Experience the relief of restored gum health

Expect Better for Yourself

We’ve seen it too many times – people normalizing pain and discomfort in their mouth because they don’t know how simple the solution is.

You can expect better for yourself. At Tyler Periodontics, we believe health and stability are not only possible, but closely within reach. It’s why we’ve built a practice grounded in compassion, high standards, and surgical wisdom.

While you can rest assured your periodontist is a board-certified specialist with advanced training, you’ll never have to worry about the way forward being over-complicated or under-explained.

A healthy future is right around the corner.

Meet the Team

Kayleigh E. Temple, DDS, MA, MS
and Aly R. Kennedy, DDS, MS

Dr. Kayleigh Temple and Dr. Aly Kennedy are board-certified periodontists who strongly believe a healthy future is attainable for anyone struggling with their oral health. Through domestic and international mission work, both of our doctors have used their passion and expertise to restore not only oral health, but quality of life to many who have lost hope in a healthy future. Dr. Temple and Dr. Kennedy channel that same passion into their daily work, empowering patients to start living a healthy future today. Learn more about:

Kayleigh Eaves Temple, DDS, MA, MS

Periodontics Residency & Master of Science at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Dentistry at San Antonio

Doctor of Dental Surgery at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine

Master of Arts in Science & Dental Education at Teachers College at Columbia University

BA Bioinformatics at University of Saint Thomas - Houston, Texas

Kayleigh Eaves Temple, DDS, MA, MS

Dr. Kayleigh E. Temple was born and raised in Houston, Texas.  After attending college at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Dr. Temple decided to spread her wings and move to the Big Apple - New York City. There, she attended Columbia University, earning her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the College of Dental Medicine as well as a Master of Arts in Dental Education at Teachers College. Through her many extracurricular engagements, Dr. Temple traveled to Guatemala and Cambodia to provide free dental care to underserved children as well as worked in the St. Mary’s Free Clinic in Harlem. After dental school, she returned home to the great state of Texas to complete a 3-year residency training program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where she earned her Master of Science degree, Certificate in Periodontology and Implantology, and was a finalist for the prestigious Kramer Scholar award. Dr. Temple relocated to Tyler in 2015 to join Dr. John Adcock at Tyler Periodontics and has since called Tyler her home.  She became a board certified periodontist in 2016.  

Dr. Temple is married to Zach Temple, a Smith County Texas Game Warden, who is originally from Lufkin.  They have two young children and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities together; they are members of Marvin Methodist Church.  Dr. Temple is a busy member of our local community through volunteering with the Junior League of Tyler, various dental study groups, the East Texas Dental Society, and Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County.  She has served as President of the East Texas Dental Society and is on the board of the Texas Society of Periodontists and Southwest Society of Periodontists.  Dr. Temple was inducted into the American College of Dentists in 2022 and the International College of Dentists in 2023, both prestigious societies focused on excellence, ethics, professionalism, and leadership in dentistry.   She has continued her global mission work, returning to Cambodia in 2017 and to Cabo Verde in 2023.  She also enjoys lecturing and providing continuing education to our local dentists and hygienists.

Dr. Temple has a passion for providing her best work on a daily basis, treating patients with kindness and respect, and empowering her patients, colleagues, friends, and family with education to better their health. 

Aly Kennedy, DDS, MS

Periodontics Residency & Master of Science at Texas A&M University College of Dentistry at Dallas

Doctor of Dental Surgery at Indiana University School of Dentistry

BS Biology at Indiana University - Bloomington, Indiana

Aly Kennedy, DDS, MS

Dr. Aly (Ricker) Kennedy was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and attended college at Indiana University in Bloomington. She returned to Indianapolis to earn her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at Indiana University School of Dentistry, during which time she was awarded the Dr. David Whiston Leadership Award by the ADA Foundation and was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a national dental honor society. Dr. Kennedy moved to Texas to complete her 3-year residency training program at Texas A&M (Baylor) University College of Dentistry in Dallas, where she earned her Specialty Certificate in Periodontics and Master of Science degree in Oral Biology for her thesis project researching oral lichen planus. Dr. Kennedy served as chief resident in the final year of her residency. During her time in Dallas, she and her husband fell in love with Texas and decided to plant their roots in East Texas. Dr. Kennedy is a board-certified periodontist, and was named the recipient of the Leslie M. Salkin Award, which is presented each year to the candidate who earns the highest score on the Oral Board Exam.

