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Madison has been a registered dental hygienist since 2015, where she graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Degree. At our office, Madison evaluates the oral health of our patients and educates them on proper ways to improve and maintain their oral status and overall health. Madison joined Thayer Dental Care and Walnut Ridge Dental Care in 2018.

Outside of work she enjoys the little things in life with her husband Jake and their beautiful daughter Maci. In her spare time Madison enjoys spending time with family and friends.



Laura joined Thayer Dental Care and Walnut Ridge Dental Care team in 2020. Laura is the first face you see when walking into our office. Laura is your go to for scheduling appointments for your dental treatment. Laura and her husband Brandon married in 2009 and welcomed their beautiful daughter Ally-Brook in 2011. Laura enjoys playing golf, watching her husband dirt track race, and her daughter play basketball in her spare time.

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Alexis works on the administrative side of the dental field; she has been with Thayer Dental Care since 2017. Alexis enjoys seeing her patients happy and their new smiles. Alexis is your go to for any dental insurance questions.

Alexis married her high school sweetheart Devin in 2019. Alexis and Devin welcomed their son Juddson in the fall of 2020. Alexis loves working with her husband their cattle ranch in her spare time. Alexis loves spending time with her family, friends, traveling and reading.

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Sara has been working in the administrative side of the dental field since 2003. Sara joined Thayer Dental Care and Walnut Ridge Dental Care in 2018. Sara enjoys working with and getting to know her patients. Sara loves to help her patients with any dental insurance, billing or scheduling questions. What she enjoys the most is seeing her patients’ new Smile!

Sara is married to her husband Joe, and they have two teenage boys, Cooper and Cole.   In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. Sara always looks forward to her summer beach vacation, kayaking, and hiking with her family.

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As a dental assistant for several years, Lisa joined our Thayer Dental Care and Walnut Ridge Dental team in 2018. Lisa enjoys the level of patient care we provide to each patient at our office, the teamwork that exists with her co workers and she is dedicated to patient care.

At our practice, she works alongside Dr Patel and Dr Blount to assist in all dental procedures. She works to make sure that every patient receives the highest level of care possible throughout their procedures and recovery. She can answer any questions they may have about their procedures. When not at the office, Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband Kurt, 4 children and grandchildren.

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Katy has been a dental assistant since 2014. Katy joined Thayer Dental Care and Walnut Ridge Dental Care in 2020. Katy enjoys helping patients with their smile. Katy is married to her husband Chris and have two children Fletcher and Brooks. Katy enjoys spending her free time with her husband, their children and hunting.



Madelyn is a proud employee of Thayer Dental Care/Walnut Ridge Dental Care since 2019. She began her dental assisting career in 2018 at Arkansas Dental Assisting Academy. Madelyn enjoys her job at Walnut Ridge Dental Care/Thayer Dental Care as a Treatment Coordinator. She loves to be able to help patients turn their dreams into reality, by helping patients find comfortable payment plans and helping patients get their smile back!

Madelyn married her husband, Darren, in June 2021! They now have a  little girl named Stella Jo, and will be welcoming their little boy, Stetson Thomas, in June of 2022! In Madelyn’s spare time she enjoys grilling out and making memories with her family and friends!

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Zach joined Thayer Dental Care and Walnut Ridge Dental Care in 2018. Zach is married to his wife, Madison, and together they have three children- Chandler, Gavin, and Jagger. Zach enjoys working around his house, riding four-wheelers, working in the yard, and hanging out with his wife and


“It’s a pleasure to be able to work with my coworkers. We work long days but it’s worth it to be able to hang out with the group of guys I work with. I am thankful to work for Dr. Patel as he is always pushing us and wanting us to learn the newest technology and techniques to make us better at our job.

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Nick joined Thayer Dental Care and Walnut Ridge Dental Care as a Lab Technician in 2021. Nick is married to his wife, Shelby, and has two children: Isaac and Olivia. Nick really enjoys the process of making prosthetics and working with his coworkers. Nick enjoys spending his free time at home with his wife and children, on the farm, and gardening.

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Sagen joined Thayer Dental Care and Walnut Ridge Dental care in 2021. Sagen enjoys spending his spare time with family and friends, fishing, and kayaking.

“I enjoy the crew I work with and learning something new every day. Being able to have the opportunity to help people achieve a new smile. Everyone I work with is very advanced in their skills and takes pride in their work, making it a great environment.”

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Cameron joined Thayer Dental Care and Walnut Ridge Dental Care in 2019. Cameron has one daughter, Patience. In his free time, he enjoys road trips with his daughter, hiking, and kayaking. Cameron enjoys learning about history and anything to do with the universe, “it is very intriguing to me.” Cameron is a huge basketball fan and loves traveling and seeing new places.

“I love my job because, at TDC and WRDC, Dr. Patel provides advanced treatment and offers all the newest innovations in dental technology to not only the community I grew up in but to patients coming from all states and regions in America. My work environment consists of people I’ve been friends with since the first grade. I love the constant opportunity to continue learning in this field and being a dental lab technician.”



Tammy is a Dental Assistant and joined Thayer Dental Care in 2010 and Walnut Ridge Dental Care in 2018. Tammy is married to her husband, Benny, and together they have 4 children Alexis (Devin), Allie, Abby, Jordan (Taquila), and 4 grandchildren. Tammy enjoys spending time with her family, friends, church family, and cooking in her free time. One of Tammy’s favorite things to do is to have family and friends over for a cookout.

Here is what Tammy enjoys about her job:

“Watching someone’s life change because we gave them back (or maybe never had) a pretty smile. Dentures that fit better than any other & look like natural teeth.”