Meet The Staff
Email Jo: [email protected]
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 22 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, working out, and discovering new wines. Jo has three daughters, the oldest Andrea is a junior at UTA and two 13 year old twins Sarah and Samantha.
RDA, CTA, OMT, Head of Ortho/TMD Department
Email Gena: [email protected]
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.
New Patient Coordinator/RDA
Jackie joined our dental team in 2016. Jackie is the first friendly face you will see when you visit our practice. With her kind voice, helpful attitude and years of experience in the dental field she makes a great addition and impression. She strives to provide you with the best service and experience.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 children and 2 Labradors. Jackie is also a huge baseball fan and naturally her favorite team is the Texas Rangers.
Rafael Andrade is a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) and a Certified Temporomandibular Joint Assistant (CTA) at Lake Ridge Ortho-TMJ-Sleep Centre. He received his certification from the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. Rafael was unclear of what he wanted to do as a career after graduating from high school and decided to join the United States Marine Corps and served from 2000-2006. He then went on to receive his Bachelors of Science in Microbiology from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2011. His goals are to help patients find relief from their Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) symptoms. He assists by gathering significant data that is then assessed and used to establish a treatment plan that is tailored to each patient. He continues to expand his education and stay up to date with the most modern technologies in medicine to provide patients with the best treatment and experience possible. When not in the office Rafael enjoys family trips, the outdoors, camping and always finds any excuse to have family gatherings. Rafael has been married for 20 years and has 3 children.
Brittinni Meeks RDA
Britt is one of our newest team members. She is a registered dental assistant with 5 years experience in the dental field, with focus on Orthodontics. She is certified with CPR and Radiology and is currently studying to become a certified orthodontic assistant. In her free time she loves spending time with her husband and family, plane watching at Founders Plaza. She also enjoys watching sports and trying new restaurants.
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.