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Dentist in Sneads Ferry, NC

All our professionals at Steven W. Smith, DDS, PLLC maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay current on the latest trends in dentistry.


Steven W. Smith, DDS

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Dr. Smith was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a youth, he participated in several sports such as wrestling, soccer and ballroom dancing. He also learned to play the piano which is a hobby he enjoys today. He decided that he wanted to be a dentist while he was in HighSchool. His decision was influenced by his experience getting braces. He realized how much of a difference a good smile made in his self-esteem and social life and wanted to be able to help others improve their smiles. He met his beautiful wife Kenna while in High school and was married soon thereafter. They were blessed with 3 children, Teva 20, Olivia 16, Marcus 9.

Teva is currently a Junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is pursuing a degree in Biology with a minor in chemistry, and also playing on the school's water polo team. He graduated from Dixon High School where he held the position of Senior class treasurer. While at Dixon, Teva was a student-athlete competing in the sport of wrestling while maintaining a strong GPA.

Olivia is currently a Senior at Dixon High School. She runs track and cross country and plays on the school's varsity soccer team. She enjoys soccer, reading and playing the bass clarinet for her school band. 

Marcus is 9 years old and currently working on his masters of Pokemon battling degree while completing his minor in Yu-Gi-Oh combat theory. He enjoys anything Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Bionacle, or Mario related. He has recently started a mission in Minecraft and will be involved with that for the foreseeable future.

Dr. Smith attended Salt Lake Community College for his associate's degree and completed his dental prerequisites at the University of Utah. He attended the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2005 and was awarded a Doctorate in Dental Surgery in 2009. Following his graduation from dental school, he served 4 years as a Navy dentist before associating with a private practice in Leland, NC. He loves having his own practice in Sneads Ferry and helping those in the community in which he lives and has raised his family.

Dr. Smith has had the opportunity to become a member of the American Dental Association as well as the North Carolina Dental Association. He has participated in several continuing education courses and continues to participate in courses to remain current and on the cutting edge of new technologies and concepts in dentistry.

His hobbies include coaching wrestling, diving, racquetball, mountain biking, and being involved with his kids sports programs. He also enjoys gardening, playing piano and spending time with family and friends.


Mallory Kuiper, DDS

Dr. Kuiper was born and raised in Indiana. She grew up in a very small town on her parents’ grain farm. Growing up she participated in sports such as volleyball and basketball, however, she spent most of her time in the barn with her livestock. She started in 4-H at 10 years old showing pigs and later took an interest in cattle. She and her family showed Shorthorn heifers competitively at cattle shows across the country, including Fort Worth, Louisville, and Denver until she began dental school. She decided on a career in dentistry while in high school after spending time in an office near her hometown. Her time at this office is where she saw the real difference that can be made in someone’s life by improving their smile.

Dr. Kuiper attended Purdue University and graduated with a bachelors degree in Health Sciences. She immediately began at Indiana University School of Dentistry and was awarded a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. She was recently married on the 4th of July and now lives in Sneads Ferry with her husband, an officer in the Marine Corps. She is excited about starting her dental career here in Sneads Ferry and getting to know people in the community. Dr. Kuiper is a member of the American Dental Association and North Carolina Dental Society. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as her fur babies, Bella and Bess.

 

 

 

 

Henrique F. Silva DDS

 

Dr. Silva was born in Recife, Brazil and moved to the United States at the age of 7. He’s been an avid athlete for his entire life, and was a 3-sport varsity athlete in high school playing football,basketball, and soccer. He developed a love for traveling to new places after having the opportunity to travel the country for basketball tournaments, and still enjoys traveling as much as possible today.

Dr. Silva was drawn to dentistry in high school because he had a dentist who showed compassion and kindness to individuals in need.  This, along with the ability to improve the self-esteem and health of his patients, are the factors that continue to motivate Dr. Silva today. Dr. Silva graduated with honors from Utah Valley University with a degree in Biology.  He then attended the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry where he excelled in various areas of dentistry.  During his time at VCU he participated in research, was a fellowship recipient, and received an award from the International Digital Dental Academy for his work with same day CAD/CAM crowns and bridges. Dr. Silva is a member of the American Dental Association and North Carolina Dental Association. He is passionate about continuing education and staying up-to-date on the latest innovations in dentistry.

 

In his free time Dr. Silva continues to try and perfect his jump-shot and is an avid angler.  He hopes to catch every species of fish in the world, and even though he knows that’s likely not possible he likes to dream big! Dr. Silva is married to his best friend Angela and they have two children, Olivia and Max who keep them very busy.  Dr. Silva and his family love living near the coast and being beach bums as often as possible!    

 

 

Dental Hygienists

 


Sarah Dodson, RDH

Sarah was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina and raised in a loving family which includes her parents, Jamey and Traci, her older sister, Jessica and younger brother, Trent. She is a Dixon High School graduate and participated in many extracurricular activities and sports throughout her four years there. She was especially honored to be crowned Miss Dixon High School in 2011. Sarah always knew she wanted to pursue a career that involved helping people. After investigating the profession of Dental Hygiene she felt it was a wonderful way to do that Sarah attended Coastal Carolina Community College where she was one of the youngest people to complete the Dental Hygiene program and graduated in the top of her class in 2014 receiving her Associates in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. While in school she was honored to be chosen by her instructors to receive the Colgate Oral Health Advisor STAR Award for her compassionate patient care and dedication to the hygiene profession. She is excited to be serving the community of Sneads Ferry and helping the people that live here to have healthy, confident smiles.

