Meet The Team



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Fridays by Appointment

Dr. Merendino

General Dentist

Dr. Merendino graduated from the University of Tennessee's College of Dentistry Program in Memphis. Growing up in Bristol, TN Dr. Merendino fell in love with our wonderful region and has now been in private practice in the beautiful Model City for over 7 years. Prior to private practice, Dr. Merendino had one year experience as an associate dentist in a general practice and also spent one year focusing on children's dental health at the Hawkins County Health Department. He is a member of the ADA, AGD and AACD. You will find him oftentimes volunteering at RAM or the Providence Medical Clinic. Dr. Merendino has a true interest in cosmetic and surgical procedures, including implants and restorations. He is continually pursuing continuing education courses to broaden his scope of practice to better assist his patients in making their dental goals a reality. In regards to dentistry, he enjoys the perfect combination of both engineering and artistry. He says, "I love helping people feel better about their smiles; from as small as a filling to a full reconstructive procedure, it's all fun to me!" Outside of work, you will find Dr. Merendino enjoying time with his wife and daughter, traveling, and enjoying many sports including playing golf, soccer, skiing, and snowboarding.

Jasmine Merendino

Insurance Manager

Jasmine has over 12 years of management experience. She previously worked in retail and also for a counseling center. Her degree was in Human Development and Learning and Psychology from ETSU. She truly enjoys working in the dental field because every day you are able to help people and also see incredible confidence-boosting results! "A smile can change everything about a person" is what she believes! Her favorite part of her job is helping patients understand their insurance benefits, and interacting with both patients and staff. Outside of work, Jasmine loves spending time with her family and close friends, traveling, and soaking up precious moments with her daughter.

Leslie Bates

Registered Dental Hygienist

Leslie graduated from the ETSU Dental Hygiene Program in 2016. Leslie loves being a hygienist at Dr. Merendino's because it gives her the opportunity to engage in new relationships every day. Her goal as a dental professional is to be intentional with every patient by creating friendships and also educating and encouraging them to a healthier life and smile! Outside of work, Leslie feels "life has so much to offer!" and enjoys traveling with her husband, exploring the outdoors, flower gardening, playing with her dog Maggie, spending time with family and friends, volunteering at her church and also with the local dental unit (Miles for Smiles) and RAM.

Karla Jones

Registered Dental Hygienist

Karla graduated from the Wytheville Dental Hygiene School in 2014, and has worked in everything from Pediatrics to General Dentistry and Prosthodontics. She loves getting to know people and providing them with clean and healthy smiles. Outside of work, Karla loves spending time with her husband, her family and her fur baby dog Ellie.

Susan Pressley


Susan has a combined experience of 12 years in Medical Office skills, Sales and was a previous Corporate Credentialing Counselor. Susan loves interacting with our patients, seeing before and after treatment results, and loves the staff she works with! "This is the best job EVER!" Susan says. Outside of work, Susan can be found boutique shopping, spending long weekends off the grid, and creating her own home décor.

Katrina Moore

Registered Dental Assistant

Katrina was a previous nurse aide for 8 years with MSHA, and graduated the Northeast State Program for Dental Assistants in 2017. Katrina loves the staff in our office. She also loves working with Dr. Merendino because he is helpful and patient. Her favorite part of dentistry is seeing people smile after a procedure when they did not have the confidence to smile before the procedure! Outside of work, Katrina enjoys time with her family, Brett and Charlie, and her two dogs. She also enjoys playing and coaching volleyball, and any chance she gets to be outside with her family; especially doing swimming and hiking.