Meet Our Staff
Dr. Larry Cook
Dr. Cook grew up just north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Born in Miami, Florida, he loves to tell people he is from Florida although he only lived there six weeks.
Having Braces on his teeth at an early age convinced him to become a dentist. He finished high school with one direction in mind, dentistry. "After attending Baylor University, I was fortunate to be accepted at Baylor College of Dentistry" Dr. Cook states. Baylor Dental School stresses giving back to society what we can and he has lived up to that ideal.
Dr. Cook practiced dentistry in New Mexico for thirty years prior to retirement at the age of 54. His wife, Marie, is from Hickory and wanted to return to her native state of North Carolina. Famous last words: "we thought we would be here a few years and then head back West, that was 18 years ago". Dr. Cook and Marie are here to stay.
Dr. Cook discovered Mountain City when he helped out at a free dental clinic held at the airport here. Remote Area Medical (RAM) held a free dental clinic and Dr. Cook was hooked on Mountain City. "We kept our home built airplane at the Mountain City Airport for eight years, so for eight years we were in Mountain City twice a week. We both wished we had discovered Mountain City prior to buying a small farm in Boone."
The Cooks plan on moving to Mountain City in the near future, in the meantime, Dr. Cook commutes daily from Meat Camp, NC.
Our motto is "feel the difference nice people make". If we fail to live up to this, please let us know.
Donna Vannoy - Registered Dental Hygienist
A small town American girl, Donna was born and raised in St Pauls, North Carolina where she attended St Pauls Elementary School and later graduated from St Pauls High School. Throughout her school years, she enjoyed trips to the Coastal region of North Carolina to visit her grandparents who owned and operated a commercial fishing boat, working on her granddaddy Hyatt's farm in Robeson County and became a member of her local church choir as well as the St Pauls High School Marching Band where she played first chair Clarinet. After Graduating from High School, Donna attended Fayetteville Technical Community College where she earned an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene and received her NC State and National Board Accreditation. A few months after graduation from college, Donna was married to her husband Chris and God has blessed them with two wonderful sons, Jonathan and Brandon. During the course of her twenty four years as a Dental Hygienist, Donna has achieved professional licensure in three states, Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia. Educating her patients and providing the highest level of dental care
Rebecca – Front Office/Financial Coordinator
Rebecca was born in Georgia and moved to Mountain City when she was a teenager. She is married to her wonderful husband, Kevin, and they have two children. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, doing all types of arts and crafts. The thing that she likes most about working in the dental field is being able to work within her own community and assisting Dr. Cook and the rest of the staff by bringing excellent care and customer service to Johnson County and the surrounding area.
Leslie – Dental Assistant
Leslie found her home in the mountains in 2001 after moving here from Alabama where she was born and raised. She has two daughters that she is proud to raise in the mountains.
Leslie has worked in the dental field for the past three years. She enjoys getting to know everyone that comes to Mountain City Dental and helping each of them achieve their dental health goals. She looks forward to helping each person have a comfortable and relaxing experience. In her time away from the practice she enjoys spending time with her children, horses and creating her own small country life.