Meet Us

We’re here because we love to give our patients something to smile about every day. And with our complimentary refreshments, warm towels, TVs in treatments rooms, and video games, you’ll feel right at home. Our goal is for every family in Crossville to enjoy the dental care they deserve and the beautiful, healthy smiles that come from having a dentist who truly cares.


Dr. Johnny Shanks

Dr. Johnny Shanks grew up in Cumberland County and graduated from Campbellsville University in 2005 with a BS in biology and chemistry. Dr. Shanks played NAIA collegiate baseball for the Campbellsville Tigers, where his team’s hard work was rewarded the title of 2003 NAIA Conference Champions.

He attended the University Of Tennessee School Of Dentistry in Memphis and graduated in 2010. While studying dental medicine, Dr. Shanks was repeatedly recognized with awards for clinical excellence, including the American Academy of Dental Practice Administration Award and the American Association of Endodontists Award. He completed his degree a semester early and accepted a teaching position at the University of Tennessee, where he taught second year dental students.

Dr. Shanks is an active member of the American Dental Association and the Crossville Dental Society, as well as the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Kois Center for Dental Excellence, and International Dental Implant Association. He continues to hone his skills with a devotion to continuing education, in order stay on the cutting edge of dental medicine and provide his patients with the best care possible.

Dr. Shanks and his family are excited to be back home in Crossville and look forward to expanding their roots and sharing their love for the community. Dr. Shanks and his wife, Portia, have been married since 2005 and enjoy spending time with their three children.



Lauren Bell – Hygienist

Lauren was born and raised in Crossville, TN, graduating from Cumberland County High School in 2006. Following high school, she attended Lipscomb University and Tennessee Technological University, where she competed in track and field. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Roane State Community College with an Associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene. In her job at Northside, Lauren prides herself on providing excellent patient education and helping with preventative care, and loves to have the opportunity every day to build relationships with patients while providing optimal care.


Jennifer Hale – Hygienist

I absolutely love dentistry. I love every aspect from simple day-to-day procedures to totally changing people’s lives one smile at a time. I am truly amazed each day that I get to come to work and be around these great people. The best part of Northside Family Dentistry, where I’ve been working since 2001, is being able to serve people in a way that honors our Lord, while making friendships that last for years to come. We are blessed with the most amazing patients.

I married my best friend in 1999, while he was in the Marine Corps. When he got out seven years ago, we moved back home to Crossville. We have two beautiful daughters, Charlee and Halle. In my free time, I love to watch football and be in the farm.


Jennifer Gibson – Assistant

Jennifer was brown in Lakewood, CO and has lived in Georgia and Florida before settling in Crossville. She studied at Roane State Community College, where she met her husband, Jonathan. Prior to seeking her Registered Dental Assistant certificate, Jennifer worked as a veterinary assistant for 9 years. She has found her calling in her current career, and takes great pride in striving to provide excellent care of all patients at Northside. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys baking and decorating cakes, and playing sports.


Shannon Boelter – Receptionist

Shannon was born and raised in Louisiana and attended University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. As part of a proud Navy family, she has lived all across the country before moving to Crossville in 2011. She and her husband, Doug, have two sons, a daughter, and a daughter-in-law. Shannon joined the Northside team in 2013 and enjoys working with our wonderful community of patients.


Kathleen Stockton – Office Manager

Kathleen was born and raised in Michigan, and moved to Tennessee in 2009. She has been in dentistry for over 33 years, and loves the staff and patients alike. Kathleen and her husband have two children. Outside of the office, she enjoys knitting and farming. Kathleen loves living in Crossville, and enjoys taking care of patients like family.