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. James Goodwin - Goodwin Family Dentistry 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.

Administrative Team

Amber Shull, Clinical Coordinator

Amber Shull - Goodwin Family Dentistry in Hickory, NC
Amber is a multi-talented dental assistant who has been in the dental field for 15+ years and now serves as Clinical Coordinator. She assists in the daily tasks of the business office but you will occasionally find her working chairside with Dr. Goodwin or helping others on the clinical team. "I want my patients to fell welcomed and appreciated when they come to see us and understand how their dental health connects with their overall health and why dental treatment is needed. I want patients to understand why and how procedures are done with no question ever left unanswered." A deep rooted Hickory native, Amber resides in the Vale Community with her husband Pete and their children, Bethany, Nicholas, and Noah. Time with family, church, outdoor activities, and reading are all things that Amber enjoys away from the office.


Hygiene Coordinator

Amy Coffey, Hygiene Coordinator

Amy Wellman - Goodwin Family Dentistry in Hickory, NC
Hygiene Coordinator, Amy Coffey customizes your Hygiene appointment for you specific dental health needs. She knows your time is important and strives to reserve the time that best suits your busy schedule. Amy joined our team in July, 2013 bringing twelve years of dental business experience, vast energy, and a contagious smile. She works with your Dental Hygienist to ensure all appointments go smoothly and you fully understand their Dental Hygiene Care as well as your dental insurance benefits. So from a regular cleaning or periodontal appointment to filing your insurance, Amy guides the process. After work and on weekends, Amy is super involved with daughter, Gracie and husband, Russell's activities. She also finds time to volunteer her church.



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.

Nancy Lee, Dental Assistant

Nancy Lee - Goodwin Family Dentistry in Hickory, NC
Nancy attended York Technical College in South Carolina and graduated in 2011 as a Certified Dental Assistant. Two years ago, Nancy got married and moved to Conover, NC. During that time period she continued to commute to Charlotte.

In making a decision to to work closer to her home, she came on board with our office. Nancy says of her new position, "Dr. Goodwin and his team are like one big family. We, as a team with Dr. G are committed to making your dental visit with us enjoyable. Everyone truly enjoys their role and makes sure your experience is positive and all our patients' questions are answered." We are so happy to have Nancy join our team.

In her free time, Nancy likes spending time with her husband, their families, and friends. Hiking, reading, and shopping are weekend activities that Nancy enjoys.

Daisy Moua, Dental Assistant

Daisy Moua - Goodwin Family Dentistry in Hickory, NC
Daisy recently joined our team as a Dental Assistant. Although she's new to the role of Dental Assistant, she's no stranger to dentistry. Daisy has a perspective of dentistry from both sides: patient and as well as dental assistant. So her chairside manner for our patients is to provide the gentlest experience while she explains exactly what to expect during our patients' visits and ensures their comfort is our highest priority.

Thanks to dentistry, she has gained the confidence and inspiration to help others understand their true dental health and gain the confidence to make a great first impression. Daisy wholeheartedly believes that great first impressions start with a better, more confident smile.