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Our Dentists

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Dr. Tina Nichols, DDS

Arkansas Family Dental - Dr. Tina NicholsDr. Nichols is from Vilonia, Arkansas. She began her college career at Hendrix College in Conway, but obtained her Bachelor of Science from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1995. She then attended dental school at University of Tennessee- Memphis and graduated in 1999. She moved to Little Rock and began an associateship. In 2002 she purchased an existing practice.

Dr. Nichols has been a regular volunteer yearly with Arkansas Mission of Mercy, monthly at Harmony Clinic, and yearly medical/ dental trips to Guatemala.

Dr. Nichols has been married to her husband, Don, since 1998 and they have a son and triplet daughters.

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Dr. Samaria Mascagni, DDS

Arkansas Family Dental - Dr. Samaria MascagniDr. Mascagni attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville to receive a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. After earning her undergraduate degree, she attended the University of Tennessee, College of Dentistry in Memphis. Upon graduating she joined Dr. Tina Nichols in practice.

Dr. Mascagni resides in Maumelle with her husband, Jeff. They have two children; a son, Paxton, and a daughter, Avery. Dr. Mascagni enjoys boating, hiking, vacationing, and spending time with family and friends. She also spends time painting, drawing, and decorating. Watch Samaria’s Interview

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Dr. Kimberly Pollard

Dr. Pollard is from Conway, Arkansas. She attended Hendrix College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a Minor in Psychology. After completing her undergraduate degree, she attended the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in Memphis. Following graduation from the University of Tennessee, Dr. Pollard joined Dr. Nichols and Dr. Mascagni in family practice in Little Rock.

Dr. Pollard lives in Little Rock, where she spends time with family and friends. She also enjoys traveling and cooking, and is passionate about animal rescue.


Our Dental Hygienists

Scarlett Jenkins - Arkansas Family Dental

Scarlett Jenkins

Scarlett grew up in Conway, attended UCA and graduated with a BBA in Marketing. She then furthered her education at UAMS with a BS in Dental Hygiene. She has been practicing hygiene for several years and loves to develop a lasting friendship with all of her patients to make them feel comfortable when they come to the dentist. To remain on the cutting edge of the dental profession and help her patients maintain optimal oral health she takes part in Continuing Education courses in all areas of Dentistry.

She resides in West Little Rock and spends most of her spare time with her 2 children. Scarlett is an active member of Immanuel Baptist Church; enjoys crafts, biking, attending Razorback events and social running where she has completed 3 and 1/2 marathons.

Registered Dental Hygienist
Christy Stevenson - Arkansas Family Dental

Christy Stevenson

Christy Stevenson was born and raised in Little Rock. She first began her career in 1992 as a Registered Dental Assistant and quickly learned the restorative side of dentistry working alongside the dentist. It was through this experience that she first became interested in becoming a Dental Hygienist with a desire to play a role in the preventative aspects of patient care.

Christy was accepted to the UAMS Dental Hygiene program in 2000. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and as a chosen member of the Alpha Eta Honor Society for outstanding academic achievement. She now enjoys continuing her education by attending seminars and meetings on the latest information in dentistry and dental hygiene.

Christy has been married for many years to her husband and they have two children together. She and her family are large supporters of the Humane Society of Pulaski County and recently rescued one of their two beloved dogs from the Humane Society.

Christy’s goal as a Hygienist is to always make her patients feel at ease and comfortable in the dental chair. She prides herself on her clinical skills and ability to educate her patients on a variety of subjects including restorative treatment, maintaining periodontal health, and preventative services.

Registered Dental Hygienist
CaSondra Long - Arkansas Family Dental

CaSondra Long

CaSondra Long was raised in Benton, Arkansas. She began her dental career as a dental assistant during the summers of her college years. It was at this job that she grew to love the dental hygiene profession. She received her pre-requisites from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She then transferred to the University of Arkansas in Fort Smith where she received her Associates degree in Dental Hygiene.

CaSondra lives in the Salem community of Benton, Arkansas. She lives with her husband, Wes, and their daughter, Weslie Jane, and their dogs, Charli and Kansas. She enjoys traveling, sewing, and shopping, but most of her time is spent with family and friends.

CaSondra has been a part of the Arkansas Family Dental Team for ten years and plans on staying for as long as they will let her!

