Our Dental Team

Valerie Quella

Registered Dental Hygienist

Valerie received her associate’s degree from the North Dental Technical College in 1985 and graduated with honors. She started working with us in 1989. Valerie has been certified in administering nitrous oxide, placing dental sealants, and stays up-to-date with her continuing education courses. Patients love her passion, dedication, honesty, and commitment to excellence. She enjoys working in a practice where she can watch little ones grow into remarkable young adults, who eventual bring their little ones to her! She loves that her patients are so thoughtful, dedicated, kind-hearted, and loving. She accomplished a goal by participating in a spring triathlon after having had a kidney transplant; she even received a medal for this accomplishment. She has been married for over 30 years and her baby is a Giant Schnauzer named Riesen. In her free time, she enjoys working out, traveling, art, wine, and cooking.

“Wine is sunlight held together by water.” Galileo Galilei

Molly Eastman

Registered Dental Hygienist

Molly earned her Associate of Science Degree from Lone Star College – Montgomery, and her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Texas School of Dentistry. She is certified in laser dentistry and received certification in nitrous oxide monitoring. Patients appreciate her willingness to educate them while moving at their pace. Molly enjoys the opportunity to make lifelong friends. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the American Dental Education Association, and the Texas Dental Hygienists’ Association. She was elected to Sigma Phi Alpha and is a member of the National Dental Hygiene Honor Society.

Molly has volunteered with the Texas Mission of Mercy’s Smiles On Wheels, Give Kids A Smile, and the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. She and her husband, Jesse, recently married, and they have two dogs, Layla and Libby, and a cat named Phoebe. During her free time, Molly enjoys listening to live music.

“Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.” –James A. Garfield

Melissa R. Gary

Registered Dental Hygienist

Melissa obtained her BS in human movement science from Louisiana State University. She also earned a BS in dental hygiene from the University of Louisiana in Monroe. She joined our team in 2011, and has obtained certifications in laser therapy and administering nitrous oxide. Patients love that she is easy to talk to and thoroughly explains procedures. Melissa enjoys learning about her patients’ travels and interests. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Greater Houston Dental Hygienists’ Society, the Philanthropy Advisor for the Phi Mu Fraternity at Houston Baptist University, the Phi Mu Alumnae Chapter Vice President of Membership, and the Houston Live Stock Show Rodeo Committee Member-Champion Wine Garden Committee.

She and her husband, Douglas, have two rescue cats, Marcie and Sophie. In her free time, Melissa enjoys watching college athletics and supporting her and her husband’s alma maters: LSU, ULM, and LA Tech. She also enjoys yard work, reading, exploring small towns in Texas, and volunteering at the children’s hospital with her sorority alumnae group.

“If you live like no one else, later you can live and give like no one else.” –Dave Ramsey

Michelle M. LeBlanc

Registered Dental Hygienist

Michelle completed her AAS in dental hygiene and joined our practice in 2008. She is certified in CPR, laser assisted periodontal therapy, nitrous oxide administration, and placing dental sealants. Her patients love her, and she feels privileged to help them work toward healthier, more beautiful smiles. She loves being a dental hygienist. Michelle is blessed with three amazing children, and Brian who puts up with them all, and their spoiled cat named Meyer!  In her “off” time, Michelle enjoys watching/attending Texans and Astros games, as well as being a taxi, maid, and cash machine for her teenagers.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

Dana Rivera

Registered Dental Hygienist

Dana obtained her associate’s degree in dental hygiene from the Lamar Institute of Technology and completed her bachelor’s in dental hygiene at the University of Texas, San Antonio. She joined our team in 2008. She is certified in laser treatment, CPR, the administration of nitrous oxide, and placing dental sealants. Her patients find her to be gentle, caring, and easy to talk to. Dana loves patient interaction. She looks forward to building relationships, educating patients, and seeing the changes in their attitudes after improving their oral health. Dana and her husband, Joey, have been married for four years and have two sons, Ryker and Dax. They also have a bulldog named Stella. Outside of the office Dana regularly donates to food drives, enjoys running, listening to live music, and traveling.

