Tammy, Alisa, and Hope are available to greet and help you with any questions regarding appointments, treatment plans, insurance, financing options, and payments. Together the two have more than 30 years of combined experience working in various surgical fields. They have the knowledge to explain treatment plans, and the ability to answer most questions that may arise. That said, the constant change in insurance plan benefits makes keeping up with benefit details very challenging. If you have a policy plan book, feel free to bring it with you to your first visit. We can review the book together to pinpoint possible coverage for your proposed surgery. If you cannot keep your scheduled appointment, please allow us 24 hours notice when possible.
Tammy Bryson, the Head of Insurance and Scheduling at Ocoee Oral Surgery, is a DAANCE-certified Registered Dental Assistant and a Certified Anesthesia Assistant. With 34 years of dentistry experience, Tammy, originally from Chicago, discovered her passion for the field at the age of 9 when she knocked out her front tooth. Outside work, Tammy enjoys warm weather and waterparks, with her favorite activities being boating, paddleboarding, and kayaking. Married to Clancy, she has two children and four grandchildren, completing their household with two dogs. Tammy’s commitment to patient advocacy is evident in her daily work, always ensuring the best care for everyone at Ocoee Oral Surgery. Her enduring dedication since joining the team in 1998 makes Tammy an invaluable asset.
Alisa Griffin is a member of the Front Desk Staff at Ocoee Oral Surgery. Originally from Rochester, NY, Alisa brings a wealth of experience to her role, having worked in dentistry for 5 years. Her professional journey follows a decade as a medical secretary, and later, she devoted 17 years to being a stay-at-home mom. Alisa joined the Ocoee Oral Surgery team in January 2019, and her passion for helping others shines through in her role at the front desk. Beyond her professional endeavors, Alisa enjoys spending time with her husband, Wayne, her two sons, Jake and Evan, and her dog, Oliver. Alisa takes pride in the achievements of her sons, both of whom are pursuing careers in the medical field. Alisa’s dedication to her work and her family, and her genuine love for assisting others make her a valued member of the Ocoee Oral Surgery team.
Hope Works is a member of the Front Desk Staff. With 4 years of experience in dentistry, Hope brings her passion for helping others to our practice. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Hope finds joy in spending time with her husband Rob, their son Robbie, daughter Hannah, and three delightful grandchildren. Outside of work, she enjoys camping, and her church community, and relishes precious moments with her grandchildren.
Oral Surgical Staff
Hillary, Ciera, Ashley, Megan, and Catherine are members of our surgical team. They have more than 15 years combined experience in assisting a full range of oral surgery procedures, and are certified by the State of Tennessee in the monitoring of patients undergoing anesthesia. Along with being CPR certified, all of our surgical assistants have completed the Dental Anesthesia Assistant National Certification Examination (DAANCE) Program. Not only do Hillary, Ciera, Ashley, Megan, and Catherine provide surgical assistance for in-office procedures, but also they assist in hospital-based surgeries at Tennova Healthcare-Cleveland. In addition to the technical skills needed, all of our surgical assistants strive to provide each patient with the personal attention necessary to make them feel welcome, comfortable, and at ease.
Hillary Lynam is a DAANCE-certified Registered Dental Assistant at Ocoee Oral Surgery with over a decade of experience in the field of dentistry. She holds certification as an Anesthesia Assistant from the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. Originally from Cleveland, TN, Hillary has deep roots in the community and graduated from Cleveland High School. Alongside her husband, Matthew, Hillary is a proud mother to two beautiful daughters, Emalynn and Adalynn. Beyond her professional accomplishments, Hillary finds joy in spending quality time with family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, and traveling. Her active lifestyle includes a love for working out and creating cherished memories at the skating rink with her kids. Building relationships with both her “work family” and patients, Hillary continues to be a wonderful addition to Ocoee Oral Surgery since joining in 2014.
Ciera Passmore is a DAANCE-certified member of our surgical team at Ocoee Oral Surgery with six years of dentistry experience. She serves as a Registered Dental Assistant and is a Certified Anesthesia Assistant by the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. Born in Nebraska, Ciera was raised in Cleveland, TN, and now resides in Polk County with her husband, Kevin. In addition to their three German shepherds, Caro, Athena, and Hercules, the Passmore household includes numerous farm animals. Beyond her professional life, she finds joy in homesteading, gardening, rescuing animals, and spending quality time with family and friends. Ciera’s love for the outdoors aligns with her interests in hiking, camping, and water-related activities. Her passion for patient care and dedication to her team have made her an integral part of Ocoee Oral Surgery since joining in 2018.
Ashley Samples is a DAANCE-certified Registered Dental Assistant and holds certification as an Anesthesia Assistant from the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. Born and raised in Cleveland, TN, Ashley graduated from Cleveland High School and has accumulated 12 years of experience in the field of dentistry. Her commitment to Ocoee Oral Surgery dates back to 2012 when she first joined the team. Ashley’s dedication is not only reflected in her professional achievements but also in the genuine relationships she builds with Ocoee patients. Beyond the workplace, Ashley finds joy in traveling and spending quality time with her family and friends. She, along with her husband Corey, is a proud parent to two children, Katelyn and Cooper. Her passion for meeting new people and creating lasting connections aligns seamlessly with her role at Ocoee Oral Surgery.
Megan Skidmore is a DAANCE-certified Surgical Assistant at Ocoee Oral Surgery with nearly 3 years of dentistry experience. Megan’s commitment to patient care and her team is evident in her dedication to the practice. Outside the surgical suite, she enjoys traveling and cherishes quality time spent with friends and family. Originally from Meigs County, Megan and her husband Tylor find joy in spending time with their child, Blakely, and their beloved pet, Hank. Since joining Ocoee Oral Surgery, Megan has integrated her passion for dentistry with her love for personal connections, making her an excellent addition to our surgical team.
Catherine Fowler is a member of our surgical team at Ocoee Oral Surgery and brings nearly 3 years of dentistry experience to her role as a Surgical Assistant. Hailing from Cleveland, TN, Catherine has a love for photography, the outdoors, and quality time with friends and family. In the company of her cherished cat, Whispers, and faithful dog, Penny, Catherine finds joy in the simple pleasures of life. Her commitment to the surgical team is evident in her genuine connections with patients and her passion for contributing to the Ocoee Oral Surgery family.