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Meet the Staff

Professional staff that cares for you

It is our focus to give you the highest quality treatment possible. Meet our skilled team below.

Dr. Neal Martin

Dr. Neal Martin was raised in Indianola where he graduated from high school with honors. He attended Delta State University in Cleveland, MS, and pursued a dual major in biology and chemistry. Although it is unusual, Dr. Martin was accepted into dental school with only three years of undergraduate education — as compared to the usual four to five year requirement.

He graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry in 1985 with a DMD in General Dentistry. Upon graduation, he established his dental practice in Saltillo, MS, where he provides dental services to all members of the family. Dr. Martin is a member of the American Dental Association and the Mississippi Dental Association. He served as president and trustee of the Mississippi Dental Association District 1.

He is married to the former Sue Shorter from Braxton, Mississippi. They have two children: Jessica and Elizabeth. Both attended Saltillo High School, ICC and MSU. Dr. Martin is avidly involved in outdoor recreation.

Rosa Connally
Dental Hygienist

Rose graduated from Northeast Community College in 1988 in the Dental Hygiene Program. While in the program, she became skilled in the various procedures in dental health. Among those were educating patients concerning their oral health, observation and treatment of periodontal therapy, providing prophys, fluoride applications, and routine x-rays.

After obtaining both her Mississippi State and her National Dental Hygiene Licensure, Rose began her career at our office in 1988. As a member of our team, she continues her goal of doing the best she can to ensure the overall dental health of her patients by educating them on the need for complete oral care. She is a very important part of our team working and making many friends over the past 33 years with us.

Rose says that she has never regretted her decision to start a career in Dental Hygiene, or her choice to work with the team at Neal Martin Dentistry. She loves the family oriented office that loves and takes care of its employees as well as the patients. Rose hopes to have many more years working in this environment and taking great care of her patients.

Lisa Cryder
Dental Assistant

Lisa joined our staff 14 years ago in October 2007 as a chair-side assistant. She has over 19 years experience in the dental field. She assists Dr. Martin in all dental procedures and ensures the patient has a great experience.

She is a graduate of Mooreville High School and attended Itawamba Community College in Fulton. Lisa received her radiology permit from Hinds Community College in Pearl. Lisa has also had several training courses on crown design with E4D technology, and takes various continuing education courses throughout the year to keep up with the latest advances in dentistry.

Lisa says that she loves the laid back atmosphere at Dr. Martin’s office. He is very patient and always willing to teach new things about dentistry.

Renée Smith
Office Manager

Renee has been with our team for 26 years beginning in 1995 as a chair-side assistant helping Dr. Martin with all patient procedures. Nine years later, in 2004, she transitioned into the Office Manager position.

She manages all administrative functions of the practice including scheduling, insurance, billing, payroll, financing, marketing, delinquent accounts, tax filings, and a host of other duties associated with managing a thriving dental practice.

She is a graduate of Tupelo High School and attended Itawamba Community College. Renee has completed various continuing education courses throughout her years at the practice, and received her radiology permit through the University of Tennessee. She has current certification with Care Credit for financial contracting as well.

Renee says that Dr. Martin has a great team that really enjoys being around each other. They all work well together, and that always makes for happier and more productive employees .Doc is really easy to work for and pretty laid back. He truly values his employees and patients, and wants the best for them.

Sharon Rodriguez
Patient Services

Sharon joined our practice in January 2010 as our patient services coordinator. She schedules appointments, verifies patient dental insurance coverage, filing, payments, financing, and other customer service duties.

Sharon graduated from South Panola High School in Batesville in 1983. She attended Blue Mountain College and Northwest Community College. Sharon and her husband Tony have three children. She enjoys water sports, yard work, and spending time with family and friends.

Working for Dr. Martin has been a rewarding experience. She has learned so much about dentistry and loves the friendly atmosphere.

Emily Briggs
Dental Assistant

Emily joined our practice in October, 2023, replacing Kelly, who left us to travel the globe, as a dental assistant. Emily lives in Jumpertown with her husband, James and stepson, Waylon. She graduated from Wheeler High School and  is also a graduate of the Dental Assisting program at Northeast Community College. Emily enjoys reading, listening to true crime podcasts, photography, and spending quality time with her family.

Emily says that working for Dr. Martin has been an exciting adventure so far. He’s a great teacher and she enjoys learning new things. She says that everyone has welcomed her with open arms and it feels like family already.

Kaylee Stidham
Dental Hygienist

Kaylee is the newest member of our team, joining the practice in January 2023. Kaylee is a registered Dental Hygienist graduating from Meridian Community College in 2020. Kaylee enjoys learning and working in the Dental Hygiene field making sure that her patients receive the best dental care possible. 

Kaylee lives in Mooreville with her husband, Mason, and their two dogs. She loves spending quality time with her family, fishing, kayaking, and hiking. She also is an avid reader.  

Kaylee is excited to be joining the team at Martin Dental. She says she loves the laid back atmosphere and is looking forward to getting to know the team better and help find ways to improve our patient care with ever changing advances in dentistry. 

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