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” –Steve Jobs

Courtney Wood

Registered Dental Hygienist

Courtney attended the University of Texas School of Dentistry and joined our team in 2014. Patients love that she is weird, silly, and has no filter, and she loves that they are okay with it. Courtney loves to do research, loves pathology, and loves a challenge. She does volunteer work whenever possible and has been married to her husband Matthew for over 15 years. They have two sons, Levi and Noah, and two dogs, Annie-versary and Sarah Lee. Courtney loves anything creative, including beading, crocheting, and remodeling her kitchen.

“Lord, please place one hand on my shoulder and the other one over my mouth.”

Crystal Zielske

Registered Dental Hygienist

Crystal received her AAS in dental hygiene from the Lamar Institute of Technology, and began working with us in 2011. She has certifications in laser therapy, and the administration of nitrous oxide. Her patients appreciate how she makes them feel at ease and comfortable in the dental chair. Crystal loves caring for her patients and making a difference in their lives. She especially loves helping those with dental anxiety realize that visiting the dentist isn’t so bad after all. She married her high school sweetheart on 10-10-10 and they have four cats. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, going to concerts, and listening to her wind chime collection while relaxing on her back patio.

“Floss the teeth you wanna keep!”

Julie Westland

Registered Dental Hygienist

Julie graduated from the University of Texas in 1987, joined our team in 2014, has earned her special certification in laser dentistry. Julie enjoys meeting new patients and sharing her knowledge regarding oral healthcare with them, and her patients appreciate her gentle, easy going nature and her genuine concern for their comfort.

She and her husband of 26 years–Steve–have a daughter Stephanie who attends Texas State University, a son Drew who attends Lone Star College and also works at Papa John’s, and three dogs: Teddy Bear, Copper, and Luna.  During her free time, Julie is a prayer warrior for KSBJ, and volunteers for Meals on Wheels through the North Assistance Ministries, and for Casa Juan Diego (making lunches). Her hobbies include gardening, golf, tennis, and going out to dinner.

“Anything is possible with God.”

Registered Dental Assistants and Technicians

Brenda Wiechoske

Registered Dental Assistant Leader

Brenda joined our practice in 1993 as a certified dental assistant, and is also certified in radiology and N20. She takes pride in providing dental care to patients, and loves to relieve their pain and improve their smiles. Gaining patient trust is of the utmost importance to her. What patients love about Brenda are her compassion, patience, and knowledge.

Brenda has been married for 30+ years, has three grown and successful children, and two grandchildren. Outside of work, Brenda volunteers her time cooking and baking for church events and funerals.

“You get what you give.”

Kelley Barrett

Registered Dental Assistant

Kelley joined our team in 2008 after earning her registered dental assistant certification. She also has certification in expanded duties. Patients find her to be friendly, compassionate, and caring. Kelley loves the opportunity to help patients and change their lives. She regularly volunteers with local food drives. She has been married to her husband, Steven, since 2005, and they have two boys, Logan and Ryan. Kelley also has two fish and enjoys camping, fishing, cooking, reading, and boating.

“Make your someday today!”

Samantha Canseco

Registered Dental Assistant

Samantha received her Associate of Science degree from Lone Star College and joined our team in 2014. She is certified in applied mathematics and has completed continuing education courses in cosmetic dentistry, graduating with highest honors in the top 10 percent of her class. Samantha’s patients love that she is caring, gentle, and a good listener. She can make them feel comfortable and forget any dental anxiety they may have. Samantha loves the opportunity to educate patients on their oral needs. She says her patients have taught her so much, including how to be a role model, and to appreciate the small things. She is an SPCA volunteer, and was born and raised in Pasadena, TX., before moving to Spring, TX. She and her husband have three children and two mini schnauzers named Gracie and Abby. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and her dogs.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” –John 3:16

Gina Gates

Registered Dental Assistant – Extended Duties

Gina joined our team in 1996, working both full and part-time over the past 20 years. She obtained her degree from the University of Oklahoma, and has earned certifications in CPR, CDA, and dental assisting. She is also a certified dental lab technician. Patients love her positive outlook and personality, and she appreciates her patients’ kindness and honesty. She volunteers with Wildlife Rescue, and is married with three kids. They have one dog and multiple pet birds. During her free time, Gina enjoys fishing, gardening, and being outdoors.

