Our Staff

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We realize how important choosing the right pediatric dental office for your child is. We are confident that you will be more than satisfied with selecting My Village Pediatric Dentistry for your child’s dental care! We take pride in the high standard of dental care we provide to infants, children, teens and special needs patients in an environment especially created with them in mind!

Our experienced staff is especially interested in making all our pediatric patients feel right at home! We put your child’s needs first to achieve efficient, comprehensive treatment. Our staff is highly skilled, well trained and strives to provide energetic, fun-loving service at each appointment.

We promise to speak candidly with you about your child’s dental health and treatment, and we encourage you to ask questions. We will work with your child individually to help them understand the importance of good dental health, and the steps they can take at home to keep their smiles beautiful and healthy for life.

Our staff has years of experience treating patients with the highest level of care, and we aim to stay current with the latest technologies and techniques by attending continuing education courses and seminars each year.

Our staff includes:

Amy Closter – Lead Clinic Assistant

Amy is our anchor in the clinic. She comes to us from North Carolina and has over 15 years of experience in pediatric dentistry. She is married to Seth, and they have two beautiful daughters. Amy loves working with our patients and helping them overcome their fears of coming to the dentist for the first time. She finds working with children with special needs or those requiring a little extra time and understanding very rewarding. Amy enjoys reading, hiking, fishing and time with family.

Melissa Butler – Office Administrator

Melissa is our Office Administrator and has been with the practice since opening day. She has over 10 years of experience in dental patient services. She gets so much enjoyment from working with children and cannot see herself doing anything else. Melissa is married to Joshua, and they have one son, Aiden. Melissa enjoys spending time with family and friends and enjoying the outdoors, such as bike riding, hiking and fishing.

Mallori Warren-Poe – Insurance/Billing Coordinator

Mallori is one of our sunny Insurance/Billing Coordinators, and she joins us after working in after-school and pre-school programs for Bentonville Public Schools. She loves working with kids and especially enjoys spending time with her adorable nephew, Alexander. Mallori is currently attending NWACC to finish her associate’s degree. When not working or studying, she likes to hike, canoe, and camp with her husband, Matt, and her dogs, Rocco and Aubrey.

Mariana Hernandez – Treatment Coordinator

Mariana is one of the friendly faces you will see at the front desk. She is our creative and bilingual Treatment and Patient Care Coordinator. She worked at a daycare for many years and loves working with children. She also studied cosmetology and interior design. In her free time, she loves to be involved doing anything outdoors and shopping. Mariana also loves to spend time with her boyfriend, family and two Huskies, Xander and Nala.


Miriam Hernandez – Registered Dental Assistant

Miriam also joined our dental clinic shortly after obtaining her dental assistant license and has been with My Village Pediatric Dentistry for two years. She loves helping people improve their dental health and being around our awesome pediatric patients. When she is not working, she loves watching movies, reading books on her Kindle, playing the violin, and spending time with her puppy.

Cristina Gonzalez-Batres – Registered Dental Assistant

Cristina is a bilingual Registered Dental Assistant and joins our practice with eight years of previous dental experience with both children and adults. She moved here from Aurora, Colorado where she worked at Colorado Children’s Hospital in the dental center. Cristina and her husband, Antonio, have three beautiful children, Valentina, Estefano, and Regina. They are excited to announce their third, a baby girl, due in May. Her hobbies are spending time with her family, playing volleyball in the summer, and playing loteria (Mexican lottery).

 

 

 

Cynthia Woodard – Registered Dental Assistant

Cindy is another one of our stellar dental assistants and has over 20 years of experience working in a dental office. She loves seeing the patients grow up over the years and finds it very rewarding to watch their smiles change. Cindy’s son, Toby, is currently attending the University of Arkansas. She has an 8-year-old Boxer, Maddey, who is fat and sassy. Cindy loves helping pick special projects for the office to participate in, such as Adopt-A-Park and Race for the Cure. She also enjoys photography, crafts, painting, re-doing furniture, and spending time with her family.

Jennifer Alaniz – Registered Dental Assistant

Jennifer is part of our bilingual dental team. She has experience working as a dental assistant in general dentistry and is excited to join an energetic pediatric practice.  specializes in assisting the doctor with hospital dentistry.   Jennifer loves reading, traveling to Texas to visit her family, and spending time with friends.



Jessica Picazo – Registered Dental Hygienist

Jessica is our newest Dental Hygienist. Raised in Bentonville and graduating from the University of Arkansas, Jessica is happy to be working with children from her hometown community. Jessica was inspired by her own caring dental hygienist to help bring smiles to other children with dental anxiety. Jessica is the oldest of her siblings and has two dogs: her German Shepherd, Troy, and her Pitbull, Mac. When she’s not in the office, you can find her spending time with friends and family, going for a jog, or catching a movie at a drive in.

Andrea Garza

Andrea is fairly new to the dental field and joined our office after completing her training at Petra Allied Dental School. She wanted to become an assistant because she liked the idea of being part of a team and the environment felt friendly to her. When she is not at the office, Andrea enjoys roller skating, going to the arcade, ice skating, painting, hiking, being around animals, and basically anything outdoors. She is a cat lover, with no pets! Andrea even enjoys driving so much that she is a part time Uber driver.

Jessica Clark

Jessica recently joined our practice and is one of the smiling faces that you will see at the front desk. She is from NWA, but just recently moved back to the area after living in NE Arkansas for the past several years. While away, Jessica obtained her Associate of Arts from Arkansas Tech University. She is married to John and they have three children, Madi, Christian, and Lexi. Jessica enjoys art/craft projects, photography, and playing with her kids.


Stephanie Mereweather

Stephanie recently joined our practice and is another one of the smiling faces you will see at the front desk. Stephanie is from Bentonville, but moved to Phoenix after high school to attend college. She obtained her Associate of Arts degree from Mesa Community College. Prior to learning about dentistry, Stephanie was in banking for over 5 years. She loves working with people and kids. When not at the office, Stephanie enjoys traveling and riding horses. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially her twins, Ella and Aiden.

Lauren Dowling

Lauren is our newest team member and joins our office after completing her training at Petra Allied Dental School. Full bio coming soon!.

Maria

Maria is one of our bright, smiley dental assistants. She has been in dentistry a little over 3 years. She attended Petra Allied for her dental assisting license and is currently taking classes at NWACC. She loved going to the dentist when she was growing up and would always ask lots of questions. She enjoys spending time with family, shopping, and working out. Maria is married to Jesus and they have two beautiful children, Noah and Scarlette.