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

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 a member for the American Dental Hygienists Association and the Oklahoma Dental Hygienists Association. She is a firm believer in the link between oral health and overall health. 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, 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 her dog Gus. 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.

Vickie Wingfield, RDH
Registered Dental Hygienist

Vickie was born and raised in Okemah, Oklahoma. She completed her prerequisites while playing basketball for Seminole State. She graduated from Missouri Southern State with her associates in Dental Hygiene and completed her bachelors degree in May 2017. Vickie is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association and the Oklahoma Dental Hygienists Association. She has been practicing for the past 23 years, while raising her boys. She lives in Vanoss with her husband Jim.

As a newer member of the Ada Smile Place team, she is thrilled to continue caring for patients and sharing her passion for dental health.

Lainie Baker

Dental Assistant

Lainie graduated from Latta High School in 2015. She then attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University on a basketball scholarship before returning back to Ada due to a sports-related injury. She received her Dental Assistance certification from Mid-America Technology Center in June of 2017. She feels blessed by the Lord to be a part of the Ada Smile Place team.

She is a concert junkie, and you can usually catch her at any red-dirt concert. Her favorite artists are Cody Johnson, Randy Rogers, Cody Jinks and Luke Combs. She likes binge watching on Netflix on lazy Sunday afternoons, cooking lots of yummy, fatty foods, and being around her friends and family.

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.

Meagan Hoover

Dental Assistant

Meagan was born and raised in Sasakwa, Oklahoma. She attended Pontotoc Technology Center where she received her Dental Assistant certificate. She later attended Seminole State College and graduated with an Associates Degree in Health Sciences. She has worked in the dental field for over five years. She loves working with people and helping improve their smiles and self- confidence. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Chris, and two children.
Gina Vaughn

Dental Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Amber Myers

Dental Assistant

Bio coming soon!


Smile Coordinator

Bio coming soon!

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.

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