Meet Your Team

Rita K. Edwards, CFO

Chief Financial Officer

Rita graduated from Roff High School and East Central University with a double major in mathematics and physics. She completed both a Master of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering and a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics at the University of Oklahoma and completed all coursework for a PhD in mathematics education.

She worked over two years as a metallurgical engineer for AT&T; and taught math and physics at East Central University full-time for seven years and has been an adjunct professor in the mathematics department for six years.

Presently, she is the chief financial officer for the Ada Smile Place and has been working with her husband, Benny, in the dental practice since 1980. Rita loves to cook and makes freshly baked cookies every morning for the Ada Smile Team and patients to enjoy.

Lindsey Edwards, RDH, Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist

Registered Dental Hygienist

Lindsey was born and raised in Ada. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene after attending ECU for her prerequisites.  Lindsey is also trained in orofacial myofunctional therapy. 

Lindsey is a member for the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry, American Dental Hygienists Association, Oklahoma Dental Hygienists Association. She is a firm believer in the link between oral health and overall health, as well as the importance of a healthy airway. Her passion is about educating patients and helping them achieve their goals! She loves to build relationships with her patients and provide a relaxing atmosphere in which her patients feel comfortable.

When Lindsey is not seeing patients or furthering her knowledge by taking more courses, she enjoys spending time with her husband, her sons, and family!

Taran Williams, RDH

Registered Dental Hygienist

Taran was born and raised in Ada, graduated from Ada High school in 2010. She took her dental hygiene prerequisites at East Central University. Taran graduated with an associate degree from Amarillo College of Dental Hygiene.

She is a member of the American Dental Hygienist Association, Oklahoma Dental Hygienists Association and the Red Earth Study Club for Dental Hygienist. She believes that a healthy active lifestyle and good oral health contribute to a healthy life.

When Taran is not working, she is spending time with her husband Jake Williams, of Stonewall, and their two adorable daughters. Taran is very family- oriented and loves being around her extended family. She also enjoys being outside at the farm, working out and going to the lake.

Meagan Hoover, RDH
Barbara Jolly

Business Administrator

She attended Mississippi State University where she earned a degree in English Education. For many years, she supported her husband, Lance, during his career as an officer in the U. S. Air Force.  After his retirement, they moved their family to Ada and settled here.

Barbara has four children and four grandchildren.  She enjoys reading, cooking, and crafts.  She was interested in working at Ada Smile Place because of the excellent dental care she and her family received, and she became part of our team.  She believes in providing a positive environment where others are supported and cared for.

Lanette Forbes

Insurance Coordinator

Lanette was born in Ada and grew up south of Calvin. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Southeastern Oklahoma University, where she met her husband, Hugh.  Shortly after graduation, they moved to Alaska, where they raised their daughter and two sons. Lanette and Hugh moved back to Oklahoma in November 2018 when they welcomed their first grandchild.  When not at the office, Lanette enjoys playing pickleball with her husband, and spending time with her pup, Elsa.
Tatiana Hernandez

Dental Assistant

Tatiana was born in New Bern, NC. She moved to Ada in 2015 and attended Ada High School as a senior. She graduated in 2016. She then attended Pontotoc County Technology Center for her Dental Assistance Certification and graduated in December of 2017. She feels blessed and thankful to be a part of such an amazing office. The great quality care that we provide to our patients is the reason why she went into the dental field. When she’s not working, she likes spending time with her fiancé and traveling to visit family.

Amber Myers

Dental Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Laura Avitia

Front Office

Bio coming soon!

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