Meet Your Team

John Puckett, D.D.S.
A native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Dr. John H. Puckett graduated from White Hall High School and from Arkansas State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He then moved to Oklahoma City to pursue a career in dentistry. While earning his dental degree at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry, Dr. Puckett enjoyed an environment that emphasized pediatric and orthodontic dentistry, which would form the foundation of his practice. Dr. Puckett's memberships and affiliations include:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of Gp Orthodontics
  • Surgical Staff, Outpatient Surgery Center of Jonesboro

Recent certifications and trainings through continuing education include:

  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification
  • Moderate sedation permit
  • Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS)
  • Pediatric mini-residency (University of Florida)
  • Two-year Comprehensive Orthodontic training (Academy of Gp Orthodontics)

Dr. Puckett's favorite part of dentistry is the personal interaction he enjoys with his patients. Although treating a toothache and restoring oral health is important, it's only half the job. He relishes the opportunity to impact his patients' entire outlook on oral health and on the profession of dentistry as a whole. Dr. Puckett feels that it is his job to physically care for his young patients, while practicing in such a way that will motivate them and their parents to improve and maintain good overall health. He especially enjoys helping his younger patients conquer their fear of going to the dentist. The Ridge Kids Dental team takes great pride in making sure patients have a great experience from beginning to end. Dr. Puckett wants them to feel valued and to know they are receiving the best care possible!

When away from the office, Dr. Puckett enjoys traveling, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his wife, Elizabeth, and their three children - Jack, Anna-Tipton, and Liza.

 

Hayley Richardson, D.D.S.
Dr. Hayley Richardson received her Bachelor of Science degree from Arkansas State University before moving back to her hometown of Rector to work for her family dentist as an assistant. She went on to graduate from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry. After working with patients of all ages at a previous practice, she decided her passion was to work solely with children, and she soon joined Dr. Puckett at Ridge Kids Dental.

Dr. Richardson is a member of:

  • American Dental Association
  • Arkansas State Dental Association
  • Northeast District Dental Society

Always eager to expand her expertise, Dr. Richardson has regularly enhanced her education through continuing education courses. These course topics include:

  • Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS)
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Pediatric Sedation Dentistry
  • Endodontics
  • Oral Health and Nutrition

Away from the office, Dr. Richardson loves traveling, antique shopping, golfing, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband, Kevin, and their daughter, Reese.

 

Elizabeth "Liz" - Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
Liz has been a member of the Ridge Kids dental team since the practice started. As a student at Ozark Technical Community College in Springfield, Missouri, she won the Colgate STAR (Student Total Achievement Recognition) Award. Liz received her Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene degree in 2008. She is also the proud recipient of the 2012 Best Team Player award at Ridge Kids Dental. Her certifications include:

  • CPR
  • Local anesthesia
  • Nitrous oxide sedation
  • OSHA Coordinator

Liz's favorite reasons for working at Ridge Kids dental are her amazing patients and her co-workers. She enjoys the ever-changing nature of a job in dentistry, and every two years she routinely adds to her knowledge and expertise through continuing education courses, focusing on pediatrics and special needs patients.

In her spare time, Liz enjoys going shopping, reading, and going to the lake. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, Chad; playing dress-up with her daughter, Eileigh; and, watching her son, Jordan, play basketball.

 

Lindsay - Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
The newest member of the Ridge Kids Dental team, Lindsay, graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene. Her certifications include:

  • CPR
  • Local anesthesia
  • Nitrous oxide sedation

Recent continuing education courses in preventative care and in children and special needs patients have added to her training. Lindsay is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with children of all ages. At Ridge Kids Dental, she is able to work on a friendly team who helps people smile daily.

Away from the office, Lindsay enjoys being with her husband, Travis, and with her son, Tucker. She also enjoys going to the lake, traveling, and taking part in church activities.

 

Brittany - Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)
Brittany graduated from Northeastern Arkansas Dental Assistant School in 2005. Her certifications and trainings include:

  • CPR
  • X-rays
  • Coronal polishing
  • Nitrous oxide sedation
  • Mild sedation
  • Infection control
  • Orthodontics

Certified to assist at the Outpatient Surgery Center.

Brittany loves the family atmosphere of the Ridge Kids Dental office and enjoys helping patients increase their self-confidence, while smiling more.

When she's not assisting Drs. Puckett and Richardson, Brittany likes shopping, home improvement projects, and spending time with her husband, Mark, and her son, Lance.

 

Jennifer - Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)
Jennifer graduated from Cotton Boll Technical Institute before joining the Ridge Kids Dental team. Her certifications include:

  • Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)
  • CPR

Through continuing education, Jennifer has recently added to her knowledge by completing courses, including those on:

  • Infection control
  • Building team assistants
  • Digital radiography
  • Effective tooth shade matching

As a Ridge Kids Dental assistant, Jennifer enjoys providing children (and their parents) with the knowledge needed to ensure that they have happy, healthy smiles for a lifetime.

