Michelle Sears

Director of Operations

Education:
Master of Science (MS) in Human Nutrition – Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Bachelor of Art (BA) in Psychology – Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC
Dietetic Internship – Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, VA
Fundamentals of Dental Assisting – University of Florida

Credentials/Certifications:
Registered Dietitian (RD)
Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)
Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC)
Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

Current home: Cookeville, TN
Favorite food: Anything with peanut butter!
Favorite dessert: Peanut butter pie!
Favorite Movie: the new Aladdin, I just saw it with my dad, still a kid at heart
Secret talent: I’m a pretty strong swimmer, went to States and ocean lifeguarded growing up
Favorite superhero: the Cavity Commando, our mascot!
Favorite Disney Character: Cinderella
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Vacation: anywhere with snorkeling!
I love pediatric dentistry because: I love making a difference in children’s health and making going to the dentist a fun and happy experience
Describe yourself in one word: Organized



Kaelene Taijeron:

Patient greeter/Director of Fun/Administrative Assistant

Current home: Cookeville
Favorite food: Homemade Spaghetti
Favorite Dessert: Cheesecake
Favorite movie: Coco
Secret talent: Singing
Favorite superhero: Wonder Woman
Favorite Disney Character: Moana
Favorite color: Green
Favorite vacation: Thailand
I love pediatric dentistry because… “We get to give kids the best experience while they’re young and show them going to the dentist isn’t scary at all.”
Describe yourself in one word: Bubbly



Leisha Marcum

Registered Dental Hygienist

Current home: Cookeville
Favorite food: Reese’s Cups
Favorite Dessert: Hot fudge brownie
Favorite movie: Forest Gump
Secret talent: Elbows hyperextend
Favorite superhero: Thor
Favorite Disney character: Moana
Favorite color: pink
Favorite vacation: Honeymoon in Jamaica
I love pediatric dentistry because:“Working with kids is amazing and makes the work day so much fun!”
Describe yourself in one word: Silly



Heather Herron

Registered Dental Hygienist

Current home: Baxter
Favorite food: Tacos/Anything with cheese
Favorite movie: Wizard of Oz
Secret talent: Being a great mom
Favorite superhero: Cavity Commando
Favorite Disney Character: Mickey Mouse
Favorite color: Tie dye
Favorite vacation: Beach or camping
I love pediatric dentistry because… “I love working with kids, helping them transition from being nervous or scared to love coming to visit us.”
Describe yourself in one word: Simple



Bailey Burgess

Registered Dental Assistant

Current home: Crossville
Favorite food: Asian
Favorite movie: Tinker Bell
Favorite Dessert: Strawberry Short Cake
Secret talent: Speaking in different accents
Favorite superhero: The Flash
Favorite Disney Character: Princess Tiana
Favorite color: Green
Favorite vacation: New England
I love pediatric dentistry because… “I have worked with kids since I was a kid and I love helping create a fun and safe environment for kids.”
Describe yourself in one word: Creative



Silvia Mateo

Registered Dental Assistant

Current home: Cookeville
Favorite food: Bread
Favorite movie: The Count of Monte Cristo
Favorite Dessert: Tres Leches Cake
Secret talent: Bilingual
Favorite superhero: Wonder Woman
Favorite Disney Character: Moana
Favorite color: Burgundy
Favorite vacation: Hawaii
I love pediatric dentistry because… “I love working with kids and making them laugh through the day!”
Describe yourself in one word: Little



Ita Vitervo

Assistant/Translator

Current home: Cookeville
Favorite food: Chinese
Favorite Dessert: Ice Cream/Cookies
Favorite movie: Maleficent
Secret talent: Dancing/Flexible
Favorite superhero: The Flash
Favorite Disney Character: Pocahontas
Favorite color: Mint blue
Favorite vacation: The beach
I love pediatric dentistry because… “I love working with kids and being able to have fun and enjoy time with them and making them happy.”
Describe yourself in one word: Joyful



Stephanie Moore

Financial Coordinator/Registered Dental Assistant

Current home: Cookeville
Favorite food: Chicken Salad
Favorite dessert: Oreos
Favorite movie: Home Alone
Secret Talent: Photography
Favorite superhero: Iron Man
Favorite Disney character: Olaf
Favorite color: Maroon
Favorite vacation: Bora Bora
I love pediatric dentistry because… “I love helping the youth achieve great oral hygiene that they can hold on to and pass down to their children”
Describe yourself in one word: Creative