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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. We have two office locations in Buda, TX and South Austin, TX.

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.

Dr. Alex is also
Sprig Certified! As a clinical faculty member for Sprig zirconia crowns, Dr. Alex will be a national speaker on behalf of the brand. This will allow her to teach other doctors across the country on how to use and place white crowns for kids!

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Dr. Alex is a Fellow in the American College of Dentists. 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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Hospital Affiliations

Dr. Alex is a Fellow in the American College of Dentists. 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 is one of very few pediatric dentists in Austin that has privileges and blocked operating room time at Dell Children's.

Get to Know Dr. Michelle

Dr. Michelle grew up in Southern California and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Irvine. She went on to obtain her DDS at the University of Southern California. After dental school, she proudly served in the US Army as a general dentist from 2015-2019. During her service she completed a one year Advance Education in General Dentistry at Fort Benning, Georgia and was stationed in Arlington, Virginia for the remainder of her military career.

After having an impactful experience working with kids in dental school, she went to complete her pediatric residency at the Dental College of Georgia. Dr. Michelle aims to build meaningful relationships with her patients and families. She understands that each child is unique and is focused on delivering the best treatment catered to each individual. 

Along with Dr. Alex, Dr. Michelle is Sprig Certified! This prestigious award allows her to become a clinical faculty member and national speaker for Sprig zirconia crowns. This certification grants her the privilege to teach doctors how to use and place white crowns for kids!

Outside the office, Dr. Michelle loves exploring the Austin area with her husband, Daniel. They love going hiking and discovering new restaurants. They also enjoy cooking together and having game nights with friends. Dr. Michelle is also a big Disney fanatic and has been to Disneyland countless times!

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Get to Know Dr. Roberto

Dr. Roberto grew up in North East Texas and attended college at the University of Arkansas. He decided he wanted to be a dentist at a young age and accomplished that goal by graduating from The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio (UTHSCSA). After working 5 years as a general dentist he knew he wanted to pursue his passion of working with children and further his education by attending pediatric dental residency through a branch of UTHSCSA on the border in Laredo.

Dr. Roberto has a heart for service and has done volunteer dentistry in 14 different countries. His goal is to help educate kids about the importance of oral health, and he even published a children's book titled Sugar Bugs on that topic. Dr. Roberto is also passionate about involvement in the profession and is the incoming president of the Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Outside of the office Dr. Roberto loves hiking, getting into nature, and taking photographs.

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Get to Know Dr. Keaton

Dr. Keaton is a local Austinite and grew up in Round Rock, Texas. His love of Texas kept him in state for his educational journey and he proudly graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Kinesiology. After undergraduate, he went on to obtain his doctorate (DDS) from UT Health - San Antonio.

While in dental school, Dr. Keaton had a passion for working with kids. He was honored and excited to further his training by completing a post-graduate pediatric dental residency at UT Health - San Antonio.

Outside of the office he enjoys spending his time with his wife, two dogs, and son, Griffin. On the weekend you can find him binge-watching his favorite shows, going to concerts, and exploring the country on road trips.

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Meet the Buda 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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Elizabeth

Director of First Impressions

Howdy y'all, my name is Elizabeth. I grew up in LaGrange, TX and moved to the Austin area in 2008. Today I am proud to call Buda/Kyle home. When I am not in the office with my Kids Tooth Team family, I can be found outside running, practicing yoga or dinosaur hunting with my amazing 5 year old son, Maddox!

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Celeste

Financial Coordinator

Hello! My name is Celeste. I am originally from San Antonio but moved to Kyle over 15 years ago. When I’m not at work you will find me hanging out with my hubby and our 2 amazing boys. We are a huge sports family so we are always at a football, baseball or basketball practice or game! I love being able to work around kids because they always know how to make you smile!

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Jenn

Registered Dental Assistant

Hi my name is Jennifer! I was born and raised in Austin, TX. During my free time, I put my cosmetology license to use with working as a nail tech. I love being an RDA and making the kid's dental experience fun and memorable!

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Brandice

Financial Coordinator

Hi everyone! My name is Brandice! I was born and raised in Austin Texas. When I am not in the office you can find me at the gym or chasing my two boys around the ball fields. I am also obsessed with my two dogs, Doc the dachshund and Oakley our Goldendoodle. Once I became a mom I just knew working with kids is what I was meant to do!

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Hannah

Sterilization Technician

Hey guys, my name is Hannah! :) I was raised in Fort Worth, Texas but moved to San Marcos, Texas in 2022 after I got married. When I'm not in the office I enjoy scrapbooking, coffee dates with friends, and going on adventures with my wonderful husband.I give God all the glory that I get to work in such an amazing dental office and live out my passion to serve and educate children in their oral health.

Meet the South Austin Team

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Sophie

Lead Dental Assistant

What’s up friends! My name is Sophie and I’m from one of the best towns there is; Fort Worth Texas. I recently moved to Austin to start a new chapter in my life! In my free time I enjoy cooking, working out, and spending time with family and friends. I’m so excited to explore a big city and meet all of Austin’s kids and their families!  

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Colleen

Financial Coordinator

Hey ya’ll! My name is Colleen and I’m proud to be an Austin native. I love animals and have a 7 year old white boxer named Corbin that I take on frequent outdoor adventures! In my free time I love to work out, try different foods, and spend time with friends and family.  

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Laura

Director of First Impressions

Hello! My name is Laura, I was born and raised in Colombia and moved to the United States when I was 10 years old. I love to spend my free time with my husband, my daughter, family, friends, and my German shepherd. On weekends we like to camp, hike, play soccer or tennis, eat yummy food, watch movies, visit family and or relax at home.

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Makena

Registered Dental Assistant

Hello! My name is Makena! I was born and raised in Buda, TX. In my free time, I enjoy playing with my dog, eating, and spending time with my family. I enjoy working with kids because their smiles are so contagious and never fail to brighten my mood!

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Colleen

Financial Coordinator

Hey ya’ll! My name is Colleen and I’m proud to be an Austin native. I love animals and have a 7 year old white boxer named Corbin that I take on frequent outdoor adventures! In my free time I love to work out, try different foods, and spend time with friends and family.  

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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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