Blacksburg dentist Dr. Atherton has a true passion for dentistry. She spends many hours each year attending continuing education to learn the latest and most advanced technologies for her patients. She has achieved advanced certification as an Invisalign provider and has studied at the California Implant Institute. She is a member of the Virginia Dental Association, The Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Association.
Dr. Atherton was born and raised in Detroit. She attained her undergraduate and dental degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Upon completion of her dental education in 1990, she served as a dentist in the United States Air Force for three years.
Blacksburg dentist Dr. Atherton practiced in the Detroit metropolitan area for seven years, during which time she was dental director for a large group practice. She and her family moved to the New River Valley in 2000 where she has practiced ever since. Besides dentistry, Dr. Atherton enjoys working out, Zumba, college and NFLfootball, fine dining, shopping, and travel. She is married and has two children.
Amy – Financial Coordinator
I am happy to serve as the Financial Coordinator at New River Valley Dental. I have worked in the dental field since 2012, gaining experience in general dentistry and endodontic practices. I have experience in multiple facets of a dental practice ranging from Financial Coordinator to Office Administration. My husband and I met in college and have been happy residents of the NRV since 2008. We have two wonderful children and a Boston terrier named Loki. In my spare time I enjoy attending sporting events, concerts, exploring new restaurants, and cruising the Caribbean every summer. I look forward to meeting each of you!
Yvonne – Dental Assistant
I have been in the dental field since 1985. I went to Wytheville Community College while working in dental offices part-time in Wytheville and then in Galax. I left dentistry to work in insurance for almost 2 years, but my love of dentistry brought me back to an office in Wytheville where I worked for 16 years before going to work with Dr Atherton. I was thrilled when she opened her office in Blacksburg and I enjoy learning new and better techniques and Dr. Atherton takes us on educational trips each year. I am proud and happy to be working for her in an office that is professional and patient-oriented.
Crystal – Dental Hygienist
I am Crystal Meredith Davis, Dr. Atherton’s Registered Dental Hygienist. I have over 15 years of experience as a hygienist. I was educated at Wytheville Community College and have lived in the New River Valley my entire life. I have 2 cats and enjoy working out and yoga.
Tara – Hygiene Assistant
My name is Tara Reynolds. I have worked in the dental field since 2007, working as a dental assistant and a Hygiene assistant. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and my 2 boys Lane and Wade! I have lived here in the NRV all my life. I love working here with Dr. Atherton and the staff. I look forward to meeting you.
Erica – Appointment Coordinator
My name is Erica Ziegert. I attended Virginia Wesleyan College and I moved from Virginia Beach to the NRV in 2006. Before having the pleasure of working for Dr. Atherton and her staff here in Blacksburg, I worked at a large dental firm in Virginia Beach. Prior to going into dentistry I ran and operated a restaurant in Hampton Roads for 18 years. I enjoy cooking, travelling, watching football (Dallas Cowboy fan) and hanging out with my daughter. I look forward to meeting you here at NRV Dental.