Meet Our Magical Pediatric Dental Care Team in Tyler, TX
We wouldn’t be able to provide exceptional dental care without the support of our exceptional, skilled team. At Storybook Smiles, our fun-loving, enthusiastic team members make every day a great one. Our goal is to put a smile on every patient’s face and to show them that taking care of their smile is both fun and rewarding. Visiting the dentist doesn’t have to be a chore. We hope that your child, and you, will look forward to the time you get to spend with us!
Hi, my name is Dylan Patrick and I am the founding Pediatric Dentist at Storybook Smiles. My main jobs are to wash out cavity bugs and count teeth! After graduating in the top 5 of my dental school class, I completed two additional years of advanced training in Pediatric Dentistry at one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals, Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. Through this additional training in hospital dentistry, sedation dentistry, and treatment of patients with complex dental and medical needs, I’m able to provide the very best care that your child deserves. My Christian faith is the driving force behind Storybook Smiles and the emphasis I place on serving our awesome patients with compassion and care. It’s a privilege to have a job where I wake up excited in the morning because I get to do something I’m truly passionate about. I won’t hit a home run with every visit, but I can promise that I’ll do my best to make it right if I ever strike out. Outside of work I like spend time with my wife, Kimberly, and our son, Brayden. My favorite activities with Brayden include playing with mega blocks, giving him his bath, and rocking him to sleep. You will occasionally find Kimberly and I enjoying a movie after Brayden goes to bed. Speaking of Kimberly, she’s an unofficial team member of Storybook Smiles who works tirelessly behind the scenes to help keep the office running smoothly!
Hi, my name is Clint Miller and I am one of the dentists at Storybook Smiles. I am super blessed to have a job that I love coming to each and every day! I have a medical background, having worked as a physician assistant for years before pursuing dentistry, and I often incorporate that skill set into treatment decisions when needed. My faith in Jesus Christ is the foundation I have relied on in all aspects of life, from working with the families at Storybook Smiles to my own family at home. I have been married for over 20 years to my wife, Elise, and we have 2 kiddos, Hannah and Jackson. When I am not at work, I love spending time with family and friends. Some of my favorite activities include gardening, swimming, hiking, kayaking, fishing and camping.
Meet the Rest of Our Team!
Lucy, Dental Hygienist
Hi, my name is Lucy and I am a Dental Hygienist at Storybook Smiles. I clean teeth and educate little ones and their parents on the importance of brushing/flossing and how their diet affects their oral health. I desire to see each of my patients be fearless and show off their beautiful smiles after a cleaning. My ultimate goal is for them to understand the importance of good oral habits at home so they can be proud of their smiles for a lifetime. I was born and raised in Jacksonville where I still live around my family. I graduated from Tyler Junior College where I obtained my Associates and Bachelors degree in Dental Hygiene. I am the oldest of my siblings and an aunt to two cute little nieces. On my time off, I enjoy going to baseball games, especially in Arlington to watch the Texas Rangers play! One thing that people might not know about me is that I am an adrenaline junkie. I love going to six flags and sky diving has been the scariest, but funnest, thing I’ve done so far! Next up, bungee jumping!
Nickie, Dental Hygienist
Hello, my name is Nickie. I have been a pediatric dental hygienist for over 17 years. In March of 2020 I had the great joy of joining the Storybook Smiles team and I have found an even bigger love for pediatric dental care. I am given an opportunity every day to live out my passion by providing the very best care in a fun, engaging environment. Pediatric dentistry is where my heart is! I truly treasure coming to work every day and seeing all the sweet, smiling faces! I enjoy the privilege of teaching our patients and parents about their oral health and how to make good nutritional choices that will keep their teeth and body healthy for a lifetime! I am a graduate from Tyler Junior College Dental Hygiene Program, at which I had the privilege of going back and teaching future Dental Hygiene students for 8 years. In my spare time, I enjoy being with my family (especially my grandbabies), cooking, and living on the lake. I also love crafting of any kind! If any activity involves a glue gun, painting, or making/shopping for something fun for the holidays, and you can count me in! I am a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association, Texas Dental Hygiene Association, Texas Dental Hygiene Educators Association, and the National Dental Hygiene Honor Society. I am also a proud Tyler Junior College Dental Hygiene Gold Lifetime Alumni Member! I like to say I went from children’s feet to children’s teeth. Back in the day, I owned and operated a children’s shoe store called Shoeland.
