Joey de Graffenried, DDS
Dr. Joey de Graffenried has been building relationships and caring for teeth in Kilgore for 29 years. He graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1986 and promptly joined the Air Force to further his dental training. During his enlistment, he honed his craft and added new skills, such as IV sedation and the surgical removal of wisdom teeth. He and his family relocated to Kilgore in 1990.
A love for learning and teaching continually guides Dr. Joey, whether it is speaking to students at local schools or lecturing at his study group in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Joey is a founding member of Advanced Dental Implant Studies, a quarterly meeting of select implant dentists seeking to continue their implant education, where he has served as a leader since 2009. He completed the 10-month Maxi-Course in Implant Dentistry in 2008 at the Atlanta Center for Restorative Dentistry Medical College of Georgia, and he studied in France under Dr. Hilt Tatum, a pioneer in dental surgery. In 2011, he became an Associate Fellow with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He expands his knowledge base with over 100 hours of continuing education per year. Additionally, Dr. Joey is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association, and a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry.
He met his wife, Lisa, at Baylor College of Dentistry, where she trained as a hygienist. They married in 1984. Not only is Lisa a hygienist, but she is also a phenomenal artist. In fact, our office features some of her original artwork. Make sure to check it out when you come in for your appointment!
Incredibly artistic in her own right, their daughter, Kaitlin, has a master’s degree in screenwriting. She currently teaches in the theater department at Le Tourneau University. Kaitlin also works as the Kilgore Public Library projects coordinator.
Dr. Joey’s passion for instructing and connecting with others is satisfied outside of work by teaching the college and career class at Kilgore Bible Church, where he serves as an elder. If you drop in on him at home, you can find him watching a movie with his family, reading a good book or digging into an interesting dental case. He also enjoys exercise and completed his first triathlon in 2017. He is continually amazed with the grace of God towards us. He loves helping others see the love of God that comes to us in spite of ourselves. He devours information, adores all things spicy and he can’t wait to meet you!
Josh de Graffenried, DDS
Dr. Josh de Graffenried officially joined J. de Graffenried Dentistry in 2012, but he has worked alongside his father for years, learning how to provide our patients with that same excellent level of care. In 2008, Dr. Josh graduated from LeTourneau University with his Bachelor of Science degree in biology. In May 2012, he graduated with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas. Dr. Josh completed the 10-month Maxi-Course in Implant Dentistry at the Atlanta Center for Restorative Dentistry in 2013. He has been a member of Advanced Dental Implant Studies in Atlanta, GA, since 2014, and attends meetings there four times a year alongside Dr. Joey.
In November 2013, Josh married his soulmate, Sarah. An incredibly talented pianist, Sarah worked with the Kilgore College Chorale prior to the arrival of their first child. In September 2015, the happy couple were overjoyed with the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth, and they were equally jubilant over the arrival of their son, Luke, in January 2017. They were blessed with the birth of their son, Liam, in early 2018.
Dr. Josh is often found with a book in his hand, consuming all kinds of information. He is very tech savvy, enjoys honing his leadership skills and is always interested in the semantics of a good meeting.
A member of the Kilgore Bible Church since he was a child, Dr. Josh enjoys his dual roles on the sound equipment team and as a deacon. In addition, he and Sarah host the young couples community group.
Somewhat quiet at first and more outgoing once you get to know him, Josh is extremely focused, loves cheese and longs to make the gospel glorious in his everyday life. Come in for an appointment and let him focus his attention on providing you with the very best care possible!
Jeremy Alfred, DDS
We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Jeremy Alfred to J. de Graffenried Dentistry! He is a graduate of Texas A&M College of Dentistry in Dallas, TX, where he focused his studies on excellent dentistry and outstanding patient care. In 2008, he graduated from Centenary College of Shreveport with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. He married his wonderful wife Sara in 2009, and now they are excited to make Kilgore their new home!
Both musicians, Dr. Jeremy and Sara met thirteen years ago in the piano practice rooms of Centenary College. Dr. Jeremy has over ten years of experience as a church pianist in Shreveport and College Station. Sara is a gifted trumpeter and has taught music and band to students from kindergarten to twelfth grade. She has accepted a position as a music instructor at Chandler Elementary school.
