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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.





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 Sim

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! 








Mallory Griffith

Mallory was born an raised in the foothills of North Carolina in a town called Wilkesboro. She graduated high school there and attended the community college there where she graduated from the dental assisting program in 2004. While living there she worked for both a pediatric and general practice until she moved to Onslow county in 2010.

Mallory currently lives in Sneads Ferry with her boyfriend and their three adorable cats. In her spare time, she enjoys surf fishing on topsail island and just relaxing at the beach. She started scuba diving a few years ago. Her favorite place for diving so far is in the Florida Keys but she dives on the wrecks off the Carolina coast when she can. She and her boyfriend also enjoy traveling especially hiking in the mountains and camping in the outer banks. Mallory has always been a die-hard Panthers football fan and finally went to her first NFL game in Charlotte last year.

Mallory has been part of the practice since May of 2017. Since starting her work here she has said it has been her favorite practice to be a part of her whole career. After being a dental assistant for 13 years she is excited to be learning about new technology and procedures that the practice has to offer.




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.





Chrissy Clouse

Chrissy came to us from England, where she and her husband (and ridiculously adorable fur baby Dylan) lived for the last four years, while her husband was stationed at a British RAF base. She joined the Smith Family team in April of 2017. Chrissy was born at Andrews AFB in Maryland. Her Dad was in the Air Force, so she moved every two years. She was raised all over the country but calls Nebraska home since it is where most of her family lives. She graduated from high school in 2006 and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the fall where she studied English. This is where she met her husband Anthony, who is also in the Air Force, while he was home in Nebraska on leave. Two years later she moved down to Florida where she and Anthony started their life and ended up getting married. They moved to England a few years later, took every chance they got to travel anywhere and everywhere and enjoyed every minute of it! She went back to school in 2016 attending Coastal Carolina Community College and is now a Certified Professional Medical Coder. She and her husband LOVE to travel, snowboard, kayak, and spoil their baby pup-pup Dyl-Pickles. Chrissy is excited to be a part of the Smith Family team. She loves the girls she works with and is looking forward to gaining experience that will help make her a well-rounded medical coder.




Courtney Whitaker

Courtney was born in El Paso, Texas, and as so many other military families, Courtney's family relocated and moved to Enterprise, Alabama... home of the Boll Weevil Monument. It is in Enterprise that she would grow up, go to school, and eventually meet her husband, Shelby Whitaker, also a native of Enterprise. Prior to getting married, Courtney travel to Hawaii and upon return, attended George C. Wallace Community College, studying cosmetology. After her marriage to Shelby, she and Shelby welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Harper Elizabeth, who is a healthy, happy and busy 2 year old little princess. Courtney's passions also extend to Animal Rescue Missions. She herself has 3 dogs, all of which are rescues. Courtney also dabbles in painting and photography. After moving to Jacksonville, North Carolina, Courtney enrolled and completed her certificate as a Certified Phlebotomy Tech. One of Courtney's many gifts from God is serving other people and sharing her contagious smile and loving heart. Joining the Smith Family Dental Care Practice was another answered prayer. She now is a part of a staff that has welcomed her and her family into their family.  






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!