Meet the Team
Carla Samuels, Office and Operations Manager
I am the Operations and Office Manager for DFDC. I hold an Associate’s Degree of Arts from Northwest Mississippi Community College and continued my education at Union University where I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management. While attending school I earned memberships in Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society. Previously, I was employed at Smith & Nephew, Inc. in Memphis for eight years and, prior to that, worked at Hernando High School and in the Payroll Department of Desoto County Schools.
The world of dentistry is a whole new experience for me and I look forward to learning more about and growing with the practice. The doctors and staff of Desoto Family Dental Care are remarkable and always have the best interest of our patients in mind. I feel privileged to be working in an environment that is making such a positive difference in people’s lives and look forward to meeting and getting to know everyone in the DFDC family. Having the opportunity to serve the community through my position here at Desoto Family Dental Care is one of the many reasons working here is such a pleasure.
I was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, but Hernando has been my hometown for the last twenty eight years. My son, Matt, and daughter, Bri, and both grew up right here in Hernando and attended Hernando schools. Matt and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Eudora, while Bri and husband, Chris Jackson, have made their home in Hernando. I feel blessed to have my children, mother, family members, and friends in such close proximity. Currently I share my home with two rescue dogs, Tucker and Mr. Pete. I am an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Hernando where I taught children’s Sunday school for many years. My free time is spent visiting with friends, listening to music, reading, and I especially look forward to annual beach trips with family and friends. The small town atmosphere of Hernando and the sense of community in Desoto County make this a very special place to live and work.
Brittany Hanlon, Scheduling Coordinator
I serve as Scheduling Coordinator for the practice. I have been employed at Desoto Family Dental Care for 5 years. I started working at DFDC in May of 2009 part-time, and began working full-time after graduating from college. I received my Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Mississippi in May of 2011. The most rewarding part of my job is seeing our patients become more confident after improving their smile. I enjoy spending time with my parents, David and Annette as well as my younger sister Mackenzie. I also have three dogs at home that keep us very busy and entertained. Along with spending time with my family, I enjoy traveling, and being involved in many activities at my church.
Alyssa Robbins, Insurance/Billing Coordinator
I serve as Insurance / Billing Coordinator for DFDC. I have been employed with the office since July 2010. I have over 20 years of experience in the dental field working with insurance. I gain satisfaction of a job well done when difficult claims are processed favorably for our patients. I like to see the smiles of our patients as they complete their dental work. I can clearly see that their own smiles make them feel on top of the world.
I am married to Randy and have two children, Daniel and Cristina. I enjoy antiquing and crocheting. Additionally, I enjoy reading, a good movie and spending time with family.
Angela Graves, Patient Support Coordinator
I worked at DFDC from 2001-2006, and rejoined our team in 2010. I have over 20 years in the dental field and serve as the Patient Support Coordinator for the practice. I enjoy learning all about our patients and am willing to go the extra mile to satisfy them. I am married to Joey and have a son, Jody (32), a daughter, Abby (21) and stepchildren: Tiffany, Jackie, and Joseph. I also have four grandchildren. My hobbies include spending time with family, spending time at the pool and beach or any outside activities and sewing.
Kelli Cavazos, Hygiene Coordinator
I have been employed by DFDC since October 2013 and serve as the Hygiene Coordinator. It is my job to ensure that our patients are current with their hygiene appointments. I also manage the hygienist’s schedules to make certain they have the appropriate amount of time to best serve our patients. I have been married to A.C. for 20 years and have two children, Kalyn and Brien. My hobbies include being outdoors, watching Brien in his sporting events, church and baking. I believe that, “everyone should be treated with the utmost respect they deserve at all times.”
Jena McClure, Insurance Coordinator
I was born and raised in a small town in Alabama. I married my husband, Brit, in 1995 and we moved to Hernando in 2000 with our twin boys. Blake is attending The University of Mississippi and Brandon is attending Northwest Community College. In the summer we enjoy working in our garden, fishing, reading and then hunting in the winter. We spend a lot of time at the baseball fields as well. We are a close family and we have enjoyed watching our boys grow into wonderful young men. We love to visit our families in Alabama and Florida as often as we can.
I began working in the Dental field in 2000. Throughout the years I have worked as a dental assistant, receptionist, and insurance verifier gaining knowledge of many areas of the practice. For the past few years my primary role has been working with patients by helping them obtain the best benefits from their insurance company. My job is enjoyable because of the friendships that I have formed over the years. I take pleasure in getting to know the patients personally. It has been my pleasure to work with all of my teammates, who I consider my second family.
