Amy-Jo Fischer, DDS has been a resident of Kernersville since she graduated from dental school at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1985. She established her practice, Smiles by Design, ten years later. With her staff of eight dedicated ladies, she provides general family dentistry for patients 3-103 years old, with an emphasis on the “family friendly” atmosphere. Her grandfather was a dentist, her father is a retired thoracic surgeon, and her mother is a retired nurse, so heath care is a family trait.
Amy-Jo is the mother of three children, Andrew, Rachel and Meredith. Her hobbies of cooking, gardening, and traveling keep her busy while out of the office. In 2011, she purchased the Joyner House, next door to the dental practice, and has found historic home restoration to be especially enjoyable.
In 2009, just prior to her 49th birthday, Amy-Jo was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thanks to an annual mammogram, the cancer was found early. After her surgery, she underwent both chemotherapy and radiation treatments, followed by reconstructive surgery. Throughout her treatment, she was able to continue working in her dental practice, which she credits to the fine care of her physicians, the love and prayers of family and friends, and the grace of God.
After she completed her radiation therapy, a good friend introduced Amy-Jo to Thomas Hoth, who has been an incredible support for the last five years. With her health, her practice, and her family and friends, she looked for a way to help other women going through breast cancer treatment. It was this desire that led her to start the Kernersville Pink Ribbon Rally, which is now in it’s fifth year. Her staff has invested many hours in preparation for the dinner and auction, and Thomas has been especially inspired to make the silent/live auction a success, with visits to businesses throughout the Triad Area. The monies that were raised that evening were used to establish the Evan-Hopkins Breast Cancer Fund, which will be used in the support of women undergoing breast cancer treatment at the new Kernersville Medical Center. The fund was named for Dr. Lisa Evans and Dr. Judith Hopkins, the oncologists who treated her, and many other survivors in the area.