“It is such an honor to have such great patients and to take care of them as they are my own. It is my goal to make every patient feel comfortable and to make them want to come back.” – CaSondra Long, RDH

Registered Dental Hygienist
Melissa Camras - Arkansas Family Dental

Melissa Camras

Melissa Camras was raised in Bismarck, Arkansas. She graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene.

Melissa currently lives in West Little Rock. She plays competitive tennis year-round and enjoys traveling. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, sister, brother, and parents.

Melissa is our newest hygiene team member and loves being part of the Arkansas Family Dental team. Melissa is prevention focused and makes it her priority to educate her patients. She believes in giving her patients the knowledge and tools to achieve and maintain excellent oral health!

Melissa stays up to date on continuing education courses and enjoys learning about new technology and changes in her field. She has even had a research paper published in a National Dental Hygiene Journal!

Registered Dental Hygienist
Lauren Smith - Arkansas Family Dental

Lauren Smith

Lauren was born and raised in Benton, AR. She graduated from UAMS in 2014 and from UALR in August of 2013.

Lauren joined the Arkansas Family Dental team May of 2016. She is excited to be part of a team that strives to educate and give their patients the best care possible.

In Lauren’s free time she loves traveling. She also believes in giving back to the community by volunteering at Shepheard’s Hope in Little Rock.

Registered Dental Hygienist
Christina Arocha - Arkansas Family Dental

Christina Arocha

Christina joined the Arkansas Family Dental team in January of 2017. She grew up in Sherwood, AR and attended UAMS where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene. She now lives in Stuttgart, AR, and enjoys playing softball and spending time with family, friends, and her two dogs, Drake and Charlie.

Registered Dental Hygienist

Our Dental Assistants

Brittani Shoptaw - Arkansas Family Dental

Brittani Shoptaw

Brittani Shoptaw was raised in Wynne AR, and currently lives in Sherwood. She loves spending time with her husband CJ and their 6 children. Kynlee, Laney, Dakotah, twins Neely and Nolan and son Charley.They stay busy but love their large blended family. Brittani began assisting while still in high school in 2000 with the plan to attend hygiene school. She acquired an associates degree from Arkansas State, but after she began assisting she realized it was more her passion to care for patients from that aspect. “I love the feeling of knowing that I made a patient comfortable in a not-always-comfortable situation.” Brittani has been with Arkansas Family Dental since 2010. She knows this is her forever work home. Her favorite hobby is playing softball and spending time with her kids. She has a strong faith and serves on many ministries in her church.

RDA – Dental Assistant
Lauren Rowland - Arkansas Family Dental

Lauren Rowland

Lauren chose the Arkansas Family Dental team fresh out of assisting school in August of 2015. She comes with a fresh and enthusiastic mind set to help patients improve their dental health! Lauren says she is so excited to be part of such an amazing team that cares so much for the community.
Lauren currently lives in Benton with her son Sawyer and two cats Gwendolyn and Harvey. Sawyer is her pride and joy! She loves to go on adventures with her family and friends.

RDA – Dental Assistant
Alonda Stone - Arkansas Family Dental

Alonda Stone

Alonda has been a dental assistant for 7 years and loves what she does! It has always been a strong passion of hers to help others. She joined the Arkansas Family Dental team in October of 2015. She says she is proud to be part of such a caring, state of-the-art office.

Alonda moved to Little Rock from Mountain Home to pursue her career. She loves to go home to visit her family and enjoy the beauty of her home town. Hiking and traveling are passions of hers! She has a strong faith and loves to sing about it as part of the music ministry at her Church!

RDA – Dental Assistant
Amanda Dean - Arkansas Family Dental

Amanda Dean

Amanda Dean was born and raised in Little Rock. She began her career as a RDA in 2007 under the late Dr. Michael Pohlkamp. It was through her experience at his practice where she grew and started to love dentistry. She joined the Arkansas Family Dental team March of 2015 and has found her dental family!

Amanda has a young son Henry who is her entire world. They are big supporters of ACH. They try and give back to this hospital because of the wonderful experience they have had through the cardiology department after Henry’s heart diagnosis.

Amanda enjoys spending time outside and on the lake as much as possible. Family is a huge part of her daily life and she feels fortunate to have them all so close. Her personal goal as an assistant is to make every patient as comfortable as possible. “I know the dentist is not everyone’s favorite place to be, but I strive to make it the best and most comfortable experience.”

