Dental Staff

Drake A. Hawkins, D.D.S.

Dr. Drake Hawkins is a native of Little Rock and has practiced here since 1987. He graduated the University of Arkansas with a BA in Zoology in 1983 and graduated from The University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences with honors in 1987. He is a past president of the Central District Dental Society, member of the Arkansas State Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and the American College of Dentists.

Dr. Hawkins loves his family, enjoys golf, hunting, fishing, mountaineering and travel, and is passionate about his profession. He is skilled in a wide range of services with an emphasis on cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry. His commitment to excellence is obvious from the moment you walk in the door.


David M. Rainwater, D.D.S.

Born and raised in Little Rock, Dr. Rainwater is thrilled to be home in Arkansas to practice dentistry. Following graduation from Little Rock Christian Academy, he attended the University of Arkansas, graduating in 2008 with a B.S. in Biological Engineering. Dr. Rainwater received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he graduated with honors in 2012. After dental school, he also completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency. Dr. Rainwater is a member of the American Dental Association, the Arkansas State Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. He and his family are lifelong members of Immanuel Baptist Church. In his free time, Dr. Rainwater enjoys spending time with his wife, Rachel Cashion Rainwater and daughters, Abigail (3) and Emma Grace (1). He loves to golf, fish, and do most anything outdoors. Both David and Rachel are avid Razorback fans.


Hygiene Staff

Kim M.

Although originally from West Tennessee, Kim has been in Little Rock for nearly 20 years. She graduated in 1983 with an Associate of Science and her hygiene certificate, and began her career in Oxford, MS and Memphis, TN. Kim practiced for several years, but then took time off to raise her two children, Megan and Nick. In 2006, Kim started working again and joined our team in 2013. Kim brings a great personality and laughter to the office everyday. She loves to get to know her patients, and find things in common with them. She will treat you like family at each appointment! When not at the office, Kim enjoys painting, reading, yard work, and mostly spending time with family and friends.



Orignially from Malboro, New Jersey, Melanie relocated in 2013 to Little Rock with her husband and two sons. Shortly after her move, Melanie joined our team as a part time position, and then switched to full time the following year. Melanie has brought a fresh perspective to all aspects of our office and we are continuing to train her in Southern culture! Melanie graduated from New York Tech with a Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene, and has been practicing for 17 years. Melanie has not only experience, but also a kind and delicate demeanor in how she treats her patients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling and spending time with her boys.


Kim L.

Joining our staff in January of 2016, Kim brings with her over 20 years of experience in dental hygiene. Kim is a south Arkansas girl, growing up in Camden, but put roots down in Little Rock when she moved here for dental hygiene school. Kim is a warm and caring person that will take great care of you and your family.



Kristen joined our team in the summer of 2016 following her graduation from the UAMS hygiene program. She is originally from the Pine Bluff area and graduated from Watson Chapel. Kristen played division one softball at UCA while pursuing her bachelor's degree in nutrition. Kristen has a gentle touch and is experienced well beyond her years. You will feel as if you have known her forever with her contagious, sweet personality.


Dental Assistant Staff


Karen is a native of Little Rock and has been practicing since 1992. She carries the rare distinction of being registered and certified in dental assisting. Karen has been working alongside Dr. Hawkins for the past 15 years and is invaluable in the treatment rooms. In her off time she enjoys traveling, her family, shopping, and running. If you see a lady running through the mall carrying shopping bags, it could be Karen!



Jordin is a registered dental assistant, and has been in the dental field since 2012. She has worked with Dr Hawkins since 2014. Jordin says this about her work. "I love my job and what I do, it is a blessing to be able to go to work every day and help people. I know going to the dentist is not everyone's favorite thing to do so I try to make my patients as comfortable as possible." When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to church and being in the outdoors. She cannot wait to meet you and help you smile as big as she does.



Stephanie is an Arkansas girl and grew up in Bryant. She loves her hometown and graduated as a Hornet in 2004. From there, Stephanie went on to Pulaski Technical College where she received her degree in dental assisting in 2007. Stephanie brings to our office 8 years of experience along with a bubbly and sweet personality. You will feel like you have known Stephanie for a long time when you meet her because she will immediately put you at ease. She enjoys the work of dentistry, but mostly the opportunity of getting to know her patients. Stephanie and her husband Josh have two kids, Kinnley (7) and Barrett (5). As a family, you can find them around an Arkansas campsite or in the middle of a lake on their boat. She loves watching her kiddos play softball and baseball, and she is a huge Cubs and Razorback fan.



Born and raised in south Arkansas, Rachel calls El Dorado home, but has lived in Little Rock since 2011. After graduating from Parkers Chapel High School, Rachel attended UCA (Go Bears!). With over 7 years of dental experience, her love for dentistry continues to grow. With each patient encounter, Rachel strives to provide a positive and comfortable dental experience for everyone in her chair. Rachel joined our team in the Fall of 2016 and says that she "Looks forward to many years of continued patient care and opportunity to know each patient as an individual." When away from dentistry, Rachel enjoys spending time with her "fur-babies," Ollie and Ronin. She is also a self-proclaimed Pinterest fanatic that loves DIY and crafty projects. While you're out shopping, check the craft aisle, you may see her preparing for her next project!


Business Staff


Dianne has been a member of Dr. Hawkins' dental team for twenty-five years and was actually that first staff member he hired. She is an active member of the American Dental Hygiene Association and the Arkansas Dental Hygiene Association. She attended the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and Missouri Southern State College where she received her B.S. in Dental Hygiene. Dianne spent 25 years a a hygienist and has just recently moved to the front of the office to join the business staff. Dianne brings with her a vast dental knowlege and a unique perspective of the office. She enjoys cooking, traveling, gardening and reading.



Jessica was born and raised in Jonesboro, AR, but relocated to Little Rock in 2012 after marrying her husband, Brian. She was originally trained as a dental assitant in Jonesboro and received her license in 2009, but also brings office experience as well. She has spent 6 years in the dental field in a variety of capacities. Jessica states that, "Her favorite part of dentistry is meeting new people on a daily basis. Working with our patients is satisfying and rewarding." Jessica and Brian have two dogs, Louie and Gracie. On a day away from work, you might see Jessica shopping or working out at pure barre. During football season, Jessica and her husband can be found tailgating with family and friends at ASU to cheer on the Red Wolves.



A native of Little Rock, Valerie joined the business staff in October of 2015. After a long tenure in property management, she made a professional change into office administration. Valerie brings with her exceptional customer service experience with an emphasis on personal relations. Her goal is to make your visit and business dealings with our office a positive and comfortable experience. Before joining the Hawkins Rainwater Dental Group office staff, Valerie frequented the office as a patient for over 25 years. She can personally attest to the quality of dental care you will receive. Outside the office, Valerie enjoys visiting Northwest Arkansas to spend time with her two grandchildren. She also enjoys shopping, traveling and being a part of the New Life Church family.