Our Staff

Our Front Office

Betty_062515Betty H. Staines, Office Manager

I attended Madison County High School, Athens Area Tech and the University of Georgia. I have both clinical and office experience in the dental field. I have taken numerous continuing education courses including, but not limited to, Hollander, CPR, Vizilite and insurance-related courses.

Most of the employees and doctors have been together more than six years, which makes our office somewhat different. We care about each other professionally and personally. We strive to show the same care and concern to our patients. We feel that our office is an extension of our family.

On the personal side, I have been employed with Athena Dental Associates since 1988. I enjoy spending time with my two daughters and husband.

JessicaAJessica Applegate, Office Administrator

I was born in Tennessee and moved to Georgia at a young age. I graduated from Madison County High in 1999 with Honors. I obtained my Bachelors degree, Alpha Sigma Lambda, from Ashford University as a member of the Golden Key International Honors Society, and pursued my Masters at Walden University. I have both clinical and office experience; have participated in creating office protocol, handbooks, and several insurance and office training courses for staff members. I completed additional training through Hollander, and Stratus.

I first came to Athena Dental Associates in 2005. After working with Dr. Blankenship for several years, I moved out of state. While in North Carolina, I worked as an Office Manager for CarolinasDentist, continuing my dental career. After returning to Georgia in 2017, I returned to work with Dr. Blankenship and the amazing staff here at Athena Dental Associates. I have always admired the family atmosphere provided by Dr. Blankenship and his staff.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

AlishaAlisha, Office Administrator

I worked as a Manager/Hairstylist for Regis corporation for six years and loved the difference I could make on helping people feel better about themselves. I also loved the business aspect of managing. After six years I was burnt out and wanted a career that still could give me the same satisfaction but have a better work/life balance. Dentistry it was!

I attended Dental Careers Institute at the Goldstein Dental Center in Buckhead. I graduated first in my class for Dental Front Office Management and was able to work a few years with Heartland Dental before moving to Covington, Ga. I still reside in Covington but have found my Dental Home at Athena Dental Associates.

I understand that the patients are who make our practice and everyday is an opportunity to help with oral health care and making patients feel their best. A beautiful smile has the power to change a person’s life.

Our Hygienists

AmyAmy Reavis, RDH

I was born in Texas and grew up next door in Winder Ga. After deciding on a change after a career in restaurants and the hospitality industry.

I graduated in 2019 from Athens Technical College as a Registered Dental Hygienist. I enjoy getting the know my patients and talking with them about the importance of home care in their oral health.

In my off time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and cuddling with my “fur baby” Reggie.

Our Assistants

Jessica_Simons_04May2015Jessica Simons, CDA, EFDA

I am a 2004 graduate of Franklin County High School and a 2006 graduate of the dental assisting program at Athens Technical College. I am certified in dental radiology, infection control, and general chairside assisting through the Dental Assisting National Board. I am also certified in expanded functions through the Georgia State Board of Dentistry.

After graduating from the dental assisting program, I joined the Athena Dental Family. I fell in love with the practice while doing my clinical hours assisting with Dr. Blankenship, so it made sense to make Athena Dental Associates my home. We have the greatest patients and team! We go above and beyond to make our patients feel comfortable and important.

In my spare time, I love spending every moment with my husband and our two beautiful daughters!

Athena Dental Associates

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