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West Knoxville Dental Team

James F. Kotsianas, DDSJames F. Kotsianas, DDS | West Knoxville Dentistry

Dr. Kotsianas earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Microbiology in 1978. He went on to graduate from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in Memphis, TN with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1982. His professional memberships include The American Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association, the Second District Dental Society and various study clubs including ITI -International Team for Implantology. Dr. Kotsianas is married with three grown children and enjoys UT sports, golfing and fishing. Dr. Kotsianas is an active member of REO Referral Exchange Organization, St. George Greek Orthodox Church and has been an involved member of the Rotary Club of Bearden for over 20 years.


Becky Kotsianas, Office ManagerBecky Kotsianas, Office Manager at James F. Kotsianas, DDS | West Knoxville Dentistry

Becky has enjoyed working for her brother-in-law for over 25 years as his Office Manger. Becky graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Nutrition and worked as a Dietitian in both clinical and administrative settings for 5 years before moving into dentistry. Becky and her husband John enjoy spending time with their grown children. She enjoys music, traveling, gardening, cooking, reading a good book and Zumba fitness.


Kiera Pemberton RDH, HygienistKiera Pemberton RDH, Hygienist at James F. Kotsianas, DDS | West Knoxville Dentistry

Kiera graduated from Roane State Community College with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene Technology in 2014.  While in school, she was awarded the Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler award for academic achievement.  Kiera and her husband Adam married in 2016 and shortly afterward purchased Kiera’s childhood home in Clinton.  She has a big heart for animals and currently has 2 rescue cats and 1 rescue dog.  She likes to spend her free time hiking, playing board games and designing custom accessories.


Carla Hyer, RDH, BSDH, HygienistCarla Hyer, RDH, BSDH, Hygienist at James F. Kotsianas, DDS | West Knoxville Dentistry

Carla graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Medical College of Georgia in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene.  She has been with Dr. Kotsianas since 2016.  Carla is married to her husband Michael and they have two children. She enjoys the outdoors and her hobbies include gardening, camping, hiking and traveling. She has 2 dogs, a cat and a leopard geiko. Carla truly loves her work in dentistry and has a heart for every patient that she treats.


Christi Wade, RDH, HygienistChristi Wade, RDH, Hygienist at James F. Kotsianas, DDS | West Knoxville Dentistry

Christi is originally from Huntsville, Alabama and now lives in Knoxville with her family. She has been in the dental field for more than thirty years. Christi attended Roane State Community College where she graduated Magnum Cum Laud with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene. She continued her studies at East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Christi is licensed in Local Anesthesia and the Administration and Monitoring of Nitrous Oxide. Christi has worked for Dr. Kotsianas since 2014. Her main objective is to give her patients a thorough gentle cleaning and to educate them on proper oral hygiene.


Dennise Howard, RDA, CDA, Dental Assistant

Dennise began her career as a dental assistant after graduating from Tennessee Technology Center in 1997.  Dennise just completed 20 years of employment with Dr. Kotsianas since joining his practice in 1999.  She enjoys reading, camping and traveling to Disney World.  She also enjoys cheering on the Central H.S. Bobcats where her daughter plays trumpet in the high school band.


Rachel Shalansky, Dental Assistant

Rachel received her training began her career as a registered dental assistant in the United States Air Force.  She brings 25 years of extensive dental experience to our office. Rachel joined our practice in April of 2019.   She is originally from upstate New York before she moved to East Tennessee in 2005.  She resides with her fiance and young son and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


Tammy Johncox, Patient Coordinator

Tammy grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where she spent summers at her family’s home in Gatlinburg.  She and her husband recently returned from spending four years in Kentucky where she worked as a Front Desk/Insurance Coordinator at a dental office.  She is happy and blessed to be back in East Tennessee. Her hobbies include sewing/quilting, reading, scrapbooking and cooking. She enjoys quiet time at home and spending time with her family and dogs Molly and Gus.

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