Meet Our Team
Dedicated to Every Child’s Smile
We believe in giving back to our community by offering sound, preventive dental care to every patient that comes through our door. To support this, our team has been specially selected for their dedication to practicing excellent, compassionate dentistry.
Take a moment to meet our doctors and team. We think you’ll agree – this is the dental office for your family’s smiles!
Dr. Chuck Pitts
A 1983 graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, Dr. Pitts is passionate about furnishing the best possible dental care to our community. He is a lifelong resident of LaGrange, a legacy of LaGrange College, and has enjoyed both of his daughters growing up here. Dr. Pitts believes that keeping children’s teeth healthy for life is his profession’s primary concern. With this in mind, he offers a full range of dental treatments for children at Kid’s Zone Dentistry.
Dedicated to continuing education to help him stay on the leading edge, Dr. Pitts has advanced postgraduate training from both the Dawson Institute and from the Pankey Institute. Dr. Pitts was honored to become a member of the visiting faculty of the Pankey Institute. As of 2012, Dr. Pitts began serving on the Leadership Council of LaGrange College.
In his free time, Dr. Pitts enjoys spending time with his wife, Cheryl, playing with his dogs, golfing, and boating.
Dr. Joel Pritchett
Dr. Pritchett graduated from the College of Dental Medicine at Georgia Regents University, Augusta in 2014. He is driven by his strong desire to provide the highest quality compassionate, comprehensive and comfortable dental care to children and adults.
Says Dr. Pritchett, “I love being around positive and supportive teammates and helping our patients learn and practice good oral hygiene.” To help patients take pride in their smiles is a professional goal that Dr. Pritchett enjoys achieving.
While not practicing dentistry, Dr. Pritchett spends time with his wife, Emma, and their dog Henry. He is a tennis player with deep roots in volunteer and service activities.
Dr. George Baker
Tonya Wheelus, Clinical Director & Registered Dental Hygienist
Tonya has worked in the dental field for 18 years. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Columbus State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Clayton State University. She also served as a dental technician in the United States Navy. In her role at Kid’s Zone Dentistry, Tonya is responsible for patient education, including home care, nutrition and decay risks; cleaning teeth and making them “sparkle,” and helping all her patients have a positive dental experience. “Dr. Pitts allows for extra time so we can get to know our patients and their families. This really helps us to educate our patients and help them enjoy excellent dental health.” She adds, “Not everyone gets to do what they love for a living. I’m so lucky I do!” Tonya and her husband, Carl, have two daughters, Carlee and Bryanna. She and her family love spending time together at the beach.
Rebecca Shelnutt, Registered Dental Hygienist
Rebecca earned a certificate in Massage Therapy at the Georgia Medical Institute in Marietta, Georgia and received her Associate of Applied Science degree from West Georgia Technical College, Douglasville Georgia. Rebecca’s responsibilities are centered on patient education, and she takes great pride in helping improve the oral health of each patient who comes through our door. She gives our patients the information and tools they need to maintain or improve their oral health, while keeping them comfortable and relaxed. She also provides massage therapy using a variety of modalities including Swedish/relaxation, deep tissue, and neuromuscular.
Rebecca truly loves her work and says, “The time I am able to spend with my patients, not only educating them and cleaning their teeth, but also creating a positive experience and building trusting relationships that last, is one of the best things about my work. I love to learn and I enjoy the opportunities we are given to continue our education and expand our knowledge, which in turn allows us to better care for our patients. I also love the TEAM atmosphere at Kid Zone and Refresh Me! Everyone works together to achieve optimal patient care and to ensure that every patient has a great dental experience. ”
In her free time, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Michelle Parmer-Nichols, Registered Dental Hygienist
Enickel Williams, Registered Dental Hygienist
Tabitha Bass, Dental Hygiene Assistant
Lisa Smith, Dental Hygiene Assistant
Lee Barreras, Sterilization Coordinator
Tammy Crowder, Expanded Duties Dental Assistant
Ron Wilson, Expanded Duties Dental Assistant
Heather Pike, Dental Assistant
Meghan Hand, Dental Assistant
Star Butler, Administrative Leader
Star graduated from Valley High School and worked as a Controller in the automobile industry for 20 years. She joined the Kid’s Zone Dentistry team in 2010. As the receptionist/appointment coordinator, she is responsible for making appointments, greeting and checking in patients, verifying benefits as well as a variety of administrative duties. Star enjoys helping patients on a daily basis and strives to meet their needs. “We give our patients a level of care that they have never received,” says Star. “They deserve great care and it’s so rewarding to be able to help them.” Star and her husband Jeremy have two daughters, Bentlie and Chaple. They teach A.W.A.N.A. and a middle school Sunday school class at Baptist Tabernacle. The family enjoys sports and the beach.
Lisa Hernandez, Administrative Assistant
Remona Sheppard, Controller
Laura Webb, Hospital Coordinator
Laura has been in an administrative role for most of her career. She also has been trained as a dental assistant by Dr. Pitts. She has attended the annual Thomas Hinman Dental Meeting courses for the past 12 years and has had team coaching with Dr. Irwin Becker and Sheri Kay that has increased her appreciation for her team and dentistry. As office administrator, Laura oversees all the administrative aspects of the practice. “I am blessed by the satisfying feeling of making a difference in children’s lives,” says Laura. “Treating people with respect and compassion is heartwarming.” She truly enjoys working at Kid’s Zone Dentistry, “We strive to make our patients’ experience with us different from any other dental office they’ve ever visited.” Laura and her husband, Joey, have two sons, Justin and Hunter. They enjoy camping and spending time with family and friends.