RDA – Dental Assistant
Kelsey Hooker - Arkansas Family Dental

Kelsey Hooker

Kelsey was born and raised in Little Rock Arkansas. She currently lives in Bryant with her sweet son and amazing husband. She has always had a passion for helping others and new this field was right where she belongs. She is so thankful to be part of such an amazing team at Arkansas Family Dental and is looking forward to growing and sharing love with others.

RDA – Dental Assistant
Maurie Moreland - Arkansas Family Dental

Maurie Moreland

Maurie Moreland grew up in Stuttgart, Arkansas which is the rice and duck capital of the world. She was a 2016 graduate of Arkansas School of Dental Assisting. She then gained experience in the field through a temporary position at UAMS. She then joined the Arkansas Family Dental team in 2017. Maurie and her partner, Tommie, stay busy with her two stepsons Thatcher and Foster. They live in Alexander, Arkansas Maurie enjoys spending time with family, playing softball, playing golf, hunting, and fishing.

RDA – Dental Assistant
Monique Ford - Arkansas Family Dental

Monique Ford

Monique Ford is from Little Rock, AR. She has been with the Arkansas Family Dental team since October 2016. She loves spending time with her friends and family and enjoys helping out at her church. Monique is glad to interact with patients and genuinely loves dentistry.

RDA – Dental Assistant
Jillian Godfrey - Arkansas Family Dental

Jillian Godfrey

Jillian was born into a military family in Germany. She began her career as a dental assistant in 2013 in Florida. She joined the Arkansas Family Dental team in June of 2017. If you don’t find Jillian at AFD, you can find her with her husband and two young children relaxing at the lake or at a park. Jillian’s personal goal is to help everyone achieve the healthy happy smile they want.

RDA – Dental Assistant

Our Front Office Staff

Shannan Cottrell - Arkansas Family Dental

Shannan Cottrell

Shannan Cottrell was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. After starting her dental career nearly 17 years ago as a registered dental assistant, Shannan has found that even though she loves the clinical aspect of dentistry, she prefers the management side of the practice. She joined the Arkansas Family Dental team in July 2014 and enjoys training and implementing new systems to provide a better experience for our patients. She says that she is happy to be a part of such a great team of professionals that are providing excellent dental care to the community.

Shannan lives in West Little Rock with her husband Chris. She has one son and a step-son and a step-daughter. Shannan enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends, reading, and traveling.

Office Manager
Jessica Rogers - Arkansas Family Dental

Jessica Rogers

Jessica chose to start her dental career as part of the Arkansas Family Dental team in February of 2015. She loves that she is the first team member to welcome patients. Jessica says that she wants everyone that walks through the door to feel comfortable and welcome!

Jessica moved to Little Rock from Houston with her husband and two children and fur baby (dog) Pete. She has another son that is in college in San Antonio that she loves to go visit every chance she gets. Her children that are here with her are very active in school activities, football and dance. She loves to spend her spare time with her family hiking, traveling and working out.

Patient Coordinator
Amber Leach - Arkansas Family Dental

Amber Leach

Amber Leach knew from high school just what she wanted to do with her life: She wanted to take care of others’ smiles. She knew early on that having a beautiful smile helped people’s confidence. She graduated college with a Dental Assistant Degree in 2004. She worked in the pediatric field for 10 years.

She always thrived to gain as much knowledge about the dental field, so she began treatment planning and working with the front desk to maximize her knowledge.

Amber and her family reside in Greenbrier, AR. She is married to her husband Jason and they have 2 daughters and 1 son. Amber and her family are active members in their church. With 3 kids, their time is spent running to basketball, baseball, softball, choir, and band practices. Amber is very dedicated to her patients and considers it a priority to make them feel comfortable for all services in the dental office. She prides herself in making every situation a positive one.

Treatment Plan Coordinator
Katelyn McClellan - Arkansas Family Dental

Katelyn McClellan

Katelyn was born and raised in Hensley. After obtaining her undergraduate degree in Psychology, she began her new journey as a graduate student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to obtain her Masters. It was during the journey she chose to become a part of the practice. She first became passionate about dentistry after her own personal journey. She carries a big passion for others and desires to help in changing their lives.

Katelyn has a daughter who is her most favorite person in the entire world. They are active members in their church. Their purpose in life is to love on others and strive make the world a better place. They both enjoy playing softball, hiking, biking, swimming, and being active in the outdoors.