Dental Team

All professionals at Smith & Manus Dentistry maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training.



Paula Tuten

Paula attended Armstrong State University receiving an Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. She has been practicing dental hygiene since 1986. She has worked for Dr. Smith and Dr. Manus for 32 years. Paula has been married to Stephen for 31 years and they have three boys Matthew, Madison, and Mason. She also enjoys spending time with her family and shopping.

Donna Howard

Donna Howard

Donna is a registered Dental Hygienist, receiving her degree in 1981 from Armstrong State College in Savannah, GA. She has practiced 20 years with Dr. Smith and Dr. Manus. She is a resident and native of Baxley. She is married to Jimmy and has been faithfully involved with him in numerous ways during his various ministerial roles. Donna feels blessed to be part of an amazing dental team.

Becky Halstead

Becky has been working with Drs. Smith and Manus since 1996. She earned her Associate in Science in Dental Hygiene from Darton College in 1988. Becky is married to Sid and has two married children, Bryan and Lindsey. She is an active member of Central Baptist Church. When not working she enjoys spending time on the lake with family.

Dental Assistants


Jennifer Stevenson

Jennifer has been a dental assistant for Dr. Smith and Dr. Manus since 2003. She has over 20 years of experience in the dental field. She graduated from Valdosta High in 1995. Jennifer has been married to her husband for twenty years, they have two children. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves being a dental assistant and enjoys assisting with both adults and children. She considers it a blessing to be able to assist in making a difference in patients smiles and witnessing the joy of their dental experience.

Anna Tuten

Anna started assisting Dr. Smith and Dr. Manus in 2006. She has been a dental assistant for over 13 years. She loves spending time with her family and friends. When not a work, Anna loves attending Nascar races, going to the beach, and hunting with her dad.

Wendy Mitcham

Wendy Mitcham

Wendy graduated from Palm Beach Community College as a dental assistant. She has been in the dental field for 22 years. Her husband is staff pastor at Destination Church. They also run a cookie company that sponsors an orphanage in India, JJ’s Cookies. They have three children, Andrew, Destiny, and Daniel. In her spare time, she loves to do choreography and dance. She is also on staff and volunteers at Destination church.

Front Office TEAM


Jenni Hood (Receptionist

Jenni Hood (Receptionist)

Jenni has worked with Dr. Smith and Dr. Manus since July 2018. She recently switched from her medical career of ten years to pursue her career in the dental field. She enjoys being a team player and assisting patients with any dental questions or concerns. When she is not working, you can find her spending time with her husband and children. She has a heart to work in the mission field serving those who are less fortunate.

Sylvia Scales (Hygiene Coordinator)

Sylvia Scales (Hygiene Coordinator)

Sylvia has been in dentistry since 1981. She has been with our office since 2006 as a clinical assistant and Hygiene Coordinator. If you have questions or concerns about anything pertaining to the health of your oral cavity, she would be the perfect person to speak with. She tries her best to answer any questions patients have with the utmost respect and consideration. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Janell Thrift

Jenell Thrift (Front Office Manager)

Jenell has been in the field of dentistry for over 24 years. She has both clinical and administrative experience. She was a chairside dental assistant for over 11 years and is currently the Front office manager. Jenell has worked for Dr. Smith and Dr. Manus for over 12 years. She is married to her husband Travis of twenty-six years. They have three boys, Wes, Gabe, and Colt. Jenell enjoys attending church, sports, reading, and spending time with her family.

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