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Meet The Staff

Diane Hicks

Front Desk Manager

I am a graduate of Oak Grove High School and Bessemer Technical School where I studied Dental Assisting. I worked for Dr. Joseph Baker as an assistant for four years. After his death, I took a job with Dr. Charles Yates in 1979. At the time, Dr. Yates only had a front desk position available. I took the job and have found my favorite position in dentistry. 

I now live in Helena, Alabama near my son, Gerrad, and my daughter-in-law, Meghan. They have blessed me with two precious babies. Eason was born in 2011 and Kinley was born in 2015.I spend most of my time cooking, reading or caring for my grandchildren. I also love traveling and spending time with my family. 

I have worked with Dr. Yates, Dr. Morrissey and Dr. Barkley for 40 plus years. I really do not see an end to my career and look forward to working at Hoover Family Dentistry for many years to come. 


Rebekah Blackstock

Dental Hygienist

My name is Rebekah Blackstock. I was born and raised in the McCalla area. I graduated from McAdory High School in 1999. I was hired at Hoover Family Dentistry in 2001 as a dental assistant and then proceeded to get my hygiene license in 2003 from UAB. I currently live in Lakeview. I am married to the love of my life Jason and have two of the greatest children in the world Brianna Grace (2005) and Brooks Camdyn (2011). I am an active member of Flint Hill Baptist Church in Bessemer. I love spending time with my family. My hobbies are running, Zumba, and doing crafts (especially crafts off of Pinterest). I have to say of all the years I have worked here I could not ask for a better place of employment. The dental staff here is friendly and great to work with.


Cindy O'Dell

Dental Hygienist

My name is Cindy O'Dell. I have been a Dental Hygienist here at Hoover Family Dentistry since June 2007. I graduated from UAB Dental Assisting School in 1977 and then graduated from UAB in Dental Hygiene in 1979. I worked at a local practice for 30 years prior to coming to Hoover Family Dentistry. My family moved to Hoover in 2002.
I am married to David O'Dell and we have 3 children and 4 grandchildren all of whom live in the Birmingham area.

I have been a member of Hunter Street Baptist Church since 2003 where I am actively involved in the nursery program.

My favorite hobby is my family. I especially enjoy time with my grandchildren. I also love photography, scrapbooking, and reading.  I enjoy working here at Hoover Family Dentistry because it is important to me to be confident in the quality of dentistry my patients receive, and we have such a great team here to provide that type of exceptional care.  I want my patients to have a pleasant experience at every visit.


Kim Willis

Dental Hygienist and Dental Assistant

My name is Kim Richey and I am Dr. Morrissey's dental assistant. I have been in dentistry since 2000 and have been working at this office since 2002. I received my hygiene license in 2013 from the Alabama Dental Hygiene Program and I am now also a dental hygienist. We have all grown to be like family here at Hoover Family Dentistry. I enjoy working with the staff and patients here. I couldn't ask for a better place to work.

I live I Concord area and was married in June 2017 to my best friend, Chris Willis. We enjoy spending time outdoors, camping, boating, fishing, and watching Alabama football. I love vacationing at the beach and spending time with friends and family.


Jennifer Walker

Dental Assistant

My name is Jennifer Walker. I began my career in 2004 upon completing my certification in dental assisting at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After working in Florida, I moved back home to Gardendale, Alabama to start my family and lead a wonderful life and a career as a dental assistant. I am proud to say that I fall in love with my career more and more every day! What is better than making someone else smile? I am happily married and have two beautiful children, Riley and Jacob. I enjoy crafting and sports in my spare time.


Nadia Ayers

Dental Hygienist

My name is Nadia Ayers.  I was born and raised outside of Atlanta, Georgia.  I always knew that I wanted to work in healthcare.  Shadowing at a local office in college led me to pursue a career in the dental field.  In 2012, I completed my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Medical College of Georgia, and I have been passionate about patient education ever since.

I moved to Alabama in 2014 and found my way to Hoover Family Dentistry in 2017.  I am extremely grateful to work with a team of caring individuals, where patient comfort and well-being are the main concern.  

In my free time, I enjoy reading, hiking, and spending time with my husband, son and our dog.


Wendy Johnson

Dental Hygienist

My name is Wendy Johnson.  Born and raised in the Birmingham area, Alabama has been home my entire life.  I received my hygiene license in 1993.  I've been with Hoover Family Dentistry since 2018 and love being part of a practice that truly puts the patient first!  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family.


Christy Faulk

Dental Hygienist

My name is Christy and I am a dental hygienist at Hoover Family Dentistry.  I have been a hygienist since 1995.  My father was a dentist in Vestavia, and I started the first 15 years of my career with him until he retired.  The thing that I like most about my job is helping people improve, understand, and be less afraid of their dental care.  I grew up in Homewood and have lived in the Bluff Park area of Hoover since 1992.  My favorite thing to do is spending time with my husband, two girls, and our golden retriever.  I also love hanging out at Smith Lake with family and friends.


Allison Farley

Front Desk Manager

I am a graduate of McAdory High School and Bessemer Technical School where I studied dental assisting.  I began working in dentistry in 1996 as both a dental assistant and in a front office position.  In 2001, I left dentistry for awhile to be a stay at home mom while my children were young.  

I have lived in Alabaster since 2007.  I have a beautiful daughter, Hannah, and three sons: Donny, Harrison, and Dylan who are all very active in various sports and school activities.  In my spare time, I enjoy watching my children perform in their many extracurricular activities.

At Hoover Family Dentistry, I am part of our front desk management team.  It is great to work at a job that you look forward to going to each day.  I really love my job and could not ask for better patients or teammates to work with!


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