Meet the Team

Our mission is always “patient first” as we use the most efficient and up-to-date dental techniques and apply them with your comfort and well-being in mind. We believe dental care goes beyond technical procedures to encompass the relationships built by exceptional service. Our team is dedicated to your healthiest smile.

Meet Dr. Duckworth

Dwight D. Duckworth

Dwight D. Duckworth

DDS, MAGD

Dr. Duckworth offers years of experience with both state and national recognition in his field. He has served as President of the Arkansas Academy of General Dentistry and has held various officer positions with Arkansas affiliates of the American Dental Association. Currently, Dr. Duckworth serves Arkansas as Past President of the Arkansas Dental Association and is the immediate Past Chairman for the National Academy of General Dentistry’s Examinations Council, which authors the AGD Fellowship Exam.

What does MAGD mean?  It technically means Mastership Academy General Dentistry and in practice it means that Dr. Duckworth has completed the most rigorous continuing dental education with a minimum of 1100 additional continuing education hours, has successfully passed continuing exams, and is a member of good standing of the Academy of General Dentistry. The quick way to say it is that Dr. Duckworth cares about your long term dental health by staying up to date on every aspect of excellence in dental care. In addition Dr. Duckworth lectures and provides clinical supervision for new dentists completing their residency at the University of Arkansas Center for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

Personal

Dr. Duckworth is a graduate of Arkansas State University. While attending ASU, he was active in his fraternity, student government and the Reserve Officers Training Corps, where, upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. He then went to New Orleans to attend Louisiana State University’s School of Dentistry. After a highly competitive residency program, he went on to serve a three-year tour in Germany before returning to the U.S. to enter private practice.

He and his wife, Dena, have two daughters, Alyssa and Ashley. They are active members of the First United Methodist Church and their community.

Professional

1985 – Arkansas State University – Bachelor of Science in Zoology
1989 – Louisiana State University’s School of Dentistry – Doctor of Dental Surgery
Captain, U.S. Army – three-year tour, Germany
1993 – Began stateside practice – Springdale, Arkansas
1994 – Opened his own office – Springdale, Arkansas

State and National Memberships

  • Member, American Dental Association
  • Member and former officer for the Northwest District Dental Society
  • Member of the Academy of General Dentistry since 1989; Fellow Status, 1994; Master Status, 2004.
  • Member, Arkansas State Dental Association – Past President and Executive Council (for five years)
  • Former President for Arkansas in the National Academy of General Dentistry
  • Past Chairman of the National Academy of General Dentistry’s Examination Council
  • Recipient of the 2010 Academy of General Dentistry’s Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition

Honorary Groups

Words I Live By

“Remember . . . do not lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those who do.”
– Sergeant First Class Rick Parker, Basic Camp, Ft. Knox, Kentucky, 1983.

Meet Dr. Casey

Jeffery (Jeff) A. Casey

DDS, FAGD, ABGD

Dr. Casey recently concluded over 29 years of distinguished military service in the Army National Guard/Reserves and the United States Air Force. He has over 20 years’ experience as a dentist and he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.  He has 12 years’ experience teaching in post graduate dental residency programs including serving as Deputy Program Director and Director of two different PGY-1 Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency programs and Training Officer in the Air Force’s premier two-year AEGD residency program. He was appointed Associate Professor of Comprehensive Dentistry with Uniformed Services University Health Science Center and was Chief of the Clinical Dentistry Division in the USAF Surgeon General’s office. Currently, Dr. Casey is chairman of the National Academy of General Dentistry’s Examinations Committee A and a member of the National Academy of General Dentistry’s Examinations Council, which authors the AGD Fellowship Exam. He has lectured extensively on general dentistry and teamwork.

