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Faculty and Staff

Carol Little, CDA, RDH, MHS
Chairperson, Allied Dental Department
828-398-7195
carolwlittle@abtech.edu

  • Carol Little holds a Diploma in Dental Assisting from UNC-Chapel Hill, DANB Certified Dental Assistant, A.A.S. in Dental Hygiene from A-B Tech, Bachelor of Science in Allied Health from Mars Hill College and a Master in Health Science (emphasis in education) from Western Carolina University.  

Karen Pruett, CDA, CDPMA
Allied Dental Office Manager/Clinical Coordinator
828-398-7255
828-236-0684 (fax)
dental@abtech.edu

  • Karen Pruett has a Diploma in Dental Assisting from A-B Tech.  She is a DANB Certified Dental Assistant and Certified Dental Practice Management Administrator.

Brenda Fisher, RDH, BSDH
Dental Hygiene Program Director
828-398-7284
brendahfisher@abtech.edu

  • Brenda Fisher holds an A.A.S. in Dental Hygiene from A-B Tech. and a Bachelor in Dental Hygiene from East Tennessee State University in Dental Health. 

Tisha Anderson, CDA, BHS
Dental Assisting Program Director
828-398-7256
tanderson@abtech.edu

  • Tisha Anderson holds a Diploma in Dental Assisting from A-B Tech, DANB Certified Dental Assistant, Bachelor in Health Science from Nova Southeastern University. 

Marilee Bush, RDH, BSDH
Instructor, 2nd Year Dental Hygiene Coordinator
828-398-7271
marileejbush@abtech.edu

  • Marilee Bush holds an A.A. in Pre-Pharmacy from Cerritos College in California and a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from University of Southern California. 

Adriane Paleno, RDH, BSDH
Instructor, 1st Year Dental Hygiene Coordinator
828-398-7267
adrianedpaleno@abtech.edu

  • Adriane Paleno holds an A.A., A.A.S. in Dental Hygiene from Santa fe College and Bachelor in Dental Hygiene from St. Petersburg College. 

Paula Covert, CDA, RDH, BSDH
Instructor
828-398-7239
paulaecovert@abtech.edu

  • Paula Covert holds a Diploma in Dental Assisting from Ontario Business College, A.A.S. in Dental Hygiene from Lake Superior College and a Bachelor in Dental Hygiene from UMKC. 

Jana Conner, RDH, BSDH
Instructor
janapconner@abtech.edu

  • Jana holds a A.S. and a Bachelors Degree in Dental Hygiene from St. Petersburg College. 

Marilyn Biddix, RDH, BS
Instructor (Adjunct)
marilyndbiddix@abtech.edu

  • Marilyn holds an A.A.S. in Dental Hygiene from A-B Tech and a Bachelors Degree in Spanish from UNC-A. 

Kristy Lance, CDA, CPFDA
Dental Assisting Instructor (Adjunct)
kristyglance@abtech.edu

  • Kristy Lance holds a Diploma in Dental Assisting from A-B Tech, DANB Certified Dental Assistant and Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant. 

Jeniffer Nicholson, RDH, BS
Instructor (Adjunct)
jeniffertnicholson@abtech.edu

  • Jeniffer holds a Diploma in Dental Assisting and an A.A.S. in Dental Hygiene from A-B Tech and a Bachelors of Science from Mars Hill College.

Kendall Bernier, DMD
Clinic Dentist (Adjunct)
kendallmbernier@abtech.edu

  • Dr. Bernier has a Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree from Medical University of South Carolina.  She completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency at University of Michigan.