Meet the Team
Gayla, C.O.O. - Fossum Dental Group
As Chief Operations Officer, Gayla has over 15 years of dental industry experience. Gayla was born and raised in Tyler, Tx and is a graduate of Chapel Hill High School. Gayla received her training in the Business of Dentistry from Heartland Communications. She has also attended the Bell Leadership Institute, which is a program designed to help develop personal effectiveness and leadership skills. Gayla has helped us build a team that genuinely values each other’s contributions and truly makes a difference in our patients’ lives. Gayla loves being involved in her community and stays busy caring for her four energetic children. In her free time, Gayla enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, running, hiking, reading, and practicing yoga.
Dina, Regional Manager - Fossum Dental Group
Growing up in a military family, Dina couldn't been more thankful to have settled down in Central Texas in the mid-80s. Dina has worked in the dental industry since 2003 and joined the Fossum Dental Group in 2011. She attended Temple College for Business Management and have continued with courses in Team Building, Business Management and Dental Practice Management. Dina carries a Registered Dental Assistant license from Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. She is a strong believer in continued education. It brings Dina excitement to work alongside a dedicated, driven team that also appreciates seeing smiles on the faces of our patients. She has learned through professional success that people are your most important commodity and creating a team environment is worth its weight in gold. Dina is also just as passionate to cultivate a culture where our patients are supported, listened to, and have a the best dental care available. She has been married since 2007 and is very proud of her Baylor Bear son. When not at work, you may find Dina antique shopping, on the beach, or spending time with family and my chocolate lab, Bailey.
Brenda, Business Assistant - Richard Fossum, DDS
Brenda grew up in Westphalia, Texas. She received her Dental Assistant certificate from Texas State Technical College in 1991 and has worked in the dental industry for over 20 years. Brenda has been an integral part of our team since 2003. She has attended the Bell Leadership program, Heartland Communications class and is a Notary Public for the State of Texas. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience and is our longest employee! Brenda truly enjoys working with our patients to help them find their confident smiles again. Brenda is happily married with two adult sons. She and her family are very active in their community. Brenda volunteers as a youth leader for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, and for SPJST Lodge 24. In her spare time, she enjoys quilting and scrapbooking.
Lynn, Business Assistant - Richard Fossum, DDS
Lynn is our Director of First Impressions and is originally from Georgetown, Tx. She proudly served our country for four years in the United States Navy. Lynn has been an important part of our team since 2009. She loves to see patients who have dental fears transform into patients who love coming to the dentist for the dental care they need. Lynn is also happily married with three wonderful children and a Border Collie named, Dixie. In her spare time, Lynn loves going to see live music and has declared herself to be Aerosmith’s #1 fan.
Jennifer, Business Assistant - Richard Fossum, DDS
Jennifer joined the Fossum Dental Group family in September of 2015, and it’s a joy to have her working with our patients to achieve their oral health care goals. She loves the atmosphere, and getting to work with our supportive dentists and team. Jennifer graduated from Rockingham College in 2011 with an Associates in Fine Arts, and completed the dental assisting program with the American Red Cross. Jennifer loves helping her community, and has more than 1000 volunteer hours at the Red Cross clinic. Originally from Madison, North Carolina, Jennifer relocated to the Temple area with her husband who’s in the military and their fur child. When she has free time, Jennifer enjoys crafting, decorating, and traveling. Thanks to her husband, she has lived around the world including two years in Germany.
Deshera, Business Assistant - Richard Fossum, DDS
DeShera joined our team in 2015 bringing years of experience in the medical industry and training in accounts payable and revenue. She loves having the opportunity to see patients leave our office with a smile, and takes every opportunity to provide outstanding service for those we treat. DeShera studied at Ozarks Technical Community College, McLennan Community College, and ATI Dental Training School. She also holds certification in computer training.
Outside of the office, DeShera enjoys spending time with her big family especially her son, swimming, playing basketball, and shopping. You may also catch her watching the Food Network.
Registered Dental Hygienists
Danya, RDH - Richard Fossum, DDS
Danya grew up in Gatesville, Tx and knew she wanted to be a dental hygienist at the age of 13. Danya has worked in the dental field for over 9 years and joined our team in June of 2012. Danya works daily to help our practice create beautiful and healthy new smiles. She earned her A.A.S. in Dental Hygiene from Temple College and holds an advanced certification in nitrous oxide administration. Danya also takes continuing education courses yearly to keep up with the latest and greatest in dentistry. Danya enjoys working in a team environment and loves helping our patients regain confidence in their smiles and improve their overall health. Danya is happily married with two amazing daughters. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, doing anything involving the Texas Rangers, shopping, and running.
Debra, RDH - Richard Fossum, DDS
Debra has been with our office since 2006 and has over 20 years of experience in her role as a dental hygienist. In addition to helping our patients keep their teeth clean, she’s also devoted to educating others on effective brushing and flossing. She earned her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene from El Paso Community College and loves having the chance to meet new people every day. When she’s not helping our patients create healthier smiles, Debra loves shopping. She’s inspired by the quote, “Never say you can’t!”
