Preston McCary, DDS
Dr. Preston McCary grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee. He attended Dobyns-Bennett High School and earned an Eagle Scout rank. He received his pre-dental bachelor’s degree in Biosystems Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he received the Professional Promise Award.
Dr. McCary then attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry in Memphis where he received the Dr. W.C. Lady Dental Scholarship Award and the Dental Endowment Scholarship Award. He served as the vice president of the American Dental Education Association.
After graduation he moved to Denver, where his wife was pursuing her medical residency training. He completed a general practice dental residency at Denver Health Medical Center where he learned advanced dental treatment techniques. He then worked in Denver for several years as a general dentist. While he loved snowboarding and hiking in the Rocky Mountains, he and his wife decided to return home to the beautiful Smoky Mountains. When they moved back to East Tennessee in 2014, Dr. McCary decided Lenoir City was the perfect community for him to practice dentistry.
Dr. McCary prides himself on providing the best dental care possible with an emphasis on communication and comfort. On weekends he enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and two young daughters. They enjoy hiking and cheering on the Vols! Dr. McCary is committed to providing the same high-quality dental care to his patients as he provides to his own family.
Design, Marketing, & Advertising
Jessica & Dr. Akhrass were married in the summer of 2003, and have two beautiful children, Riley-Addison and Jameson Jeffrey ( J J). Jessica is a Knoxville native, who attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with Bachelor degrees in both Advertising & Marketing, as well as a Business Administration minor.
Jessica is a professionally published author, having written her memoir, “Sincerely, Addison’s Sister,” (Sincerely, Addison’s Sister: a memoir), detailing her journey through grief and passing legislation in Tennessee following the death of her brother from an accidental prescription drug overdose in 2012. Jessica is also the creator of The Half Pint Sous cooking channel with their 6 year old daughter, Riley-Addison, which is located on Facebook, (halfpintsous), Instagram, , and YouTube, . The Half Pint Sous not only shares recipes and cooking videos online, they also enjoy small time catering and big time party planning. Their first co-authored cook book is in the works for the near future.
Jessica handles all of the advertising and marketing for the Akhrass Dental Implant & Cosmetic Center, as well as all of the social media accounts. She is in charge of all employee event planning, as well as any patient appreciation promotional events. Jessica is most excited about heading up the major renovation, design, and redecorating of the office in 2023. Apart from cooking and party planning, Jessica’s hobbies include working out, watching football, and horseback riding, which has been a passion and part of her life for over 30 years.
Front Office Team
Wendy, originally from Vero Beach, Florida, relocated to Tennessee in September of 2022. She attended Indian River State College & obtained her A.S. in Dental Assisting & Management along with an Expanded Functions Certification. She has worked in the field of dentistry for 8 years; 6 years as a dental assistant, and the last 2 years in administration. Her favorite part of dentistry is the patient’s smiles when their work is complete. Wendy is married with one son, one daughter, and a fat orange cat named Milo. She enjoys hiking, being outdoors, and exploring her surroundings as a brand new Tennessean. We are so happy to have her as a vital Front Office addition.
Front Office Team
Martha, (also known around the office as, “Mama Martha”…) was born and raised in Yuma, Arizona and has a bilingual Hispanic heritage, of which she is very proud. In Arizona, she accumulated over 25 years of experience in the Medical & Special Needs fields, from Williams Urgent Care, to Camp Civitan for Special Needs. She is a veteran mother of 4, with 3 grandchildren. She was thankfully brought to Tennessee in 2016 through her husband’s culinary career and plans to make Tennessee their “Forever Home,” She enjoys the seasonal color changes of the Great Smoky Mountains, along with the other activities that East Tennessee has to offer. Though relatively new to the Akhrass Dental Implant & Cosmetic Center, she has always found self-satisfaction through helping others in need, and “there is no better way to do that than to start with a nice healthy smile.”
Kendra is Dr. Akhrass’ lead assistant, and has been a Registered Dental Assistant for 4 years. She obtained her EFDA (Expanded Function Dental Assistant) certification two years ago from the University of Tennessee, Memphis. She is passionate about helping people gain their confidence through a brand new smile, and takes pride in her work. She especially enjoys placing composite restorations, helping design full mouth rehabilitation crown cases, and working with 3D printing & implant prosthesis’. Kendra is married to her high school sweetheart, and together they have 3 dogs. On days off she enjoys spending time with family and friends gathered around a table eating delicious food.
Originally from Louisiana, Alexis has been in Knoxville for almost 13 years. She attended Ross Medical for her Dental Assistant training and has been a dental assistant for almost 4 years. Alexis has been an assistant for Dr. Akhrass for over a year and loves it. Her favorite part of working in the field of dentistry is helping others and building relationships with patients. She and her boyfriend have two dogs, and in her free time, Alexis loves to hang out with family and friends. She also loves watching sports and is a huge fan of the SEC.
Sarah was born in Knoxville, and was raised right here in Lenoir City. She has worked in the field of dentistry for 16 years, all of which have been in our office, and is known by many as our straight shooting office comedian. She has been married for 22 years, has 4 beautiful children, loves babies, Bluegrass music, concerts, camping, and spending time with family. Sarah says that she loves the technology and the new opportunities that Dr. Akhrass brings. “He really is a great teacher and wants us all to be knowledgable and up to date with what dentistry offers.”
Makayla is from Lenoir City and graduated from Hiwassee College with a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene in 2019. Since then, she has worked as a general and pediatric hygienist. What she loves about dentistry is the ability to improve someone’s health and self confidence, as well as the relationships that are built with patients that can last a lifetime. She and her husband, Brandon, have a 3 month old son, and in their spare time they love to go hiking as a family with their dog named Geese.