Meet The Staff
Jennifer, Director of Operations
Jennifer has been administrating the business of Huckabee Dental since February 2007. She loves Huckabee Dental so much that she drives from Mansfield every day to be here. Jennifer has been in the dental industry since she was 16 when she started her very first job as a part-time sterilization tech. 20-something years later, her advanced knowledge in every aspect of the dental office enables her to provide guidance and training in all facets of our practice. She has worked diligently to create an atmosphere of teamwork and respect, making Huckabee Dental an awesome place to work. And she didn’t write this, either. On the negative side, Jennifer can mess up a perio chart faster than you can blink, so the hygienists have learned the hard way to avoid her help at all costs.
She and her husband, Trent, recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. Together they have three gorgeous girls, Micah, Salem, and Chloe, and two dobermans, Husker and Big Red. Want to guess which college team they cheer for? Jennifer is currently working, ever so slowly, toward a degree in accounting and will hopefully be graduating sometime within the next 10 years or so. Her motto is "better late than never."
Lisa, Business Manager
The year 2000 brought Lisa to our practice and things have never been the same since! Lisa’s smile lights up a room, but don’t let that fool you. She’ll fight when she has to, especially for your insurance benefits! Lisa knows just about every patient by name, and most of our patients look for her smiling face whenever they come in for appointments. Lisa still loves using her vast knowledge of dentistry to assist patients. If you don’t know the answer, Lisa will go above and beyond to get it for you. She is always ready and willing to help and is an invaluable asset to our office.
Lisa recently found fame, if you call the ability to be Googled fame, when her wedding ceremony (and the big kiss) was recorded and featured during a local 11/11/11 news broadcast. When she isn’t signing autographs, she enjoys singing in her church choir, spending time with her godchild, London Ray, and learning the latest dance moves from her daughters, Jae and Jasmine (ask her to do “Pop, Lock and Drop” the next time you see her!)
Shelby, Treatment Coordinator
Shelby joined us in October 2011. She grew up in the Big Sky state of Montana and attended Southwestern State University in Oregon on a volleyball scholarship. She moved to Keller, TX, in 2001 and soon after began her career in dentistry. With ten years of experience in both the business and clinical setting, Shelby has a knack for explaining treatment with an uncomplicated, Shelby-esque flair that puts patients at ease and makes them smile.
Shelby has a son named Cooper and a great dane named Emma. She eats, breathes, and sleeps all things football, loves playing and watching sports, and is a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the Oregon Ducks. Although she spent this past Thanksgiving at a local Whataburger, she swears she loves to travel, especially to the Midwest to see her family.
Regina, Marketing Coordinator
Regina will warmly greet you when you come to our office. She joined us as our receptionist in September of 2011. Born and raised in Texas, she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Advertising. She spent the first ten years after graduation with a career in the advertising industry. Life then moved her to Tennessee where she worked for a large dermatology practice in Nashville, then to Florida where she worked for a facial plastic surgeon, then back to Texas where we snatched her up to teach her all about dentistry.
All told, Regina brings with her over 20 years of customer service experience. She has been such a welcome addition to our business office. When she isn’t brightening up our office, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her Shih-Poo, Reno, who is the love of her life. She also loves tropical beach vacations. Is it actually necessary for one to profess a love of tropical getaways? It should go without saying…that’s a given for all of us.
Kelly, Patient Services Manager
We welcomed Kelly, AKA “The Voice”, with open arms in October 2011. Kelly joined our Patient Service Center when she moved to Texas from the Grand Canyon State. Born and raised in Indiana, Kelly played women’s basketball for and graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Secondary Education. Kelly loves spending time with her family. She has one daughter, Brittany, who also played college basketball. She has 2 adopted kittens, Henry Theodore and Stella Marie.
Kelly has worked in the dental field for over 13 years and brings an expert level of customer service to our office. She is a member of The Village Church and has a big heart for serving others. She recently traveled to Bulembu, Africa on a mission trip to help care for the orphaned children affected by AIDS and HIV there. In between working here and her other charitable work, she loves to shop. Oh yeah, and she LOVES Dr. Pepper.
Danielle, Patient Coordinator
In January 2011, Danielle (Dani for short) became a new Huckabee Dental staff member. Danielle came to Texas from Utah last year and brought with her over 15 years of dental experience in the business office as well as clinical assisting. She immediately fit in with our crazy team and constantly proclaims her love for her new job. We constantly reiterate that flattery will get her everywhere.
She is originally from California and states she would wear flip flops 24-7 if she could. She and her husband James have two children, Mia and Jacoby. She enjoys running and watching her husband compete in marathons. She loves to travel, in an airplane, not on foot. Danielle keeps things positive and always has a smile on her face. She does have one downfall, however. She hasn’t adapted to Texas quite as fast as some of our other recent transplants. Need proof? Ask her to pronounce “y’all” the next time you are in the office.
