Meet Our Staff

Paula Ferriera – Office Manager

Paula was born and raised in North Kohala. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Allied Health from Azusa Pacific University, she returned home to the Big Island. She has been with Waimea Smiles since 2001.

The role of office manager suits her well. She loves to help, encourage and motivate others. She is honored to work with such an amazing team.

You might be surprised to learn: Paula has always loved music. She has been singing from a very young age and is pretty good at it.

Mariah Keeling – Financial Coordinator

Mariah moved to Kohala from Las Vegas in 2020 and has been enjoying every moment of it. At work, she loves that there is never a dull moment and that she is able help patients with their dental care experience.

You might be surprised to learn: Mariah has been down the Bosphorus River in Istanbul, which separates Asia and Europe.

Tiffany Dayton-Smith – Dental Hygienist

Originally from Michigan, Tiffany has lived on the Big Island since 2007. In her work as a hygienist, she loves independent and self-motivated learning. When she’s not at work, she enjoys hunting, fishing, and the occasional hike with her family of eight.

You might be surprised to learn: Tiffany did gymnastics for 13 years and went to the Junior Olympics at the age of 10.

Skippy Baker – Dental Hygienist

Skippy loves to provide inclusive care for diverse patients and strives to be a comprehensive and compassionate health provider.

You might be surprised to learn: Skippy lived in Alaska and worked at Denali National Park as a sled dog ranger and also worked as a sled dog handler and musher for Iditarod Champion Libby Riddles, the first woman to win the race.

Maia Talbott – Dental Hygienist

Maia loves helping her patients learn how to improve their home care so they can keep their teeth as clean as possible between appointments.

You might be surprised to learn: Maia also practices massage therapy and specializes in myofascial therapy of the head, neck, and jaw.

Danori Villanueva – Dental Assistant

Danori has been a team member at Waimea Smiles since 2008. She loves being in dentistry because of the variety in each day, each patient, and each case! There is never an end in knowledge and new technologies. Danori also loves the cosmetic aspect of dentistry, and helping to create beautiful smiles. Outside of work, she enjoys her time with her son and husband.

You might be surprised to learn: Danori’s true passions are fashion, makeup, and the beauty industry!

Ka’anihi Sills – Dental Assistant

Ka’anihi loves all of the different aspects dental assisting requires each day, and loves making patients feel better!

You might be surprised to learn: Ka’anihi was a patient at Waimea Smiles when she was 4 years old!

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