Dr. Brent Hawkins
Dr. Brent Hawkins is an Amarillo Native who graduated from Randall High school, Texas Tech University undergraduate and Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. Hawkins is proud to live, work, and serve those in the Texas Panhandle since 2004, He is a member of the American Dental Association and Texas Dental Association. Locally, he was president of the Panhandle District Dental Society in 2013-2014 and was honored to be nominated for the Texas Academy of General Dentistry New Dentist of the Year in 2012. In 2010 and 2012 he was named to the Top Twenty professionals under the age of 40 by the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Hawkins prides himself in staying at the cutting edge of dental technology while providing a friendly, upbeat and stress-free experience for his patients. “My patients are my biggest professional priority,” Dr. Hawkins said. “I want each one to feel like their health, well-being and friendship are important to me.”
Dr. Hawkins also knows a trip to the dentist isn’t at the top of most people’s bucket list. “I try to keep the mood around the office pretty light-hearted,” he said. “I figured being in a dentist’s chair isn’t so bad if I’m able to keep my patients smiling.”
When he’s not in the office, Brent spends most of his time with his wife, Hollye, and their four young kids. Brent enjoys coaching his kids in basketball, baseball and football and being the biggest (and most clueless) supporter for ballet and gymnastics. Together, the couple’s goal is to guide their children to be well-adjusted, caring adults ¬- and to keep smiling all along the journey.
Dr. Richard Smith
Dr. Richard Smith has practiced in Amarillo for 44 years. Dr. Smith graduated from West Texas State University (A&M) and the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston.
Dr. Smith is a past president of the Panhandle District Dental Society, the Texas Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association Smiles Foundation, and the Texas Chapter of the International College of Dentists. He is a past treasurer of the TDA. He is past chair of the American Dental Association Council on Insurance and Member Retirement. He is currently the Treasurer of the USA Section of the International College of Dentists and the International College at Large. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists.
He and his wife have participated in over fifty dental missions in the state, working with the Smiles Foundation to deliver dental care to those who have no access to any type of dentistry.
Dr. Smith and his wife Jimmie, have been married for 49 years and have two daughters and five grandchildren.
Dr. Mark Hassinger
Dr. Mark Hassinger is an Amarillo native who graduated from Tascosa High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and graduated with honors from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston in 1978.
Dr. Hassinger was an instructor for a short time at the Dental Branch in Houston, where he was honored for advancements in the Science of Restoration Dentistry by the South West Academy of Restoration Dentistry.
He started his private practice in Amarillo and has practiced for 39 years here.
Dr. Hassinger believes dentistry is stressful for most people and one of our objectives is to reduce the stress while doing quality dentistry.
When Dr. Hassinger is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife of 30 years, Jan. They enjoy gardening and designing and building furniture.
Meet Our Team
Amanda – Dental Assistant
My name is Amanda, I am a Dental Assistant at Hawkins Dental Group. I have worked for Dr. Hawkins for about 5 years now. I graduated the Dental Assisting program at Amarillo College in 2012. Dr. Hawkins hired me right out of school and this is where I have been ever since. I love my job and our hard-working staff. I have enjoyed getting to know each of our wonderful patients. I have always had an interest in dentistry and have enjoyed all I have learned. I look forward to learning more and more every day.
I was born and raised in Borger, TX until I was about 12. My family moved to Amarillo, where I graduated high school and started college at Amarillo College. Like any freshman in college I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. Finally, I found my calling in dentistry. I have a wonderful 9-year-old son, Tommy. He is very active so of course that keeps me active. I am engaged to a wonderful man, Maurice. He has two kids named Mason and Kinley. I look forward to see where my life journey takes me in my work life and personal life.