Liana Hill

Registered Dental Assistant

Liana joined our team in 2011, and understands dental anxiety. Before joining the practice, she too had a fear of the dentist. As a result, Liana can sympathize with and help calm people with similar fears. She loves the opportunity to make a difference in her patients’ lives, getting to know them, and helping them. Outside of the office, she enjoys reading, cooking, being outdoors, traveling, live music, and Frisbee golf. Liana obtained her dental assisting certification from the University of Texas Health Science Center.

“Be yourself, everyone else is taken.” –Oscar Wilde

Allison Loring

Registered Dental Assistant

Allison received her registered dental assistant certification from the Baylor School of Dentistry and joined our team in 2010. She is Head Assistant, and has earned certification in sleep medicine. Patients appreciate that she is comforting, knowledgeable, and skilled. Allison enjoys building lasting relationships with patients, and changing their opinions on dentistry. She is five star certified with the Scheduling Institute, and a member of the Spring Baptist Mom’s Club. Her husband, Chris Loring, is the lead guitarist for the Jason Cassidy Band. Allison has a step-daughter, Maggie, who is involved with FFA, and plays softball; a son with cerebral palsy who is the most amazing kid ever; a stepson named John who is a musician; three dogs and one cat. Outside of the office, Allison enjoys live music, traveling, the beach, wine, and spending time with family.

“We don’t know how strong we are until being strong is the only choice we have.”

Sandra Ramirez

Registered Dental Assistant

After receiving her Associate of Science Degree, Sandra joined our team in 2013. She is certified in CPR, administering nitrous oxide, CDA, and placing dental sealants. Patients love her bright smile and cheerful spirit. Sandra appreciates the opportunity to get to know her patients and build relationships with them. She is a member of the Dental Assisting National Board and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. She has a dog named Prince, and enjoys arts and crafts in her downtime.

“Don’t let anyone ever dull your sparkle.”

Desiree Lee

Registered Dental Assistant

After attending the Houston Dental Assistant School, Desiree joined our team on 5-5-2015. She has certifications in CPR and administering nitrous oxide. Patients love her sparkling personality, and she appreciates the chance to make a difference and enhance their smiles. She has worked with the Valley of Tumaini Children’s Home through the Kenya Hope Foundation. Desiree has a daughter named Mackenzi, and a dog named Hunchie. She enjoys traveling and all things outdoors, including camping, wake surfing, and snow skiing.

“Be the reason someone smiles today!”

Eryn Lennox

Sterilization Technician

Eryn obtained her dental assisting certification from the University of Texas Health Science Center. She then earned her office technology specialist certification from Lone Star College, before joining our team in 2014. Patients find Eryn to be caring and friendly. She looks forward to helping them feel comfortable and seeing their reaction to their new smiles. She married her husband, Travis, on New Year’s Day, 1-1-11, and has a stepson named Zachary, a stepdaughter named Birdie, and a German Shepard named Millie. Outside of the office, Eryn enjoys spending time with family and friends, and also taking naps!

“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” –Abraham Lincoln

Francesca Fuller

Registered Dental Assistant

Francesca earned her Associate of Science degree from Lone Star College – Montgomery, then went on to complete her registered dental assistant certification at University of Texas Health Science Center. She graduated summa cum laude and was sponsored by Legacy Discs of Texas. Patients love how friendly and approachable Francesca is, and she loves how personable her patients are. She enjoys chatting with them and catching up on each other’s lives, and appreciates the opportunity to learn from each of them. Her patients especially love that Francesca can find humor in any situation. Francesca’s father Angelo, Sr., lives in her hometown of New Orleans, and her brother Angelo, Jr., lives in Spring, TX. She and her husband, Sean, have two dogs–Jax and Layla, two cats–Beignet and Luna, and a Beta fish named Mr. Fishy. During her free time, Francesca enjoys dancing, disc golf, yoga, reading, kayaking, cooking, gambling, and traveling.

