Dentist in Homer, LA

The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff's training, professional credentials and work experience.

James C. Palmer, DDS

Dr. James Palmer has been delivering outstanding dental care for 33 years.  Born and raised in Claiborne Parish, Dr. Palmer is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Louisiana-Monroe and received his dental education from the LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans where he received the top award for excellence from the LSU School of Dentistry Department of Fixed Prosthodontics (crown and bridge) and a certificate of merit for completing an advanced dental study program. Dr. Palmer was selected as one of America's Top Dentists by the Consumer Research Council of Americain in 2005 and again each year from 2009-2018 based on his commitment in continuing education and years of experience..

To remain on the cutting edge of dental treatment and technology, Dr. Palmer is a member of several prestigious professional organizations including the American Dental Association, the Louisiana Dental Association, the Ark La Tex Academy of Dentistry and the Northwest Louisiana Dental Society.

Dr. Palmer has developed a preventive and advanced restorative practice with an emphasis on cosmetic results. Upon completion of hundreds of hours of continuing education, Dr. Palmer has extended his range of dental services to include: implantology, Invisalign, oral surgery, root canal therapy, Lumineers, microdentistry, and advanced techniques in preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry.  Dr. Palmer’s multi-disciplined approach to dentistry is unique.  He focuses on your individual wants or needs.  His passion is in the sincere interest of his patients and it rarely goes unnoticed.

Dr. Palmer met his wife, Dottie, at the LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans where she received her B.S. in Dental Hygiene.  They have two married children and four grandchildren.  Dr. Palmer gives back to the local community by supporting various organizations like Claiborne Charity, Main Street Homer and the local Boys & Girls Club. He is also a business member of the Claiborne Healthcare Foundation and the Claiborne Chamber of Commerce.

In 2014, Dr. Palmer traveled with several dentists to Mexico and to Chile with members of the International Academy of Dental Implantology. These doctors donated their time, supplies, and skills by performing various implant surgeries on patients. Dr. Palmer and his staff have provided dental health education to the area schools, daycares, the local Boys & Girls club, the Claiborne Council on Aging, and meetings in the community. In his spare time, Dr. Palmer enjoys  fishing, golfing, waterskiing, snow skiing, and LSU and Saints football!


Dottie Palmer, RDH,BS - Registered Dental Hygienist

Dottie is married to Dr. Palmer and has been working for him since the practice opened in August of 1985.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from the LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans. 
Dottie enjoys swimming, snow skiing and spending time with her friends and family. What she enjoys most about her job are
the people that she has met over the years. She cherishes the friendships she has formed with them and with her coworkers.  Dottie also enjoys the opportunity to help others achieve their goals with their oral health.

Dottie has been involved in the local community by serving as an officer on the board of both the Claiborne Chamber of Commerce and the Claiborne Memorial Medical Center. Dottie also served as President of the Claiborne Academy Booster Club. She has been a mentor for the Claiborne Parish AHEC students each summer, earning their “Best Mentor” award in 2010 and each year from 2012-2015! Dottie is presently serving on the Bayou North AHEC Board and on the Claiborne Watershed District. She has volunteered her time speaking to various day cares, school groups, the local Boys and Girls Club and senior citizen meetings.


Lisa Reeder, RDH, BS - Registered Dental Hygienist

Lisa graduated magna cum laude from Northeast Louisiana University in May 1988 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. She received the Ark-La-Miss Dental Specialty Award, which is given to a hygiene student for excellence in the basic sciences. Lisa began work with Dr. Palmer shortly after graduation in June 1998.

Lisa’s favorite aspect of her job is the daily interaction with patients and co-workers. She enjoys keeping up with her patients through their routine recare visits.

Lisa and her husband, Kerry, have three children that keep them very busy. Lisa enjoys the busy life of shuffling children to and from swim meets, track, and ballet, and enjoying quality time with her family.

Britni Vise, RDH, BS - Registered Dental Hygienist

We are pleased to welcome Britni, a practicing dental hygienist since 2005 and graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. She joined our team in November of 2015 and is excited to get to know and care for our patients. What she enjoys most about her job is the opportunity to build relationships with her patients while helping to improve their oral and overall health.

In her free time, Britni enjoys reading, taking on "do it yourself" home improvement projects and crafts. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, Jeremy, their two young children and all their friends and family.


Donna Bennett, EDDA - Expanded Duty Dental Assistant

Donna has been working as one of our dental assistants since September 2014 and "hit the ground running!" She has been trained on taking x-rays, infection control, HIPPA, OSHA, CPR, and dental assisting. She achieved her EDDA certification in July of 2017.

Donna is a people person that loves to make people smile. She feels her new career with us fits her perfectly as she is enjoying meeting new people and literally helping put a smile on their faces! (We agree!).

Donna's hobbies include reading, spending time with her family and friends and, of course, shopping!! She is a member of Haynesville First Baptist Church and loves her church family.


Angie Goodwin, Scheduling Administrator

Angie first began to work for Dr. Palmer in 1988. She worked as a dental assistant for six years. During that time, she earned her expanded duty dental assisting certification. In 1995, she left to pursue a degree as an LPN from Louisiana Technical College. Angie returned to work with our team in July of 1998. She now works in the business office helping our patients schedule their appointments.

Angie’s hobbies include planting flowers, shopping, spending time with her two daughters, and hanging out with her friends. Angie loves to talk and laugh!! She always greets our patients with a smile and sometimes a hug to comfort them when they are anxious. After all, just a friendly face can make someone’s day!


Jana Ruple - Financial Benefits Administrator

Jana first joined our team in 1991, working for two years as one of our dental assistants. She returned to work here in January 2006 as our Financial Benefits Administrator.

Jana enjoys being around people!! She loves our patients and would like to write a book about the things that people say….especially the children. They say the cutest things!  Jana’s hobbies include sports, shopping, cooking, photography and watching anything her sons are involved in.


Dana Hollenshead Giovengo – Insurance Benefits Administrator

After 25 years working in the medical field, Dana decided to make a career change. (And we are so glad she did!) Dana came aboard in April 2015, working in the business office, concentrating on insurance and collections. With her extensive knowledge in medical coding and billing as well as her experience as a medical office manager, she is an asset to our practice.

Dana loves spreading sunshine to others and making sure everyone is happy. Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends, singing in her church choir at FBC Minden, working in her yard, cheering on the LSU Tigers and, of course, SHOPPING!

Contact Us

James C. Palmer, DDS

(318) 927-6152
729 West Main Street Homer, LA 71040