Amanda, RDASurgical Assistant
Bill Childress, DDS, MDOral 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.
Karl L. Meyer, DDS, MDOral 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, MDOral 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.
Jennifer, RDA, BS, FAADOMPractice 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.
LeslieRDA Surgical AssistantLeslie 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, RDASurgical 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.
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, RDASurgical 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.
Jewel, RDAImplant Treatment Coordinator
Jewel is a graduate of Western Carolina University, with a Bachelors degree in Communications. She became a registered dental assistant in 2012. Jewel is an Allied Staff member of American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS).
“As Implant Treatment Coordinator, I help educate the patient on their treatment options, and work with their general dentist. I am able to answer many insurance questions, and I take pride in making anxious patients more comfortable.”
Jewel resides in Chattanooga, TN with her husband and their three fur babies. Her hobbies include travel, boating, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.
Caitlin, RDASurgical 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, RDAHead 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 has over fifteen years of experience in Oral Surgery and over 20 years 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.”
Kim enjoys going to sports events, traveling, spending time with her family, and her dogs Sky and Mollie.
Lori, RDAInfection 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).
Lori is our sterilization expert and keeps a ready smile for everyone!
Stephanie, CDA, RDA, AAS, AEMTHead 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, RDASenior 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.