Vanessa was born and raised in Malvern, AR. 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 22 years in her profession she continues to be passionate about caring for, and educating, patients in the area of preventive dentistry and attends continuing education courses to further expand her knowledge.

Vanessa and her husband Harley have been married for almost 2 years and their blended family includes her three children and his four children. She enjoys practicing yoga, and outdoor activities with Harley such as walking, hiking, and gardening. Vanessa is active in her church communities in both Malvern and Stuttgart.