Meet the Team

We are a team.

As a dental staff; we work together as a team, providing the best dental care possible to our patients. Richards Dental Care strives to remain current with emerging trends and technology in dentistry. Dr. Richards routinely attends courses to further his education and skills. In addition, he provides opportunities for our team members to also continue learning and improving their skills.

Our staff members represent over 100 years of dental experience! And that doesn’t include Dr. Richards’ years of experience.

We strive to deliver the best diagnosis and treatment that dentistry has to offer. We believe that these goals can be met through a continuous and open dialogue between you and the entire team.

Dr. Pete Richards

Dr. George “Pete” Richards received his undergraduate degree from Lenoir-Rhyne College (now University) in Hickory, NC and his dental degree from Emory University. Having spent his childhood years in Miami, he returned there to begin practicing dentistry in Miami Shores. While in Florida he was active and past president of the Miami Shores Rotary Club, various dental study groups and state organizations, served as president of The Miami Dental Society, The Dade County Dental Research Clinic, and was an examiner for the Florida State Board of Examiners.

In 1994, Dr. Richards relocated to Hendersonville with his wife and two sons. Locally, he has been an active Rotarian in the Hendersonville Downtown Club and since 2002 he has served as the volunteer Dental Director of The Free Clinics of Henderson County. His current dental affiliations include membership in the American Dental Association, North Carolina Dental Society, The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, The World Class Laser Institute, and the Academy of General Dentistry. He is also an alumnus of the Pankey Institute. Dr. Richards has provided dental care to people for more than 25 years, during his time completing advanced training programs and receiving his Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry.

In his spare time, Dr. Richards enjoys pursuing his journey in Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate, having received his Black belt in 2009. Spending time with his wife and their sons, as well as traveling, are also favorite pastimes. He and his wife give lots of love and attention to their favorite 4-legged son – their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has certainly stolen their hearts!

Debbie Anthony

Patient Navigator and HIPAA Privacy Officer and Front Desk

Moving to Hendersonville with her husband David in 1990 was one of the best things she ever did! While living in Charlotte, Debbie worked with Bank of America for 17 years before becoming an Oral Surgery Patient Assistant in Hendersonville. After working in that position for 15 years, Debbie joined us in 2011. Her smiling face is the first one you will see upon entering our office! Among the favorite part of her job, she enjoys the opportunity to have one-on-one personal contact with patients as she greets them, provides post-treatment follow-up phone calls after major dental treatment, and loves to take care of patient’s needs and concerns. Enjoying spectator sports, especially football, provides her great fun. Her 5 grandchildren are her pride and joy and being with them and David in her spare time is a high priority.



Kelli King

Insurance Coordinator

Kelli is a Hendersonville native. She has worked in public relations and communications throughout her career. The past five years she has enjoyed working in the dental atmosphere. Although she shares several responsibilities at Richards Dental Care, you will mainly be in contact with her on dental insurance communications and when scheduling dental appointments. Kelli loves coming up with solutions to complex situations that may arise in the insurance field. She feels the best part of working at Richards Dental Care is the family atmosphere within the employees that extends to the patients. She married her middle school sweetheart Jeremy; together they raise 5 beautiful, busy kids. They all enjoy spending their downtime together traveling and exploring the outdoors. 




Jan Richards

Marketing Director

Jan was born and raised in ‘the South’ [South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia]. She graduated with undergraduate and a graduate degree in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Virginia.

She has lived in smaller cities most of her life. She moved to Atlanta, where she worked in the DeKalb County school system as a speech therapist. She met her future husband, who was none other than Pete Richards, a 4th-year dental student, shortly after moving there. It was the only way she would ever have moved to Miami.

Working in the Dade County (Miami) school system as a speech therapist, and beginning a hospital department at one of our local hospitals in NE Miami, she then realized she wasn’t thrilled about her career path. With her husband’s encouragement, she decided to leave. Soon after, they found out they were expecting their first child, and the rest is history.

Her passions changed to being a wife, mom to our two sons, and community volunteer, as well as assistant to my husband with his administrative duties at the dental practice. Currently, she coordinates marketing strategies for Richards Dental Care.

Jessica Kerns

Registered Dental Hygienist

Jessica graduated from Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College. She is currently working towards receiving her Bachelors in Science Degree from the University of Bridgeport, CT. Jessica loves the relationships she builds with her patients by providing quality preventative care treatment. She enjoys all water activities, especially calm water kayaking and spending time with her family.





Cadence Sorrells

Registered Dental Hygienist

Cadence is so excited to be back with Dr. Richards and the staff at Richards Dental Care! She worked with Dr. Richards for six years and then moved back to Brevard to be closer for her children. When the door opened for her to return she was so happy to come back. Cadence is married to her wonderful high school sweetheart and has two beautiful daughters. She graduated from Asheville-Buncombe Technical College in 2008 and is a registered dental hygienist, as well as a dental assistant. Cadence values the importance of patient education and explaining the link between good oral home-care and overall health. She enjoys being with her family, friends, and playing outdoors. She looks forward to seeing old faces and meeting new ones here at Richards Dental Care. Welcome back, Cadence!



Ashley Dale

Certified Dental Assistant

Ashley graduated from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College with her dental assisting diploma in 2018. She did her externship here at Richards Dental Care. She was very pleased with the state-of-the-art technology and the family atmosphere of the office. She is a member of the American Dental Assistants Association. she is working towards her Bachelors in Science at UNC-Asheville. She is happily married with three amazing children. She likes to travel, play softball, and take adventures with her husband and children. She is a native of Rutherford County, NC.




Kim Pike

Certified Dental Assistant II

Kim has over 15 years of experience. She knew Dr. Richards office was the perfect office for her because it has a warm friendly atmosphere. She loves educating and working with patients. Kim is married to her wonderful husband of 38 years. They have been blessed with two amazing children and have two grandsons who are the light of their lives. They love going to church together as a family. She enjoys going to the lake, beach and making memories with my family.