LeaRn more about Individualized dental hygiene at PDA:

All of Palmetto Dental Associates' registered dental hygienists have a vast knowledge base and decades of experience. They are dedicated to maintaining an active role in their professional hygiene associations so that they may convey quality care to the next generation of hygienists. They also participate in many hours of annual continuing dental education, which allows them to stay on the cutting edge of patient care and uphold the high standards of PDA. Patients at Palmetto Dental Associates have the benefit of "individualized dental hygiene" - this personalized care consists of a carefully formulated plan, created by both hygienist and dentist, to help make patients' oral and overall health a priority. The dedication of our dental hygiene team fits perfectly into the core values of Palmetto Dental Associates. 


Gloria Carbone, RDH

Originally from Connecticut, Gloria has been practicing dental hygiene since 1981.   She is a graduate of the UCONN Health Center Dental Auxiliary Program with a degree in dental hygiene.  Gloria married Gary McCaughey in 1985 and the two of them moved to South Carolina in 1989.  Gloria joined the team at PDA in 1997.  In 2016, the South Carolina State Board of Dentistry appointed Gloria as a national clinical dental hygiene examiner.  Since surviving breast cancer in 1996, Gloria volunteers and champions for her favorite charities: 'Steps Against Breast Cancer' for the Palmetto Health Foundation, Lexington Health Center's mammography program and the American Cancer Society's 'Relay for Life'.   In her spare time, Gloria greatly enjoys hiking, yoga, reading, and traveling.  Gloria and Gary reside in Lexington.  


Denise rysz, RDH, bhs

Originally from Erie, PA, Denise and family moved to SC in 1989 after residing in Stuttgart, Germany and Tacoma, Washington.  Denise originally spent 15 years in the banking industry before making a career change to dentistry.  She graduated from Midlands Technical College in 1995 with an Associate Degree in Health Science-Dental Hygiene, and joined PDA in 1999.  In addition she has attended MUSC and Webster University and earned a Master of Health Services degree. Giving back to the community has always been important to Denise, and she volunteers at Children’s Dental Clinic during the year.  She had the opportunity to be a part of a mission dental/medical team that traveled to Limon, Honduras, in 1997.  She has a son and daughter, both married living out-of-town, with a total of four grandchildren: three grandsons and one granddaughter. Her interests include gardening, horseback riding, dancing, and staying physically active. She resides in Pelion and enjoys the company of two horses, two dogs, and two cats.


Lyndsay Followell, RDH

Originally from Wyoming, Lyndsay graduated from Laramie County Community College with her degree in dental hygiene in 2003. She has been practicing for the past 15 years in both family dentistry and periodontal offices. With a father as a periodontist, she was able to begin working as a dental assistant at age 14 and has been in the dental field ever since. Lyndsay, her husband and their children moved to South Carolina in May 2018 and she joined the PDA team in January 2019. Lyndsay stays pretty busy being a mom to 5 amazing kids, but does manage to find time to do things she loves like weightlifting and traveling with her husband. Lyndsay and her family are loving everything about living in South Carolina and look forward to calling home for many years to come. Lyndsay resides in Chapin, SC.


Tandy Lyles, rdh

After 14 years at PDA, Tandy retired in December of 2018; however, she still frequently fills-in when other hygienists have to be out.

Originally from Tennessee, Tandy graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1973 with an Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. Tandy joined the team at PDA in 2005. She has two daughters, Meredyth and Andrea, and she loves spending time with her granddaughter. Tandy is very active in her church and civic organizations. Some of her favorite activities are traveling with family and friends, singing, and shopping!



Marsha is a native of Chapin, SC and has lived in the Irmo area for 35 years.  She is a graduate of Chapin High School and Midlands Technical College and is past President of the South Carolina Dental Hygienist's Association.  Marsha practiced  Dental Hygiene in Rochester, NY and Buffalo, NY before moving back to Columbia to join Dr. Lynn Campbell's practice, which is the current location of PDA's Harbison office! She has had the privilege of working for PDA for the last five years. Marsha is married with two grown children and a precious granddaughter.  She is a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church and enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.  She also loves college sports....especially the Clemson Tigers.



Born and raised in Columbia, SC, Marie is a graduate of Midlands Technical College and has been practicing Dental Hygiene in South Carolina since 2003. She joined the PDA team in 2016. Marie met her husband, Bert, while they were both students at Columbia High. They have been married since 1996 with two children, Amber and Brandon, and their beloved dog, Steve. Marie enjoys the local arts, boating, reading, traveling, and spending time with family.