Dr. Amy Jo FischerOwner/Dentist
Amy-Jo Fischer, DDS has been a resident of Kernersville since she graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1985. She established her practice, Smiles by Design, ten years later. With her staff of eight dedicated ladies, she provides gentle family dentistry for patients of all ages, with an emphasis on the “family-friendly” atmosphere. Her grandfather was a dentist, her father is a retired thoracic/vascular surgeon, and her mother is a retired registered nurse, so health care is a family trait.
Amy-Jo is the mother of three children, Andrew, Rachel, and Meredith Ward. Andrew and his wife, Tiffany, are newlyweds, and live in Winston-Salem. Rachel is a teacher, and resides in Myrtle Beach. Meredith is a dental student at Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health, and hopes to join Smiles by Design after graduation.
In 2009, just prior to her 49th birthday, Amy-Jo was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thanks to an annual mammogram, the cancer was found early. After her surgery, she underwent both chemotherapy and radiation treatments, followed by reconstructive surgery. Throughout her treatment, she was able to continue working in her dental practice, which she credits to the fine care of her physicians, the love and prayers of her family, her dental family, her friends, and the grace of God.
After completing her treatments, a good friend introduced Amy-Jo to Tom Hoth, who has been her companion ever since. Dr. Amy enjoys traveling, spending time with family, friends, and her dogs, Eliza and Blue, cooking, and crafts. She is an active member in Eastern Star, both in Kernersville and Winston-Salem. Dr. Amy is a passionate supporter for women diagnosed with breast cancer, and is the founder of the Kernersville Pink Ribbon Rally.
Kernersville Pink Ribbon Rally
After undergoing breast cancer treatment in 2009, Dr. Amy-Jo wanted to help other women diagnosed with breast cancer. With Tom Hoth and the wonderful Smiles by Design family, Dr. Amy-Jo founded the Kernersville Pink Ribbon Rally. With the money raised at the first event, the Evans-Hopkins Breast Cancer Fund was established to help breast cancer patients with their non-medical expenses during treatment. The fund was named for Drs. Lisa Evans and Judith Hopkins, the oncologists who treated Dr. Amy. The Pink Ribbon Rally has become an annual event, sponsored by Smiles by Design on the fourth Saturday of August. It is an important part of the mission of the practice, to provide total patient care, and to give back to our community.
Dr. GlazenerPart-Time Dentist
Dr. Glazener was born in Brevard, NC. He grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee where he graduated in 1971 from University of Tennessee. He is one of the founders of Winston Salem Dental Care established in 1978 where he worked until retirement in 2006. He went to work for the Veterans Hospital in Salisbury from 2006-2012.
Dr. Glazener joined Smiles By Design in March 2015 part time. His dental knowledge and experience, makes him valuable to the practice.
Dr. Glazener lives in Lewisville with his wife, Carolyn and dog, Maggie.
His son, Dr. Todd Glazener is a dentist in Winston- Salem. His daughter, Tracey has a Masters in Journalism and works for Environmental Health Perspective.
Cindy PoundsPractice Administrator
Cindy joined the Smiles By Design team in 2004 as a dental receptionist and became Practice Administrator in 2012. Cindy has previous career experience in medical administrative and insurance billing, retail and banking. She assists our patients with their treatment plans, insurance pre-determination of benefits and finance options. Cindy’s willingness to multi-task makes a valuable staff member for patient care in both the clinical and front office areas.
Lori DugginsRegistered Dental Hygienist
Lori has been a part of the Smiles By Design clinical staff since 1996. She is a licensed dental hygienist, and she received her degree from Guilford Technical Community College. After graduation, she worked for Winston-Salem Dental Care for 5 years prior to joining our staff. Lori is a Kernersville native. Lori has many loyal patients who trust her care and advice.
Karen FaskeRegistered Dental Hygienist
Karen joined Smiles By Design in 2004 as a part time hygienist. She graduated in 1984 from Wayne Community College, Goldsboro , NC with a Dental Assistant and Dental Hygiene certification, and worked at Winston-Salem Dental Care for 17 years prior to joining our team. Karen’s experience with pediatric and special management patients, makes her an asset to our practice.
Angie HancockCertified Dental Assistant II
Angie joined Smiles By Design in January, 2012 as a Certified Dental Assistant II. She received her certification in 1993 at Elon University. She worked at Winston-Salem Dental Care for 23 years where she received her training. Angie is a Kernersville native. Angie helps calm our patients as she assists in their restorative procedures.
Jill joined Smiles By Design in 2013. She has over 30 years as a medical and dental office manager, collections, accounts receivable and insurance billing. Jill is a Kernersville native and her personality and knowledge make her an asset to the practice.
Courtney MelloCertified Dental Assistant II
Courtney joined Smiles By Design in January, 2015 as a Certified Dental Assistant II. She graduated in 2008 from UNC Pembroke with a BS in Exercise Science. Courtney received her certification and training in Dental Assisting at Piedmont Dental Assistants in 2009 at Pleasant Garden, NC. She has over 6 years of experience and enjoys the relationships with the patients.
Bonnie came to Smiles By Design in 2004. She has over 20 years of experience as a medical office manager and insurance and accounts receivable. She graduated from Wingate University and UNC-G. She assists patients with appointment scheduling, insurance, and financial issues, and also provides computer technical support to keep the office operating efficiently.
Tanis SappRegistered Dental Hygienist
In 1999, Tanis joined Smiles By Design’s clinical staff. She graduated from Guilford Technical Community College, and is a licensed dental hygienist. She worked for Winston-Salem Dental Care from 1988 to 1999. Tanis is a Kernersville native. Tanis enjoys seeing many of her former patients here in Kernersville for their dental needs.