Meet the Care Team

Meet our Hygienists

Buffy Butler, RDH


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.



Julie Patrick, RDH


Cosmetic Dentist Hickory NC Julie joined the Compass Dental Team in July of 2017. She is a lifelong native of the Hickory area graduating from St. Stephen’s High School and Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte where she earned an Associate degree in Dental Hygiene. Julie resides in Hickory with her husband Richie, 2 boys, Conor age 14 and Chanceton, age 6. In her spare time Julie enjoys spending time with family, gardening, woodworking, singing and painting.









Meet our Assistants


Tammy Bolick, DAII


Hickory NC Cosmetic Dentist Tammy graduated from Western Piedmont Dental Assisting program in 2004. She has been a member of the Compass Dental staff since April 2017 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. Tammy has three daughters and one grand daughter. In her free time she enjoys camping, furniture refinishing, and flower arranging.








Kendel Benge, DAII


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Kendel graduated from the Western Piedmont Community College’s Dental Assisting school in 2011. She has been a valuable member for the Compass Dental staff since 2014. In addition to her assisting duties Kendel is also in the process of pursuing her dream of becoming a dental hygienist, completing all of her prerequisites and beginning the application process. In her spare time Kendel enjoys hiking, playing basketball and softball and spending time with her family.











Administrative Office Staff

Lisa Hensinger, Insurance Coordinator


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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 her husband Richard, their pets Lucky and Numbus, and experimenting with new recipes.







Misty Hight, Hygiene Coordinator


Cosmetic Dentistry Hickory NC Misty graduated from Catawba Valley Community College in 2007, with a cosmotology major and a business administration minor. She has been married to her amazing husband, Josh for eight years. She has four sassy daughters, Rileigh, Arabelle, Laiya and Maci. She also has two dogs, Thor and Freya. Misty enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching her daughters cheer and dance and finding time to work out! She loves being a part of the dental industry; specifically, making patients feel at ease and seeing their confidence in dentistry and themselves grow and exude through their smiles.





Alyssa Riley, Scheduling Coordinator


Cosmetic Dentistry Hickory NC Alyssa graduated from Catawba Valley Community College in 2016 earning an Associates degree in Applied Sciences Healthcare Management Technology. She comes to the the team at Compass Dental with 2 years of healthcare experience. Alyssa enjoys spending time with her husband Jared, and their two schnauzers, Pyper and Bo. She loves to shop, attend football games (Jared is a coach), going to the gym, and spending as much time as she can with friends and family.