Meet Our Assistants



smaller-2003Malinda brings over 10 years of dental assisting experience to our office.

She enjoys helping patients understand procedures and to feel more at ease in the dental chair. "We want to help our patients to obtain a healthy smile they can be proud of," Malinda says.

Malinda resides in Hixson and enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs.



Cindy is an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant with the state of Tennessee and is also a Certified Dental Assistant with the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). She is currently President of the Chattanooga Chapter of the TNDAA and Secretary of the TNDAA. She is also a member of the American Dental Assistants of America. 

She has been at Shallowford Family Dental Group since 2002, prior to that with Dr. Lewis since high school in 1999. She has a great love and passion for
dentistry!! Also loves children and helps out in several areas of the children's 
and youth programs at her church. 


smaller-2001Kala has been a dental assistant for Dr. Gardenhire since 2008. She loves making patients feel at ease when coming to the dentist. Kala continues to advance her career through yearly continuing education classes to keep her up-to-date on new materials and techniques.

Kala lives in Birchwood, Tn. She spends her free time on the lake with her husband, Clay, and also enjoys time with her family.

Mary Taylor

smaller-1999Mary Taylor started in August of 2013 with SFDG. She graduated at Miller-Motte in January 2009 and was on the Dean's list every semester.

She has two kids, Kaylee and Kennady. They all love to go to the lake, kayaking, or just anything around the water!

"I enjoy developing relationships with my patients so they are more at ease when they are receiving their dental treatment."


smaller-2009Leah has been a member of  the clinical staff at Shallowford Family Dental Group since 2009. She is a graduate from Chattanooga State. She is a resident of Trenton, GA.

"Shallowford Family Dental Group is devoted to the highest quality of patient care. I'm proud to be a part of such a respected team!"


sheree-1001-resized.jpgSheree joined the Shallowford Family Dental Group in 2016. She began
her dental career in 2005 after her high school days at Ridgeland. She was a
member of the Volleyball team, voted Most Dependable and elected Class
Vice President all four years. 

Her family, husband Jason and her kids Harper, Boston, Taylor and Jacob,
requires most of her time away from the practice. When she gets an
opportunity she enjoys antiques and painting them. "I'm a closet antique
picker lol." 


smaller-2011We are proud that Jessica has joined the clinical staff at SFDG in February of 2013. She is a 2010 Graduate of Chattanooga College. 

She has two wonderful boys, Zakk and Landon, and seems to find herself at a park with them in her free time. She also loves country music.

"I love developing new and lasting relationships with my patients here."


smaller-2013Danitra joined us in 2016. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management at UTC and attended Chattanooga State for her Associate's Degree in Dental Assisting . . cum laude. She is a registered and certified dental assistant. She is a member of the American Dental Assistants Association.

She enjoys building a personal relationship with her patients and their conversations!

Away from the office she enjoys traveling, crafting and has a passion for
fashion. Shopping??? Absolutely! "I also love spending time with my wonderful
nieces and nephews."