Meet the Staff of Advanced Dental Care
Annie Higgins – Office Manager
Annie was born and raised in Johnson City, Tennessee. She graduated from East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice. After graduating college she worked for 911 for 6 years then prior to moving to Valdosta she managed a dental practice in Johnson City for 10 years. Annie has been with ADC since 2011, starting at the front desk and working her way to Office Manager in 2013. Annie has 2 dogs, a Boxer named Sadie and a German Shephard named Nitro. On the weekends she spends most of her time on the road traveling to watch her son race late model asphalt cars. During football season she is cheering on the UT Vols! Annie loves storms and riding with the storm chasers is on her bucket list! If you have any questions- she’s your girl!
Mary Santoianni – Scheduling Coordinator
This is Mary Santoianni. She has many nicknames, but her family calls her “Moo-me” for her love of cows as a child. Mary has worked for Advanced Dental Care since 2020 and has been working in the dental field since 2016. Mary received her bachelor’s from Southern New Hampshire University in Health Service Administration in 2018. Mary has lived in many places including California, Florida, Montana, Tennessee, and now Georgia. She moved to Valdosta in 2020 from Montana and is so excited to live in the warm weather again. Mary and her husband, Raymond, married in 2017 and welcomed their first child in 2018. Mary is an absolute “foodie” and loves football season strictly for the snacks. She also loves restoring old furniture, working in her garden, and traveling to new places to explore.
Katelyn Wilkes - Scheduling Coordinator
Katelyn grew up in Dallas, Tx and moved to Valdosta in 2007. She graduated from Valdosta High School. Go Cats! She is married and has two children, Brooks and Peyton Jane. Katelyn has loved learning everything dental as she just started in 2019. She loves to do anything that involves a good cookout!!
Raquel Villegas - Insurance Coordinator
Raquel graduated from Valley View High School in California. She has been with ADC since July 2016 and brings over 18 years of dental experience to our team. She is married with three boys, and loves spending time outdoors with her family. Raquel is terrified of frogs and would love to have a shopping spree at Ulta or Sephora.
Julie Smith- Scheduling Coordinator
Julie was born and raised in Valdosta. She graduated from Lowndes high school and Valdosta State College. She joined the ADC family in February 2021 as a Hygiene/Scheduling Coordinator. She has 3 sons. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling and loves dark chocolate.
Morgan Long, RDH - Hygienist
Morgan was born in Thomaston, Georgia. She moved to Valdosta when she was 7 years old, and this has been her home ever since. She graduated from Valdosta High School in 2012. GO CATS!! She then attended Valdosta State University, and Wiregrass Technical College where her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Hygiene was obtained. She loves being active, whether it's in the gym, outdoors running, or playing with her Bernadoodle, Winnie.
Crystal Prine, RDH - Hygienist
Crystal grew up in Valdosta, graduating from Valdosta High School, (Go Cats!) and Valdosta State University in 2013 as a Dental Hygienist. Crystal’s favorite part of the dental field is getting to know her patients and educating them on dental care. She and her husband, Chase got married in 2016 and she is a dog mom to Jewel and Trigger. Crystal loves to go skiing, shopping, and be on the lake.
Jennifer Doetsch, RDH – Hygienist
Jennifer is originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee. She attended Valdosta State University and graduated with her Associates of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. She joined the ADC family in 2015. Jennifer lives in Hahira, Georgia with her husband Jason and their rescue dog, Zeus. Jennifer loves being outdoors and will do anything for an adrenaline rush including, skydiving, parasailing and zip lining! Jennifer also loves traveling and has been to Jamaica, Haiti, Dominic Republic, Mexico, St. Thomas, St. Lucia, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, and the Cayman Islands. She tries to travel to at least one new place every year! There isn't really anything this girl won't try!
Lauren Conine, RDH - Hygienist
Lauren is from Nashville, Ga. She graduated from Valdosta State University in 2015 as a Dental Hygienist, she has been part of the ADC team since then. Lauren loves getting to know her patients and educating them on their dental health. She lives in Lakeland with her husband Allen, daughter Elli, and dog Luke. Lauren enjoys running and spending time with her family. Lauren’s favorite place to eat is Chicken Salad Chick!
Annie Whittington, RDH – Hygienist
Annie is from Homerville, Georgia, where she graduated from Clinch County High School in 2009. She then attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Middle Georgia Technical College where she graduated in 2013 with and Associate in Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Annie joined the ADC family in 2017. If Annie is not out celebrating Taco Tuesday or Thirsty Thursday, she is on her porch grilling and listening to 90's country!!
Candace Harrison, RDH, Hygienist
Candace is from Jennings, Florida and she graduated from Valdosta State University in 2015 with her degree in Dental Hygiene. She is a fur mama to Ace, and she is getting married November 2021 to the love of her life, Jimmy. In Candace's free time, she enjoys going to the river and riding around on their side by side.
Angela Pitts- Dental Assistant
Kasey Lucas - Dental Assistant
Phyllis Sparks – Dental Assistant
Phyllis graduated from Berrien High School. Phyllis later attended VSU for several computer classes. She has worked chairside with Dr. Bill Moorman for over 40 years. Phyllis is married with 6 children. In her spare time she enjoys turkey hunting and being outdoors. Philly also gives the best massages around ADC!
Jessica Verhelle- Dental Assistant
Jessica is Dr. Hancock’s assistant. She was born in Sarasota, Florida, and soon after moved to Canada for most of her young life. She lived in several areas including: Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Quebec. Since 2019, Jessica now considers Valdosta her “home”. She is married to her loving husband of 11 years, and they share a 9-year-old daughter, who is the center of their world. When she is not spending time with her family, she loves to be outdoors riding bikes or walking her two adorable fur babies, Chuggy and Tootsie Roll.
Mary Cope- Lab Assistant
Mary was born and raised in Valdosta. She moved to Hahira in 2003 with her husband. They have 3 children, Logan, Will and Emma and one grandson Tucker Roy. She loves baking and spending time with her friends and family. She began her career in dentistry/orthodontics over 21 years ago and has been with ADC since January 2021.