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 seen 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 2 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), certified in radiology, nitrous oxide monitoring, CPR and certified temporomandibular joint assistant (CTA) he received his certifications thru the Texas Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (AACP) and Tarrant County Community College. Over the last 17 years Rafael has attended many continuing education courses and has earned accredited certifications. He continues to attend dental conventions, seminars and courses to stay up to date with the ever changing world of dentistry, sleep and TMJ. Rafael is also bilingual and is another point of contact as needed. After high school Rafael joined the armed forces and served for eight years. He then attended college and obtained a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Microbiology from University of Texas at Arlington.
Rafael is married with three children and on their free time enjoy the outdoors, camping, movies, annual trips and spending time with family.
Amber obtained her Associates in Dental Hygiene in 2016 from Sanford Brown College. Her professionalism and passion for patient care exemplify what Lake Ridge Smiles is all about. Amber and her husband Anthony, have been together for almost 7 years. Together they have a 12lb grey tabby cat named Buddy. They are also aunt and uncle to Amber’s nephew Luke. In her spare time, Amber and her husband Anthony love working out, watching and cheering on the Texas Rangers, Dallas, Stars, and Dallas Cowboys. Amber loves to travel and be outdoors if it’s hiking mountains or swimming at the lake.
Juanita Loera, RDA
Juanita is our lead Registered Dental Assistant that joined our team in 2018. She brings 20 years of experience in the dental field and is certified in CPR, Nitrous Oxide and Radiology. Juanita is also bilingual in Spanish and is able to answer any dental treatment questions. Juanita also has many years of experience assisting in placement of dental implant surgery and implant restorations.
When Juanita is out of the office she likes to spend time with her husband Lawrence and daughter Alexie and two dogs, Astro and Daisy. She also enjoys traveling, watching movies and going to games to support our local sports teams.