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Meet the New Smile Dental Team

Dr. Gilberto López 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 our desire to make your visit as stress-free as possible!

Patricia, Office Manager


We’re a dental office with top-notch employees who are willing and able to wear a number of hats, and Patricia is no different. She is an outstanding member of our team, serving as our office manager, financial coordinator, and a registered dental assistant! She has been married for over 30 years and has been working in the dental field for nearly as long. Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, she completed dental school in Mexico. She also holds an RDH from the state of Florida and is a registered dental assistant in Arkansas. Her favorite part of her position at New Smile Dental is working in a place that is so much more than a dental office. 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, teaching Sunday school, traveling, and camping.

Tanya, Insurance Coordinator/Registered Dental Assistant


Tanya has been a member of our team since the dental office first opened in January of 2008! Her career in the dental field spans over two decades, and she handles many vital tasks like verifying and filing insurance claims, maintaining OSHA/HIPPA records, facilitating meetings, and assisting other team members as needed. She really enjoys being able to cross language barriers with her bilingual talents and helping each patient feel comfortable with the steps involved in changing their smiles.

Outside of work, Tanya is about to complete her Bachelor’s in Business Management from WGU in September of 2019! She also enjoys spending time with her spouse and six children, being outdoors, and listening to good music.

Juan, Scheduling Coordinator


The first smile you see the next time you visit us at New Smile Dental may belong to Juan! Born in Guanajuato, Mexico, he was raised in Fort Smith. He has been with our dental 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.

When he isn’t busy at the dental office, Juan loves to be outside watching and playing sports, especially soccer.

Guadalupe, Registered Dental Hygienist


Guadalupe joined our team in November of 2018, soon after graduating from UAFS with her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. She educates her patients about the importance of oral healthcare and motivates them to practice good habits while also providing revitalizing cleanings. She loves the teamwork at New Smile Dental – everyone is always willing to help out and genuinely cares about the patients! Plus, her bilingual talents make her a great fit for the position.

Originally from Fort Smith, her personal hobbies outside of work including spending quality time with family and friends and completing continuing education courses in order to further educate herself about dentistry.

Janet, Registered Dental Assistant


Janet joined the New Smile Dental team in 2016 and is currently a student at UAFS. 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 dental office running smoothly.

When she’s not hard at work in our dental office, 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.

Cindy Self, Registered Dental Assistant


Cindy first joined our team in 2018 after completing her education at Vista College. She handles important tasks like sterilizing dental instruments and taking X-rays and really loves helping others transform their smiles and self-confidence for the better! Her friendly nature and ability to make people feel more comfortable is much-appreciated by our patient base. In the future, she would love to become a dental hygienist!

Outside of work, Cindy spends her free time cooking, trying different foods, reading, listening to music, and hanging out with family.

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. López at a dental conference and they connected immediately.

As a born leader, he has helped us create a team-minded atmosphere that benefits patients. He also helps us promote dental health awareness!