Away from the office, Jennifer loves spending time with her husband, Shane, and daughters, Gracie and Audrey. They enjoy swimming, fishing, and being outside. Jennifer was proud to support Gracie and Audrey as they represented the Arkansas Swim Team at the past two AAU Junior Olympic Games, where they won nine medals.

 

Kelly - Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)
Kelly is a graduate of Cotton Boll Technical Institute. Her certifications include:

  • Coronal polishing
  • Nitrous oxide sedation
  • CPR
  • Mild sedation
  • X-rays
  • Orthodontics
  • Certified to assist at the Outpatient Surgery Center

Kelly enjoys interacting with patients and contributing to their healthy, beautiful smiles. When she's not working at Ridge Kids Dental, Kelly enjoys watching football, exercising, and spending time with family.

 

Lindsay - Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)
Lindsay graduated from the Northeast Arkansas Dental Assistant Academy in 2007 before joining the Ridge Kids Dental team. Her certifications include:

  • CPR
  • Coronal polishing
  • Nitrous oxide sedation
  • Digital radiography
  • In-office mild sedation
  • Certified to assist at the Outpatient Surgery Center

Through continuing education, Lindsay has added to her expertise with courses in:

  • Infection control
  • Jameson Management training

Above all, Lindsay loves working with children at Ridge Kids Dental. She has seven years of experience working with children in dentistry and enjoys the opportunity to be a positive and encouraging role model at work and with her own children.

Away from the office, Lindsay loves attending church, going to visit her parents at the lake, and spending time with her kids, Adalyn and Preston. She is newly engaged to be married!

 

Monica - Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)
A graduate of the Arkansas Dental Assistant Academy, Monica is certified in:

  • X-rays
  • Coronal polishing
  • Nitrous oxide sedation
  • Mild sedation
  • Orthodontics
  • CPR
  • Certified to assist at the Outpatient Surgery Center

She regularly adds to her knowledge with continuing education courses, having recently completed a course in infection control. As a proud member of the Ridge Kids Dental team, she loves the feeling of helping her young patients conquer their fear of the dentist.

Away from the office, she loves playing with her son, River, spending time with her husband, Brandon, attending Rowe's Baptist Church in Caraway, going to the lake, and taking pictures.

 

Morgan - Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)
Morgan joined the Ridge Kids Dental team after graduating from Northeast Arkansas Dental Assisting Academy. Her certifications/training include:

  • X-rays
  • Nitrous oxide sedation
  • Coronal polishing
  • Infection control

She loves working with the great group of people at Ridge Kids Dental and getting to see all the children cared for by the practice.

Morgan is blessed with a wonderful husband, Brandon, and a son, Kainen. Outside of work, she loves running, shopping, watching Kainen in karate, playing baseball, and having family time on Sundays.

 

Tina - Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)
Tina is a graduate of the Simi Valley Dental Assisting program in CaliforniaHer certifications/trainings include:

  • X-rays
  • Coronal polishing
  • Nitrous oxide sedation
  • Mild sedation
  • Orthodontics
  • CPR
  • Infection control
  • Certified to assist at the Outpatient Surgery Center

Her favorite part of the job at Ridge Kids Dental is watching her patients' smiles change through the process of orthodontics.

When away from Ridge Kids Dental, Tina enjoys running, exercising, and spending time with her husband, Joe, and with their son and daughter, Jack and Savanna.

 

Katie - Office Manager
Katie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from John Brown University. As a member of the Ridge Kids Dental team, she enjoys going to schools and talking to kids in the classroom about oral hygiene.

Away from the office, Katie is a member of Eastside Baptist Church, Leadership Paragould, Junior Auxiliary, and Bunco group. Other favorite activities include the lake, traveling, and spending time with her husband, Dennis, and her two daughters, Avery and Emery.

 

Stacie - Billing Coordinator
Stacie is a graduate of Cuero High School in Cuero, Texas. As Ridge Kids' billing coordinator, her certifications include Medical Terminology and Coding. She likes being able to make people feel better about themselves and to see them proud of their smiles. It is a very rewarding experience to be part of a team that not only helps kids overcome their fears, but also one that makes coming to the dentist enjoyable.

When away from the office, Stacie loves swimming, exercising, healthy eating, and family activities with her husband, John, and her son, Jacob. They also enjoy spending time with their church family at Fellowship Bible Church of Paragould.

 

Laura - Insurance Specialist
Laura grew up in a military family and graduated from Christian Life Academy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As a Ridge Kids Dental team member, she loves working for a team of doctors who put their patients first. She enjoys seeing patients who arrive uneasy about their smiles leave with confidence.

Away from the office, Laura is a member of Bible Baptist Church and the Greene County Republican Party. She enjoys cooking, hiking, reading, volunteering at schools in the community, and spending time her with husband, Chris, and her daughter, Hannah.

 

Melanie - Scheduling Coordinator
Melanie is a Jonesboro High School graduate who loves being part of a dental team that makes kids smile brighter. A veteran of the dental field, she has never worked at a dental practice that displays so much care for their patients as Ridge Kids Dental does.

When away from work, Melanie loves spending time outdoors, going to church, and being with her family. She and her husband, Kurt, have two children, Whitney and Drake.

 
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