Meet the Carolina Pediatric team
The team at Carolina Pediatric Dentistry is dedicated to providing your child — and you — with the best pediatric dental care available. Our team is truly dedicated to children, both inside and outside of our practice.
Dr. Amy Green | Pediatric Dentist
Dr. Amanda “Amy” Spivey Green is a native of Spartanburg and is a graduate of Boiling Springs High School. She attended the College of Charleston and double majored in psychology and music. She was active in her sorority, several community orchestras and even played with the Charleston Symphony. After graduation, Amy won the title of Miss South Carolina 1995 and represented South Carolina at the Miss America Pageant, where she won the Talent Award. She later traveled through South Carolina for a year, speaking to schoolchildren about self esteem and the perils of drug use. It was during that year that Amy found her love of children and her passion for making children feel comfortable and smile.
Amy attended the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine and obtained her doctor of medical dentistry degree. She began a general practice, but soon completed a two-year residency in pediatric dentistry. During this training, she realized that she not only loved children, but also had a passion for children who need a little extra attention. Amy is trained to treat children up to age 18, as well as those with special needs. Amy is a mom herself. She and her husband, Bryan, who is an orthodontist, have a son, Langston, and a daughter, Rowan.
Kasey Caschetto | Certified Dental Assistant
Kasey Caschetto is a veteran of Carolina Pediatric Dentistry. She has been with the practice since it opened its doors in June 2011. Kasey is a certified dental assistant, who originally pursued the field based on a recommendation from a dental hygienist friend from her hometown. As one of our first team members, Kasey also has more than 10 years of pediatric dental experience.
Although Kasey is very busy splitting her time between Carolina Pediatric Dentistry and Dr. Green’s husband’s orthodontic practice, she still finds time for herself and her two cats, Pumpkin and Patches. She enjoys hiking, making jewelry and playing kickball during her downtime. Kasey also enjoys volunteering in the community, through her church at soup kitchens and working with children to make crafts at a local children’s hospital. Pediatric dentistry is very fulfilling for Kasey.
“It’s a new adventure with every patient,” she says. “They always have different stories and new ways to make me smile.”
Kasey is thankful to be able to spend time with the children and for the ability to calm any fears they have about the dentist. Kasey is committed to making sure each child has a great experience at Carolina Pediatric Dentistry.
Shelly Gales | Certified Expanded Duty Dental Assistant
As one of the founding members of the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry family, Shelly is excited to come to work each day and spend time with the children. Shelly began her academic career studying medical lab technology, but changed to the dental field and completed the Expanded Duty Dental Assistant program for certification through Greenville Tech.
When she isn’t working, Shelly enjoys spending time with her family and five pets. A self-proclaimed “band geek,” Shelly fills her family’s lives with music, between her love for guitar and piano. She also seeks adventure through camping, fishing and finding the occasional free day to ride the Harley through the mountains with her husband, Robert. Shelly fills spare time by volunteering her skills to the PTA and a dental nonprofit that provides dental care to uninsured children in Spartanburg. This native of the Carolinas grew up with the experience of working with children. The oldest of four, Shelly is happy to have found her place at Carolina Pediatric Dentistry.
“All of the pieces fell together for me as I got older,” Shelly says. “I knew I wanted to work with children and help them overcome their fears.”
Shelly loves it when a patient overcomes their shyness and fear, and ends up excited for their next visit.
“When they come in nervous then leave with a huge smile on their face, it makes my day,” Shelly says.
She is so happy to be a part of that.
Nikki Granger | Receptionist
In the front office, Spartanburg native Nikki Granger is probably the first person you’ll see when you come in. Nikki has been with Carolina Pediatric Dentistry since August 2012. She is a graduate of the Spartanburg Community College dental assisting program and is a certified dental assistant. Currently Nikki manages the phones, and greets patients and their families during appointment check-ins.
Outside the office Nikki is always on the go. She and her husband, Jason, have two sons who are active soccer players. Nikki is also an avid Gamecocks fan — much to the chagrin of Dr. Amy, who lets it slide because Nikki is such a wonderful person aside from that. When is comes to the benefits of dentistry at a young age, Nikki is no stranger to how much it can help a young person’s confidence: She just got braces herself. Her favorite part of working at Carolina Pediatric Dentistry is how much enjoyment she gets from working with the children.
