Deaton Dental Associates | Extractions, Dental Bridges and Teeth Whitening

Our Dental Staff

Melissa, Deaton Dental Associates


Melissa is an Administrative Assistant and Insurance Coordinator with our practice. She has been part of our practice since 2002. Her voice may be one of the first ones you hear when calling our office. Melissa has many different responsibilities here in the office. You may find her scheduling appointments, fixing a computer problem, and holding to speak to an insurance company all at once on any given day.

Melissa grew up in the Summerville area and attended both Stratford High School and Trident Technical College. When not working she enjoys reading, the wonderful Lowcountry weather, football and spending time with her family.

Donnie, Deaton Dental Associates


Donnie has been practicing dental hygiene and working in our office since she graduated from Midlands Technical College in 1977. She loves the relaxed, yet professional atmosphere in the office. Donnie enjoys using the latest technologies in dentistry like the intra-oral camera and frequently attends continuing education classes. She is a member of the South Carolina Dental Hygiene Association and the American Dental Hygiene Association. She is married and has 2 grown daughters and twin grandsons. Her favorite activities include boating, tailgating, reading and playing with her chocolate lab.

Amber, Deaton Dental Associates


Born and raised in Summerville, Amber graduated cum laude from Trident Technical College's Dental Hygiene program in 2020. Amber joined the team at Dental Associates of Summerville shortly after. She enjoys educating patients on dental care and their oral health. She loves helping people achieve their dream smiles, and building strong relationships with her patients.

Now living in Goose Creek with her husband, Willie and their two dogs Max and Bailey, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. In her spare time she loves boating, hiking, playing the piano, and reading.

Karen, Deaton Dental Associates


Karen graduated from Trident Technical College Dental Hygiene program in 1998. She joined the team at Dental Associates of Summerville in July 2011. Karen enjoys the friendly and welcoming atmosphere the office offers to its patients and staff. She attends continuing education classes, which keeps her up to date with the latest changes in dentistry.

Karen is married with two grown children. She was raised in Summerville and when not working she enjoys riding motorcycles with her husband and friends.

Kayla, Deaton Dental Associates


Kayla graduated from Trident Technical College as a Certified Expanded Duty Dental Assistant in 2016. She joined our team at Dental Associates of Summerville in September 2016. Kayla became interested in the dental field at a young age when she noticed how good dental care can boost a person’s self-esteem.

Kayla grew up in Bonneau and enjoys spending time with family, friends and dog Zoey out on the lake boating and fishing in her spare time.

Tracy, Deaton Dental Associates


Tracy is an administrative assistant with our office. She has been in the dental field for over 19 years and joined Dental Associates of Summerville in January 2016. Tracy enjoys getting to know our patients and the family atmosphere that our office provides.

Tracy is married to Schott and they have two sons, Josh and Chase. They enjoy boating, camping and going to Nascar races. She is a huge Green Bay Packers fan and also cheers on the Carolina Gamecocks. Tracy also enjoys being a mentor with the Cane Bay High School Robotics team.

Tanya, Deaton Dental Associates


Tanya graduated as an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant in 2013 and worked at a dental office in Florida until she moved to South Carolina to start her hobby, farming. She enjoys connecting with patients and making them feel as comfortable as possible during their dental treatments. In her off time, she enjoys tending to the farm, spending time with her fiancé and riding their motorcycle.

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