Our Staff

The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff’s training, professional credentials and work experience.

Our Doctors

Dr. John Helton

Dr. John Helton

After attending Mississippi State University for his undergraduate studies, Dr. John Helton graduated from The University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry in 1996. Following graduation, he accepted a position with Access Family Health Services in Smithville, MS. Access Family Health Services is an approved facility of the National Health Service Corps which assists in providing medical care for underserved communities across America. After three years of service, Dr. John became attached to this part of Northeast Mississippi and elected to begin a private practice a few short miles down the road in Amory, MS.

Since then, Dr. John has been providing comprehensive dental care using the most advanced techniques for all his patients. Dr. John is an active member in the American Dental Association (ADA), the Mississippi Dental Association (MDA), and the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).

Dr. John spends the majority of his spare time with his wife, Shawn, and his two sons, Davis and Bryce.

While spending most of their time on the baseball and soccer fields, he and his family spend lots of time enjoying the outdoors through hunting and fishing as well. They enjoy attending all MSU sporting events and love cheering on their "Bulldawgs"! Dr. John and his family are members of First United Methodist Church in Amory and are very active in their service through the church and in their community.

Dr. John and Dr. Joey's children

Joey Helton, DMD, FAGD

After completing his Doctorate of Medical Dentistry from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2002, Dr. Joey Helton served as the Dental Director at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center in Pendleton, Oregon. During his tenure, he learned to appreciate the Native American culture and got to experience the true "Western lifestyle." In October 2005, Dr. Joey accepted an associate position with his brother, Dr. John, at Helton Family Dental Care, P.A. in Amory, Mississippi.

Together, they practice cosmetic and comprehensive family dentistry for the entire family. Dr. Joey attends numerous continuing education courses each year. Dr. Joey has extensive training in anxiety control through DOCS (Doctors of Conscious Sedation), short term adult orthodontics (6 Month Smiles, ClearCorrect, and Invisalign), adult and children's comprehensive orthodontics (braces), mini and full implants, children's dentistry, prosthodontics, and chronic adult periodontal therapy. Dr. Joey recently earned his Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Joey attended the University of South Alabama and Springhill College for his undergraduate studies where he was on the baseball team. He is married to Holli Shields Helton of Amory. She teaches fifth grade at East Amory Elementary School. Between their son, Mason, and daughter, Kendall, they are kept very busy. Dr. Joey dabbles in many hobbies including motorcycles, baseball, water sports, snow sports, coaching youth sports, and reading. They enjoy participating in all that Monroe County and the surrounding areas have to offer. Dr. Joey and his wife attend First Baptist Church in Amory.


Our Staff

Amy Cox


Amy has been employed with us since October of 2009. She has two children -- Cameron and Livia. She is a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

Emily Wright


Emily is a member of our front office team and is a 2017 graduate of NEMCC where she obtained an associate's degree in applied science. She is a 2012 graduate of Amory High School. She has always lived in the Amory community but now lives in Aberdeen with her husband Chanler and her Labrador Retriever Bobo. In her spare time, Emily enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends.

Bridgett Colburn


Bridgett has over twelve years of experience in the dental field.  She has been employed at Helton Family Dental Care, P.A. since May of 2006.  She has one child, Landin Gage, and is also a member of Bethel Church in Amory.

Sandra Walls


Sandra has been employed at Helton Family Dental Care, P.A. since August 2003. She is married to Tim, and they are members of Gregory Chapel Baptist Church. They have one daughter, Emily Morris, and two granddaughters Kallie and Liliannah. Sandra enjoys spending time at their cabin at the lake, fishing, and playing with her granddaughters.

Leslie Smaglick


Leslie has been working for this office since March of 2007. She has three boys, Max, Sam, and Tyler. She is a member of First United Methodist Church of Amory.

Shawn Helton


Shawn has been employed at Helton Family Dental Care, P.A. since 1999. She is married to Dr. John, and they have two sons,  Davis  and Bryce. Her duties at the office include, but are not limited to, accounting, payroll, public relations, and any other responsibilities dealing with the day-to-day operations of the office. She is an active member in the Parent Teacher Organizations at both of her children's schools Amory High and Amory Middle Schools. She is also active in her church, First United Methodist in Amory, by serving as the bookkeeper for their preschool. She is also active in the Amory community by serving on the Board of Directors at Gilmore Memorial Hospital and is a member of Amory's Fidelia Club.

Kayla Halfacre

Kayla Halfacre is part of our front office staff.  She is from Amory, MS.  She and her husband enjoy spending time with their daughter, Lynleigh and their miniature Dachshund, Dexter. They also enjoy fishing and going to the movies.  They attend Saint Union Primitive Baptist Church in Amory.

Beth Schmoock

Beth Schmoock

Beth joined our front office staff in June 2012. Beth and her husband, Hans, live in Becker and have been married since May 1995. They have two children, Hannah and Andrew. She enjoys reading, crocheting, and spending time with her family. She is a member of Cornerstone Family Fellowship in Amory.

Hope Haney

Hope Haney

Hope joined Helton Family Dental Care's front office staff in April 2012. She currently has 15 years of experience in the dental field. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and enjoying all that God allows her to do. She is an active member of Cornerstone Family Fellowship in Amory, MS.

Robyn Evans

Robyn Evans

Robyn joined the hygiene team at Helton Family Dental Care in June 2012.  She graduated from Northeast MS Community College in 2010, and has worked in the Columbus area until joining our team.  She is married to Justin Evans, and they live in Hamilton, MS.  She and Justin attend Hamilton Baptist Church.

Paige Young

Paige Young is a 2010 graduate of NEMCC. She is married to Davin, and they have a daughter, Charlie and a son, Jude. They attend Christ's Church in the Buckhorn community. In her spare time, Paige enjoys gardening, canning, camping, hunting, fishing, and riding four-wheelers.

Katie Johnston

Katie is a member of our hygiene team and is a 2016 graduate of Northeast Mississippi Community College. She is originally from Guntown, MS but now resides in Nettleton, MS. She is the proud aunt of her niece, Lovelyn, whose nickname is Tator. In her spare time she likes to travel, fish, and spend time at the lake.

Kayla Bell

Kayla is a 2016 graduate of the Northeast Mississippi Community College Dental Hygiene program. She is a graduate of Amory High School and grew up in the Wren community. She is a proud owner of a Labrador Retriever named Macie. Kayla attends First Baptist Church in Okolona. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys spending time with her family and friends.