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Meet Our Team

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We Are Here for You

At Kids Tooth Team, we’ve created an environment where children love to visit, our doctor loves to practice, and our team members love to work. “Team” is in our name for a reason - we all work together to create an exceptional, kid-friendly dental experience. We are dedicated to providing individualized, expert care and are committed to going above and beyond to accommodate your needs. It is our goal to ensure you and your little one feel confident and informed every step of the way. We are here for you, so if you ever have any questions or if there is anything we can do to make your experience more enjoyable, don’t hesitate to let us know.

Get to Know Dr. Alex

As the Founder of Kids Tooth Team, Dr. Alex’s goal was to create a pediatric dental office unlike any other. After nearly a decade of being in the profession, it became clear to her that dental offices were becoming more and more about the doctor and insurance companies and less about the patients and the families they serve. 

Dr. Alex hated seeing families waiting forever to see the doctor, only to be told that there was only one way to do things (the doctor’s way of course!). It drove her crazy to hear sales pitches or anyone recommending unnecessary treatment, especially to a child. And not to mention the lost look on a parent’s face as some random person in the office confusingly tried to explain an insurance plan or how much you may owe - they may as well have been speaking a different language. She knew that Kids Tooth Team had to do things differently.  

Dr. Alex is here to serve you and your child - bottom line! As a pediatric specialist with years of residency training and private practice experience, she offers a wide variety of minimally-invasive and surgically complex services. You can rest assured that Dr. Alex has extensive experience providing compassionate care, no matter your child’s needs. 

Dr. Alex takes your time very seriously and has many protocols in place at the office to ensure you aren’t waiting to see her, have a say in every step of the process, and stay informed about your insurance and coverage. She cares deeply about you and your family - something that you will sense the second you walk into our doors. There will never be a sales pitch and you will never hear the words: “This is the only way to do it.” We are here to offer you options that fit your child and their needs as well as your parenting philosophy, lifestyle, and budget.

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Why We Love Dr. Alex

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Dr. Alex grew up in Naples, Florida and is a proud graduate of the University of Florida where she received a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and minored in leadership.

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Dr. Alex attended Dental School at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. During her time at VCU Dr. Alex was elected as the vice president of her dental school.  She was also the only senior dental student to be awarded the International College of Dentists leadership award and sit as a board member on the Virginia Dental Association's Board of Directors.

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After 4 years of dental school, Dr. Alex went on to complete a General Practice Residency program at Denver Health Medical Center, a level-one trauma center in Denver, CO. She gained extensive experience in oral surgery, trauma dentistry, special healthcare needs, pediatric dentistry and all aspects of general and hospital dentistry.

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Dr. Alex is proud to have been selected to attend the New York University Langone Health Pediatric Residency program in Anchorage, Alaska. This nationally-recognized program is honored to serve Alaska native children who have the highest rate of cavities and dental disease in the country. Attending this rigorous program trained Dr. Alex to have a minimally-invasive mindset, while also gaining experience in cosmetic and advanced surgical procedures.

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Dr. Alex is one of 25 dentists in the country to be appointed as a member of the American Dental Association's Institute for Diversity in Leadership 2020 training class.

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During dental school, Dr. Alex was very involved with leadership and was elected as the National Vice President of the American Student Dental Association, the largest dental student organization in the country. She represented 19k of her peers to the American Dental Association and to legislators and policy makers across the country.

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In addition to caring for your child as the doctor at Kids Tooth Team, Dr. Alex volunteers her time as a national speaker for the American Dental Association (ADA). She travels to dental schools and conferences nationwide to speak to dental students and new dentists on behalf of the ADA on topics such as Ethics and Leadership in Dentistry, Practice Management, and The State of the Dental Profession.

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Dr. Alex is proud to be a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry. This is an award that only 6% of general dentists (and much fewer pediatric dentists!) earn. This award means that Dr. Alex has completed over 500 hours of continuing education credits and has passed a rigorous fellowship exam that covers all aspects of dentistry.

