Katianne Riccardi is the wife of Dr. Lou Riccardi and the mother of Dr. Alex Riccardi. Her nickname is Candy, and it’s always brought a smile to our patients who think about someone named Candy being married and employed by a Dentist!
Candy was born and raised in Americus. She graduated with honors from Georgia Southwestern with a B.S in Early Childhood Education. She has been with our dental team for 35 years. Candy started as a Dental Assistant, but now is our bookkeeper and fill in receptionist, among other various jobs!
She is a member of First United Methodist Church where she sings in the Chancel Choir, and the quartet, Joyful Sounds. She was a Co-Director and Director of Children and Youth Choirs at FUMC for over 25 years.
Candy stays very busy in our community! She is currently the Chairman of Books for Sumter Children, a member of the Four Seasons Garden Club, The Pink Pals, The National Society of Colonial Dames of America, and an Honorary member of the Junior Service League of Americus. Besides singing, her other hobbies are walking, biking, reading and watching Hallmark Movies. One of her greatest joys is being Grandmother of 8 wonderful, precious grandchildren who affectionally call her Nandy.
Cassie Jordan started working for Dr. Riccardi and Dr. Alex on April 16, 2015. She came to the practice with 5 years of Dental Assisting experience. She is a native of Americus, GA. When Cassie is not working, she enjoys spending time with her son, Mason. She says Mason is her whole world! They enjoy outdoor activities including, traveling, fishing, camping, and ball. Cassie feels grateful to be a part of such a hard working dental team.
Debbie Herndon has been employed by Dr. Riccardi for over 31 years. She worked as his full-time receptionist for many years. She currently works part time in the front office, where she does various jobs from answering the phone, handling insurance claims and bookkeeping, and sometimes is even called in to dental assist Dr. Riccardi or Dr. Alex. Before moving to Americus, she was a dental assistant for 6 years and also worked in accounting for 12 years. Debbie says she feels very blessed that she gets to work for 2 great dentists and with wonderful co-workers. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Soapy, her wonderful family, her many animals, and she also loves being outdoors.
Deborah Aldridge worked as Dr. Riccardi’s assistant for 30 years. She has been semi-retired for 4 years, but she has remained a member of the team. Deborah is in charge of ordering dental materials and recording inventory. She enjoys this role, as it allows her to see the patients she has grown to know and become friends with over the years. It also allows her to see all of the other wonderful team members and stay in the know with office events. She has enjoyed watching Dr. Alex grow up and blossoming into the caring professional she has become. Deborah enjoys spending time with her husband, Johnny, of 48 years and their 4 grandchildren. When she can, Deborah enjoys working in her yard.
Iris Berry is a 1990 graduate of the Darton College Dental Hygiene Program. She began her career with Dr. Lou Riccardi over 27 years ago. Dr. Riccardi, Dr. Alex, her co-workers and her patients are very much a part of her extended family. Her energetic personality keeps everyone jumping around the office! Along with working, Iris enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike and their two daughters, Kendal and Katie.
Phyllis Barfield has been working for Dr. Lou Riccardi as his receptionist for 24 years. She enjoys meeting and developing a friendship with each patient. Outside the office, she loves to travel and spend time with her husband, Jody, her grown children, her son-in-law and her beautiful grandson, Kullen. Phyllis enjoys her work so much, she says she wouldn’t want to work anywhere else!
Shelia Bivins has been a registered Dental Hygienist for the past 25 years. She had the opportunity to join the Riccardi team in 2016. She feels the dental field is more than “fixing and cleaning” teeth. It’s about relationships. She receives so much joy connecting with her patients and being a part of their lives. Sheila married her best friend, Roger, in 1993 and they have two children, Madison and Trent. When she is not seeing patients, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, serving at Ellaville Baptist Church and operating Watson’s Christmas Tree Farm, which she owns with her husband.
Shelbie Brannen joined Dr. Riccardi in February, 1999 as a full time dental assistant. She received a diploma from South Georgia Technical College and certification from the AAMA in Medical Assisting. Understanding the overall health of patients gave her the necessary skills to understand the importance of good dental health care. Shelbie is a native of Schley County where she enjoys spending time with her husband, JR and her niece, Destinee Green. When she is not working, she enjoys listening to good music and dancing with her granddaughter, Madison.