A Video About Us


Meet Our Team

When it comes to your smile and your oral health, the team at Dr. Rick Coker’s Smile Studio is committed to excellence.  They work passionately to deliver the very best to you and provide a level of care and comfort that is second to none.  They provide unparalleled hospitality and their customer service is world-class. Every member of the team is trained to make your experience the best. 

The team at Dr. Rick Coker's Smile Studio provides personal service and loves getting to know each and every patient.  It is their mission to make you one-of-the-family and they treat you as such.  The office team, hygiene team and assistants are committed to you. Dr. Coker and the team continually educate themselves on new and advanced procedures and treatments. When you come into the office, you know that we are using the best in technology and we are committed to your comfort.

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Dr. Coker

Dr. Coker is affectionately known around town as The Smile Doctor. He is a cosmetic dentist in Tyler, Texas.  He creates beautiful smiles, treats mild-to-moderate sleep apnea, treats periodontal disease, migraine headaches, and helps patients keep their teeth functioning for years and years.

Dr. Coker has been practicing aesthetic and comprehensive restorative dentistry in Tyler since he graduated from the University of Texas Dental Branch. He takes numerous continuing education courses each year, he has lectured in several areas of dentistry, and he and his wife, Melinda, regularly host dental meetings in Tyler. Dr. Coker has been selected as a Texas MonthlySuper Dentist for many years running.

His love and expertise for cosmetic dentistry gives Dr. Coker's patients the confidence that he will be able to give them the smile they have always wanted. He strives to be the best in the field of cosmetic dentistry and continues to learn, experiment with new ideas and educate other dental professionals, as well as his patients.

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Mary Paroline has been the Office Manager for Dr. Rick Coker's Smile Studio for over twenty years. Patients love her and she loves them right back. She is incredibly hardworking. She’s fun. She’s efficient. She’s friendly. 

Mary is an expert in all things 'dental.' She has lectured to dentists and team members at several dental conferences.  Everyone values her expertise. 

But what she loves most are our patients.

According to Mary, when a patient says, ‘Everyone here makes me feel so special,’ or ‘I can’t believe I enjoyed coming to the dentist,’ or they just give us a hug – that makes working here so special. I can go home at night and say to myself, ‘I really helped to make a difference!'


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Crystal Sanchez is the dental assistant for Dr. Rick Coker's Smile Studio.  She helps Dr. Coker during all phases of your dental treatment.  She makes sure that all the materials and equipment that Dr. Coker might need during the procedure are close at hand.  She keeps your mouth open and your teeth dry so that Dr. Coker can make sure you get the best results possible.

Aside from her technical duties, Crystal makes sure her patients are as comfortable as possible. She adds moisture to your lips, checks to see if you need a pillow behind your neck or your back, she offers you a blanket to keep you warm and cozy and even a headphone relaxation system called NuCalm to make sure you are even a little dreamy. 

Dr. Coker Admitted to Fellowship in American College of Dentists, September 2019

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Lisa Mossberger is the hygienist for Dr. Rick Coker's Smile Studio. She will keep your mouth incredibly healthy by checking for the beginnings of periodontal disease and spirochete bacteria (the bad bacteria which can cause perio disease).  Periodontal infections have been linked to heart disease and since CVD (cardio vascular disease) is the #1 killer of Americans, you don't want to have any gum inflammation.

Patients love Lisa and they brag about her all the time.  She is friendly and interested and does a remarkable cleaning. 

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Lisa Holloway is taking over the phones to help Mary out.  Because we have two 'Lisas,' this Lisa has taken on the nickname 'L.'  She will be the first person you talk to when you call the office.  She is kind and concerned, so you will enjoy getting to know her. 

L will answer any dental questions you may have, she will be able to reschedule your appointment if you develop a conflict, and she will have time to talk to potential new patients about the benefits of Dr. Rick Coker's Smile Studio.  Sometimes if you are thinking about improving your smile, you don't really know what you need to ask for, L can help you sort it out.