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Dentist in Hoover, AL

All our professionals at Lake Crest Family Dentistry maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry. The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff’s training, professional credentials and work experience.

Stuart L. Atkinson, DMD

Dr. Atkinson received his bachelor of Science degree from Samford University in Birmingham. He later attended the University of Alabama School of Dentistry where he earned a doctorate degree in medical dentistry in 1990.

He is a member of the Birmingham District Dental Society, Alabama Dental Association, American Dental Association and avid member of The American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

Dr. Atkinson is a native of Dothan, Alabama, and has lived in the Birmingham area for more than 20 years.

When not in the Dental office Dr. Atkinson spends hundreds of hours on continuing education in order to stay abreast of all the new dentistry innovations including new techniques and technology. In his time away from work he enjoys spending time with his wonderful son Stuart Jr. and dog Austin.


Practice Administrator

For over 15 years, Ave has transformed dental practices into successful businesses. She is a rare individual who understands every aspect of the dental practice from chairside to administration, admission, assessment, treatment planning, insurance claim management and patient education. Ave is efficient, thorough and dedicated to work and family. With her work ethic and attention to detail; she is a valuable addition to our practice.


Patient Coordinator

Sarah is the first smiling face to greet you at the Lake Crest Family Dentistry. With her multitasking skills and 'can-do' spirit, Sarah is ready to meet and care for all our current patients and welcome new patients. When not on the phone with patients, you will find her effortlessly tackling anything else that needs to be done in a busy dental practice; smiling the entire time.



Catarina's focus on helping our patients and their familes achieve their best overall health is one of her driving priorities as a healthcare provider. She is enthusiastic about making out patients smile and feel better about themselves and their health. We are fortunate to have Catarina's strong philosphy of patient centered care she truly makes a difference in our patient's lives.



Madisen is the newest member to your hygiene team. Her Hygiene skills combined with in-depth knowledge in oral healthcare make her an incredible addition to our dental team. Madisen is excited about meeting all of our patients and contributing to the continuing care of each one of you.


Dental Assistant

Alex joined our team in 2018. She enjoys helping patients get to their best oral health alongside Dr. Atkinson.


Dental Assistant

Brandi returned to our Team in 2019. Join us to welcome her back! Brandi loves helping patients and delivering dental care that is best suited for each individual patient. She enjoys seeing a smile on a patient’s face when they leave our office.