About Our Practice & Maxillofacial Surgeon

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.



Dr. Otto Slater


Dr. Otto Slater loves spending time with his wife Kim, and his daughters, Nikki and Sam and yellow lab, Max. 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 successfully completed a 2-year residency training in General Surgery, with a special focus on Head and Neck surgery, Pediatric general surgery, as well as Cleft Lip & Palate and Craniofacial surgical training through the Omaha Children’s Hospital. She also worked for two years as a resident surgeon in the highly specialized Boys Town National Research Hospital Cleft Lip and Palate /Craniofacial multidisciplinary team clinic. She 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, Mollie, Señor, and Lenny. She loves music, cooking, hiking, and being in nature.


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!


Kim Slater

Skin Care 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.

Originally from Cookeville, TN, Kim graduated from TTU and went on to University of Tennessee earning a masters degree in Food Technology & Science. Kim previously worked for The Medical University of South Carolina in the Dental Facility Practice.

A resident of Maryville/Blount County since 2000, she’s been active in non-profit fundraising as well as the following organizations:  Chilhowee Club Member, Leadership Blount graduate, Maryville City Schools Foundation (4 yr board member), Blount County Newcomers Club, former president, Fine Arts Blount, founding member, and HABIT.  

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.

Melody Naron

Melody Naron

Insurance and Billing Specialist

Born and raised in McMinn County and now a 8 year resident of Maryville. I have been married to Jim for 12 years and we have one beautiful daughter at home. Background in management and finance, but a career change led to specializing in insurance and coding. I Love to help others and use my knowledge in the field to assist others in the insurance process. In my free time I enjoy crafting, shopping, and having family time. We love the beach, going to Disney World and cheering on the TN Vols!


Lisa Huelsman

Patient Care 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.


Cianna Towe

Lead Registered Dental Assistant

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.


Hannah Fuller

Lead Registered Dental Assistant

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!


Amber Kirkland

Registered Dental Assistant

Amber Kirkland is a Registered Dental Assistant. Amber graduated from Sequoyah High School in 2018 and was Salutatorian of her class. She recently graduated from Dental Staff School and has since joined the TVOS team!  Amber loves helping people! We know she will be a wonderful addition to our TVOS family!  

Amber’s biggest hobby is playing volleyball! She was the captain of her high school team.


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.


Kenslee Lowe


Kenslee Lowe is one of our Dental Technician's. She is from Knoxville. Kenslee graduated from South Doyle High School in 2016 and has an Associates Degree in Pre-Nursing. She is currently enrolled in school to become a Dental Assistant at The Dental Learning Center in Maryville. She is excited to graduate in June. 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!


Marianne DeSart


Marianne is one of our amazing Dental Technicians. She completed her education at Ross Medical and she is so excited to be part of the TVOS family! We are blessed to have her join us. Marianne is passionate about oral surgery and patient education. She looks forward to meeting patients, understanding their needs and making them feel right at home from their first consult through to their surgery. Marianne’s natural compassion allows her the opportunity to make our patients feel comfortable, relaxed and part of the Tennessee Valley Oral Surgery family. Marianne is the busy mother of two delightful children, Lydia and Silas.  She enjoys family time, facilitating new experiences and spending time on their pontoon.


Teneil Cunningham

Head Dental Assistant & Implant Coordinator

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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