Jay Desvaux, D.D.S.

Jay S. Desvaux, D.D.S., has been in practice for 40 years. Dr. Desvaux received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Tennessee School Of Dentistry in Memphis. He is a member of the American Dental Association and Tennessee Dental Association.

Tara Ericson, D.D.S.

Dr. Tara Ericson was born and raised in Western North Carolina, attended college in Chattanooga, TN and traveled to Southern California to attend dental school at Loma Linda School of Dentistry. She has been living and practicing in Knoxville since 2010 and enjoys treating families and patients of all ages.

She has a passion for volunteer work and has traveled the world on Dental/Medical mission trips and volunteers locally at the Volunteer Ministry Center. She also enjoys attending a variety of continuing education courses, constantly trying to expand her skill set to provide her patients with the best, most comprehensive care possible. She is a member of the American Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association, Second District Dental Society and the Dawson Academy.

She loves spending time with her husband Joshua Boaz, a native of East Tennessee, their beloved pets and especially and their beautiful, new baby Bennett.


Front Office Coordinator
Tammie began working for Dr Desvaux inn 1996 as front office coordinator. She is very enthusiastic about getting to know our patients & their families and being able to assist them with any dental needs. She feels it has been a blessing to be able to work alongside wonderful friends that are like family. She has been married for 26 years and has 2 sons. When Tammie is not working, she enjoys traveling, crafting, shopping and spending time with family & friends.


Registered Dental Assistant/Front Office
Angie has been a registered dental assistant since 1989, thirteen of those years with Dr. Desvaux. She feels that our office is a joy to work for because the staff is like family. Her goal is to provide each patient with individualized care and treat them in a warm & friendly way.

When she is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband & their 2 sons. She also enjoys cooking, traveling, anything outdoors and time with friends.

Karen K.

Registered Dental Hygienist
From an early age, Karen had a passion for health care. In high school, her childhood dentist gave her an opportunity to assist him during the summer which led her to pursue dental hygiene. Growing up in Knoxville, she attended University of Tennessee and the hygiene school at East Tennessee State where she completed her B.S. degree. After graduation, she and Jim married and raised 3 children. Today, they are also blessed with 2 grandchildren. She has enjoyed working with Dr. Desvaux for 23 years and serving our family of patients. After work, she spends time with family and friends, church, tennis and travel.


Registered Dental Hygienist
Janet graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. degree in dental hygiene in 1980.

She has practiced hygiene for 37 years of which 26 years have been with Dr. Desvaux. She enjoys forming great personal relationships with her patients, while helping them promote the best oral health possible.

Away from the office, Janet enjoys beach trips and weekends at the lake with friends and family.

Karen L.

Registered Dental Assistant
Karen has been working in the dental field since acquiring her dental license in 1995. She has just recently began working for Dr. Desvaux and feels very blessed to have been given the opportunity to join this great team, Interacting with patients and helping bring a smile to their faces, brings a smile to hers. With God as her first priority, Karen appreciates all that life has to offer with her family, friends and furbabies.


Registered Dental Assistant
Sheila has been with our office for 9 years, assisting Dr. Desvaux. With her 17 years dental experience and gentle personality, she is able to put even the most nervous of patients at ease. Outside the dental office, Sheila enjoys camping, canoeing and time with her family.