Our Team

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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.

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Robert Hodous, DDS

Dr. Robert Hodous blends the art of dentistry with an advanced technological approach to provide unequaled personal attention and professional care. Practicing dentistry for 32 years, Dr Hodous’ commitment to excellence has earned him widespread recognition from both his peers and especially, his patients.


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.

Emily McWilliams, RDH

Emily is a Tennessee native and is currently a resident of Hot Springs. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family.



Kyra Cheney, Dental Assistant

Kyra is a southwest Arkansas native who grew up in Murfreesboro and has lived in Hot Springs for two years. Kyra joined the Village Dental group team in 2020. In Kyra’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and going on adventures with her two pups, Jax and Miles.

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.



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!

Nikki Daily, Patient Care Coordinator

Nikki is the first smile you will see when you walk in our office. She is a native Arkansan and has been part of the family here at Village Dental Group since 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys hunting and fishing.