Meet Our Team

Practice Administrator and Treatment Coordinator

Darlene Clark was born in Warner Robins and raised in Savannah. She is a graduate of Savannah Technical College. Darlene has continued her education by attending specialized management, finance and information technology programs. She is a member of the Dental Assisting Advisory Committee for Savannah Technical College, the Dental Implant Coordinators Association and a lifetime member and Fellow of the American Association of Dental Office Management (FAADOM). Darlene worked in a specialty medical practice for ten years prior to joining our practice. As Practice Administrator & Treatment Coordinator, Darlene is responsible for handling treatment plan questions, as well as any financial arrangements that may be required to complete treatment in the most efficient and comfortable way.

Treatment Coordinator

Heather Lockhart was born in Savannah and currently lives in Richmond Hill. Heather has a background in customer service and is always eager to assist patients with scheduling and coordination of dental care. She also provides much needed support in the business office.  She has worked with our office since 2005, both full time and part time. In her time away from the office, she enjoys photography, boating, and spending time with family and friends.

Treatment Coordinator

Sara Traylor was born in Savannah, Georgia. Sara has a bachelor’s degree in public health from Georgia Southern. She worked with a periodontal office in northwest Georgia after graduation and returned to our area with her husband to join our team. Sara works primarily in the Statesboro office and enjoys building relationships with patients while scheduling recommended treatment. When she is out of the office, Sara enjoys spending time with her husband, Cody and her chocolate lab, Tucker. She is an avid kayaker and enjoys make-up artistry.

Administrative Assistant & Hygiene Coordinator

Taylor Helmly was raised in Savannah and she currently lives in Clyo, Georgia, with her husband and four children. Although she is new to dentistry, her career in the medical field began in 2017. Taylor is eager to learn & willingly serves others scheduling and assisting in coordination of care with Savannah Perio & Implants in our Statesboro office. In addition to our office, Taylor also is an accomplished Cosmetologist in Brooklet, Georgia. Outside of working hours, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and anything outside! 

Hygiene Coordinator

Lesia Paulk has joined our Statesboro practice as our hygiene coordinator. We are excited that she has chosen to join our team. She has lived in Statesboro for many years. Lesia was introduced to dentistry by Dr. Clyde Andrews in 2009 and has loved working in dental offices ever since. She has worn many dental hats since then including dental assistant, front desk and phones, treatment / scheduling coordinator and now our hygiene coordinator for Statesboro. She values her family time when away from the office. 

Scheduling & Hygiene Coordinator

Megan Trull was born and raised in Savannah. She graduated from South University with a Bachelor’s in Healthcare Management. Megan has previous experience in radiology and has embraced her role of scheduling coordinator with our practice. She is also able to assist with many treatment and insurance questions in our Savannah office. As a former college athlete, Megan balances her work-life with her love of soccer, hiking and boating with her husband, Adam and her son, Scotty.

Administrative Assistant & Hygiene Coordinator 

We are currently looking to add to our team, so if you have experience with administrative skills (especially dental or medical) and are interested in joining our team, please send your resume and references to [email protected].

Surgical Assistant

Michelle Fletcher is a graduate of Florida College of Medical and Dental Assistants. She has many years of experience in a variety of dental specialties, while living in several areas along the east coast and abroad. She is excellent in educating patients on the best techniques for post-operative dental care. Michelle and her family returned to her home-town of Savannah to be close to Tybee in 2001, and has been with our team since that time. Michelle loves reading, music and spending time with her very large family. 

Surgical Assistant

Nicole Reynolds is originally from Roanoke, Virginia. She began her dental assisting career in Atlanta, Georgia in 2011. She has previously worked in general dentistry, oral surgery and periodontics. After visiting the area several times, Nicole decided to come experience the beauty of Savannah full time and joined our team in early 2022. Nicole enjoys playing music with her band and gardening. 

