We are committed to making you and your results our number one focus. Kristy, Kathy and Meg will most likely be the first voices you hear on the phone and the first smile greeting you upon your arrival. Your successful, positive experience and care is our number one priority. Your experience in our office will be as beautiful as your new smile. We pride ourselves on having an awareness of your happiness and total well-being. With your care and comfort in mind, we’ve incorporated some luxuries into your visit.
Kathy Toney – Office Coordinator
Kathy has worked in almost every capacity in a dental office since she started her career in the dental field in 1989. After receiving her certification for assisting, she continued on to Ohio State University where she achieved certification for the expanded functions dental assistant. She is originally from Cincinnati and has lived in the low country since 1989.
Kathy has worked at Palmetto Dental Arts since 2003.
Meg Utley – Patient Care Coordinator
Meg is originally from Omaha, NE where she attended University of Nebraska at Omaha. After college, she moved to South Carolina where she met her husband, Dan. Meg began her dental career in 2012 at Palmetto Dental Arts. She can be seen assisting Dr. Smith, working at the front of the office, or at community social events.
She enjoys any type of personal interaction and strives to give the highest level of quality care. When Meg’s not working, she enjoys traveling or at sporting events with her husband and friends. Meg and Dan have a handsome son, Daniel III.
Kristy Golike – Patient Care Coordinator
Kristy is our patient care coordinator. Kristy is also a trained clinical assistant. Her clinical experience helps with answering clinical questions you may have. She entered the dental field in 2001 after graduating from Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas as a registered dental assistant. Patients have enjoyed her calm manner and her ability to make any patient feel comfortable since she joined our staff in 2011.
She recently moved back to the area from NC with her wonderful son, Tristin, beautiful daughter, Emma, and loving husband, Mike. Mike is a U.S. Marine Corps officer assigned to the Beaufort Air Station.
Ashley Weekly – Insurance Coordinator
Ashley has called the Low country home for over eight years. She attended Mississippi State University majoring in Microbiology. While she has worked in the veterinary field for many years as an animal care technician, in 2015 she was introduced to dentistry. She will be happy to answer any of your insurance questions with a bright happy smile.
New Patient Exam & Cosmetic Consultation
During the new patient exam or cosmetic consultation, you will meet with Rayla Conover. Rayla is a registered dental hygienist who brings a wealth of experience in dentistry and has an excellent skill set to walk you through your journey to comprehensive dental health. We care about your success in our office and work very hard to create the best solutions for you. Digital photos are often taken to objectively evaluate your smile and bite.
In most cases, people have at least two options to achieve their desired results. We work with you to help you choose the treatment option that meets or exceeds your goals and desired results.
Rayla Conover – New Patient Coordinator
Rayla is a registered dental hygienist. She has been in the dental field since 2000 and brings passion for dentistry and extensive experience to Palmetto Dental Arts, where she has worked since 2010. She earned a dental hygiene degree from Greenville Tech in Greenville, SC. Going through cosmetic dentistry herself as a patient, she says it has changed her life.
She decided to pursue a career in dentistry and help other people feel better about smiling. Her life outside the dental office is filled with all kinds of exciting adventures involving her son Nick, daughter Emma and husband, Wayne.
Ensuring Gum Tissue Health
Oral health and the appearance of your gum tissue help define your smile. We have sought out solid technology and well-trained hygienists to support and maintain healthy gum tissue. Our hygienists Shelly, Nicole, and Tammy are well trained. They offer antibiotic placement and gum therapy to improve the health of gum tissue. At each cleaning visit, our hygienist measures the tissue health at six locations around each tooth.
This amazing customization of your hygiene care ensures early detection of problems and your ultimate oral health. Before proceeding with a cosmetic and/or functional enhancement, we want to achieve for proper gum tissue health.
Michele Rizzo – Registered Dental Hygienist
Shelly has been a dental hygienist since 1994 and joined Palmetto Dental Arts in 2004. She earned her dental hygienist certification from Armstrong University in Savannah, GA. In her spare time, she is a team captain for the American Cancer Society, volunteers for the Bluffton Fins Swim Team and volunteers at her daughter’s school.
Her family loves the outdoors and enjoys all the Low Country has to offer – crabbing, fishing and wallowing in the pluff mud!
Nicole Lightfoot – Registered Dental Hygienist
Nicole was raised in Savannah, GA and relocated to the Bluffton area 15 years ago. She began her dental career in 2008 as a certified dental assistant at Palmetto Dental Arts. She pursued her dream by furthering her career at Savannah Technical College, becoming a registered dental hygienist. Nicole is a wonderful asset to our team, providing the best dental care for our patients’ dental needs and health.
In her free time, she enjoys traveling, boating, anything outside with her energetic 4 year old son, Aidan.
Tammy Walters – Registered Dental Hygienist
Tammy Walters has been a Dental Hygienist since 2000. She grew up in Jermyn, Pennsylvania. Her interest in the Dental field started in 1995. She obtained her first position in the field as an expanded functions Dental Assistant while attending college at Penn State University. She went on to graduate from Luzerne College in Pennsylvania with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Tammy moved to Bluffton, SC in 2011 and completed her certification to administer local anesthesia from MUSC in Charleston, SC. She plans to continue her education so that she may provide the community with the best educated care possible.
In her spare time, Tammy enjoys health and fitness. She is a certified fitness trainer and certified in fitness nutrition. She has completed three marathons, six triathlons, ten half marathons and countless smaller races. She enjoys spending time with her husband Jason, daughter Megan and dog Abby.
Tricia Schel – Registered Dental Hygienist
Tricia began her dental career as a receptionist. She then trained as a dental assistant and went on to become a dental practice manager. Her dream was to become a dental hygienist and she attended Trident Technical College in Charleston, S.C. She has a special interest in oral health combined with overall health. Her calm demeanor makes our patients feel comfortable and at ease.
Tricia has two children, a son that is a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Special Forces, stationed at Hunter Army Airfield, and a daughter that is an Ensign in the U.S. Navy, critical care nurse stationed in Okinawa, Japan. In her free time, she loves to go hike, go to the beach, and do anything outdoors.
Relax- you’re in good hands
Our practice reflects our high level of customer service and the passion we have for dentistry. We welcome you into a warm, friendly environment that is completely dedicated to your care, comfort and to improving your smile. Our knowledgeable and caring dental assistants, Anne Marie, and Ashley are always helpful in answering questions concerning your dental needs or various dental treatments.
Anne Marie Leach – Registered Dental Assistant
Anne Marie is originally from Houston, where she attended Lonestar College. Soon after, she moved to Virginia where she met her husband, Nate, and they welcomed their daughter, Piper. In 2011, they relocated to South Carolina and she began working with Palmetto Dental Arts.
In her free time, Anne Marie enjoys camping, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends.
Ashley Clark – Registered Dental Assistant
Ashley is a native of Etowah, NC. She graduated from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in 2002 with a certificate in dental assisting. She came to the Lowcountry and joined the Palmetto Dental Arts team in the summer of 2014.
Over the years, she has worked in general dental practices as well as oral surgery.
In her spare time she enjoy traveling with her husband, Matt, daughter, Amy, and their four dogs.
Andrea Smith – Registered Dental Assistant
Andrea is originally from Auburn, Alabama. She relocated to the Low country 6 years ago. She has been a dental assistant for over 8 years, working in a wide range of specialties including root canal therapy and orthodontic care. Her upbeat personality makes our office a more enjoyable place to be.
In her free time Andrea enjoys traveling, boating, and doing anything outside. She also enjoys spending time with her fiance, family, friends, and two dogs Maxx and Cooper.