Meet the caring & experienced staff team at Ashby P. Clanton, DDS

Front Office

Liz works as our front office/appointment and scheduling coordinator. She has been in the dental field since 2018 and is committed to assisting patients with their scheduling needs in order to provide for their optimal dental health. Liz’s warm and caring personality is enjoyed by all, along with her organizational skills and management of details.

Liz and her husband live in Southwest Virginia where community and family hold a special place in her life. She has studied classical piano and voice and enjoys singing and songwriting. Liz has a passion for classical music, opera and studying theology. Her other interests include cooking, knitting, writing, reading, MarioKart, outdoor activities and travel.

Liz has accompanied Dr. Clanton and a dental mission team that travels to Guatemala each summer. Her compassion for others, creativity and organizational skills help enable the dental clinic efficiently provide dental care to many patients in need.

Liz especially enjoys meeting new people and forming relationships with our patients. She is dedicated to helping patients maintain good oral health and a beautiful smile.


Dianne works as our front desk insurance/financial coordinator. She has worked in dentistry for several years, previously in San Antonio, Texas before joining Dr. Clanton’s practice fall 2023. Dianne enjoys the challenge of insurance and account management, scheduling and assisting patients with financial arrangements.

Dianne previously resided in Florida, North Carolina, Illinois and Texas, before relocating to Tennessee in 2019. She is married and has two adult sons, two grandchildren, and two dogs. Dianne enjoys camping, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She also has a love for music and singing.

Dianne has a heart for helping patients understand their insurance benefits and coverage. She is dedicated to making sure insurance claims are filed accurately and efficiently so that our patients can receive the dental care they desire.


Tammy works as an insurance coordinator, specializing in electronic fund benefit processing. She has worked in dentistry for over 40 years in both chairside dental assisting and front office with her passion being in the area of dental insurance. Tammy became a member of Dr. Clanton’s dental team in 2021.

Tammy was born in Virginia and lived in Florida before relocating to East Tennessee in 2008. She is married, has two adult children and two grandchildren. Tammy enjoys cooking, baking, crafting, decorating, outdoor activities and camping with her family.

Tammy is committed to helping patients achieve good dental health through her knowledge and experience of dental insurance processing.



Sandra works as our insurance verification coordinator. She is originally from the Northern Illinois area and received her dental assisting degree in Long Beach, California. She has been in the dental field for over 35 years, having experience in both the front office and chairside assisting. She joined Dr. Clanton’s office in 2021.

Sandra is married, has a family dog and two children who have gone to be with the Lord, forever remaining in her heart. She resides in the Limestone area and enjoys travel, sports, outdoor activities and spending time with family.

Sandra is dedicated to assisting patients with their insurance needs and helping with their understanding of benefit coverage.



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Dental Hygienists

Melissa Wilder - Hygienist at Ashby P. Clanton, DDS

Melissa is a Registered Dental Hygienist and a native of Middlesboro, KY where she graduated from Middlesboro High School. She received an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Kentucky Dental Hygiene School in 1983. Melissa and her family relocated to the Kingsport area in 2002. In 2003, she joined Dr. Clanton’s practice where she has since received additional certification in local anesthesia and nitrous oxide administration.

Melissa has served on a mission team to Panama as well as accompanying Dr. Clanton on several dental mission trips to Mexico. Melissa truly enjoyed being able to assist with preventive dental care needs for the less fortunate in these underserved areas.

Melissa is married with two adult daughters and two grandsons. Her hobbies include cooking, entertaining, shopping online, travel, spending time with family, especially her grandsons. Melissa enjoys playing the piano and currently attends First Baptist Church in Kingsport where she serves in their sanctuary choir and nursery.

Melissa enjoys providing preventive care to her patients and finding out what makes each of them unique. Her personal mission statement is to perform the most comprehensive and thorough dental care possible and to promote a healthy mouth through all of the stages of her patients’ lives.

Debbie is a Registered Dental Hygienist who is a native of the Johnson City area and a graduate of Science Hill High School. She attended East Tennessee State University where she received a BS degree in Health Education and an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene. She has worked as a Dental Hygiene instructor at ETSU and has been working as a hygienist since 1978 in the areas of general dentistry and periodontics. Debbie joined Dr. Clanton’s practice in 2007.
Debbie is passionate about mission work and is thankful that she’s been able to serve with Dr. Clanton on Dental Mission trips to Mexico and Guatemala. She has a heart for helping people in these areas who would otherwise never be able to receive preventive dental care.

Debbie is married with three adult sons, three grandsons, one granddaughter and one dog. She dearly enjoys family gatherings and spending time with them. Her hobbies include cooking, baking, photography, gardening and any type of outdoor activity. She is an active member of Tri-Cities Baptist Church and loves teaching Pre-K Sunday School.

Debbie is dedicated to providing preventive dental care for her patients and helping them achieve optimal dental health and a beautiful smile they can enjoy throughout their lifetime.

Desiree is originally from Morristown, TN where she graduated from Morristown East High School. She is a Registered Dental Hygienist with a BS Degree from East Tennessee State University. Desiree currently resides in Johnson City with her family and has been with Dr. Clanton’s practice since 2017.

Desiree is married and has one son and two family dogs. She enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor activities, and traveling. Desiree’s hobbies also include accompanying her husband to the race track where he is involved with racing dirt late models.

Desiree is dedicated to making each patient comfortable while providing individualized preventive dental care. She also enjoys using technology in educating patients about their oral hygiene needs so they can have a healthy, beautiful smile.

Dental Assistants

Ava is a native of the Elizabethton/Stoney Creek area and is a graduate of Unaka High School. She is a Registered Dental Assistant and graduated from the ETSU Nave Paramedical Center. Ava has worked as a dental assistant since 1984 and with Dr. Clanton since he established his practice in 1987.

Ava resides in the Johnson City area and has one son. She enjoys spending time with her family and her hobbies include reading and working in her flowerbeds in her yard, and helping with local mission activities.

Ava is very active in her local church, Clark Street Baptist, and is involved in children’s ministry and mission outreach. Ava has a heart for missions and has been on many Dental Mission trips with Dr. Clanton to Mexico and Guatemala as well as the Appalachian Region here in the states. She really enjoys helping people who would otherwise not be able to receive the benefit of dental care.

Ava is very dedicated to assisting patients with their restorative and cosmetic dental needs. She enjoys the continued relationships with many of our patients and helping them maintain healthy smiles.


Martha is a registered dental assistant who is a native of the Kingsport area and a graduate of Sullivan North High School. She received her dental assisting training through the Dobyns Bennett Adult Education Program. Martha has worked in dental assisting for over 30 years in both private practice and public health settings. She joined Dr. Clanton’s practice in 2022.

Martha is married and has two family dogs. She greatly enjoys spending time with family, traveling, singing and is very involved with her local church. Martha is also an avid gardener.

Martha enjoys the “details” of dentistry and helping patients with their restorative needs. She especially enjoys meeting new people and forming relationships with her patients.

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