Meet Our Staff

Kathy Kellum, Registered Dental Hygienist

Kathy graduated with honors from Northeast Mississippi Junior College with a degree in Dental Hygiene. She has worked as a registered dental hygienist for 24 years, and she feels her experience has been a true joy. Kathy is originally from Selmer Tennessee, but she moved to the Destin area with Dr. Kellum in 1989 to open the practice. She has since been enjoying a little piece of paradise, living here on the Emerald Coast. She enjoys outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking, bike riding, and walking on the beach, but spending time with her family takes top priority. Kathy treasures time with her grandchildren, Taylor and Parker, and her two sons, Steven and Tim, all of whom she adores. As a hygienist, Kathy's goal is to work by the Golden Rule--she always treats patients as she would like to be treated. She really enjoys getting to know her patients personally and strives to make them feel welcome and appreciated when they visit the office.

Jordan Thomas, Registered Dental Hygienist


Linda Day, Certified Dental Assistant

Linda was raised an Alabama girl but has lived in the Destin area since 1997. She has 12 years of dental experience under her belt and has served as Dr. Kellum's chairside assistant for the past six years. Following high school, Linda began studying to pursue a degree in early childhood education at LBW Community College, continuing at Auburn University. However, she decided to switch gears from education to a career in dentistry and attended college at the University of Maryland to prepare for a certificate in dental assisting. Linda enjoys interior decorating, reading and staying fit by practicing yoga, pilates, and aerobics. She also treasures time with her husband, Rick, and her two daughters, Amber and Heather. Professionally, Linda enjoys working with the wonderful patients who come to the office, and she finds it gratifying to see patients with serious conditions heal and progress.

Taylor Joyner, Certified Dental Assistant, Receptionist

Taylor was born in Clearwater Florida but raised in Destin. Taylor began her career in dentistry a little over 3 years now and has loved it ever since. Taylor loves working with the patients of all ages. Taylor is always excited to continue learning about new and upcoming changes in dentistry. She strives to make patients feel welcome from the moment they walk in the door to the moment they leave. Taylor enjoys being outdoors any chance she gets and spending time with family and friends.  

Teresa Lawrence, Insurance Coordinator 

Teresa has worked in the administrative side of Dentistry for twenty years and enjoys the "treasure hunt" that is insurance administration. She joined our team in November and feels she has found a home! Teresa hails from Arkansas, but Ft. Walton Beach has been home for almost 20 years. Her passions in life are her family and friends.........and her OSU Buckeyes!!! When not cheering on her Buckeyes, you can find Teresa on the beach with a book (a real one) and her son. Go Bucks!


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