Dr. Matthew Ertl


Dr. Matthew T. Ertl has called North Carolina home for the last 20 years. His tenure as a Tar Heel began while earning a Bachelor of Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majored in environmental science and minored in chemistry. Dr. Ertl was one of the first graduates of the Carolina Environmental Program, which has now grown into the Institute of the Environment. The Institute plays a key role in interdisciplinary research and education on some of our most pressing environmental challenges. His education at UNC-Chapel Hill impressed upon him the importance of environmental stewardship and community service and how these elements affect the health of a community.
After graduation, Dr. Ertl worked within the dental research field at the Center for Oral and Systemic Diseases. He helped investigate connections between an individual’s oral health and their overall health. Some of the research projects examined links between periodontal disease (gum disease) and their association to cardiovascular disease (heart disease), babies’ developmental challenges in an expecting mother, diabetes, stroke and drug delivery systems. This job deeply informed Dr. Ertl’s knowledge of how the latest medical and dental scientific knowledge can help keep patients healthy for years to come.

Upon graduating from the University of Florida’s College of Dentistry in 2008, Dr. Ertl began serving communities within the piedmont and western North Carolina. Dr. Ertl and his wife, DeLene Beeland, have called Asheville home since 2011. They have two little boys: Haydn Søren Ertl and Lukas Torsten Ertl. They are excited to serve and foster a healthy community here in Asheville. Both Dr. Ertl and DeLene are avid outdoors people and love road cycling, mountain biking, backpacking, and hiking with their young sons.


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Adyla Yang

Adyla Yang was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in North Carolina. She is proud of her Hmong heritage; the Hmong are an ethnic minority found in southeast Asia. Adyla attended Freedom High School in Morganton, and went on to graduate from the Dental Assistant program at Western Piedmont Community College in May 2008. She moved to Asheville to work with Dr. Ertl after spending several years as a dental assistant in Greensboro (where she worked with Dr. Ertl when he was an associate) and Morganton. Adyla is adept at educating patients about their personalized treatment options. During her free time, she likes to be with her family and friends and enjoys doing many outdoor activities — her favorite is kayaking. She also likes to read books; you might catch her at Barnes & Nobles, savoring a great book and a hot cup of coffee.
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DeLene Beeland

Financial Oversight Coordinator
DeLene followed Dr. Ertl to North Carolina from her home state of Florida in 2008, and they married in the Asheville area a few years later. When she’s not busy raising their two little boys or working for the practice, she has an alter life in the fascinating world of science writing where she utilizes her Master of Science degree. Her first nonfiction book, The Secret World of Red Wolves, was published by UNC Press in 2013. She has written for Slate.com, the Charlotte Observer, OnEarth.com, ScienceNow, Northwestern University, the University of N.C. at Chapel Hill, the University of Florida, the Florida Museum of Natural History, and Clemson University. DeLene loves nothing more than strolling through the woods, swimming, or taking long bike rides through the mountains.
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Gloria Kimsey

Gloria relocated from upstate South Carolina to be a part of the Laurelwood Family Dentistry team. She has more than 19 years of experience as a dental assistant and began her training through the dental clinic on Clark Air Base in the Philippines. She provides excellent patient care and always makes sure patients are at ease and that they have a pleasant experience while visiting Laurelwood Family Dentistry. As an Air Force wife, Gloria spent 23 years traveling through the Philippines, Japan, California and Mississippi before finally settling in the Carolinas. She continues to enjoy traveling as well as watching movies, shopping and hiking the Blue Ridge mountains. She has one daughter and a son-in-law who live in Charleston, South Carolina. Gloria is thrilled to have joined the excellent team of Laurelwood Family Dentistry.
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Hannah Lawter

Hannah is a native of Rutherford County, where she graduated from R.S. Central High School. After completing the Dental Hygiene program at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Hannah earned an Associate’s in Applied Science, Dental Hygiene and became licensed as a Registered Dental Hygienist in the state of North Carolina in 2012. She provided care for several years at the Rutherford Polk McDowell Regional Health Department, and joined Laurelwood Family Dentistry in the summer of 2017. Hannah’s sunny disposition makes patients feel at ease immediately. She loves all aspects of caring for her patients, and believes that the mouth is a window to the rest of the body. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys being out-of-doors, gardening, and cooking. 
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Kim Marra

Patient Care Coordinator
Kim was born in Rochester, NY and relocated to Charlotte, NC in 2002. Ten years later, she moved to Asheville and is thrilled to call it home. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. John Fisher College in Rochester. Kim’s affable, out-going nature and her concentration in human resource management has proved very effective in the dental world. Before joining Laurelwood, she held front desk positions at a general dentistry practice in NY and in an orthodontic practice in Charlotte. Kim took a break from the dental profession for a few years to raise two girls, but has since returned due to her love for working with patients and supporting their having the best possible experience in receiving oral healthcare. When she is not working, she loves spending time with her husband and two children.
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Latoya Sheffield

Latoya is a North Carolina native. She graduated from McDowell High School and then earned a diploma in dental assisting in 2000 from Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton. She worked as a Dental Assistant II for five years in Morganton and Greensboro before entering the Dental Hygiene program at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. Latoya graduated from AB-Tech with an Associate’s in Applied Science, Dental Hygiene and became licensed as a Registered Dental Hygienist in the state of North Carolina in 2007. She takes great pride in providing patients with outstanding oral health care, and she served patients in two different Asheville dental offices before joining the Laurelwood Family Dentistry team in spring 2015. Latoya enjoys watching movies, traveling, trying new restaurants, gardening, and listening to music. Additionally, she enjoys exercising, reading, and spending time with friends and family. On a sunny day you may see her out taking a stroll and enjoying the scenery!
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Matthew Forster

Financial Coordinator
Originally from Miami, Florida, Matthew relocated to Asheville in 2014 from Winchester, Virginia. After graduating with a B.A. in History from Randolph-Macon College in 2004, Matthew spent several years in healthcare as a practice administrator and practice consultant. Possessing a strong desire to once again work with patients on a daily basis, he joined Laurelwood Family Dentistry in April of 2017 as a Patient Care Coordinator. He loves working with patients to ensure their financial concerns are addressed and that their overall experience is pleasant. Away from work, he and his wife – both college athletes – enjoy the outdoors immensely and often spend their time watching baseball and soccer together while spoiling their two dogs. Matthew is a music enthusiast who loves playing guitar, writing fiction, and running.


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