Meet Our Doctors − Asheville, NC

Dr. Brent Barroso-Bernier

Dr. Brent Barroso-Bernier was raised in Okemos, Michigan & attended the University of Michigan. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology in 2001. After conducting several years of dental research he decided to continue his education in dentistry & completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2005.

Upon graduation, Dr. Bernier worked in a community clinic in Bay City, Michigan while serving as an adjunct clinical professor for the University of Michigan mentoring graduate dental students. In 2009, Dr. Bernier returned to Ann Arbor where he was able to fulfill two of his passions, practicing dentistry & attending U of M football games.

In 2013, Dr. Bernier & his family relocated to Asheville, NC. Although his two young daughters keep him busy, Dr. Bernier & his wife Kendall have enjoyed the wonderful city of Asheville & all it has to offer. Dr. Bernier is proud to join North Asheville Family Dentistry & looks forward to serving all of you & your family’s dental needs.

Dr. Bruce Townsend

Dr. Townsend was born in Trinidad & Tobago & grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma & his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine. He continued his dental education by completing an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency with the ECU School of Dental Medicine in Spruce Pine. Dr. Townsend is committed to providing care to his patients with compassion & excellence, & is passionate about being involved in his community. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife & son as well as playing guitar & watching the Panthers. He looks forward to providing full time dental care to the patients of West Asheville Family Dentistry.

Dr. Vivek Thanawala

Dr. Vivek grew up in Sanford, North Carolina & graduated from East Carolina University’s inaugural dental class. After spending the last few years in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Vivek is excited to be back in North Carolina! Dr. Vivek prides himself in making patients feel at ease with his approachable attitude & he is dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care. In his free time, Dr. Vivek enjoys spending time with his fiancé & playing with his cat, Thumper. He looks forward to meeting you & forming a long-lasting relationship!