Dental Team in Hickory, NC

Below are brief descriptions of our dental teams to familiarize you with our team's professional training, credentials and dental work experience.

C. James Goodwin, D.D.S. Dentist in Hickory, NC

Dr. Goodwin has practiced in his present office in Viewmont since June of 1999.

A graduate of University of Tennessee School of Dentistry in Memphis, Dr. G spent several years in the US Navy before beginning private practice in Hickory and, as-a-matter-of-fact, in Viewmont.

An alumnus of the Dawson Academy of Dental Excellence in St. Petersburg, Florida, Dr. G has also attended courses at the Pankey Institute in Miami, Florida. He continues to attend twice yearly courses at the Dawson Academy, believing that comprehensive dentistry requires ongoing comprehensive training. Dr. G attends many hands-on courses for new innovations in dentistry.

Taking his team with him, he attends each March the Hinman Dental Meeting in Atlanta. The team is then challenged to bring back their favorite topic or new skill and teach the team. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the North Carolina Dental Society, and the Foothills Seattle Study Club. He is also an associate member of the Georgia Dental Society.

Having practiced in the metro Atlanta area from 1983, until returning to Hickory in 1999, Dr. G much prefers the family oriented community of Hickory and Catawba County to the kinetic and ever-changing practice environment of a metropolitan area.

Dr. G and his wife, Sharon, are very glad to once again call Hickory home. They are active members of the Church of the Ascension, Episcopal. When not seeing patients, he loves playing golf, snow skiing, and hiking. Being involved with community and church is one of his great pleasures. He has served on vestry and is active in the ascension men's group.
Dr. James Goodwin - Goodwin Family Dentistry in Hickory, NC

Administrative Team

Michelle Moore, Office Administrator

Michelle Moore - Goodwin Family Dentistry in Hickory, NC
Michelle Moore, our Clinical Treatment and Financial Coordinator, helps with all aspects of scheduling and understanding your needed dental treatment. In a down to earth and unhurried manner, she helps you understand the dental treatment that Dr. Goodwin has recommended. Then working directly with your Insurance Company she makes certain your Insurance Benefits are maximized. If needed, she also helps create a comfortable financial arrangement using CareCredit or other financial options.

Helping you achieve and maintain great dental health is the whole goal because we now know that dental health is such a huge factor in overall health.
Having begun her career over twenty five years as a Certified Dental Assistant. Michelle joined Dr. Goodwin in 2006. She brings plenty of clinical knowledge and blends that with the Insurance and Financial details to make your dental health easy to achieve.

Michelle lives in Conover with her two cats and one dog. She enjoys staying active…anything outdoors and loves spending time with friends and family.

Hygiene Coordinator

Amy Wellman, Hygiene Coordinator

Amy Wellman - Goodwin Family Dentistry in Hickory, NC
Hygiene Coordinator, Amy Wellman, customizes your Hygiene appointment for your specific dental health needs. She knows your time is important and strives to reserve the time that best suits your busy schedule. Amy joined us in July 2013 bringing twelve years of dental business office team experience with her. Her energy and smile are contagious. We are so happy to welcome her.

Amy works with your Dental Hygienist to help ensure that regular Re-care and/or Periodontal appointments go smoothly. From explaining your Hygiene Care to discussing Insurance Benefits and scheduling sequential treatment…Amy makes sure your appointments go smoothly.

Amy lives in Granite Falls with her daughter and enjoys reading, family, friends, and scrapbooking.


Wanda Woodring, Registered Dental Hygienist

Wanda Woodring - Goodwin Family Dentistry in Hickory, NC
Wanda has a bachelor of science from UNC Chapel Hill. A member of our team since Feburary 2004. Wanda's credentials are exceptional and her professionalism impressive. Her goal as hygienist is to create a long and lasting relationship with her patients, as well as to work together with the patient as part of the team to achieve optimal oral health.

Education, Wanda feels, is one the most important roles of a dental hygienist. "It's very important for me that patients never feel they have been lectured or nagged. Rather, patients should be well informed about their oral health and how it can affect their overall physical health and how to maintain healthy gums and teeth." Wanda's gentle, caring approach quickly wins the confidence of even the most dental- phobic patients. It's not uncommon for her patients to say, "I just love her."

As a busy wife, mother of two daughters and career woman, Wanda maintains a great spirit and sense of humor in all things.

Kathy Thomas, Registered Dental Hygienist

Kathy Thomas - Goodwin Family Dentistry in Hickory, NC
Kathy has been a Dental Hygienist with Goodwin Family Dentistry since August 2010. Orginally from upstate NY, she began her career in the Dental field in 1986 as a Dental Assistant in Westchester, NY. She graduated Hygiene School in 1990 from Broome Community College in Binghamton, NY with an Associate in Applied Science Degree, Dental Hygiene. Not only does she have a NC Hygiene license but also has her Licensure in NY and Georgia. Where she has lived and worked.

Kathy has a gentle yet calming way with her patients to help alleviate their fears and anxiety while letting them feel at ease.

Currently Kathy is working on continuing her education at Applachian State University majoring in Health Promotion, to complete her Bachelor's of Science Degree. In her free time she loves to spend time with her 9 year old son, her french bulldog (Henri) and cat (Batman)

Dental Assistants

Danielle Rose, Dental Assistant

Danielle Rose - Goodwin Family Dentistry in Hickory, NC
Danielle has been in the dental field for fifteen years. She has been with Dr. Goodwin since November 2009. She is x-ray certified from the University of Florida.

Rest assured she will help you feel comfortable and answer any questions you may have during your visit.

Danielle is married and has two daughters and one son.

In her free time she likes to spend time with friends & family,shopping, decorating & crafting.

Amber Shull, Dental Assistant

Amber Shull - Goodwin Family Dentistry in Hickory, NC
Amber's love of helping people is felt with her calming reassurance she extends to our patients to make sure they receive and understand their oral health and needed treatment. She has been working in the Dental field since 1998 and continues to enjoy her job. She lives in the Vale community with her husband, daughter and two sons. When she is not at work she enjoys time with her family, traveling, being outdoors and reading.