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REGISTERED DENTAL HYGIENIST
Jean has been a lifelong resident of Hixson and is a graduate of Hixson High School. Jean was President of the first Dental Hygiene class at Chattanooga State and graduated from Chattanooga State in 1978. She’s practiced Dental Hygiene for over 40 years, 38 of which have been with Dr. Michael Ward. During her tenure with Dr. Ward, she has provided care for generations of families and loves the daily interaction her profession provides with others. Jean strives to offer a comfortable and quality treatment experience for all of her patients.
In her personal life, Jean believes in a healthy, exercise-oriented lifestyle. She and her husband, John, enjoy biking, hiking and the outdoors. Jean also loves spending time with her two sons and two grandchildren.
REGISTERED DENTAL HYGIENIST
Lesley has been a dental hygienist since 2016. She worked as a dental assistant for 3 years before going back to school for her hygiene degree. Lesley recently married her husband, Zach, in November 2019. They have 3 dogs: Cooter, Drake, and Waylon. She enjoys working in the yard and spending time at the lake. Lesley also loves the Tennessee Vols.
REGISTERED DENTAL HYGIENIST
Laura began her dental career with Dr. Ward as a dental assistant over ten years ago. She went on to become a dental hygienist graduating from the Chattanooga State dental hygiene program in 2013. She loves spending time with her husband Greg and daughter Ryan along with friends and family. Her interests include music, cooking, watching sports, traveling, four wheeling, and sitting around a good campfire.
REGISTERED DENTAL HYGIENIST
LuAnne is a 1986 graduate of Chattanooga State where she earned her associate’s degree in dental hygiene. She has been a dental hygienist for 34 years, with 32 of those years in pediatric dentistry. At her Church, she loves helping in children’s ministries, singing in the choir, and praise team. She also plays the piano with the Church’s praise band. She enjoys reading, working in her yard and traveling with her husband of 33 years, Tony. LuAnne loves shopping and spending time with her daughter & son-in-law, MaKinzie & Josh.
Paula has worked in the dental field for over 30 years-including as a hygienist, assistant, and receptionist. She has lived many places around the country, but has called Dayton, TN home for the last 25 years. (Talk to her for a bit and see if you can pick a state she has lived in).
In her spare time, she enjoys estate sales and furniture refinishing, as well as spending time with her three grandsons. Paula would be glad to help you with all your scheduling and insurance needs.
Our treatment coordinator Amanda, is one of the first faces you will see when you are welcomed to Team Popp Dental! Amanda has over ten years experience in the healthcare field and has been with Team Popp since February of 2017. We are confident that you will feel excited and ready for your treatment after spending time with Amanda.
Amanda and her husband Mark both love to camp and spend time outdoors with their friends and two daughters Aly and Gracie, and fur baby, Oreo. Also in her free time, Amanda loves going to contemporary Christian concerts and being an active member of City Church.
Lisa has over 25 years of dental practice experience. She lives in Ooltewah with her husband of 31 years, Steve. They have been blessed with 2 sons, Matthew and David, and 1 grandson, Judah. Lisa loves dogs, Atlanta Braves baseball, boating with her husband, and spending time with her family and friends.
Jeanette has over 15 years experience as a front desk receptionist in orthodontics. Fortunately, Jeanette joined Team Popp in March of 2018! Feeling like a “team” and a “family” is what we strive for and Jeanette’s smiling face makes every patient feel that way as they walk in the door. Not only is she extremely friendly, Jeanette is organized, creative, and driven which makes her a perfect business manager for our team.
Jeanette is the wife of Brian Ramsey and mother to her son, Tres. Outside of work, Jeanette stays task driven and loves to work on the inside and outside of her house, enjoys hiking, hanging with friends and family, and is a sucker for a good game night!
A native to Myrtle Beach, SC, Brandi moved to the Chattanooga area 12 years ago. With over 16 years of orthodontic experience, we knew Brandi was a perfect match for our clinical manager. Brandi is organized, outgoing, innovative, and really knows how to make someone smile. So of course, working in a profession where we are all about smiles is very fitting!
Brandi is the proud parent of Cameron, Sofia, and Kason, and wife to Desmond. They are a traveling family and love to go on cruises! When Brandi isn’t working, you can find her by the pool, enjoying Mexican food, or rooting for the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Robin is one of the first faces you see when you come into our office. The Chattanooga native, born and raised, resides with her husband of fifteen years along with their two young boys. Robin enjoys reading and beach trips with lots of time in the sun. She loves to laugh and have fun and seems to never meet a stranger. She can also be found at the baseball fields cheering for her two favorite baseball players, her boys.
Sam joined the Team Popp Family in July of 2019. She was born & raised in Jasper, TN. Previously, she was a surgical tech at Erlanger, working with kids as well as adults. Though she enjoyed surgery, she was ready for a career change into pediatric dentistry and orthodontics. She loves kids, so she is perfect for our growing pediatric side of the practice. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Lucas, for four years. They happily have an adorable precocious son, Dawson, and a photogenic furbaby, named Harley. Sam enjoys the outdoors and loves spending time with friends and family. She is a great multitasker and quick learner, which makes her a great front desk receptionist.
Teresa moved to Chattanooga in 1999 from South Florida. She enjoys boating with her husband of 32 years, Jeff. They dearly love their one and only daughter, Jorden, who is a newly-wed. She enjoys spending time at the ocean. Teresa is an asset to the team, being extremely organized and outgoing.
Christina has been an RDA for 17 years and has worked with Dr. Gill for all of those 17 years. She is happily married to her husband, Will, for 15 years. They have an amazing daughter who attends college at UWG. Christina has two adorable dogs named Georgia and Clayton and a granddog named Cash. Her hobbies are hiking, traveling, and hanging out with friends and family. You often will find her yelling, “Gooooooo Dawgs! Sic ‘Em! Woof, woof!!!”
Karen is a lifelong resident of Chattanooga, TN. She began her career as an intern in dental assisting with Dr. Ward in 1993. She graduated from Chattanooga State as a Registered Dental Assistant in 1995 and she has provided care for 26 years with Dr. Ward! Karen takes pride in making sure that all patients are comfortable for treatment and enjoys being apart of the team at Team Popp Dental.
Outside of the office, she enjoys family camping trips, hiking, movies, family trips, bowling and stained glass classes.
Jennifer joined our team summer 2020 with 3 years of dental experience. She is multi-talented as she also has a cosmetology degree and does hair part-time. She loves spending time with her two children who keep her busy with softball, baseball, wrestling, football, and cheer. She enjoys the outdoors, loves to travel, and explore new places. Jennifer’s outgoing, bubbly personality, makes her a perfect fit for our team! She is never without a smile on her face…just don’t get between her and her coffee.
Debbie was born and raised right here in good ole Chatt-town. She has worked alongside Dr. Sam Gill as his orthodontic assistant for over 40 years and joined Team Popp Dental in December of 2018. Debbie & her husband have been married for 44 years, have two sports enthusiastic sons and seven wonderful grandchildren. Her heart is most full when she is spending time with family and friends.
Tori has been with Team Popp for six years as a clinical assistant. Tori is very outgoing and knowledgeable which always makes for an enjoyable experience at our office! You might find it hard to not find Tori in a happy and smiling mood! Without this enthusiastic sweet soul, our office would not the be same!
Tori lives in Lafayette, GA with her husband Josh and their toddler, Lane. Most days outside of work, she spends chasing Lane, but also enjoys hiking, traveling to new places, experiencing music festivals, and doing crossfit!