Meet Our Experts
Our true multi-disciplinary group of doctors are able to treat a multitude of dental needs throughout the lifetime of their patients. By bringing together a group of skilled specialists and general dentists, we have increased our ability to treat patients in an environment where quality care is the end result. Our doctors provide top-level care with efficient teams and support systems.
Dr. Mark Dake
Owner Founder | Chief Dental Officer
"How can I say as an individual provider, when I get out of school and open my practice, that I am providing better care than a group of doctors who have support with difficult cases and other specialists available for consultations? I don’t think anyone would disagree if I have a heart issue I want to go somewhere where there are multiple specialists that will take good care of me. I got into this because I feel that our organization can provide great quality and do it cost effectively. We are serious about quality. If we weren’t I wouldn’t be a part of it."
Dr. Mark Dake is the co-founder of Rock Dental Brands. He started his first practice in West Plains, MO in 1986. He takes great pride in the successful treatment of many patients in many communities over the years. He joined forces with Dr. Hiller and many of the other doctors of Rock Dental Brands to create a group of doctors who could provide excellent care through collaboration and peer review using special training and experience. He has always concentrated on an excellent bite or occlusion that pairs well with the patient’s face. His goal is for the smile to look natural.
“I enjoy seeing my patients smiles improve as well as the the self-confidence that is gained from a healthy beautiful smile.”
Dr. Dake and his wife, Kim, both graduated from Mountain Grove High School and have been married for over 35 years. They have three children. Son, Merritt and his wife Lauren live in Little Rock, AR with their four children. Son, Miles and his wife Meredith live in Denver, CO. Daughter, Anne-Katherine lives in Little Rock, AR. All three children attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas. Dr. Dake learned to fly several years ago and is now a seasoned pilot who enjoys visiting his family and taking trips along with them.
Dr. Bryan Hiller
Owner Founder | President of Orthodontics
“I consider it a privilege to treat the communities in which I work. I believe that everyone should have access to quality, affordable dental care and orthodontic services.”
Dr. Bryan Hiller is a co-founder of Rock Dental Brands. He is an orthodontic specialist certified to provide traditional braces as well as other treatment options such as Invisalign, laser treatment, and temporary anchorage devices. Dr. Hiller focuses on Smile Esthetics, working to ensure that every one of his patients realizes the full potential of their smile while striving to provide each patient with a new outlook on life. He created this group alongside Dr. Mark Dake to ensure excellent, quality, affordable treatment for all patients through doctor collaboration and peer review.
Dr. Hiller is originally from New Hampshire where he enjoyed time as a downhill ski racer. He lives in Little Rock and has three children, Brayden, Tanner and Payton and two dogs, Opie and Marshal. He enjoys sports, outdoor family activities and dog training.
Dr. Bryan K. Angel
Owner | Pediatric Dentist
“This is no longer just a job for me. I have become truly passionate about giving children the best treatment possible so they can live healthy lives.”
Dr. Bryan Angel attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and Little Rock where he completed his Bachelor of Science in Biology with minors in both Psychology and Chemistry. Upon completing his undergraduate degree, he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City College of Dentistry in 2000. Dr. Angel then completed an additional two years of specialty training in pediatric dentistry at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, graduating in 2002. Dr. Angel’s postdoctoral training focused on the growth and development of infants, children and individuals with special needs.
Dr. Angel and his wife Melinda have three children, Cassidy, Macy & River. Dr. Angel enjoys walking, running, hiking, biking, and spending time with his family. On the weekends you can find him climbing and even running Pinnacle Mountain!
Dr. Todd Stewart
Owner | Chief Dental Officer
Dr. Todd Stewart has been practicing dentistry for over 24 years and joined the Rock Dental Brands team in 2018 . As he has seen the profession of dentistry evolving into a more group practice model, Dr. Stewart has developed a passion to help shape the direction in such a way that we retain not only a high quality standard of care, but also, the respect from our peers and patients we serve.
As Chief Dental Officer, Dr. Stewart is responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the patients experience is positive. Although he has a heavy focus on the clinical aspects of the practice, he is also acutely focused on the patient’s non-clinical experience from the time they first contact our office to the time that they leave.
In 2009, he transitioned into dental practice management and administration forming Apex Dental as a multi-specialty multi location group dental practice
Dr. Stewart earned a BS degree from the University of Arkansas and attended the University of Tennessee, Memphis and graduated with a DDS degree in 1994.
Dr. Carrie Arquitt
Owner | Pediatric Dentist
"Rock Dental Brands prides themselves on taking care of their patients before profits. I was in a place in my life where I wanted to be with a group who was owned by dentists, practiced dentistry, and knew what it is like to own a business and to provide excellent patient care. Rock Dental has wonderful values that align with my own core values. I love that about them."
Dr. Carrie Arquitt is a board certified specialist in Pediatric Dentistry. She has been in practice since 1999, practicing in a variety of settings including a multi-dentist private practice, a mobile dental office and a public health office which led to her opening her own practice, Arquitt Pediatric Dentistry, in 2007 in Springfield, Missouri.
Dr. Arquitt completed her General Dentistry and Pediatric Dentistry specialty training at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. It was during her dental school training that she realized her passion for working with children, and received an additional three years of training after dental school to become a Pediatric Dentist. This includes intense training in prevention, growth and development, sedation, leadership training and working with patients who have special needs and medical concerns. As a parent herself, she understands the uniqueness of each child and strives to provide individual plans to suit her patient’s needs.
Dentistry is a rapidly changing field, and to stay current Dr. Arquitt completes annual continuing education specifically in the field of pediatric dentistry, and is active in many local and national organizations. These include but are not limited to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, The American Dental Association and The Missouri Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Arquitt is also a member of The Junior League of Springfield and Trinity Presbyterian Church. She is married to fellow dentist/oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. George Arquitt, and stays busy being mom to two active daughters, Katherine and Ansley.
Dr. Arquitt has been honored to receive the Springfield Business Journal 40 under 40 award, 417 magazine Top Dentist, and top 3% board score in her specialty. She has also been inducted into the American College of Dentistry and the International College of Dentistry. These are both societies that are peer nominated and honor dentists for leadership and ethics in dentistry.
Dr. Courtney Atkinson
“I like to see how changing a smile can change a person’s life and outlook.”
Dr. Courtney Atkinson is a Missouri native who grew up in Saint Louis. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Saint Louis University receiving her Bachelor of Science in Biology. It was during her undergraduate studies that Dr. Atkinson developed an interest in orthodontics. While at Saint Louis University, her father underwent orthodontic treatment. After seeing the impact it made in her father’s life, she went on to earn her Doctorate of Dental Medicine and became passionate about being able to transform others’ lives through orthodontics… helping to create a new sense of happiness self-assurance in the lives of her patients.
Dr. Atkinson is married with two step-sons, a yellow lab, Ezekiel, and a Maine Coon cat named Micah. When she is not creating beautiful smiles, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, photography, church, traveling, reading and outdoor activities.
Dr. John Batson
Owner | Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Dr. Batson is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon serving patients at Impact Oral Surgery and throughout the state of Arkansas. He is board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and is a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Dr. Batson is a native of Little Rock and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. After serving as a major for the U.S. Army, he and his family settled into the Arkansas community. He is married to his wife, Rachel, and has three children. Dr. Batson is happy to serve patients in the Arkansas community.
Dr. Raj Brahmbhatt
Owner | General Dentist
“I love being able to change peoples appearances, and help alleviate patients’ pain.”
Originally from London, England, Dr. Raj now considers Arkansas his home. He enjoys being a part of the Benton, Arkansas community by providing family dental care to many families in Saline County.
