Our friendly team is excited to meet you! When you visit Appalachian Dental Care, we will give you our full attention and work closely with you to help you receive the care you need to enjoy a healthy mouth and smile. We welcome you to call us at 828-264-9938 to schedule your consultation with our dentist, Dr. Steven Airey, and learn more about dental care in Boone, North Carolina.


Practice Administrator

Marie joined Appalachian Dental Care in 2008. She has an Associate of Science degree in dental assisting from Palm Beach College, and she brings over 30 years of experience to both the front and back ends of the dental office. First impressions are highly important, and Marie is one of the first people to welcome patients into our office. She works hand in hand with patients to ensure they get all of their appointments scheduled. She also files insurance claims to help patients take full advantage of their benefits so they can achieve healthy and happy smiles.


Office Treatment Coordinator, Dental Assistant II

Samantha joined our practice in 2009 on an internship. After graduating from high school in 2010 she decided to further her passion for dentistry by training alongside Dr. Airey to learn skills necessary to be an office-trained assistant. She completed her radiology and coronal polishing certifications at Wake Forest, and completed her nitrous oxide certification at UNC-Chapel Hill. She also completed courses in medical emergencies for the dental office, OSHA and CPR Training, and she became a dental assistant II in 2011. She enjoys all types of dentistry, but she especially loves the modern technology integrated into the practice with CEREC same-day crowns and Galileos 3D imaging. After ten years of assisting alongside Dr. Airey. Samantha now works alongside Marie at the front office as the Office Treatment Coordinator, working one-on-one with patients to help them understand and best utilize their insurance. She has great passion for working with patients to help them understand their care and how to reach their ideal oral health!


Certified Dental Assistant and Certified Phlebotomy Technician

Leah joined our dental team in 2010. She received her associate degree in dental assisting at Wilkes Community College, and she received her nitrous oxide certification at UNC-Chapel Hill. She completed phlebotomy training at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute in 2015 to provide patients undergoing surgical dental procedures faster healing times and better results. Leah’s focus is on ensuring optimum patient care. She strives to further her education throughout the world of dentistry with continuing education courses, which help her stay up to date with the latest and greatest technologies and innovations. Leah works chairside with Dr. Airey on various procedures and in the in-house dental lab, and she specializes in using CEREC technology to create same-day crowns and bridges.



Autum graduated from Appalachian State University with her Bachelor of Science degree in 2016 and joined our team in March 2020, bringing tremendous organizational skills with her. Her smiling face and friendly personality are the first thing our patients see when they come into our office. Autum has always had an interest in healthcare and, knowing how oral health affects overall health and wellness, has found dentistry to be the perfect fit!


Dental Assistant

Cheryl joined our practice in August 2017. She completed the dental assisting program at Portland Regional Technical School. She has also completed courses in medical emergencies for the dental office, OSHA and CPR training. Cheryl enjoys all types of dentistry, especially assisting Dr. Airey with oral surgery procedures, and she takes pride in providing the best care possible to our patients.


Certified Dental Assistant

Mindy joined our team in 2021 with 15 years of experience. She has branched out to work in specialties such as endodontics, but she most enjoys how general dentistry gives her the option to work with a wide variety of dental procedures. During her many years in the field, she has volunteered with Mission of Mercy, worked with a group to help provide dental care to our military and spent two weeks providing dental care in Bolivia. Mindy has a great passion for dentistry and feels right at home here where she works with a doctor and team that believe in the same dental philosophy as she does.

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