Dr. Barker DDS, Searcy Dentist

Dr. Joseph Barker, Dentist

Dr. Barker graduated from Arkansas State University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He then graduated from Louisiana State University in 1996 with his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.

After graduation, he moved back to his hometown of Newport, Arkansas. There he worked with Dr. Mike Brown as an associate dentist for eight years. He then purchased an office in Brinkley, Arkansas where he worked for 11 years before selling his practice. In 2016, he opened his current practice in Searcy, Arkansas.

Dr. Barker lives in Newport with his wife, Lori, and their son, Tyler. He is a member of the First Baptist Church where he teaches Sunday school class. He enjoys mission work and helping those in need. In his off time, he also enjoys spending time with his family and their Labrador Retrievers. The entire family enjoys spending time outdoors.

Ashley at Searcy Family Dental

Ashley, Scheduling Coordinator

Ashley was born and raised in Searcy, Arkansas. She graduated with a degree in Kinesiology from Harding University. She has experience in sales, marketing, customer service, and management. In her spare time, Ashley likes to spend time with her husband, Eric, and daughter, Lucy. She enjoys working in the yard, playing softball, and going camping, canoeing, and fishing. Ashley is excited about being able to help the patients of Searcy Family Dental have an exceptional dental experience!

Carolyn at Searcy Family Dental

Carolyn, Financial Coordinator

Carolyn is a Registered Dental Assistant who has worked with Dr. Barker for ten years. She can help you with any of your questions regarding estimates, insurance, and billing. She is excited to be at Dr. Barker's new location with an excellent dental team.

In her off time, Carolyn enjoys travel, camping, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.


Patience, Front Office Coordinator

Patience was born in White County but recently moved back to Searcy from Tucson, Arizona. She graduated from Pima Medical Institute for Dental Assisting. In her spare time, she spends a lot of time with her niece and nephew, Madilyn and Paysen, and her dog, Kujo. She likes fishing, riding on four-wheelers, and playing softball with friends.

Cheryl at Searcy Family Dental

Cheryl, Registered Dental Hygienist

Cheryl graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Cheryl truly loves her work in dentistry and has a heart for every patient she treats. She especially feels accomplished by learning what's new in dental hygiene and prevention. With Searcy Family Dental, Cheryl enjoys the opportunity to provide gentle, thorough, and high-quality care.

Cheryl and her husband, Chad, have three children and reside in Newport where her husband manages a family farm with the help of his sons. The family enjoys traveling to Florida and Colorado, when the farm season allows. 

Dana at Searcy Family Dental

Dana, Registered Dental Assistant

Dana has been a Registered Dental Assistant since 2000. She joined Dr. Barker's team in September of 2009. It has always been a strong desire of hers to help others. She is passionate about taking care of patients and strives to provide a comfortable, caring environment for them. Dana is excited to be part of such an amazing team that cares so much for the community. 

In her free time, she enjoys traveling, the outdoors, and spending time with her family.


Courtney, Registered Dental Assistant

Courtney joined our team shortly after graduating our dental assisting class in 2017. She has always had a desire to work in the dental field. She enjoys spending time with her family and has a rambunctious 3-year-old whom she admires. In her spare time, she likes to hunt, fish, and ride horses.


Nila, Registered Dental Assistant

Nila graduated from Searcy School of Dental Assisting in 2018. She has always had a passion for helping others and strives to put a smile on everyone’s face. She is honored to become a part of this team of amazing people. In her spare time, she enjoys fishing, painting, making crafts, and spending time with her family and friends.


Madelyn, Registered Dental Assistant

Madelyn graduated from Maumelle High School. She has been a Registered Dental Assistant for four years. During her time off, she enjoys going to the lake, riding four-wheelers, hunting, and fishing. Madelyn also loves going to the beach. She has a fur baby named Ranger.

John at Searcy Family Dental


Harold began work for Searcy Family Dental in July of 2016. He began his career as a lab technician in 1973 at a family-owned, full service dental lab. Harold feels very blessed to be in the dental lab field for 44 years.

Harold and his wife, Gayla, have two grown children and 3 grandchildren. In their free time, they enjoy traveling to Branson and Mountain View to listen to music.