Dr. Raj provides children’s dentistry services at our Leap Kids Dental location in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He provides endodontics, or root canal therapy, and cosmetic dentistry services in addition to general dentistry. He is also certified in conscious sedation. He is an avid Memphis Grizzlies fan and enjoys driving, cycling, reading and spending time with his wife and daughter.
Dr. John W. Cauldwell
“I strive to make every patient feel welcome, respected and comfortable each and every time they visit the office. I take pride in quality work and patient satisfaction.”
Dr. Cauldwell was born and raised in Paris, Arkansas. He first became interested in the field of dentistry when he was only a high school freshman at Subiaco Academy preparatory school. He continued his pursuit of an education in dentistry at the University of Central Arkansas, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2010. He then attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2014.
Dr. Cauldwell enjoys providing his patients with a variety of restorative and surgical procedures, with patient comfort always in mind. He has a particular interest in cosmetic dentistry, implants, crowns and bridges. Dr. Cauldwell is also a certified Invisalign provider. He is a member of the American Dental Association and Arkansas State Dental Association. When not treating patients, Dr. Cauldwell enjoys spending time with his high school sweetheart and wife, Monica. Together, they enjoy going to concerts and outdoor activities such as biking, playing tennis, swimming, and hiking with their two shetland sheepdogs. Dr. Cauldwell is also an avid fan of the Arkansas Razorback football team and a member of the Razorback foundation.
Fun fact: He always tries to wear interesting and fun dress socks so the next time you are in the clinic, ask him to show you!
Dr. Emily Cheek
Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
Little Rock pediatric dentist, Dr. Emily Cheek considers it a privilege to treat the young children and youth of the greater Little Rock community. She provides sedation dentistry, tooth decay detection, prevention and restoration, kids dental cleanings, cavity fillings, baby Caries prevention, protective sealants, space maintainers and education to all parents for the oral health of their children.
She takes special interest in special-needs children, education on preventative oral health care, age-one dental visits and community outreach. When she was young, she had a traumatic dental injury where she lost a permanent tooth. She was devastated and scared but her pediatric dentist was there to save her tooth as well as her smile. She was so grateful for the work that he did, that she knew she wanted to provide the same quality of care for others.
Dr. Cheek received a BS in Biology from Hendrix College and her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She did her pediatric dental residency at Bon Secours Pediatric Dental Associates in Richmond, VA and is board eligible.
She is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Association of Women’s Dentistry and Society of Pediatric Sedation. She has received special accolades through The Imhotep Society and The Richard Doggett and Marguerite Taylor Dean Honorary Odontological Society.
Dr. Cheek and her husband, James, recently moved back home to Little Rock after she completed her pediatric dental residency in Richmond, VA. They enjoy cheering on the hogs again as well as exploring the outdoors, trying new foods, spending time at Lake Ouachita, and hanging out with their two dogs, Honey and Winston. Dr. Cheek also enjoys gardening, traveling, water skiing and Mexican food.
She enjoys being a part of the Rock Dental Brands affiliates because she will have the opportunity to work with some of the top dentists in Central Arkansas. Also, because Rock Dental Brands is a multi-specialty group, she feels that her patients’ continuity of care will be best supported through the group.
Dr. Ricky Cornish
Dr. Ricky Cornish was born and raised in Monette, AR. After high school, he joined the US Navy and served as a Hospital Corpsman for four years. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology at Arkansas State University (ASU) in Jonesboro, AR. He went on to complete his dental schooling at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in Memphis, TN. He started practicing dentistry in Mountain Home, AR. More recently, Dr. Cornish has lived and worked in West Plains, MO, and is looking forward to heading back to Arkansas and practicing near his hometown.
During his dental career, Dr. Cornish earned the first Pre-Dental scholarship at ASU and was the first dentist to win the West Plains Chamber of Commerce Customer Service Award. He is currently an active member of the Missouri Dental Association (MDA), American Dental Association (ADA),
Dr. Cornish had a clear aspiration to build a career in healthcare from the outset. His tenure as a Hospital Corpsman in the Navy exposed him to various responsibilities, including dental care, which promptly ignited his determination to follow this path professionally. “I enjoy getting to know patients and helping them achieve and maintain good oral health. This career is very rewarding.”
Married and the father of two boys, Dr. Cornish's passion for preserving smiles is only matched by his love for travel. Alongside his family, he has taken pleasure in journeying to state and national parks across the nation.
Dr. Michael Crowder
“My first job in high school was as a dental assistant/lab tech. Because of this, I have had a passion for dentistry and what we as dentists can do to transform people’s lives through restoring their mouths to health and the impact this has on their overall health. Dentistry is my passion and I do not consider it work.”
Bentonville dentist, Dr. Michael Crowder provides dentistry for children in Northwest Arkansas. He has been in practice for over 30 years and his favorite thing about his job is making his young patients smile!
From cavity, gum disease prevention and nutrition education, to extractions, space maintainers and sedation dentistry, Dr.Crowder considers it a privilege to work with parents and children and focus on their pediatric dental needs.
A native of Springdale, AR, Dr. Crowder is a man of faith and family. He is a devoted husband and father of four children and three dogs. With his family, he enjoys movies, table games, hiking, camping, fishing and kayaking. He also enjoys cooking, building things and smoking meat.
Dr. Crowder received his BS in Zoology from the University of Arkansas and his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Louisiana State University.
Dr. Brittany Curry
Owner | Orthodontist
“I love being able to give patients a newfound confidence through a beautiful smile!”
Dr. Brittany Curry is an orthodontic specialist certified to provide custom treatment options for traditional and ceramic/clear braces as well as Invisalign, laser treatment and TADS. She strives to make patients feel comfortable and like they’re part of the family.
Dr. Curry was raised in Conway, AR where she met her high school sweetheart and husband, Josh. She enjoys spending time with her husband, their son and their and two shih-tzus. When she’s not working, she’s either reading a good book or planning her next trip to Disney World, which is much more fun now that they have their son!
Dr. Jennifer Daniel
Owner | General Dentist
“I am so grateful that my profession is something that I am extremely passionate about. I take joy in being able to provide an environment of care that allows people to smile more.”
Dr. Daniel came back to Arkansas to lead the team at Highland Family Dentistry after leaving for a few years to practice in Huntington, West Virginia. She is originally from Newark, Arkansas and is so excited to be back in her home state. She enjoys being a part of the Highland and Hardy communities and considers it a privilege to treat the families in these towns and surrounding communities.
When Dr. Daniel was in the 4th grade, a hygienist visited her classroom and from that day forward she was hooked. She began saying I wanted to be a dentist. In college, she went to work for her dentist in the summers and could not imagine being as happy or as fulfilled in any other field. It is truly a passion for her.
Dr. Daniel provides general dentistry treatments and has a special interest in dental implants, Dental Sleep Medicine and kid’s dentistry.
She joined Rock Dental Brands because she loves that it creates an environment that reduces the stress of business ownership while allowing the doctor the freedom to practice as they see fit. She is beyond passionate about her patients and thankful that Rock Dental Brands embraces that.
Dr. Daniel is married to Matt Daniel, a retired college basketball coach. They have two children, Steele and Bret. She enjoys family time, especially being back in Arkansas with extended family. She loves sports and loves watching her children grow and learn in academics and athletics.
Dr. Kenneth Edwards
“I love seeing the impact that orthodontic treatment can have on a person’s smile and life. Being an Orthodontist is not only fulfilling, but it is truly a passion of mine. The phrase ‘Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life’ is 100% accurate!”
Dr. Kenneth Edwards received his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry from Midwestern University and went on to receive his Master of Science (focusing on Orthodontics) from the Saint Louis University Center for Advanced Dental Education.