Paul, RDH - Richard Fossum, DDS
Paul is originally from Killeen, Tx, and has worked in the dental industry for over 7 years. He’s played an important role on our dental hygiene team since 2012. Paul attended Harker Heights High School and graduated from Temple College with an Associates of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene in 2008. He volunteers each year for Sealants Across Texas and the Texas Mission of Mercy. Paul loves to help people rebuild their confident smiles. He always has a high level of energy and a kind and friendly approach to serving our patients. When not working, Paul enjoys collecting matchbooks, riding on roller coasters, traveling, staying in shape, reading, and target practice.
Melanie, RDH - Richard Fossum, DDS
Say hello to Melanie! She is brand new to the dental industry and is our newest registered dental hygienist. She’s fresh out of college from Old Dominion University as of May, 9th 2015. She loves her job and says the best thing about it is working with such an energized and sweet dental team and helping patients maintain confidence with healthy smile.
Melanie is originally from Purcellville, PA and went to high school at Loudon Valley High School. Her entire family lives in Virginia, including a brother and sister. She recently got in engaged in March and couldn’t be happier to spend her life with her fiancé while stationed in Killeen, Tx. When she isn’t at the office assisting patients, she enjoys cooking, shopping, watching Green Bay Packers football.
Did you know… “I just moved to Texas and got engaged in March of 2015! I plan on getting married Labor Day weekend in 2016!”
Haley, Hygiene Coordinator - Richard Fossum, DDS
As a native to Texas, Haley is excited to join Fossum Dental Group as the Hygiene Coordinator. After graduating with her Associate of Arts in General Studies from the Temple Jr. College, she continued her education to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Management from the Baptist Health Systems College of Health Professions. Her passion for helping others led her to continue her education. Currently, she is pursuing her Master’s Degree from the University of Phoenix. As a hygiene coordinator, her focus is helping the patients of Richard Fossum, DDS by making dental appointment more accessible and convenient by scheduling appointments and aiding insurance claims for patients. Although she is committed to dentistry, outside of the office, she enjoys having fun, often with her twin. Her laidback personality compliments her enthusiasm for sports, bowling, gambling, and bingo.
Jennifer, RDA - Richard Fossum, DDS
Jennifer grew up in Austin, Tx and was inspired by her family members who work in dentistry to join the dental field. Jennifer earned her Associates Degree in Financial Services from the University of Phoenix in 2012, and graduated from the Dental Assisting Program at the Training Center for Health Care Careers in March 2014. Jennifer has always had a passion for helping people and enjoys giving our patients the confidence to smile again. Jennifer is very happily married to her best friend; together, they have two amazing boys, two dogs, and a cat. In her free time, she enjoys taking care of her family, camping, and reading.
Natasha, RDA - Richard Fossum, DDS
Natasha grew up in Copperas Cove and started out her dental career as an extern for Dr. Fossum. She has worked in each of his offices and joined our practice in 2010. Natasha graduated with her RDA License from Allied Health Careers in 2009 and is currently attending Central Texas College as she works towards a degree in dental hygiene. Natasha is also certified in nitrous oxide administration and CPR. Natasha loves to help people conquer their dental fears to achieve the healthy and beautiful smile they desire. Natasha is a newlywed with two pre-teens and a hyper Boston terrier named, Zoey. When not serving our patients, she also enjoys spending time with her loved ones and working out to live a healthy and active life style.
Arletee, RDA - Richard Fossum, DDS
Arletee loves working side-by-side with our dentists to provide patients exceptional care. Prior to joining our team she studied at Temple College and the Austin Dental Assistant School. In addition to her dental training she has experience with nitrous oxide, CPR, first aid, and both early childhood and mental health training. Arletee and her husband have been married since 2008 and have two beautiful daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, scrapbooking, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Melissa, RDA - Richard Fossum, DDS
Melissa has been with our practice since 2012 and brings a total of 10 years of experience to our team. Following her graduation from Temple College, Melissa attended Austin Dental Essentials and earned her certifications in nitrous oxide, phlebotomy, and anesthesia for oral surgery. She says that the best thing about her job is the gratitude she receives from patients when she’s relieved their pain or helped them improve their smile. Melissa is the mother of three beautiful daughters and comes from a very large and loving family. In her leisure time, she enjoys camping and spending time with family and friends at the ranch.
Aspen, RDA - Richard Fossum, DDS
Aspen received her dental assistant certification at Everest College and has been working in dentistry since she graduated in 2012. She is also certified in the administration of nitrous oxide, and she says the best thing about her job is being able to help each patient achieve a healthy and beautiful smile. Originally from Temple, Aspen enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her pitbull, Atlas. She also loves to travel and calls herself an “official cruiser!”