Our Team

Northwest Arkansas Family Dental

Fayetteville AR Dentist | Wade Kifer Dentist

Patients often comment about how much we really seem to love our jobs and how well we all work together. To those patients and to you, I will say that all it takes is a team that has pride and excitement in providing a great patient experience as well as practicing an exceptional quality of dentistry. We take great pride in serving Fayetteville and our surrounding communities.

Upon entering our office, you will be greeted and welcomed by name – seemingly as more of a friend than a patient. Once you have arrived, you will not just hear the echo of dental drills or that dental office smell that you are accustomed to, but the sound of laughter from our girls (who love a good story or joke) and a scent that is much more pleasing and relaxing. You will likely be offered a drink and have something to read while you wait, although you can be assured that you will be seen on time and will not have to experience a long wait.

In a world that is schedule driven, we know that our patients' time is valuable. For this reason, it is not our goal to see a record number of patients in a day, but to provide you with the greatest quality of personalized care. We schedule our patients in a way that allows us to serve them more adequately and efficiently. Once you are in a room, we have the opportunity of getting to know you on a deeper level. Whether your concerns are health, comfort, fear, or that smile makeover, our priority is to develop a relationship with you so that we can give you the best we have to offer. It is our philosophy that you not only leave here with your needs or wants met, but that you leave here educated about your dental health to give you a better quality of life.

While it is not only our job to solve your dental needs and educate you to gain better dental health, we also feel that it is important that we have someone available to walk you through the process. Our treatment room allows you the privacy to discuss your dental treatment options with us from scheduling your treatments to discussing finances or other concerns that you may have.

Upon leaving our office, we hope that we have provided you with an answer to all your questions. We hope that we have customized a way to best fit your needs or wants and have given you a great patient experience with an exceptional quality of care. We also hope that you leave here with a better understanding of dentistry in a way to create a better quality of life for you and your family.

Please read on to learn more about our Team. 

Meet Our Team

Dr. Wade Kifer, DDS

Dr. Wade KiferDDS

I was born in Missouri and lived there until about age 13, when I moved to Fort Smith, Arkansas. I believe it was there that I first became interested in dentistry. I have always loved science and people, so dentistry was a natural connection between the two.

In 1995, I graduated from Southside High School and then enrolled in the University of Arkansas, where I graduated with a B.S. in biology in 1999. After college I was accepted into the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and graduated in 2003. After dental school, I did a one-year residency that specialized in and focused on high quality general dentistry (AEGD).

While in Tennessee, I met my wife Claire while she was in Physical Therapy school. We were married in 2004 in her hometown of Dyersburg, TN, and then moved back to northwest Arkansas. I worked in an orthodontic office and a general dental office in the area. In the summer of 2006, Dr. Broyles asked me to join him in his dental practice in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

I absolutely love dentistry and regularly take over one hundred hours per year of continuing education. This is five times the amount required by the state licensing committee. I am a member of and have been studying at The Kois Center of Excellence in Seattle since 2008. I am also a member of the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Arkansas State Dental Association (ASDA). Additionally, I am the President of the Academy of Interdisciplinary Dentofacial Therapy (AIDT) and I volunteer at the Fayetteville Free Health Center. 

When I'm not studying, I really enjoy spending time with my wife and our three children, Kate, Kinley, and Nicholas. They are the absolute joys in our lives. Besides family and church, we enjoy going to Razorback football, basketball and baseball games. Other hobbies of ours include hiking and canoeing.

Dr. Beth Bowen, DDS

Dr. Beth BowenDDS

I am originally from northeast Arkansas. I graduated from Jonesboro High School in 2004 and then attended the University of Arkansas on a prestigious Bodenhamer Fellowship, graduating magna cum laude with a B.S. in biology in 2007.

During my second semester of college, a group of friends invited me to volunteer with them at the Free Health Center. I fell in love with dentistry over those Thursday night visits! To me, dentistry is the perfect way to build relationships with my patients while combining my loves of science and art.

After college, I attended the University of Tennessee in Memphis for dental school. I absolutely adored my time in Memphis!  (Yes, I am a huge nerd!) While in school, I had the privilege of presenting research, taking electives in periodontal surgery, esthetics, CEREC technology, and Endodontics as well as teaching underclassmen through the senior honors program. I graduated with Honors in 2011.

I have done additional training in the dental departments of both the Children's Hospital of Colorado and the Cincinnati Children's Hospital. This was to learn more about comprehensive treatment planning for children, behavior management, and dental needs associated with growth and development.