Dr. Kennedy is married to her high school sweetheart, Dr. Kyle Kennedy, a psychologist in Tyler. In their free time, they enjoy walks with their rescue dog (Ranger), grilling, golfing, and traveling. They are members of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. Dr. Kennedy holds a leadership position with the Junior League of Tyler, and is involved in various dental organizations including the East Texas Dental Society, Spear Study Club, the Texas Society of Periodontists, the Southwest Society of Periodontists, and the American Academy of Periodontology.

Dr. Kennedy is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive periodontal care possible to her patients, taking time during each patient’s consultation visit to identify their unique needs and develop specialized treatment plans for each individual. As a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, she strives to care for all patients with compassion and technical excellence and provides patients with the tools to achieve optimal oral health.




Terri is a mom of 2 adult sons (both firefighters) and married to the fire chief in Chandler. She has 35+ years of hygiene experience, with 30+ years dedicated to our office. She loves running, yoga, overall health, plants, and dogs – and is passionate about helping patients better themselves.

Terri, RDH, BA



Alli has 5+ years of hygiene experience and is from Iowa, finishing her dental hygiene program at Des Moines Area Community College. She’s a cat lover whose partner, Dr. Ryan Grafel, is a veterinarian in Athens. Alli loves to be outdoors and is always looking to stay up to date with the latest treatments and technologies in dental hygiene.

Alli, RDH



A Tyler native, Diana enjoys playing tennis, spending time with family, working out, and being outdoors or on the water. She loves being a hygienist because she likes to help patients improve their oral health by teaching them something new each visit. She is engaged to Alex, and they plan to be married in March 2024.

Diana, RDH

Elyse, RDH



Bree shares her 20 years of hygiene experience with us on a part-time, fill-in basis. Local to the Tyler area, she’s a mom of 2 daughters who also assists her husband in his homebuilding company, Neely Construction & Renovation.

Bree, RDH



Debbie is a mom of 2 adult children. She has 40+ years of hygiene experience, with 35+ years dedicated to our office. We call her the Floss Bloss because she’s passionate about oral hygiene and at-home care. She loves to outside the box to teach patients and is relentless in her efforts to make hygiene doable for every patient. Debbie loves people.

Debbie, RDH

Front Desk



Rhonda has two daughters and three grandchildren. She’s been a pillar of our practice since 1983, working in both hygiene and office management. There is nothing she can’t do! Rhonda will stop at nothing to get a patient into our clinic.

Rhonda, RDH, BA

Office Manager


Callie is married with two young children. With a master’s in hospitality and retail management, she comes to us with a background in business management and a lifetime learning about dental offices from her mother, who was a dental hygienist.

Callie, MS

Business Manager


Hygiene Coordinator
Mindy is a loving wife, mother of three sons, and a grandmother, who enjoys caring for and serving others through her 10+ years of experience in healthcare administration. You can find her at church, fishing with her husband at Lake Fork, planting flowers, or shopping at North Park Mall.


Hygiene Coordinator


Administrative Assistant
Originally from Kansas, Aileen is bilingual and comes from a big family (including three younger brothers). When she is not helping patients at Tyler Periodontics, she enjoys singing and going to concerts, hiking at Tyler State Park, and spending time with family.


New Patient Coordinator



Kim has 18+ years of dental experience. She’s married and has a teenage daughter, and stays active with kickboxing, weight-training, and being outside. Kim loves to help patients achieve their individual periodontal goals and health.

Kim, RDA

Surgical Communications Coordinator

Nursing Staff



Lauren is an experienced nurse with an RN degree from UT Tyler. She builds partnerships with your primary care physician to ensure excellent treatment outcomes. She loves people, her cat, and reading.

Lauren, RN, BSN



Jessica is an experienced nurse with 5+ years in our practice, working part-time in both the front office and nursing departments. She’s married and a mother to two young children, and is an active member of the Junior League of Tyler.

Jessica, RN, BSN

Surgical Assistants

Jessica “Jessi”, RDA

Jessica “Jessi”


Jessi is bilingual in English and Spanish. and has been with us for more than 4 years. She loves being married to her longtime sweetheart, Gemerille. Jessi is a people person and loves to try new restaurants, to go shopping, and to spend time with her big, extended family.

Jessi, RDA



Angela has two children with a husband who’s retired military. She is native to Palestine, TX and enjoys spending time with her family, playing music, and singing in her church.

Angela, RDA

Cristal, RDA

Mikayla, RDA

Olisa, RDA