Amber – Dental Hygienist
I have practiced Dental Hygiene under Dr. Hawkins since 2012. I graduated from Amarillo College’s Dental Hygiene program in 2008 with my Associates in Applied Science degree. The time I spend outside the office is with my two boys Kelton and Brecken and I am blessed to share my life the past 11 years with my husband Bryan. We spend many weekends watching the kids play baseball or tennis, golfing as a family and hiking and camping when we can. I enjoy working in the inviting atmosphere of Hawkins Dental Group with new technology and the professional employees that I am happy to call friends. As your Dental Hygienist I will ensure you have the same feeling while having your teeth cleaned. I am proficient in treating gingivitis and periodontal disease as well as educating you in home care that complies with your needs as an individual. You will love our digital and modern technology that is time efficient and comfortable. I am excited to meet you and make your teeth and gums as happy and healthy as they should be.
Cathy – Front Office
I have been with Dr. Hassinger, now Hawkins Dental Group, for 25 years in the front office. I have loved being able to work with the wonderful patients over the years. We have always tried to make the patients as comfortable as possible. Dentistry has changed so much over the years and it definitely has changed since I was younger. People enjoy coming to the doctors at Hawkins Dental Group because
we really do care about our patients. I am truly blessed that we merged with such a great office. We are one big happy family now.
I was born and raised in Amarillo, being in the first graduating class of the new Amarillo High School located on Bell, it is not so new now I’m giving my age away. I met my husband, Charlie of 40 years, when I worked at KDJW/KBUY radio. Some of you old timers might remember those call letters. We have one daughter, Vanessa, who is the Imaging Supervisor of Amarillo Medical Specialists. She is married to a wonderful man, Mike, who is a Sergeant with the Amarillo Police Department. We couldn’t have found a better son in-law if we tried! We have two beautiful granddaughters Sadie and Sophie. They are out pride and joy and keep us active. I spend as much time with my girls as possible.
Dee – Office Manager/Dental Assistant
I have been with Hawkins Dental Group for 34 years. I started working with the practice right after graduating from Amarillo College Dental Assisting program May 1982. At age 19 I wasn’t sure this was my dream job but it didn’t take long to realize that I was where I wanted to be. I truly enjoyed education patients, about their dental needs and being there to answer questions and concerns about dental procedures. After 28 years of dental assisting I was asked to become the office manager. With some reluctance about giving up my patient relationships, I made the transition. I can still help educate and answer questions it is just not as hands on. I love working with our team of professionals because I know how much each one of them cares about their patients and wants to make every aspect of the patient’s dental visit a good experience.
Amarillo if my home. I graduated from River Road High School. I have been married to my husband Tim for 33 years (happily for 30) Ha! Ha!
We have two sons. Sheldon is a graduate of Eastern New Mexico with a degree in Religion and Spanish. He lives in Lubbock with his wife Tatiana and my two grandsons Kury and Kanon.
Steffen graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in accounting and finance. He lives in Dallas and will soon be married to his fiancé Brittany.
I am blessed to have two great families.
Donna – Dental Hygienist
Donna Murgel RDH, BS graduated from Carroll College in Helena Montana with a bachelor’s degree in Science. She moved from Montana 18 years ago and has been a practicing Dental Hygienist for 25 plus years. She has worked for Dr. Hassinger, now Hawkins Dental Group, for 17 years since moving to Amarillo. She loves her work and all of her patients. Donna has been married now to her wonderful husband Joe for 30 years, she has 2 daughters, two granddaughters and two son in-laws.
Jessica G. – Registered Dental Hygienist
Hi! My name is Jessica Guerrero, and I am a registered dental hygienist here at Hawkins Dental Group. I graduated with an Associates of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene from Temple College in 2008. I enjoy life each and every day to the fullest with my husband Jacob Guerrero and handsome outgoing four year old son Levi! Staying active, cooking, entertaining family and friends, and being the best mom and hygienist I can be are a few of my favorite things to do! On a daily basis, I provide preventative and therapeutic services to my patients. With our state of the art building and equipment I passionately provide comfortable dental cleanings, assessment of dental findings, treatment, education and oral hygiene instruction focusing on each patient’s specific needs and helping you meet them. We aim to motivate and assure our patients that they are receiving the upmost quality dental care. Coming to work is easy and fun when you love what you do and who you do it for, which is you! Feel free to come on in and let us take care of your dental needs! I can’t wait to meet you!
