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Meet Our Team

Cathy Dixon
Registered Dental Hygienist

Cathy is originally from Portsmouth, Virginia and has spent most of her childhood growing up in Churchland and Western Branch. In 1995, she graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene and has been working as a dental hygienist in both Portsmouth and Suffolk ever since. She has been very fortunate in her career to have met many wonderful people, and she values the professional relationships that have developed over the last 19 years.

Diane Gahagan
Registered Dental Hygienist

Diane graduated from dental hygiene school in 1983, from Asheville Buncombe Tech in Asheville, NC.

Diane has practiced dental assisting and dental hygiene for 31 years. Diane has lived in the Churchland area of Portsmouth, VA since 1989. Diane is married and has raised two sons, Christopher and Kevin and has one granddaughter, Lexi. Diane is active in continuing education in dental hygiene and enjoys taking care of her patients and helping them with their dental needs. She has kept busy with her boys’ school and sports while they were growing up and continues to do so with her granddaughter. Diane loves to work in the yard, read and travel.

Katelyn J. Gross
Registered Dental Hygienist

Katelyn is a native of Portsmouth, Virginia. In 2013, she graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and joined the team at Lovell Family Dentistry shortly after.

Katelyn married her husband Corry in December 2013. She enjoys running, traveling, and going to sporting events.


Anna H. Hise
Registered Dental Hygienist

Anna graduated from O.D.U. with a B.S. in dental Hygiene. She has worked in this office for the past 33 years. She worked with Drs. Adams, Taylor, Bisese, Kail & Cox for 31 and 1/2 years.

Anna’s family is originally from East Tennessee. Her father practiced dentistry in the United States Navy. She has lived and travelled throughout Asia and the United States. She currently resides in Isle of Wight County. In her spare time she enjoys hiking at Windsor Castle Trail and Park.

Dawn Carter
Dental Assistant

Dawn graduated with honors from Tidewater Tech in 2001. She has enjoyed working as a dental assistant for the past 13 years. She enjoys fishing, bowling, camping, golfing and most outdoor sporting activities. She currently lives in Windsor where she enjoys listening to the mooing cows.


Caroline Ward
Dental Assistant

Caroline joined the Lovell Family Dentistry Team one year ago. She has 15 years of clinical experience assisting oral surgeons and recently made the switch to General Dentistry. She graduated with honors in the School of Life.

Caroline lives in Suffolk, VA with her husband of 10 years Red, in the home where she grew up. She has one daughter, Marin and a black lab named Raven.  She enjoys reading, the beach and home improvement projects.

Ann Carter
Dental Assistant

Ann Carter just recently joined Lovell Family dentistry.  She has been working as a dental assistant in general dentistry for the past 13 years and enjoys assisting each and every day.  When Ann is not working, she loves spending timie with her famiy and little dog, Benji. 


Joanna Blackerby
Patient Care Coordinator

Joanna has been working in dentistry for 13 years. She has worked in a myriad of positions in the dental office and joined the Lovell Family Dentistry team as a Patient Care Coordinator in 2014. Joanna has three children. She is a native of Texas, but has been in Virginia for the past four years. When Joanna is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching reruns of Friends, and a good Chicken Fried Steak!

Kaylee Mendoza
Patient Care Coordinator

Kaylee recently joined the Lovell Family Dentistry team as a Patient Care Coordinator in January of 2014. She has worked in dentistry for five years. She began her dental career as a dental assistant, but eventually gravitated towards the front office due to her love of interacting with patients.
Originally from Oklahoma, Kaylee relocated to the area three years ago due to her husband, Tristan’s, service in the US Navy. They have two ornery boys, Tripp and Madden. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children and reading anything she can get her hands on.

Kate Roberts
Office Manager

Kate is originally from California and migrated to Portsmouth, Virginia with her family in the sixth grade.  She attended Churchland High School and completed her B.A. in Biology at The University of Virginia. 
Kate completed her D.D.S. and M.S in Dentistry at The Medical College of Virginia/ Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.  She has worked in all aspects of dental office operations during her career, including financial/ administrative management and clinical patient care.She married her high school sweetheart Patrick in 1997. 
Pat and Kate have 2 beautiful daughters, Mary Kate and Virginia Claire.   She enjoys spending time with her family and loves to bake whenever she has free time. 

Lovell Family Dentistry
5717 Churchland Boulevard
Portsmouth, VA 23703
Phone: 757-484-1675
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