Personal

Dr. Casey was born and raised in Arkansas. He graduated from Arkansas Tech University and attended University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry in Memphis. Dr. Casey then spent two years in private practice in Huntsville, Arkansas. Afterwards, he entered the United States Air Force and was stationed in Texas (four times), Colorado, Washington D.C., and Alaska. After completing the Air Forces’ two-year AEGD residency, Dr. Casey earned board certifications from the Federal Services Board of General Dentistry and the American Board of General Dentistry, an achievement completed by one percent of all general dentists nationwide.  He was the team dentist for all NCAA teams at the United States Air Force Academy.  He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom, Pacific Lifeline, and Operation Taakti.  He has held various officer positions with USAF constituencies of the American Dental Association and Academy of General Dentistry.  His most recent assignment was as the Flight Commander for the 82nd Dental Operations Flight and Optometry Flight at Sheppard AFB, Texas.

He and his wife Stephanie have one son, Wyatt. They are avid Razorback fans.

Professional

1992 – Arkansas Tech University – Bachelor of Science in Biology
1996 – University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Dentistry – Doctor of Dental Surgery
2002 – USAF Two-Year Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency – Certificate, General Dentistry
1996 – Private practice – Huntsville, Arkansas

State and National Memberships

  • Member, American Dental Association
  • Member, Academy of General Dentistry
  • Member, American Board of General Dentistry
  • Member, Academy of Operative Dentistry
  • Member, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • Chairman, National Academy of General Dentistry’s Examinations Committee A
  • Member, National Academy of General Dentistry’s Examinations Council
  • Fellow, Academy of General Dentistry
  • Diplomate, American Board of General Dentistry

Awards & Honors

  • Meritorious Service Medal, 3 oak leaf clusters
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Achievement Medal
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal with one device
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • 39th Infantry Brigade Soldier of the Year
  • Outstanding Jr. Dental Officer of the Year
  • Dental Educator of the Year

Words I Live By

I have been blessed to spend the last 20 years taking care of the men and women that serve our great country in peacetime and in war.

“We are blessed with the opportunity to stand for something – for liberty and freedom and fairness – and these are things worth fighting for, worth devoting our lives to.”  – President Ronald Reagan

Meet Our Team

Clara Hidalgo

Clara Hidalgo

Office Manager & Treatment Coordinator

I’ve been in dentistry for 9 years. I am so pleased to work with a team of caring professionals who come together every day with one focus – the very best dentistry for every patient every day. Each of us tries to help each patient in the same kind, professional way we want our own families cared for.

Lorrin Smith

Lorrin Smith

Hygiene Coordinator, RDA

I’ve been in dentistry for 6 years and I love helping and meeting new people and working with a team that is equally passionate about helping others.

Karen Crabb

Karen Crabb

Insurance Manager

I have been in dentistry for 24 years. I love helping patients with their insurance and love working with great people who truly care about our patients.

Sarah Long

Sarah Long

Registered Dental Hygienist

I have been a dental hygienist for over 13 years. I enjoy working in a profession where you get to treat and educate patients while building relationships. I look forward to seeing people 2-3 times per year and catching up on their families, travels, animals, etc.

Sonya Raper

Sonya Raper

Registered Dental Hygienist

I’ve been practicing dental hygiene for 15 years and working with Dr. D. for 10. I love working in an atmosphere where the staff treat each other and their patients like family.

Debbie Van Pelt

Debbie Van Pelt

Registered Dental Hygienist

I have been a dental hygienist for over 40 years. I like helping people achieve dental health and be comfortable in the dental office. I enjoy having many friendships that have started with patients. Dr. Duckworth’s office staff is wonderful at taking great care of patients and helping them with their dental needs.

Mandy Jones

Mandy Jones

Registered Dental Assistant

I have been in dentistry for 16 years. I love working with Dr. Duckworth because he genuinely cares about his patients and the quality of care cannot be replaced. Also the ladies in the office are one of a kind!

Heather Curry

Heather Curry

Registered Dental Assistant

I have been a registered dental assistant since 2002. I enjoy being able to relate to paients and offer comfort by putting myself in their shoes. Continuing education in the advanced world of dentistry is a priority for Dr. Duckworth, Dr. Casey and our entire team.

Kyra McFarland

Kyra McFarland

Registered Dental Assistant

I have been in dentistry for 3 years. I love working here because you learn something new each day and both employees and patients are always treated like family.

At Duckworth Dental, we are dedicated to providing you with excellent care!