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At Marion DDS, we are a team of caring, experienced dental professionals who use only the most advanced technologies, materials & procedures.

We pride ourselves on taking the time to listen & get to know each patient as an individual. Our entire team looks forward to seeing you soon & developing a relationship with you to build the bridge toward long-term trust & successful dental care. See why our patients can’t stop smiling!

Our exceptional, friendly staff is our greatest asset. All of our dental assistants & hygienists are licensed professionals who pride themselves on their current dental techniques & outstanding patient communication. With unmatched quality & integrity, they are dedicated to achieving the best possible results for you & your family.

Since your comfort & health are our top priorities, our staff is glad to assist you in any way possible. If you have any questions at all, from treatment options & sterilization to insurance concerns & paperwork, we’re here for you! We can assure you that you’ll enjoy your dental visit!

Meet The Team

  • Michelle Osta

    I was born and raised on the eastern side of the state in Greenville, NC. I completed my undergraduate education in economics at UNC-Chapel Hill and my Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at ECU School of Dental Medicine. As a fourth-year dental student, I rotated through two community service-learning centers in Western NC: Sylva and Spruce Pine. I fell in love with the mountains of North Carolina and continued my dental education at the MAHEC general practice residency in Asheville. I am excited to be part of the Marion DDS dental team and happy to be serving the patients in this great community. 

    During my days off from dentistry, I love spending time with family and friends and traveling.

  • Whitney Burleson
    Office Manager

    Whitney was born and raised in Nebo, North Carolina. She has been in the dental field since graduating from Western Piedmont Community College in 2003. Beginning as a dental assistant with Dr. David DuBose, she transitioned to the role of Office Manager in 2013. Since then, she has taken on the responsibilities of handling all insurance claims and payments, helping to coordinate patient care, as well as overseeing the day-to-day operations of the office, making sure that the practice runs smoothly.

    Whitney resides in Spruce Pine with her husband Steve, two children, Garren & Emmie, and their English bulldog, Zeus. When not at work, you will most likely find her cheering on her son, niece, or nephew on the basketball court, volleyball court, or football field. She likes to spend her weekends relaxing by a campfire while camping with her family and friends.

  • Elizabeth Courtney
    Patient Coordinator / Dental Assistant II

    Elizabeth was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. She moved to the foothills of North Carolina at the age of five. Elizabeth has always been fascinated with the medical field. In college, Elizabeth double majored in both Dental Assisting and Nursing. Joining Marion DDS in 2013, Elizabeth has over a decade of experience in dental assisting, coordinating patient care, and working with insurance companies. She works hard to ensure that every patient that comes into the office receives the best care possible and has a great experience. 

    Elizabeth currently resides in Morganton. She and her husband Richard spend their free time hiking, camping, and traveling.

  • Stacy Spencer
    Dental Assistant

    Hey, y'all! My name is Stacy and I have worked at Marion DDS for 16 years. In 2006, I began working with Dr. David DuBose and have been with this practice since. I was born and raised in the lovely area of Glenwood (Go Dragons!!), and this is where I now raise my family. I married my best friend, and Junior High School sweetheart, Ryan in 2011. The Lord has blessed us with two beautiful, hilarious, and energetic children, Shelby and Jedidiah. They constantly keep us on our toes!

    My family and I enjoy camping in the summer along the Toe River. Anything that we can do as a family outdoors is a favorite pastime of ours. Kayaking, swimming, and riding four-wheelers; just to name a few! We also enjoy cooking big meals with family and friends, as well as attending church on Sundays. I am truly blessed with a wonderful family and to be able to work with such a great group every day!

  • Alejah Carswell
    Dental Assistant II

    Hi, my name is Alejah. I joined the practice upon graduating from Western Piedmont Community College with my diploma in Dental Assisting in 2021. I love getting to know all our patients that come into the office and being able to help them feel comfortable.

    During my free time, I like to spend time with my friends and family. I look forward to meeting you and helping to make your experience great!

  • Shaina Hodge
    Dental Assistant II

    Shaina was born and raised in Tennessee.  Her family moved to McDowell County when she was 14 years old.  In June of 2004, she graduated from Western Piedmont Community College where she obtained her certification in Dental Assisting.  Her favorite part of her job is making her patients smile!

    Shaina resides here in Marion with her husband Chris.  They have three grown children, Cassidy, Koby and Hunter.  When not at work, Shaina enjoys the outdoors and loves to paint.  God and family means everything to her.

  • Lorie Gregory
    Registered Dental Hygienist

    Lorie was born and raised in Burke County, NC. She received her Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene from Catawba Valley Community College in 2006. Lorie loves her profession and enjoys helping people achieve and maintain good oral health.

    In her free time, she likes spending time outdoors with her family and friends.

  • Missy Alexander
    Registered Dental Hygienist

    Missy is from Rutherfordton, NC. She obtained her Dental Hygiene degree from AB Tech. She also has an Associate's Degree in Business Administration from Isothermal Community College, as well as her Bachelor’s Degree in Allied Health Administration from UNC Pembroke. Missy enjoys helping her patients achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.

    Missy currently lives in Forest City, NC with her husband, Young. An avid runner, she currently has over 22 marathons under her belt and still going! In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with her family & friends.

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