Meet The Team

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 his parents Fred and Nancy Bryant, and his sister, Carrie Thornton, also currently reside in Tallahassee.

Tracy M. Eckles, DDS

Dr. Tracy M. Eckles joined the practice in 2015.  Upon moving to Tallahassee, she opted to limit her practice to select procedures. She performs dental surgery to include surgical extractions, impacted wisdom tooth removal, bone grafting, canine exposures for orthodontics, and other surgical procedures. With a goal of patient comfort, Dr. Eckles is one of few Florida general dentists licensed to offer IV conscious sedation.

After a thorough evaluation for trigger points and myalgias, Dr. Eckles also offers therapeutic placement of neuromodulators (Xeomin®, Botox®) and needling for painful and destructive clenching and grinding, headaches, and myofascial pain in the head and neck. The life-changing relief these treatments offer her patients makes them some of her favorite treatments to perform. Esthetic treatments are also available. Dr. Eckles is a proud associate member of the excellent training academy, the American Academy of Facial Esthetics.

After graduating from Florida State University, Dr. Eckles completed her dental degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, followed by a post-doctoral General Practice Residency at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. After practicing in Warner Robins, GA, for five years, she returned to Tallahassee to put down roots.  She and her husband, Michael, strive daily to survive raising their three young children (being outnumbered is tough!). They spend lots of time on the water, at FSU athletic events, and visiting the many parks and playgrounds Tallahassee has to offer.

Community involvement fills Dr. Eckles’s bucket. Professional involvement includes memberships in the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association (serving on the Committee on Dental Education and Licensure), Northwest District Dental Association (serving as Treasurer), and Leon Country Dental Association. She formerly served as Standards Advisor to FSU’s Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, and enjoys the wide range of local volunteer opportunities her Junior League of Tallahassee membership provides. 

Excitingly, Dr. Eckles serves as the local co-chair for the Florida Mission of Mercy, a “large-scale, two-day, professional dental clinic that provides care to any patient at no cost, with the goal of serving the underserved and uninsured in Florida.” Tallahassee will be hosting the event in March 2022.  

Joy Eppes

Office Manager

Joy began her dental career in 1997 as an Endodontic Assistant, and later served as a Scheduling Coordinator, Office Manager, Practice Administrator, and Consultant to other practices. 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 enjoys the patient-provider relationship and is passionate about providing a wonderful patient experience, which she believes begins with a happy and healthy team environment where people are respected, supported, and  have fun! She is happily married and has three sons and a daughter, two daughters-in-law and one son-in-law, and six delightful grandchildren! She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, playing games, and visiting Florida’s lakes, rivers and beaches.

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 enjoys running, working out, shopping, and most of all, being Nana to her granddaughter and grandson. 

Sarah Meinhardt, CRDH, BSDH

Dental 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.  She also has a Certification to Administer Local Anesthesia, from the University of Florida. As a Tallahassee native, Sarah is excited to continue her career in her hometown.  She is passionate about helping her patients 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, and their three boys.   She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and traveling.

Jamie Nottingham, CRDH

Dental Hygienist

Jamie is a Registered Dental Hygienist, graduating from Tallahassee Community College in 2014, and also has a Certification to Administer Local Anesthesia, from the University of Florida. 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, watching movies, and being outdoors as much as possible.

Shaun Bell, CRDH

Dental Hygienist

Shaun has been a Registered Dental Hygienist since 1996, and also has Certification to Administer Local Anesthetic from the University of Florida. Shaun loves developing trust and relationships with her patients, and helping them find the best ways to obtain their optimal dental health. She enjoys hiking, reading, sewing, gardening, and pickle ball! Shaun is happily married and has been blessed with two beautiful children.

Sheena Poston

Dental Assistant

Sheena grew up in neighboring Monticello, Florida and now calls Tallahassee her home. She earned her Dental Assisting Certification through Tallahassee Community College and Dental Radiography through the University of Florida. Sheena is experienced in General Dentistry, Endodontics, Surgical, and Sedation Dentistry. Her passion in dentistry is helping patients achieve their dental goals, while providing the best and most pleasant experience possible.  She loves spending her leisure time with her family, traveling, and especially going to the beach.

Jodie Padgett

Dental Assistant

Jodie began her career in the dental field in 2012 and has experience in multiple areas of dentistry. She loves seeing people smile, and being a part of creating healthy smiles. Jodie has two beautiful children, Danielle Padgett Sullivan, and Tyler Padgett, and four beautiful grandchildren. In her spare time, she loves to hunt, fish, and just enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. She is a true die-hard fan of the Seminoles and the New York Yankees. 

Amanda DalSanto

Dental Assistant

Amanda earned an AA degree from Chipola College in 2000 and a BS degree from FSU in 2002, before beginning her career in dentistry in 2004. She went on to complete her Radiology Certification from TCC in 2008 and an Orthodontic Assistant Certification from Orlando Technical College in 2015. Amanda firmly believes that a smile is the prettiest thing you can wear, and purposes to focus on treating others the way she likes to be treated. She also has a special place in her heart for special needs children and making sure they get the support and help they deserve. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys beach trips with her children, Searcy and Wylie, and in her quiet time, she enjoys yoga.