Tillman Smiles February 2019






Author and Pastor RickWarren said,“The only way you can serve God is by serving other people.”At Tillman Smiles, this is our goal: to serve your needs and take great care of you. My great employees make this happen. They are my secret sauce. This past year we added three wonderful ladies to our dental team. Hollye, our wonderful hygienist for more than five years, is now a stay-at-home mom and still occasionally comes in to help us. Karissa, after the birth of her second baby, is now part-time and still takes great care of our patients. Bobbie, after more than eight years with us, has moved on and we wish her well. Anna moved to Houston with her husband, who is an engineer with the Texas Department of Transportation (TexDOT). We miss her. These ladies are still family, and, like the oldWillie tune, we love them all. The youngster of our group of new ladies is Ashley, who is always smiling, always happy. She lifts our day, and I hope she will help you have a great dental experience here. Her road to dentistry started when she waited tables for her mom, who owns the Azle Café. Then she got married to her childhood sweetheart, whom she lovingly calls“Bozo.”Her first baby followed, and recently she took a much-needed vacation on a Mexican cruise. After her daughter’s third birthday, Ashley knew it was time to go back to school and figure out which career path she wanted to pursue. She chose dentistry and has no regrets. In her role with Dr. Tillman, Ashley takes x-rays and assists inmost dental procedures. Extractions are her favorite! While she has only worked for Dr. Tillman for five months, this is home. Everybody has been so welcoming, and she feels like she’s been here for years! In her free time, Ashley loves to go off-roading with her husband and daughter. She even has her own lifted 4-wheel Jeep that she takes up in the mountains or down in the mud! Melissa, our hygienist who shares time with Karissa, started in April while she was still pregnant with her second baby. Now that baby Aleah has joined the family, Melissa splits her time between being home with her family and helping here at the office.


her orthodontist, she loved questioning him and eventually realized she wanted a career in dentistry. She saw her smile improve, realized that her confidence increased with her smile, and loved the thought of helping others reap the same positive benefits. Now she uses her confidence and excellent hygiene skills to help our patients achieve a happier, healthier smile. When she isn’t hard at work, she likes to spend time out on the lake with her daughters. Meledy is our full-time hygienist who replaced Anna. She is bilingual, has excellent clinical skills, and is a wonderful bubbly (and feisty) addition to our team. She’s just starting her family with her husband, and we are privileged to see her through her pregnancy. It hasn’t been easy for her, withmorning sickness setting in, but she has been a trooper, always with a positive spirit. She just found out she’s expecting a girl, and now it’s up to Dad to prepare their house for the arrival. Her journey in dentistry started as a dental assistant. We love how she steps in when needed and definitely helps with our Spanish-speaking patients on the phone or during dental cleanings. She has more energy than anybody I know and loves using that energy to help our patients. And yes, Yesenia is here with Karissa, Sam, and Catherine to take care of you. We are so happy to have all these fabulous ladies as part of our team. If you see them at the office, say hi and welcome them to our fabulous family! It is our privilege to take care of you. —David Tillman

While she is one of our newer teammembers, she has been a hygienist for five years. Melissa’s introduction to dentistry came when she had braces. Every time she saw


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