Meet the Maverick Smiles Team

Dr. Mary Alice Hughes:

Dr. Mary Alice grew up right here in Mauldin, SC and was a proud graduate of Mauldin High School. After leaving Mauldin, she made a stop in Columbia, SC to receive her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of South Carolina, and in Charleston, SC to obtain a Doctorate in Dental Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina.

During college and dental school Dr. Mary Alice served in many leadership roles including Class President of her dental school class all four years. After dental school, Dr. Mary Alice worked as a general dentist treating children, working in a free clinic, delivering dental care abroad, and spending time in the Florida Dept of Health before making the decision to return to school to specialize in pediatric dentistry. Dr. Mary Alice completed her pediatric dentistry residency in Bronx, NY at Montefiore Medical Center where she did a one-year fellowship before completing a two year residency and served as Chief Resident during her last year in the Bronx.

When Dr. Mary Alice isn’t busy taking care of children and their dental needs she enjoys spending time with her family including her husband, Adam Hardin, running outside, relaxing at the beach, cheering for Braves baseball and unconditionally supporting her beloved South Carolina Gamecocks!

Dr. Mary Alice has traveled around the world providing dental care to underserved populations and has received many leadership and clinical excellence awards throughout her education, including the Grace H. Lim Award for Academic and Clinical Excellence and the Earl B. Higgins Student Leadership in Diversity Award.

Dr. Mary Alice is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, also known as a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist. She is so excited to bring her knowledge and clinical skills back to Mauldin to serve her hometown and she cannot wait to meet you!

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Administrative Manager

Taylor was born and raised in Laurens, South Carolina. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in Public Health. After finishing at USC she moved to Charlotte, North Carolina to begin her career in the dental field. Taylor has over 7 years of experience in the health care field and found her passion with dentistry 4 years ago.

Taylor is very outgoing and professional, making patients feel right at home from the moment they walk through the door. She enjoys shopping, traveling and spending time with her friends and family. In her spare time, she also enjoys traveling to watch her husband play football for the University of Tennessee Martin. Taylor and her husband have a daughter, Ella, who has them wrapped around her finger.

Taylor truly believes your smile can change the world!


Clinical Manager

Jesse is from our very own community here in Greenville. She has been a dental assistant for 5 years and loves working with the kiddos! She bonds with each child in such a memorable way, they love seeing her at returning visits.
Jesse enjoys any social interaction. Meeting new people is very easy for her with her outgoing personality. Some of her favorite things are traveling, baseball and football games, relaxing by the pool and shopping. In her free time, you will catch her with friends around town.

Jesse enjoys living life to the fullest and believes happiness is the prettiest smile you can wear!


Kacey was raised in Summerville, South Carolina. She moved to the upstate in 2010. Kacey has been a dental assistant for 5 years and absolutely loves it! She loves working with kids and loves to see their smiling faces.

Kacey is very outgoing, enjoys socializing, being outdoors, going shopping and hanging out with friends and family. Kacey and her boyfriend Justin have a daughter named Rylee Claire and a Yorkie named Kirby.

Kacey loves to see the excitement from every kid before and after each dental visit!

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