Kari has twelve years of experience in the dental field in dental assisting, patient and insurance coordinator, and managerial duties. After graduating from Hancock High School she was given the opportunity to work for a local dentist who was willing to train her on the spot. This opportunity elevated her passion for dentistry. While assisting and continuing her education to go to hygiene school, Kari realized she wanted to be more involved at the dental office. She wanted to be involved with patients from the time they walked in the door until the time they walked out of the door. So, she continued her training and gained the experience to be where she is now and could not be happier. Kari is our “go-to team member”. We can always count on her to answer our questions. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and 2 children on the water and in the kitchen.
Michelle is a life-long resident of the Gulf Coast and attended undergraduate at Mississippi State University where she received her Bachelors of Science in Communications. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Mississippi Medical Center where she was class president. Michelle has worked in the dental field for five years and has been with our practice since 2014. An important part of Michelle’s job is providing her patients with the outstanding dental care they deserve. Michelle and her husband welcomed their first child last year so have enjoyed spending free time with him, their dog, and anything involving MSU sports.
As the first friendly face to greet you when you arrive at Southern Magnolia Smiles, Sandy strives to provide each patient with outstanding care and enjoys getting to know our wonderful patients. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of South Alabama and furthered her education with a Master of Biomedical Science from William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine. We are thrilled to announce that Sandy will be attending the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry this fall. While her smile will be missed, we know she will become a remarkable dentist and wish her the best of luck.
Patricia is a native of Vermont and a Veteran of the United States Navy. She has spent the last twenty-five years in the dental field not only as a dental assistant. She was also a dental assistant instructor at Concorde Career Institute in Denver, Colorado and directed the Dental Assisting Program at Kaplan College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Patricia has worked in all areas of dentistry and is highly trained in dental radiology, cerec cad-cam in esthetic dentistry, nitrous oxide administration, yearly OSHA and HIPAA compliance, and CPR-AED. Her knowledge, dedication, and compassion drives her to make all of her patients feel comfortable and at ease during dental procedures. Her ultimate goal is to have her patients smiling, feeling confident, and living every day to it’s fullest.
Since February 2016, Yen has proved to be an outstanding addition to our team here at Southern Magnolia Smiles! She received her professional training through Meridian Community College and has been working in the dental field for three years. Yen is a highly motivated dental hygienist who is passionate about educating her patients in proper oral health care and helping them understand the importance of their oral health. She thoroughly enjoys working with her patients. When not working, Yen enjoys spending time with her maltipoo Aly and exploring new food adventures with her fiancé, who is also a hygienist.