Meet the Team
It is a pleasure and privilege to welcome you to our office. Our practice is dedicated to your smile in every sense of the word. Dental care has come a long way and we offer painless treatments to restore your teeth to their natural strength and appearance. We offer all aspects
of General Dentistry to keep your
teeth healthy for a lifetime and
Cosmetic Dentistry to help you achieve
that million dollar smileand enhance your life.
Melissa Jarrell, DDS
Dr. Melissa welcomes the opportunity to care for your dental needs and will do everything possible to make your visits pleasant. After graduating fourth in her class at the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in 1996, she distinguished herself by receiving multiple Clinical Achievement Awards from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry.
She was elected into Omicron Kappa Upsilon (the Highest Dental Academic Achievement Award) which includes only the top 5% of dentists in the nation.
Because of her accomplishments in dental school, she was accepted into a highly sought-after hospital residency program where she received post-graduate training at Charity Hospital in New Orleans.
With her passion for restorative and cosmetic dentistry, she utilizes the latest in dental technology to individualize your treatment. Dr. Melissa is actively involved in our community and enjoys giving back to Kokomo through local charities.
Being a mother of three gives Dr. Melissa a compassionate and understanding point-of-view for her patients. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Indiana Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Clarisa Oliveira, DDS
Dr Oliveira was born in Brazil, and arrived in the U.S. at the age of 12 years old. She became a citizen in 2008 and since then she calls herself a naturalized Hoosier. Dr. Oliveira is a graduate from Indiana University School of Dentistry. While receiving her dental education she was active in many organizations and held many leadership positions. She was president of the Hispanic Student Dental Association, where she organized community events and volunteered her time serving the underserved. Prior to becoming a Dentist she taught High School AP Biology, and Chemistry for 4 years where she received many awards for excellence in teaching. She also served as visiting professor at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis. Dr. Oliveira is a current member of the American Dental Association and Indiana Dental Association where she plans to become more involved and looks forward to continuing her growth as a professional and as a leader in the community. On her spare time Dr. Oliveira enjoys traveling with her kids, being active in her church community, and singing.
Rebecca, Office Manager/Financial Coordinator
Hello, my name is Rebecca, and I began working here for Dr. Jarrell in the winter of 2004. I am the scheduling coordinator. My job at the office is to perform administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, preparing insurance claims, assembling treatment plan estimates, and helping you to the best of my abilities. I bring 16 years of experience to this office, and am glad to be part of the team here at Family and Cosmetic Dentistry of Kokomo.
Tracie, Scheduling/Marketing Coordinator
Hi, my name is Tracie. I have worked in the dental field for many years. I have been with Dr. Jarrell and Dr. Oliveira since January 2017. I am really enjoying meeting ALL of you and am pleased to be working with such a great team! I enjoy baking and being involved with my church and family in my free time.
Katie A., Scheduling/Financial Coordinator
Hi, my name is Katie. I enjoy working at the front desk and look forward to meeting you. I have been with Dr. Jarrell and Dr. Oliveira since Summer 2017. One of the best parts of my job is making new friends. It will be my pleasure to help you next time you are in the office or call. In my free time I love photography and spending time with my family.
Ryanne, New Patient Coordinator
Hi, my name is Ryanne. I attended Ross medial Education Center for dental assisting from 2015-2016. Dr. Jarrell gave me the opportunity to finish my schooling in her office by doing a 6 week externship. Upon finishing, Dr. Melissa offered me another opportunity to begin my career here. I’m so happy to add to her already GREAT team and also, to continue learning. It makes me smile to be able to help our patients smile!
Hello, my name is Katie and I am a Licensed Dental Hygienist (L.D.H.). I have worked in dentistry for over 15 years, and have been with Family and Cosmetic Dentistry of Kokomo since 2004. One of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of my job here for Dr. Jarrell is providing individualized treatment for patients’ specific needs. It is gratifying to see them respond and I still marvel at how much better people feel when they have healthy gums and a brighter smile. I guess you could say, "We create healthier smiles at Family and Cosmetic Dentistry of Kokomo".
Hello, my name is Donna and I am a Licensed Dental Hygienist (L.D.H.). I have been with Dr. Jarrell part time since 2003. I have over 20 years of dental experience and I love to keep your mouth in great condition by seeing you every 3-6 months for dental cleanings. We perform an oral cancer screening and check for periodontal disease at every visit. I enjoy listening to your concerns and like educating patients about the benefits of a healthy mouth.
Hello, my name is Kim. I am a Licensed Dental Hygienist (L.D.H.) I have been practicing dental hygiene since 2007, when I graduated from Indiana University South Bend with an Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene. I joined Dr. Jarrell's team in February 2013. As a hygienist, I consider it a privilege to work alongside such a talented and caring team, as we strive to provide excellent care to our patients. I love spending quality time with my patients, helping them to have healthy smiles. Whether you are a new or an established patient, I would love the chance to get to know you and your family. I am a Western High School graduate. I live in Russiaville with my husband Steve and our children Karly and Joe. In my free time I enjoy staying involved and helping out at my church, as well as spending quality time with my family.
Sherrie, Expanded Duties Dental Assistant
Hello, my name is Sherrie. I have been employed here by Dr. Jarrell since April of 2000 as an Expanded Duties Dental Assistant. I guess time really does fly when you're having fun! Most of my time is spent working chair side with Dr. Jarrell. I place fillings, take impressions, take digital x-rays, and do all I can to ensure your comfort.
Kara, Expanded Duties Dental Assistant
Hello, my name is Kara and Dr. Jarrell added me to her outstanding team in 2016 as an expanded duties dental assistant. Originally from New Castle, Indiana, my family moved to the area in 2004. I enrolled at Kokomo High School and took advantage of their Career Center. That is where I discovered my passion in the dental field. I have loved learning all there is to know about being a highly effective assistant. I enjoy learning new techniques and more about the latest technologies in the dental field. My favorite part of my job is working with the PATIENTS! Whether it is making patients feel more comfortable, answering questions/concerns , or providing the best service possible; it is making your visit with us the best experience possible. I love working with children who are most often nervous about a visit to the dentist. I am so blessed to work with this amazing team of individuals!
Catina, Dental Assistant
Hi, my name is Catina! I am excited to be on such an amazing dental team with all the ladies here at Dr. Melissa Jarrell's office. I graduated from Ross in 2016. I have been with Dr. Melissa since the fall of 2016. My role at the office is to assist the doctors and make sure you are comfortable. I work chair side with both of the doctors, take impressions, make whitening trays, and help you schedule your appointments. I am looking forward to meeting each and every one of you, and helping you achieve the best dental care possible! I am honored to work alongside Dr. Jarrell and Dr. Oliveira.
Teddy, Therapy Dog in Training
Hi, my name is Teddy. I was adopted in January 2017. I am sooo happy to be adopted by a nice home with three kids. My adopted mom, aka Dr. Melissa Jarrell, has been teaching me to play well with other dogs and kids. She says after I'm a year old I can come to work with her to help calm people that get nervous at the dentist. What? Why would anybody be scared of my mom? She's great...she feeds me, washes me and plays with me. I love people! I can't wait to meet you!