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Dr. Alex has been selected to become a Fellow in the American College of Dentists for the 2020 Fellowship class. The ACD is the oldest major honorary society for dentists, and members are inducted based on exemplified excellence through outstanding leadership and contributions to dentistry and society. Less than 3.5% of dentists are honored with the invitation to be a Fellow in the American College of Dentists.

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Dr. Alex, her husband Tim, and their two beautiful doggies (Rambo and Bremer) live right here in Buda, Texas and could not be more proud to be a part of this incredible community. They can’t wait to meet you and your family and look forward to providing compassionate care and a dental experience unlike anything you’ve seen before!

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Meet the Team

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Tim Otto

Co-Founder

Tim and Dr. Alex co-founded Kids Tooth Team together in a hope to create the most well-run and well-loved pediatric dental office you've ever seen!  Tim enjoys helping out with the business side of the practice.  In his spare time he can be found racing cars, climbing mountains, and hanging out with his wonderful family.

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Bremer & Rambo

Chief Bark Officers

While these two floofs may be a little too borky to be found in the office at Kids Tooth Team, you will be sure to see photos of them all over the place and out and about around town, so we thought they deserved their own personal introduction here as well!

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Dominique

Lead Texas Tooth Ranger

Hello everyone! :) My name is Dominique, here's little about myself. I love to play volleyball and go fishing with my family on the weekends. Also I love to work on my epoxy crafts in my free time. Being a dental assistant for Kids Tooth Team is so amazing and fun! They keep me on my toes just like my awesome son!

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Daisy

Texas Tooth Ranger

Hi! My name is Daisy, I was born and raised in San Marcos, TX. I love to spend my free time with my family in the great outdoors – we enjoy hiking, camping and fishing! My passion is being able to help kids smile and to educate them about good oral health!

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Natalie

Director of First Impressions

Hello! my name is Natalie, I grew up in Harlingen TX but recently moved to Buda TX and fell in love with the area.  One of my interesting hobbies is collecting snow globes from different cities I visit while traveling.  Of course, shopping and spending time with my family is most important. I love working with children and getting to see their wonderful smiles every day!

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Genesis

Texas Tooth Ranger

Hi everyone! My name is Genesis. I’m from San Marcos, TX.  Some of my favorite things to do are decorating my house, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with my family. The biggest reward of being a dental assistant is seeing the patients smiles at the end of our visit together.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the difference between a regular dentist and a pediatric dentist?

Pediatric dentists are experts in delivering kid-friendly care! The dental needs of children are different from the needs of adults. A pediatric dentist must complete an additional two years of pediatric-focused training compared to a general dentist - that’s a total of 6 years of education after college. While general dentists can care for a wide age range of patients, pediatric dentists, like Dr. Alex, focus exclusively on children's dental issues. They undergo extensive training and education to be able to care for little smiles, specifically. A large part of this advanced training is focused on pediatric behavior management techniques that facilitate a comfortable and safe environment for children. This means they can provide more individualized, compassionate, and gentle care for little smiles.

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At what age should my child start seeing the dentist?

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, it is recommended that you schedule your child’s first dental visit once they turn one year old, or whenever their first tooth emerges (whichever comes first). We will be able to check to make sure their oral health is developing properly and answer any questions you may have about how to care for their teeth. But don’t worry, if your child is a bit older and they haven’t visited the dentist yet, the best time to start is now! The earlier they start seeing the dentist, the more familiarized with the process they will become.

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Why Does My Child Need Sedation?

Sedation can be a good option for children who:

  • are anxious about upcoming treatment
  • require a large amount of care, or the dental treatment being performed is complex
  • are unable to safely be treated with minimally invasive options
  • have severe dental anxiety (afraid of needles, drills, etc.)

Dr. Alex is skilled and experienced in administering sedation for children. They will be completely safe and in expert hands. With a wide variety of sedation options, we’ll be able to meet your child’s needs and keep them comfortable throughout their visit. Sedation is rarely the only option for a child’s treatment, so be assured that Dr. Alex and the team will go through each and every safe and reasonable treatment option with you before we decide on what is the right choice for your child.

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