Morgan - Lead Dental Assistant


Lead Dental Assistant

Morgan is a registered dental assistant at Benton Family Dentistry. Born and raised in Amity, AR, she graduated from Centerpoint High School in 2009, and then she was introduced to Benton Family Dentistry a few years after. Morgan knew that Benton Family Dentistry was her professional home after visiting the office, experiencing the great team atmosphere, and seeing the advanced dental technology that is available. Her passion for dentistry is driven by the opportunity to make a difference in patient’s lives. Over her years with BFD, Morgan has continually worked to improve her skills in order to provide the very best patient care, and truly enjoys developing strong personal relationships with her patients.

Outside of the office, Morgan soaks up as much family time as possible. Morgan and her husband Frank have been married for 11 years and have two beautiful boys, Ezio and Leviticus, who recently turned 6 years old. On Fridays, Morgan has the blessing to be able to homeschool her twin boys. Some of their weekend family activities include bike riding, four wheeler riding, jeep riding, cooking out, and just enjoying the outdoors. One of her favorite places to visit to enjoy the outdoors is Little Missouri Falls.

Ashley - Registered Dental Hygienist


Registered Dental Hygienist

Ashley was born in Pine Bluff and raised in White Hall, AR. She graduated from White Hall High School in 2010 and attended Henderson State University. In 2015 she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Arkansas of Medical Sciences. Ashley’s favorite part of clinical hygiene is building trusting relationships with patients, educating them in their oral health, and seeing them return with improved outcomes. Second to those, she enjoys increasing her clinical knowledge through
Continuing Education. Currently, she is focused on airway as it relates to oral health.

Hot Springs has been home since 2016 when her husband began teaching at Lakeside. Ashley has been married to Benjamin since 2013 and they have two dachshunds, Chibs and Fiona. In her free time, she enjoys powerlifting, cooking, and reading.

Vanessa - Dental Hygienist and Clinic Manager


Dental Hygienist and Clinic Manager

Vanessa was born and raised in Malvern, Arkansas. She graduated from Malvern High School in 1988 and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Henderson State University in 1992. She then went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Tennessee, Memphis in 1994. Vanessa joined the Benton Family Dentistry team in 2010.

After over 27 years in her profession, she continues to be passionate about caring for and educating patients in the area of preventive dentistry while creating lasting relationships with them. She now serves in a full-time capacity as the clinic manager in addition to treating patients and attends continuing education courses to further expand her knowledge in both clinical and non-clinical areas of practice. Vanessa cherishes the patient relationships that have developed in her years with BFD, and enjoys the process of mentoring and growing team members in her role as clinic manager.

Vanessa and her husband Harley have been married for 7 years and their blended family includes her three children and his four children. She enjoys outdoor activities with Harley such as walking, hiking, and gardening, as well as hitting the flea markets and vintage stores! Vanessa is active in her church community at Stuttgart Harvest Church and The Church in Malvern where Harley serves as lead pastor.

Cara Putman - Dental Hygienist


Dental Hygienist

Cara grew up in Hope, AR. She graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in 2011. Her career began in Hope and she has remained working there for most of the past 11 years. Cara enjoys developing personal friendships with her patients while delivering thorough preventative dental care and helping them achieve optimal home care routines.

Cara and her husband Josh moved to Hot Springs in 2017 to be closer to his job with Shelter Insurance. In 2018 they had their daughter, Brenna. They are looking forward to sending Brenna to Pre-K at Lakeside soon.

In her spare time Cara enjoys relaxing at Lake Ouachita with family and CrossFit with her husband. She and her daughter like to bake cookies and cakes.

Kindall - Dental Assistant


Dental Assistant

Kindall is a native of Hot Springs – born and raised!. She is a graduate of Lake Hamilton High School. She became interested in the field of dentistry because she wanted to play a part in helping everyone love their smile. She joined the Benton Family Dentistry team in the summer of 2020, and loves the emphasis on continual learning and growth in dental knowledge and expertise. She enjoys the opportunity to spend time with her patients, getting to know them and build relationships. 
She loves spending time with her family that includes her husband and her daughter, Addyline. Kindall and her husband Micheal welcomed baby Ashton to the family in 2021.

“It’s important to have self-love – Baby K”

Michele - Front Office Coordinator


Front Office Coordinator

Michele is an incredible addition to the BFD team and we are so thrilled to have her!

Michele was born and raised in Illinois but has lived in Colorado for the last 15 years.

She and her husband moved to Royal, AR in 2021 with their dog Steve and their cat Karl.

Michele enjoys spending time boating on Lake Ouachita and hiking the beautiful trails.