Dr. Edwards started his career in 2018 and is an active member of the American Dental Association (ADA), American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), Greater Kansas City Orthodontic Society, Midwestern Society of Orthodontists, Mid-Century Dental Study Club, and the Orthodontic Education Research Foundation.
Dr. Edwards first became fascinated by the field of orthodontics while working as a manager and laboratory technician for an orthodontic company after graduating college. Eventually his fascination led him back to school for several more years to pursue a career as an Orthodontist.
Dr. Edwards is a huge music fan! When he isn’t creating beautiful smiles, you can find him going to concerts, spending time with his family, and trying new and adventurous foods!
Dr. Courtney Ethington
“I feel grateful to be an orthodontist where I can interact with wonderful people every day all while creating beautiful smiles. I am a firm believer in treating my patients like family. I truly look forward to meeting you and making your orthodontic experience a success by delivering exceptional patient care all while having fun!
Dr. Courtney was born and raised in Central Kentucky. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Kentucky, then went on to receive her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. She then moved to St. Louis to complete her Orthodontic residency at St. Louis University and earned her Certificate and Master’s of Science in Dentistry (MSD). It is here she fell in love with the Midwest and decided to make Missouri her home.
In her free time she loves to hike, ski, cook and spend time with her husband, Phillip, and her dog, George. Together they enjoy being outdoors, traveling and exploring new cities and National Parks. She is an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan and Netflix enthusiast.
Dr. Katelyn Feinberg
Owner | Orthodontist
I am a graduate of Duke University. I received my Doctor of Dental Medicine degree, Certificate in Orthodontics, and Master of Science degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
While at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, I was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society and received several honors, including the American Association of Orthodontists Award for Exceptional Interest in the Development of the Oro-Facial Complex and the Quintessence Award. I published my original research in the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics. I maintain active memberships with the American Association of Orthodontists and the Southern Association of Orthodontics.
In my spare time, I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family.
Dr. James Fish
Dr. James Fish received his bachelor’s degree in Medical Sciences from University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and went on to receive his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Louisiana State University.
Dr. Fish is an active member of the American Dental Association (ADA), Arkansas State Dental Association (ASDA), Southeastern District Dental Society (SEDDS) and the International Organization of Facial Aesthetics (IAFA).
Dr. Fish takes pride in serving the smiles in his community. He loves being able to relieve the pain his patients are feeling and having the ability to send them off with a healthier, happier smile.
Dr. Fish currently resides in Almyra. When he isn’t saving smiles, you can find him spending time with his children and grandchildren, working on computers and cheering on the Hogs!
Dr. Katie Gibson
Owner | Orthodontist
“Making others smile on the outside as well as from within is what it’s all about!”
Dr. Katie Guelos Gibson chose to become an Orthodontist after her own positive experience as a patient in braces. She loves being able to help others obtain a confident, happy smile and hopes to always provide a positive experience where patients feel like they are part of the family. Her favorite thing about working in orthodontics is the opportunity to get to know patients and to see their confidence improve throughout treatment. Dr. Gibson joined Rock Dental Brands because of the support of other orthodontists, specialists, and dentists that enables the team to provide the best possible care for patients.
Dr. Gibson graduated summa cum laude from Arkansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2011. She then attended the University of Tennessee for dental school and achieved her Doctorate of Dental Surgery with High Honors in 2015. She later attended the University of Kentucky for specialty training and received a Master of Science and Certificate in Orthodontics in 2018. Dr. Gibson is from Jonesboro, Arkansas and is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Arkansas Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, and the Arkansas State Dental Association.When she’s not working, she loves traveling near and far. She also enjoys camping, hiking, reading, attending concerts, trying new foods, and spending time with family and friends. She and her boyfriend, Andrew, stay busy with their lab, Bella, and their husky, Abbey! She is thrilled to be back in the great state of Arkansas to serve patients!
Dr. Adam Hall
Ever since he was young, Dr. Hall has been intrigued by the way orthodontics can transform lives. Having grown up in Hot Springs Village and graduating from Jessieville High School, Dr. Hall is grateful to have returned home to practice orthodontics. In the office, nothing pleases him more than watching a patient’s face once their braces are removed and they see their beautiful new smile!
Dr. Hall received a biology degree while attending Harding University in Searcy. He then moved to the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree. Following dental school, Dr. Hall completed a general practice residency through Ole Miss and the VA hospital in Jackson, MS. He was then accepted into the orthodontic program at Louisiana State University, where he received his certificate to practice orthodontics. After graduating from LSU in 2008, Dr. Hall and his wife were excited to return to Hot Springs to raise their family.
Dr. Hall is a board-eligible orthodontic candidate through the American Board of Orthodontics. He’s committed to continuing education to provide you and your family with the highest orthodontic care around Hot Springs.
He stays at the top of his abilities by maintaining active membership in these professional organizations:
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Arkansas Association of Orthodontists
- Garland County Dental Society
- Southwestern Society of Orthodontists
Dr. Hall’s greatest achievement was convincing his wife to marry him. He and Kimberly married in May of 2002. In September 2006, they welcomed their first child, Adalie Grace. In November 2008, their second, James Cannon, was born and in September 2010, they welcomed their third child, Aubrey Kate. Dr. Hall’s biggest blessing is his family and he enjoys spending time with them, either at home or traveling. Dr. Hall and his family are active members of the National Park Church. He also enjoys hunting, golf, church league softball, fantasy football, and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Dr. Darren Hallums
Dr. Hallums received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Texas Health School of Dentistry in San Antonio. While in dental school, he became intrigued with orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics and knew he wanted to continue his education and training. Dr. Hallums attended Saint Louis University’s Center for Advanced Dental Education and was awarded a Masters of Science in Dentistry and Orthodontics and his Certificate to Practice Orthodontics. He passed the ABO exam in February of 2020 and is a Board Certified Orthodontist.
Before becoming an orthodontist, Dr. Hallums served three years in the US Army in the Infantry with the 101st Airborne. Dr. Hallum received his undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology, then drove a hazmat tank vehicle for 10 years before meeting his wife, Nicole. After getting married, Dr. Hallums decided to pursue a different passion: dentistry.
“Although my path to orthodontics is not traditional, I share the same passion for orthodontics and helping kids achieve perfect smiles as do others for whom orthodontics has been a lifelong dream.” Dr. Hallums said.
While not at the clinic, you will find Dr. Hallums spending time with his wife of 10 years, Nicole, and their three kids, Slader, Deklon, and Aspen. Dr. Hallums enjoys watching college football and Major League baseball, fishing, and playing with his kids.
Dr. Erika Bridgeforth Hartman
Owner | Orthodontist
I am a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry. I received my certificate in orthodontics from Howard University College of Dentistry.
I was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society while at Meharry Medical College and received several honors, including the Academy of Operative Dentistry student award and the American Association of Orthodontists student award. I was awarded the Faculty Award in Orthodontics while at Howard University for having the highest academic average in my post-graduate orthodontic class. This year, I was recognized as one of America’s Top Dentists by the Consumer Research Council of America. I am a member of the American Association of Orthodontists.
Dr. Aisha Henry
Dr. Aisha Henry received her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Florida State University and went on to receive her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Meharry Medical College.
Dr. Henry is an active member of the American Dental Association (ADA), American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), National Dental Association (NDA) and American Dental Education Association (ADEA).
As a child Dr. Henry was captivated with the idea of having braces, which is what inspired her to want to become a dentist. She loves to witness the reaction of her patients after the removal of braces and feels excited to be a part of that process.
When Dr. Henry isn’t saving smiles, you can find her traveling, reading or coordinating and hosting events for her friends and family.
