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Dental Team – McAllen, TX

The People That Make
the Dental Office Successful

Without the hardworking team of dental assistants, hygienists and support staff that keep the dental office running, Dr. Tijerina wouldn’t be able to serve his patients as well as he does now. Their expertise, caring nature, and passion for high-quality dentistry makes them stand out from the rest in McAllen. If you’d like to meet them before your next visit, take a look at their brief bios ahead of time. They can’t wait to meet you and start providing your family care!

Diane Tijerina, Registered Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienist Diane Tijerina

A McAllen native, Diane completed her Bachelor of Dental Hygiene at Baylor College of Dentistry. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literate from Pan American University. Today, her career in dentistry spans over three full decades! She loves having the wonderful opportunity to share her dental hygiene skills and heart with each lovely patient, as well as working alongside such a talented staff.

 

Diane’s family consists of her spouse Justice Jamie Tijerina, her daughter Katie, and her beautiful toddler grandson Dominic. She also has a Terrier mix named Benny and two Lady Gouldian Finches. In her free time she enjoys golfing, walking/jogging, reading, hiking, cooking, playing games, spending time on the beach, and traveling just about anywhere with her husband. She’s also an avid amateur bird watcher.

Frances Delarosa, Patient Care Coordinator

Patient care coordinator Frances Delarosa

Frances’ career in dentistry spans over two full decades so far, and she’s built countless meaningful relationships with our patients throughout the years. She studied at South Texas College and RGV Careers; she is a Licensed Vocational Nurse in addition to her oral healthcare expertise. She had horribly crooked teeth when she was younger and wore braces twice, which sparked her initial interest in this field. Today, she’s still looking to truly perfect her smile!

 

Frances is married to her high school sweetheart Jason, and they have two young adult children. Outside of the dental office, she works as a part-time nurse and enjoys running/walking in local 5k’s.

Nelda Champion, Registered Dental Assistant

Dental assistant Nelda Champion

Nelda is originally from Weslaco, and her career in the dental field impressively covers over 40 years. She is a RDA with training in nitrous oxide and CPR. She always looks forward to coming to work and taking good care of our wonderful patients!

 

Nelda has a son named Michael, four grandchildren, and one great-grandson, all of whom mean the world to her. She also has a sweet German Shepherd named Lady and loves her to pieces. When she isn’t busy treating teeth, you can often find her spending quality time with family, reading, and relaxing.

Stephanie Gonzalez, Patient Care Coordinator

Patient car coordinator Stephanie Gonzalez

Stephanie has been working in dentistry for over seven years now, with most of that time spent right here. She is currently studying at South Texas College and is a Certified Nurse Assistant. What she enjoys most about her role at the dental office is interacting closely with patients and helping them navigate their insurance/payment questions!

 

Stephanie was raised by her mother and has a younger sister named Kimberly who lives in Austin. She is also a proud Dog Mom to her Chihuahua Nayla. With two jobs AND college classes on her plate, naps are absolutely essential at the moment! She also enjoys working out at the gym, reading, listening to inspirational podcasts, and going out/traveling with friends.

Anira Gonzalez, Registered Dental Assistant

Dental assistant Anira Gonzalez

Anira completed her dental education at South Texas Vo-Tech. Today, she’s been working in the world of oral healthcare for almost a full decade. For her, coming into the dental office doesn’t even seem like a job – everyone feels like family! She loves interacting with patients and helping them smile.

 

Born and raised in Roma, Anira is the baby of her family. She has three older siblings and five nieces/nephews. When she isn’t busy at the dental office, her favorite hobbies include going outdoors, hiking, fishing, painting, doing crafts, and playing sports like softball. She also enjoys cooking, hanging out with loved ones, and playing her ukulele!

Guadalupe Perez, Registered Dental Assistant

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Guadalupe studied dental assisting at South Texas Vocational Technical Institute and has been working in this field for nearly five years. She is trained in PALS and nitrous oxide as well. She truly loves what she does at our office!

 

Guadalupe’s mother worked as a nurse in Mexico, and her father is a project manager in Corpus Christi. Outside of working hours, she really enjoys baking, reading, and learning new things.

Mayra Nava, Registered Dental Hygienist

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Mayra studied at Chattanooga State and has been working in dentistry for nearly a full decade. Today, she is a licensed dental hygienist in the states of Tennessee, Georgia, and Texas. She loves being able to spend one-on-one time with her patients and build relationships over time. So many visitors have dental anxiety, and helping them feel comfortable while taking care of their smile needs is always so rewarding. As a dedicated hard worker, she’s the perfect fit for our practice!

 

Mayra recently got engaged to her fiancé Roberto. They made the decision to move to Texas in January of 2020, but she still video chats with her family in Georgia daily. She has a sister and two baby nephews who fill her life with joy. As for personal hobbies, she spends her free time dancing, cleaning, traveling, and doing yoga.

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