“You can’t build a reputation based on what you intend to do.” –Henry Ford

Front Office Team

Darla Grochett

Administrative Leader

Darla joined our team in 2001, and our patients love her compassionate nature and appreciate that she makes them feel so at ease. She loves seeing a patient’s smile after treatment and watching patients go from fearing their dental visits to having positive experiences. She has been married to her husband, Steven, for 25 years. They have a 23-year-old son named Sammy. Outside of the office, she enjoys crafting and spending time with her big, crazy family.

“Live, laugh, love.”

Jennie Korniotes

Treatment Coordinator

Jennie earned her Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Mary Washington, and obtained special certifications in Invisalign, X-ray technology, and VA. She joined our office in 2016, and loves that we treat our patients like family.  Jennie looks forward to seeing each of them and sharing what’s going on in their lives, and patients appreciate that Jennie goes to great lengths to help them, and make every visit fun. Jennie is married and has two boys, as well as a crazy dog, and two cool cats. During her free time, she enjoys reading, jogging with her dog, cooking, playing board games, and playing with her kids.

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”

Noraliz Morris

Marketing Representative

Noraliz joined our team as our Marketing Representative in 2016. She obtained a Bachelor of business administration from McMurry University. Patients love her bubbly personality and she enjoys seeing patients so happy to visit the office. She and her husband Billy have two children, Aubrey and Tyler, and two pets, Jasmine and Jake. Outside of the office she enjoys cooking, baking, and being outdoors with her family.

“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.” –Jeremiah 29:11

Jessica Ochoa

Patient Coordinator

Jessica joined our team in 2013. Patients love the fact that she is very polite, helpful, and attentive. She enjoys the opportunity to make her patients smile. Jessica has been married to her husband Miguel for seven years and they have a son named Roman. Outside of the office she likes shopping, traveling, and spending time with her family.

“Treat people as you would like to be treated.”

Lindsey Owens

Treatment Coordinator

Having graduated from Everest College as a registered dental assistant, and obtaining her CPR certification, Lindsey joined our team in 2017. Our patients love that she makes them smile, laugh, and truly enjoy their visit, and she loves seeing her patients leave with a beautiful smile. Lindsey volunteers with the Houston Humane Society and is an advocate for Pitbulls, and a proud owner of one. She considers her pit, Coco Chanel, her fifth child and snuggle buddy. She and her husband and soulmate, Darryl, have four children–two girls, Bailey and Emily, and two boys, Casey and Devyn. Together, they enjoy a life of happiness and laughter. To Lindsey, her family makes every day a blessing. Outside of the office she enjoys crafting, interior design, vegan meal planning, and making outfits for her dog.

“Laugh, love, and live life like there is no tomorrow. Be different; normal is boring.”

Kimberly Swann

Office Manager

Kimberly has an associate degree in business administration and started working with us in 2003. Kimberly has always enjoyed making personal connections with patients, building relationships, and hearing updates about their families. She loves seeing people transform their lives by coming to the office embarrassed and hiding their teeth, but leaving with a confident smile. Kimberly is a member of the Lone Star Cowboy Church in Montgomery and volunteers with them, feeding and clothing the homeless.

Kimberly has been married for 22 years and has twin boys. Outside of the office she likes the beach, hunting, fishing, and being outdoors. She loves to root for the Houston Rockets and Texans. Her family also has a yellow lab named Luke and a shih tzu named Lola Grace.

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find men when you seek me with all your heart.” –Jeremiah 29:11-13

To meet our wonderful staff in person, schedule your consultation today by calling our Spring, TX, dentist’s office near you!