Meet the Team

Melisa

Dr. Long's Wife and Registered Nurse/Accounts Payable

Working mostly behind the scenes here at Southern Smiles Dental overseeing and managing our accounts, doesn't afford Melisa a whole lot of time to interact with our patients directly.  However, Melisa says that meeting our patients in public and hearing stories about how her husband, Dr. Long changed their life with his dental care, makes her feel very proud. Always looking at the numbers, Melisa says her favorite part of the month is when her month balances.

Away from the practice, Melisa's a Lead Nurse in surgery at a local hospital. She and Dr. Long have been married since 2010 and she has raised four sons  in her life.  A very proud mother to her son Jye Joseph Falgout, Dr. Long's son, Samuel, and Jye's brothers Jared and Jovi.  Melisa participates in Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society and in doing so for the past 15 years has acheived a Bronze Level.  She assists with a communion and confirmation class and serves as an Eucharistic Minister for St. Mary Catholic Church in Lakeport.

 

Sabrina

Office Manager and Registered Dental Assistant

The interactions that Sabrina has with those we care for are, she says, the best part of her work. We truly do care for some of the most amazing people, here, and getting to know them and their families, developing relationships that nurture them and us, makes each of us look forward to coming to the office in the morning. As our Office Manager, Sabrina keeps everything moving smoothly, ensuring the best experience for our patients. She is also our financial manager and works with patients to find arrangements that work for their needs and budget. Here, we believe that getting the treatment you need, when you need it, is essential, and we’ll do everything we can to make that happen.

Outside the practice, Sabrina keeps busy with her daughters, Ashlynn and Jordann and their extracurricular school activities. The family, including her husband Byron, enjoys time together, especially if they’re camping or riding dirt bikes.

 

Emma

Registered Dental Assistant Expanded Function

Emma excels at helping patients relax and enjoy their time here. She’s very good at making sure a patient is comfortable in the treatment chair, and is always by their side during a procedure, ensuring that they know what’s going on and how well everything’s progressing. Emma says that helping people achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile, especially those people who’ve had dental issues in the past, is very fulfilling. Providing chairside assistance to Dr. Long as he helps the patient, but always focused on the patient’s needs, Emma is great at helping patients know that they’re in excellent hands.

Away from work, Emma most enjoys spending quality time with Martin, her husband, Diego, her son, and Hilliana, her daughter. She also likes shopping excursions, barbecuing, and traveling. By the way, she’s a superstar when it comes to karaoke!

 

Miranda

Registered Dental Assistant Expanded Function

Quick to smile and laugh, and always there for our patients, Miranda loves getting to know each person we care for, encouraging them to open up and talk. She knows that by attentively listening to a patient, and drawing them out, the person will find it easier to relax and not fret during their visit. Miranda provides assistance to our doctor as he cares for our patients, sitting chairside where she can help him and check in with the patient. In fact, she spends a lot of time talking with the patient about what Dr. Long is doing and the progress that’s being made, providing support and encouragement.

Miranda’s home life is focused on her husband, Jason, and three sons, Dylan Connor, and newest addition Jace. She spends much of her time with them, but also enjoys playing softball and she’s quite interested in photography, as well.

 

Rosie

Registered Dental Hygienist

Rosie is great about communicating with each patient, starting with their initial visit to our office. She helps them feel comfortable and encourages them to talk about their dental dreams and about their lives. In each exchange, she learns from the person, and figures out how best to help them achieve their oral health goals. Much of Rosie’s work day is spent offering dental education to patients, teaching good home dental care processes, about making healthy decisions, and establishing good habits, too. All this leads to great oral health and a healthier body.

Rosie,  her husband, Nick, daughter, Taylor, and son Brandon enjoy their family getaways together.  She also enjoys golfing, boating, and the constant home improvement project.

 

Lindsay

Registered Dental Hygienist

Particularly skilled at making our patients feel welcome and comfortable, Lindsay is always there with a warm smile. She is great at setting an anxious patient at ease and helping them learn to relax during their appointment, reassuring them that we only offer painless care. Lindsay works closely with our patients, helping them achieve the smile they’ve always dreamed about. She also spends time with each person teaching them about oral health and its connection to overall wellness. She helps patients learn how to make good nutritional decisions, develop healthy habits, and keep their teeth and gums clean and healthy between hygiene appointments.

Lindsay enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her cat Tux. She’s also an avid reader who likes going camping, and is passionate about traveling. Having recently returned from London and Paris, she’s decided she wants to spend more time abroad.

 

Caity

Registered Dental Hygienist

Making our patients feel at ease is one of Caity's top priorities.  Her warm smile and bubbly personality helps to make each patient's time in our office and enjoyable and comfortbale experience.  With her gentle touch, she makes each hygiene appointment a positive visit.  She expresses her enthusiam and eagerness for hygiene and dentistry with each of her patients.  These qualities help her and her patients work together to obtain optimal oral health.  Full of energy and youthfulness, Caity educates her patients with beneficial tips on home hygiene care to aid in maintaining a beautiful and healthy smile between each hygiene appointment.

Outside of work, Caity enjoys spending time outdoors with her friends and family.  She loves to ride her horses, Sam and Woody,  hunt with her dog, Ruger, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of her family ranch.

 

Julie

Registered Dental Assistant