Meet Our Team
Amy, Patient Services Coordinator
Amy joined our practice in 2016. She holds a Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education from Lanier Technical College. Amy has always been passionate about helping children and families; now she loves helping them take care of their smiles!
Anyone that meets Amy is instantly drawn to her kind personality and her helpful spirit. She is one of the first people you will see when you arrive at Winterville Dental, and she will always share a big smile and warm greeting! Amy helps our patients stay on track with their preventive visits and assists them with our online registration forms and researching the details of their insurance coverage.
Amy has two sons and loves spending time with her family. Together they enjoy hiking, fishing and outdoor activities.
Angie, Scheduling Coordinator
Angie has been working with the Winterville Dental Team since 2001. She received her Dental Assistant certification in 2002. She has had extensive continuing education and hands-on training in Radiographic Imaging, Full Mouth Reconstruction, Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, Cosmetic Dentistry, CEREC® 1-Visit Dentistry, Invisalign®, Total Team Training and BioResearch Associates training for computerized TMJ diagnostics. Angie wears many "hats" and is well versed in both clinical assisting and our administrative office.
Angie feels a great deal of compassion for patients and enjoys having a job that is so rewarding and uses her abilities to help others. She is married and has 3 daughters and a son-in-law. She enjoys quilting, reading and church activities in her spare time.
Donna, Patient Services Coordinator
Donna came to Winterville Dental in 2003. Before joining our team, Donna worked in AR, AP and Payroll for a contracting firm for 10 years and also spent 15 years in the banking industry.
Donna helps all of our patients with scheduling, financial questions and patient treatment education. She has completed several continuing education courses in Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, Total Team Training and Invisalign®.
Donna is a self-motivated, customer-service oriented team member. She enjoys working with both the clinical and administrative employees to coordinate all the aspects of our practice.
Donna is married to Curtis and is the mother of 3 boys and stepmother to a son and daughter. She has 11 grandchildren to spoil and enjoy and she loves working in her yard whenever possible.
Jennifer, Dental Assistant
Jennifer has been a dental assistant since 1994; she joined our practice in July of 2010. Jennifer holds an Associate Degree as a Research Technician and received her Expanded Duties Dental Assistant Certificate in 1995. She has taken many continuing education classes on a wide range of dental topics, including CEREC® Dentistry, Invisalign®, Cosmetic Dentistry and Teeth Whitening.
Jennifer loves working with patients and getting to know them. She finds it very rewarding to be a part of transforming patients into a beautiful, healthy smile and boosting their self confidence. Jennifer has been married for over 20 years to her husband Tommy. They live in Hull and have three daughters and a son-in-law. She enjoys camping, church activities and just spending time with her family.
Karen, Dental Hygienist
Karen began her career as a dental assistant in 1986. After realizing how much she enjoyed patient care, she decided to become a hygienist. She graduated from Gainesville College and Lanier Tech in 1995 and joined Dr. Durden's practice. Today she enjoys working with both of our dentists as part of the Winterville Dental Team.
Karen feels it is very rewarding to work in a practice that continues to update with new technology. Continuing Education has been an integral part of her hygiene program as she strives to bring her patients the best information available about the connection between oral health and overall wellness.
Karen values her relationships with her patients; she loves sharing her favorite books with them and is devoted to helping everyone maintain a healthy smile. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews, needlework, gardening, hiking and church activities.
Lauren, Registered Dental Hygienist & Certified Dental Assistant
Lauren joined our practice in 2011 as a Dental Assistant intern. We were delighted to welcome her to our dental family as she continued her education and training to become a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA). Lauren's commitment to dentistry inspired her to further her education and clinical training; she achieved licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) in 2014.
Lauren loves getting to know her patients and helping them achieve the best oral health possible. She is passionate about patient education, and explaining options about what dentistry has to offer. Relationships are very important to Lauren, she feels right at home with the Winterville Dentistry Team, where each person is a friend, with individual needs and goals.
Lauren is family-oriented herself, she enjoys spending time at the beach, snow skiing and camping with her husband, family and friends, as well as playing with her Labradoodle, Buddy.
Leigh B., Dental Assistant
After 21 years of working in retail for a large supermarket chain, Leigh joined our practice in December 2003 and enthusiastically trained as a dental assistant with Dr. Durden in our office.
Leigh has completed numerous continuing education courses in TMJ Dysfunction, Cosmetic Dentistry, CEREC® Dentistry, Full Mouth Reconstruction, Radiographic Imaging, Invisalign® and BioResearch Associates training for computerized TMJ diagnostics. She is in charge of our in office lab, coordinating patient cases with our scheduling coordinator and overseeing quality control. Leigh also assists our dentists and patients with chairside whitening.
Leigh is married to Kenny and has one daughter, Ashley, who is married and lives in Thomasville, GA. She enjoys, reading, painting, working in her yard and spending time with her family.
Leigh L., Dental Hygienist
Leigh received her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene from DeKalb Community College in 1981. She began practicing in Atlanta and moved to Athens in 1991. She joined our practice in 1997.
Leigh has kept current with the latest information in hygiene and other aspects of dentistry through various continuing education courses. Topics range from orthodontics, including Invisalign®, Periodontics, Nutrition and Health Management and TMJ Dysfunction.
Over the years, Leigh has enjoyed building close relationships with her patients and helping them have the continuity of care they need to keep their smile healthy.
Leigh is an avid Georgia fan and likes to read and cross stitch in her spare time. Leigh is married to Athens native, Mike. She has 3 daughters, Meredith, Jamie and Kelly and step-daughter, Olivia. She is the proud grandmother of Ryan.
Melisa, Patient Care Coordinator
Melisa received her diploma in Medical Assisting from Athens Tech in 2003. She worked in the medical field for 3 years in a family practice. Since joining our practice in 2005, Melisa has been trained in dental assisting and has taken continuing education courses for certification in BioResearch Associates, BioPak®, Invisalign®, and CEREC® 1-Visit Dentistry.
As our Patient Care Coordinator, Melisa loves educating her patients about their dental treatment with the support of her dental assisting background. Melisa also enjoys problem solving and discovering ways of assisting our patients in achieving beautiful, healthy smiles.
Melisa and her husband Matthew have a very large and local family so they spend many weekends with family and friends. Melisa has a teenage stepdaughter, Emily, who is active in cheerleading, and daughter Addison, who is in elementary school and absolutely loves gymnastics. Melisa looks forward to making new memories and spending time with her family traveling; and, she always likes a new project around the house!