Leanna Clark, Treatment Plan Coordinator
I serve as Treatment Plan Coordinator for Desoto Family Dental Care. I have been employed at Desoto Family Dental Care since July 2008. I have 10 years experience working in the dental field. The thing I enjoy most at Desoto Family Dental is presenting treatment and ensuring that the patients are well informed about all treatment options and have feasible payment arrangements.
I graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Bethel University in 2009. I am married to my husband Adam and have two children; Georgia and Colton. I enjoy playing with my kids, spending time with my husband, cooking, baking cheesecakes and reading.
Cynthia Hill, Dental Assistant
I serve as a Dental Assistant at DFDC. I have worked in the dental field for almost fifteen years. I am blessed to be working with this amazing group of doctors and staff. During my time at DFDC I have enjoyed meeting, working, and interacting with new co-workers and patients. It is very rewarding to see people leave the office with their smiles restored. Outside of work I have been happily married to my husband Daniel for thirty years. We have four beautiful children, Justin (28), Sara (27), Gracie (18), and Caleb (13). My family includes two precious granddaughters, Adyson and Anna-Grace, with a third, Caroline, on the way. They keep us very busy! I enjoy camping, boating, and spending time with my family.
Shannon Taylor, Dental Assistant
I serve as a Dental Assistant for Dr. Seymour. I have been working in the dental field for 13 years, having been employed at Desoto Family Care since 2005. I love making a difference in our patients’ lives by helping them improve their smiles. I am blessed to work with a great team that comes together to help not only our patients, but our community as well. I am a 2000 graduate of Bartlett High School and 2001 graduate of Tennessee Technology of Memphis studying Dental Lab Technician/Dental Assistant.
Beyond work, I’m married to Ryan and have two active children, Chris (13) and Avery (10). I enjoy watching my kids play competitive baseball/softball, shopping and being a mom!!
Lanie Walker, Dental Assistant
I recently joined the Desoto Family Dental Care team as and Dr. Bryant Trotter’s Dental Assistant. I have four years of previous experience as a dental assistant before joining Desoto Family Dental Care in July 2014. I received my certification from Northeast Mississippi Community College. I am very interested in our patients’ well-being and always strive to make each visit a positive experience. I am honored to work with this awesome group of doctors and wonderful staff.
I have been with my husband Thomas for 10 years. We enjoy spending time with our Miniature Pinscher/ Chihuahua Cassidy, going to concerts, Memphis Grizzlies games, outdoor activities like playing disc golf, and Mississippi State sports.
Paige Street, Dental Assistant
I have been a dental assistant since 2004 and have been with the Desoto Family Dental Care team since June of 2014. I am a 2001 graduate of Olive Branch High School and a 2005 honors graduate of the Concorde College Dental Assisting program. I am so thankful to work with the amazing team here at DFDC, under Dr. Seymour’s guidance.
I am married to Michael and mom to three wonderful children, Michael, Emma Claire, and Eliza Blake. They keep me super active with year-round sports! When I’m not cheering them on, I enjoy cooking and all types of sports, especially Ole Miss football!
Christa Sawyer, Registered Dental Hygienist
I am a registered dental hygienist at DFDC. I have been a dental hygienist for eight years and have worked at DFDC since June of 2015. I graduated from Northwest Mississippi Community College with an Associate of Arts degree. I continued my education at Northeast Mississippi Community College where I received my degree in Dental Hygiene Technology. I love striving to help my patients maintain a healthy, beautiful smile while trying to make each visit a pleasant experience. I have been married to my husband, Ryan, since October of 2008. We have two lively children, Tyce and Adilynn. I enjoy watching Tyce play sports and shopping with Adilynn. We are very active members of Senatobia Church of Christ.
Carla Johnson, Registered Dental Hygienist
I am a registered dental hygienist and began working at Desoto Family Dental Care in 1994. My dental philosophy is, “maintaining good oral care is the first step to living a healthy life.” I strive to help my patients have a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from University of Southern Mississippi and Pearl River Community College. I reside in Hernando and I am married to Kevin and we have two children, Taylor and Isabella. I enjoy attending my children’s extracurricular activities within our school and community.
Emily Blair Brown, Registered Dental Hygienist
I am a Dental Hygienist at Desoto Family Dental Care and began employment with this practice in June 2012. I have served in the dental field since 2001 and practiced as a dental assistant for 10 years prior to my attending dental hygiene school. I received my Bachelors of Arts degree in 2005 from The University of Mississippi and my Bachelors of Science degree in 2012 from The University of Tennessee. As a lifelong resident of Hernando, I find it most rewarding that I am able to serve my community through patient education and enjoy helping my patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles.
