Staff

Daniel Hughes

Okatie, Bluffton and Sun City SC Dentist –  Hughes Dental Group

Dr. Dan Hughes, a native of the Hoosier state of Indiana, earned his dental degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry. Dr. Hughes began his dental career in Leo, IN where he and his wife, Debbie, raised two children and together built his family dental practice. His son, Brad, has taken over the Leo office. Board certified in both Indiana and South Carolina and a member of the ADA and SCDA, Dr. Hughes has experience in all phases of dentistry and welcomes the opportunity to care for residents of the greater Okatie community.

In his free time Dr. Hughes enjoys fishing, golf and reading. He and Debbie also enjoy their playful dogs Bella and Zoe.

Dr. Hughes is proud to practice dentistry in Okatie. He and his staff welcome you to the Hughes Dental Group.


Barbara Valenchis

Barbara started her dental career in 1996 in her hometown of Catskill, NY.  In 2011 she traded the cold northern winters for the warm southern sun and resides in Pooler, GA.  She has one daughter who lives and works in NYC.  Barbara is a member of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in downtown Savannah.  She enjoys motorcycle riding, figure skating, spending time at the beach and baseball… Go Mets!

Kathleen Wilkes

Kathleen graduated with an Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene. She moved to Sun City in 2000. She practiced on Parris Island for five years and at private practices in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island for the next seven. She is a member at St.Gregory Catholic Church in Bluffton.

Perette Hayman-Kuskin

Perette graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelors of Psychology and from Lakeland College with a Degree in Dental Hygiene. She moved to the Hilton Head area 18 years ago. She practiced Dental Hygiene on the island for the first 5 years and has spent the last 13 years in practice in Bluffton. Perette remarried in 2013 on Christmas Eve and has strong family ties to the Bluffton area, as 5 of her grandchildren live and play right here in Bluffton.

Heidi Judkins

Heidi is from Michigan and lives with her husband Mark in Hampton, S.C. Heidi has 25 years of experience in both dental assisting and the front office. She is actively involved with Lighthouse Church. In her spare time, she enjoys making jewelry, gardening, reading and going to the beach.

Sandy Tasselmyer

Sandy is from Pennsylvania and moved to the lowcountry with her husband Lenny and their 3 children, Adrea, Kyle and Stellie. She graduated from Harcum Jr. College with and expanded function Dental Assisting Degree. Bringing to our practice over 25 years of experience, she is a welcomed asset! Sandy’s hobbies include biking and gourmet cooking.

Maree Shay

Maree is from Estill, S.C. She graduated from Midlands Technical College with an associates Degree in Dental Hygiene in ’79 and practiced in Columbia, S.C. for 23 years before moving to the lowcountry with husband Michael where she has practiced for the last 13 years. Maree enjoys cooking, reading, going to the beach, pulling for their S.C. Gamecocks team and Green Bay Packers and spending time with family, friends and their spoiled cats! Maree is thrilled to be part of the professional staff at Hughes Dental Group.

Carla Pitts

Carla is originally from Saint Petersburg, Florida. She is an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant graduating from Pinellas Technical Education Centers, in Saint Petersburg in 1998. She moved to Bluffton S.C. July of 2014 with her husband and they have 3 girls. Over the years, Carla has worked in pediatric dentistry as well as general dentistry. In her off time, Carla enjoys running, boating and family days at the beach.