About Ridge Kids Dental
Looking for a pediatric dentist? Ridge Kids Dental delivers the highest standard of dental care to child-aged patients. Located in Paragould, AR, our office has built an immaculate reputation throughout Greene County communities. Scroll to meet our dentists!
An Introduction To
John Puckett, D.D.S.
A native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Dr. John H. Puckett graduated from White Hall High School and 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.
More About Dr. Puckett
Dr. Puckett’s favorite part of dentistry is the personal interaction he enjoys with his patients. Although treating 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.
Dr. Puckett’s memberships and affiliations include:
- American Dental Association
- Academy of Gp Orthodontics
- Surgical Staff, Outpatient Surgery Center of Jonesboro
- Recent certifications and training 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)
An Introduction To 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.
More About Dr. Richardson
Away from the office, Dr. Richardson enjoys being involved in children’s ministry at First United Methodist Church in Paragould. She also enjoys traveling with her family. Their favorite spot to visit is Walt Disney World.
- 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
- Oral Health and Nutrition
Our Support Staff
Lindsey Mans, Registered Dental Hygienist
Kelly Ricker, Registered Dental Assistant
Kelly is Dr. Puckett’s lead assistant. She has been with the practice since it opened in 2009. She has over 17 years of dental experience. She has one dog, Jag. Kelly enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Monica Hoselton, Office Manager
Monica is Dr. Puckett’s lead assistant. She joined in December 2009. She has over 10 years of dental experience. She is married to Brandon, and they have one son, River. Monica enjoys reading a good book and spending time with family.
Morgan Tedder, Registered Dental Assistant
Ashley Dowler, Registered Dental Hygienist
Ashley joined the practice in March 2015. She has over 8 years of dental experience. She graduated with a Dental Hygiene degree in 2013. She is married to Jake and has two children, Creed and Amelia. She enjoys going to Crossfit and spending time with her family.
Sarah Ashbaker, Insurance Specialist
Katie Alger, Registered Dental Assistant
Amber Hannah, Registered Dental Assistant
One of Dr. Richardson lead assistants. She started in December 2021. She is married to her husband Matt. She has 2 sons and one step daughter, Zander, Conner, and Maddison. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Meridith Hannah, Treatment Coordinator
Joined the practice this year. She has worked in the medical field since 2010. She has a daughter Madison. She enjoys making sublimations, hanging out with friends and family.
Alisha Davis, Head Assistant
Alisha Davis one of Dr. Richardson’s head assistants. She has been in the dentistry field for 11 years . She started in our office in January 2021. She has 2 daughters Olivia and Makenzee. She loves to spend time with her friends and family.
Maddy Truitt, Assistant
Maddy is one of Dr. Puckett’s assistants. She graduated from Apex dental program at the beginning of June and started with us right after. She is married to her husband Tyler and they have 2 children, Booker and Sunny. She enjoys spending time with her family and making new memories.