The Dentist

Dr. Kendra Martin, D.D.S.

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Dr. Kendra Martin was born and raised in South Charleston, WV. She graduated from South Charleston High School before attending Marshall University. She went on to attend the WVU School of Dentistry and graduated in 2008. After spending three years in private practice and teaching at WVU, she completed her 2-year specialty training in pediatric dentistry at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Kendra is married to Dr. Rick Martin, and they have a son named Tegan and a daughter named Sydney. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, working out, and is an avid Mountaineer fan.

Dr. Kendra is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She is also a member of the ADA, WVDA, Kanawha Valley Dental Society, West Virginia Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She holds certificates in both Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support.


Dr. Jarrell Martin, D.D.S.

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Dr. Jarrell Martin (Aka Dr. Rick) was born and raised in Charleston WV. He graduated from Capitol High School and worked several years before attending West Virginia State University where he obtained his Bachelors in both Chemistry and Biology with a Minor in Psychology. After completing his degrees, he continued his education at WVU School of Dentistry with completion in 2011. He was asked to stay at WVU after graduation as an assistant professor where he taught in both the Department of Restorative Dentistry and the Department of Pediatrics. This time allowed him to mentor dental students while maintaining a close relationship with many specialists and experienced dentists, therefore allowing him to continue his learning at a higher level.

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Dr. Rick and Dr. Kendra have been married since 2009 and decided to return to Charleston after the birth of their son, Tegan. Since returning they have added a beautiful daughter to their family, Sydney. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, strength training, outdoor activities, cars and WVU Athletics.

Dr. Rick is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Academy of General Dentistry, Kanawha County Dental Society and WVDA.


Meet Our Staff

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The Assistants

Natasha - Dental Assistant

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Natasha was born and raised in South Charleston, WV. She graduated from South Charleston High School before attending Marshall University in 2009. Natasha later enrolled at West Virginia Junior College where she graduated with her Associates in Dental Assisting. Joining Young Smiles immediately after graduation in 2015, Natasha enjoys everything about her job. She loves interacting with her co-workers and patients. In her spare time, she spends every free moment playing princess with her little girl and spending time with her family.






Danielle - Dental Assistant

Danielle

Danielle was born in Ohio and raised in Sissonville, WV. She graduated from Sissonville High School in 2013 before attending West Virginia Junior College. Danielle obtained her Associate in Dental Assisting and joined Young Smiles in 2014. She loves working with kids and is great at helping patients understand their treatment needs. She enjoys spending all of her spare time with her son, husband, family, and animals. As a family, they spend most of their time engaging in outdoor activities.

The Hygienists

Bridgette – Dental Hygienist

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Bridgette was born and raised in Chesapeake, WV. Growing up with an interest in dentistry and often shadowing her uncle at his office, she decided to pursue a dental career. In 2005 she started working as a Dental Assistant in a general practice while attending West Virginia State University. In 2008 she was accepted into WVU Tech’s Dental Hygiene program and graduated Cum Laude in 2010 with her Associates in Dental Hygiene. Immediately following graduation she started her hygiene career and found her interest to be in pediatrics. Bridgette is certified in both Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support. The majority of her spare time is devoted to animal rescue. She also enjoys working out with her husband, spending time with her animals, family, and friends.


Kristin - Dental Hygienist

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Kristin is a native of Putnam County and graduated from Winfield High School in 2011 before attending West Virginia State University. Being in the dental field has always been a dream of Kristin’s since elementary school. She started a career in dental assisting in 2012. She went on to attend Bridgevalley CTC for dental hygiene and graduated in 2015, immediately joining the Young Smiles team. She is certified in Basic Life Support. Kristin loves being around all of the children, helping them conquer their fear of the dental office is her primary goal. She is a faithful member of Teays Valley Baptist Church. On the weekends she enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, Bubba.


The Receptionists

Cassie - Receptionist

Cassie

Cassie is a native of St. Albans, WV. She graduated from St. Albans High School in 2011, before attending West Virginia Junior College. Cassie received her associates in medical office administration in 2014. She joined the Young Smiles team in 2016, where she enjoys working in the pediatric field. Cassie is currently enrolled at West Virginia State University where she will be working towards her Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences. In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, baking and spending time with her nieces and nephews. However, most of her spare time is spent with her cute little kitty, Punky.







Melissa - Receptionist

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Melissa was born in Pennsylvaia and raised in Morgantown, WV. In 1997 she received her Bachelors of Arts in Chemistry from West Virginia University. She worked as a Veterinary Assistant for 6 years before taking time off to be a stay at home mom. Melissa has always enjoyed working with children which led her to join the Young Smiles team in 2017. Helping meet each individuals needs is what she strives for daily. On the weekends she spends time with her husband, children, and animals. Melissa enjoys crafting and teaches classes in the Education Department at Jo-Ann Fabrics.