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Meet the Team

We recognize that all of our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice.

We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.


Christy Buchinger, RDH

Christy Buchinger, RDH, has been a hygienist with Smith Dental for more than 30 years. Over that time, she has become a friend to her many patients. She is married to Kevin and has a son and daughter-in-law. She enjoys reading, spending time with family and her fur babies, and traveling. She truly considers it a blessing to care for her patients!


Hope Morris, RDH

Hope Morris, RDH, has been a hygienist with SDC for 13 years. She graduated from the TJC Dental Hygiene program in the top of her class! Hope is married to Doug and has 3 children. Being together with family is a priority for her, and watching her kids play sports is a favorite pastime. Hope loves to serve her patients and form long-lasting, personal relationships with them.


Kacie Cockrell, RDH

Kacie Cockrell, RDH, joined SDC in 2010 after getting married to her high school sweetheart, Aaron. They have 2 children who give them a lot of joy! Kacie enjoys camping, family gatherings, and watching their daughter play softball. She loves spending time with her patients and considers understanding their needs an important part of her job.


Kim Neumeier, RDH

Kim Neumeier, RDH, has been a hygienist for 15 years and loves her rewarding career! She has been happily married for 20 years to her husband Thomas, and they are the proud parents of 3 children. Kim loves to spend time with family and friends, gardening, shopping, and getting away to the beach!


Shelby Strickland, RDH

Shelby Strickland, RDH, BSDH, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene in 2016. She joined SDC and quickly became a trusted friend to her patients. She moved to Tyler in 2009 and married her best friend Kyle in 2012. They have 2 children and a family Pug named Winnie. Her pastime favorites include spending time with family and traveling as much as possible.

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