Meet The Doctor

<strong>Dr. Hughes & Dr. Anderson</strong>

Dr. Hughes & Dr. Anderson

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 in Tigard, Oregon; Vernon, Texas; and now in Dallas, Texas with Merit Dental Care. His new interests includes treating Myofacial pain, TMJ dysfunction 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 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 travelling 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.

Merit Dental Care

About Merit Dental Care

Our purpose as a dental team is to educate patients about good dental health care to give them a better quality of life. We want to deliver dental services in a caring and gentle manner in a pain-free environment. We want to continue expanding our dental services as we increase our knowledge and understanding of dental disease. We want to deliver the ultimate dental care in a professional manner with the highest dental skills. Finally, as an office, we want to create an environment that is stress-free and allows the team to enjoy their work in a relaxed manner and to have fun in the process.

Our vision is to continually advance our knowledge and expertise in all relevant areas of dental and general healthcare to ensure the highest standard of care. We wish to provide the highest quality of dental care available in the world and to transform the quality of life for our patients and their loved ones in profound ways.

We also perform emergency dentist services that include bonding, root canals, crowns, and bridges. As a local dentist, we create lifelong relationships with our patients and their families and work to ensure that they receive treatments in a comfortable and relaxed environment. The doctors and our staff invite you to schedule an appointment by calling 972-628-6440 and experience why our patients think Merit Dental Care is the best dentist in Dallas.



Kaila has been a Registered Dental Hygienist for well over 20 years starting off her career in Pedodontics, then moving into General Practice. 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 needs 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.



Bio Coming Soon!



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.


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.