Dental Hygienists are some of the more familiar faces in our office due to routine preventative care. Together with our doctors, our hygienists play a critical role in the oral health and well being of our patients. Their collaboration with the doctors is an essential element to success at South County Smiles and we are so fortunate to have such a talented group of hygienists supporting us.
Their combined 30 years of experience and commitment to continued education makes them a prized group of individuals who are excelling in their field. They are all active participants in a Hygiene Study Club; a group of dental hygienists that congregate to read, study and discuss the latest struggles, achievements, advancements and technology. We truly have a problem solving and cutting edge team of women who are looking out for our patients on a daily basis.
KELLY SOUZA – HYGIENE TEAM LEAD & CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Kelly began her dental journey as a 15 year old as a file clerk and progressed in the field to become a dental hygienist in 2003. Kelly became a part of the South County Smile’s team in 2009. Her education includes an associates degree in Applied Sciences from the Community College of Rhode Island and a bachelor’s degree in Science from Rhode Island College. Kelly holds her CPR certification since 1995 and her Local Anesthesia license since 2011. Family is what truly makes her smile the most; she loves spending time with her husband Mike, son Zachary and dog, Chloe. She enjoys traveling, reading and spending time working out at the gym. Zach is very active in sports so their family spends nearly all of their free time in a hockey rink, baseball or soccer field. Somehow Kelly has also found the free time to become a Certified Disney Travel Agent and she plans trips to both Disney and Universal Studios.
Mary graduated from Bristol Community College’s Dental Hygiene Program in 2017 and served both years as the secretary for her class’s SADHA chapter. She was also the recipient of both the Kristine Bishop Chapman award and the ADHA Student Community Service award and has been in private practice since graduation, working in both RI and MA before joining the team at South County Smiles. She will be starting school this coming Fall 2020 at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences pursuing a Masters in Dental Hygiene and focusing on the educator pathway with the intention of teaching dental hygiene in the future. She currently lives in Tiverton, RI with her best friend of 10 years and enjoys cooking, game nights with her boyfriend and her cat Cloe.
NICOLE (NIKKI) WISSMANN
Nikki has been a dental hygienist with South County Smiles since 2020. She is a kind and gentle addition to the team of hygienists and has proven to be a valuable team member. She has her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of New Haven.
She not only loves her job, but also cooking and visits to Disney World. Outside of work, Nikki enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. She is drawn to the ocean and the beach for relaxation. For fun she also loves wine and game nights with her friends.
Donna joined the South County Smiles team in 2020 and works as a skilled and compassionate member of our hygiene department. Not only is she an articulate and wonderful advocate for our patients, but she is also truly a light of positivity and contributes to the overall joy in the office.
Donna is not only a dental hygienist, she is also a massage therapist and skilled at interior design and floral arranging. She has an eye for colors and fashion that the entire team admires. She values her family tremendously and admires her mom deeply. She speaks highly and positively of those around her and consistently strives to improve. In her free time, Donna enjoys gardening, cooking, and relaxing.