Staff Directory

We are especially interested in making all our patients feel right at home! We put your needs first to achieve efficient and comprehensive treatment. Our staff is trained and skilled, and we strive to provide energetic and fun-loving service to each patient.


Carrie Caraway, RDH:

Adult Hygienist

Carrie is a native of Lowndes County.  She graduated from Lowdes County High School and became a dental assistant.  After some time in the field, she went on to study hygiene and completed the Dental Hygiene Program at Valdosta State University and Valdosta Technical College in 2009. Carrie has fifteen years combined experience in the field and has been working at Newbern Family Dental for five years.  Carrie is married and has one son, Jordan. He keeps her very busy attending baseball games. He is apart of the travel ball team, the Georgia Batmen. “I like to make people feel confident about themselves and there is no better way then by helping them keep a healthy smile!”


Lisa Ethridge, RDH:

Pediatric Hygienist

            Lisa is from Valdosta and graduated from Open Bible Christian School. She completed the Dental Hygiene Program at Valdosta State University and Valdosta Technical College, and has been apart of our team for almost ten years.  She cares deeply about our patients and says her patients “are the best in the world.”  Lisa loves sports, hunting, and fishing.  She stays busy being married and keeping up with four kids, ranging form nineteen to three. Lisa says she couldn’t do it without the help of her amazing parents.  She loves, loves, loves her family and spending time with them.



Katie Rockenbach-Stone, RDH:

Pediatric Hygienist

Katie grew up in Pennsylvania and headed down south in time to graduate from Valdosta High School. She completed the Dental Hygiene Program at Valdosta State University and Valdosta Technical College in 2009 and went on to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Studies at VSU in 2010. She has been brightening up smiles at Newbern Family Dental Practice for three years and a half years and truly loves her job. “I love working with kids, and adults who are nervous, I like making people feel at ease and comfortable.” History Channel’s Kraken from the show Axmen is her husband and they have two boys. Katie enjoys scuba diving any chance she gets and loves to travel. 


Beverly Smith, RDH:

Adult Hygienist

            Beverly has a degree in Dental Hygiene and has taken extensive courses in Periodontics, scaling and root planning, and hygiene tactics.  She has been in the dental field for 30 years and has been with Newbern Family Dental for 21 years. She is always learning and practicing new techniques.  Beverly has two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and a beautiful baby granddaughter. She enjoys gardening, knitting, and interior design. Beverly is a fitness buff and can out lift, and out pushup anyone in the office. She participates in boot camp at the gym almost everyday.  Beverly attends 1st Baptist Church of Albany and teaches two year old Sunday school. 


Andi Durrence:

Dr. Jeane’s Dental Assistant

            Andi comes to us from Ohio, as a result she is a huge Buckeye football fan. She attended Valdosta Technical College for Dental Assisting and has been working with Dr. Jeane for three years now.  She is all glitter and rainbows and always has a way to make you laugh.  Andi is a beach bum and loves spending time with her husband and three children. Andi’s husband is Andy with a Y, a Master Sergeant in the Air Force.  Andi brings her joy for life into our office and helps patients feel comfortable and at ease. “I love my job and LOVE that the Newberns’ put patients first!”


Wanda Morrison:

Orthodontic and Dental Assistant

Wanda has been working in the dental field for the last 20 years. She studied Dental Assisting at Virginia Institute of Technologies. Wanda has been a constant fixture in our office for sixteen years. Wanda is a huge sports buff and enjoys football, baseball, and basketball. She is very passionate about Wildcat football; she and her husband attend all Wildcat football games. She has two sons who graduated from Valdosta High School and Valdosta State University. Wanda is a member of New Life Ministries Church and puts God and family first. Wanda favorite task is perfecting smiles through Orthodontics.


Julie Rice:

Dr. Jeff’s  Dental Assistant

Julie has been a recent addition to our dental family, but has been working in the dental field for five years. She lives a pescetarian lifestyle and loves all animals. Julie has two beautiful fur babies Susan and Richard-Parker.  Her cats’ antics and shenanigans keep her and her boyfriend highly entrained when they’re not out on the town with family and friends.  Julie loves working with our pediatric patients and enjoys all the little smiles! “The best part of my job is the smiling faces of the kids!! They really ROCK!”


Eduardo Rojas:

Dr. Jeff’s Dental Assistant

Eduardo has heaps of experience in the dental field; he’s been at this for 23 years, completing his schooling in the Midwest. He has been an important part of our team for the past seven years. Eduardo’s favorite part of working at Newbern Family Dental Practice is learning something new everyday. He speaks three languages including Spanish and he hopes to learn sign language in the near future.  Eduardo enjoys having a good time, spending time with his family and catching up on his TV shows on the weekends. He has three children, two at Valdosta State University and one at Lowndes High School.


Laura Newbern:

Administrative Assistant/Insurance Coordinator

            Laura, a Valdosta native ventured off to Emory University to earn a Bachelors degree in Art History. She has been in the dental field for 19 years, and is an expert in dental insurances. “I take great satisfaction from getting insurance to pay claims.” She is Dr. Jeff’s sister and enjoys working with family and friends both on staff and as patients.  Laura travels the world in her spare time, and is a certified scuba dive master. Laura has always had a passion for horses; she has owed several throughout her life.  She learned to ride when she was five with her mom.


Stephanie Sims:

Team Lead

            Stephanie is from Valdosta. She attended Valdosta High School, and Valdosta Technical College. She has been in the dental field for thirteen years now and her passion for dentistry keeps our team motivated and moving forward.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends on the weekends when she’s not working for ACC Health, a provider for military dental services. Stephanie has been married to her husband for 20 years and they have three children, three dogs and a cat.  “I take pride in working with Newbern Family Dental. It’s a pleasure meeting new families and working with their individual needs to achieve a beautiful new smile!”


Vicki Boutwell:

Front Desk

Vicki has been keeping our front office running smoothly for nine years now. She greets every patient with a warm smile and a kind word, as she never meets a stranger. She is a Lowndes County native and Viking alumni. Vicki loves spending time with her husband, two children, and two grandchildren. She attends Hahira 1st Baptist Church. Vicki’s extroverted personality and kind demeanor makes her a valued asset to our patients and dental team. 


Marie Keen:

Front Desk

            Marie is from Lowndes County and graduated from Lowndes County High School in 2004.  She has been a valued member of our team for two years now. She is awesome on the telephone and received her 5 Star certification in handling patient calls.  Marie is a country girl and spends her weekends hunting and fishing. She has two daughters, one ten and one six months, who bring a smile to her face everyday. Hog hunting is Marie’s and her older daughter’s favorite. Marie brings perky enthusiasm to our patients everyday.