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Serving Asheville and the surrounding areas.

Gentle Family Dentistry providing dental care for the entire family.

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Meet our Friendly Staff

Jacqui Howie

Jacqui was born and raised in the Black Mountain area, but she is the only native in her family!


Jacqui attended AB Tech and received her dental hygiene degree in 2004. She enjoys as many continuing education hours as possible throughout the year, as she believes dentistry is constantly changing and improving.


Jacqui's mother was a dental assistant in Ireland, "her love of the profession inspired me to follow a similar path."


In 2005, Jacqui was introduced to Dr. BBH by a mutual friend. Her unique combination of professionalism with a fun atmosphere are what attracted to join Gentle Family Dentistry. Though two births and two deaths in her family took me her of work for a time, but Jacqui has always found her way back to this wonderful office!


Outside of the office her hobbies involve exploring all the beauty this area has to offer with her husband and two young daughters.

Rebecca Dracup

Rebecca is from Southwest Virginia coal fields but now resides in the beautiful mountains of Yancey County with her husband, Daniel. They have three grown sons. Rebecca found her calling to dental late in life. She thanks her husband for hte guidance into the dental field as he first recognized her clinical skills chair-side after with patients aiding him in many after-hour emergency visits.


Rebecca attended Asheville-Bunccombe Technical Community College for Various degrees and diplomas including Insurance (2001), Human Services (22002), Dental Assisting (2005), and lastly, Dental Hygiene (2009).


Rebecca also enjoys traditional archery and belongs to Carolina Traditional Archers of Conover, NC and Hawkeye Bowman Tradition Archery of Marilla, NY with her husband. They also participate in other outdoor activities.

Rebecca appreciates Dr. B's office because it is a high energy place to spend her day. She feels the staff works as a cohesive unit and it doesn't actually feel like work. Rebecca says, "I am with family beginning with the doctor, the staff, and ending with the patients! It is a wonderful life to be paid for doing what I love! Can life get any better?"

Mary Alice Cummings

Mary Alice Cummings or "MAC", joined Gentle Family Dentistry in October after relocating to Asherville, NC where she was born and raised. MAC graduated from A.C. Reynolds in 2011 and continued her education at the College of Charleston. She studied biology and psychology and graduated from the Honors College there in 2015. MAC loves to smile and wants the patients at Gentle Family Dentistry to feel the same way! She aspires to be a dentist herself one day and enjoys learning from Dr. Bowman-Hensley and the rest of the team. Outside of the office, MAC enjoys spending time with her family and doggy, Chipper, kayaking and going to the beach any chance she can. We are pleased to announce that Mary Alice was accepted to Dental School at Medical Univesity of South Carolina. She began her studies in June 2017 and we wish her much success in her endeavor. We stay in contact often with her to give her encouragement and we hope to see her back here one day as a new dentist!

Kim Earley

Many of you all will recognize a new, but familiar face around Gentle Family Dentistry.  Kim has returned to the practice as of February 2017, and we are so excited to have her back!  Kim is in her 35th year as a dental assistant and has also taken on the role of the master gardener of the office.  Kim was born and raised in Western North Carolina and resides in Haywood County with her husband, 1 dog and 3 cats. In addition to her furry family Kim has two grown daughters.

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Allison Arnold

Allison is a professional, skilled, optimistic, morale-boosting dental assistant in all disciplines of dentistry for over 9 years. She joined Gentle Family Dentistry on November 2017 as one of our Patient Coordinators/Dental Assistants after moving back home to Asheville from Cary, NC. She has a unique love for the dental field. Her goals include providing patients with health focused, high quality, compassionate dental care to build lasting dental relationships. Allison also has a strong belief in giving back to the community outreach programs and has volunteered at NC Missions of Mercy. When Allison is away from office, some of her interests include cinematic experiences with her family and friends, weekend getaways with her husband and 2 boys, and just about anything superhero related... she's a huge nerd.

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Jaime Conner

Jaime joined Dr. Bowman-Hensley's team in January of 2018, taking on the role of Patient Care and Insurance Coordinator after working nearly 5 years in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery as their Insurance Coordinator and gaining experience in surgical assisting. Both a clinical and administrative specialist, she "likes working with happy and healthy patients" and she also "likes the hands-on experience." Jaime grew up right here in WNC, in the beautiful "small town" of Black Mountain and is a mother of a spunky, wondrous little boy. She loves her big family, and in her free time she loves to cook, bake, going to the beach, spur of the moment road trips, and just as any true southern girl would... loves Footbal.


Why does she love Gentle Family Dentistry? "I love the staff. Everyone is fun and happy. I also love meeting new people and I love seeing lives change through their smiles."

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Becky Pruitt

A native of Asheville, Becky is a graduate of Wakeforest and AB Tech for her dental career, with a diploma from UNC in Fitness and Nutrition, which she taught for 30 years. She is also a Certified Volunteer at hospice. Church is important to Becky. She loves dentistry and fitness, helping individuals reach their goals in an "at ease" setting. She loves animals and enjoys outdoor activities such as swimming, motorcycling, gardening, and crafts. Becky loves spending time with her family, sons, and her new grandchild.

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