Dr. Leslee Huggins
Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
Dr. Leslee Huggins “Dr. Hugs” was born in Canyon, Texas and raised in Texarkana. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry at Angelo State University. She then went on to complete her dental schooling at Baylor College of Dentistry. She is dual-trained having completed her orthodontic training at St. Louis University and her residency in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
Dr. Hugs is an active member of the American Dental Association (ADA) and a Fellow of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). Dr. Huggins is a Board-certified Diplomate American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Hugs chose to become a dental specialist because of her experience at her childhood dentist and orthodontist. “Something just captivated me! Seeing the difference that braces made in my smile, and all of the different techniques used to create that smile, intrigued me. Then I had the opportunity to work with high-risk pediatric patients including special needs patients and I fell in love!”
Dr. Hugs has been happily married for 20 years to her husband, Jim, and they have three kids and two dogs. When she isn’t saving smiles, she enjoys traveling and exploring new places and cultures with her family, going for outdoor runs and hikes, and reading.
Dr. Thomas Jackson
Dr. Thomas Jackson grew up in Walnut Ridge near Jonesboro, AR. He received his BS in Biology from Arkansas State University in 2011 and followed that by completing welding school in 2013 at ASUN. He began dental school in Sarasota, Florida immediately after and walked across the stage in 2017 at LECOM School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Jackson completed his residency in Periodontal and Implant Surgery at the University of Louisville under the revered Dr. Henry Greenwell. He served as Chief Resident in 2019-20 in which he also mentored his fellow younger residents.
He is trained in a full scope of surgical procedures with an emphasis on esthetic dental implants (including immediate temporaries), treatment and regeneration of periodontally compromised dentitions, extractions followed by preservation, ridge augmentation, sinus elevation, or full mouth implant supported rehabilitation, treatment of failing/ailing implants, and esthetic treatment of recession or conversion of gingival biotypes. Dr. Jackson is in the process of becoming board certified by the American Board of Periodontology, and currently practices in North Little Rock at the Chenal office.
Dr. Jackson grew up as a local farmer in the Northeast Arkansas region where he still enjoys conversing with local producers and helping on the side. Much of his free time is spent out in nature enjoying the views and still enjoys trail and track riding on his dirt bike in various places across the country.
Dr. Rodney Lewis
“I became enchanted with Orthodontics during my first few years in Dental school. Of course I loved the changes that occurred, but I liked the idea of seeing my patients more regularly and getting to know them over the course of their treatment.”
Dr. Rodney Lewis attended West Texas A&M University where he received his Bachelor’s in Biology. He went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), Master of Science, and Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics from the Baylor College of Dentistry.
Dr. Lewis started his career in 2000 and is an active member of the American Dental Association (ADA), American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) and the Texas Dental Association (TDA). He is a board certified orthodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.
Dr. Lewis enjoyed dentist visits as a child and has always wanted to become a dentist. He continues to be amazed by the movement of teeth and loves to see the impact that a straighter smile can have on his patients’ self esteem and confidence. He’s thankful everyday for the career path he has chosen.
Dr. Lewis loves living in Northwest Arkansas. When he isn’t creating beautiful smiles, you can find him hiking, fishing, canoeing, and enjoying the outdoors.
Dr. Julie Lipkin
I was born in Belarus and moved to the United States with my family to go to college. From a young age, I wanted to be in the medical field to pursue my love for science, to help people, and to make a difference in the lives of others. When I started my undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee I was offered a full time dental assistant position. A few months later, I fell in love with dentistry and realized it was my dream career. I earned my dental degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, then finished an advanced training residency in general dentistry at Miami VA Hospital to further advance my clinical skills. I realized very early that the most conservative and yet the most artistic specialty in dentistry is orthodontics. Therefore, I decided to pursue my dream career further and completed the orthodontic residency program at Jacksonville University School of Orthodontics. I am very passionate about providing beautiful, healthy, life changing smiles for children, teens and adults. I also love to establish long lasting relationships with my patients. It is so exciting to see before and after photos and patients’ excitement when they finish their orthodontic treatment. Every day, I see that by improving someone’s smile you don’t just change their appearance, you often change their whole life for the better. This is something that motivates me to stay up to date with the latest technology and clinical skills and to provide the best customer service to my patients.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my two daughters and my husband. I also like to bake various desserts, play the piano, go to the beach, as well as biking and kayaking with my family and friends. I am very excited to join the Coastline Orthodontics family to help patients achieve their dream smiles!
Dr. Safa Maiwand
Dr. Safa Maiwand grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and as a young student dreamed about attending dental school at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) . That dream became a reality and Dr. Maiwand graduated with her Doctor of Dental Surgery from UCSF School Of Dentistry in 2008.
Dr. Waiwand completed a General Practice Residency at the Palo Alto VA and headed for the frontiers of North Dakota where she refined her clinical skills on the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reservation. After two long, cold years in the Dakota’s, Dr. Maiwand practiced for many years in Los Angeles.
Dr. Maiwand is very excited to join the Little Rock community. She enjoys cooking, gardening and hiking around this beautiful state! Dr. Maiwand loves working with children and their parents to provide the best dental experience possible from a young age, to aid in a lifetime of good oral health.
Dr. Mary Keezel
I was born and raised in Cape Coral in southwest Florida. At the age of 5, I was first introduced to the idea of being a dentist. I watched the classic Christmas animated movie, Rudolph, and I instantly felt a connection with the character Hermey. Hermey was an elf who wanted to be a dentist. Apparently, I was an extremely impressionable child because I just knew that I wanted to become a dentist by the end of the movie. Fast forward to 10 years later. After completing my own orthodontic treatment, I decided to see if dentistry was really for me. I began shadowing different professions including multiple dentists. It was during this time that I met an orthodontist who became my mentor and has been one of my biggest supporters throughout my journey. I attended Florida State University (Go Noles!) where I received my Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science. I then decided to move up north to Boston, Massachusetts where I lived for four years while I earned my dental degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. I absolutely loved having actual seasons every year, but the big city lifestyle wasn’t for me. When it came time to move again, I was excited to return to Florida and call Jacksonville my new home. I completed my orthodontic residency at Jacksonville University School of Orthodontics, where I met the love of my life, Dr. Andrew Mancia. We are excitedly planning our wedding which is coming up soon in March of 2022. In my free time I enjoy watching/playing soccer, snowboarding, spending time with family and friends, and trying new things. I am currently trying to learn how to surf in my spare time!
I am extremely excited to have joined the Coastline Orthodontics family, and I am enjoying getting to know all our amazing patients! I am so grateful to be a part of your orthodontic journey and I look forward to seeing you in our office!
Dr. Stephen Mangan
Owner | General Dentist
“I get to help people achieve the smile they always wanted. It’s very gratifying to hear my patients express their satisfaction and relief that we did a good job and kept them comfortable throughout treatment.”
A Little Rock native since age four, Dr. Mangan was raised just four blocks from the dental office in which he practices. In fact, he chose his current practice location because he loved the feel of his old neighborhood. That love for being around family and friends shapes the feel of the office even today. When you come to his office as a patient, expect to be treated as a friend.
Dr. Mangan provides general dental services such as cavity fillings, dental hygiene, sealants, dentures and bridges with special interests in Cosmetic and Restorative dentistry, Dental Implants, Sedation Dentistry, Surgical services, Invisalign, Botox® and the diagnosis and treatment planning of complex cases.
One of the things that shapes his outlook on life is that he’s been on 20 foreign mission trips. It helps keep life’s wants and needs in perspective when you work with people who have little to no material possessions. Their lives are just as important as anyone else’s, and they have the same love for family and friends as the most affluent. They may be poor by monetary standards, yet they can be rich in love, friendships, and dedication to family. Another thing that his family and friends say about him is that he can fix almost anything. He enjoys figuring out how things work, and when something can be made right it makes him happy!
