Our Staff

Dr.Salil Bhende is a Hickory dentist who utilizes the latest dental technology and emphasizes comprehensive dentistry, including preventive care, cleaning, fillings, crowns and bridges, root canals, implants and bone grafts, dentures and partial dentures, and other allied dental services. He is ably assisted by the following personnel:

Nancy Barber

Twelve years ago I returned to college to become a dental hygienist. I love working with my patients and helping them understand their dental treatment and needs. After being involved with this practice for 10 years, a lot of my patients have become wonderful friends. I have learned that treating dental needs can also improve general health as hygiene can reflect overall health. This is rewarding for me as a hygienist. Dr. Bhende joining our practice and providing additional services to our patients is exciting for me to continue this patient care.

Ruth Dial

I am a mother and grandmother who has lived in Taylorsville for most of my life. My work experience has included thirty-one years in the field of dental/orthodontics and two years in banking. Seeing patients teeth transform into perfection is very rewarding. Also, working in the dental office, allows me to meet and talk with so many wonderful people and be involved in keeping patients teeth healthy and beautiful.

Heather Young

I graduated from Western Piedmont in 2006 as a dental assistant. For the last five years I have enjoyed assisting and helping patients feel comfortable during dental treatment. I love spending time with my patients, helping them understand their dental treatment needs and oral hygiene care. The most satisfying aspect of my job is seeing the transition of our patients smile after treatment. Working with a fun loving staff and caring doctor makes our patients feel at home.

Beth Pope-Sigmon

I began in the dental care profession in 1991. I left the dental field for a while, but I am back. I have lived in Hickory my whole life. Good dental hygiene is important to your overall health. I want to help you get the most out of your dental treatment. After all, the most important accessory you should never forget to put on everyday is your confident smile.

Myra Bumgarner

I have been in the dental field since 1993. I went to school at CPCC in Charlotte, NC. I have worked in several dental offices. I began at EcoDental in 2012. I feel a special reward when I know my patient’s come to the office with a problem, and they can leave with a smile and know they have had the best care possible. Dr. Bhende uses the best dental equipment available. It is an honor to work beside Dr. Bhende daily.

Karen Dillon

I have been a dental assistant for over 30 years. It is an honor to have the ability to educate people about their dental hygiene and help restore their self-confidence. Dr. Bhende and the staff make working a true pleasure.