About Our Practice & Maxillofacial Surgeons

Your smile and facial appearance are core to your identity. The way you smile at your spouse or children, your laugh, and your look are all unique to you.

The greatest responsibility of a maxillofacial surgeon and our office is protecting this part of who you are while providing the care you need, functionally and cosmetically.

We’re sensitive to the fear that comes with a maxillofacial surgeon and the procedures that come with oral surgery, and we want to guide you through a quality experience with comfort and less pain.

We want to protect your smile and preserve your oral health.

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Our TVOS Family

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Dr. Otto Slater

DDS

Dr. Otto Slater loves spending time with his wife Kim, and his daughters, Nikki and Sam and his dog, Goose. You will find them often at the beach together. He enjoys golf, boating, fishing, cycling and auto racing. He was an undergrad at Purdue University and still follows Purdue athletics. He attended Dental School at the University of Tennessee and trained in residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and has staff privileges at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville.

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Dr. Kelsey LaPorte

DDS/MD

Dr. Kelsey LaPorte was an undergrad at University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She attended Dental School at the Creighton University Dental School. After dental school, Dr. LaPorte went into the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She attended medical school while at the Nebraska Medical Center where she received her Doctor of Medicine.

After medical school, Dr. LaPorte was then appointed as Chief Resident in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Division at the Nebraska Medical Center. In addition to her academic accomplishments, Dr. LaPorte enjoys spending time with her husband Kevin and their three dogs, Daisy, Señor, and Lenny. She loves music, cooking, hiking, and being in nature.

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Dr. Daniel Read

DMD

Dr. Daniel Read has been practicing in the Knoxville area since 1997.  He attended University of Milwaukee, Emory University and the University of Florida College of Dentistry.  After dental school, he entered the Air Force where he toured in Korea, Germany and back to the states at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma.  Upon leaving the air force, he completed his oral & maxillofacial surgery training at the University of Florida Health & Science Center in Jacksonville, FL. 

He and his wife, Chris Testerman, have triplets, John, Rick, and Madison along with a rescue dog named Tally.  His hobbies include fishing, hunting, tennis, skiing, hiking, boating, biking and most importantly spending time with his family. 

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Jules Talbott

Practice Manager

Jules Talbott is our welcoming Practice Manager. She has 29 years of experience in the Accounting, Budgeting and Management fields. Jules feels each patient to walk through our door is an extension of our own family and should be treated as such. You will always be welcomed with a smile and treated with the utmost compassion and understanding while you are under our care.

Jules loves her front porch swing, bird watching, the mountains, baking, helping the community through her Women's Missions group at church, honoring our Veterans, spending time with her family, her little dog Daisy and most recently being Gran to her new grandbaby! He is the apple of her eye and she won't hesitate to share pictures and stories at any given moment!

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Teneil Cunningham

Implant Coordinator/Head RDA

Teneil is a Registered Dental Assistant who is very passionate about dentistry and helping our patients. She is a 2006 graduate of Tennessee Technology Center and has a professional background of 8 years in general dentistry and 6 in oral surgery specializing in dental implants. She has three dogs: Tucker, Diablo, and Deuce. She also loves to spend time with family and travel with her parents watching her Dad race off-road motorcycles.

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Cianna Towe

Lead RDA

Cianna Towe is another one of our talented RDA's. She has worked in general dentistry for 3 years and recently earned her EFDA certificate for restorative function. Cianna's goals include providing exceptional patient care and establishing lasting patient relationships. Cianna finds the greatest reward in helping her patients overcome their dental anxiety and fears so they can achieve their dream smile, seeing their confidence boosted instantly.

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Hannah Fuller

Lead RDA

Hannah has been in oral surgery for about two years now and is a registered dental assistant here at Tennessee Valley Oral Surgery!  Her favorite part of her job is the warm interactions she gets to have with patients to help improve their smiles.  She graduated from William Blount High School, enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to the beach and watching Tennessee play!

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Denene Boyd

RDA

Denene has been working in oral surgery for 16 yrs. She is passionate about helping patients have confidence in their smile and loves to make them feel at ease and comfortable in the dental chair. She enjoys hiking with her 2  dogs Marley and Cash, she also loves spending time with her 2 children Stone and Madison. Denene grew up in East Tennessee and had lived in Lenoir city most of her life.

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Kaitlyn Walker

RDA

Kaitlyn has been a Registered Dental Assistant for 4 years specializing in Oral Surgery!  She loves sharing and educating patients on their oral health. 

Kaitlyn is a Knoxville native and a VFL (vol for life)! When she’s not at the dental office you can find her exploring the city,  relaxing on Norris lake, spending time with family and cheering on the VOLS!

She has two spoiled slobbery boxers, Auggie and Bella, that bring so much joy to her life. 

Kaitlyn is thankful to be a part of a great team! 

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Kenslee Kidd

RDA

Kenslee Kidd is from Knoxville. Kenslee graduated from South Doyle High School in 2016 and has an Associates Degree in Pre-Nursing and graduated from The Dental Learning Center to become an RDA. Kenslee decided this is the path for her because she enjoys making a difference in people's lives! In her spare time, Kenslee enjoys going hiking and hanging out with family and friends. She can't wait to see you at Tennessee Valley Oral Surgery!

