Dr. Stephens earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, with a minor in Biology, from Sam Houston State University in 1980, graduating in the top 10% of his class, and a member of the National Honor Society as well. He went on to complete his Doctorate of Dental Science degree in 1984 at the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston, again finishing in the top 10% of his class and a member of the National Dental Honor Society.
Since that time, Dr. Stephens has maintained membership with a variety of professional organizations and groups as a means of staying up with the latest in the field of dentistry: he's a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of General Dentistry, and the Houston District Dental Society where he serves on the Peer Review Board. Further, he takes part in Dental Study Clubs twice a month.
In terms of ongoing education, Dr. Stephens has completed a two-year advanced course in Implants and Orthodontics logging over 1,200 continuing education credits. Dr. Stephens and his wife Robin have two children, Zach and Brooke. For fun, he enjoys fishing, skiing (both snow and water), and scuba-diving.
Dr. Gatewood completed his Bachelor's degree at Texas A&M, and went on to earn his Doctorate of Dental Science degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston, in 1996. Immediately afterwards, he served three years in the Navy, including a yearlong hospital-based general practice residency at Portsmouth, Virginia. This residency provided him with an unparalleled one-on-one time with specialists in a wide variety of health-care disciplines, allowing him to gain clinical, hands-on experience right alongside experts in each area.
Dr. Gatewood is a member of the Texas Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, North Houston Study Club and is certified to perform Invisalign (invisible braces). Dr. Gatewood's patients speak of him as having their best interests at heart. And it's true: not only is he careful to design and implement treatment plans to improve and maintain their dental health, but he's accessible to his patients before, during and after the procedures are over.
In fact, he makes it a point each evening to personally contact each patient who's undergone a treatment that day, to see how they're doing, answer any questions or concerns, and just monitor their progress.Dr. Gatewood and his wife Donna have two children, Grant and Alex. He's also a sports enthusiast, both as a fan and as a participant.
Dr. Pagano earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science, concentrating on Occupational and Public Health from Rutgers University in 1994. He then went on to complete his Doctor of Dental Sciences degree from the West Virginia University School of Dentistry in 1998, graduating second in his class as member of the National Dental Honor Society.
Dr. Pagano has been recognized by several organizations for his professional accomplishments. These include the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology for proficiency in Dental Anesthesiology, the American Equilibration Society for proficiency in TMJ function, and received the West Virginia Health Conference Govenor's Award for his extensive professional volunteer work. Dr. Pagano has also served as a Clinical Assistant Professor for the West Virginia University School of Dentistry.
Along with continuing his professional education, Dr. Pagano's focus is always on the needs and comfort of his patients. For relaxation he enjoys music, movies, sports, and travel.
Val attended college in Wisconsin where she earned her degree and license to practice in 1985. She came to our office in 1989 and is the only team member who has had the unique privilege of working with Dr. Stephens for over 20 years! Val believes the reason she has stayed with us for so long because of our environment, which allows her to take care of her patients with the highest level of care. She enjoys developing long-term relationships with her patients.
Val has been happily married to her husband, Bill, since October 1985. Bill and Val moved to Texas in February 1988. She now considers herself half "Cheese Head" and half "Texan." They have a Giant Schnauzer named Riesen, their "baby." Her interests are downhill skiing, walking, traveling, wine tasting, reading, and playing cribbage, backgammon, and Texas Holdem, to name a few.
Our sweet Crystal has always had an interest in the dental field that started at a young age. She began her career as a dental assistant before deciding to pursue her degree in dental hygiene. She has only been with our office a short time but we could not have found a more perfect fit for our hygiene team. She is quiet but such a hard worker and a great asset to our office! Her motto is to treat patients like how she would want to be treated. She takes pride in making sure her patients are at ease, as comfortable as possible, and ensuring her patients a stress free dental experience.
She fell in love and recently married her high school sweetheart Jonathan. While only married for one year they have been together for twelve years and counting! No children yet for these two love birds but they do enjoy cuddling with their adorable three kitty cats - Bullet, Tyler, and Imposter. Crystal finds enjoyment in spending time with her family, relaxing in the outdoors, fishing, watching the latest reality tv shows, and listening to all genres of music from classical to rock music!
Although born in Indiana, Dana considers herself to be a native Texan residing in the Houston area since the age of three. After working as an Orthodontic technician for seven years she went back to school to fulfill her dream of becoming a dental hygienist. We are so happy she chose to join our team shortly after graduating from Lamar in 2008.
Dana enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends, family, and husband. Oh and let's not forget her sweet bulldog Stella Grace! Dana has a passion for running and has completed several half marathons. She looks forward to one day attaining her goal of completing a full marathon. We know she can do it and we will be cheering her all the way to the finish line! Dana has truly enjoyed her experience as a dental hygienist and looks forward to many more years to come at our practice making patients smile.
Michelle brought her enthusiasm and experience to our office in 2005. Her knowledge and skills make her an important asset to our office. Michelle is originally from Nederland,but after a few years in Kansas City and Austin, has settled nicely in The Woodlands.
She has three beautiful children, Aren, Sean, and Tess. Reading, music, and running are some of Michelle's favorite pastimes. Running has been her passion since 2004. She has completed many full and half marathons. She has been an active member and a coach of Woodlands Fit Running Club for the last few years.
Brenda has been a Dental Assistant for many years and has enjoyed working with Dr. Stephens for almost 20 years! Anyone who has had the opportunity to work with her can feel her love for people, her level of care, and her exceptional commitment to her patients. She has a heart as big as Dallas and it shows in everything she does!
Brenda has been married for many years and has three great children. She recently earned the priceless title as grandma to her sweet granddaughter Mary Grace. Spending time with her great big family, cooking, and loving on her Boxer Sophie is what makes her smile at the end of the day!
