Dr. Christi Abernathy

Pediatric Dentistry

Background and Education

Dr. Christi Abernathy grew up in North Carolina and Virginia. After attending Old Dominion University and receiving a BS degree in Dental Hygiene, she worked in general and periodontal practices in Virginia and Georgia. After 10 years of dental hygiene practice and with encouragement from the dentists she had worked with, she decided to attend dental school at Medical College of Georgia. While there, she excelled in pediatrics and orthodontics, receiving the orthodontic achievement award at graduation. After graduation, she moved to Asheville, NC and opened a private practice that catered to fearful patients and included 50% pediatric and hospital cases. In 2010, she left Asheville to move to Morganton, where her husband, Gary was born and raised. She has been associated with Morganton Children’s Dentistry since that move. Dr. Abernathy has always had an interest in community and public service, which is evidenced by her connections with Broughton Hospital, J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center, Buncombe County Health Department, and her multiple medical mission trips to Haiti.


In the past, Dr. Abernathy has served has dental chair at Mission Hospital, Dental Director at J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center and Broughton Hospital, and secretary/treasurer, vice president and president of North Carolina First District Dental Society. She has also served as a deputy examiner for the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners. She is currently a member of the Academy of General Dentistry.

Outside of Work

In their blended family, Dr. Abernathy and Gary have 5 children and 6 grandchildren, with another one arriving in October! She considers herself lucky to have spent time in Haiti doing dentistry with all three of her children. Her son, Cory, stayed and lived in Haiti for 6 months before receiving his college degree at ASU. Dr. Abernathy enjoys ballet, reading, travelling, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.



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