Meet the Team – South Side Dental Center

Cosmetic Dentistry at South Side Dental Center


Office Manager

Melissa has been with working with Dr. Spano since the 20th Century. Most of you will recognize her calming voice on the phone, or the person who spent 20 minutes talking to you about your treatment. The Mama Bear of the office, she keeps the staff in line including the Doctors!



Amy has been with us since 2004. She received her hygiene degree from Virginia Western in Roanoke. Patients love her gentle touch, but often complain of her Hokie allegiance.



After a lengthy search, we were lucky enough to recruit Laura to our office in 2014. Just like Dr. Spano, her father was a dentist, and she has been dreaming about teeth since the day she was born.



Our newest Hygienist, we are happy to welcome Rachel to the South Side Team. Patients have enjoyed her friendly laid back Hokie personality. Wait, another Hokie? Glad us HOOS are still on cloud 9.


Clinical Assistant

Originally from Wisconsin, Jessica has been with us since 2010. Jessica received her dental assisting training in Wisconsin before realizing that Charlottesville was the place to be. Jessica’s infectious smile makes our patients feel at ease.


Clinical Assistant

Ashley is in charge of our Free Whitening for Life Program, and likes white teeth! Don’t be surprised if she pulls you aside to give you a brighter smile!

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Insurance Coordinator

Tichina is your new best friend, especially when she gives you good news. She is the one that unravels the mystery of the insurance nightmare. Keep your fingers crossed .


Front Desk/Clinical Assistant

Jo is our Miss do everything. Most days you will find her sitting behind the front desk, but don’t be surprised to find her in the back helping the Doctors!