My husband, Brett Brown, and I are the proud parents to two beautiful daughters, Adeline and Charlotte. I enjoy traveling, entertaining, gardening, and attending Ole Miss sporting events.
Shirley Seymour, Registered Dental Hygienist
I have been a dental hygienist with Desoto Family Dental Care since its inception in 1973. I graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1970. Patient education is the most rewarding part of my job. I believe dental health is an integrated part of an overall health plan. Dr. Seymour and I have a daughter, Holly Renee Seymour. I enjoy Ole Miss football and travelling.
Kayla Ricks, Registered Dental Hygienist
I am a registered dental hygienist in the practice. I have worked in the dental field for around 5 years. I have been employed at Desoto Family Dental Care since April of 2013. The most fulfilling part of my job is providing quality patient care while striving to make each dental visit a pleasant experience. I enjoy working at Desoto Family Dental Care because we work together as a team to provide the best care possible for our patients. I received my Bachelors of Science in dental hygiene from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2012. My husband and I have a beautiful little girl who is our world. In my free time, I enjoy shopping, spending time with my family, and cooking.
Jana Thompson, Registered Dental Hygienist
I have been practicing hygiene at Desoto Family Dental Care since 2003. I also oversee purchasing and inventory and I am a certified CPR instructor licensed through the American Heart Association. I graduated with an Associate of Arts from Northwest Mississippi Community College in 1999 and from the University of Tennessee in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science.
I am married to Dustin and enjoy reading, shopping and staying fit by participating in Cross fit. I also enjoy spending time with friends, family and our canine kids, lovingly referred to as “our crazies.”
One of the most rewarding parts of my career is being provided the opportunity to form long lasting friendships with my coworkers and my patients. It’s an honor to work with people long enough to see life progress and to be able to catch up on all the exciting things that occur throughout the years. Being able to treat a patient from childhood into college, marriage, etc. and to see them grow is a true privilege.
Shannan Jackson, Registered Dental Hygienist
I have been a part of DFDC since 2001. My first four years, I worked as a Dental Assistant. I went back to Hygiene school and graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical Center with a Hygiene Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in Science. I was fortunate to be hired back and I am a member of our Hygiene Team. I oversee the OSHA certification in our office. I am the proud mother of a 5 year old daughter, Aubrianna. I enjoy watching my daughter play softball, and tumbling. I also enjoy going to the gym, and shopping. I believe, “that a healthy lifestyle starts with a healthy, beautiful smile.”
Wanda Free, Lab Technician
My occupation is being a dental technician. Dentistry has been part of my life for 36 years. I have been employed at DFDC since October 1996. I earned my certification in February 2002. Seeing the before and after smiles of our patients is very fulfilling. My husband Danny and I have two sons and one spoiled grandson. My leisure time is filled with family and friends.
Donna Hardy, Lab Technician
I have been a dental technician for 42 years and have been employed by DFDC since 1980. I earned my Dental Lab Certification in 1994. Working with the doctors and our patients is very rewarding. My husband Lewis and I have a son and a wonderful granddaughter. We enjoy spending our time spoiling her.
Teresa Astor, Lab Technician
I work in the onsite Dental Laboratory for Desoto Family Dental Care. I began working for the practice in January of 2008 and have the unique opportunity to see patients get a beautiful smile which is why I feel I am blessed with the opportunity to work at DFDC. I am certified in Ceramics and have been creating beautiful smiles for 23 years. I attended the University of Memphis and Memphis Vocational Tech School. I am married to my husband George and we have 7 children and 12 grandchildren. I have many hobbies but some of my favorites are camping, fishing, and gardening.
Angie Brister, Lab Technician
I have been employed at Desoto Family Care since February 2013. I enjoy working at DFDC because I am able to see all the beautiful smiles after treatment has been completed. I work in our in-house lab, and see the treatment from start to finish. I am married to my husband Scottie, have 2 beautiful daughters, Amy (35) and Monica (29), two son-in-laws and 4 handsome grandsons ages – 16,12,8,2. I enjoy being outside working on our mini-farm cutting grass, gardening, and helping take care of the cows. I also love spending time with all “Nana’s boys”.
Grace Helms, Sterilization Coordinator
I am in charge of all sterilization at the office. I began working at Desoto Family Dental Care in 2003. My main responsibility is to ensure that all of the instruments are sterile. I also am responsible for maintenance on all of the sterilization equipment. I am married to Todd and live in Senatobia. I enjoy water tubing, snow tubing and going to see movies.