Twenty-seven years of doing this, it's taken me probably 15 to figure out who to hire, who to surround myself with. All I'm looking for is making my job easier. Truly, everybody that gets selected for our team, they have to become a part of our culture. That culture is, you give back. The patient is first. Your skills, obviously, you have to hit that level first. You have to be able to provide the level of skill, but when you peel all that away, it has to be somebody that's not in it for the money, not in it for just a job. It needs to be a career. It needs to be something to where you're passionate about it.With that said, I've got a fantastic team, years and years of experience. I'm fortunate enough to have a couple of them that have been with me well over 15 years now. That makes it so much simpler when you have that culture, you have that kind of dedication and leadership. It just makes it easier to come to work. You know the patients are going to be taken care of. You know, delegation part of it, I have the confidence to know that they're going to take care of things. They're a huge part of why the patients come to the office, too. That continuity of care, you've got the same people that have been there a long time, and I'm very loyal to them. It's one of those things to where I realize, without them, how difficult being in the office can be. They make it a lot of fun. They make it ... We have a lot of fun, but we're very professional. I think the patients get that. They feel that, and it makes them very comfortable knowing that we'll cut up with them, and we'll laugh with them, we'll have fun, but yet we're going to be professional. It's not going to be something to where it's all about playing, playing around.
Anna has been in dentistry for 20 years and joined Tieken Smiles Dentistry in 2016. She loves working with both her teammates and our patients. She is CPR certified through the Scheduling Institute. Anna enjoys spending free time with her family, especially if it involves camping, hunting, or going to the beach. She also enjoys attending church.
Carol has worked in the dental field since 1987, and for the past 16 years with Tieken Smiles Dentistry. She has certifications from the Scheduling Institute and the Las Vegas Institute, a top provider of dental continuing education. She loves helping our patients find affordable ways to attain their dreams and great smiles. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, camping, and hiking. She and her husband have three dogs.
A registered dental assistant, Felicia has worked in the dental field since 2005 and since 2011 with Dr. Tieken. Her certifications include OSHA, CPR, Scheduling Institute Five Star, and nitrous oxide monitoring. She has completed continuing education courses in implants, dental aesthetics, restorations, sleep apnea, and dental health. She loves being able to transform patients’ smiles, giving them confidence and a renewed sense of self. She also enjoys making them comfortable in our League City, TX dentist office and informing them about their dental health and the advanced dental technologies available to them. She enjoys watching movies and spending time outside the office with her two daughters and son.
A registered dental assistant, Gail has been in dentistry since 2013. Her continuing education has focused on dentistry’s connection to overall health, including the links between periodontal disease and obesity and diabetes, salivary diagnostics in oral diseases, and pathogens and infections in an oral health care setting. She has certifications in CPR, radiology, OSHA, HIPAA, and dental anatomy and terminology. She likes building relationships with her co-workers and with patients. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.
A registered dental hygienist, Lauren began her career in dentistry in 2010 and received her dental hygiene license from Coastal Bend College in 2015. She has been with Tieken Smiles Dentistry since 2016. Her certifications include the Scheduling Institute, laser dentistry, and sealants placement. She enjoys helping patients obtain a healthy smile. Her pastimes outside the office include watching and attending Houston Astros games, spoiling her two dogs, traveling, and spending time with family, especially if it involves outdoor activities.
Lindsay has been in the dental field since 2012 and has worked at Tieken Smiles Dentistry since 2013. She is certified in laser, nitrous oxide, sealants, and CPR. She enjoys getting to know our patients, making them feel comfortable in our League City, TX dentist office, and helping them see improvements. She also likes her awesome teammates! She enjoys spending time with family and friends, dining at restaurants – especially if a margarita is involved – playing sand volleyball, and participating in group fitness classes.
Penny has been involved in dentistry since 1999 and has worked with Dr. Tieken since 2016. She is CPR certified and a registered dental assistant. Her favorite part of the job is making her patients comfortable and creating beautiful smiles. Penny has a Texas cosmetology license and enjoys spending time with her family, especially watching her daughter play softball.
A registered dental hygienist, Traci began her career in dentistry in 1992 as an orthodontic assistant. She received her dental hygiene license from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1996 and has been working at Tieken Smiles Dentistry since 2001. She is certified in laser dentistry, sealant placement, and nitrous oxide monitoring. She is a graduate of the Las Vegas Institute in Evolutionary Hygiene in Support of Aesthetic Dentistry. She is certified by the Scheduling Institute and has attended classes in implant care and complete mouth-to-body health. She likes both her patients and coworkers and enjoys making the dental environment a fun, safe place for people to achieve their optimum oral health. In her free time, she enjoys watching any sport her two sons are playing, raising livestock for show, and spending time with her husband and other family and friends.