Meet Our Friendly Team
in Columbia, TN!
We wouldn’t be able to provide exceptional dental care without our exceptional dental team. We believe that building strong relationships with our patients helps us provide the personalized, premium level of care that you and your family deserve. When you walk through our door you’ll be greeted with a smile and a warm, inviting atmosphere. We always have your best interests at heart and are dedicated to helping you achieve a lifetime of healthy smiles. We look forward to seeing you in our office!
Meet Dr. Clayton
Dr. Sarah Clayton decided to become a dentist after graduating from Belmont University with a music degree. She wanted to be in a profession where she could help people, be a leader in the community, and teach and coach others. She attended the University of Tennessee where she attained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. After graduating, she worked with Dr. Simmons, one of Tennessee's top dentists treating TMJ disorder. She regularly works with the RAM clinic, which provides free dental treatments. Dr. Clayton has taken extensive continuing education courses on leadership, communication, and team building as well as restorative dentistry, implant dentistry, TMJ disorder treatment, head and neck anatomy, oral pathology and several other areas of medicine. She is a member of a SPEAR study club and an Invisalign® provider.
Dr. Clayton has a very clear vision of how she wants herself and her team to treat and educate patients. She likes the ability to grow her team and cultivate a fun and meaningful work environment. Dr. Clayton loves that the dental profession is constantly changing and because she enjoys the challenge of keeping up with the latest research and technology, to see what can be applied to daily practice.
In her free time, Dr. Clayton loves hiking, cooking and spending time with her husband and their two children.
Kristi is one of our talented registered dental assistants. She has always been interested in oral hygiene and has been in the dental field since March 2018. She values staying on the leading edge of the field and has taken continuing education courses in coronal polishing, nitrous oxide, and sealants. Kristi is an adrenaline junkie and in her free time she loves going on adventures.
Julie is our expanded functions dental assistant. Growing up, she had an interest in the dental field because her dentist's office allowed her to observe and shadow. She also had a great orthodontist as a teenager that helped her understand the value of a healthy, beautiful smile. Julie has a background in dental assisting and is now able to do fillings with her Expanded Functions certification. She has also pursued additional courses in coronal polishing, practice management, OSHA/HIPPA compliance, and chemical dependency. When she's not at the office, Julie loves kayaking and spending time with her family. She loves being around animals, traveling with her husband, and relaxing with a great Netflix series on.
Erica is a registered dental hygienist at our office. She has worked in this practice for over 17 years and has been taking care of most of our patients for many years. She enjoys working in dentistry because it allows her to help motivate people to value their oral health and achieve a lifetime of healthy smiles. Erica loves being a team leader who is trusted by fellow coworkers and patients. Her friendliness is contagious and she works hard to make everyone feel as comfortable as possible. When she's not at work, Erica likes to spend time with her husband of 18 years and their four boys who all play basketball and baseball. Her faith and her family are the most important things to her.
Erica is one of our registered dental hygienists. She has always wanted to help people in some kind of medical or dental capacity. After researching the different fields, dental hygiene was the one that fit her passion and allowed her to use her talents to their fullest. She attended dental hygiene school in Washington state and graduated with a bachelor's in dental hygiene. Erica has worked as a dental hygienist for two years now and loves making a noticeable difference in people's lives even in just an hour that she's with them. In her spare time, Erica enjoys adventures in the great outdoors, crafts and creative activities, and most of all spending time with family and friends.
RDA & Financial Coordinator
Brandy is a registered dental assistant and our financial coordinator. She has been in the dental field for over 15 years and loves caring for and helping people. Brandy has been with Dr. Clayton from the beginning. You can often find Brandy working chairside with Dr. Clayton. She also works with patients to help them get the most from their insurance providers. She is an energetic people person and always goes above and beyond to assist others. Brandy has a loving husband and two boys. Together, they enjoy traveling and riding ATVs, hunting, camping, fishing, playing with their two dogs, and raising their 10 chickens.
Briana is a registered dental assistant as well as our scheduling coordinator. She has been in the dental field for 6 years and has a passion for caring for her patients whether it's clinical or administrative needs. Briana got her dental assisting license her senior year of high school. When she isn't at work you can often find Briana on the square visiting local shops with her husband Nick. She also enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs, Cooper and Louie.
Ali is a Registered Dental Hygienist at the office. She has worked with our practice for almost four years but has recently transitioned to a full-time position in the last year. Ali loves partnering with her patients to improve and maintain optimum oral and systemic. When Ali is not in the office, you can usually find her out and about in Columbia. As a Columbia native, she is proud of her hometown and keeps up with the latest and greatest businesses and events happening around town.
Jessica has been working with Dr. Clayton for over a year now. Jessica has continued her education in courses in coronal polishing/sealant and N2O monitoring. When Jessica is not working, she enjoys Japanese culture, playing video games, and watching anime (Japanese cartoons). She has been married for over a year and a half.
Tiffany is a registered dental assistant as well as our treatment coordinator. She has worked in dentistry for 10 years. As a Columbia native, Tiffany enjoys serving the community and helping her patients. When she is not working or out about town, she spends her time camping and spending time with her husband and children.
A 5-Star Experience
I would highly recommend Colambia Dental Group. The staff is always pleasant and courteous. They care about you and your comfort during cleanings and procedures. They are also active in the community.
I can’t say enough about Dr. Clayton and her staff. I am a bit of a baby and they are the sweetest most considerate group. I highly recommend this office to all my friends + family.
The absolute best dentist office around. There staff is awesome and Dr. Clayton is fantastic! Awesome work and is a perfectionist!
I have been going to Columbia Dental Group since I was a little girl. They have a great stuff and Dr. Clayton is the best! She is so kind and knowledgeable about your peril whites. I have never doubted this team and their ability to ensure my teeth are in great shape.
Hands down the BEST dentist! Dr. Clayton and her staff new all caring, gentle and take their time to make your experience enjoyable!
Excellent dental group! Dr. Clayton and her staff are so friendly, and very professional. They make you feel like family, and truly care about their patients.