The Dental Office of Dr. J. Larry Brewer
What qualities do you look for when choosing a dentist? If you've been searching for a dental practice that really feels like home and is staffed by friendly professionals who treat you like family and always put your needs first, we'd love to welcome you to The Dental Office of Dr. J. Larry Brewer!
Dr. Brewer and our team have the experience and expertise necessary to make your dental care easy and stress free. We focus on making every detail of your visit perfect, and when you're with us, YOU are our most important patient. Our team has worked together seamlessly for many years, and we hope that you'll stop by soon so you can meet us in person. Until then, please take a moment to get to know our exceptional team!
Meet Our Team
J. Larry Brewer, DDS
Dr. J. Larry Brewer received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He went on to attend the University of Tennessee Center for Health Services, where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1993.
Dr. Brewer is committed to staying current with the most updated dental treatments and technologies, and he has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education. He regularly pursues areas of dentistry related to all types of dental restoration and prosthodontics at the respected Pankey Institute and Seattle Institute for Advanced Dental Education. His commitment to excellence was recognized by the Tennessee Dental Association for maintaining 80+ hours of continuing education for every two-year CE period since 1993.
Prior to opening The Dental Office of Dr. J. Larry Brewer in Oak Ridge in 2010, Dr. Brewer worked as an associate in Smithville, then opened his own office in Rockwood, where he practiced until 2009. He served as the Assistant Professor/Clinic Care Coordinator at Midwestern University School of Dental Medicine from 2009 to 2010, and is a longtime member of the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Brewer believes strongly in giving back to the community and has made numerous medical mission trips to China, South Africa, Venezuela, and Jamaica. He also served on the Roane County, Tennessee, Head Start Steering Committee and had the privilege of acting as a Head Start Dental Provider from 1996 to 2004.
Originally from Nashville, Dr. Brewer loves music and has been playing bass guitar since he was a teenager. He has played in several groups over the years, performing across the USA and as far away as South America and South Africa. Currently he plays bass and sings with the local band "Shotgun Railroad," and can be seen playing at various local events in the Knoxville area.
Rikki Tipton, RDH - Dental Hygienist
Rikki attended Roane State Community College and graduated magna cum laude from hygiene school. She has also received additional training in administering local anesthesia. Rikki has been with our practice for 17 years.
A native of Friendsville, TN, Rikki loves working in such a friendly and caring office. She especially enjoys building relationships with our patients to help them get the most out of their oral health care.
In her free time, Rikki loves being with her husband, Chris, and her two daughters, Gabby and Audrey. She also enjoys cooking and traveling.
Gloria McElhaney, RDA - Office Manager
Gloria attended Roane State Community College and the Tennessee Center for Technology. She’s been with us for 15 years and loves working in dentistry because she’s a “people person.” Gloria has a passion for working with our patients, whether that means helping them get the smile they want, assisting them with filing insurance, or taking care of any other problems that keep them from getting the care that they need.
Gloria is a native of Decatur, TN, and in her free time attends archery tournaments with her husband. She also enjoys reading, watching her grandson play basketball, and training dogs.
Christy Cagle, RDA - Dental Assistant
Christy is a native of Decatur, TN, and has been with our practice for five years. She is a graduate of the Eastern Dental Assisting Training program. Christy loves working in a job where she can help people transform their lives by transforming their smiles.
When she’s not busy helping our patients, Christy enjoys riding motorcycles and spending time with her husband and two kids.
Lisa Saravo, RDH - Dental Hygienist
Lisa graduated magna cum laude from Chattanooga State, where she was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She grew up in Englewood, TN, and has been with our practice for five years.
Lisa really loves working with such an honest, supportive team and a doctor who always puts his patients’ needs first. When Lisa’s not working, she’s on her farm raising and training horses.