Meet Our Team
Dentist Office in Waynesville, NC
Smoky Mountain Dentistry was originally founded in 1976 by Dr. Milas Ferguson and his wife, Patricia, a hygienist. In 2007, Dr. Ferguson and Patricia welcomed their eldest daughter, Elizabeth, and her husband Jed Lambert, to the practice. In 2015, we added our fourth dentist, Rebecca Ferguson Duncan, Dr. Ferguson’s youngest daughter. It’s needless to say that the practice has grown over the years, but the small-town atmosphere remains, and every patient is treated like “part of the family!”
Located in Waynesville, NC, Smoky Mountain Dentistry offers a full range of general dentistry services, and specializes in dental implants and same-day crowns. We treat members of the entire family, and are dedicated to serving patients in a warm, welcoming, and comfortable environment.
Dr. Ferguson is originally from Waynesville, graduating from Tuscola High in 1967. He received a degree in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then attended Dental School at Chapel Hill where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1975. He participated in a General Practice Residency at Philadelphia General Hospital from 1975 to 1976. In October of 1976, he and his wife Patty moved back to Waynesville and opened his practice, where he has practiced since then. Dr. Ferguson enhances his education and training by attending continuing education courses and seminars, and by reading and researching the latest in dental technology.
Dr. Ferguson has served as President of the United Fund and on the Haywood County Board of Health. He has been a Deputy Examiner for the North Carolina Dental Board. Dr. Ferguson is also an Associate Professor at the UNC Dental School, where he teaches dental students in the clinical setting. He is member of the Western North Carolina Dental Society, the First District Dental Society, North Carolina Dental Society, and the American Dental Association.
Dr. Ferguson has three daughters; Elizabeth, Sarah, and Rebecca. Elizabeth and Rebecca are practicing dentists in Waynesville; Sarah has her Doctorate of Physical Therapy and lives in Colorado.
In his free time, Dr. ‘Skipper’ Ferguson enjoys reading, traveling, and watching Tar Heel basketball. Go Heels!
Dr. Elizabeth Ferguson
Dr. Elizabeth Ferguson was born and raised in Waynesville. She graduated from Tuscola High School. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she excelled in Art and Biology. After graduating with a degree in Biology, she worked at Duke University in genetic research before entering Dental School at UNC. While at UNC, Dr. Ferguson gained experience in all aspects of dentistry but excelled in cosmetic dentistry and prosthodontics.
While pursuing her dental degree at UNC she met her future husband, Dr. Jed Lambert. They moved back to Waynesville and joined the practice of Dr. Milas Ferguson, making Smoky Mountain Dentistry a family affair.
Dr. Elizabeth Ferguson enjoys the outdoors, hiking and traveling. Her free time is spent on ‘Fergerbert Farm’, where she and her husband care for their collection of animals; 6 alpaca, 1 llama, 5 goats, 1 cow, 2 dogs and 2 cats! She too, like the rest of her family, is a huge Tar Heel fan!
Dr. Jed Lambert
Dr. Jed Lambert is originally from Natchitoches, Louisiana, a small town in the middle of the state. After completing his final two years of high school at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, Dr. Lambert enrolled at North Carolina State University. While there, he pursued a degree in biology while working several part time jobs. During this time, he began working for an orthodontic practice that eventually steered him towards dentistry as a career. Dr. Lambert then traded his NC State red for UNC blue when he attended the University of North Carolina Dental School, where he graduated with honors with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree.
While at UNC, Dr. Lambert gained experience in all aspects of dentistry, but excelled in prosthodontics and implant dentistry. He completes over 40 hours of continuing education annually, specifically in the areas of Implant Dentistry and CAD CAM Dentistry (same day crowns). Dr. Lambert is currently an adjunct faculty at the East Carolina School of Dentistry. He is member of the Western North Carolina Dental Society, the First District Dental Society, North Carolina Dental Society, and the American Dental Association.
Dr. Lambert enjoys the outdoors and along with Elizabeth, likes to spend time hiking and traveling. In his free time, you can find Jed on ‘Fergerbert Farm’ taking care of his many animals.
