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. We love what we do!
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Dr. Amy Green
Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist
Dr. Amanda “Amy” Spivey Green is a native of Spartanburg and is a graduate of Boiling Springs High School. She is certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
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 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. She is a certified dental assistant with Carolina Pediatric Dentistry.
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.
Certified Dental Assistant
Lacey Dill joined the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team as a Certified Dental Assistant in July 2017. She finished the dental assisting program at Greenville Technical College back in 2004 and became nationally certified. Lacey worked in the dental field for nine years, then took some time off for almost five years to be a stay-at-home mom. Now, she is working with the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team.
“I try to help children have fun and enjoy getting their teeth cleaned or taking X-rays,” she says. “I also like to help my teammates any way I can.”
Lacey has always been fascinated with people's eyes and teeth. When she was considering her career, she tried to think of something that people would always need, so she chose dentistry.
“People take pride in their smiles and will always need cleanings or treatment,” she says.
Lacey, a native of Greer, has three children, Willow, Bella and Carson. The family also has two black male cats, Loki and Leo. In her free time, Lacey enjoys kayaking, swimming, spur-of-the-moment road trips, playing with her children and date nights with her hubby. She also volunteers at Carson and Bella's school, Woodland Elementary, and she and her family are very involved with Pelham First Baptist Church.
“I have always had a passion for kids,” Lacey says. “I was helping baby sit when I was 10 years old and I have always kept my cousins, nieces, nephews and my friends’ kids. All the kids love coming to our house to hang out or have sleepovers.”
What’s her favorite thing about working with kids? “They each have their own unique personalities and you never know what they're going to say or do,” Lacey says. “They just trip me out!”
Master of medicinal exchange
Stephanie Howard joined the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team in September 2016. She administers the sedation medication and discusses medical history and post-op instructions regarding the conscious sedations done in the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry office. Stephanie, a dental assistant, also helps with cleanings, X-rays and sterilization procedures.
“I studied to become a certified dental assistant at Greenville Technical College and graduated in 2007," Stephanie says. “I am DANB certified, and CPR and first-aid certified. I did general dentistry my first two years out and school and have been doing pediatric density for seven years.”
Stephanie chose the dental field because she wanted to be able to help improve peoples’ smiles and help them overcome their fears of visiting the dentist. And, she has always loved being around kids.
“I worked in a day care while I was in college and I believe that is why I love pediatric dentistry,” she says. “I love being able to put a smile on a child’s face and being able to help her conquer her fears.”
Stephanie has two daughters, Carmindy and Carrington. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, crafts, shopping and volunteering at her oldest daughter’s school.
Pam ‘Flossie’ Justice
Pam Justice — who is known to her friends as Flossie — greets patients and check them in at Carolina Pediatric Dentistry. She updates their information, takes payments, and answers calls for scheduling, payments, insurance questions and more. And don't be surprised if you see Pam checking folks out.
Pam was born in Asheville, N.C., and joined the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team in May 2017. She graduated from Asheville-Buncombe Technical College with an associate’s degree in business. She also took classes in business administration for a year at UNC-Asheville.
“I love children,” Pam says. “I’m really a child a heart.”
Pam has a son, Matthew, and I a granddaughter, Addison. In her free time, she I likes to read, play tennis and go to the beach. She is a self-proclaimed “people person” and says she has never meet a stranger.
Her favorite thing about working with kids is that they make her laugh.
“And you never know what to expect,” Pam says. “They make me feel young at heart!”
Master plaque attacker
Brooke Owens is a Spartanburg native who has worked at Carolina Pediatric Dentistry since August 2014. She is a certified dental assistant at Carolina Pediatric Dentistry, and her primary role is to clean teeth. She chose the field because of her love for children.
Brooke has two daughters, Audrey and Delainey, and the family has one dog, Jack. In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, softball and being a mom.
“My oldest daughter won the 2017 State Championship Dixie Sweeties for softball 6 and under, and we went to the 2017 World Series,” she says.
Brooke’s favorite thing about working with kids is listening to their crazy stories
“It's so entertaining you never know what's going to come out of their mouths,” she says.
Mastermind of Knicknack distribution
A Spartanburg native, Tara Riddle has worked with Dr. Amy Green at Carolina Pediatric Dentistry for nearly five 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. She is the lead assistant at Carolina Pediatric Dentistry.
“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 cats that round out her bunch. She is outnumbered by all the males in her house.
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.
Commander of calculus control center
Jamie Scruggs joined the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team in 2013. Born on Sullivan’s Island, Jamie is no stranger to dental practice. She is a certified dental assistant.
“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 and has three of her own. 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.
Composite control administrator
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 27 years of hands-on experience in dentistry, Michaelle is an amazing asset to Carolina Pediatric Dentistry as a certified dental assistant.
“I have worked in general dentistry and periodontics, so now I enjoy working on these little pumpkins," Michaelle says.
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. These 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 read and watch classic movies. Compassionate is one of the best ways to describe Michaelle.
“We work as a team, so 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.
Superintendent of interproximal decay control systems
Trish Wine is originally from Eustis, Fla. She joined the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry team in late 2015 as a dental hygienist. Trish graduated from Spartanburg Community College in 2015, where she obtained her expanded duty dental assistant certification. Trish loves kids, and knew that she wanted to go into a field that was centered around children.
Trish has two “spunky” children — a daughter, Logan, who was born in August 2012; and a son, Hudson, who was born in July 2014.
“In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my own babies," she says. “My family very much likes to stay on the go, be it going to the park, festivals, the library or the zoo — anything to keep us out of the house!”
Trish’s favorite thing about working with kids is that she gets to make them feel safe, important and loved.
“Children embody all things good and innocent, and being around them is a constant reminder of how precious and fast childhood really is,” she says.
A interesting fact about Trish: She went to college in Vermont at the age of 20 to pursue a degree in music business. “I cant hold a tune or play an instrument to save my life, but I have a passion for music almost as much as I do for children,” she says.
Marissa Van Herwynen
Lead bubbler handler
Marissa Van Herwynen is the insurance coordinator 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 that are in college and multiple “dog children” at home.
She enjoys crafting in her spare time, and enjoys taking road trips to the mountains and kayaking with her husband. What’s her favorite thing about working with children?
“I love to hear children laugh,” she says.
Champion instrument-transfer specialist
As one of the founding members of the Carolina Pediatric Dentistry family, Shelly Vinesett 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 four 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 a dental nonprofit organization 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.