Dr. Mangan is married to Robin Harrison Mangan. He has four children. His personal hobbies include guitar playing, bicycling, cooking, reading, travel, golf and camping.
Dr. Lauren Martin
Dr. Lauren Martin received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Arkansas. She earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and then completed a general practice residency at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS). She is also a member of the American Dental Association.
Dr. Martin found the field of dentistry appealing from a young age. She loves that dentistry allows her the opportunity to meet new people and build lasting relationships with her patients.
Originally from Eastern Arkansas, Dr. Martin made her home in Little Rock, AR in 2020 with her cockapoo, Coast. She is a water lover and a foodie that enjoys trying new, local restaurants. Dr. Martin is proud to serve her community and welcomes you to visit with her at Leap Kids Dental – Pine Bluff.
Dr. April McCain
“The best part of my job is earning the trust of a scared patient. There is nothing more rewarding to me than changing anxiety and tears into excitement and high fives.”
Dr. April McCain provides pediatric dental services at Leap Kids Dental in Searcy, Arkansas. She started her work in pediatric dentistry in 2009 and joined the Leap Kids Dental family in 2015.
She attended the University of Central Arkansas where she completed a Bachelors in Biology and went on to receive a Masters in Biology with an emphasis in Aquatic Ecology. While working on her masters at UCA, she worked as a park naturalist and a dental assistant. This is where she was exposed to the world of dentistry and immediately loved it. She then attended Louisiana State University where she earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery. Dr. McCain also has extensive training in orthodontics from the Medical University of South Carolina.
Dr. McCain loves the outdoors. Before becoming a dentist, she worked at a state park as a park naturalist. She has a masters degree in biology and her research concentrated on freshwater ecology. On nice weekends you will find her outside either hiking, camping or gardening. Also, anyone that knows her, knows about her dachshund Peety who has been her best friend for 17 years. She has some unbelievable stories about him. From running with a wild pack of dogs for 2 weeks to all his rare medical conditions, just feel free to ask about him if you are interested or need a good laugh!
Dr. Michael McCarthy
Owner | Orthodontist
I am a board-certified orthodontist and a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Dentistry.
I received my orthodontic training while serving in the military. During my 10 years in the US Army, I rose to the rank of Major and served as a Green Beret. I am a board-certified orthodontist with nearly two decades of experience and have been recognized as one of America’s Top Dentists by the Consumer Research Council of America every year for the past decade.
Dr. Nathan McGuire
Owner Founder | Orthodontist
“As someone who went through extensive orthodontic treatment as a child, I enjoy helping patients get the smile they want and seeing it positively impact their lives, just like my treatment did for me years ago!”
Dr. Nathan McGuire was born and raised in Chaffee, MO. As a child he had an underbite and lots of crowding that caused him to need extensive orthodontic treatment. He had it all: palatal expander, full braces, headgear… and was able to experience first-hand what a difference having a nice smile can make! It made such an impact on him that he decided that he wanted to become an orthodontist when he grew up. Dr. McGuire likes to focus on early treatment in children. Not only does he feel that many patients will achieve their best outcome, particularly patients with crowding or bite issues, but he also believes starting to correct malformations before children become self-conscious about them can help develop a positive self-concept.
Dr. McGuire is the oldest of four boys and has always loved playing sports, especially basketball and baseball. He graduated Valedictorian from Notre Dame High School and attended Southeast Missouri State University, where he played baseball. Dr. McGuire is married to his high school sweetheart, Melissa, and they love raising their family in Cape Girardeau, near both of their families. They have four children- Nolan, Lucas, Ainsley, and Tessa and enjoy spending time with them and being involved in their activities. Most evenings you will find Dr. McGuire at a field or court, coaching one of his children’s sports teams, which he loves!
Dr. McGuire truly enjoys getting to know his patients through the course of their treatment, but he especially loves being able to help people get the smile they want and helping to positively impact their lives the way his orthodontic treatment did for him years ago!
Dr. Alice McCormick
Dr. Alice McCormick is a General Dentist currently practicing at the Leap Kids Dental Little Rock – S. University location. She is the seventh dentist in her family. She grew up around dentistry and loved going to the clinic with her dad. She truly believes that being a dentist is the best job in the world!
She received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in biology from Mississippi College. She went on to earn her Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry. From services like cavities, gum disease prevention, extractions, space maintainers, to nutrition education, Dr. McCormick and her team have your child covered.
Dr. McCormick enjoys playing tennis, traveling, cooking, and spending time with her Cavalier King Charles puppy, Hudson!
Dr. Komal Mehra
Dr. Komal Mehra was born in Dubai and her family moved to Memphis when she was 14. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. She then went on to complete her dental schooling at University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Dentistry. Dr. Mehra has significant experience in special care dentistry including treatment of patients with craniofacial anomalies – cleft lip/palate.
Dr. Mehra is an active member of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD) and Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).
Dr. Mehra’s family history of dentistry deeply influenced her decision to follow the path and become a dentist herself. “When I began my career, working with kids made me feel fulfilled and happy within my profession. I love interacting with these little cuties! They make the day so fun and I enjoy educating parents on how to better serve the dental needs of their children.”
Dr. Mehra is happily married and has two boys. When she isn’t saving smiles, she enjoys experimenting with makeup, shopping at Target (always), binge watching her favorite TV shows and spending time with her family.
Dr. Valerie Minor
Owner | Orthodontist
I did not always want to be an orthodontist. I did consider dentistry or possibly medicine as a career choice after completing a 9th grade science project on “Which toothpaste whitens the best ?”. However, when it was time to go off to college, I could not imagine going to school for another 8+ years, so I decided to get an engineering degree. After graduating from North Carolina State University with degrees in Chemical Engineering and Pulp and Paper Science, I was fortunate to get a great job working for Rayonier in Fernandina Beach, FL, near my hometown.
After a short time working in the manufacturing industry, I decided that this was not for me. While working at Rayonier, I spent some time shadowing Dr. Suellen Rodeffer in her orthodontic practice. I realized very quickly that this was a profession that I would love. It seemed to combine the engineering that I had learned with the interaction and care for people that I was missing in a manufacturing facility. I was amazed to see the changes that could take place and the smiles on the faces of Dr. Rodeffer’s patients when they would leave her office. At that time, Dr. Rodeffer joked with me that one day I would come back and be one of her partners. Little did I know that God was planning that very path for me.
With the blessing of my wonderful husband, I made up my mind to pursue that goal. After taking several prerequisite courses while still working for Rayonier, we packed up and moved to Gainesville, FL, for 7 years of training at the University of Florida. I am so blessed that God saw fit to lead me down this amazing journey. I joined Rodeffer and Garner Orthodontics in 2006, and my husband Will was able to teach and start the baseball program at the newly opened Yulee High School. We became Rodeffer, Garner, and Minor Orthodontics shortly thereafter, and now we have changed the name again to Coastline Orthodontics with the addition of Dr. Mokris to our practice. My husband, Will is part owner of Netting Professionals, a business that specializes in sports netting and supplies for recreational leagues, high schools, colleges, and pro sports teams. We have 4 amazing children named Harper, Savannah, Ava, and Addison (twins). Needless to say, our kids keep us very busy, but they are the joy of our lives.
When I am not at the office or at one of our children’s activities, I enjoy going to the beach, exercising, reading, and watching sporting events – especially Gator football and baseball. I am so blessed to be a Macclenny, Fernandina Beach and Jacksonville, FL, orthodontist, in such a beautiful area with amazing people. I enjoy getting to know our patients and watching the transformation that takes place as they develop more confidence in their smiles. We hope that you will feel comfortable in our practice, and we appreciate the trust that you have placed in us to take care of your smile.
