Our Team

Helping You Achieve Your Best Smile

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Dr. Layne Veneri

Dr. Layne Veneri, is our Associate Dentist at Summit Family Dentistry. He takes pride in his abilities and in providing excellent care to his patients. His compassionate nature and caring attitude guides his care, as he treats everyone like family.

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Dr. Andy Pernell

Dr. Andy Pernell is a second-generation dentist, born and raised right down the road in Newton-Conover, NC. He is dedicated to providing exceptional and quality dental experiences for all of his patients, which is the passion that drove him to open his own practice: Summit Family Dentist.

Meet the Team

We are proud of the investment our staff has in our customers and our practice. Get to know the Summit Family Dentistry family below and we can learn more about each other on your next visit.

Sam Smith

Dental Hygienist

Sam has lived in the Lake Norman area for over 20 years. She graduated from CPCC with her associate's degree in dental hygiene in 2011 followed by her bachelor's degree in public health in 2016 from UNC Greensboro. She enjoys getting to know her patients and providing exceptional care during their visits to Summit Family Dentistry.

When not in the office she is a devoted wife and mother to two little girls, Emily and Natalie.

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Darlene Luttrell

Front Office Administrator

Darlene is our Front Office Administrator and has been with Summit Family Dentistry since July of 2017. She is the bubbly, smiling face when you walk in and is always happy to help answer your questions, resolve problems, and make your visits as positive and comfortable as possible.

Darlene started her dental career in 2008 as a dental assistant and continues to advance her career in management. She is known to be a little bit of an "over-doer", she is currently continuing her education towards her Masters in Health Care Management with a Specialization in Human Resources. One day she would like to become a Dental Consultant to help others achieve their dreams just like hers.

When Darlene isn't working or advancing her studies, she takes every free moment to spend time with her husband, Ryan, and son, Roan as well as trying new crafting projects.

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Allison Elliott

Dental Hygienist

Allison is a part-time hygienist with SFD! She started her dental career at Midlands Technical College in Columbia, SC where she graduated in 1992 with High Honors. While in Hygiene school, she was the recipient of the Christine Noelle Hipp Scholarship for Academic Achievement and was awarded for Excellence in Dental Radiography.

She has enjoyed an amazing 28 years as a hygienist and takes pride in the fact that along the way, she has formed lifelong friendships with patients and coworkers. It is extremely important for her that each patient has a positive experience while in the chair.

On the personal side, Allison was born in West Virginia (GO MOUNTAINEERS!) but lived in Ohio for 20 years. She moved around a bit but settled in NC where she married a Denver, NC native. They have 3 amazing dogs (the little loves of her life) and they enjoy all things “outdoors.” They love to travel with their fifth-wheel camper as often as possible to different beaches and mountain locations. For both fun and physical and mental health and fitness, she loves to run and cycle.

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Amy McGillicuddy

Dental Hygienist

Amy is a Dental Hygienist at Summit Family Dentistry. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Bachelor's Degree in Dental Hygiene. She recently moved with her family to the Denver area in April but she was born and raised in North Carolina.

She has two daughters ages 3 and 1 as well as 3 animals that keep her and her husband very busy.
When she is not at work, she loves to garden and spend time with her family.

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Tori Morgan

Dental Assistant

Tori is Dr. Andy’s Dental Assistant. She is a native of Denver, North Carolina, and graduated from Central Piedmont Community College as a Certified Dental Assistant. Her daughter, Amelia Belle, is a charismatic child who is often seen making the most adorable faces and brings her so much joy! Tori is known for her phenomenal work ethic and her ability to manage functions at the front desk and chairside assisting.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking at Mount Mitchell, listening to the music of all genres, and shopping.

Summit Family Dentistry

275 North Highway 16 Suite 101
Denver, NC 28037
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Mon: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (Lunch 1-2)
Tue: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (Lunch 1-2)
Wed: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (Lunch 1-2)
Thu: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (Lunch 1-2)
Fri: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm


(980) 222-7501


(844) 410-8872

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