Chelsa, RDA, Surgery Manager
Chelsa has been with Huckabee Dental since July 2007 and heads up our surgery department. She lives in Azle with her beautiful daughter, Cheyenne, and her fiancé, Robert. Chelsa actually admits that she enjoys hunting and riding four-wheelers. We’ve all developed post-traumatic hunting trip disorder by being forced to look at her grotesque expedition pictures. Chelsa’s real passions are spending time with her family and friends and shopping, undoubtedly for camouflage.
Chelsa is a wonderful addition to our staff and brings years of dental experience to our office. As the Clinical Manager, she keeps the doctors on their toes. She is a registered phlebotomist and assists the doctors with surgical and sedation cases. Her sweet spirit and gentle nature always put our patients at ease. She’s the only one we know of who can stretch a simple “Thank You” into four syllables with her charming Southern drawl.
Marvalyn, RDA, Clinical/Surgical Assistant
Marvelous Marvy, as nicknamed by Dr. White, has been flashing her beautiful smile around here since April 2012. Marvalyn is originally from Louisiana and moved to Texas in 2004, less than a year before Hurricane Katrina devastated her home state. She has been a dental assistant for almost a decade and enjoys assisting with surgical cases. Because of this, Marvalyn is working toward obtaining a Phlebotomy Technician certification.
Marvalyn is married with two of the cutest kids you will ever see. She enjoys family time and watching her son play soccer. She also brought with her from Louisiana a love for spicy foods and the New Orleans Saints. Because her husband is a huge Dallas Cowboys fan, the two of them engage in a bit of rivalry when the Cowboys play the Saints. She also boasts that she can throw a football, which benefits us in what way? Oh yeah, she can quarterback the Huckabee Dental flag football team! Who says intramural sports are just for college kids?
Tricia, RDA, Clinical Manager
Tricia, a military brat born in Frankfurt, Germany, was trained to be an assistant by her father, who is a dentist, while she was in high school. She says, “He forced me to work to pay off damages I caused when I wrecked my car!” We say, “Good man, Col. Johnston!” because we are now reaping the benefits. She graduated from Kansas University with a degree in graphic design. After that, she moved to Colorado to snowboard (and dental assist). After a horrible snowboard accident broke her back and nearly paralyzed her, Tricia moved to Alaska to heal and rehabilitate. Then it was off to Atlanta for a year, then to Pennsylvania, where she met her husband, Scott. Tricia finally got to Texas in August 2011 after she and her husband moved to Keller. Since she has been here, she has been trained in the fine art of crown making and has become certified in the CADCAM technology. In addition to leading our amazing group of clinical assistants, Tricia functions as air traffic controller for the doctors.
Michelle, RDA, BA, Clinical Assistant
Michelle joined our team of assistants in December 2011. She has provided patient care as a Registered Dental Assistant since 2003. She has worked as a dental assistant, lab tech, and as an instructor sharing her vast knowledge of dentistry to dental assisting students. Michelle also studied Biology and the University of Texas as Arlington where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree.
Michelle and her husband live in Fort Worth with their two children. She enjoys camping, arts and crafts, and playing basketball (although she is so tiny you can almost put her in your pocket!) Michelle’s ultimate goal is to become a DDS. We are ever so impressed with her passion for dentistry but secretly, we are hoping that it is a LOOOOOOONNNNNNNGGGGGGGG term goal.
Avis, RDA, Clinical Assistant
Avis joined our assisting team in the summer of 2012 and brought with her over 30 years of experience in the dental field. She has worn many hats on the clinical side, from chairside assisting to lab tech. Avis strictly abides by the phrase, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” She will work, and clean, and work, organize, and clean, straighten, work, and clean some more, until someone snaps her out of her delirium and sends her home. She and her husband reside in Mansfield and are enjoying being empty nesters with two adult children.
Avis does not meet a stranger and loves interacting with our patients. She always has a smile on her face and is passionate about dentistry. When she isn’t at the office, she enjoys donating her time to charitable work. She also professes an addiction to home projects and loves shopping (our guess is for storage containers and closet organizers.) She says she is the middle child of triplets, but we consider her one of a kind!
Beverly, RDH, Hygiene Manager
Beverly, who has been with Dr. Huckabee since 1997, runs our hygiene department. She has developed a strong and lasting relationship with so many of our patients. Her professionalism and passion for patient care exemplify what Huckabee Dental is all about. Beverly attended the University of Mary Hardin Baylor and received her Associates in Dental Hygiene in 1984 from Wharton College.
Bev has been a personal trainer for 15 years and enjoys teaching Yoga and Pilates. She and her husband of 16 years, Jeff, attend Irving Bible Church. They moved to Southlake from Coppell about 5 years ago when they realized they needed a bigger house for their "baby", Rocco Kitty, who by the way is potty trained and brushes his teeth twice a day! Seriously! We're working on the video right now.