Dr. Michelle Clinton-Munoz
“Being an orthodontist is the best job. Every day is interesting and requires thinking and problem solving skills as each patient’s needs are different from the next. Improving each patient’s outward appearance as well as inner self-confidence is the greatest job satisfaction I can think of.”
Dr. Michelle Clinton is excited to serve the communities of Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Searcy, Cabot, and Conway at Westrock Orthodontics! She is originally from Allen, TX and is proud to offer esthetic treatment options to patients such as clear aligner therapy or ceramic braces. Dr. Clinton attended the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio to become a Doctor of Dental Surgery, completed her Masters of Science in Dentistry and Certificate in Orthodontics at Saint Louis University, and attended Southern Methodist University for her BS in Chemistry.
She met and married her husband, EJ, during dental school. He is a general dentist in the United States Air Force and stationed at Little Rock AFB. They love to travel together, explore new cultures and cuisines, and all things outdoors. In her spare time, she enjoys anything DIY and being a proud parent of two adorable miniature schnauzers, Scruff and Gizmo.
Dr. Clinton is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, the Southwestern Society of Orthodontists, and the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society.
Dr. Brad Mokris
Owner | Orthodontist
“sometimes when astronauts go up in space, they get lost and don’t come back down.” Needless to say, I never sent my application in to NASA. True story. I did, however, have the experience of getting braces in high school, and after getting them off, I spent many hours shadowing my orthodontist and other orthodontists throughout high school and college. I know everyone has an opinion of the “perfect” career. But for me, this was it. I am very proud and appreciative of what I get to do everyday. As a Macclenny, Jacksonville and Fernandina Beach, FL, orthodontist, I create smiles…what a job!
After college and a not so brief hiatus surfing in Hawaii, I spent 7 years in Gainesville, Florida receiving my dental and orthodontic training. It was there that I met the one and only love of my life, Jennifer, also a dentist practicing in Fernandina Beach. We have 4 children, Avery, Reese, Austin and Graham. Our children are our life, and they keep us on our toes endlessly. But we do manage to travel quite a bit, whether its up to the Carolinas to see my parents and 3 brothers, or right down the road for an afternoon at the beautiful North Florida beaches. Orthodontics is a constantly evolving and exciting field. At Coastline Orthodontics, we truly believe we have an obligation to provide our patients with the safest and most advanced treatment options available. This is not something that is learned once but an ongoing learning process with continuing education and a lifelong pursuit to be the best at what we do. These aspirations help us to give our patients individualized treatment geared for the most healthy and efficient path towards a beautiful smile.
Dr. Meade Moore
Dr. Moore grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Biology degree and received his DOS degree from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry. Upon graduation from Dental School. Dr. Moore was honored with the Pediatric Dentistry Achievement Award as the outstanding dental student in the field of pediatric dentistry. Dr. Moore then completed a two-year residency In Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Tennessee where he received a Master of Science degree. Dr. Moore’s master thesis involved a study of the effect of chemotherapy and/or radiation on the teeth of children undergoing cancer treatment at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. He has practiced full-time in the Memphis area for over 20 years. In June 2010, he relocated his practice to a new office in Germantown Tennessee.
Dr. Moore is a member of the American Dental Association, the Tennessee Dental Association, the Memphis Dental Society, the Southeastern Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the International Society of Orthodontics. Dr. Moore maintains hospital privileges at LeBonheur East Surgery Center in Memphis. Dr. Moore has been consistently listed as one of the top Pediatric Dentists in the Memphis area by various publications, including Memphis magazine and Memphis Parent.
Dr. Moore has been active in civic and church activities including dental mission trips. He has served on the Board of Trustees of Briarcrest Christian School. He is an active member of Hope Presbyterian Church in Cordova Tennessee. Dr. Moore enjoys many interests and hobbies including fishing, hunting, gardening, music and boating. Dr. Moore and his wife have two sons.
Dr. Thomas Moore
Dr. Thomas E. Moore was originally exposed to dentistry by his father who was an oral surgeon. He then decided to follow that same path. He became an oral surgeon with the goal of striving to make each of his patients happy.
Dr. Moore graduated from the University of Missouri- Columbia with his bachelors’ degree in Chemistry. He then continued his studies at the University of Missouri- Kansas City graduating with his Doctorate in Dental Surgery. He has been practicing dentistry for the past 30 years. Dr. Moore is Board Certified and is a part of the American Dental Association American Association of Orthodontists, and College of Diplomates American Board of Orthodontics.
Dr. Moore loves getting to work and treating wonderful and fun people every day. He also loves to have fun saying one of his hobbies is “foolishness.” When he is not transforming smiles, Dr. Moore can be found training and running marathons. He has run marathons in various cities, such as London, England and the Boston Marathon.
Dr. Paula Noh
Dr. Noh graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 2017. Since graduating, she has worked and resided in Austin, Texas as a general dentist offering comprehensive treatment to kids and adults.
She and her husband relocated to Little Rock at the end of June and are thrilled to be joining the Leap Kids Dental team in Pine Bluff, Arkansas!
Dr. Edward Passini
Dr. Edward H. Passini Jr, was born in Highland Park, IL and raised in Arkansas, he completed high school at Little Rock Central. He went on to graduate cum laude at UALR, where he was a four-year letterman and the first baseball player to be inducted into the UALR Athletic Hall of Fame, before attending the University Of Missouri School Of Dentistry.
Working in the field of dentistry since 1977, Dr. Passini now focuses on general and family dentistry in Little Rock. He and his wonderful wife, Melissa, have three children; Emily, Rusty, and Lucy, a junior at Cabot High School. He also has two lively grandchildren, Emma and Joe, that keep him on his toes.
Away from the office, he stays close to his roots and the community as the assistant baseball coach at Little Rock Central High School. When he’s looking to wind down he turns to reading, gardening or a challenging crossword puzzle.
Dr. Bernard Petkovich
Dr. Bernard Petkovich received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry and has advanced training in dental implants, endodontics and cosmetic dentistry. He is certified in laser dentistry and uses a state-of-the-art laser in his dental treatment. He is also a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
Dr. Petkovich enjoys volunteering at the Mountain Home Christian Medical Center, and he is also on staff at Baxter Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Petkovich is proud to serve his community and welcomes you to Rock Family Dental – Mountain Home!
Dr. Fred Piper
Dr. Fred Piper is a Memphis orthodontist with more than 35 years of experience. He has the training and experience to provide the exact care you need.
Dr. Piper established his practice in Memphis in 1986. A native Memphian, Dr. Fred Piper graduated with distinction from Rhodes College in 1980. He graduated in 1984 with honors from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry (UT), where he was a member of the Dean’s Society, and completed his orthodontic residency at UT in 1986.
An esteemed member of the dental community, Dr. Piper is a member of many leading dental organizations, including the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, and all constituent societies.
Dr. Douglas Rediger
Owner | Orthodontist
Dr. Douglas Rediger has been providing beautiful smiles as an orthodontist in Arnold, MO for more than 25 years. He was born in Nebraska, grew up in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and currently reside in St. Louis where he loves being able to enjoy time with his extended family. Dr. Rediger received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of Missouri-Columbia and went on to receive his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School Of Dentistry.
Dr. Rediger is certified to provide braces and Invisalign® to children, teens, and adults. Dr. Rediger has earned platinum status for his treatment in Invisalign®
Dr. Rediger spends his free time cheering on the Cardinals and Blues. He also loves cheering on the Mizzou Tigers and Nebraska Cornhuskers football teams. Dr. Rediger enjoys living in the city and being close to Forest Park, where he can be found bike riding, visiting the zoo, attending concerts, and seeing shows at the MUNY and the Fox Theater.