Dr. Rebecca Ferguson Duncan
Dr. Rebecca Ferguson Duncan is a native of Waynesville and like the rest of her family is a diehard Tar Heel. She graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a Bachelors of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Prior to attending dental school Dr. Duncan worked in clinical research and traveled around the United States monitoring clinical trials for pharmaceutical companies. She was involved in clinical trials ranging from oncology to anxiety and depression. Dr. Duncan enjoyed working in clinical research but wanted more direct patient contact and involvement, she decided to follow in her father and sister’s footsteps pursuing a career in dentistry. Dr. Duncan was accepted into the inaugural class at East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Duncan joined Smoky Mountain Dentistry in 2015 after graduating from East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Duncan and her husband, Kyle, love the outdoors no matter what the season. They enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, however she leaves the hunting to her husband. Dr. Duncan believes in giving back to her community and often volunteers with the NC Baptist Men’s Dental Bus and the Missions of Mercy dental clinics. Dr. Duncan has two fur babies, Petunia and Woodrow, and is expecting her first child in the summer of 2017.
Dr. Robert Franklin III, DMD
Dr. Robert Franklin is a proud native of Western North Carolina. He was born and raised in Asheville and attended TC Roberson High School. For his undergraduate studies he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. He then pursued his dental degree in Boston from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. While at Tufts, he was awarded the Thomas B. Hunt Scholarship for academic and clinical excellence.
Dr. Franklin’s approach to dentistry involves treating his patients as he would his own family and focusing on treating the patient’s oral health as a window into their overall health. He has a caring approach with each patient in taking time to carefully diagnose and provide several treatment options while being understanding of the patient’s desires. He understands that for many a visit to the dentist can bring with it some degree of anxiety. By using techniques to help the patient relax and taking the time to get to know patients and their wishes, he strives to make the dental office a safe haven. Dr. Franklin considers one of the most rewarding aspects of his profession is establishing lasting, quality relationships with patients and working as a team to achieve a healthy smile.
He considers it a privilege to be able to return to the area to provide quality dental care for the community. Dr. Franklin is a member of the American Dental Association, the North Carolina Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentistry.
In his free time, he enjoys being in the outdoors, fly fishing, playing soccer and spending time with family and friends.
Patty is originally from Miami Shores, Florida and is a graduate of Miami Edison High School. She Attended Palm Beach Junior College for Dental Hygiene in 1971 and received the “Outstanding Clinician Award.” She continued her education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated from the Dental Auxiliary Teacher Education Program. She taught Dental Hygiene at UNC-Chapel Hill, Clayton State College in Atlanta, Georgia, and the University of Pennsylvania. Patty was also a Radiology Certification Instructor at AB Tech in Asheville, and was a deputy hygiene examiner for the North Carolina State Board for Dental Hygiene.
Patty has been married to Dr. Milas Ferguson since 1975 and has practiced dental hygiene with him during this time in Waynesville, N.C. Patty and Dr. ‘Skip’ have three daughters, Elizabeth Sarah, and Rebecca. All three girls attended and graduated from UNC-Go Heels! She practices with her husband, 2 daughters Dr. Liz and Dr. Rebecca, and son-in-law, Dr. Lambert, in the office. Dr. Sarah and her husband Dr. Justin are Physical Therapists in Colorado.
Patty enjoys gardening, swimming, target shooting, book club and traveling.
Amy is a native of the Great Smoky Mountains. She is from Robbinsville, N.C. where she resides with her husband and two children. She graduated from Robbinsville High School in 1994. Amy continued her education at AB Tech in Asheville and graduated in 1997 with an Associates Degree in Applied Science, Dental Hygiene. She has 20 years of experience and joined our Smoky Mountain Dentistry team in 2008. In her free time, she simply enjoys life, family, and friends!
Carol is a graduate of Southern Illinois University and the Harrington Institute of Interior Design. She has 31 years of experience as a dental hygienist, including periodontics, pediatric and general dentistry. Working with children is especially rewarding for Carol, She has perfected her balloon animals! Originally a native of northeast Georgia, she now makes Waynesville her home with her husband Shawn and their two golden Retrievers.
After graduating from Pisgah High School, Rhonda went on to acquire her degree in dental hygiene in 1984. She is a Canton native and the daughter of Wanda Cole and the late Dee Cole. She has one son, Canie and is married to Jeff Schandevel. Rhonda is active in many local and state organizations. She believes that her relationships, including those with her patients are paramount to not only success but happiness and fulfillment in this journey we call life!
