Meet the Team
Kelly – Front Office Team
Kelly is a native of Asheville. She graduated from Asheville Buncombe Technical College Dental Assisting Program in 1992. Kelly has more than 22 years of experience in dentistry, both as a dental assistance and office administrator. She joined Asheville Periodontics in 2013 and feels truly blessed to have been a part of the dental community for so many years.
When not at work, Kelly enjoys watching her son, Griffin, play baseball and basketball. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends relaxing at the beach.
Rachel – Front Office Team
Rachel is originally from Pennsylvania. She moved to Asheville in 2009 with her family. She is currently studying Health Wellness and Promotion at the University of North Carolina Asheville and will be graduating May 2018. Rachel has been a part of Asheville Periodontics since the beginning of 2017. She is truly blessed that Dr. Goggin and her team took me on with open arms as I learned the ways of the dental field. She started out as a person to help around the office and has moved up to working at the front desk alongside of Kelly.
In her free time, she likes to spend her time hiking and going on road trips. And enjoys her time with her dog Charlie, who is a German Shepard mixed with a Husky. She does a lot of traveling due to family living in different parts of the country but never misses a beat when catching up with her family.
Kristy – Hygienist
Kristy Castillo is a registered dental hygienist in Asheville, NC and is a member of the America Dental Hygiene Association. She received her dental hygiene degree from Asheville Buncombe Community College in 2003. She practiced in general dentistry for 7 years before transitioning to a Asheville Periodontics in 2010. Since joining the team at Asheville Periodontics, Kristy has been able to stay on the cutting edge of her profession through continuing education and clinical practices. It has been both satisfying and rewarding for her to work with such wonderful colleagues and patients. She takes great pride being involved in the education of her patients, as well as establishing and maintaining their periodontal health. Patients often remark how they look forward to their appointments because they enjoy working with Kristy so much as well as obtaining a wealth of knowledge to maintain their dentition.
Kristy is a native of Western NC. She has a beautiful daughter named Madison and enjoys being in the outdoors and spending time with her family.
Melissa – Hygienist
Melissa is one of the newer members of the Asheville Periodontics team. She received her dental hygiene degree from Catawba Valley Community College in 2001 and joined Asheville Periodontics in March of 2017. She has always had a special interest in periodontal care. Melissa has an outgoing personality and has a passion for top patient care and comfort. She enjoys the interaction between her patients and is happy to have the opportunity to spend one on one time educating them on the steps to take for better oral health. She takes pride in building trusting relationships which is why patients look forward to their next visit.
Melissa grew up in Mesa, Arizona, but has lived all over the United States before settling in North and South Carolina. In her spare time she loves entertaining for friends and family, spending time outdoors and traveling with her husband, Michael, and two loveable canines, Tebow and Tiberius.
Daina – Dental Assistant
Daina is an Asheville native. She graduated from the Dental Assisting program at Asheville Buncombe Technical College in 2000. Daina had 15 years experience in general denistry when she decided to join the amazing team at Asheville Periodontics in March of 2015. She felt that it was time to become more educated & knowledgeable in other areas of denistry. Daina strives in providing excellent patient care, as well as compassion.
In her free time, Daina enjoys spending time with her husband & children. They enjoy camping, sports, food & family vacations.
Alex – Dental Assistant
Alex is an Asheville native and lover of the mountains. She graduated this year from the Dental Assisting program at Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College. After interning with us this past summer, she made the transition into an official team member at Asheville Periodontics. Alex feels incredibly excited to be a part of our practice and is looking forward to her continued learning in periodontics and in providing excellent care to each and every patient.
In her free time Alex likes to hike with her Siberian husky Reyka! She also loves to spend time reading, listening to live music and exploring Asheville.
Jessica – Dental Assistant
Jessica, an Asheville native, graduated from the Dental Assisting II program at AB Tech in 2008. She had 8 years experience assisting in general dentistry before joining the team of Asheville Periodontics earlier this year. Jessica is cross-trained for the administrative and assisting needs of the office attending to patients any way she can. Her goal is to provide the best patient comfort and care with the utmost consideration and attentiveness.
Jessica spends her time away from the office with her husband and three beautiful children. They enjoy family time and the mountains.
Natalie – Marketing & Professional Relationships Director
Natalie Ray already had an accomplished background when she came to our office in 2017, having spent the previous 10 years working as a Marketing Director in San Francisco, California and in Asheville, North Carolina, prior to coming on board as our Marketing and Professional Relationships Director.
As Professional Relationships Director, Natalie designs and supports our patient and referral experiences, both inside and outside our office. She curates our professional relationships, events, website, email correspondences, and more, to ensure that your experience with Asheville Periodontics goes above and beyond your expectations.
Away from the office, Natalie brings the same dedication to her roles as wife and mother. She and her husband married in 2014 and have two young sons, Wyatt and Wesley.