Meet the Team

We are especially interested in making all our patients feel right at home! We put your needs first to achieve efficient and comprehensive treatment. Our staff is trained and skilled, and we strive to provide energetic and fun-loving service to each patient. Each member of our treatment team is a registered assistant, and our office staff has years of experience in treating patients with the highest level of care. We strive to stay abreast of the latest in technological advances by regularly attending continuing education courses and seminars.

At the Chattanooga Center for Comprehensive Dentistry, we are privileged to have a fantastic team of health care providers to help you with your individual needs. Caring for each patient’s individual comfort and needs is our staff’s number one priority. Each staff member has been trained with the latest techniques in dental care, as well as safety and first aid. Please feel free to learn more about each member of our fantastic team in their biographies below:

April Tate | Implant Coordinator/Dental Assistant

April has been working at the Center since 2011. She has two passions. The first is her dental career. She feels blessed to be able to work alongside the talented doctors at the Chattanooga Center for Comprehensive Dentistry. She loves having a key role in changing patients’ lives one smile at a time. Her second passion is weightlifting: when not at the Center, she spends her free time at the gym.

Cheryl Carico | Insurance Coordinator/Bookkeeper

Che’Che’, wife to Paul Carico and mother to Trey Carico, has been the Center for Comprehensive Dentistry’s patient liaison with insurance companies for over 25 years! She works tirelessly to procure any and all available benefits from a patient’s insurance plan. Away from the Center, Che’ closely follows the lives of her three sons, two daughters-in-law, and seven grandchildren. She is a tireless member of the Signal Mountain Playhouse Board, working diligently behind the scenes to ensure that the “show will go on.” She also is an avid hiker. Not only is she the leader of the Wednesday group of the Chattanooga Hiking Club, but has also completed nearly all of the hiking trails in southeast Tennessee, southwest North Carolina, northern Georgia, northern Alabama, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Haley Pryor | Dental Hygienist

Haley is a registered Dental Hygienist in the state of Tennessee and Indiana. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Southern Indiana. She and her husband moved to Tennessee, excited to start their careers in a beautiful, welcoming place that caters to all who love the outdoors. Haley has enjoyed connecting with all of her patients at the Chattanooga Center for Comprehensive Dentistry, as they bring a sense of community to her life here in Tennessee. She strives to provide the best care for her patients, as well as educating them on the importance of oral health care and the holistic effects that oral hygiene has on the body. Working with such wonderful patients, alongside an amazing team, has been one of the many blessings Haley has experienced since moving here. She has a passion for music, enjoys hiking with her husband, and loves spending time with her dog, Tink.

Jennifer Rose Eggert-Michael | Purchasing Coordinator/Dental Assistant

Jennifer is a Registered Dental Assistant with Chattanooga Center for Comprehensive Dentistry. In this role, Jennifer assists the doctors to provide a variety of different procedures. In 2010, she received an associate’s degree from Miller-Motte Technical College, where she gained her radiation certification. She is also certified in nitrous oxide monitoring and basic CPR/first aid. Jennifer loves helping her patients achieve the smiles they deserve. Jennifer is married and has two boys. In her spare time, she enjoys writing poems, designing and taking photography.

Melissa Whitmire | Scheduling/Financial Coordinator

Melissa is a wife and mother of three. She attended Miller Motte Technical College and graduated in 2011 with an Associate’s Degree in Dental Assisting. She performed her 300 clinical hours at the Chattanooga Center for Comprehensive Dentistry and has been here ever since. She is now the Scheduling Coordinator. Her friendly voice will most likely be the first voice you here when calling our office. Melissa uses her dental assisting skills to schedule our patients so that our patient’s time is used as efficiently as possible.