Southern Dental Group

Meet the Teams at Our Locations

Dr. Michael Pope hand-selected our team because of their skills, experience, and willingness to provide excellent patient care. Together, we share a commitment to provide you with outstanding dentistry. 

Our commitment is to bless patients with the highest quality of treatment that best serves their needs and wants and to deliver this care in a safe, compassionate, and friendly atmosphere that sees our patients as complete persons of worth.

We look forward to seeing you in our office. In the meantime, please feel free to browse our bios and learn a little more about our team.


Dr. Michael Pope, DMD

Dr. Pope is originally from Barbourville, KY. He attended the University of Kentucky for undergraduate studies and received his dental degree from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. He is also a member of the American Dental Association, Christian Medical & Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and an Alumni of the Dawson Academy.

Dr. Pope provides outstanding service to all members of your family in a friendly and comfortable setting. Some of his areas of interest are cosmetic dentistry, especially utilizing the CEREC system, and implant dentistry. Dr. Pope recently completed continuing education courses at the prestigious Dawson Academy, an organization that provides general dentists with the information necessary to treat even the most complex dental cases.

Dr. Pope is married and has two sons. In his spare time, Dr. Pope enjoys fishing and the outdoors, and he is very active in his church. 

Location for Dr. Michael Pope, DMD

  • Southern Dental Group

Dr. Taylor Ruby, DMD

Dr. Ruby is a proud native of Somerset, KY. After graduating from Pulaski County High School, he received his undergraduate degree in Biology & Chemistry from Western Kentucky University graduating with the distinction of Summa Cum Laude.

Dr. Ruby earned his Doctorate in Dental Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, graduating with distinction. During his education, he was awarded the Edward & Mary Smith Scholarship, the O.N. Burgess Scholarship, and was also awarded the Dawson Academy Scholarship Award.

Dr. Ruby is a member of the American Dental Association, Christian Medical & Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Ruby’s areas of interest are cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry, and full-mouth rehabilitation.

Dr. Ruby is married and has one son. In his spare time he enjoys boating on Lake Cumberland, hiking, snow skiing, and traveling the world.

Location for Dr. Taylor Ruby, DMD

  • Southern Dental Group


Financial & Scheduling Coordinator

Rebecca has been with our office since 2010.  Outside of the office, she likes to spend time with her family and traveling with her husband.

Location for Rebecca

  • Southern Dental Group


Financial & Scheduling Coordinator

Jenni joined our office in June 2020.  Together, she and her husband David have four children and two grandchildren. Outside of the office, Jenni loves to spend time with her family.  She also enjoys reading, hiking, kayaking, and traveling.

Location for Jenni

  • Southern Dental Group


Dental Hygienist

Sarah has been a hygienist at our office since March of 2017. Sarah graduated with her Bachelors Degree in Dental Hygiene from Western Kentucky University in 2016. Outside of the office, Sarah is heavily involved with her church where she volunteers and goes on mission trips. She enjoys spending time outdoors doing everything from kayaking to hunting.

Location for Sarah

  • Southern Dental Group


Dental Hygienist

Amber was an Expanded Duties Dental Assistant for 6 years before becoming a dental Hygienist at our office in 2020. Outside of the office Amber enjoys being a wife and is a mother to 3. She likes being outdoors and crafting in her spare time.

Location for Amber

  • Southern Dental Group


Dental Assistant

Ashley came to our office in May of 2013 where she was an Expanded Duty Dental Assistant until August 2018. She returned to our office in June of 2020. She graduated in May 2013 from Bluegrass Community and Technical College with her Expanded Duty Dental Assistant Certificate. She is married with one son. In her spare time she enjoys spending her time with her family, church activities and going to the waterpark with her son. 

Location for Ashley

  • Southern Dental Group


Dental Assistant

Shellie joined our team as an Expanded Duty Dental Assistant in August of 2017, after taking 5 years off to be a stay at home mom. Shellie became an Expanded Duties Dental Assistant after completing the program at Bluegrass Community and Technical College in 2008.  Outside of the office, Shellie loves being a wife, and a mother to her 4 children. She loves spending time with her family doing everything from hunting, camping, going to Somersplash Waterpark with her kids or just hanging out at home. 

Location for Shellie

  • Southern Dental Group


Dental Assistant

Alisa has been with our office since August of 2018. She has been a dental assistant for 14 years. When Alisa isn't working she enjoys shopping with her daughter and watching her son play football. 

Location for Alisa

  • Southern Dental Group
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