Meet Our Team


Dr. Ryan R. Smith

Dr. Ryan is a native of Latta, South Carolina, and is extremely happy to be providing care to the Grand Strand.

Dr. Ryan received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 2006 and she then obtained her Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Dr. Ryan realized very early on in her dental career that she had a passion to work with children. After graduating in 2010, she pursued advanced education in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Children's Hospital of Alabama. She is trained in all aspects of pediatric dentistry including conscious sedation, pediatric dental trauma, hospital dentistry, and treating patients with special medical needs.

Dr. Ryan is dedicated to treating your child's oral health needs in a fun and comfortable setting while promoting proper habits and a positive attitude for your child now and in the future. Dr. Ryan is professionally affiliated with the following organizations.

Dr. Ryan lives in the Myrtle Beach area with her husband, Terry. She is a mother to two young boys, Hunter and Jeremiah. Her fur babies include Amos, a chocolate lab and Wednesday, a golden doodle. When she is not working as a pediatric dentist Dr. Ryan enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach or boating, cooking, baking and developing her photography skills. She is an avid fan of the University of South Carolina - Go Gamecocks!


Dr. Ryan R. Smith & Terry Smith


Expanded Duty Dental Assistant

Elizabeth was born and raised in Conway, South Carolina. She completed the Expanded-Duty Dental Assisting Program (EDDA) at Horry-Georgetown Technical College in 2008. She married in 2009 and has two children. She is a member of St. Paul's Church in Conway, SC. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and shopping!

Patient Care Coordinator

Malesha was born and raised in Little River, SC, where she graduated from North Myrtle Beach High School. “Once a CHIEF ALWAYS A CHIEF!” She also received a certificate in Medical Front Office Assistant and Medical Terminology. She enjoys working at Sawgrass Pediatric Dentistry, greeting and smiling with patients and parents. She loves spending time in church, shopping, and dining at all types of restaurants. Most of all, she enjoys the three loves of her life her children, Malik, Nasir, and Azoria. 

Practice Administrator

Dori has been working in the dental field for over 20 years. She first started as an oral surgery assistant and is also a certified orthodontic assistant. Dori joined Sawgrass Pediatric Dentistry in April 2019 as a patient care coordinator.  she is now the practice administrator. 

 Dori has 2 children (Abbie and Cole). 3 dogs (Murray, Dierks, and Cooper) and a potbelly pig (Dexter).  Dori enjoys anything to do with her children, animals, and Michigan football.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Raised in a military (Navy) family, Julie was born in California, raised in Kansas City, and has lived in Myrtle Beach for seven years. Julie has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Kansas, and an associate's degree in Dental Hygiene from Horry Georgetown Technical College. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband Timmy, daughter, Ellie, and two dachshunds. She enjoys traveling doing anything on the water and is an avid Jayhawk basketball and Kansas City Chiefs football fan.


Patient Care Coordinator

Star recently joined our team as a patient care coordinator in February 2020. Before joining us, she relocated from upstate NY, where she began her dental career as a general dental assistant since 2008. Outside of work, Star loves taking care of her two children Miranda and Monroe. She attends Carolina Forest Community Church and enjoys going to the beach in her spare time. 

Insurance/Benefits Coordinator

Tiffany is an Insurance coordinator for Sawgrass Pediatric Dentistry and has been with our team for over 5 years. Tiffany is from Rhode Island and now lives in Myrtle Beach, SC with her husband Brian and has three beautiful children, Liam, Kaiden, and Milania. She is expecting a fourth child as well.  Tiffany loves spending time with her family, going to the beach, and loves going to Disney World.


Sterilization Technician

Jordyn was born and raised in Conway, SC. She is currently our sterilization technician while she works towards becoming a Registered Dental Hygienist at Horry Georgetown here in Myrtle Beach. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, her fiancé Noah, and their dogs Sydney Lou and Blitzy. Jordyn also enjoys serving in her church and taking photos when she can. While she loves all things Christmas and Clemson, Jordyn has a heart for kids and feels so blessed to be able to work with them every day!


Expanded Duty Dental Assistants


Originally from Bel Air, Maryland & moved to S.C. in 2017 to live with her Fiancé, Tyler. In 2015 I completed the dental assisting program at CCBC in Maryland. Bri has been a dental assistant with our practice since September 2017.  I also do sports photography on the weekends! In my spare time, I love to lounge around with my 3 cats (Milo, Nutters & Buddy), talk with my family & friends, and go on adventures. I love animals, teeth & kids! & I absolutely LOVE what I do!


Registered Dental Hygienist 

Morgan was born and raised in Aynor, South Carolina. She graduated from Florence Darlington Technical College as a Registered Dental Hygienist with an Associate in Applied Science in 2013. She was married in 2013 and has one son, Tripp, and one fur baby, Todd. Morgan joined our team here at Sawgrass in February 2020. She enjoys spending time with her family on the boat, camping with friends, and swimming in the pool. Her favorite quote is “You are never fully dressed without a smile.”


Expanded Duty Dental Assistants


Mykayla was born and raised in Conway, Sc. I have been in the dental field for 4 years now and a dental assistant with Sawgrass since June 2019. She married her husband, Austin, in 2017 and they have two fur babies, Odin and Sofie. In her spare time, Mykayla loves to craft, drink coffee, shop, and spend time with her amazing family. Mykayla’s main goal is to put a smile on everyone’s face.