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We Offer Top-Notch Family Dentistry.

Dr. Barbara Bowman-Hensley isn’t the only highly-qualified and committed dental professional in the office. Our staff plays a vital role in our patients’ oral health. From the front office staff to the dental hygienist, each team member carries out their responsibilities with dedication and professionalism. When you arrive at Gentle Family Dentistry, our front office staff greets you with a smile and ensures you feel comfortable. Given that many of our patients feel uncomfortable or even afraid of visiting the dentist, their role is essential. From there, our dental hygienists and assistants work hard to clean their patients’ teeth. For high-quality family dentistry in Asheville, NC, trust our team.



Dental Assistant

Amy is a wonderful dental assistant. Amy began taking dental studies in high school, and her passion for the field grew from there. Amy enjoys helping people and takes immense pride in her work at Gentle Family Dentistry. She holds both service and compassion dear, two traits that make her an effective dental assistant. Happily married for over 34 years, Amy has three sons and six grandchildren. She enjoys fishing, swimming, crafting, and playing with her grandchildren and beloved dog.



Front Desk Coordinator

Rebecca was born here in Asheville and moved to Australia for 12 years before living in Florida during her college career. While she was born in Asheville, Rebecca spent 12 years in Australia before moving to Pensacola, FL, for college. She graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in English. She spent her first year out of college at a publishing company. However, she missed the Blue Ridge Mountains and decided to return home. Rebecca has always been passionate about building strong ties with others, which makes her a great fit as our Front Desk Coordinator. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, sports, and baking. Rebecca is excited to continue her education in the future.



Registered Dental Hygienist

Brenda joined Gentle Family Dentistry in October of 2018. The Asheville-raised dental professional was a classmate of Dr. Barbara Bowman-Hensley. She considers it an honor and privilege to work with her dear friend again. Brenda has spent a lifetime in the dental profession. Over the years, she’s served as a dental assistant, receptionist, and her true passion, a dental hygienist. Brenda graduated with high honors from Montreat College in 2009, earning a master’s degree in management and leadership. She loves all aspects of working with patients, and her patients love her for it! She lives in Black Mountain and has three children, three grandchildren, a dog, and a cat. On her days off, she works in her yard, hikes, and spends time with her grandchildren.



Insurance Coordinator

Cheryl was born in Charlotte, NC, but raised all over the United States and Germany since her father was in the USAF. She married a man from the USAF and traveled throughout the US for another 25 years. Her favorite place by far was Alaska. She has lived there three different times, and it's where her son was born. Her daughter was born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She has one three-year-old granddaughter, the light of her life.

She recently moved to Black Mountain from Johnson City, Tennessee. In Cheryl's spare time, she drives for Uber and Lyft. She also enjoys hiking and walking with her Golden Retriever, Maggie, on the many trails around Asheville.


Dental Assistant

Emily is the newest addition to our practice, and her recent education as a Dental Assistant provides her with a wealth of knowledge to share with the rest of our team. Her energy and positive attitude are contagious, and she thrives on making a difference in others’ lives. She has wanted to be in the dental field all her life and is excited to now be living out her dream. When she’s not here caring for patients, Emily loves to spend time with her family.

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