About Us

We are Guthrie Dentistry

Guthrie Dentistry is a general practice in Bristol, TN made up of a three generation family team. Dr. Fred Guthrie Sr, Dr. Rick Guthrie Jr, and Dr. Van Guthrie III have almost 100 years of dental experience between the three of them. Guthrie Dentistry provides general, cosmetic, and family dentistry with procedures including cleanings, fillings, crowns, veneers, teeth whitening, root canals, extractions, and other dental services. We aim to provide the best dental care possible to our community utilizing state of the art techniques and equipment.

At Guthrie Dentistry, our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of children, youth and adults by offering the highest-quality dental care in a private-office atmosphere. By providing a team of professional, highly educated, honest, compassionate and committed employees, we aim to improve patient health, appearance, self-confidence and overall quality of life.

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Meet The Team

Dr. Fred V. Guthrie, Sr.


Dr. Fred V. Guthrie, Sr. began practicing dentistry in Bristol in 1959. He is a graduate of Dobyns- Bennett High school and then proceeded to attend the University of Tennessee for his undergraduate. He received his dental degree from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 1958. Dr. Fred opened his own dental practice here in Bristol in 1959 and built our current dental office in 1980. His son, Dr. Rick, joined him in practice in 1987 and his grandson, Dr. Van, joined in 2016.

Dr. Fred is an active lifetime member in the American Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association, First District Dental Society. He is also an active member and former president of the East Tennessee Academy of Dental Practice Administration. He is an active member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Dr. Fred resides in Bluff City. He has 4 children, Dr. Rick Guthrie, Elisa Gastineau, RDH, Barbara Duncan, CPA, and Brenda Inman, and 8 grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with family friends and all UT sports.

Dr. Rick Guthrie


Dr. Frederick V. “Rick” Guthrie Jr., is a Bristol native. He is a graduate of Sullivan East High School, received his B.S. from the University of Tennessee, and earned his dental degree from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 1987. He has served the dental needs of the Bristol area for thirty years in private practice along with his father, Fred Guthrie, Sr., and now his son, Van Guthrie III, who recently graduated from the UT College of Dentistry and joined the practice.

At the state level, Dr. Guthrie served on numerous councils and committees and six years as the First District Trustee. Dr. Guthrie was most recently serving as the president of the Tennessee Dental Association through 2016-2017. Dr. Guthrie received the TDA’s most esteemed annual award, the Fellowship Award, in 2000. Nationally, Dr. Guthrie is a member of the American Dental Association, Christian Medical and Dental Association, with fellowships in the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists and Pierre Fauchard Academy.  In addition to the TDA, Dr. Guthrie is a member of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry Alumni Board, UT President Advisory Council and Delta Dental of TN Board.

Dr. Guthrie also serves the Healing Hands Health Clinic of Bristol as a charter member and recent facilitator of the UT student rotation partnership. He active in his church Addilynn Memorial UMC, and various community organizations. One of his passions is the relationship with the dental students and the New Dentist Committee of the TDA.

He is a leader in the Boy Scouts of America, where he has served as Scout Master for many years and currently serves as the East Tennessee Sequoyah Council President.

Rick and his wife, Cindy, reside in Bluff City, TN and are proud of their three children, Dr. Rachel Guthrie, Dr. Van Guthrie, and Ms. Sarah Guthrie, CPA. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends and the outdoors.

Dr. Van Guthrie


Dr. Frederick “Van” Guthrie, III is a third-generation dentist who grew up watching his grandfather, Dr. Fred, and his father, Dr. Rick, working in the dental office. He is a graduate of Tennessee High School. He received his undergraduate B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee. He went on to graduate from University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in Memphis, TN.

After dental school graduation he moved back to Northeast Tennessee and currently resides in Bristol, TN. He is enjoying working in the dental office alongside his grandfather and father. Dr. Van rotates through our Bristol and Johnson City office, Boones Creek Dentistry.

Dr. Van is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Tennessee Dental Association, as well the First District Dental Society. He volunteers for Believe in Bristol and is an active board member. Dr. Van is also an active member of Addilynn United Methodist Church.

