Our Team

Larry Powell, DDS Dr. Powell graduated from University of Tennessee Dental School in 1995 then went on to earn an advanced education degree at UT Memphis, along with undergoing an implant internship. His natural talent and fascination with the cosmetic side of dentistry led him into the prosthodontic program at the Memphis VA Medical Center, where he spent three years becoming an expert in cosmetics, dental implants, crowns, bridges, dentures and sleep disorders. Dr. Powell has practiced advanced cosmetic and family dentistry for more than 20 years and is sensitive to the needs, wishes and fears of his patients. He is a frequent visitor of Lake Ouachita where he enjoys swimming and wakeboarding; his out-of-town vacations are spent under the sea in scuba gear.

Robert Hodous, DDS

Check back soon to meet Dr. Hodous!


Meet Our Team

Our team is eager for the opportunity to meet with you and get you started on the journey to a healthier smile! We aim to help every patient feel at ease during their time here. Over time, we have built an environment where patients are free to express their goals and desires regarding oral health. We invite you to contact Village Dental Group today at 501-922-1045 and meet with our dentists in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. You can schedule an appointment with either Dr. Larry Powell or Dr. Robert Hodous.



Karen Matthews, RDH

Karen is a 1975 graduate of the prestigious Fones School of Dental Hygiene in Bridgeport, Connecticut and in 1990 graduated from Northern Arizona University’s Local Anesthesia and Expanded Function Program.

She has been a Registered Dental Hygienist for over 40 years and served as a Research   Development Consultant for Professional Dental Tech Group of Batesville, Arkansas. Karen and her husband, Dr. Mickey Matthews, make their home in Hot Springs with their 2 Shetland Sheepdogs, “Stella” and “Morgan”. In her spare time, Karen enjoys golfing, dancing and gardening.

Kristi Bishop, RDH

Kristi, a longtime resident of Glenwood, has been with our practice since January 2013. Born in California, Kristi received her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Nebraska. She has practiced as a full-time Hygienist since 1991. She is also licensed to administer Nitrous Oxide as well as local anesthesia for patient comfort. She obtained her Collaborative Care Permit II to assist those in nursing homes facilities. Kristi spends her free time attending sporting events for their two sons and listening to live music. Kristi also enjoys long walks and playing the piano. Well versed in all areas of oral health, she is looking forward to the opportunity to care for all of your dental hygiene needs

Lauren Raines, RDH

Lauren is a native of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and the wife of our very own Dr. Raines. Lauren and Stephen met in the lobby of the Jones Science Center at OBU during freshman orientation their first week of school. The two hit it off from the start, and the rest is history. Welcome Lauren to the Village Dental family!



Esther Coffin, Office Manager

Esther and Dennis, her husband of 40 years, moved to the Village in August 2011, from New York. Esther has been an office manager in a dental office for the past 34 years. Although it was hard leaving all her family and friends, she has met so many wonderful people from all over the country here. Esther looks forward to many wonderful years at Village Dental Group with her new family!

Danielle Crumpton, Dental Assistant

Danielle has been in dentistry for 16 years and joined VDG in 2007. She and her husband Mark have two beautiful children, Emily and Tyler. When not working Danielle and her family enjoy boating, water sports, camping and attending their children’s sports events.

Patty Ninke, Dental Assistant

Patty’s been in dentistry since 1981 and joined VDG in 2011. She and her husband, Duane live here in the village where they enjoy many activities the village has to offer. But her favorite is pickleball!

Holly Catron, Dental Assistant

Holly was born in Naples, Florida, but grew up in Amity, Arkansas. She now lives in Hot Springs and joined our family here at VDG in 2016. In her free time, she enjoys fishing, hiking, camping, and playing with her sweet little pet ferret, Talulah.