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Dr. Carly Tipton



Dr. Carly Tipton is a native of Somerset, KY and she attended the UK College of Dentistry for her DMD. You may ask yourself, how did this Kentucky girl end up in East Tennessee? Well, during her second year of dental school, she met a first year dental student from Johnson City, Tennessee and in the midst of exams, practicals, and patients, he stole her heart. Now, after being married for almost three years, the mountains of east TN have won Carly over and she is happy to finally be calling this place home. She looks forward to meeting everyone and helping patients take an active role in their oral health. Her demeanor is very comforting to patients, making them feel relaxed in an otherwise stressful atmosphere. In her spare time, Carly enjoy kayaking, attending festivals, and spending time with her husband, Logan, and their two dogs, Tucker and Honey.

Kristin Langston

Registered Dental Hygienist


Kristin grew up in Dyer, a small town in West Tennessee, and moved to Johnson City to attend ETSU's dental hygiene program. While obtaining her degree, the mountains won over her heart and she now calls East Tennessee home. As a dental professional, Kristin aims to provide all patients with the highest quality care and comfort. She says the favorite part of her job is patient education, so patients can take home the knowledge of how to keep a healthy, beautiful smile! In her free time, she has several hobbies: hiking and nature, reading, photography, video games, music, gardening, and taking care of her pets.

Lisa Botts

Registered Dental Hygienist

Lisa grew up here in Elizabethton, just two blocks from our office. She attended Elizabethton High School and then attained her dental hygiene degree from ETSU. Lisa is happily married to her husband, Nick, who is a retired pharmacist. Together, Lisa and Nick have two children: a daughter, Julie, who is also a dental hygienist and a son, John, who is a hospice administrator. In her spare time, Lisa like to collect cookbooks and travel as much as possible. And, she says she still loves dental hygiene after almost 40 years!

Rhonda Tipton

Financial Coordinator


Rhonda was born in Erwin, TN and raised in Johnson City, TN. She and her husband, Ronald, raised two sons, Lucas and Logan. Rhonda attended East Tennessee State University for her BBA in accounting. As the financial manager of Appalachian Family Dentistry, Rhonda works with insurance companies to make sure that you get the most return from your dental benefits. Her hobbies include gardening, painting, and working around the family farm.

DeDe Word

Insurance Coordinator

DeDe moved from Memphis to Gray in 2017 to be closer to her daughter who graduated from ETSU. Along with restoring an old farmhouse with her husband, cats, and dog, she plays tournament softball and reads every chance she gets. DeDe came in to the dental field in the early 2000s from a financial background and she enjoys the challenge of working with insurance on behalf of the patient.

Sherrie Gouge

Registered Dental Hygienist


Sherrie grew up in Elizabethton, TN but later moved to Johnson City, where she currently resides. Before receiving her B.S. in Dental Hygiene from ETSU in 2003, she worked as a dental assistant for several years. Sherrie prides herself on helping patients achieve optimal dental health with her gentle clinical skills. Outside of dental hygiene, Sherrie enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also loves to travel, shop, and listen to all types of music. When asked about her job, Sherrie always says, "I just spend the day getting to know people, and, oh yeah, I clean their teeth too!"

Brandy Winchester

Registered Dental Assistant

Brandy was born and raised in Southwest VA and moved to Elizabethton nearly 30 years ago. She has been an RDA for 20 years and enjoys interacting and getting to know patients all while getting to witness them being able to smile again. Brandy always tries to make your dental visit as joyful and stress-free as possible and she succeeds with her infectious laugh! In her spare time, Brandy enjoys camping and off-roading with her husband and son.

Logan Tipton

Office Manager


Logan was born and raised in Johnson City, TN and attended East Tennessee State University for his undergraduate degree in business. Like Dr. Carly, Logan expressed an interest in the dental field and he has been critical in the growth of Appalachian Family Dentistry. Logan works hard to keep the dental office running smoothly and his charismatic, genuine personality makes patients feel like long, lost best friends. In his spare time, Logan loves kayaking, hiking, fishing, and spending time with Dr. Carly and their two dogs, Tucker and Honey.

Dylan Shallcross



Dylan was born in West Palm Beach, FL and has been living here in Elizabethton for the past 18 years. He attended East Tennessee State University for his undergraduate degree in Public Health. He plans to further his education by getting his Master's degree in Health Care Administration in the next couple of years. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys cheering on the Miami Marlins as well as the Miami Hurricanes. In his spare time, Dylan enjoys fishing, kayaking, hunting, and hiking. As the receptionist here at Appalachian Family Dentistry, he conducts himself in a professional manner to give patients a good first impression. He strives to make patients feel comfortable when they come to the dentist. His positive attitude proves to make our patients feel right at home.