When Dr. Van is not working he enjoys spending time with family and friends. He enjoys traveling, hiking, running, golfing, snow skiing, and spending time on the lake.

Margaret Beeler


Margaret Beeler has been a dental hygienist since graduating from East Tennessee State University in 1982.  She has been working with Guthrie Dentistry since 2005. The favorite part of her job is educating patients on optimum dental health. Margaret finds witnessing her patients make dental changes and how it positively affects their overall health extremely rewarding.

In her spare time, Margaret enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her two daughters and their husbands.  She lives in Kingsport.

Mary Anne Maples


Mary Anne Maples has been a dental hygienist since 1982 and proudly working in this office since 2013. Mary Anne is a graduate of Gatlinburg-Pittman High School and East Tennessee State University. She strives to provide patients with thorough gentle dental cleanings and helping them maintain a great smile with good oral hygiene habits.

Mary Anne and her husband Dave have made Bristol their home since 1981. They have two grown children, Kelly and David. Mary Anne enjoys hiking, biking, gardening and going to the beach

Julie Botts


Julie Botts is a graduate of East Tennessee State University class of 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene.  She has been working at Guthrie dentistry since the fall of 2015.  Julie has a passion for helping others, and her favorite part of her job is encouraging dental health and helping to provide healthy smiles!

Julie is from Elizabethton and currently resides in Johnson City. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and anything to do with the outdoors whether it be hiking, kayaking, running or playing tennis.

Cindy Godfrey


Cindy Godfrey is a 1979 graduate of East Tennessee State University with an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Sciences. She is an active member of her professional organization, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, which keeps her abreast in all aspects of her profession. Cindy strives to pass this continuing education to all patients so they can always maintain maximum dental health care. She has been employed at Guthrie Dentistry since 2004.

When Cindy isn’t practicing Dental Hygiene, you will find her traveling to the beach and spending time with her family, friends and pets.

Erikka Shuttle

Scheduling Coordinator

Erikka began her dental career as a dental assistant and is currently the scheduling coordinator for the office. Erikka enjoys getting to know all the patients at the office as she greets them for their appointments and converses with them on the phone.

Erikka currently resides in Bluff City with her husband, Tyler, and her two sons, Griffyn and Isayah.  She is an active member at Addilynn United Methodist Church.

De Word

Finance & Insurance Coordinator

De has worked in a dental office for 12 years as a billing and insurance specialist. She is here to assist you through explaining and discussing your insurance benefits and processing dental claims. She joined our office in 2017.

She currently resides in Boones Creek with her husband, Russell. They have a daughter, Tiffany whom is a graduate of ETSU. Dee and her husband enjoy restoring their country home in Gray. She loves animals and is a competitive softball player.

Gerri Street


Gerri is a dental assistant and has been with the office for 30 plus years. She is currently assisting Dr. Fred and helping with scheduling. Her favorite part of her job is getting to see and socialize with all the patients that come into the office.

Gerri resides in Bluff City. She enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her pets.

Jennifer Smith


Jennifer has been a Dental Assistant since 2000. She graduated from Bristol Tennessee High School.  She completed her dental assisting certification from the Washington County Virginia Dental Assistant program. She holds a CDA and RDA certificates. She has been with our practice since 2012. She is committed to treating patients with the utmost care and compassion.  

Jennifer currently resides in Bristol with her husband Chad, and three boxers, Gracie, Maddie and Kara.

Garren Golash


Garren is the newest addition to Guthrie Dentistry.  She graduated from the Northeast State Dental Assisting program in 2016. She holds RDA certifications including nitrous oxide monitoring, placing dental sealants, and coronal polishing. She loves meeting each patient that comes to the office and making them feel welcome. Building a relationship with each is patient is important to her.

She grew up in Greeneville, TN but currently resides in Kingsport, TN with her dog Chloe. In her free time she loves spending time with friends and family, traveling to new places and doing outdoor activities.

Contact us today!

Address: 744 Bluff City Highway, Bristol, TN 37620

Phone: 423-968-2172

Email: [email protected]