Jennifer, RDH, Hygienist
Jennifer has been our resident "hygienist with the big blonde hair" since 1998. Jennifer has the ability to make everyone with whom she comes in contact feel like a long lost friend, even when they are meeting her for the very first time. Patients adore her infectious personality…and when we say adore, we mean ADORE. She’s bubbly and energetic (even at 5 o’clock in the morning), and when she laughs in the office, everyone knows it.
Jennifer graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Midwestern in 1995 and prides herself on building trusting relationships with our patients. She and her husband, Darron, have two beautiful daughters, Lauren and Makenna. They live in Grapevine and are very active in their church. In her spare time, she enjoys scrapbooking and exercising. Wait, what? People really enjoy exercising?
Amanda, RDH, Hygienist
Amanda came in October 2005, making the dynamic hygiene duo a trio. We don't know how she does it, but she is happy all the time, which makes everyone around her happy, which is why we (and our patients) love her so much. Sometimes, you will hear Amanda singing brushing songs to the kiddos in the office. If you are really lucky, you might even have the opportunity to hear her rendition of "Bohemian Rhapsody" which, believe us, will be hard to get out of your head once you hear it.
Amanda has a Bachelor's in Kinesiology from Texas A&M Commerce and graduated with a degree in Dental Hygiene from Tarrant County College in 2000. Amanda and her husband, Lanny, have two children, Hannah and Landon, who, according to Amanda, are "the cutest darn kids you'll ever seen." Amanda recently transformed her treatment room into a tranquil retreat where the lucky few can have the opportunity to see just how ridiculously cute her entire family is.
Nancy, RDH, Hygienist
Nancy joined the Huckabee hygiene team in July 2006 bringing with her over 25 years of advanced periodontal experience. Nancy graduated in 1982 with an Associates in Dental Hygiene from Tarrant County College. That was way back when they all had the cute white nurses uniforms and the matching hats. The pictures are classic and really good for a pick me up when you are having a bad day.
Nancy and her husband, David, have four kids, a set of triplet boys and a daughter, who are all in college at the same time! Amazingly, she still finds time to work full time as our hygienist as well as owning/operating a Christian accessories boutique at Main Street Station in Grapevine. Her hobbies include event planning, interior decorating, and creating custom mums for the crazy Texas homecomings. Whenever we get tired and weary, we just look to Nancy for the inspiration to keep on keeping on.
Kimbra, RDH, Hygienist
Kimbra, the sister-in-law to hygienist Jennifer, the sister to Jen's husband, Darron, and the aunt to Jen's daughters, Lauren and Makenna, became a part of our hygiene team in 2007. And yes, there will be a test.
Before attending hygiene school, Kimbra worked as an assistant here and loved it so much she had to come back after she graduated. Kimbra is originally from Oklahoma. We don't hold that against her although she is easily recognized in the office as the girl with the hick accent. Kimbra graduated from Midwestern University with a Bachelors in Dental Hygiene. She and her longtime boyfriend, Jacob, were recently married and are busy renovating their newly purchased home sweet home. Now she's the girl with the hick accent and the "big ol' shiny diamond rang!"
Debbie, RDH, Dental Hygienist
Debbie has been with us since August 2011 and has almost a decade of experience as a dental hygienist. She was born in Sweetwater, TX, and graduated with a BS in Dental Hygiene from Texas Woman’s University, where she was on the Dean’s List three years running despite the fact that she was born in a town also known as the “Home of the Rattlesnake Roundup.”
When she isn’t making teeth shine and patients laugh, she enjoys being a wife to her husband of 18 years and a mommy to her two children. Debbie’s long list of talents includes a special knack for losing fingernails and toenails, not purposefully, of course. She also has a chocolate lab named Duke. Secretly, Duke aspires to be Marley from the book/movie, “Marley and Me,” and works hard every day to prove it. Recently, he ate their barbeque grill.
Laura, RDH, Hygienist
Laura, the latest but not least member of our hygiene team, joined us in September 2012. She is a graduate of Texas Women’s University and we are so excited to have her 22 years of experience to add to our amazing hygiene department. Laura moved to Argyle in 2010 with her husband, Robert, and their three teenagers: Sarah, Joshua, and Jordan.
Laura is active in her church and enjoys cooking, jogging, reading, decorating, and scrapbooking. In addition to working here full time, she is always busy with children’s activities (cheerleading, football, cross country) and she loves spending time with friends. As if working full time, raising three teenagers, football games, track meets, food, books, and crafts don’t give her enough to do, Laura also competes in marathons. To date she has completed two full marathons and numerous half marathons. Even though she’s new, we are certain that our patients will instantly embrace her sweet spirit and appreciate her dental knowledge.
DFW Dentistry from the Heart 2011
Huckabee Dental is a participating practice in Dentistry From The Heart. Along with several volunteers, Huckabee Dental provided over $65,000 in free dental care last year. This event is held once a year, this year on Friday, February the 11th, 2011.
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