Meet Our Team

We recognize that all of our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice. We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.

 

Sue

Sue Nilsen, RDH

Registered Dental Hygienist

I graduated from East Tennessee State University and Greenville Technical College. While I’ve been working as a hygienist for most of my adult life, I have been with Foothills Family Dental for over 13 years. The team here is very professional and supportive of each other, and we are genuinely friendly and caring to our patients. Every person in this office loves to see our patients smile!

I come from the great state of Tennessee, having grown up in Oak Ridge, and now live in Spartanburg, South Carolina. My husband, Karl, and I have four children: Nathan, Courtney, Mary Ann, and Rebecca, and six grandchildren. My husband and I love to spend time with family, play golf, ride bicycle trails, and ride our Goldwing motorcycle. We are also active members in our church, Fernwood Baptist.

 

Andrea

Andrea Gentry, RDH

Registered Dental Hygienist

I graduated from Perimeter College in Dunwoody, Georgia as the President of my dental hygiene class. I have been working as a hygienist since 1986 and have been in our office since 2008. In addition to my work at Foothills Family Dental, I am also a member of DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operation Response Team). DMORT is a federal response group which provides victim identification and recovery in mass fatality incidents. My past deployments include: 9/11, North Georgia Crematory Incident, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, and Hurricane Sandy.

I come from the great state of Tennessee and currently live in Landrum, South Carolina. I am married to Jeff and we share four children: Jake, JT, Dylan, and Amber.

 

Kathy

Kathy Magaw

Receptionist

I received my education at Spartanburg Community College and have been working as dental assistant in this office since 1997. I love meeting new people and getting to know them and their families. Everyone here gets along great; I consider my teammates to be my second family!

I am originally from upstate New York and now live in Moore, South Carolina. I have been married to my husband, Scott, for 29 years. We have mentored other married couples in our church through marriage ministries and home group settings. I have four daughters; our youngest just adopted from Ethiopia in May of 2014. I have two granddaughters and two grandsons. When I have free time, I enjoy boating, painting, and getting together with good friends.

 

Shelley

Shelley Dill

Dental Assistant

I graduated from Spartanburg Community College with a degree in dental assisting. I have been assisting since 2004 and have been in this office since that time as well. I always have a positive attitude and love working with the rest of my team.

I am originally from the Spartanburg area and now live in Inman, South Carolina. I love spending time with my family and friends, especially with my husband, Travis, and our daughter, Ryleigh Grace. We attend Holly Springs Baptist Church in Inman and we love our church and our church family. One of my favorite things to do is sing and the best thing ever is to hear my little girl sing, too!

 

Melissa

Melissa Vado

Dental Assistant

I received my dental assisting education at Spartanburg Community College and have been an assistant at Foothills Family Dental since 2010. I work alongside our doctors during procedures, maintain sterilization, and make sure our patients’ visits are as comfortable as possible.

I am originally from Atlanta, Georgia and now reside in Duncan with my husband, Winston, When I’m not at work, I love going to the movies, reading a good book, and spending time with my family. At home, I have two dogs, Ruby and Molly.

 

Linda

Linda Walker

Office Manager

I graduated from William and Mary. I have been working as an office manager for 14 years and have been in our office since 2011. I do my best to keep our train on the right track!

I grew up in Washington, DC and now live in Greenville, South Carolina. I am married to my husband, Wes, who is a photographer. We have two children and one grandchild. On weekends, I enjoy gardening, camping, hiking, and antiquing!

 

Amy

Amy Leonard

Receptionist

I graduated from Byrnes High School and have been a dental assistant for 20 years. Now, my duties are at the front desk, where I file insurance, schedule appointments, and plan out our patients’ treatment. Filing insurance is like a puzzle. Every day, I learn something new. It is my goal to be able to help our patients better understand it so they can take advantage of all their benefits. I have a lot of fun working in this office; my teammates make each day very enjoyable.

I am a hometown girl who grew up in Startex and now live in Greer. My husband, Chris, and I have been married 21 years. Together, we have three children, Adam, Blake, and Reagan. I enjoy spending time with family, reading, and scrapbooking.