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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.

Micheal Hoglund, DDS

Dr. Hoglund was born in Northern New Jersey as the oldest of three boys.  He grew up playing sports year-round such as football and baseball.  During college, at the University of Pittsburgh, he also started playing water polo.  Before attending NYU College of Dentistry in 2011 he married his high school sweetheart, Ashley. Together they have four energetic children, Brighton, Kinsley, Adalee, and Maisie.  Brighton is a Pokémon enthusiast and is in first grade.  Kinsley loves playing princesses and going swimming.  Adalee spends her time dressed as Elsa and playing with the family’s pets. Maisie is a smiling infant that loves her older brother and sisters. Finally, Ashley is a tireless, dedicated Mother, and has her Master’s in Anthrozoology. 


Dr. Hoglund knew he wanted to be a dentist before he graduated high school.  The feeling of a confident smile was something he wanted to give to others. Dr. Hoglund is proud to serve his country as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy, currently stationed at Camp Lejeune, providing general dentistry care to the Marines and Sailors. Dr. Hoglund completed an Advanced Education In General Dentistry at Camp Lejeune, where he refined his prosthodontic, digital dentistry, oral surgery, and endodontic abilities. He continues to expand his dental 

abilities with numerous hours of continuing education each year. 


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 the 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 the 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 family and friends, cuddling her dog Bailey, going to the beach, watching and participating in multiple sports 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.




Diana Nakao

Diana was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA along with sister, Rita and parents, who immigrated from Hong Kong in the 1960s. She grew up working in her parent’s Chinese restaurant in North Hollywood. She started her career in dentistry as a dental assistant in a pediatric office, while attending Loyola Marymount University. There, she began to fall in love with the field and felt at home in the dental office. After graduating from LMU with a BS in Biology and minor in Psychology, she felt she had a good foundation to be a dental hygienist.

At Cerritos College, she not only obtained her degree in dental hygiene but was also chosen to present her clinical studies of aromatherapy in the treatment of dental anxiety along with her partner, Annie, to the Dental Hygiene Board of California. For the past 17 years, she has practiced in various offices in California, Hawaii, Germany, and North Carolina.
Here in Jacksonville, she enjoys spending her time with her children, Sean Jr and Madison, and her husband, Sean. You will most likely find them in the soccer fields here in town. On long weekends, they love to camp in neighboring states. They enjoy traveling abroad and exploring the unbeaten path. Most of all, Diana enjoys eating exotic cuisine and shopping at unique boutiques. 


Susanne Sanders, RDH

Susanne was born in Virginia, but like many people, moved to Jacksonville due to military at the age of 10. She has made the Jacksonville area her forever home.

Graduating from Jacksonville High in 1986, she went directly into the dental hygiene program and Coastal Carolina Community College, and graduated in 1988. Received her dental hygiene license from the state and has been practicing dental hygiene ever since.

In 1994, she married Lienny Sanders and became a farmer’s wife. Together, they have two boys, Jacob and Nicholas.

Our family is very close and together we love to farm, garden, camp, and enjoy water sports. Lenny and Susanne teach youth group and are very active in church activities.

Susanne is also a bookkeeper, and is the chair for Onslow County women’s committee with Farm Bureau. She loves to craft and volunteer with many organizations.



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.








Zach Taylor

Zach was born in Reno, Nevada, but spent his life growing up in the small town of Grass Valley, California. He grew up alongside 4 brothers. After high school, Zach decided to make something of himself and worked as a cashier for Rite Aid. After reaching the top of the pyramid by being promoted to ice cream scooper, he decided to tackle a new challenge. He decided to join the best and the brightest and enlisted into the United States Marine Corps. There he served 4 years and ended his service at the rank of Sergeant. After being stationed in the great state of North Carolina, he met his now-fiancé and decided to choose life by her side rather than returning to California. He chose to dive into the field of dentistry and enrolled in the Miller-Motte program in Wilmington. After excelling in the school work, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to work with the great people of Smith Family and Cosmetic Dentistry where he is constantly learning and improving his skills each day. When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with friends on different adventures or finding new challenges. He looks forward to his future and continuing his education in the dental field, but for now, wants to excel in his duties as a dental assistant.











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 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!