Meet the New Smile Team
Dr. Gilbert Lopez and his team of experienced dental professionals believe your smile is their top priority. Your care starts from the initial phone call, where making your appointment is a quick and easy process. Customer service is paramount at New Smile Dental, and it is their desire to make your visit as stress free as possible.
We’re a dental practice with top-notch employees who are willing and able to wear a number of hats, Patricia is no different. She is an outstanding member of our team serving as our office manager, financial coordinator and is a registered dental assistant. Patricia, has been in the dental field for over 20 years. Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico Patricia completed dental school in Mexico. She holds an RDH from the state of Florida and is also a registered dental assistant in Arkansas. Her favorite part of working at New Smile Dental is working in a place that is so much more than a dental practice. She sees the work of New Smile Dental as an opportunity to change people’s lives starting with their smiles. Outside of work, Patricia enjoys spending time with her family and teaching Sunday school as well as traveling and camping with her family.
Originally from Lake Jackson, TX, Tanya relocated to Fort Smith in 1995, and started working in the dental profession three years later while she was still a senior in high school. Tanya is our insurance and OSHA coordinator, HIPPA Officer and is also a registered dental assistant who has been with us since the doors opened on January 2, 2008. She likes being able to cross language barriers to ensure our patients understand and are comfortable with each step involved in changing their smile. Another member of the New Smile Dental office who is dedicated to education, Tanya is currently working to obtain a bachelor’s degree in business management so she can continue to help our practice grow. Tanya is married and has six children that keep her busy when she is not at work, but she is also involved in church ministry and loves to read and listen to music and enjoys the outdoors.
We’re happy to welcome Sherla as the newest addition to our excellent dental team! She is a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) and has over twenty years of experience in the dental field. She received her dental hygiene degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and she also has her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from John Brown University. She loves the friendly environment and dedication of our practice and is passionate about the patients’ oral health! Outside of the office, Sherla is married and has three children. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, watching her boys play sports, enjoying girl time with her daughter, and being active in the church.
The first smile you see the next time you visit us at New Smile Dental may belong to Juan. Born in Guanajuato, Mexico, Juan was raised in Fort Smith. Juan has been with our office for the last three years, and works hard to make sure all of our patients feel welcome. Because he is bilingual, he can communicate effectively in both English and Spanish. He loves working with our patients to achieve their smile goals, and ensures that every person who chooses New Smile Dental for their oral care needs has a great experience. This bright, hardworking multitasker is also a University of Arkansas student in the mechanical engineering department. An avid sports enthusiast and player, when he’s not too busy with work and school, Juan loves to be outside watching and playing sports, especially soccer.
Janet Uribe, Dental Assistant
Janet joined the New Smile Dental team in 2016. She learned on the job as a dedicated member of our staff, and she has always worked hard to provide outstanding dental services to every patient she treats. Janet loves how everyone on the team helps out wherever they’re needed, and she always does her part to help the team. Janet assists on chairside procedures, takes bite impressions, and keeps the office running smoothly. When she’s not hard at work in our practice, Janet enjoys playing piano, singing, attending church and church events, and exploring the outdoors. She also loves to travel and experience new places. A second generation Mexican American, Janet loves spending time with her close knit family, especially spoiling her nephews.
Casandra Goff, Registered Dental Assistant
Cassandra joined our team and the field of dentistry in 2017. She studied dental assisting at Vista College, and she plans to further her education to continue offering great dental care to our dentistry patients. Today, Cassandra helps out in numerous roles within the practice including chairside assisting, lab work, and helping patients feel completely at ease in our office. Outside of the office, Cassandra enjoys photography, reading, and enjoying nature and the outdoors.
Kangatooth, the Kangaroo
Kangatooth, our beloved mascot, comes to us from Katoomba, Australia, where he was orphaned as a small roo and raised by a missionary dentist. He traveled to Texas as a grown kangaroo and studied dentistry in San Antonio. In 2008, Kangatooth met Dr. Lopez at a dental conference and they connected immediately. As a born leader, Kangatooth has helped us create a team-minded atmosphere that benefits patients. He also helps us promote dental health awareness.
Cindy Saulsberry, Registered Dental Hygienist
Cindy joined our team in December of 2017, and she has almost a decade of experience helping patients achieve their healthiest smiles. She doesn’t consider her role in our office to just providing cleanings. Cindy is an educator dedicated to teaching patients how best to maintain healthy smiles for life. She earned her bachelor of science degree at the Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, and she completes 40 plus continuing education hours every two years. She loves helping people improve their oral health, and she enjoys working as a member of our dentistry family. Originally from Maxwell, Iowa, Cindy and her family now call Fort Smith home. She is the proud mother of two sons, and Cindy enjoys spending time with her sons, riding bikes, playing volleyball, and enjoying the outdoors.