Jeremy enjoys racquetball, fishing, hiking, and shooting clay pigeons. He and Sara have a pup named Charlie, who is a very good boy.
Our Front Desk Team
Donna Broadwater – Front Desk Administrator, Team Leader
Donna has been with us since 2002, but she has more than 30 years of experience in dentistry. She graduated from Kilgore High School and Kilgore College. As our financial coordinator, she has helped countless patients make their vision for their smile happen. Donna is generous, has a strong work ethic, and she always puts others first.
She has been married to her high school sweetheart since 1979 and they truly enjoy being grandparents. She loves spending time with her family, especially her grandkids, great nieces and great nephews, as well as her pre-k class at her church. She likes building relationships with and loving the patients that God sends to us to serve and care for.
Audrey Hale – Front Desk Administrator
Audrey has been a member of J. de Graffenried Dentistry since 2010. With bilingual abilities and a warm smile, she is an invaluable asset to us and our patients.
Audrey is organized and detail oriented. With a background in teaching Spanish and Latin, she delights in helping our Hispanic community attain better oral health. She is also grateful for the patients that God gives us and enjoys providing them excellent care that goes above and beyond expectations. At home, she enjoys cooking for her husband and spending time with her three adorable grand children.
Larie Hurton – Front Desk Administrator
Larie joined our team in September of 2018. She is originally from California but fell in love with East Texas! She came to us with an extensive background in management and business communications. She is passionate about making a positive impact in those around her and in our community as a whole! Outside of our office, she is a part of the management team for Memi D’s Drive Thru, a local family-owned coffee shop, along with managing multiple rental properties in the East Texas area.
Married to her husband since 2008, she is a busy Momma of 3 young boys. In her free time she can be found on the sidelines, being her boys’ #1 fan to whichever sport is in season! She is an active part of her children’s school, serving as President of the PTA. She loves spending time in the kitchen, baking and cooking up a storm! An ideal Friday night is spent at home with her family for a movie night.
Larie is devoted to taking great care of our patients, making them feel as if they are at home with us and a special part of our dental family!
Diana Orta – Front Desk Administrator
Diana joined J de Graffenried Dentistry in 2016. After graduating from Kilgore High School she continued her interest in oral health at Vista College and received her RDA license in 2015. She enjoys getting to work in the dental field not only to help our patients smile with confidence but to help patients get to a better overall health. Being bilingual is one of her greatest assets because it allows her to help even more people in our community.
Diana was born and raised in Kilgore, Texas. She is glad that God has placed her at JDD because she’s allowed to serve her hometowns community and be close to her family who she loves dearly. Out of the office, Diana enjoys watching sports and traveling. She enjoys spontaneous trips to visit her brothers in the Dallas area and spoiling her nieces and nephews.
Rachel Williams – Front Desk Administrator
Rachel has been with us since 2017 and is a 2012 Paris Jr. College graduate. She has a degree as a Registered Dental Assistant. She is married to Trey Williams with a blended family of three children. Her life revolves around her family. She enjoys the kids’ sporting events and going to the gym. She loves the wonderful Christian atmosphere that makes her want to be a better person and the wonderful team that meshes well together.
Rachel contributes to our practice with her outgoing personality and hard work ethic in tackling whatever God has given to her to do, and she is willing to do whatever it takes. Her favorite scripture is Matthew 5:14-16.
Our Dental Hygiene Team
Erin Ricks – Dental Hygiene Team Leader
Erin has been with J. de Graffenried Dentistry since April 2012, having graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2008 (Axe’m JACKS!) with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She also graduated from Blinn College in 2011 with an Associates of Applied Sciences in Dental Hygiene. She enjoys building relationships with our patients to make sure they have the best dental care and experience. We love watching her interact with children and adults to help them optimize their oral health.
Hailey Handy – Dental Hygienist
Hailey joined our dental team in March 2015. She graduated from North East Texas Community College in 2009 with an Associates of Applied Science in dental hygiene. Hailey loves the amount of compassion and care our doctors and team give every patient, and she tries to take care of each patient to the best of her ability. Our team and our patients love her for her gentle ways and caring personality.