Jennifer, Patient Care Coordinator
Hi, my name is Jennifer and I am a Patient Care Coordinator at Storybook Smiles. I am the smiling face you will see when you first walk in the door. I help parents get their kids checked in and all the paperwork done. I am also most likely the one you will speak with on the phone to schedule appointments. I was an office manager at a previous dental office which helped me gain the skills and knowledge that I use every day in my interaction with patients. I love spending time with my husband and our two precious doggies, Leo and Luna, exploring parks in Tyler. If we aren’t home curled up on the couch watching movies, we are with our extended family fixing big meals or traveling around Texas. It is very appropriate that I work at a pediatric office since I am still a child at heart. I am a HUGE Disney fan and know pretty much all the lyrics to all the princess songs. Growing up, my dad and I would collect Disney movies to watch over and over again at home together.
Ashley A., Patient Care Coordinator
Hi! My name is Ashley and I am a Patient Care Coordinator at Storybook Smiles. I verify Medicaid insurance, help patients check in and out, present treatment plans, and call to confirm appointments. You will see me at the front desk at check in and check out. I became a team member at Storybook Smiles after praying for a change in my career. My first career for 7 years was a certified nurse assistant. During my that time, I learned the importance of teamwork and providing excellent patient care. Since starting here, I instantly fell in love with pediatric dentistry. Working for Dr. Patrick and Dr. Miller has taught me a lot about the dental world and now that’s all I seem to talk about with my family and friends. I was born and raised here in Tyler by my mother who is also my superhero. I married my middle school sweetheart of 15 years on February 19th, 2016. Together we have three children, one girl and two boys. I absolutely love being a wife and mother. Outside of work I spend most of my time with my family who is very competitive. We frequent Grand Slam to satisfy our bowling fix and Urban Air where the kids are the judges for my husband and I’s flipping competitions. My dream is to travel to Africa to do mission work.
Marci, Patient Care Coordinator
Hi, my name is Marci and I am a Patient Care Coordinator at Storybook Smiles. You will most likely see me on your way out of the office. I originally started out as a dental assistant helping the doctor and hygienist in the back and have now transitioned into my current role where I have found a new love in the dental field as coordinator of hospital and sedation appointments. Being a parent, I understand firsthand what it is like to be overwhelmed by unexpected news. That experience has given me a passion for making a hard situation as smooth as possible for our patients and parents. I am a wife and mom of two and I’m close with our extended family. My favorite time of year is when we can spend time around a bonfire and eat s’mores in our backyard. When I’m not working or spending time with my family, I am making car freshies!
Caitlen, Lead Patient Care Coordinator
Hey there! My name is Caitlen, I’m the Lead Patient Care Associate here at Storybook Smiles. Some of my roles include: assisting with treatment, charting for Dr. Patrick and Dr. Miller, and taking super cool x-rays that our kiddos love to check out! Before I found my employment home at Storybook Smiles, I worked at a general dentist office where I got my first dose of pediatric patients, which sparked my love for pediatric dentistry! When I’m not at work I love to spend quality time with my family. I have three nieces and two nephews, whom I adore! I often take them toy shopping and there is never a dull moment in the car while belting out K-LOVE on the radio! I enjoy time with my mom; she is my best friend and we do everything together. We especially love cooking, although most of the time my mom is the main chef and act as the sous chef. I also enjoy baking & watching my fair share of Netflix shows. I can’t wait to see you at the office soon!
Patricia, Patient Care Associate
I’m Patricia and I am a Patient Care Associate at Storybook Smiles. I became a registered dental assistant in 2019. I remember getting the call from Dr. Patrick saying “I would love to have you be a part of this journey and this culture”. Coming from my previous job where I felt unsupported, I am beyond thankful to work at Storybook Smiles and absolutely wouldn’t change pediatrics for adult dentistry. Little ones make every day a unique one. I know I’ve done my job well when I’ve gained the trust of a child during their short appointment time and see them leaving with a huge smile on their face. My husband and I have a beautiful 1 year old baby girl who loves animals just like us. We currently have a mini farm consisting of 2 rabbits, 3 cows, 2 dogs and 1 donkey named Puzzles who can recognize a bag of Whataburger fries and will eat the entire order! We hope to one day have a large plot of land for our animals. We also enjoy outdoor fun, music, traveling, and watching movies together. Something people don’t know about me is that outside of work I’m a side hustler. I make chocolate covered strawberries for special occasions, I am a massage therapist, and I have a growing online business in makeup and nutrition!