Brittany resides in Canton, where she was born and raised. She graduated from Pisgah High School in 2012. She attended AB Tech Community College where she completed the Dental Assisting Program in 2013 and during that time spent several months of clinical rotations at Smoky Mountain Dentistry assisting in chairside procedures. She then went on to the Dental Hygiene Program and graduated in May of 2015. She began working as a Dental Hygienist at Smoky Mountain Dentistry in September of 2015. In her spare time, Brittany loves spending time with her husband and family. She also loves going to church, horseback riding, singing, crafting, traveling, being outdoors, and farming with her husband.
Doris White Cathey
Doris was born in Norfolk, Virginia and lived briefly on the outer Bank of North Carolina before her family moved north. She lived 3 years in New York, 27 years in New Jersey and 8 years in Pennsylvania before moving back to North Carolina in 1994. Doris is married and has two grown children and one adorable grandson! She and her husband, Tom, reside in the Bethel community with two awesome dogs and a totally spoiled cat.
Doris has been working in the dental field since 1974. She worked the first 20 years as an orthodontic assistant. She received her Dental Radiography training and certification at Bergan Technical College in Hackensack, N.J. She is certified by the Dental Assisting National Board.
She began working for Dr. Milas Ferguson in 1995, and is happy to be a member of Smoky Mountain Dentistry Team (except during NCAA basketball because she is a huge Duke fan surrounded by UNC fans). Her interests include cooking, reading and gardening. She also loves to go antique shopping in her spare time.
Ramona is originally from Miami, Florida and has been a dental assistant since 1989. She is a graduate from Robert Morgan Vocational Technical Institute and received her Radiology Certification from the University of Florida Dental School. She enjoys pediatric and general dentistry.
Ramona has been married for 34 years and has one daughter, 30 and two beautiful granddaughters 4 years old and 9 months old. Several years ago Ramona and her husband relocated to Western North Carolina and now reside in Maggie Valley. They love living in the mountains and enjoy outdoor sports like hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding and whitewater rafting. Ramona has been with Smoky Mountain Dentistry since 2008 and loving every minute of it!
Stefanie has been a dental assistant at Smoky Mountain Dentistry since January 2008. She loves being part of the team and feels very blessed to serve the people of WNC in so many different ways. Stef moved with her family from Albemarle, N.C. in 2000 and has called Waynesville home ever since. She lives with her husband Micah and their kitty Jedi. Stef loves being outdoors and in her spare time, she slays vampires and zombies. She is also a huge Star Wars fan, so…may the force be with you!
Hanna is a native of Western North Carolina in which she currently resides in Sylva. After graduating from Smoky Mountain High School, she attended Southwestern Community College and completed the Dental Assisting Program in 2018. Hanna completed her clinical rotation with Smoky Mountain Dentistry and became a full-time employee in July 2018. In her spare time, Hanna enjoys spending time with family and friends, and her pet Chihuahua. She also loves hiking and spending time outdoors.
Adriene is a native of Western North Carolina and currently lives in Canton. After graduating from Pisgah High School, Adriene attended the Dental Assisting program at AB Tech where she earned her DANB certificate.
Although Adriene loves hiking and spending time outdoors in WNC, she loves to travel (especially to the beach) and spend time with friends and family.
Front Office Team
Michelle Wolff Campbell – Office Manager
Michelle is originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She currently resides in Maggie Valley with her husband Craig and their two children, Ian and Aidan, and one very pampered Jack Russell and two spoiled rotten kitties. Michelle received her Associate in Applied Science degree From Haywood Community College in 2010. During her studies, Michelle focused on insurance, insurance coding, and insurance billing. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys photography, travel, cooking, gardening and family gatherings and anything baseball related!
Ashley Gregory- Scheduling Coordinator
Ashley brings years of customer service and sarcastic humor to the office. She’s lived in WNC since 2011, with her amazing Physical Therapist of a husband, Jim, and their 3 fur babies: Timmy Tucker, Lizzy Reed, and Lucy. Bringing a smile to your face is her life’s work. You will often hear her bellowing laugh from the front desk while enjoying a cleaning by one of our wonderful hygienists or relaxing in the chair with one of our fantastic doctors. When Ashley is not hard at work in the office, you can find her enjoying live music, drinking local beer, recording sick raps and just being plain awesome.
Kalyn Sorrells- Insurance Coordinator
Kalyn is originally from Chiefland, Florida. She now resides in Canton with her husband Brian and their daughter Allie. She joined our team in August 2017 with over nine years experience in dental office administration and holds certification in dental radiography. In her free time she enjoys traveling with her family.