billing, and coding to stay up to date with current practices.

    “I love my job and the people I work with. Our office is a warm atmosphere, and we make a team effort in taking care of our patients.”

    As financial coordinator, Kim works with each patient on an individual basis so that they can get the best benefit from their insurance company and other financial means for their surgical needs.

    Kim enjoys going to sports events, traveling, spending time with her family, and her dogs Sky and Mollie.

  • lori hall rda
    Lori, RDA
    Infection Control
    lori hall rda
    Lori, RDA
    Infection Control

    Lori attended the Dental Assistant program at the University of Florida. She worked for a general dentist in her hometown of Winter Haven, for thirteen years, as a registered dental assistant. She is an Allied Staff member of American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS).

    Her favorite part of working for East Brainerd Oral Surgery is the appreciation of all the doctors and the staff.

    Lori is our sterilization expert and keeps a ready smile for everyone!

  • Stephanie
    Stephanie, CDA, RDA, AAS, AEMT
    Head Surgical Assistant
    Stephanie
    Stephanie, CDA, RDA, AAS, AEMT
    Head Surgical Assistant

    Stephanie is a graduate of East Ridge High School and the Dental Assisting program at Chattanooga State Community College. She is certified in radiology, nitrous oxide monitoring, and received certification in dental assisting from the Dental Assisting National Board in 2005. She also received an Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Services Management from Chattanooga State, and graduated from their EMT program in May 2011.

    She is a member of the American Dental Assistant Association (ADAA) and is an allied staff member of AAOMS, and truly loves what she does. “I have always had a passion for oral surgery and truly feel blessed to work with such wonderful people that help me enjoy it even more every day.” One of her favorite aspects of her job is interacting with patients and helping them to feel more comfortable when they are anxious about their surgery.

    During her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family and fur babies, and watching movies.

  • Jenny
    Jenny, RDA
    Senior Surgical Assistant
    Jenny
    Jenny, RDA
    Senior Surgical Assistant

    Jenny is a graduate of Bradley Central High School in Cleveland, TN and the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Anesthesia Assistant Program in May 1989. She completed certification by the Southern California Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and became a full fledged Oral Surgery Assistant. She has over 35 years of experience assisting in oral surgery and IV sedation and has continued to further educate herself over the years through many local seminars and community events. Jenny is certified in Nitrous Oxide Monitoring through the State of Tennessee.

    She is a current member of the American Dental Assistant Association (ADAA), the Tennessee Dental Assistant Association (TDAA), and an Allied Staff member of American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS).

    Jenny enjoys being in the dental field and after 35 years still loves coming to work! “I try to put my patients at ease and thoroughly explain what procedures are being done because this can be an apprehensive time for them.” She is excited about being a part of the East Brainerd Oral Surgery family.