Kelley has been with our practice since July 2008. She has been in dentistry since 1997 and loves every aspect of it. She is originally from St. Louis, MO but is a Texan now! It is in Houston where she found love with her husband Steven. They have been married since 2005 and have been blessed with two sweet little boys, Logan and Ryan. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family. She loves enjoying the outdoors, traveling, cooking and reading a good book.
Liana has been with our practice since July 2011. She was looking for a dental family to join that would allow her to show off her caring personality and love for helping people. She came to the right place! She worked in the financial field for 10 years prior to pursuing dental. In 2009 she realized she needed much more out of life and her career path. That is when she decided to become a registered dental assistant. She has loved every minute of her career since then and knows dentistry is where her passion is.
Originally from Chicago but called Dallas home when growing up. She relocated to Houston in 2006 where she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend Chris and his two beautiful children Addyson and Faith. They love to travel, listen to live music, play her Beatles records, ride bikes, experiment with all kinds of cooking, and just hang out together!
Bridget originally became a part of our practice in 2003, before relocating to San Antonio. She recently moved back to Houston and we couldn't be more estatic that she chose to rejoin our awesome team of assistants! Although orginally born in Kansas City, Kansas, Bridget considers herself a native Houstonian since she has lived here since the age of 3. She is a very hardworker, excellent at taking care of patients, and brings such a warm caring attitude to every person she meets. She enjoys spending time with her family, relaxing with friends, and traveling the world as much as she can!"
Ali has been a Registered Dental Assistant for over 6 years. She originally joined our team in 2010 but took a year off to love on her first precious baby Miles Wayne Loring! She is now extremely happy to have rejoined our team and our staff couldn't have missed her more! Ali is dedicated to providing the upmost comfort to our patients while helping them become more knowledgable about their dental health. In her spare time, she loves to take her sweet boy to the park and watch her step-daughter and twin brothers excel in orchestra, choir, and every kind of sport. She also enjoys watching her husband Chris perform on stage while he plays lead guitar for the awesome "Scooter Brown Band".
Jill has a big heart and a passion for helping people! After going to school for nursing, she decided to switch to dentistry in order to have more time with her family. In 2010 she received her certification as a registered dental assistant and finds it very gratifying! She feels so blessed to have the opportunity to be part of such an amazing team. Jill recently married her sweet husband Nick in June of 2010. Jill has a beautiful daughter Kelsey who keeps them busy and smiling. Born and raised a Texas girl, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, being entertained by their Jack Russell Terrier "Boss", live music, outdoors, cooking, classic films, and visiting St. Louis Missouri (her husbands hometown).
When Darla came aboard in 2001, she instantly became family. We consider her the perfect fit to our puzzle. She is our jokester around here and loves to play pranks.
She is a true-blue Texas girl with no desire to move away anytime soon (nor will we let her). Darla and Stevie have been married since 1991 and have one son, Sammy. In her spare time, Darla enjoys spending time with her family, being creative, and making beautiful flower arrangements.
Kimberly graced us with her presence in 2003, and we can't imagine our team without her. She takes pride in being a native Texan. She has a smooth, warm East Texas accent that complements her sweet character.
Since 1994, Kimberly has been married to her cute cowboy Kenny. Together they raise rambunctious twin boys Brennan and Brayden.. who are adorable! She is very involved in her faith and church activities. She is learning to enjoy hunting and fishing with her husband and boys. Kimberly looks adorable in her pink camo! She has just ran her first half marathon and hopes to do many more. Her downtime includes exercising, shopping, and most importantly, relaxing with her big family and friends.
Kim has been a part of our team since May 2010. She has a happy warm spirit and enjoys helping patients feel comfortable at their visits. She loves to pass out hugs and makes everyone she comes in contact with feel special. Originally from Tyler, Texas she now calls Tomball her home. She is happily married to her best friend Paul and they have two boys Dylan and Logan who are their pride and joy! Kim enjoys family time, all kinds of music, reading, good food and fine wine!"
Cristal is one of the warm bright smiles at the front desk that makes our patients feel welcomed as they come through our doors! She has been a great asset to the dental field for 11 years now. Originally from Kansas, she has made the great state of Texas her home for the last 12 years. We finally converted her into a cheering fan for our amazing Houston Texans football team! She has two wonderful boys James and Jaron who both make their very momma proud as she watches them excel on the basketball court! Outside of the office, Cristal enjoys staying busy keeping up with her boys' active schedules and spending time with her family and friends.
Keely is one of our newer employees and we couldn't be happier! She was born in Dallas but moved to the great city of Houston when she was a little girl. True to her hometown of the Cowboys she definitely is but we are determined to make her a Texans fan very soon! Her enthusiasm for people and her passion for the dental field is what radiates through her personality! She greets our patients making them feel very comfortable with her big smile and contagious laugh! Though originally going to school to be a dental assistant more than 6 years ago, she soon realized being a front office team player felt more like home to her.
Keely loves her furry four legged baby Butch! He is her playful shih tzu who owns her heart. To relax Keely enjoys being surrounded with friends, traveling to see family, taking in a good movie, listening to music, reading, and meeting new people!
Jessica was born and raised downtown in the heart of Houston. Rightfully so, she prides herself on graduating with honors at the top of her dental class. Our office is elated to have a fluent Spanish speaking employee who ejoys translating for our patients. She and her husband of 5 years are celebrating the recent purchase of their first brand new home! Jessica has a huge soft spot for all animals especially her sweet furry dogs, Lilly and Kody. On her free time she loves cooking, traveling, and volunteering at a local animal shelter. Her passion for the dental field radiates through her warm smile as she greets our patients when coming and leaving our office!
Dental Assistants Team
Front Office Team