She and her husband were high school sweethearts, and they have been married since 2009. They have two beautiful daughters, Adleigh and Kinleigh. Hailey enjoys spending time with family and camping.
Nicole Peavy – Dental Hygienist
Nicole began working at J. de Graffenried Dentistry in Jan 2016. She graduated cum laude from Tyler Junior College in Dental Hygiene in 2015. She received the Clinical Coordinator Award with characteristics in leadership. She loves the people she works with like family, as well as the patients she treats. Nicole loves getting to know all our patients’ families, and we know that you will love her friendly, caring temperament as much as we do.
Married to her high school sweetheart since 1998, Nicole has three wonderful children and three grandchildren.
Karen Shaffer – Dental Hygienist
As a 1988 graduate from Tyler Jr College, Karen chose the profession of dentistry because she believes it is an integral part of everyone’s overall health. Her goal as a hygienist is to help patients feel at ease by building confidence, trust, and friendship with them. Karen’s desire is getting to know her patients and their families by helping them achieve and maintain a beautiful healthy smile.
Here at J. de Graffenried Karen is grateful to work with a Christian, family oriented team that is committed to advancing their skills and knowledge to provide excellent dental care. Outside of the office she enjoys spending time with family and friends but also enjoys occasional quiet time. During the Fall season you will most likely see Karen at a local high school football game. She is a devoted fan to the Henderson Lions!
Our Dental Assistant Team
Jennifer Samples – Dental Assistant Team Leader
Jennifer joined our team in 2008 as a dental assistant, earning her RDA license that same year. She has attended numerous dental educational courses, including the American Academy of Implant Dentistry’s annual meeting in 2010 and the Advanced Dental Implant Studies Summit in Atlanta, GA.
With a passion for stories, she can often be found with her nose in a book. As part of a close-knit family, Jennifer loves taking family vacations to the beach and Disney World.
Kaylee Cole – Dental Assistant
Kaylee has been a member of our team since 2017. Growing up, she has always loved helping people and is greatful she is able to do that every day. She received her RDA license in 2017 and loves being chairside to the doctor.
Kaylee is family oriented. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and her dog, Gus. She is a soon-to-be Mrs. and is excited to see what’s ahead.
Ali Reyes – Dental Assistant
Alicia joined our team in April of 2018. She has over six years of experience as a dental assistant. Alicia graduated from East Texas Dental Academy, and loves to help patients smile with confidence. Alicia is bilingual in Spanish, which makes her a priceless addition to our team.
In her spare time, Alicia likes working out, playing soccer and spending time with family and friends.
Lexi Sanders – Dental Assistant
Arlexus “Lexi” Sanders joined our team in September of 2018. Lexi graduated on the Dean’s List at Vista College in Longview and has over two years of experience as a dental assistant. Lexi values each patient that walks through the door and enjoys helping patients get the best dental care that J. de Graffenried Dentistry can offer.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. You can often find her relaxing with a good book and her adorable dog, Luna.
Kelsey Weir – Dental Assistant
Kelsey has been with us for a little over a year. She loves being apart of the assistant team.
Kelsey is a 2014 Kilgore High School graduate and attended Kilgore College for two years. She enjoys spending time in Louisiana with her famly. She contributes to our success with her positive attitude.
Danette Hedrick – Personal Assistant
Danette has recently joined our staff after serving 29 years in the field of education. As Dr. de Graffenried’s personal assistant, she looks forward to working with team members to better serve the needs of our patients.
Danette enjoys playing with her two grandchildren and spending time with family and friends.
Julia Metz – Marketing Director
Julia is our marketing director and has been beautifying our office since the summer of 2016. She came to us with more than 20 years worth of graphic design experience. We love her generosity and how hard she works to let others know about the rest of our amazing, talented dental team.
A dedicated wife and mother, Julia homeschooled and raised 4 amazing kids. In addition to her position as our marketing director, she serves alongside her husband, Barry, who is the head pastor at Kilgore Bible Church.