The Amazing And Caring Team At Lakeland Family Dentistry

Alisha Harnage – Scheduling Coordinator

Being one of the first smiling faces you will see when entering our office, Alisha is a lifelong resident of Lanier County.  Alisha enjoys the mountains and cooler weather and even lived in Virginia for 9 years before deciding to return to her hometown with her sons, Austen & Drake. If she is not in the football stands, basketball gym, or baseball parks cheering on Drake- Alisha loves to spend time with her family and friends.  Alisha joined Lakeland Family Dentistry in 2017, as our Scheduling Coordinator. Alisha enjoys helping patients figure out the complexity of their insurance policies, and is excited to be a part of our team.

Marie Keen – Treatment Coordinator

Marie has been working in the dental world for 9 years & joined our team in early 2018. Her knowledge and training in-patient treatment and scheduling has been a great asset to our team. Marie is great at loud speaking, so the hearing impaired should have no worries! She has two beautiful daughters, Renee and Lexie. Marie enjoys getting to know everyone she meets. When not at the front desk, Marie enjoys spending time with her family & friends.

Kristy Jackson – Administrative Coordinator & Registered Dental Hygienist

Kristy is a lifelong resident of Lanier County. She moved away once but was quick to return. Kristy received her degree in Dental Hygiene from Darton College in May of 2010. She joined our team at Lakeland Family Dentistry in 2014 as a dental hygienist. Since then, Kristy has become our Administrative Coordinator- or our Circus Ringleader as we are sure she says some days. Though she is in her office most days, making sure the billing is in order- you still occasionally find her jumping in to see patients when one of our hygienists or assistants need a hand. Kristy enjoys learning new dental technology and strives to always make sure each patient stepping foot into our office has a pleasant experience. She resides in Lanier County with her husband, Robert, twins Kylee & Kallen, & rescue dog Peanut Butter.

Angie Owens – Registered Dental Hygienist

Angie Owens

Angie joined our team in 2006 as our first full time Registered Dental Hygienist. She graduated from Darton College a degree in Dental Hygiene. Angie is a lifelong resident of Lanier County where she resides with her husband John. She and John have two children, Hannah & Lyndon, and one grandchild, Easton. When not at work- you may find Angie on the beach with a good book, traveling, or on a boat somewhere. While at work- and not with the many patients she has gotten to know so well- you will find Angie attempting to dodge any social media photos.

Shannon Emanuel – Registered Dental Hygienist

Shannon Emanuel

Shannon joined our team and was trained on-site as a Dental Assistant in November of 2006. She later graduated from Valdosta State University in 2012 with a degree in Dental Hygiene and became one of our full-time hygienists. Shannon is a long-time resident of Lanier County where she currently resides with her husband Derek, daughter Hadley, and their spoiled feline, Cooper. Shannon is a great asset to our team, and always strives to pay close attention to detail and loves sharing random news facts with the team. When Shannon is away from the office, she enjoys fitness challenges, crime podcasts, and spending time with her family.

Cherie Hampton – Registered Dental Hygienist

Such a refreshing face of positivity, we were so glad to have Cherie join the team in 2021. Originally from Niceville, Florida, she began her career in the dental field as a Dental Assistant in 2014. Cherie then decided to further her career as a Dental Hygienist, graduating from Gulf Coast State College in 2019.

Cherie’s husband, Kris, serves in the USAF and they are stationed here in Valdosta with their two children, Callie and Kaiden, as well as, two rescue labs- Colt & Walker. When not treating patients with a smile, Cherie enjoys spending time with her family and staying active.

Mary Bennett – Dental Assistant

Mary has been with Lakeland Family Dentistry since the doors first opened in 2006. Mary tries to retire daily, but she keeps coming back because she misses us too much! Her warm smile and comforting personality makes her perfect for making patients feel right at home. We joke that Mary has the memory of an elephant and never forgets anything you tell her. In her spare time she enjoys shopping, the beach, and most of all spending time with her family. Mary’s favorite thing in life is being a “YaYa” to her precious grand-daughter.

Hollie Harnage – Dental Assistant

We joke she has the most dental experience in the office, as Hollie started her Dental Assisting career before Dr. Castor went to Dental School. We were so excited to have Hollie, and all her experience, join our team in 2021.

Hollie is a resident of Lanier County- and married to Joseph Harnage. Together they have 5 children, 2 granddaughters-Brooklyn & Lainey, and 1 grandson- Asher. When not at the office, being Lollie to her grandbabies, or chauffeuring her children to one of their many activities- you’ll find Hollie and Joseph on their boat, fishing!

Sydney Cooper – Dental Assistant

Sydney was born in Michigan, but raised in Fairview, Tennessee. She & husband, Kris, an aircraft mechanic in the Airforce, were transferred to Georgia in 2019. Since joining our team- Sydney and Kris welcomed their first child, Kameron. During off time you’ll find Syd at the beach, hiking, listening to all genres of music, painting, trying ALL the new beauty products and spending time with her sweet family.

Sydney says she knew she wanted to enter the dental field as a young teen, when her orthodontist transformed her smile. BUT Sydney, like so many other patients, did not wear her retainers as a teen so she was back to flossing those brackets in her 20’s. Sydney joined the LFD team as an intern finishing up her certification requirements in December of 2020, and impressed us so much- we offered her a job as a Dental Assistant on the SPOT. Sydney strives to help others achieve a smile they feel confident in and provide a comfortable experience for all patients.

Stacie Gustin – Expanded-Functions Dental Assistant

Stacie Gustin

Stacie began her dental assisting training in 2011 with the Red Cross at Ramstein Dental Clinic, Ramstein AFB, Germany. In 2014, Stacie joined our team. She loves a challenge, getting to know patients and difficult dental cases. Stacie may be found running around the office, as she thrives when busy. Stacie has one child, Tyson. When away from Lakeland Family Dentistry, Stacie enjoys spending as much time as possible just being an amazing mother.