Meet the Care Team

Meet our Hygienist


Cosmetic Dentist Hickory NC Buffy obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene in 2007 at Catawba Valley Community College and Compass Dental team in April 2014. During her time at the practice she has become very acquainted with patients and co-workers, which has been a rewarding experience. She loves that she is part of an incredibly hardworking team that is very adept in easing patients’ fears, boosting patients’ confidence, and educating patients to ensure a lifetime of optimum oral health. On a more personal level, she loves to live in the moment and take time to appreciate all that life has to offer. She practices yoga on a daily basis and enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband, Brad and their super spunky 6 year old son, Brody. They are often participating in outdoor family activities or taking spontaneous road trips with their husky, who is usually found hanging his head out of the car window. If you are looking for a dental family to call your own, Buffy personally invites  you to call, email, or just stop in – there is plenty of love and compassion in this family to go around.

Meet our Assistants


Hickory NC Cosmetic Dentist Heather graduated from the dental assisting program at Western Piedmont Community College in 2003. She has been a member of the Compass Dental staff since April 2013 and is excited to learn new techniques in all aspects of dentistry. She is a people person and loves working and learning about each and every patient. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Steven and 3 year old son, Korbin.


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Lauren graduated from the Western Piedmont Community College in 2007 where she earned her degree in Dental Assisting. She has been a valuable member for the Compass Dental staff since 2015. In her spare time Lauren enjoys time with her kids and watching football.

Administrative Office Staff


Cosmetic Dentistry Hickory NC Lisa brings over twenty years of experience in the dental field to Compass Dental and has an extensive background in office management and administration as well as billing and collections. She is a self-proclaimed people-person and her favorite part of being on our team is interacting with the patients. Ensuring that our patients have positive experiences before, during and after visits is a top priority for Lisa. Lisa grew up in southern New Jersey and came to Hickory by way of Pennsylvania in 2013 to be closer to family. She loves the relaxed pace of life in our area and has had a great time getting to know her new community. When she’s not at work, she enjoys spending time with friends, reading Lisa Scottoline novels, and experimenting with new recipes.