After dental school, I worked as an associate for three years in my hometown of Jonesboro before moving back to Fayetteville to join Dr. Kifer. I am excited to be back in Northwest Arkansas after a seven-year hiatus! When I am not at the office, you can likely find me spending time with my family and friends or with my two spoiled pups, Sooie and Petunia. If I am not with the ones I love, I am likely in the kitchen baking, calling the Hogs at a football game, or running on one of the great trails around town.  

Dr. Megan Johnson, DMD

Dr. Megan JohnsonDMD

I am originally from Eastern Arkansas and grew up in Marion. I attended college at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee, where I graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Biology in 2012. While in college, I met my husband Matt, who is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee. We were married in 2012 the month before I started dental school.

I spent my next 4 years in Louisville, KY, attending the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, where I earned my DMD degree in May of 2016.  During my senior year, I was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a National Dental Honor Society who selects students that have shown exemplary character, leadership, and scholarship.

After dental school, I was accepted into a one-year residency program (AEGD) that brought me to Northwest Arkansas. I completed this residency at the dental clinic in the Fayetteville VA hospital, where I had the privilege of serving our nation’s veterans.  My program provided a ton of additional clinical experience.

 

I have fallen in love with this side of the state, and I am so excited to be staying in this area!  Outside of the office you can find me dragging my husband Matt, a Tennessee fan, to Razorback games (if you see a guy with an orange “T” on his truck around town, he’s probably mine), and playing frisbee with our miniature schnauzer, Silas.

Ashley Hart, RDA

 Ashley HartRDA

I was born in Northwest Arkansas but had the opportunity to live in Texas for a good portion of my life. My husband and I have been back in this area since 2005, and we are enjoying what NWA has to offer. 

I graduated from the Paris Junior College Dental Assistant Program in 2005, and I have been working with Dr. Kifer ever since. I enjoy working at Northwest Arkansas Family Dental but also spending time with all the women I work with. 

My husband, Cody, and I have been married since 2006; we were blessed with our beautiful daughter, Laney, in June of 2011. We love the peaceful country life with all of our animals and spending time with family and friends. 

Erin DeMoss

 Erin DeMoss

I am originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I have been married to Chris since 2004, and we have a wonderful little girl named Megyn. 

I moved to Northwest Arkansas from Little Rock in 2008, when my husband was transferred with his job. I have been in the dental field since 2004 and I love it! I went into dentistry thinking I wanted to assist but soon realized how much I enjoyed being the first person the patients are greeted by or talk to on the phone. 

Outside of the office, most of my free time is spent with my husband and daughter (who keeps me very busy). I enjoy reading, spending time with family, and shopping.  Most of all, I feel very blessed to work with such a great group of people who make a difference in people's lives every day.

Katie Bullock

 Katie Bullock

I was born and raised in Maumelle, Ar. and graduated high school in Russellville, Ar.  I have been living in Fayetteville since 2008 when I moved here to attend the U of A, aside from a brief dreamy 2 years I lived in Crested Butte, Co.  My very first job was working in a dental office when I was 17 and I am very excited to be back in this environment helping make people smile every single day 10 years later! If you need a helping hand understanding your insurance or finances, I am happy to assist.

When I am not here at the office you can find me exploring all of Arkansas’ trails and waterfalls, painting anything my heart desires, being thrifty and crafty, cooking and baking new recipes I find on pintrest, and making memories with my loved ones.  

Hansen Chao

 Hansen Chao

I was born in North Carolina, but I mainly grew up in Texas. Don’t worry though, I consider Fayetteville and Arkansas my home now. I moved to Fayetteville in 2012 to pursue my B.A. in Communications and fell in love with the area. I get to spend most of my time catering to every need of my Grey Hound, Ramona. You may also see me around NWA doing some Stand-Up comedy or improv comedy, but chances are you’ll just see me at the front desk ready to help.

 

I have loved getting to meet all of our patients and I cannot wait to meet you as well!        

Ashley Price, RDH

 Ashley PriceRDH

I was born in Portsmouth, VA and had the opportunity to live in several cities along the east coast while my dad was in the Navy. My family is originally from Arkansas and moved to NWA in 2001. I graduated from Dental Hygiene school at the UA Fort Smith in 2011. The best part about dental hygiene is working with my patients. I love that I have a career that I look forward to everyday.

I married my awesome husband, Abel, January 2012. We were blessed with our son Beckett in November 2013. Our days right now are filled with chasing, playing, slinging food everywhere and laughter!

Rachel Curtner, RDH

 Rachel CurtnerRDH

I was born and raised in Stuttgart, AR.  I moved to Fayetteville in 2004 to start my college career at the University of Arkansas where I graduated with a B.S. in biology.  After college, I spent time working as a pharmaceutical sales rep.  In 2011 I decided to pursue a career in dental hygiene.  I graduated from dental hygiene school at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith in May 2013.  I have always had an interest in the dental field especially dental hygiene.  My mother’s best friend is a dental hygienist and she always left a lasting impression on me when I went to the dentist.  The opportunity for me to meet new people and establish long lasting relationships is one of the many benefits of my profession. 

