Joey de Graffenried, DDS
Dr. Joey enjoys taking care of patients—and getting to know them as people.
He attended Baylor College of Dentistry. While he was there, he met his wife Lisa, who was training as a hygienist. They married in 1984. After Dr. Joey graduated in 1986, he enlisted in the Air Force and continued his training, adding to his IV sedation and surgical skills. The family relocated to Kilgore in 1990.
Dr. Joey loves learning and teaching. You'll often find him speaking to students at local schools. In 2008, Dr. Joey completed the 10-month Maxi-Course in Implant Dentistry at the Atlanta Center for Restorative Dentistry Medical College of Georgia. He also studied in France under Dr. Hilt Tatum, a pioneer in dental surgery. Dr. Joey is a founding member and frequent lecturer of the Advanced Dental Implant Studies. Since 2009, he has been a leader of this select group of implant dentists seeking to continue their education.
In 2011, Dr. Joey became an Associate Fellow with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He completes over 100 hours of continuing education per year and is a member of the American Dental Association® and the Texas Dental Association and a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Joey is an elder at Kilgore Bible Church, and he is continually amazed at the grace of God towards us. He loves helping others see the love that God has for us in spite of ourselves. He hopes you'll look around the office and notice some of the beautiful art created by his talented wife Lisa. He enjoys exercise and completed his first triathlon in 2017. He loves spicy food—and he can't wait to meet you!
Josh de Graffenried, DDS
Dr. Josh officially joined J. de Graffenried Dentistry in 2012, after graduating with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas. But he had already been working alongside his father Dr. Joey for many years, learning how to provide our patients with the same excellent care.
Dr. Josh completed the 10-month Maxi-Course in Implant Dentistry at the Atlanta Center for Restorative Dentistry in 2013.He has been a member of Advanced Dental Implant Studies in Atlanta, Georgia, since 2014, and he attends meetings there four times a year alongside Dr. Joey.
In November 2013, Dr. Josh married his soulmate, Sarah. A gifted pianist, Sarah worked with the Kilgore College Chorale prior to the arrival of their first child. Dr. Josh and Sarah now enjoy parenting three beautiful young children.
Dr. Josh enjoys being part of the sound equipment team and serving as a deacon at Kilgore Bible Church. He and Sarah also host the young couples community group. He longs to make the gospel glorious in his everyday life
Although he may seem quiet at first, he is more outgoing once you get to know him. He loves cheese, and he is very focused. Come in for an appointment and let him focus on providing you with the very best care possible!
Audrey Hale—Front Desk Administrator, Team Leader
Audrey has been a member of our team since 2010. Her warm smile and bilingual abilities make her an invaluable asset to us and our patients.
Audrey has experience teaching Spanish and loves to help our Hispanic community attain better oral health. She is grateful for the patients God brings us and enjoys providing them with outstanding care that goes beyond expectations. Audrey enjoys cooking and spending time with her three adorable grandchildren.
Dariana Salvador—Front Desk Administrator
As part of our team of excellent Front Desk Administrators, Dariana's goal is to serve our patients with the best care possible. Dariana is fluent in Spanish and is excited to be working with us while she attends Kilgore College.
Dariana enjoys soccer, running, and spending time with her family.
Rachel Williams—Front Desk Administrator
Rachel has been with us since 2017 and is a registered dental assistant. Her outgoing personality makes her a favorite with our patients. Rachel's work ethic motivates her to tackle any task God gives her to do—and she does whatever it takes to get the job done. Her favorite scripture is Matthew 5:14-16.
Rachel loves working with our wonderful team. Outside of work, her life revolves around her husband and their three children.
Lisa Millirons—Front Desk Administrator
Lisa's smile is the first one you'll see when you visit our office. Lisa brinsg over twenty years of valuable front desk customer experience to our team.
Lisa loves spending time with her family—preferably at the beach. Seaside, Florida, is her happy place. On the weekends, you'll find her hanging out with her rescue dogs, Joe and Yogi.
