Dentist in Little Rock, AR

The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff's training, professional credentials and work experience.

Christi Weaver Shepard, D.D.S., P.A.

Dr. Shepard started this practice in 1997 to meet the community's need for high quality oral health care in a warm and friendly environment. "I enjoy getting to know our patients," she says. "They become part of our family. We truly believe in partnering with them to maintain and improve not only their oral health but also their overall health."

After receiving a BS in biology from the University of Central Arkansas, Dr. Shepard earned her DDS from the Baylor College of Dentistry. Committed to continued dental education for herself and her staff, she is an active member of the Arkansas State Dental Association, American Dental Association and Central Dental Society.

Married with three children, Dr. Shepard attends Pleasant Valley Church of Christ. When not watching her children as they engage in extracurricular activities, she enjoys cooking, walking, needle painting, shopping and watching Razorback football and baseball.


Helen Bozeman, Registered Dental Hygienist

Helen has over 30 years of experience in dentistry, including nine years as a hygienist in Florida. "After many years working in preventative care environments," she says, "I still enjoy promoting oral health for patients of all ages."

Helen has an AS in dental assisting, an AA in general education, and an AS in dental hygiene. She is also certified in local anesthesia, nitrous oxide and CPR.

Happily connected with her best friend here in Arkansas and with two grown children in Florida, Helen enjoys dancing, bowling and riding her motorcycle trike with the Gold Wing Road Riders Association.


JoAnn Maldonado, Dental Assistant

JoAnn has been involved in dentistry since 1986, most recently with a practice in California. "I love making a one-on-one connection with our patients," she says, 'and pride myself on making sure they are comfortable and relaxed."

Married with two teenage children, JoAnn loves cooking, decorating her home, and spending time with her husband, children and dog.


Laurie Drees, Office Manager

Educated at Oak Grove High School and Pulaski Technical College, Laurie has been with our practice since 2004. "I love to interact with patients and make them smile," she says. "I always look forward to helping them in any way I can."

Laurie is married and has one child. When not welcoming patients to our practice, she enjoys being with family and friends, watching the Razorbacks and, in the summer, spending time poolside.