“I love smiling and laughing,” Nikki says. “We get to have fun all day, every day.”
Tara Riddle | Lead Assistant
A Spartanburg native, Tara Riddle has worked with Dr. Amy Green at Carolina Pediatric Dentistry for almost two years. She graduated from Spartanburg Community College, where she obtained her expanded duty dental assistant certification, in 2007. Her main focus has always been pediatrics and on a typical day she will assist cleaning children’s teeth and performing other procedures. She loves to work with children because she can make going to the dentist fun for them.
“It’s nice to know you could touch a small child’s life and possibly make their day a little brighter,” Tara says.
When she isn’t at the office, Tara spends time with husband and is pursuing her passion for singing. She has two stepsons, three dogs and two brand-new wild kittens that round out her bunch. You also might catch Tara singing at church, when she volunteers at a local nursing home or even at a wedding. If you play your cards right, she might be persuaded to sing your little one a song at Carolina Pediatric Dentistry. Tara says that nothing in particular makes her cool, but she is a joy to have in the office and can’t wait to see you on your next visit.
Jamie Scruggs | Certified Dental Assistant
Jamie Scruggs joined the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team in 2013. Born on Sullivan’s Island, Jamie is new to Carolina Pediatric Dentistry, but is no stranger to dental practice.
“As a teenager, my dentist took a special interest in me,” she says. “I worked summers in her office filing charts and sterilizing instruments and sometimes helped her work on patients. Away from the office, I baby-sat her two children.”
Jamie graduated from Trident Technical College in 2009 and maintains a current certification with the Dental Assisting National Board. To make the most of her time outside the office, Jamie and her family like to take trips to the mountains of North Carolina. Now an amateur hiker, boater and a jet ski enthusiast, Jamie was a talented softball player when she was younger. Ever the team player, she once broke her ankle sliding into third base.
“I was safe so someone else took my place and we won the game,” Jamie says. “It still hurts sometimes to this day.”
Jamie loves children. She has two of her own and spends time volunteering in the nursery at her church. Her favorite thing about working with children is how one never knows what kids are going to say next.
“Kids crack me up,” Jamie says.
It’s wonderful to have Jamie on the team at Carolina Pediatric Dentistry.
Michaelle Weathers | Certified Dental Assistant
Michaelle Weathers is originally from Binghamton, N.Y., but has been in the Upstate long enough to call it home. She graduated from the Spartanburg Technical College Dental Assistant program in 1989. With almost 25 years of hands-on experience in dentistry, Michelle is an amazing asset to Carolina Pediatric Dentistry.
“This is my first time working on little pumpkins,” Michaelle says of her years spent working in general dentistry and periodontics.
When she isn’t at work, Michaelle stays active with her husband, family and friends. Camping, traveling, riding bikes and playing sports with her son and daughters are just some of the ways she likes to unwind. When she’s not outside, Michaelle teaches a second-grade Sunday school class at her church, is an active member of the PTA for her children’s schools and loves to watch classic movies. Compassionate is one of the best ways to describe Michaelle.
“I love to help whenever and whomever I can,” she says.
Michaelle’s dedication and kindness are a big part of what makes Carolina Pediatric Dentistry great. She has really enjoyed working with the children since 2012 at Carolina Pediatric Dentistry because children are full of surprises.
“They are all special in their own way,” she says.
Marissa Van Herwynen | Insurance Coordinator
Marissa Van Herwynen is the newest team member at Carolina Pediatric Dentistry. She was born in Spartanburg, and has worked in medical and dental practices, handling insurance-related issues, for more than 12 years. At Carolina Pediatric Dentistry, Marissa handles appointment scheduling, patient checkout and insurance.
Marissa has two children.
“My daughter, Devonne, is 17 and enjoys pageantry,” she says. “My son, Jackson, is 15 and plays high school football.”
Marissa also has three dogs, dachshunds Woody, Lucy and Ricky Bobby. She enjoys crafting in her spare time, and enjoys taking road trips to the mountains. What’s her favorite thing about working with children?
“I love to hear children laugh,” she says.