Dr. Rita Ribeiro
“As a dentist I truly enjoy helping people obtain a beautiful healthy smile in a caring gentle way. I come from a large family of seven and love working with with all types of patients especially children. I am intrigued with the challenges of the dental field, which is rapidly expanding, and accumulating new exciting technologies. “
Dr. Ribeiro is originally from Porto, Portugal. She graduated with a Biological Science degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in Los Angeles, California. She decided to move to Arkansas in 2007 to be closer to her family and has thoroughly enjoyed and embraced her new community.
Dr. Ribeiro enjoys meeting new people, traveling, playing sports, and volunteering at her children’s school.
Dr. Carybeth Rivers
Owner | Orthodontist
I am a graduate of The University of Mississippi, Summa Cum Laude, and I received my Dental Medicine degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
I am a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies and finished second in my class at the University of Alabama Birmingham, where I received honors such as Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the Leon H. Schneyer Award, and the Hinman Scholar Award. Upon graduation, I completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Birmingham, where I treated some of the most complex dental cases.
I remain active in my church and community and currently serve on the Make-A-Wish Advisory Council.
Dr. David Sander
Owner Founder | Orthodontist
“It is so exciting to watch our patients grow in self-confidence as their smiles transform. I love when our patients have their braces removed and see their smiles for the first time without braces. Their reactions are priceless and make all of our efforts so rewarding! What a pleasure it is to be an orthodontist!”
Dr. David J. Sander trained at the University of Tennessee, which is the oldest orthodontic school in the south. He received an outstanding education in the fundamentals of orthodontics and this has prepared him to use all the new and exciting technology currently being used in the industry to its fullest extent to deliver natural looking smiles.
In his free time, Dr. Sander enjoys spending time with his wife, Dawn, and sons Jack and Paul. When his boys will allow, he and his wife love musical theater and enjoy taking in a show! His other interests include reading, traveling (to Disney, of course!) and singing. He and his family are members of Pomona Christian Church.
Dr. Soyfan Sayfo
Orthodontics is a fascinating field; having the ability to help people with their smile is priceless.
Before becoming an orthodontist, Dr. Sayfo was a very successful pediatric dentist in France. He completed two prestigious residency programs at Paris V Rene Descartes and Hospital of Robert Debre then practiced pediatric dentistry for nearly 10 years. Dr. Sayfo then moved to the US and attended the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine at Boston University. He graduated with honors then attended The University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine Graduate Orthodontics Program.
Dr. Sayfo’s interest in orthodontics began at an early age. He always enjoyed working with his hands and believes orthodontics is a continuous journey of problem-solving using mechanics. He is also passionate about helping his patients change their lives through improved oral health and self-esteem.
When Dr. Sayfo is not in the clinic, you might have a hard time finding him due to his many hobbies and skills! He enjoys restoring and racing cars, woodworking, abstract drawing, training to be a private pilot, and spending time outside. Dr. Sayfo has climbed 22 fourteeners (a mountain with an elevation of 14,000 feet) and visited 39 states. Dr. Sayfo and his wife, Alia Harris, just welcomed their first daughter earlier this year, Diana Eleanor.
Dr. Amy Schulte
Owner | Orthodontist
“There are few things that I love more in life than helping someone get what they want! If a patient desires a beautiful smile, I am here to deliver and am blessed beyond measure to be part of the orthodontic profession.”
Dr. Amy Schulte was born and raised in Texas. Her dental schooling brought her to University of Kansas City Missouri. She then moved on to Denver, Colorado for her orthodontic training and found herself back in Missouri after a few years of practice out west. She earned a certificate of Advanced Education in General Dentistry then practiced as a general dentist for 3 years prior to starting her orthodontic residency. This experience helps her to communicate well with her patients’ family dentists to coordinate complex cases.
Dr. Schulte wants all of her patients to have an exceptional experience with their orthodontic treatment. She believes that most teens and adults can be treated effectively with clear aligner therapy (Invisalign) or traditional braces. One focus of her continuing education is on learning as much as possible about Invisalign, as the aligner material and techniques continue to improve.
Dr. Schulte’s husband, Michael, is also an orthodontist. He is originally from Germany, and they enjoy traveling together. They are both self-proclaimed “foodies” and like to try eating and cooking most anything! They have an 11-year-old black lab named Hector and a 10-year-old black lab mix named Foxy. Dr. Schulte loves to run, practice yoga, and ski. She is a part of CrossFit 610 in Lebanon, MO, and absolutely loves her new-found strength through this supportive community.
Dr. Sean Sebourn
Dr. Sebourn received his education at LSU School of Dentistry, Deptartment of Pediatric Dentistry, New Orleans, LA and earning his Pediatric Dentistry Certificate, Master of Science in Dentistry.
Dr. Grant Severs
Dr. Grant Severs was born and raised in Macomb, IL. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Western Illinois University. He then went on to complete his dental schooling at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine, graduating Magna Cum Laude. After receiving his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree (DMD), he furthered his training to specialize in orthodontics and dento-facial orthopedics by completing a 30-month residency at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. While becoming a licensed specialist and receiving a certificate in orthodontics and dento-facial orthopedics at UMKC, Dr. Severs also completed his Master’s degree in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences.
Dr. Severs is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), Midwestern Society of Orthodontists. (MSO), the American Dental Association (ADA), Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS), Missouri State Dental Society (MDA), UMKC Orthodontic Alumni Association, and the Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) National Dental Honor Society.
Dr. Severs loves the fact that he can help give people a smile that they are proud of and that they want to show off. “Orthodontics is a wonderful profession where the results speak for themselves. I enjoy getting the opportunity to develop wonderful relationships with my patients and give them the smiles they want and deserve.”
Dr. Severs loves spending time outdoors. When Dr. Severs isn’t creating beautiful smiles, you can find him hanging out with his family, his girlfriend, Makenzie, and their dog, Red. He also is a proud uncle of his new nephew, Ryle!
Dr. Susan Sherrick
I love seeing the transformation orthodontics enables and how it gives patients the confidence to show off their inner beauty through their smile.
Dr. Susan Sherrick was inspired to become an orthodontist after receiving treatment and seeing her amazing results.
Dr. Sherrick received her bachelor’s degree and completed the six-year dental program at the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry. Dr. Sherrick graduated with honors in the top ten percent of her dental class, earning her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1995. During her dental education, she was inducted into the honor societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Kappa Upsilon. Upon graduating, Dr. Sherrick was accepted into St. Louis University’s Graduate Orthodontic Program, where she earned a Master of Science in Dentistry degree, specializing in orthodontics.
In addition to her formal education, Dr. Sherrick completed training with the American Academy of Facial Aesthetics which allows her to administer dermal fillers, such as Botox® and Juvéderm™ injections.
Dr. Sherrick feels it is important to stay on the cutting-edge of orthodontics in order to offer her patients the most advanced treatments. Thus, she maintains memberships in many prestigious professional organizations to keep up-to-date on the latest techniques and technologies. Dr. Sherrick is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, the Missouri Dental Association, the Central Dental Society and the Ozark Dental Society.
Dr. Sherrick serves as an orthodontic assistant trainer for the Missouri Dental Association in the Expanded Functions Dental Assistants course. She also personally trains each member of her staff at Sherrick Orthodontics.
Dr. Sherrick is happily married to her husband, Randy Benson. They have two boys, Zach and Troy. As a family, they enjoy travelling to new places and being outside enjoying nature – especially if it is warm and involves water and swimming. In her spare time, Dr. Sherrick also enjoys teaching fitness classes, as she is a fitness instructor who is certified by the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America!
Dr. James Sidd
“Having a positive impact on the quality of life of my patients by treating their tooth and gum disease, so that they can enjoy everything that life has to offer with a mouth that is healthy, pain-free and looks great, too.”
