Meet the Sherwood Smile Team

The First Smiles You’ll See

Leah, Front Office Administrator

Meet Leah

Leah grew up in Campbell, Missouri, and graduated from Campbell High School. She attended Cotton Bowl Vo-Tech, graduating from the dental assisting program. After working as a chair-side dental assistant for a few years, she moved to the front office. She likes to read, go to auctions, and loves all kinds of sports. She also enjoys working in the nursery at her church. She is the proud grandmother of a very special little boy.

Laura, Hygiene Coordinator

Meet Laura

Laura grew up in Sherwood and graduated from Pulaski Academy High School. She attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and Little Rock. She has been married to her husband Frank for over 30 years. They have an expanding family with their second grandchild due in the spring, and their youngest daughter getting married in the fall. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family and friends, shopping, and trips to her “happy place” – the beach.

Here For The Assist

Melissa, Dental Assistant

Meet Melissa

Melissa grew up in Sherwood and graduated from Sylvan Hills High School. She is a graduate of Pulaski Technical College’s Dental Assisting Program. She is a Certified and Registered Dental Assistant. With over 30 years of experience as a Chairside Dental Assistant, she knows the importance and value of a person’s smile! In her spare time, she enjoys going to auctions, yard sales, and spending time with family and friends.

Amber, Dental Assistant

Meet Amber

Amber grew up in Little Rock and graduated from Parkview High School. She earned an Associate of Arts degree from UALR and completed the Dental Assisting Program at Pulaski Technical College. She received an award for Clinical Excellence by the State
Board of Dental Examiners in 2005. She has worked as a Registered Dental Assistant with Dr. Powell since 2005. She has served on the Advisory Board of the Dental Assisting Program at PTC. She and her husband are the proud parents of a daughter and son. Amber enjoys reading, hiking, camping, soccer, and spending time with her family.

Nova, Dental Assistant

Meet Nova

Nova grew up in Greenbrier and graduated from Greenbrier High School. She attended the University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College, where she graduated from the Dental Assisting Program with honors in 2021. She is the mother of one beautiful little girl. In addition to her chairside assisting skills, Nova is a talented digital artist. In her free time, Nova enjoys writing or drawing with a good cup of coffee.

The Smile Maintenance Team

Marissa, Dental Hygienist

Meet Marissa

Marissa is a progressive dental hygienist with over 30 years of experience. She has worked with Dr. Powell for more than 18 years. She grew up in El Dorado and graduated with a B.S. in Dental Hygiene with an emphasis on Expanded Duties from The Ohio State University. Marissa has a true love for dental hygiene. Her enthusiasm and passion for life are carried over into the close relationships with her patients. Educating people about the importance of optimum oral health is her top priority. In Marissa’s free time she enjoys playing team tennis, dancing, paddleboarding, cycling, and spending time with her family. She and her husband have a daughter who is currently attending dental school.

Michele, Dental Hygienist

Meet Michele

Michele is a graduate of Vilonia High School where she still lives with her husband and daughter. Michele has been working in the dental profession since 1995. She graduated from Pulaski Technical College as a dental assistant and worked for 7 years in an orthodontic office before going back to school to become a Dental Hygienist. She graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2005 where she received the Hinman Dental Society award and the Colgate Star award. Michele is passionate about dental hygiene, educating her patients, and helping them achieve the beautiful smiles they want. Her favorite part is building long-term relationships with her patients and their families. In her spare time, she enjoys the beach, relaxing on the back porch watching the hummingbirds, and fishing.

Jody, Dental Hygienist

Meet Jody

Jody grew up in Central Arkansas and has been working with Dr. Powell since 2004. She graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Jody’s favorite part of dental hygiene is helping people feel good about their smiles and improving their oral and overall health. Jody loves the outdoors and working out. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family including her three kids, two cats, and two dogs.

1118 E. Kiehl Avenue
Sherwood, AR 72120