The Franklin Team

We recognize that all our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice.

We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.

Franklin Team


Office Manager

I began my career as a registered dental hygienist in 1976 and transitioned to the front desk when I joined Dr. Melzer in 2011. My days are filled with such variety, whether I’m welcoming a new patient into the office or helping an existing patient with scheduling. We’re like a family here, and we have a lot of fun!

I’ve been married more than 40 years and have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and four grandchildren. My hobbies include hiking, cooking, and playing golf.


Front Office

I’ve been a part of our Franklin office’s front desk team since 2014. Each day is different, which is something I really enjoy. Of course, patient interaction tops my list of favorite things! Our office is full of smiles. Dr. Melzer keeps things fun and keeps us laughing!

I am married with a sweet little boy! We enjoy weekends at the lake, summer trips to the beach, cooking out, and relaxing. Spending time with family is the best!


Dental Hygienist

I attended Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in 2001 and joined Dr. Melzer’s team in 2011. My goal as a hygienist is to work with patients one-on-one to achieve better oral health, whether that’s through regular cleanings or by providing home care education. Our doctors and staff are the best and we have so much fun here!

My husband Howie and I have two children, Ashley and Owen, as well as a grandson named Bryce! I love spending my free time with them.


Dental Assistant

I graduated from Asheville-Buncombe Tech in 2005 and joined Appalachian Dental Associates in 2011. In addition to assisting with patient care, I also get to do a lot of fun lab work, like making anterior crowns on our CEREC® machine! When I’m not making crowns or busy in the clinic, I’m usually cutting it up with the ladies in the office!

I married my high-school sweetheart. We have two kids: a son, Branton, and a daughter, Brynnlee. We also have a Yorkie dog named Max!


Dental Assistant

I attended AB Tech for dental radiology in 2005 and gained on-the-job training in a variety of procedures, including making crowns. It’s one of my favorite parts of my job! I also enjoy helping to make patients comfortable during their procedure. Here in the office, we always laugh and have a good time! We’re family!

My husband Clay and I have been married for a decade. We have a daughter named McKinley and a dog called Karly. Spending time with my family is my favorite!


Front Office

I joined our Asheville office in 2019, and while I’m new to the dental field, I love working here! There are so many different aspects of dentistry, and I find them all intriguing. Just as interesting are our patients! Everyone — our doctors and our crew — makes coming to work fun. We work together as a team and we have fun while doing it!

I am married with two sweet kiddos and an adorable Goldendoodle. I love to cook, bake, sew, and hike!


Dental Hygienist

I began my career as a dental assistant, after graduating from Orlando Dental Assisting School in 1987. I continued my education at Valencia Community College’s dental hygiene school, which I finished in 1991. Now, as a part of Appalachian Dental Associates, I work hard to help patients improve their oral health, as well as their total health, through comprehensive hygiene care.

I fell in love with Franklin in 1994. When I was presented the opportunity to move here, I took it! It’s a beautiful area to live, and you can’t beat the views that welcome each day, no matter the season. I enjoy the outdoors, local seasonal festivities, and family-oriented activities.


Dental Assistant

I attended AB Technical College in 2016 and recently joined the Appalachian Dental Associates team. While I love working with patients and helping them feel at ease in our office, I also enjoy the technical and artistic aspect of my job, like designing crowns! My team is made up of awesome people who are just awesome to work with! Everyone is very helpful and will do anything to make the day better!

This summer I became engaged to my best friend. We will be getting married in April this coming year! We have two wonderful four-legged babies, Max (Siberian Husky) and Odie (Blue Heeler). We bought a house together and we can’t wait to begin the rest of our life! We attend Windy Gap Baptist Church. I grew up in this church and it’s a huge part of my life! I am so blessed with this life I love!


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