Some of Sarah’s favorite hobbies include spending time with her husband, Trevor, family, and friends, playing with her dog, Roxanne, going to the beach, watching and participating in volleyball, basketball and baseball and singing in her church’s praise choir.

 

 

 

 


Rebecca Cavenaugh, RDH

Throughout her school years, Rebecca enjoyed activities such a dance, soccer, arts and crafts, farming, hunting and water sports. She is active in her church, singing in the choir and participating in other church functions. She enjoys traveling and has been to Mexico, multiple states in the US and the Bahamas. It was during high school that Rebecca met Sidney, her husband. He is a farmer and an active fireman at their local community fire department. During high school, Rebecca was in the National Honors Society and was a NC Scholar. While in her senior year she became a Certified Nursing Assistant. She participated in the art, FFA, and Allied Health Clubs.

Rebecca attended Coastal Carolina Community College. She is a Certified Dental Assistant from the class of 2013. Rebecca began her childhood dream to be a dental hygienist immediately following the graduation of dental assisting. She graduated dental hygiene in May of 2015. At the dental hygiene banquet, the instructors at Coastal awarded Rebecca with the STAR award, presented by Colgate and Classmate of the year award.

 

 

 

 

 


Sarah Jones, RDH

Sarah Jones was born and raised in Jacksonville, North Carolina. She is the youngest of four kids, having two sisters and one brother. She graduated from Northside High School, and then enrolled at Coastal Carolina Community College where completed both the Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs. Sarah graduated from Coastal Carolina Community College in September of 2016, passing both programs with flying colors. She currently lives in Holly Ridge with her adorable son, Michael Jr., and four sweet pups DaVinci, Junior, DumDum (like the lollipop), and Tino. In her free time Sarah enjoys working out, cooking, playing soccer, and spending time with her sweet son (who is just as active and as busy as can be). Sarah joined the Smith Dental team in 2016 just after she graduated.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dental Assistants


Briel Sims

Briel was born and raised in Pennsylvania. After high school graduation, she joined the United States Marine Corps, where she served four years. During her time in service, she became interested in dental health, and when Honorably discharged attended Miller-Motte of Wilmington to become a CDA. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two young daughters. They enjoy outdoor activities and being silly! They also enjoy traveling and taking their family dogs on adventures in the mountains and for dips at the beach! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


Mataya Jones

Mataya comes from a military family, so she's lived in many different places while growing up. After meeting her now husband, Gabe, in NC, they settled in Jacksonville, NC with their two children; Elijah, who is a freshman at White Oak and Leilani who is in fifth grade. Both children are talented soccer players who spend most of their time practicing. Mataya spends most of her free time watching her children play sports and traveling around NC for their tournaments with her husband Gabe.

 

 

 

 

 


Amanda Allen

Amanda joined the Smith Family team in January 2019. She was born and raised in Jacksonville, NC. Although her family is all from Upstate New York, she calls Jacksonville home. Her father, Ken, served as a United States Marine for 23 years and was stationed at Camp LeJeune. She also has a mother, Rachael, and a younger sister, Alyssa. Amanda graduated from Southwest High School in 2014. She then attended Coastal Carolina Community College where she obtained her Certified Dental Assisting certificate in 2016. During her time in high school and college, Amanda was a lifeguard and water safety instructor for five years on Camp Lejeune. When she is not at work, she spends a lot of her time being a dog mom to her precious black lab, Apollo. She also is a very avid runner that enjoys mud runs, 10ks, half, and full marathons. The beach is one of her favorite places to go, so it only makes sense she would love to work at Smith Family & Cosmetic Dentisry!

 

 

 


Front Office


MaryBeth Lucas, Office Manager

MaryBeth was born in Homestead Florida but grew up in the small town of Sneads Ferry.  Her father was in the Air Force and mom was a hairdresser in Florida. Her family relocated to the Sneads Ferry area when she was one and have been here ever since. She attended Dixon and graduated in May 2002. After graduating she attended Cape Fear Community College and acquired a license as a CNA.  MaryBeth married in 2007 to a local named Josh who she went to school with from Kindergarten to high school. In 2008 they had a son named Ayden who attends Dixon. As a family they love to spend time outdoors, going on the boat, to the beach, and anything else that they can do together as and with family and friends. We are huge Carolina Panther fans and during football season you will not find us anywhere else but at home or if we get lucky at the stadium watching the game! MaryBeth joined the Smith dental family in October of 2016 and is very excited to embark on this new journey with all the staff.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


Danika Waggoner

Danika, the newest kid on the block at Smith Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. She was born and raised in Graham, North Carolina. She went to college at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she studied excersice science and just recently moved here from the NC mountains to be closer to family and the beach. Danika has a huge soft spot for all animals, mainly dogs, pitbulls to be specific. She has 3 four legged fur babies of her own; Layla, Luke, and Levi. When she isn't working, you can find her playing with her pups, at a local coffee shop, hanging out with family and friends, or relaxing with her toes in the sand. She's thrilled to be apart of our team and can't wait to see where this journey takes her!