Dr. James J. Sidd received his bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN and went on to receive his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He continued his education by completing his dental residency in general dentistry at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV.
Dr. Sidd began his dental career in 1999 and has since had many notable achievements. He is an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry, and in 2007 became board certified as a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Sidd was inspired to become a dentist so he could help alleviate pain, and restore diseased and broken teeth for his friends and family. He wants everyone to enjoy a pain-free, healthy smile.
When Dr. Sidd isn’t saving smiles, you can find him enjoying his time hiking with his dog, golfing, watching football, or watching his favorite organized crime movies.
Dr. Nicolet Smith
Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
Dr. Nicolet Smith received a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Meharry Medical College, and then completed her pediatric dental residency at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.
Dr. Smith chose to become a pediatric dentist because she met many adult patients in dental school who feared the dentist because of dental experiences that happened when they were children. She wanted to help shape great experiences at a young age so that the dentist would be more enjoyable. Her ultimate goal is to have her patients looking forward to coming to visit her at their appointments.
Dr. Smith is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the National Dental Association, and the Arkansas State Dental Association.
When Dr. Smith is not saving smiles, she is enjoying spending her weekend cheering on the Razorbacks, being outdoors, and playing basketball. She also appreciates spending time with her family and traveling!
Dr. Savanah Stewart
“Transforming the smile esthetics and subsequently the self-confidence of my patients provides a tremendous amount of job satisfaction. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else!”
Dr. Savanah Stewart attended Arkansas State University (ASU) where she received her Bachelor’s in Chemistry. She went on to earn her Master of Science (MS) in Dentistry at the Saint Louis University Center for Advanced Dental Education and obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at West Virginia University School of Dentistry (WVU).
Dr. Stewart is an active member of the American Dental Association (ADA), American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), Arkansas Association of Orthodontists and the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society. She has received various notable awards for leadership and community service at WVU and was awarded the Convocation of Scholars Top Chemistry Student at ASU (Class of 2012).
Dr. Stewart was drawn to the orthodontic specialty because of the potential to improve the lives of others. She is passionate about providing dental education and care to Arkansans and spends time each year volunteering at free medical and dental clinics hosted by Arkansas Baptist State Convention.
Outside of creating beautiful smiles, you can find Dr. Stewart spending time with her husband, Mark, their miniature schnauzers, Tucker and Piper Penelope, and with their friends and families. Dr. Stewart also enjoys interior design, traveling to new places, and spending the summer months at Lake Norfork.
Dr. AnnaKate Tatum
Owner Founder | Orthodontist
“I love what I do because I get to create smiles! I love seeing patients light up when they see their smile for the first time when braces come off! The joy I bring to others is the greatest reward to me.”
Dr. AnnaKate Tatum has been providing quality orthodontic treatment to her patients for almost 8 years. She is proud to offer custom treatment plans for braces and Invisalign to all of her patients. She is also proud to be a contributing member of the Rock Dental Brands Doctor Executive Committee. She sets her focus on a good bite as well as a beautiful smile. Dr. Tatum and her staff study patient facial esthetics to make sure that the finished product is not only straight teeth, but a beautiful smile that has a healthy relationship to the jaw and fits the face correctly.
Originally from Harrison, AR, Dr. Tatum loves being able to create beautiful smiles in the community in which she was raised, and has expanded her services to Branson, Missouri and Springfield, Missouri as well! In her free time, Dr. Tatum enjoys going to the lake, watching sports (especially Razorback football) and spending time with her husband, Jason, and her children, Berkley and Britton.
Dr. T. Calvin Vaughan
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Dr. T. Calvin Vaughan received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Arkansas and went on to receive his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Texas A&M University College of Dentistry. He continued his education by receiving his Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Florida, College of Medicine, and finalized his education by receiving a degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Florida College of Dentistry.
Dr. Vaughan started his career in 2020 and has since become board certified as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. He is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Student Dental Association (ASDA), and the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS).
Dr. Vaughan was inspired to become an oral surgeon to provide oral and facial surgical treatment, which is often feared or dreaded, in a comfortable manner. He enjoys being able to provide IV sedation to patients to improve their surgical experience and enhance their overall dental health journey.
When Dr. Vaughan isn’t saving smiles, you can find him spending time with his family and enjoying the great outdoors while hunting and fishing.
Dr. Crystal Viegas
Dr. Crystal Viegas completed dental school at the V.K. Institute of Dental Sciences in India and graduated in 2014. She practiced dentistry alongside her father in Goa, India before moving to the U.S. in 2018. She went on to complete her education by receiving her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Dentistry.
Dr. Viegas is an active member of the American Dental Association (ADA). She was inspired to pursue a career in dentistry after witnessing her father’s passion for his profession. This inspiration led her to become a dentist, as she desired to delve deeper into the science and artistry of dentistry. “I love interacting with my patients most of all and giving them smiles that are both beautiful and functional.”
When she isn’t saving smiles, you can find Dr. Viegas traveling alongside her husband and exploring new places and cuisines. She loves to hang out with her family and friends, playing board games and outdoor activities.
Dr. Kyle Wendfeldt
Owner Founder | Orthodontist
“I love to see the change in self-confidence as the patient progresses from shy and hiding their teeth to broad, happy, confident smile to unveil their natural personality.”
Dr. Kyle Wendfeldt understands that the smile line or “smile arc” that matches the natural contour of the lip line and facial shape is the most natural and esthetic. This key knowledge was founded through the additional 2-3 years of orthodontic residency special training that he received after dental school. He takes great pride in this specialty orthodontic training.
Dr. Wendfeldt has also enjoyed the challenge that comes with complex orthodontic skeletal cases. He was fortunate enough to practice Active Duty in the US Air Force where he typically did 2-3 orthodontic jaw surgery cases per week for adults and teens with complicated jaw issues. This breadth of experience with over 400 “orthognathic jaw surgery” cases has challenged him and allowed him to be confident that he and his colleagues and staff can correct nearly any type of complex bite and deliver amazing smiles not possible with conventional orthodontics alone.
As an active duty US Air Force officer for 12 years, he completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency then worked as a general dentist for 2 years before finishing furthering his education in orthodontia. Dr. Wendfeldt has continuously strived to hone his clinical skills as an orthodontist in Okinawa Japan, Kentucky, and San Diego, CA. He still serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the USAF Reserves at Little Rock AFB.
Born in Fairbanks, Alaska and raised in San Antonio, Texas he graduated from Texas A&M University in 1990. He met his wife Christina while in the US Air Force and have been married for 23 years. They have seven children who lovingly consume most of their free time with church, home school lessons, sports, drama, choir, and family activities. Dr. Wendfeldt loves college football, political-spy thrillers, and especially watching each child’s and adult’s self-confidence grow as their smiles are transformed!
Dr. Luke Xiao
“I enjoy seeing my patients light up with a new smile after their teeth are repaired and the relationships we builds with people from all walks of life.”
Dr. Lukang “Luke” Xiao is a general dentist practicing at our Rock Family Dental North Little Rock location. He received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Duke University, his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, and practiced at New York University -Langone before bringing his talents to Arkansas. Dr. Luke is a member of Gamma Pi Delta Prosthodontic Honor Society, American Dental Association, and American Student Dental Association.
Dr. Luke chose dentistry because it allowed him to blend his love of art and problem-solving. His heavy science background, love for using his hands, and desire to help others through the healthcare system led him to shadow a dentist. There he discovered how much artistry was involved in dentistry. Each patient would need a unique and detailed care plan, and crafting those plans reminded him of his love for building miniature figurines as a child.
When Dr. Luke is not carefully crafting care plans for patients, he can be found on his couch watching the latest Netflix show with his favorite sushi or traveling to various places indulging his love for photography or videography. He is also a proud tech enthusiast.