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
Kelly Ricker, Registered Dental Assistant
Kelly is one of Dr. Puckett’s lead assistants. She has been with the practice since its opening in 2009. She has over 20 years of experience in the dental field. Kelly is married to her husband, Tommy, and has 4 step-children, Skylar, Brayden, Riley, and Noah. She enjoys traveling, golfing, taking her dog Jag to the park, and spending time with family and friends.
Morgan Swick, 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.
Monica Hoselton, Office Manager/Registered Dental Assistant
Sarah Ashbaker, Insurance Specialist
Katie Alger, Registered Dental Assistant
Amber Hannah, Registered Dental Assistant
Amber is one of Dr. Puckett’s main assistants. She joined the office in 2021 and has over 2 years of experience. She is married to her husband, Matt, has 2 sons, Zander and Conner, and 1 step-daughter, Madison. Amber enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.
Karrington Johnson, Registered Dental Assistant
Tiffany Rogers, Registered Dental Hygienist
Naomi Barajas, Registered Dental Assistant
Naomi joined our office in 2023 and has over 4 years in the dental field. She is one of Dr. Richardson’s lead assistants. She has a dog named Archie, and she enjoys spending time with family, playing tennis, and watching a good scary movie.