ABOUT SHALLOWFORD FAMILY DENTAL GROUP
At Shallowford Family Dental Group (in Chattanooga, TN), we are proud of our history. This practice began back in 1940 with one doctor dedicated and committed to providing the best care possible to his patients. As the years passed, the practice has gained thousands of wonderful patients who have entrusted us with the health of their family. Today we continue that commitment of care in our modern, state-of-the-art facility with our four experienced doctors.
Our four dentists bring over 75 years of combined dental experience into one team. For decades, we’ve practiced right here in Chattanooga, and we are proud to serve our community with dedication and care. Our multi-doctor team creates a healthy environment of experience and expertise that benefits every patient.
MEET OUR DENTISTS
MEET OUR BUSINESS STAFF
- GinaPatient Coordinator
- JennetteNew Patient Coordinator
- TammyPatient Coordinator
- LeePatient Coordinator
- MistyPatient Coordinator
- RobinFinancial Coordinator
- PatSupport Services Coordinator
Gina joined the Shallowford Family Dental Group team in 2006, with many prior years of dental office experience. She completed her degree in Business Management in 2009.
“I am truly blessed to work with such a great group and to get to do what I love every day. I enjoy dealing with the patients and having a part in helping them to have a positive experience with our office.”
She is very proud of her son, Tyler, who is currently attending UTC. She enjoys spending her free time with family and friends.
Jennette feels blessed to say she has been with Shallowford Family Dental Group since February of 2005 – she considers this team her family! She also loves the unique opportunity to meet everyone who comes into the office. “I really enjoy greeting our patients by name and saying hello with a smile.”
Taking care of people and doing a great job are Jennette’s passions. Keeping in mind many people are fearful of the dentist, she takes personal pride when she is able to help them feel comfortable and more at ease. “We have a team of 23 incredible people here to support 4 really talented doctors; I firmly believe we provide the best dental care you can find in the Chattanooga area.”
When not working, Jennette spends time with family and friends enjoying the great outdoors – you will find her on the lake, in the mountains, or gone to the beach!
Tammy joined Shallowford Family Dental Group in June 2013, bringing with her over 20 years of experience in dentistry, insurance and patient advocacy. After 21 years living in Michigan, she is happy to be back “home” since she was born and raised in Georgetown, Tennessee.
“Dentistry and people are my passion! I truly enjoy assisting patients in becoming healthier through their dental care and seeing them smile their “best smile”. I cannot imagine doing anything else! I am so excited to join such an amazing group of talented professionals and I feel blessed to be able to do what I love”
When not working, she enjoys the great outdoors, fishing , hunting, gardening and photography. She is the proud mom of three great children: Jonathan, Garrick and MiKayla.
Bio coming soon…
Misty joined us in March of 2017, bringing over 14 years of experience as a Registered Dental Assistant. She chose to transition from assisting to working in the front office and has “loved every minute of it.” She truly enjoys helping people receive the treatment they need with the help of their insurance benefits or other means of financial assistance.
Misty has been happily married to Michael since 2001 and they have 2 beautiful teenage daughters. When not busy with the girls’ travel softball teams and other ‘teenage’ activities, they enjoy camping and beach trips. Misty even plays softball herself by participating in an adult women’s softball league.
Robin joined the team at Shallowford Family Dental Group as financial coordinator in 2004; bringing with her many years of experience and an extensive background in both the dental and medical field.
In her current position, Robin is eager to assist existing and new patients with their financial concerns regarding their dental care. Her objective for all patients is to be able to provide them with an exceptional dental experience while helping them achieve their dental goals.
Away from the practice, Robin enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren.
After moving back from Tampa, FL, he came to SFDG in 2011, to help with the renovation of an additional acquired dental practice. His connection to SFDG was Dr. Gardenhire, Dr. Lewis and he all grew up in East Ridge. The three month job has turned into a job that he truly loves. He says he meet lots of great people and even sees some of his ol’ friends here.
Pat’s background has been in golf since 1983, first as a club professional in Birmingham and then as a caddie on the Champions Tour. The most famous player that he worked for was Chi Chi Rodriguez and his best win was with Bob Duval, the same week his son, David Duval, won the Players Championship.
Away from work, you may find him playing an occasional round of golf but he still loves to travel. His wife, Tracy, and he loves to take weekend trips and take in a concert or two!
