Meet the Team
We are extremely proud of our long-established dental team.
We figure that working together as a convivial, professional team for ten to 25 years is quite an accomplishment, particularly in this day and age. With over 30 years of combined experience, the professional staff of Encore Family Dentistry shares the pleasure of really getting to know all of our dental patients under our care. Some of our professional staff have had the pleasure to see some of our younger patients grow into adults and become our patients on their own. Whether you’re an old friend or new in town, you can be sure that when you come to our office you’ll be warmly welcomed by our staff!
Dana McCollum, Office Manager
Dana has been an intricate part of our team since 2001 with more than 27 years of experience in the dental field. Dana graduated from the Medix School where she received the President’s Award for Excellence. Dana hold a certification in expanded duties as a Dental Assistant and continues her education staying current on cutting edge techniques and advance methods in the dental field. Dana serves our community by being a member of the Georgia Forensic Dental Association, an organization called upon when tragedy strikes our communities with mass casualties, and dental records and comparisons are needed to identify victims.
Dana is a dedicated mother, grandmother, and pet mom. She loves to travel, try new cuisine and exploring new ways of relaxing!
Michon McClure, Hygienist
Michon is from Ft. Wayne, IN and has been living in Atlanta since 1987. She received her Dental Hygiene Degree from Indiana University and has been practicing since 1989. She enjoys many aspects of dental hygiene including: patient education, restorative dental health and getting to know her patients. She has been working part time of the team over the past 20 years. She enjoys the camaraderie of the team and Dr. Castiblanco’s approach to patient care. She lives in East Cobb with her husband and two teenage children. Besides managing a very busy household, she finds time for her hobbies, which include running, working out and restoring furniture.
Debra Hamilton, Hygienist
Debbie joined the office in 1989, and has worked in dentistry since 1975. Debbie puts a particular focus not just on being a great hygienist but also on educating her patients about good oral hygiene. She received her hygiene degree from Macon State and holds biology and chemistry degrees from KSU. An animal lover, she volunteers at Zoo Atlanta and also spends her spare time fishing, camping, baking, and traveling.
Amanda Gowland, Hygienist
Amanda is a Georgia native and a mom to a beautiful little girl. She received her Associates in Dental Hygiene in 2012 from Georgia Perimeter College and her Bachelors in Dental Hygiene from Georgia Highlands College in 2016.
Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, friends and dog. She also enjoys hiking, traveling and working out in her gym at home. Her favorite places she has traveled to and hiked is Banff, Canada and Mount Rainier National Park in Washington. Amanda hopes to hike in all of the national parks in the United States some day!
Tai Johnston, Dental Assistant
Tai has been a valued member of our team since 2012. Tai adds over 20 years of dental field knowledge and experience to our professional team. Tai holds an Associate Degree from Hostos Community College in New York. She also enjoys her education and staying current on all the advancements in todays challenging dental field.
Tai enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends. She loves taking family vacations.
Larry Shorey – Office Consultant
Larry and Dr. Castiblanco have been happily married since 2016, and have known each other for many years before that. Larry was born in Puerto Rico and grew up on the island for most of his childhood and later moved to Georgia. Larry graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2009 with a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering. You may see him from time to time in the office where he assists in the general operation and management of the practice. Larry works full time as an evaluator in the commercial nuclear power industry and he applies his unique experience, skills, and an outside-the-dental-industry perspective to help identify and improve performance gaps, processes efficiencies, ensure regulatory compliance, and technical skills to help maintain equipment and processes to high standards; all with a clear vision to deliver the ENCORE WOW EXPERIENCE! to each and every one of our extended family members – YOU, OUR PATIENTS!
Some unique things about Larry is that he is fluent in Spanish, have lived in the Smyrna/Marietta/East Cobb area for over 10 years, loves the outdoors and traveling. Being an engineer, he enjoys fixing things including working on his 2006 Lotus Elise, and doing house improvement projects. Larry also enjoys DJ’ing small events and of course, Larry takes great joy raising his infant son Larry Manuel “Manu”