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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. Schedule an Appointment

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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. Schedule an Appointment Watch Samaria’s Interview

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Kimberly Pollard, DDS

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. Schedule an Appointment

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Joshua Ludford, DDS

Dr. Joshua Ludford is a 2016 graduate of University of Tennessee Dental School in Memphis TN. He was raised in Conway, Arkansas and attended University of Arkansas in Fayetteville for his Bachelor of Science in Biology.

Dr. Ludford is currently a member of the Central District Dental Society, Arkansas State Dental Association, and American Dental Association. He attends dental conventions yearly to stay informed of new techniques, the latest products, and the newest equipment available to provide the most current care. He is a dentist with a focus on treating you like family- with compassion, respect, and comfort. When he is not busy practicing dentistry, Dr Ludford loves the outdoors and spending time with his family friends. Schedule an Appointment

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Our Dental Hygienists

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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Angela Lehman - Arkansas Family Dental

Angela Lehman

Angela Lehman was Dr. Nichols’ first dental hygienist. She began working for Dr. Nichols in 2002 at our Chicot location. She continued to work with Dr. Nichols and Dr. Mascagni until 2010 when her husband’s career took them to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Since leaving Arkansas, she has lived in North Carolina, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Tucson, Arizona. Her husband’s job has brought them back to the Little Rock area this summer. Angela is so excited to be able to practice dental hygiene at Arkansas Family Dental again with some of her old coworkers. She is most excited about getting to see her patients again!

Angela Lehman grew up in Manila, Arkansas. She attended UCA and then UAMS for her Bachelor’s in Dental Hygiene and graduated in 2002. Her favorite thing about her career is getting to know her patients like family. Her favorite challenge is helping a patient overcome their fear of the dental office. Angela and her husband have one teenager, who’s travel softball and cheerleading extracurriculars keep the family very busy. She enjoys reading and hanging out with her family.

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Our Dental Assistants

Anna Camp - Arkansas Family Dental

Anna Camp

Anna joined the Arkansas Family Dental team in February of 2018. She grew up in Searcy, AR and graduated from Little Rock School Of Dental Assisting in June of 2016. She now lives in Little Rock, AR and enjoys traveling, shopping, and spending time with her friends and family.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Julie Williams - Arkansas Family Dental

Julie Williams

Julie was born in Wichita,KS but has lived in Little Rock most of her life. She has an awesome grown daughter and wonderful son-in-law. Julie likes being outdoors, hiking, walking on the river and working in her yard. She enjoys spending time with her family and as much as possible. She has fun volunteering at fund raisers like race for Alzheimer’s as well as several others. Julie also enjoys cooking when she has the time.

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Raven Royal - Arkansas Family Dental

Raven Royal

Raven is married and has 2 daughters that keep her busy with sports and dance. She loves going to the movies and eating and shopping in her spare time. Raven always knew she wanted to do something in the medical field, and she enjoys helping others and making people smile. She wanted to do nursing but detoured to the dental field. She applied for the program at Pulaski tech and got accepted. She really enjoyed the course and fell in love with assisting. Raven graduated from Pulaski Tech 2011 for Registered Dental Assisting.

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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.

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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.

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Jerica Burns - Arkansas Family Dental

Jerica Burns

Jerica was born in Pine Bluff, AR. She graduated from UAPB in 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Criminal Justice and 2016 from Eastern College with a Dental Assistant Certificate. While working as a dental assistant, she wanted to explore the dental field and joined the insurance department at Arkansas Family Dental. Jerica loves being able to assist patients with the complexities of dental insurance.

Jerica’s life passion is spending time with her two children. She enjoys attending their gymnastics, dance, karate, basketball, and football practices. Her goal is to help her their life’s dreams come true. Her personal hobbies include painting and shopping.

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Stephanie Wallace - Arkansas Family Dental

Stephanie Wallace

Stephanie has recently moved here from Austin, Texas to begin a new chapter in life. Stephanie graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor’s of science. She has a background in clinical administration, and looks forward to being a part of our hygiene team. Being a part of a team is exactly what Stephanie has missed about playing college basketball. Once she got settled here with us at Arkansas Family Dental she knew she found a perfect match. Her job is to make sure our hygienist stay busy and to inform patients when they are due for a cleaning. If you need a cleaning, Stephanie, is the one to call! Stephanie’s motto is “Team work makes the dream work”, and will make sure she does her job to the best of her ability so the rest of the team can do their job!

Stephanie has a 4 year old pug named Gonzo, and is completely obsessed with him! Her and her partner love to take him on walks, or enjoy a lazy Sunday watching football! Stephanie is also obsessed with the Dallas Cowboys! She like to spend her free time being outdoors on the lake, cooking, and laughing a lot!

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Victoria Brunson - Arkansas Family Dental

Victoria Brunson

Victoria Brunson grew up in Little Rock, AR and joined Arkansas Family Dental in 2018. In her free time she is working towards her certification to train service dogs for veterans. She loves spending time with her dog, Yoshi, hiking, photography and art.

Victoria became a part of the team because of her friendship with Dr. Pollard and their adventures volunteering at the local animal shelter together. Her favorite part of being at Arkansas Family Dental is how well each and every one of the doctors treat staff members and their patients.

Aubrey Shinn - Arkansas Family Dental

Aubrey Shinn

Aubrey Shinn was born and raised in Little Rock, AR. She first began her career in dentistry in 2011 and working for Arkansas Family Dental in 2012. After leaving dentistry for a few years to work in finance she realized her true passion is dentistry and serving patients. She has since returned to Arkansas Family Dental her forever home. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering and helping in her community. She enjoys spending time with her Husband Tyler and their sons Stetson and Easton. Her other passions include spending time with her family traveling and being in nature.

“one of the greatest blessings in life is getting to wake up and know you’re exactly where the lord wanted you to be”