When you choose the office of Lou Ann Best, D.M.D., P.C. for your family's dental health, you will have access to a friendly, caring, and personable dental team. Together, Dr. Best and her staff work to help their patients achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. Using the latest techniques in the field of dentistry, we stay up to date on the most advanced dental treatments and procedures, and we continue our education by attending courses and seminars to improve our services, as well as our patients' experience with us.

Dental Care from a Team that Truly Cares

Whether you're in need of a routine dental cleaning, veneers, or dentures; we can provide you with the services you need. At the office of Dr. Lou Ann Best, we schedule as much time as needed, so our patients never feel rushed or pressured to accept treatment. We work to fit in appointments that are convenient for our patients and work around their schedule.

Take a Few Moments to Meet Our Dental Staff

Lou Ann Best, D.M.D., P.C.

Lou Ann Best, D.M.D., P.C.

Dr. Lou Ann Best, a native of Orangeville, Illinois, attended college at North Central College, in Naperville, Illinois, graduating magma cum laude. She graduated from Southern Illinois School of Dental Medicine in Alton, Illinois, near St. Louis. Dr. Best's first practice experience was at Red Bird Mission, a United Methodist mission to the local residents of an impoverished mountain community in Kentucky. It was during her seven years stay that Dr. Best met her husband, Dr. Thomas Talley.

Dr. Best and Dr. Talley lived in Orlando for 4 years while Dr. Talley completed his OB-GYN training. The couple then moved to Albany, where Dr. Talley joined his father, J. LeConte Talley, in his obstetrical practice. During the couple's first few years in Albany, Dr. Best was the dentist for the students at Turner Job Corps. In 1995, Dr. Best purchased the practice of Dr. Billy Bacon.

Dr. Best is a member of the American Dental Association, the Georgia Dental Association, and the Southwest District Dental Society, and the Christian Medical and Dental Associations. She is also a member of the Albany Area Perio-Restorative Study Club and the Academy of General Dentistry. In 1995, Dr. Best was inducted into the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and in 2013 assumed the role of the Georgia Section chair for this organization. The Pierre Fauchard Academy is an honorary dental service organization that promotes the elevation of the standards and the practices of the art and science of dentistry worldwide. Dr. Best is presently serving on the combined Advisory Board for the Darton College Hygiene Program/Albany Tech Dental Assisting Program.

Dr. Best strives to keep up to date on all the current techniques and spends time away from the office pursuing continuing dental education. She has studied at the Dawson Center for Advance Dental Studies and takes her staff annually to the Hinman Dental Meeting in Atlanta, in addition to attending courses locally.

Dr. Best has one son, Daniel, who was born in 1992 and is an active member at Christ United Methodist Church. The family enjoys kayaking, sailing, and backpacking in their free time.

Kim Nix, Front Desk Administrator

Kim Nix, Front Desk Administrator

Kim is the first person you will meet when you arrive for your dental visit. She has been with Dr. Best since 2007 and is responsible for patient check-in and check-out, appointment scheduling, and referrals. Kim is also our insurance and financial coordinator. She has been married to her husband, Ken, for over 25 years. They have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. In her spare time, Kim enjoys reading, camping, and spending time with family.

Judy Nesbit, Dental Assistant

Judy Nesbit, Dental Assistant

Judy has been the chair-side assistant for Dr. Best since 1998. She and her husband moved here from Florida in 1995. If it seems like you recognize Judy, it may be because you see her on TV on the Sherwood channel singing in the Sherwood Baptist Church choir. Judy has 3 children and 8 grandchildren. She and her family enjoy living in the country.

Tanya McDonald, Hygienist

Tanya McDonald, Hygienist

Tanya joined Dr. Best in 2007. She graduated in the top of her class from Darton College in 1998 and received the "Hinman Scholar" and the "Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges" awards. Tanya is very passionate about dental hygiene and for the last seventeen years, she has worked diligently to improve upon her knowledge and skills as a hygienist so that she can offer the latest and most up to date services and techniques for each of her patients. Tanya's goal is to help achieve a state of optimal dental and oral health for every patient by continually striving to provide excellence in personal and professional service. In Tanya's spare time, she is a dental hygiene clinical instructor at her alma mater. She enjoys gardening, fishing, shooting and playing with her Labrador Retriever and cats. She also enjoys reading and playing games.

Terry Muggridge, Hygienist

Terry Muggridge, Hygienist

Terry has been practicing dental hygiene for over 29 years, working with Dr. Best since 2007. She loves her work and enjoys meeting new people. She strives to help her patients have the best oral health they can. Terry has been married to Rick for over 28 years, and they have 3 terrific children, Josh, Julianna, and Bailey. Terry enjoys participating in her community theater and singing in her church choir at Leesburg Methodist Church, where she also is the Wednesday night supper coordinator and cook. She loves to read, sew, decorate, and garden.