MEET OUR HYGIENISTS
- ShaylaHygiene Coordinator
I am originally from Richmond. Virginia. I moved to Chattanooga to attend dental assisting school at Chattanooga State. I have been with Shallowford Family Dental Group since July of 2018 as the Hygiene Coordinator. I hope to one day go to Hygiene school, but for now I enjoy learning and working beside my teammates as a Registered Dental Assistant. When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my family and attending my sons sporting events.
Candy has been a dental hygienist with Dr. Lewis since 1992! The past 10 years have been here with Shallowford Family Dental Group. She values the relationships she has developed over the years with her patients and continually strives to meet their dental needs.
When asked about what she likes about being here, Candy says, “I am proud of the quality of care that we provide our patients and the camaraderie of the staff which makes work fun!”
Life outside the office is filled with family, friends, gardening and walking. She especially loves spending time spoiling her grandson, Devin.
Sally joined our team after graduating hygiene school with honors in 2004. She brings with her a positive and upbeat personality. Sally loves building a great relationship with her patients while helping them to achieve a beautiful and healthy smile. She enjoys patients of all ages.
“The professionalism of our staff and the relaxed environment we create is what I like best about our office. We are always continuing our education to stay on the cutting edge,” says Sally.
Away from work, Sally loves on her dogs and enjoys camping, hiking and hanging out with friends!
Amanda moved from Flint, Michigan to Chattanooga in 2013, and joined SFDG April of 2014. She is passionate about her patient relationships and is dedicated to educating them about their proper oral health. She graduated from Mott Community College (Flint, MI) and was president of her class.
She has a very bubbly personality and loves conversation. When she is away from the office she enjoys exercising, outdoor activities and scrapbooking. Amanda enjoys spending time at her home in beautiful Jasper, Tennessee with family and her loving pets.
Laura moved from Dayton, Ohio to Chattanooga in 2015 where she practiced as a hygienist since 2011. She attended Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) where she earned degrees in Accounting, Marketing and Spanish. Her path to dental hygiene was slightly non-traditional. After working as an auditor for a large accounting firm, she felt she needed to pursue her childhood dreams of working in the dental field and returned to school to become a dental hygienist.
Laura loves working as a hygienist and enjoys building relationships with her patients and helping them to achieve their oral health goals.
In her spare time . . she enjoys spending time with her husband, Don, and their children. She also enjoys traveling, time with friends, cooking, decorating her house and reading.
Christina has been a practicing dental hygienist since 2006. She attended and obtained her bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene from East Tennessee State University. She enjoys several aspects of dental hygiene but what she enjoys the most is the connection that she makes with her patients through dental hygiene.
Christina lives in Ooltewah with her husband, Jeremy, and their son, Jayce. She enjoys spending time with her family and remodeling houses.
Keri has joined SFDG, after the merger of Dr. Gaddis’ practice. After graduating from Dental Hygiene School, she started with Dr. Gaddis in 1987.
“It has been so exciting to be able to bring my long term patients with me as I join this new practice. I have always enjoyed getting to know my patients and building life-long relationships and couldn’t be happier to continue my future of working with a large staff of amazing professionals who strive for excellence every day.”
Keri enjoys spending time with her husband, Thom, and their 6 children. They love to travel internationally.
MEET OUR ASSISTANTS
- Mary TaylorAssistant
Malinda 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.
Kala 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 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.”
Leah 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 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.”
We 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.”
Danitra 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.”
Can’t say enough great things about this dentist office! All the doctors are awesome and take great care of you! The staff and hygienists are also incredible! A great place for your families dental needs in Chattanooga!
My family and I would highly recommend SFDG. Dr. Ankar and his team always treat us well and we value his knowledge as a dentist. They try their best to make what is often a unpleasant experience less uncomfortable and pleasant. Dr Ankar is not only my dentist, he's my friend.
A few weeks ago I woke up with a terrible toothache. Shallowford Family Dental was the only Chattanooga dentist office I called that told me I could come in as soon as I could. This was my first cavity ever so I freaked out a little, but the team was super nice and Dr. Edwards and Mary Taylor did a fantastic job making me feel comfortable. Also due to their skill I was able to avoid getting a root canal!
Very comfortable environment. Very nice and professional team. Highly recommend this dentist!
Absolutely amazing practice! Sally and Dr. are just great! Would recommend to anyone looking for a great dentist office! 🙂
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