Meet The Staff
Jo joined our team as our office financial coordinator in 2014. She is a graduate of Tarrant County College and obtained her Associates Degree in 2001. Jo has worked in the dental field for over 25 years as a dental assistant and front office personnel. She is certified in CPR, Nitrous Oxide Monitoring, and Radiology. Jo continues to further her knowledge every year by maintaining at least 6 hours of continuing education courses. Jo is also one of our bilingual point of persons in the office and is able to answer any dental benefit questions that you may have. Outside of work Jo loves spending time with family and friends. She enjoys movies, reading, and discovering new wines. Jo has three daughters, the oldest Andrea and 18 year old twins Sarah and Samantha.
Gena Garrett RDA, CTA, OMT
Gena is an Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist (OMT) receiving her education through the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy. Gena is also a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) with a tremendous number of hours in continuing education in the fields of airway driven orthodontics, orthopedics, sleep disordered breathing, myofunctional therapy and temporomandibular joint disorders. Her commitment in education has earned her the title of Certified Temporomandibular Joint Assistant (CTA). She received her education and certification from the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. Her specialty fields of Myofunctional Therapy and TMJ disorders are most often directly related to breathing disorders. In order to address these issues she also received a certification in Buteyko Breathing at New York University. Completing a mini-residency in dental sleep medicine at the University of North Carolina has given her the proper education to help her patients with obstructive sleep apnea and other types of sleep disordered breathing.
Gena has over 30 years of education and experience in her specialties. She believes that most often malocclusion or TMJ disorders can be the result of a myofunctional disorder and/or a constricted airway. Identifying the problem and addressing the disorder properly is key to success. Establishing nasal breathing is crucial for ideal health. Often in order to establish nasal breathing she works with ENT’s and allergist. She teaches Buteyko breathing to both children and adults. Nasal breathing can reduce the size of tonsils and adenoids, reduce allergies, improve asthma and calm anxieties.
Gena also has a program for thumbsucking cessation. she can assist with tongue ties as well. ideally a patient should go through er program in preparation for tongue release which can make the surgery easier and more successful.
Monica Arenas, RDA m[email protected]
Monica Arenas is a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) and a Certified Temporomandibular Joint Assistant (CTA) at Lake Ridge Ortho-TMJ-Sleep Centre. She received her certification from the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. Her goals are to help patients find relief from their Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) symptoms. She assists by gathering significant data that is then assessed and used to establish a treatment plan that is tailored to each patient. When not in the office Monica enjoys family trips, the outdoors, spending time with her new hubby and her extended family.
Britt is one of our orthodontist , TMJ assistant and phlebotomist. She has been part of our office team for over 3 years with 8 years in the dental field. She loves creating beautiful smiles for our patients. Britt spends her free time watching sports and trying new restaurants with her husband and her beautiful 2 year old daughter,
Han is originally from Portland, Oregon. She moved to Texas in 2007 where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from Midwestern State University in 2017. She is certified with CPR, Radiology and Soft Tissue Laser Therapy to promote better periodontal health. Her goal is to educate patients about oral health through compassionate care and also values positive relationships with patients. She has an adorable Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Yuki. Outside of dentistry, Han enjoys nature, outdoor activities, baking, cooking, spending time with family and friends. Han also loves to travel and experience new cuisines and cultures.
Yareny Flores, New Patient Coordinator [email protected]
Yareni is our newest addition to our practice and is the first to welcome our patients. She has been in the dental field for over 5 years. She is certified in CPR and our insurance expert. She is passionate about horses and loves to ride in her free time.