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 Doctors


Dr. Otto Slater


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.


Dr. Kelsey LaPorte


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. She is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons.

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


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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Dr. Baxter Jones

DDS - New To the Team!

Dr. Baxter Jones was born and raised Waynesboro, GA and completed his undergraduate education and MBA at Mercer University in Macon, GA. He attended dental school at the University of Michigan School
of Dentistry, in Ann Arbor, MI. He completed internships in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Dental College of Georgia in Augusta, GA and Carle Foundation Hospital at University of Illinois in Champaign-
Urbana, IL. He went on to complete his residency training in at Carle Foundation Hospital.
He met his wife, Ginny, a native of Winchester, TN, in college and they have four wonderful children. Aside from spending time with his family and their dog, Leo, Dr. Jones loves spending time golfing, fishing, hunting, coaching, watching college sports and tinkering around the house.

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