I married my best friend’s older brother, Robert, in December 2011.  We both enjoy traveling with family and friends, being outdoors, and anything involving Razorback sports.  In May 2013, we adopted a lab/shepherd mix we named Sadie.  Robert and I welcomed a baby boy, William Robert, to our family this past May.  Our family is excited about the many future blessings Northwest Arkansas has to offer. 

Whitney Bailey, RDH

 Whitney BaileyRDH

I was born and raised in Fort Smith, AR. After attending the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, I moved to Kansas where I attended Dental Hygiene school, and graduated in 2006. I have always been interested in the medical field, but after a summer internship with my hygienist, my passion for the dental profession began.

I love being able to meet and visit with new people on a daily basis. It is important for me to place value on dental health with my patients.  I really enjoy learning and educating my patients on the latest dental procedures and technology, and having an overall positive impact on their health.

Bryan and I have been married since 2014 and welcomed our daughter, Elliot, in 2016. We love traveling, cooking, playing golf, watching all Razorback sports, and mostly spending time with our family and friends.

Kyra Reames, RDH

 Kyra ReamesRDH

I am originally from Charleston, AR. I began my college career as a freshman at the U of A, and completed it at UA-Fort Smith with a degree in Dental Hygiene May 2015. I always knew I loved helping people and wanted a career in the medical field. I really felt that dental hygiene would give me the ability to do that, while also having the amazing opportunity to get to know my patients personally by seeing them multiple times a year for their hygiene appointments. I really enjoy being able to educate my patients about the effect their oral health can have on the rest of their body. I am so happy I chose a rewarding career that I cherish daily!

In January 2015, I was blessed with an amazing little boy, Coy Don. Since then, I stay busy playing, laughing, and trying to keep up with his newest interests and milestones! Coy and I enjoy being outside, watching sports, summer lake trips with the family, and cuddling up on the couch watching cartoons. 

Nicole Girth, RDH

 Nicole GirthRDH

I grew up in Southeast Kansas and graduated from Missouri Southern in Joplin, MO in 2004.   I started my career in Overland Park, KS and lived there for 12 years before moving to NWA.  I’ve always thought about moving here due to my love for the outdoors, but after having a nephew that lived here it made it a must!  

My work days fly by educating my patients, addressing concerns, and finding out what has been keeping them busy.  I love being able to go to work every day doing something that I love! 
I like to spend as much time as possible taking my dogs out on the amazing trails here and being with family. 

Alaina Taliaferro, RDA, CDA, CDD

 Alaina TaliaferroRDA, CDA, CDD

I am originally from Southwest Florida but I moved to Arkansas in 2011. I graduated from Charlotte Technical Center's dental assisting program in 2008. I went on to become nationally certified later that year. I am loving my life in Northwest Arkansas and working with this wonderful team! I love technical work in the lab and making patients with anxiety feel at home. 

My amazing husband Jeff and I got married in June 2015. We have a golden retriever, Millie, from a rescue group in Florida, and our cat Waffles.  I love to cook big family dinners, bake, and volunteer as much as possible. Charity work is a major part of my life, striving to help the local community.

Janna Pittman, RDA

 Janna PittmanRDA

I am originally from Denver, Co. I moved to Fayetteville in 2001. I graduated cosmetology school in 2005 and still currently practice hair on the side. I have been blessed with two children, a boy and a girl named Hunter and Ashlyn. I enjoy meeting new people and love to socialize with everyone! When I am not at the office or salon I enjoy being on a patio enjoying great friends and food. I am so blessed to a part of the dental industry and meeting amazing patients like you!

Maddie Haydon, RDA

 Maddie HaydonRDA

I was born and raised in North Little Rock, AR. After getting married I lived in Bryant, AR for about 5 years. In January, my husband and I moved to NWA for his job. We love it up here and we are so glad we made the move! 

I have always loved the dental field! When I graduated high school I became a dental assistant and assisted at my family dentist back in North Little Rock. Once my son was born, I decided to work at his daycare for a little bit. After we moved here, I decided to get back into the Dental field and I am so glad I did! I love being able to help patients understand their treatment and payment options. 

I am a proud police wife! I married my best friend, Jon, in November of 2010. We have been blessed with two sweet boys, Kyle (almost 4) and Ryder (2). We have a lab/beagle mix, Addie, from a rescue group in Missouri. She is very much a part of our family. I enjoy crafting, spending time with my family and friends, and anything outdoors!