Tori, Patient Care Associate
Hey, my name is Tori and I’m a Patient Care Associate at Storybook Smiles. I help bring patients back to their rooms, take their x-rays, and assist our wonderful doctors with charting. One of my dreams has always been to become a dental assistant. I got my big break in 2018 when I started as a hygiene assistant. After two years at that office, I gained skills that helped me transition to Storybook Smiles. I love my job & I love what I do. I really appreciate Dr. Patrick and Dr. Miller for giving me the opportunity to make my dreams come true. I wanted to be a dental assistant because I wanted to be able to help patients gain self esteem to show off their smile and be one of reasons that patients love coming to the dentist. I try my best to help every little heart that walks into the dental office overcome their fear of the dentist. My favorite saying is “I’m not here to hurt you, I promise I’m not..I just need you to trust me” and it’s works..most of the time. I enjoy reading, writing poems, hanging out with my family, cooking, taking trips & catching up on reality T.V. shows. I love spending time with my two daughters, pampering them at the nail salon, getting their hair done, or picking out something nice to wear for our mommy-daughter dates.
September, Patient Care Associate
Hi y’all! I’m September, my role at Storybook Smiles is a Patient Care Associate. My favorite part of my job is seeing children become comfortable in the office and enjoying their visit. My job consists of x-rays, charting for our awesome doctors, assisting in treatment and sterilizing instruments to give patients the safest visit possible. I’m known as the “querky one” around the office. You might see me skipping down the hallway or singing along with the Disney movies playing. Outside of work, I am involved in the children’s ministry at Dayspring Methodist Church where I teach Sunday School. I also enjoy writing children’s books and I currently have two awaiting illustration! Prior to attending dental assistant school I worked in the special education program for Bullard ISD where I found my love for working with children with special needs. I have two dogs, Pecos and Flash, whom I spend the rest of my free time spoiling! Fun fact about me: I LOVE riddles. If you have a cleaver riddle, please share it with me and I will try to solve it before the end of your visit!
Celi, Patient Care Associate
Hi, my name is Celi and I am a Patient Care Associate at Storybook Smiles. Most of my job consists of assisting the doctors during treatment appointments. After nearly 12 years of experience in the dental field, most of that time as a dental assistant, I’ve become well versed in anticipating the needs of the doctor, whether that is the instrument they need next, or particular x-rays they want to see. Prior to starting as a dental assistant at a pediatric office, I hadn’t had much exposure to children. My passion to work with kids grew once I started having my own babies. Being a mom has fostered my love for my job and taught me patience, communication skills, and how to be organized. I am a wife and mom to three beautiful kids, who we plan to raise in Tyler where I have lived all my life. I enjoy spending time with my family at the park, the movies, or vacationing at the beach. Something unique about me and my family is that there are many sets of twins. I have a twin brother and my husband has a twin sister and my older sisters are twins. We were all surprised when my husband and I did not have a set of twins!
Danya, Patient Care Associate
Hi! I’m Danya and I am a Patient Care Associate. Most of the time you can find me in one of our amazing treatment rooms assisting our doctors. I have the joy of bringing patients back, getting them comfortable and all set for treatment. I knew, deep in my heart, I needed to work with children. I spent one day working with adult patients and knew I could never go back. I truly enjoy working with kids; they are sweet, yet honest, and make me smile with the things they say. I have become a master of distraction, helping my patients overcome their fear of the dentist. Fun fact! When Storybook Smiles was in the making I happen to be eating in a near by restaurant, I pointed out the office to my husband and told him “I’ll be working there some day.” Fast forward time, I am now working in my DREAM job! When I’m not at work, my husband and I spend all the time we can outside with our daughter. I enjoy crafting, and especially painting with acrylics, which I now get to do with my daughter.
One of the biggest reasons that Dr. Patrick ended up in a dental profession was the tremendous opportunity to give back. He was active throughout dental school in many different ways. Give Kids a Smile and Texas Mission of Mercy are two of his favorite local volunteer events. His mission trips to Guatemala allowed him to put his training to good use outside of the country. During his trips to Guatemala as a student and then as a pediatric dentist, a special bond was formed between his heart and those children and adults he was able to see. That is why a portion of the proceeds of Storybook Smiles goes to support the children in Guatemala every year. So, when you bring your child in to see us, you can grin knowing that you are helping give someone a happy, healthy Storybook Smile thousands of miles away!