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Meet the staff

Southern Smiles Fun
Jennifer Ingels Hughes, D.M.D.
Dr. Hughes grew up in Hattiesburg, graduating from Hattiesburg High School in 1991.  She graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in Biology.  She attended the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry.  After graduating from Dental School in 1999, she moved to Hattiesburg.  She practiced in a Community Health Center for several years before opening her own office, Southern Smiles, PLLC, in 2003.  She is currently a member of the South Mississippi Dental Society,  the Mississippi Dental Association and the American Dental Association.  Dr. Hughes has 2 children and enjoys scrapbooking, cycling, scuba diving and traveling.
Our Office Manager, Billie, has been working with us since 2014.  She is key to our office running smoothly, professionally and with good business practices.  She brings 25 years of Dental Experience to our team and is an integral part of the recent Southern Smiles growth!  Billie is originally from Valley Park, MS and is moved to Hattiesburg in 2013.  She loves her dogs and enjoys flea markets and local outdoor festivals.  Billie has a daughter and 2 grandchildren to keep her busy when she's not at the office. 
Our Clinical Manager and Dental Assistant, Susan, has been working with Dr. Hughes since 2001.  
She played an invaluable role in helping Dr. Hughes open Southern Smiles,PLLC in 2003.  She takes great pride in providing excellent care for our patients.  She strives to make sure each patient has been listened to, heard,
and understood.  She also wants all of our patients to understand both their dental treatment and financial options.  

Our Hygienist, Angela, prides herself on exceptional care for her patients.  She gathers needed diagnostic information, such as x-rays dental charting and periodontal charting.  She also provides our patients with gentle and thorough professional dental cleanings and periodontal therapy.  Angela was a Dental Assistant for Dr Hughes for 8 years prior to going back to school for Dental Hygiene.    Angela Graduated from Pearl River Community College in Dental Assisting in 2006 and the Dental Hygiene Program in 2016.   She received  the coveted Preventive Dentistry Award,  an award for the hygienist that is the most thorough in educating patients about their dental health.  Angela is very efficient, and organized, and treats every patient with thoughtfulness and consideration.  She is fabulous at taking care of our patients needs and enjoys helping patients feel more comfortable.  
Kayla, our Dental Assistant, enjoys getting to know our patients.  She strives to help each patient have a pleasant and comfortable experience.  She is very intuitive and efficient in assisting Dr. Hughes and is eager to learn new skills.  Kayla Graduated from Antonelli College Dental Assisting program in 2012 and had few years experience in dental assisting before she joined our team in 2014.  Kayla has a baby born in 2016 and is always entertaining us with stories of his latest adventures. 

Kristy, our Receptionist, joined our team in 2016 and has brought many smiles to our patients and our team!  Her outgoing and welcoming personality and her straightforward approach has boosted our office performance.  She worked in Dentistry for several years before staying home to raise her youngest daughter.  She has 3 children and 3 grandchildren.  Kristy stays busy with her daughter, family and community events.  Kristy has completed our team growth for 2016 and strengthened our teams proficiency in working together to serve our patients well. 
Meghan, our Hygienist, loves seeing new patients and helping Dr. Hughes diagnose our patients with a treatment plan that is individualized to each patients needs.  Meghan graduated from Pearl River Community College in Dental Hygiene in 2010.  She brought multiple dental office experience to our team when she joined us in 2014.  Meghan thrives on getting to know our patients and knowing that she has treated their dental hygiene needs.  As a busy mom of 2 boys, Meghan enjoys crafting and watching her sons' ball games. 
Our Hygienist, Debbie,  has recently retired and we miss her terribly.  Although she will continue to work occasionally to fill in from time to time.  She is definitely enjoying a well deserved retirement and stays busy with tennis, grandchildren, home projects, and their camp on the coast.  Debbie has been a vital Southern Smiles Team Member since 2006.  She and Dr. Hughes have worked together off and on from 1999-2006, when she joined Dr. Hughes full time.  Debbie has worked in dentistry since 1972.  Debbie graduated as a Registered Dental Hygienist from Pearl River Community College in 2002.  She is an excellent clinical practitioner as well as an avid oral health educator.  Debbie was awarded the Proctor and Gamble Crest Preventive Dentistry Award  for 2001-02.   Our patients continually brag on how thorough she is and how comfortable she makes them feel.  She has been known to convert even the most apprehensive patient into an enthusiastic flosser.