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Robert L. Merrill Jr., DDS | Our Staff in Asheville

Robert L. Merrill Jr. DDS PA

Alexander B. Krasne, DMD, PLLC



Our Staff
AGD Member


Angie Stafford, Office Manager
A Canton native, Angie has worked with Dr. Merrill for over 30 years. She began her employment as a dental assistant receiving her certification in 1987. After assisting chairside for several years, she assumed administrative duties. Angie is a graduate of Haywood Community College with a Business Administration degree and she served as President of Phi Theta Kappa.
Angie and her husband, Wayne, reside in Old Fort. They are parents to four sons and five grandchildren. Their family extends from North Carolina to Alaska.
Angie is active with the children’s ministry at Biltmore Baptist Church as well as her ladies prayer group. She enjoys traveling, the beach, hiking, walking and reading.
Lynn Castaneda, Clinical Assistant
Lynn, who has been with Dr. Merrill for 26 years, is a native of Asheville. She is an avid hiker with an immense love for outdoor activities. She enjoys spending some of her free time helping with “Meals on Wheels” (they are always looking for volunteers).
Lynn enjoys working with patients to achieve a healthy smile. Her gentle touch helps many patients who are apprehensive about treatment.
Daniel, Lynn’s son lives in Gulfport, Mississippi. She has been blessed with a lovely daughter-in-law, Meghan, and 2 precious grandchildren, Tre(9) and Lexi(6).
Lauren Wall RDH, Hygienist
Almost a native of Asheville, Lauren grew up in Weaverville and graduated from Appalachian State. Later she attended AB Tech and received her Associates Degree in dental hygiene, making the deans list all semesters. She has enjoyed working for Dr. Merrill since 1998, providing gentle and thorough hygiene care to all her patients. She often volunteers in the N.C. Baptist Men’s traveling dental bus.
Lauren loves many outdoor activities and her vegetable garden especially brings her great satisfaction. She hikes often, looking for wildflowers, birds and other wildlife that excites her. She loves to water ski and snow ski and trying other activities that come her way.
Lauren is married to Warren Wall and they share an energetic, loyal golden retriever named Kippy. They both love to travel and spend time with friends.
Debbie Gleeson, Clinical Assistant
Originally from New Jersey, Debbie attended Bergen Community College in Hackensack, New Jersey where she graduated as a dental assistant in 1981. Debbie has been in the dental field since that time and enjoys working with Dr. Merrill in taking care of the patients. Debbie has been a part of our team since 1999. She continues to keep up her certification and knowledge of new techniques with continuing education each year.
Debbie and her family relocated to Asheville in 1989. She and her husband, Dan, have four children. Their two oldest daughters, Marissa and Danielle are married and Debbie enjoys her five grandchildren. Her daugther, Jillian and her son, Daniel, both attend in Asheville - Buncombe Community College.
Debbie Wagner, Appointment Coordinator
Deb grew up in the Asheville area and currently resides in Black Mountain. She has been in dentistry since receiving her dental assisting diploma at AB Tech in 2003. Deb has worked both the clinical and clerical sides of dentistry. Debs passion for dentistry is driven by her love of people and the opportunity dentistry gives her to build relationships that make a difference in people’s lives. Deb has adopted 3 pets, 1 dog and 2 cats. She enjoys spending time with her family, husband-Galency, son-Jared and daughter-Jenna.



Lora Towe RDH, Hygienist

Lora is originally from Wilkesboro and has resided in Asheville since 1993. She attended AB Tech where she received her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene. Lora joined our practice in 2014 and takes great pride in brightening her patient’s day by treating them with gentle yet thorough care. Her always positive manner keeps patients at ease. Lora actively spends time outdoors and is always looking for a new adventure. She enjoys cooking and especially trying new recipes from the Food Channel. Lora has two children, Danielle and Jacob, who keep her happily busy.



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