Erin Ricks—Dental Hygienist, Team Leader
Erin has been part of the J. de Graffenried team since 2012. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in biology and from Blinn College in 2011 with an Associate of Applied Sciences in dental hygiene.
Erin enjoys building relationships with our patients to make sure they have the very best dental care and experience. Erin is a favorite with our patients—both children and adults.
Nicole Peavy—Dental Hygienist
Nicole began working at J. de Graffenried Dentistry in 2016. She graduated cum laude from Tyler Junior College in 2015 in dental hygiene. Nicole received the Clinical Coordinator Award for characteristics in leadership. Nicole loves the team and our patients like family. She loves getting to know you and your family, and you will enjoy getting to know her.
Nicole married her high school sweetheart and has three wonderful children and three grandchildren.
Hailey Handy—Dental Hygienist
Hailey joined our team in 2015. She graduated from North East Texas Community College in 2009 with an Associate of Applied Science in dental hygiene. Hailey loves the compassion and care our doctors and team give every patient. Our team and patients love her for her gentleness and caring personality.
Hailey married her high school sweetheart. They have two beautiful daughters. Hailey enjoys spending time with her family and camping.
Karen Shaffer—Dental Hygienist
Karen chose the profession of dentistry because she believes it is so important to everyone's overall health. Her goal is to build friendship and trust so patients feel comfortable. She wants all of our patients to have a healthy, beautiful smile.
Karen graduated in 1988 from Tyler Jr. College. She is grateful to work with a Christian, family-oriented team that is committed to excellent care and continuing education. Outside of work, Karen enjoys spending time with family and friends—and attending Henderson Lions football games.
Jennifer Samples—Dental Assistant, Team Leader
Jennifer earned her RDA license in 2008 and joined our team as a dental assistant that same year. She has attended numerous dental education courses, including the American Academy of Implant Dentistry's 2010 annual meeting and the Advanced Dental Implant Studies Summit in Atlanta, Georgia.
You'll often find Jennifer with her nose in a good book. She also loves taking vacations with her close-knit family.
Ali Reyes—Dental Assistant
Alicia joined in our team in 2018. She graduated from East Texas Dental Academy and has over six years of experience as a dental assistant. Ali is bilingual in Spanish, which makes her a priceless addition to our team. She loves to help our patients smile with confidence.
In her spare time, Ali loves working out, playing soccer, and spending time with family and friends.
Kaylee Stansbury—Dental Assistant
Kaylee joined our team in July 2017. She graduated with magna cum laude honors from Navarro College in 2016 and obtained her RDA license the next year. Kaylee loves interacting with patients and enjoys growing relationships with them. She feels like working at J. de Graffenried Dentistry has made her grow individually.
Kaylee is newly married to her best friend Hayden. She is excited to see what her future holds and to create new relationships.
Lexi Sanders—Dental Assistant
Arlexus "Lexi" Sanders joined our team in 2018. She graduated on the Dean's List at Vista College in Longview and has over two years of experience as a dental assistant. Lexi values every patient that walks through our door and enjoys helping each one get the very best patient care that J. de Graffenried Dentistry can offer.
In her spare time, Lexi enjoys relaxing with a good book and spending time with family, friends, and her adorable dog Luna.
Danette Hedrick—Personal Assistant
Danette joined our team in the fall of 2017 after working in the education field for 29 years. As Dr. de Graffenried's Personal Assistant, she assists in payroll processing, accounts payable, events planning, managing the doctors' calenders, and meeting the needs of other staff.
Danette enjoys watching her granddaughter dance and her grandson smash home runs.
Julia Metz—Marketing Director
Julia has been our marketing director and has been beautifying our office since 2016. Julia brings more than 20 years' of graphic design experience. We love her generosity and how hard she works to let others know about the rest of our amazing, talented dental team.
Julia is a dedicated wife and mother with four amazing kids. She also serves alongside her husband Barry, who is the head pastor at Kilgore Bible Church.