Meet The Doctors & Staff
M. Darrh Bryant DMD
A Tallahassee native, Dr. M. Darrh Bryant is a graduate of both Leon High School and Florida State University. After graduating from FSU with a degree in Biological Sciences, Dr. Bryant continued his education and fulfilled his dream of becoming a dentist by graduating from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. Armed with his Doctor of Dental Medicine, he returned to his roots, in Tallahassee, to establish a dental practice. Dr. Bryant began his dental career as an associate in July of 2004, becoming a partner January of 2007. In October of 2009, he established his own private practice and continues to serve the Tallahassee dental community. Dr. Bryant serves as the Florida State University Athletic Team Dentist, the Leon County School Resource Dentist, is a member of the Tallahassee Community College Dental Hygiene Advisory Committee, and a member of the Dental We Care board. Additionally, he is a member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, and Leon County Dental Association. Dr. Bryant is an avid outdoorsman who loves to hunt, fish, participate in extended family gatherings, and tailgate at FSU football games. On a personal note, he and his wife, Jennifer, were recently married on the beach (November 2010), one of their favorite places to spend free time. His parents Fred and Nancy Bryant, and his sister, Carrie Thornton, also currently reside in Tallahassee.
Tracy M. Eckles, DDS
Dr. Tracy M. Eckles grew up moving around the country but found what she considers her first true home in coming to Florida State University for undergraduate studies. After graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, she attended the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School located in San Antonio. She furthered her studies with a General Practice Residency at Medical College of Georgia (now Georgia Regents University) in Augusta. In addition to discovering a newfound love for professional golf tournaments, here Dr. Eckles developed her skills in and passion for surgical dentistry including routine and complicated/impacted extractions, bone grafting, dental implants, intravenous sedation, as well as the treatment of medically compromised patients, as the program was hospital-affiliated. Dr. Eckles used these skills to introduce surgery and sedation to a group practice in Warner Robins, Georgia, where she practiced for five years before reuniting with and marrying her FSU college sweetheart Michael in beautiful Apalachicola. Now happily full-time residents of Tallahassee, Dr. Eckles and Michael take advantage of the surrounding area by boating, scalloping, looking for manatees on the Wakulla River, tailgating and attending Florida State athletics, and are excited to introduce their new baby born September 2015 to all Northwest Florida has to offer. Dr. Eckles is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity and the American Dental Association and its local affiliates. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with Dr. Bryant and his amazing team and patients as well as the very welcoming local dental community.
Dr. Bryant's Staff:
Jeanne Ferry: Scheduling Coordinator
Jeanne brings over 25 years of excellent customer service experience to our practice. She has a background in Restaurant Management, and over 8 years of experience in an Orthodontic practice. Jeanne has excellent organizational skills, an incredible work ethic, and especially enjoys meeting and interacting with people. She is married to Mike, and has 2 children, John and Danielle. She is an avid runner and enjoys working out, shopping, and spending time with her family and friends.
Joy Eppes: Office Manager
Joy is experienced in all areas of dental office management and administration. Her background includes dental assisting, as well. She is a member of the American Association of Dental Office Managers and has been a speaker at the National meeting for the American Association of Endodontists. Joy is also co-owner of Eppes-Richards Consulting Group, specializing in dental office management. She enjoys the patient-provider relationship and is passionate about providing a wonderful patient experience. She is happily married and has three wonderful sons and a beautiful daughter. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, crossword puzzles and visiting Florida’s lakes, rivers and beaches.
Jacque Griffin: EFDA, Dental Assistant
Jacque began Dental Assisting in 1993 and is an experienced Dental Assistant. She is highly skilled in all areas of assisting and brings a gentleness and compassion to all of her patients. Jacque lives in Tallahassee with her precious son and daughter. She enjoys Alabama football, going to the beach, and spending time with her children.
Jodi Mills: RDH, BSDH, Hygienist
Jodi Mills graduated from the Tallahassee Community College Dental Hygiene Program in 2005 and completed her education at St Petersburg College by receiving a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene. She is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association, the Capital Area Dental Hygiene Association and the Beta Sigma Phi, a service organization. Her passion in dentistry is education, especially regarding prevention of disease. She and her husband, Jason, have two energetic sons. As a family, they enjoy serving at church, traveling, being outdoors, exercising, and watching and playing sports of all kinds.
Sarah Meinhardt: RDH, BSDH, Hygienist
Sarah is a Registered Dental Hygienist with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. She received her training at Tallahassee Community College and completed her Bachelor’s Degree at St. Petersburg College. As a Tallahassee native, she is excited to continue her career in her hometown. She is passionate about helping her patient’s reach the best oral health possible. She has additional experience in working with children and patients with periodontal issues. Sarah lives in Tallahassee with her husband, Chris. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and traveling.
Jamie Nottingham: RDH, Hygienist
Jamie is a Registered Dental Hygienist, with a certification in local anesthesia, and experience as a surgical assistant, as well. She has a passion for easing patient fears, boosting confidence, and providing patient education to promote a lifetime of optimal oral health. Jamie grew up in Minnesota and served our country in the Air Force for six years before becoming a Hygienist. She enjoys spending quality time with her husband, Zac, and their children Jack and Nora, hanging out with good friends, and gardening.