Meet Our Team

David Hughes Dentist

Dr David Hughes- Dentist

Dr David Hughes grew up in Oregon and completed his dental education in 1969 at the University of Oregon Dental School. He raised his family with three children on a small rural farm in Sherwood, Oregon. He met his wife, Linda, at Abilene Christian College while working on a research project in the Summer of 1968. He has practiced dentistry for 46 years: Tigard, Oregon;  Vernon, Texas;  and now in Dallas, Texas with Merit Dental Care. His new interests includes treating Myofacial pain, TMJ disjunction with associated headaches, and sleep apnea. He has special training in cosmetic dentistry. He is presently building a team of 5 dentists and specialists to treat all  dental needs in his one newly expanded office.

Dr Hughes has been involved in the American Dental Association and was editor of Washington County Dental Society. He is a Paul Harris Fellow with Rotary International and was Vice President and  President Elect for the Tigard Chamber of Commerce. His service awards include: Cambridge Who’s Who Lifetime Membership; Consumer Research Council Of America,Top Dentist Awards for several years, and was the 1999 Oregon Businessman of the year.  His love of dentistry is shown in his passion to help people.

Dr Hughes interest with his wife of 47 years is traveling with his family and friends, collecting American Indian artifacts, autographs and fossils. His personal library includes about 3,000 books with heavy interest in History. He teaches a class on History of the English Bible. He and Linda love the special times now with their 8 grand kids in Dallas Metroplex. This is what brought them to Texas.

Past and Present Professional Affiliations:

American Dental Society
Oregon Dental Association
Oregon Society of Dentistry for Children
Academy of General Dentistry
Texas Dental Association
Dallas County Dental Society


Dr Jennifer Hedrick- Dentist

The Merit Dental Care team is led by Dr. Jennifer Hedrick, who was born and raised in Texas. At an early age, Dr. Hedrick knew she wanted to help others and dentistry was the perfect fit to incorporate her artistic ability and the medical field. She graduated cum laude from Texas Christian University and completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the prestigious Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas.  During Dr. Hedrick’s college years, she participated in many student organizations and volunteer opportunities.

Dr. Hedrick has a passion for learning to better serve her patients and the dental community by keeping up with the latest technologies. She also participates in the Dallas Branch of the Seattle Study Club with the leading Dentists in Dallas.

Dr. Hedrick is the mother of a beautiful daughter, a member of her local church, and enjoys living an active and healthy lifestyle that includes yoga, dance, cooking, and traveling.

Professional affiliations:

  • Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity
  • Dallas County Dental Society
  • Texas Dental Association
  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Academy of Craniofacial Pain

Dr Dave Roberts- Dentist

Dr. Roberts received his doctor of dental surgery (D. D. S.) degree from the University of Illinois Dental School. He then spent two years in a dental residency at the University Of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. During this residency he received training in dental and implant surgery as well as sedation procedures.

Dr. Roberts has been practicing dentistry in Dallas since 1987. He was awarded the “Young Dentist of the Year” in 1990 for Dallas County. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Hospital Dentistry (F. A. A. H. D.). Dr. Roberts Served on theDallas County Dental Society Board Of Directors from 1992 — 1996. He is currently serving as an adjunct assistant professor at the University Of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and lectures nationally in the area of general dental surgery.

Kelly- Dental Assistant

Kelly has been a dental assistant for twenty years. She started off in pediatric dentistry then switched over to general dentistry. She loves working with people of all ages.

Her hobbies are camping, fishing and spending time with her grand children. She absolutely loves working at Merit Dental. Dr. Hedrick is very sweet and the people are very friendly. It is a really fun atmosphere to be in.

Kaila- Dental Hygienist

Kaila has been a Registered Dental Hygienist for well over 20 years starting off her career in Pedodontics, then moving into General Practice for the majority of her career.  After so many years, she is still very passionate about her job and gets the most gratification connecting with patients and seeing the results of making a positive affect on the overall health of her patients.  With a focus on Periodontics, Kaila has taken many additional courses on periodontal procedures and maintenance, and feels her forte’ is helping people feel comfortable and at ease, as well as helping them have an understanding of what their specific need may be.

Kaila grew up in Louisiana, where her family is from and still resides, spending a 7 year stint in North Carolina which stole her heart!  Her education was completed at TJC in Tyler, Tx which carried the high prestige of being 3rd in the nation at that time for Dental Hygiene.  She has been in Dallas ever since graduation and is extremely excited to start a new chapter in her life having just moved to Allen, Tx from Mesquite and now working for Dr. Jennifer Hedrick at Merit Dental Care!  It is not often to find such a motivated, caring and enthusiastic staff with so much knowledge and dedication, and genuinely like and have fun together.  Everyone has made the process so easy, I can’t wait to meet all of the patients and give them the care they expect and deserve.

Sheri- Office Manager

Sheri has been in the dental field for 10 years, and is a huge patient advocate. Her motto is “The patient always comes first”. She is proud to be a part of Merit Dental Care because Dr. Hedrick is very compassionate and truly cares about the patients. She believes in making the patients comfortable and providing the highest quality of care. The team at Merit Dental Care works great together and it shows.

She is happily married and she is the mother of four children. she also has two dogs and a cat. Needless to say, she stays pretty busy and loves to multitask. Her hobbies include reading fiction, watching the latest movies and travel. Sheri is originally from North Carolina but has called Dallas, Texas home for over 10 years.

Brenda- Office Assistant

Brenda is the front office assistant.  She has been working for Merit Dental Care since March 2013 however she has been in the dental field for 21 years. She enjoys working with patients and helping elderly people. She is the type of person who will go the extra mile for the patients at our practice, whether it be fighting insurance on their behalf or just making sure they feel comfortable.

She was born and raised in Dallas and graduated from high school in North Dallas.  She is the oldest of six kids, five girls and the youngest is a boy. Her family is #1 in her life. She has six nephews and five nieces that she spends a lot of time with.  Her other  passion is her love of animals and enjoys house sitting.