About Us


At Smithfield Family Dentistry we love what we do—and we hold ourselves to a higher standard. We recognize that all of our patients are unique and deserve to receive the highest quality dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented staff is committed to working with our patients to create a positive, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time they visit our office. We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you

  • Dr. Milton Cook
    D.D.S., Ph.D.

    Dr. Cook completed the Medical College of Virginia’s Dental School in 2003, where he earned his doctorate of Dental Science degree. Prior to that, he also completed a doctorate program in Neuro Anatomy, also from MCV. Dr. Cook is originally from Richmond. In 2003, Dr. Cook purchased the practice of Dr. Wilson Ames and relocated to Smithfield. He and his wife, Kirstin, have two children Colby and Anna. Dr. Cook is a member of the American Dental Association, Virginia Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and has served two terms as an elected member of the Smithfield Town Council.

  • Dr. Emmanuel Amoah

    Dr. Amoah joined Smithfield Family Dentistry in February 2020.  Dr. Amoah completed the University of Connecticut’s Dental School in 2000, where he earned his doctorate of Dental Science degree. He served as a clinical instructor and clinical assistant professor for their dental school before going into private practice.  After living in the cold Northeast, Dr. Amoah relocated to Hampton Roads in 2011. Dr. Amoah currently lives in Carrollton but is originally from Ghana, West Africa.  He is an avid chess player and also enjoys playing Scrabble and singing Karaoke. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Virginia Dental Association, and the Peninsula Dental Association.  

  • Michelle Keckler
    Dental Hygienist

    Michelle joined the practice in 2003. She obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Old Dominion University in 2003. In addition to working as a dental hygienist, Michelle is also the office manager at Smithfield Family Dentistry. She was raised in Surry County, where she currently lives with her husband Brian and their two boys, Dawson and Tanner.

  • Candace Wright
    Dental Hygienist

    Candace joined the practice in 2011. She obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Old Dominion University in 2011, but had worked as a dental assistant for several years prior to that. Candace is currently a full-time hygienist in our office. She was born and raised in Portsmouth, where she currently lives with her husband Jason and their daughter, Lila and son, Brayson.

  • Jessica McManus
    Dental Hygienist

    Jessica obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene from Old Dominion University in 2012, and then went on to also receive her Master’s degree in Dental Hygiene in 2014. Jessica started working with us part time in 2012 and was also working as a clinical instructor at ODU. In May 2017, Jessica joined our team full time! Jessica was raised in Surry County, and now lives in Eclipse with her husband Kaleb.

  • Ellen Davis
    Dental Hygienist

    In 2007, Ellen joined our practice as a dental assistant.  She left our practice to further her education and graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Dental hygiene in 2011. After living and practicing dental hygiene in Florida for a few years, she decided to return to Virginia.  We were lucky to have her join our practice again as a full-time dental hygienist! Ellen was raised in IOW county and now lives in Surry with her husband Derek and their two children, Paisley and Rhett.

  • Renee Johnson
    Dental Assistant

    Renee has been a dental assistant for over 10 years and joined our practice in 2017. She graduated from Key Business College in 2004 with her certificate in Dental Assisting. Renee’s attention to detail and artistic eye has proven to be beneficial to our great esthetic outcomes. Renee was raised in Virginia Beach and currently lives in Newport News with her family.

  • Lynette Ross
    Insurance Coordinator

    Lynette joined our office in 2013, after being a long-time patient of our practice! Lynette began working as a Patient Coordinator, and now is working in the role of Insurance Coordinator. Lynette has years of finance experience. She was raised in Smithfield and continues to live here with her husband David and their daughter, Erin.

  • Auburn Rush
    Dental Assistant

    Auburn joined our practice in 2020.  She brings over 8 years of dental experience to the office.   Her broad knowledge of different dental treatments as well as her extreme attention to detail make her a real asset to our practice! Auburn was brought to Hampton Roads through the military and she is motivated to establish deep roots in the local area. 

  • Amanda Mason

    Amanda started with our front office team in April 2020. She is the welcoming face everyone sees as they enter the office! Before getting into the dental field, she worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant in the hospital setting. Amanda is originally from Suffolk, where she currently lives with her fiancé Cody. Outside of work, she enjoys everything country living has to offer, from hunting to playing with her numerous dogs.

  • Brittainy Darden

    Brittainy, a native of Smithfield, joined our front office team in July 2020. She has over 10 years of experience working as a receptionist in the medical field. That, along with her warm and friendly personality, makes her an asset to our staff. Her ties to the military have afforded her the opportunities to live in various parts of the country. Brittainy currently lives in Smithfield with her husband Derreck and their children, Malayasia, Chandler and Chanel. Outside of work, she enjoys skating, reading, and spending time around her home with family.

  • Mary Taylor
    Dental Assistant

    Mary started in the dentistry field in 2016 and joined our team in 2020. Mary decided to become a dental assistant for various reasons but mostly to be a friendly face for people needing dental care. Her calm, sweet demeanor puts patients at ease. Mary was born and raised in the Smithfield community. She currently lives here and is married to her husband Josh. They enjoy being outdoors, especially at the beach, and spending time with their pup 'Willie'.

  • Sherita Davis
    Dental Assistant

    Rita was born in Suffolk and grew up in the Smithfield/Suffolk area. She went through her dental assistant training in 2006 and joined our practice in 2020. Her expertise and experience in the field make her a valuable member of our team. She enjoys the variety of dental procedures that our office offers to our patients. When not working, Rita enjoys dabbling in home interior design, watching scary movies, and spending time with her husband Andre and daughter Elysia.

  • Nikki Porter
    Dental Assistant

    Nikki joined our practice in August 2018. Nikki went to dental assisting school in 2014 and has worked in the dental field ever since. She is a native of Chesterfield and was brought to our area through her ties to the military. She currently lives in Smithfield with her husband Nate and their two daughters, Harper and Everly.

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What Our Clients Say About Us

    I've been going to Dr. Cook for over 5 years now. He is very personable to all his patients as well as Candice one of the hygienists there! Never had a problem with any work he has done for me!

    Justin Beale

    I had an emergency and they fit me in the same day. They were so nice and caring. I highly recommend this office.

    Cindy Sutton

    I absolutely love this office!! Everyone is so friendly and efficient. I tell everyone who is looking for dental care to give you a call!

    Elizabeth N

    With a friendly staff, knowledgeable hygienists, the latest technology, and a dentist (i.e., Dr. Cook) who actually spends the time needed to make sure you are satisfied with the services provided, anyone in the area ought to consider Smithfield Family Dentistry when looking for dental services.