All our professionals at our Sylva and Cashiers offices maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.


Timothy S. Spilliards, DMDSylva and Cashiers, NC Dentist Timothy S. Spilliards, DMD, PA

A native of Savannah, Georgia, Dr. Tim Spilliards lives in Cullowhee with his wife Kelly and their three children: Claire, Corbin and Caroline. The Spilliards are members of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Sylva.

Tim enjoys most outdoors activities and college sports.  He enjoys serving as the dentist for  Western Carolina University athletic programs. Go Catamounts!

He is a 1996 graduate of The Citadel, he graduated the Medical College of Georgia in 2000, and completed his Advanced Education General Dentistry Residency in ‘01. He holds dental licenses in North Carolina and Georgia.

Dr. Spilliards served in the US Army Dental Corps from 2000 until 2004, including combat operations in Iraq in 2003.

Continuing education

Advance Implant Studies Continuum, 2009 to present.
Medical College of Georgia Implant Maxi Course, 2008


American Dental Association
American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Associate Fellow
North Carolina Dental Society
Western North Carolina Dental Society


Michelle McDonald, DDS

Better known as Dr. Michelle, she joined our practices as an associate in 2014 with many years of dental experience.  She enjoys working with people of all ages, especially children.  Orthodontics is one area of her special talents.  She also volunteers her time and skills at the Blue Ridge Dental Clinic in Cashiers.   

Dr. Michelle is a California native and graduate of UCLA Dental School.   She and her two children, Nick and Brandy live in Cullowhee.






Our Staff


Angie, Hygienist

Angie joined our practice the first of 2016.  She worked at Dr. Kollist's Sylva dental practice for 22 years prior to his retirement.  Angie, a graduate of Asheville Buncome Community College, has two adult sons, Chris and Kevin.   She has recently become a new grandmother to Grant.  We are proud to welcome her to both practices.




Misty, Hygienist

Misty, a Brevard native, joined our Cashiers practice in the spring of 2014.   She earned her dental hygiene degree from Asheville Buncombe Community College.  You can book a dental cleaning with her on Wednesdays.  Misty and her husband live in Balsam Grove with their two daughters, Morgan and Tristin.

Chelsea, Hygienist

Chelsea rejoined our practice part-time in 2014, but can now be found in the Cashiers office.   She has over 11 years of hygiene experience and orthodontics training.  Chelsea and her husband, Buck, live in Bryson City with their three daughters.  




Lisa, Hygienist

Lisa, a dental hygienist for more than 20 years, joined the Sylva office part- time in 2015.   Lisa lives in Canton with her husband.  They have two adult children.  She enjoys hiking and spending time in the great outdoors.  








Brenda, Dental Assistant

Brenda joined the practice in 2006. An AB Technical College X-Ray Certification Program graduate, she has worked in the medical field for several years before jumping into dentistry. A Sylva native, she currently lives in Whittier area with her husband, Dale, and four children, Hunter, Kayla, Keaston, and Ella. She enjoys spending time with her family, camping, exercising, and shopping.



Tanya, Sylva Receptionist

Tanya joined the practice in 2008, changing careers from 13 years in kitchen and bath design work. A Sylva native, Tanya lives with her husband, Shannon, and their two sons, Alex and Breyden. Tanya enjoys spending time with her family, baseball games, and reading.





Amy, Dental Assistant

Amy joined the Sylva practice in 2013.  She worked in an oral surgery office for almost 10 years before taking a break from dentistry.   Amy and her husband Robert live in sylva with their two daughters, Natalie and Kayleigh.  




Barbie, Cashiers Receptionist

Barbie joined the Cashiers office in 2015.  She and her husband Todd have lived in the Cashiers area for over 20 years. She comes to us with various experience, including management, accounting, and retail.  Barbie has four children, Ashley, Austin, Abigail and Anna.