Jessica S. – RDA/ Appointment Coordinator
Hi I’m Jessica Skaggs! I was raised in Clayton, NM by a Rancher and a Registered Nurse. I decided after high school to move to the big city of Amarillo to pursue my Dental career- Talk about a culture shock. I graduated from the Amarillo College Dental Assisting Program in 2010. Soon after, I was hired by Dr. Mark Hassinger as his Registered Dental Assistant/ Hygiene Coordinator. I worked for Dr. Hassinger for 5 years at which time Dr. Hawkins merged with Dr. Hassinger’s practice.
I married my high school sweetheart in 2012 and we have made Amarillo our home. Eric and I are ecstatic to be expecting our first child in April 2017. We are so excited to see what adventures God has planned for our family.
I really enjoy my job, all three of our fantastic Doctors, and caring staff. All three of our Doctors are excellent at their jobs and truly care about each patient. I learn new things everyday from them! At Hawkins Dental Group we are one big family and that includes each one of our patients. Each and every one of our patients are very important to us. Come in and let us help you with all of your dental needs and wants. Our staff are very eager to meet you!
Kara – Dental Assistant
Hi! My name is Kara and I am a dental assistant at Hawkins Dental Group. I graduated from the Dental Assistant program at Amarillo College in 2016. I was fortunate enough to be hired by Dr. Hawkins right out of school. I really enjoy what I do and the relationships I make with the patients.
When I am not at work, my boyfriend Conner and I enjoy going racing. His sprint car is always a fun hobby that keeps us pretty busy. When we are not racing, we take our two dogs, Denver and Cooper, to the lake. When my crazy life has a moment to breath, I use what spare time I have to be at home with Conner watching our shows on Netflix.
I look forward to meeting new patients and continuing my career in the dental field.
Kristin – Dental Assistant
My name is Kristin Taylor. I am a Dental Assistant at Hawkins Dental Group, where I assist Dr. Richard Smith and Dr. Mark Hassinger. I have been working for Dr. Hawkins for three years now. I first started in 2011 and worked until 2013. At that time, I chose to pursue my dream to go to culinary school and left the practice. I graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in 2015 with a degree in Patisserie and Baking. I loved school and learned a lot. I had some great experiences and am happy that I went. After working in the industry for over a year, I realized that Hawkins Dental Group is where I am supposed to be. I rejoined the amazing team here in 2016 and have enjoyed our growing family.
I still bake in my spare time and work on recipes for future endeavors. In the far future, I aspire to own my own bed and breakfast. My family is very important in my life and they are happy to have a pastry chef in the family now, especially around the holidays. I also have two amazing dogs, Koko and Abby, that are my world and I am blessed to have some amazing friends in my life. Of course, I wouldn’t be anywhere without my love for God and I am blessed everyday by his grace and love.
Melinda – Dental Hygienist
My name is Melinda, I have been a dental hygienist for 24 years. I graduated from Amarillo College in 1993 with an associate’s degree. I have worked for Dr. Hassinger, now Hawkins Dental Group, for 11 years. I love my job and the most important thing to me is my patients and providing the best dental care possible.
I have been married for 11 years to Jerry Walker. I have 3 children, Eric, that is 20, twins Makaela and Madison, that are 18. I also have 2 granddaughters, Emberlynn, that is 2 and Trinity, that is 11 months old. I love being a grandma! My granddaughters are the joy of my life!
Natasha – Dental Hygienist
Natasha moved to Amarillo in 2000. She graduated from Amarillo College Dental Hygiene program in 2008. She has experience treating pediatric and adult patients. Natasha is married and has 3 young children. She enjoys reading, organizing, crafts, and spending time with family.