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Linda Foster

RDA

Linda has been an RDA for 30+ years. During that time Oral Surgery has been her primary focus.
Linda is passionate about Implant surgery. She strives to make every patient feel at ease during the process and enjoys educating patients about implants and what an investment they can be in your smile!
When Linda isn’t working, she enjoys gardening and bird watching. She is a proud mom to her son in college and her Yorkie, Festus.

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Ashell Culp

RDA

Ashell earned her RDA at The Dental Learning Center in Maryville Tennessee. She is very excited about her new career in Oral Surgery!
Ashell is known for her warm and caring demeanor which makes each patient experience unique and meaningful. Her calming nature ensures our patients are truly being treated like family.
Outside of TVOS, Ashell loves spending time with her husband and their sweet fur baby, Theodore.

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Dawn Hixson

RDA

Dawn earned her RDA in 2009. She has assisted in various types of dentistry and feels Oral Surgery is the best fit for her.
Dawn is passionate about providing the best patient experience possible. Her empathy and compassion really shine through with her patients every day. Dawn has a special ability to make every patient feel very calm and secure while undergoing their dental procedure.
Dawn loves to “live in the moment”! When she isn’t taking care of TVOS patients, Dawn enjoys spending time with her family and friends; as well as, reading and making bracelets.

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Lisa Huelsman

Patient Care Coordinator/Centralized Inventory Coordinator

Over 25 years in oral surgery as an R.D.A. and working with insurance. Enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and spending time in the great smoky mountains and of course Tennessee Football. She loves interacting with patients and helping them to maximize the most out of their insurance benefits and putting their minds at ease during the process.

When not working, she enjoys spending time with her 6 beautiful grandchildren who are the apple of her eye.  She spends her summers at the lake in the camper or on the water with friends and family. During the fall and winter, you can find her cheering on her TN Volunteers! As true with many other volunteers you will find that she also bleeds orange!

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Brooke Waldrop

Patient Care Coordinator

Brooke has been in the dental field for over 17 years. Starting her career in the back office as a Registered Dental Assistant, you will now find her in the office working hard to come up with a care plan that suits your own specific needs as a patient. She loves the fact that she has developed long and positive relationships with her patients.  She is also the last face that you often see when leaving the office on each visit.

When not working to solve and serve your needs, she enjoys spending time with her family and 2 children. She will often be at the local campground with her rescue dogs camping and enjoying time with friends.  She loves to travel, and you will often find her at the nearest beach or lake soaking her toes in the water!

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Leslie Purkey

Scheduling Coordinator

Leslie is our Scheduling Coordinator. She welcomes each TVOS patient and guides them through the new patient registration and check-in process. Leslie is very kind, caring and always goes out of her way to be helpful to both patients and staff. She has been a huge asset to our TVOS family and we are so proud of her. Leslie graduated from Tellico Plains High School. She is a newly-wed and now lives in Madisonville with her new husband, Dylan. Leslie is blessed to be called the “Bonus Mom” to three amazing and perfect boys. In her spare time, Leslie loves spending time with her family in the mountains of beautiful East Tennessee.

When not working, she enjoys spending time with her 6 beautiful grandchildren who are the apple of her eye.  She spends her summers at the lake in the camper or on the water with friends and family. During the fall and winter, you can find her cheering on her TN Volunteers! As true with many other volunteers you will find that she also bleeds orange!

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Traci Brown

Scheduling Coordinator

Traci is our Scheduling Coordinator for the Knoxville office. She is also an RDA and has 20 years of experience in dentistry. Tracy attended Tennessee Technology Center and graduated in 2001 with the highest clinical achievement in her class.
Tracy meets everyone with a smile and usually a sweet funny story. She loves helping our patients and it shows through her actions each and every day!
Tracy was born and raised in beautiful East Tennessee. She enjoys Tennessee football, the Great Smoky Mountains, traveling and loves spending time with her family.

When not working, she enjoys spending time with her 6 beautiful grandchildren who are the apple of her eye.  She spends her summers at the lake in the camper or on the water with friends and family. During the fall and winter, you can find her cheering on her TN Volunteers! As true with many other volunteers you will find that she also bleeds orange!

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Charlie Schaub

Insurance & Billing Coordinator

Charlie started in Dentistry as a Certified Dental Assistant at the age of 17 in 1992. After 20 years assisting the dentist chairside with patients, she decided to expand her knowledge and move to the front office learning all that she could about insurance and billing. In doing this she became well-rounded with patient care and was able to assist the patients completely from start to finish in their dental care establishing that lasting patient experience.

When not working, she enjoys spending time with her 6 beautiful grandchildren who are the apple of her eye.  She spends her summers at the lake in the camper or on the water with friends and family. During the fall and winter, you can find her cheering on her TN Volunteers! As true with many other volunteers you will find that she also bleeds orange!

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Kim Slater

Obagi Specialist

Kim is our Skin Care Specialist. She has abundant expertise in the skin care field and specializes in the Obagi Skin Care line. She will more than happy to help you with creating just the right skin care treatment for you.

Kim’s interests include creating mixed-media art & jewelry, fitness, and reading. She’s extremely excited about Tennessee Valley Oral Surgery and looks forward to seeing you.

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