Surgical Assistant

Hanna Sipes is a 2008 Graduate of Ogeechee Technical College. She has worked in General Dentistry for many years as a dental assistant, a surgical dental assistant and is currently working on her DAANCE Certification. Away from the office, Hanna enjoys time with her husband Josh, and enjoys watching their children play sports, taking them hunting, and relaxing at the river.

Surgical Assistant

We are currently looking to add to our team, so if you have experience in surgical assisting and are interested in joining our team, please send your resume and references to [email protected].

Hygienist/Periodontal Therapist

Allison B. Browning, RDH was raised in Statesboro, GA and completed the dental hygiene program at Southeastern Technical College in 2020. She has worked with several excellent dentists since that time, and we are fortunate to have her working exclusively with our team. She works primarily in our Statesboro office. Allison is passionate about providing thorough periodontal care and creating a calm environment for her patients. Away from the office, Allison enjoys spending time with her family, taking care of her Australian shepherd dogs, and going to the beach.

Hygienist/Periodontal Therapist

Lois M. Eckes, RDH was born in Savannah and currently lives in Richmond Hill. Lois graduated with her associates degree in dental hygiene from Armstrong Atlantic University. Lois has been a valued part of our team since 1984! She has worked in our Savannah office and currently cares for the periodontal needs of patients in our Statesboro office. During her time away from the office, Lois enjoys walking on the beach and spending time with children and grandchildren.

Hygienist/Periodontal Therapist

Jan W. Epstein, RDH is a Savannah native. She earned an associate degree in dental hygiene from Armstrong State University in 1986. Since graduating, Jan has worked exclusively in the Savannah area, and began her dental career in general dentistry. Jan has been a member of our team since 2013 and provides each one of her patients with the periodontal care and education about care at home that they need. Jan’s hobbies include running, spending time with her grandchildren, and her handsome goldendoodle.

Hygienist/Periodontal Therapist

Jessica McKee, RDH completed her associates degree in dental hygiene in 2005 from Northeast Mississippi Community College. She is licensed in Georgia and North Carolina with more than half of her experience being in periodontics. Jessica joined our practice in early 2022 and currently sees patients in our Statesboro location. She has a passion for patient education and improving their overall oral health and enjoys the opportunity to share in the lives of her patients. She resides in Effingham County with her husband and two sons and loves spending time with her family on their small farm, sewing, crafting, and woodworking. 

Hygienist/Periodontal Therapist

Sarah Parigi, RDH was born in Dalton, Georgia, where she attended Dalton State College. She moved to Savannah in 2010 for the Dental Hygiene program at Armstrong Atlantic State University. She completed her dental hygiene program at Savannah Technical College when the program was moved. Sarah is married to Max and they have a precious son, Sawyer. Sarah and her family love the water and fishing and are especially thankful for special times spent with close friends and family.

Hygienist/Periodontal Therapist

Jody O. Stringfellow, RDH has worked with our practice on a temporary and full time basis for many years. She completed  her associate degree in dental hygiene at Armstrong State University. In addition to working in our periodontal practice, Jody has enjoyed working in multiple restorative and specialty practices over her long dental career. She also is thrilled to have the opportunity to be able to volunteer with Dental Community Fellowship and has served in Ecuador and Honduras.

Hygienist/Periodontal Therapist

Lucy Warren, RDH grew up primarily in Georgia after her father’s retirement from a career in the Navy. She graduated from Armstrong State University in 1993 with her associates degree in dental hygiene. She has practiced dental hygiene in Savannah since 2003, and has been a member of our team since 2020. Lucy provides her patients with a gentle, but thorough periodontal experience in our Savannah office. Outside of dental hygiene, Lucy enjoys family time, her cats, and helping families thrive nutritionally. She is a devout member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church where she serves in the music ministry. 

Hygienist/Periodontal Therapist

We are currently looking to add to our team, so if you are licensed to practice dental hygiene in the State of Georgia and are interested in joining our team, please send your resume and references to [email protected].