Dr. Matthew T. Ertl, Dentist: Dr. Ertl has called North Carolina home for the last 20 years. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a minor in Chemistry. Dr. Ertl was one of the first graduates of the newly-formed Carolina Environmental Program which has now expanded 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 time spent at Carolina taught him the importance of environmental stewardship, community service and how these elements affect a community’s overall health.
Dr. Ertl went on to work within the dental research field at the Center for Oral and Systemic Diseases. He helped on investigations addressing 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), a baby’s developmental challenges in an expecting mother, diabetes, stroke and drug delivery systems. From this job, Dr. Ertl gained a wealth of knowledge in how the latest medical and dental scientific knowledge can help keep his patients healthy for years to come. Dr. Ertl then applied his skills to the biotechnology field before attending dental school. There he aided in research with advancing the longevity of medical devices in a hospital setting, metabolic disorders associated with kidney stones, kidney failure, and cystic fibrosis.
Upon graduating from the University of Florida, College of Dentistry he has served communities within North Carolina’s piedmont for a number of years. Dr. Ertl and his wife, DeLene Beeland, married in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina and now call Asheville home. 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, backpacking, fly fishing, mountain biking, and hiking with their young sons.
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.
Matthew Forster, Patient Care 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.
Gloria Kimsey, DAII; Dental Assistant II: 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 Clark Air Base dental clinic 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 at Laurelwood Family Dentistry.
Rachel Schopbach, Administrative Assistant: Rachel grew up in Pensacola, Florida and relocated to Birmingham, Alabama for college. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications, but later realized that she held a passion for dentistry and working with people. In Alabama, Rachel worked in a pediatric dental office for five years as a dental assistant. She also received her hygiene license there and worked as a hygienist until her husband accepted a job transfer to North Carolina. In Asheville, she worked in a second pediatric dental office before joining our team at Laurelwood Family Dentistry as a Patient Care Coordinator. She took a leave of absence after becoming a mother, and returned to our team in spring of 2017 as an administrative assistant with an emphasis on coordinating medical and dental benefits. In her free time, Rachel enjoys traveling, cooking, shopping, entertaining friends and going on hikes with her husband and their two dogs.
Latoya Sheffield, DAII, RDH; Registered Dental Hygienist: 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. 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!
Adyla Yang, DAII; Dental Assistant II: 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 and Morganton. During her free time, she likes to spend time 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.