Columbia Office Staff
Olivia and Ekta, Dental Hygienists
Candice is a dental assistant in our Operative Department and is our OR Coordinator. She has been with us over eleven years. She has been a certified dental assistant since 2001 and loves working with kids. Candice lives with her husband, Pedro, son, Joel, daughters, Mayra and Izabel, and loves spending time with her family.
Brittany is our Business Office Supervisor and handles all billing matters. She has been with us for over eleven years, starting as a part-time student initially. Brittany graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2008. She loves shopping, spending time with family and cheering on the Gamecocks with her husband Steven! She states, "I enjoy working at Carolina Children's Dentistry, because I get to help brighten our community one healthy smile at a time!"
Olivia joined our team over eight years ago! She has been a practicing Dental Hygienist over ten years and has been with Carolina Children's Dentistry since early 2009. Olivia loves to cook, scrapbook, travel, and enjoys spending time with her friends, family, husband, Daniel and son, Tyler.
Ekta joined our team in February 2017 and has been practicing Dental Hygiene for over two years. She is passionate about working with kids and fell in love with pediatric dentistry after working with children as a dental assistant earlier in her career. Ekta graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s in Psychology and is working on a second bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with family & friends as well as her husband, loves shopping, watching sports and traveling the world!
Erica has been a dental assistant and front office coordinator at Carolina Children's Dentistry for over ten years. She formerly worked in the Hygiene department, but recently moved to the Business Office to fill a critical need there. She loves working with the children and helping them understand the importance of taking care of their teeth. She looks forward to meeting you and your child!
Donna has been in the dental profession for over 27 years and has been a dental assistant with the practice for over thirteen years. Donna is also on staff at Palmetto Surgery Center and Palmetto Health Richland, where she assists with dental surgeries. She values spending time with her husband, Scott, her daughter, and especially with her granddaughter!
Anna is a dental assistant in our Operative Department. She loves working with the children and making sure their visit is fun and is as comfortable as possible. Anna is also on staff at Palmetto Surgery Center and Palmetto Health Richland, where she assists the doctors with outpatient dental surgeries. Anna loves spending time with her husband, family, and her beautiful English Springer Spaniel, Birdie.
Jessica is a member of our business office team. She will be happy to help you with any insurance, copay or scheduling questions you may have at check-out. Jessica enjoys singing at her church and assisting with the young adults ministry. She loves spending time with her husband, Shane, and her playful kitty, Winston.
Digene's calm and quiet presence is comforting and she assures our young patients that they are in caring hands. She is enthusiastic and passionate about her job and finds true joy in caring for our patients. When not working, Digene enjoys traveling, watching movies and spending quality time with her friends and family. If she could travel anywhere, she would like to go to Italy to see the beautiful monuments, masterpieces, and to eat all the wonderful food there!
Ariana is our newest front office team member and will surely greet you with a bright smile every time you arrive! She loves her role as a worship leader at her church and enjoys spending time with her family and fiance, Geoff. Ariana also loves traveling and it is her passion to someday visit New Zealand.
Ashley is a certified dental assistant, having recently graduated from Midlands Technical College. She finds joy in learning each child's unique personality, while making them feel safe. Ashley loves meeting new people at school and at her church. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, shopping and yoga.
After completing her dental assisting program at Horry Technical College in Myrtle Beach, Dayna became the newest member of our Operative Team in September, 2016. Dayna knew she wanted to work with children early in her training, because she loves to see the children grow and blossom, along with their smiles! Dayna assists our doctors in restorative treatment in the office, at Palmetto Health Richland and at Palmetto Surgery Center. In her free time, Dayna likes to shop, read and hang out with her family!
Mark Mullen is the Practice Administrator for Carolina Children's Dentistry. A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Indiana University and later a Master of Health Services Administration Degree from the University of Michigan. After serving more than 20 years as a health care administrator in the US Air Force, Mark retired from the armed forces and moved to the Midlands to join the Carolina Children's Dentistry team. He is married and has three wonderful daughters and one very special granddaughter.