Geoff West, DDS and
Jim Blanchard, DDS

Our Team

Dentist in Berryville, AR
Ozark Lakes Family Dentistry Team


Geoffrey West, D.D.S.

Dr. Jim Blanchard is proud to welcome Dr. Geoffrey West to his general practice in Berryville, AR. Geoff is a May 2015 graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and was born and raised in Berryville, where he graduated high school in 2007. He attended college at Arkansas Tech, where he met his wife Brittany. Geoff and Brittany graduated together from ATU in 2011, where he earned his BS in Biology and she her nursing BSN. Brittany worked as a registered nurse at both Methodist University and Methodist Germantown hospitals during their four year stay in Memphis. She is currently employed at Mercy hospital in Berryville. They have two sons; Gavin, who is two as of this March, and Beau, who was born April 4th of this year. Geoff and his family love to be outside, which is a big reason why they moved back to NWA. He loves everything about the area: the rivers, lakes, mountain bike trails, but is especially thrilled to be back closer to his family, friends and wonderful hometown community.  


Jim Blanchard, D.D.S. 

Jim Blanchard, D.D.S.

I grew up in Murfreesboro, AR and always knew that I wanted to be in the health field. After graduating from Henderson State University with a degree in chemistry, I attended the University of Tennessee for my dental education.  I worked for St. Vincents Hospital in Little Rock for two years as Director of Dental Services for the East Little Rock Health Clinic before moving to Berryville.

I opened my office on Rice Street in 1982 and have been at the same location (with some remodeling) since that time. I am a member of the American Dental Association, The Arkansas State Dental Association,and The Northwest District Dental Society.  In the past, I have been president of the local Rotary Club, and director for the Berryville Chamber of Commerce.  I have been honored by the Consumer's Research Council of America every year since 2003 as one of America's top dentists, and have been selected by AY Magazine as one of Arkansas top dentists.When not in the office, I enjoy many outdoor activities such as water skiing, jet skiing, fishing, and hunting. I also enjoy church and traveling.  I have a wonderful wife, Lina, who is a huge part of the success of our practice.  Between us we have seven children, and one grandson. 

Our practice was built on treating patients the same way that we would want to be treated ourselves, seeing patients with emergencies the same day they call, and by providing the very highest quality dentistry, using the very highest quality equipment and materials.  My favorite things about being a dentist are the relationships I have developed with patients and employees and the ability we have to absolutely and positively change people's lives. >


Lina Blanchard - Office Manager

I have lived in Berryville my whole life and have been practicing dental care since 1982. I started working for Dr. Blanchard in 1996 and in October of 2007 we were married. We have six children and three grandchildren between us. We both love the dental field and enjoy working side by side to keep our dreams and beliefs alive. We want every patient to feel as if they are part of our family. We so enjoy helping patients with their dental needs and educating them that our oral health is linked to our overall health. We've made so many life long friends in our practice, one smile at a time. We have a wonderful Christian staff that makes coming to work a blessing.


Shana Stidham - Registered Dental Assistant 

I am a Berryville native. I have two sons, whom I am very proud.  I enjoy hiking, camping, floating and attending concerts in my spare time.  I also like to ride motorcycles.  I love being with my family most of all. I have been practicing dentistry as an assistant since 1988 and became part of Dr. Blanchard’s team in 2004. I love Dr. Blanchard’s belief in giving people the best dental care possible. We are going to treat our patients the same way we want to be treated. Patients tell me that they feel like they are part of our family.  I feel like I make a difference in people’s lives by making them healthier and happier. My job is very fulfilling and I am very blessed to be part of this practice.


Chris Jones - Registered Dental Assistant   

My husband and I have been happily married for over 20 years. We have lived in the Berryville, with our two sons, since 1992. We own and operate nightly rentals, known as The Carriage House, located in Eureka Springs. My family and I became patients of Dr. Blanchard many years before I joined the team in 2008.  We continue to return as patients due to the relaxed family atmosphere and degree of professionalism provided by Dr. Blanchard and our team. Health and fitness are very important to me. I am grateful to have both of my jobs. Being a dental assistant as well as a fitness instructor enables me to provide a wide range of healthy living services to our patients.


Christie Merkling - Registered Dental Hygienist    

I am a Fort Smith native, but recently moved to Berryville. I graduated from the University of Arkansas Fort Smith Dental Hygiene Program in 2011. Due to my recent education, I am current with the newest advances in my field. As a hygienist, my primary objective is providing preventative care, and treatment plans tailored to each individual patient. The link between systematic health and oral health is stronger than ever. Research continues to prove that good oral health contributes to overall health, and is directly linked with control in diabetes, cardiovascular and respiratory health. Good oral health starts with professional dental cleanings twice per year.   As one of the newest  members of the team, I began working for Dr. Blanchard in 2011. I find it very rewarding to work for a dentist with such a high standard of care for his patients. I am very fortunate to be serving this wonderful community and look forward to getting to know all of our patients.  


Bobbi Sullins - Dental Assistant   

I am originally from Arizona. I moved to Arkansas and started working in the dental field in 2008. I joined Dr. Blanchard's team in 2013 where I continue to learn the latest in dental technology. I look forward to getting to know all of our patients and provide the best care available.