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Meet The Team

At the core of our dental practice is a friendly team of professionals that are dedicated to your utmost comfort and optimal oral health. We view each patient as a unique individual, and tailor each treatment to your specific needs.

Our Doctors

Qualified and Experienced Doctors

doctor tushar bulsara

Doctor of Dental Medicine, DMD

Dr. Tushar Bulsara

Dr. Tushar Bulsara DMD grew up in Gastonia, North Carolina. He completed his undergraduate studies in Biology from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and went on to earn a Doctor of Dental medicine from ECU School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Bulsara stayed with ECU School of Dental Medicine and completed a one year Advanced Education in General Dentistry at the Community Service Learning Center in Sylva, NC.

Dr. Bulsara joined the team at Murphy Dental Center to continue providing dental care for patients in the Western NC, North Georgia, and Eastern Tennessee communities. He looks forward to helping patients improve their dental health and quality of life. Dr. Bulsara enjoys hiking trails, playing instruments, producing music, and eating at new restaurants. We are happy and excited to welcome him to join Dr. Watson and the team at Murphy Dental Center.

doctor barry watson

Meet our Crown Council Member

Dr. Barry Watson

Dr. Watson has a BS degree in zoology and then received his dental degree from the University of Michigan. He has over 40 years experience as a practicing dentist.

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Crown Council

Lifetime Qualified Member of Crown Council

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In between degrees Dr. Watson served in the US Army in Vietnam. He commanded the 515th Transportation Company and was awarded the Bronze Star for his service.

Dr Watson is a life member of the American Dental association, the North Carolina Dental Society, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, an emeritus member of the Academy of General Dentistry, academy member of CEREC Doctors,the Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry, Doctors Organization for Conscious Sedation, and a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International.

Dr. Watson is also an alumnus of the L.D. Pankey Institute and former visiting faculty. He is also a graduate of the PAC Live Cosmetic Experience and is a Charter and Lifetime Qualified member of the Crown Council.

Dr. Watson and wife Paula have 3 children: daughter Emily of Farmville NC, Lauren and husband Skyler Hubbard of Asheville and new granddaughter Elizabeth “Hollis”, and son Matthew of Cullowhee NC. And of course, grandson “Will”.

Dr. Watson’s full time passion is playing golf.

Our Staff

Compassionate & Competent Team

becky england

CDA, Administration

Becky England

Becky earned her Certified Dental Assisting license in 1990. She has been a dental assistant since 1974, and 35 years of that has been with Dr. Watson. She has worked in the front office for 12 years. Becky retired in 2015 and stayed home for 1 year, and then came back to her work family.

laura elliot

RDH, Office Manager

Laura Elliott

Laura has been in dentistry since 1999 as a dental hygienist for 19 years and the remainder as an office manager, all here at Murphy Dental Center.
Laura is married with two sons who occupy most of her free time at either the basketball courts or baseball fields. She enjoys reading, scrapbooking, decorating, or doing craft projects.

traci anderson

Registered Dental Hygienist

Traci Anderson

Traci has been a dental hygienist at Murphy Dental Center for 30 years. She started as a patient of Dr. Watson’s when she moved to Cherokee county at the age of 11, and lucky enough to know what her career path would be at the age of 14. Traci graduated Asheville Buncombe technical college as a dental assistant in 1990 and as a dental hygienist in 1992.

jennifer pullium

Dental Assistant

Jennifer Pullium

Jennifer joined Murphy Dental Center in 2006 as a dental assistant and has an Associate of Applied Sciences. The most rewarding part of the job to Jennifer is helping patients overcome their dental anxiety and help them receive the care they need.
Outside of dentistry, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. Some of her hobbies include gardening, hiking, and camping.

kelsey bryant

Dental Assistant

kelsey bryant

Kelsey joined Murphy Dental Center in March of 2021 and comes from a health care background. She enjoys working as a dental assistant and building relationships with her patients. She plans to continue advancing in the dental field and is happy to serve the Western NC community. Her hobbies include painting, bow hunting, reading, and sightseeing.

lynette phillips


Lynette Phillips

Lynette graduated from Dental Hygiene school in 199 from AB tech and has practiced in Western NC ever since. She joined Murphy Dental Center in September 2021 and loves being in the dental profession.
She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and their three children. Her hobbies include camping, cooking, baking, and watching her kids play sports.

michaela deweese

Sterilization Tech, Dental Assistant

Michaela Deweese

Michaela has lived in Western since 2006 and joined Murphy Dental Center in March 2022. She has experience working in the health care field and is passionate about helping patients improve their oral health.
In her free time, Michaela enjoys hunting and fishing and anything that involves being outside.

Brianne Woods


Brianne Woods

Brianne joined Murphy Dental Center in March 2022, but has been a long time patient with the practice. BriAnne comes from a background in customer service and is excited to be in the dental field helping patients get the care they need.
In her spare time, Brianne loves spending time with family, shopping, and being a cat mom.

cheyenne deRamus

Dental Assistant

cheyenne deRamus

Cheyenne received her Dental Assistant license in 2011 and joined Murphy Dental Center in July 2022. Recently relocating from the West Coast, she is excited to be in Murphy NC and serve the WNC and surrounding communities. She loves spending her free time outdoors and spoiling her two bulldogs.

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