The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff's training, professional credentials and work experience. Our professionals pride themselves in pursuing ongoing education and staying abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.
Joseph G. Vaughan, D.D.S - Family Practice Dentist
Dr. Vaughan came to the Greenbrier area in 1995 after graduating from WVU in dentistry in May 1995. He purchased the practice from Dr. Bob Caldwell in 1996 and then purchased Dr. Echol's practice in 2002. Dr. Vaughan was born in Los Angeles, California and moved to Red House, WV when he was 10 years old, returning to his family home place. Before dental school, Dr. Vaughan graduated from Marshall University in August, 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. During his years in practice, Dr. Vaughan has taken many continuing education courses and is now trained and certified in oral conscious sedation. Dr. Vaughan is a member of the local rotary club, American Dental Association, Ducks Unlimited and local train organization. He enjoys spending time with his wife and children, Kara and Evan. His hobbies include occasional hunting, fishing, watching sports, golfing and anything to do with trains. He always plants a fruitful garden and loves doing yard work.
Meet Dr. Vaughan's Dental Team
Dental Assistant Team Members:
Crystal Young- Certified Dental Assistant
Crystal joined Dr. Vaughan's practice in 1998. Crystal came to Dr. Vaughan's practice from Lewisburg Children's Shelter with no training in the dental field. With lots of hours of hard work and training she has become Dr. Vaughan's long time right hand assistant. Crystal took a rigorous examination and became a Certified Dental Assistant in November 2005. She is a member of the American Dental Assistants' Association and has been involved in dental education in the Greenbrier community. Crystal is originally from Williamson, Kentucky and now lives in the White Sulphur Springs area.Crystal has one son, Tyler who is an elementary school student. She enjoys spending time with her family & friends & favorite pastime is vacationing at the beach.
Deadra (Dee) Laxton- Dental Assistant
Dee joined Dr. Vaughan's practice in June of 2008. She had two years experience in assisting prior to joining Dr. Vaughan's practice. Dee is now certified in dental assistant expanded dutied & coronal polishing & is a ceritifed nitrous oxide monitor. She lives in Ronceverte with her husband Brian and two wonderful boys, Sam who is a high school student and grown son Josh. She loves spending time with her family, going to the beach, bowling, watching the Yankees play ball, and NASCAR.
Front Office Business Coordination Team:
Anna Olsen-Front Office Finance Manager
Anna joined Dr. Vaughan's practice in February 2011 with one years previous dental experience. Anna comes to us from Carson City, Nevada. She has had an exciting career as a secretary. She worked for Department of Taxation & Department of vital statistics & was the executive secretary with the Nevada emergency management & homeland security. Anna & her husband Dion were married in 1986 & moved their family to Caldwell, WV from Nevada in August of 2009. They have 3 children, Krista who is currently a college student in Colorado, Dion who will graduate in 2013 and Tawnya who will graduate in 2014, both attend Greenbrier East High School. Anna enjoys bowling, camping, gardening, watching the Pittsburgh Steelers play & spending her spare time with her family and friends.
Dental Hygiene Team Members:
Dina Agnone Vaughan, BSDH, MS-Registered Dental Hygienist
Dina is the wife of Dr. Vaughan and has practiced with him since their marriage in 1997. She is originally from Rome, NY and moved to WV in 1994 to become an assistant professor in Dental Hygiene at WVU. She has an associate of science degree in dental hygiene from Broome Community College in Binghamton, NY, a bachelor's of science degree in Dental Hygiene from WVU and a Master's degree in Community Health Education from WVU. She volunteers for Lewisburg Elementary School, SWISH fluoride program, is certified in Nitrous Oxide monitoring, administration of local anesthetic and has her general supervision permit. Dina and Dr. Vaughan have two children, Kara who attends Easten Greenbrier Middle School and Evan who is an elementary student. Dina is a Basic Life Support CPR instructor and served on the West Virginia Board of Dental Examiners from 1997-2007. She was initially appointed to the board by the Governor in 1997, and has fulfilled two consecutive five-year terms. Dina served as secretary of the board twice, and ended her 10-year service as President. She is the first female and the first dental hygienist to hold this position in the history of the Board. She also serves on 3 regional clinical boards-Northeast Regional Dental Board (NERB), Southern Regional Testing Agency (SRTA) and American Board of Dental Examiners (ADEX) where she is involved in the examining of dental hygiene students on regional boards.She serves on the Board of Directors for SRTA, as well as their Dental Hygiene Committee and the Dental Hygiene Committee of ADEX, where the construction of the clinical exam for licensure occurs. Dina is a member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association and the American Association of Dental Examiners. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. Her hobbies include golfing, crafts, cooking, bowling and watching football.
Crystal McClaughtery, RDH-Registered Dental Hygienist
Crystal joined Dr. Vaughan's practice in June of 2006. She graduated from West Virginia University Institute of Technology with an Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene in May, 2006. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association and while in school she taught oral health education at Page Elementary. Crystal is originally from Beckley and currently lives in Summers County in the Sandstone area. She is married to Frankie and they have two sons & one daughter, Coen, Frankie and Ava Elise. She enjoys the outdoors with her husband and kids. They like to fish and camp and spend time on trails four wheeler riding.
Amy Thorton, RDH-Registered Dental Hygienist
Amy joined Dr. Vaughan's practice in february of 2014. She graduated from West Virginia Institute of Technology with an Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene in 1991. The same year, Amy earned a WVDHA Scolarship based on quality patient education. She is a member of ther American Dental Hygienists' Association as well as the WV Dental Hygienists' Association. Amy holds certification for Nitrous Oxide Monitoring as well as a permit to work under general supervision.
Amy enjoys her work, especially helping patients to realize better home care habits that improve their oral health. She lives in the beautiful New River Gorge area and loves exporing the many hiking trails found there with her husband, Will, son Ben, daughter Josie and two lovable dogs. Her other hobbies include gardening, photography, writing, aromatherapy and beekeeping.