Meet the Staff


 Deborah F. Beam

Debbie spent her first 49 years in Upstate New York thinking that snow was inevitable.

Her background is in small business and the healthcare industry.

She moved to Bluffton with her husband Craig in 2002.  Dr. Shackle hired her in September, 2002 and sold the practice 2 months later to Dr. Jackson.  She doesn't believe she had anything to do with Dr. Shackle leaving but she was never sure.

 Debbie and Craig Beam have one daughter and two grandchildren living in New Hampshire.

They belong to the American Volkssport Association,, a nationwide walking club.  They use the clubs events as an excuse to travel and see the United States on foot.  They have completed a 10K self paced walk in all 50 states.  The current goal is to complete a 10K walk in all 100 counties of North Carolina.

Debbie also enjoys reading, cross stitch, and many, many movies.



Amy Hiestand, Assistant

Amy was born in Baltimore and raised on the eastern shore of Maryland.

In 1999 she began working in the dental field in North Carolina where she completed her training for both dental assisting and emergency medical technician.

Amy moved to Beaufort, SC in 2004 where she continued her career as a dental assistant and a volunteer EMT.

On her off time she enjoys spending time with her son Kyle.

She has a love for football, the beach, traveling and dentistry.



Kathy Wells, RDH

Kathy grew up in New City, NY and received a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Bridgeport, CT in 1985.

She moved to Hilton Head in 1993 and has worked in dentistry since age 15. 

She enjoys many adventures with her daughter, Lauren, and their puppy, Marley. 

Mr. Fish and two cats, Mittens P. Sullivan and Mario Dude Jones complete the menagerie.


 Janet H. Trester, RDH

Janet was born in Indianapolis, IN and grew up in Asheville, NC.

She started out getting her Associate of Arts degree in Art & Advertising Design from Pensicola Jr. College in FL. She decided to became a dental assistant in preparation for applying to Dental Hygiene School.  In 1984 she graduated from Florida Jr. College at Jacksonville with an Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene.

She and her husband, Terry, came to Hilton Head Island permanently after vactioning here since 1991, in 2012.  They left the mountains, her favorite place, to live at the beach, her other favorite place.

Watercolor painting and card making, learning to play golf, enjoying the beach, bicycling and travel are her interests, along with being a Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers fan.

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