2707 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77008
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Meet Our Houston, Texas Dental Team


Mary Morales – Welcome & Personalized Care Relations

Mary has worked in Dentistry for more than 30 years. She helps keep the doctors busy and productive. She takes great care of our patients and loves working with them and watching them grow with our practice. Outside of the office, Mary loves gardening, spending time with her family, going to antique shops, and browsing on Pinterest.

Norma Herrera – Welcome & Peronalized Care Relations– R.D.A.

Raised in Houston, Norma has been with us for more than 14 years. She previously studied at the University of Houston and has a degree in theological studies. As a crucial member of our front desk team, she helps us care for patients and handles insurance verification and treatment planning. Her favorite parts of her job include helping patients stay informed on dental office procedures and working with them on arranging a payment schedule that works best for them. When Norma isn't in the office, she loves spending time with her family and her church family.

Elizabeth Reyes – Appointment Coordinator & Patient Care – R.D.A.

Elizabeth comes to us from Monterrey, the capital of Nuevo León and the third largest city in Mexico. She’s been a member of our team for over 7 years and previously studied at UT in San Antonio. She loves having the opportunity to help patients create healthier, more beautiful smiles. Elizabeth is one of the friendliest people you will meet and works hard to create a wonderful overall experience for each patient when they come into the office. Outside of the office, Elizabeth loves to read, ride her bike, and take photos. She is also really interested in the night sky and can be found watching the stars, eclipses, and meteor events.

Maria Valerio – Sterilization Specialist

Maria has been a valuable member of our team for over 25 years. As our sterilization specialist, she ensures that every tool we use has been cleaned according to our stringent specifications. She has four children and seven grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys gardening and taking care of her plants.

Kathryn Stern - Dental Hygienist

Kathryn has been in dentistry since 1984, Kathryn has a passion to make a patients dental experience very pleasant and providing overall knowledge in regard to oral care.

Vanessa Rocha – Hygiene Coordinator

Vanessa is a hardworking member of our team and has a degree in Business Management Engineering and Logistics. The aspects of her job that she enjoys most include helping Dr. Ahn maintain a high level of productivity/efficiency and working as a team to achieve continuous improvement within the office. Ultimately, Vanessa strives to help every patient feel as comfortable as possible while making sure they receive the best service for their dental needs. Outside of the office, Vanessa loves spending time with her family and working out.

Karla Santillan – Registered Dental Assistant

Karla is a valuable member of our team. As a Dental Assistant, Karla enjoys being able to share her passion for oral health with patients and educating them on how to maintain good oral hygiene. Additionally, she loves getting to meet so many new people and learning about their various lifestyles and walks of life. In Karla's free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and playing softball.

Maira Arcos – Dental Assistant

Maira is from our very own Houston, TX. She joined the practice as a member of our team at the beginning of 2019.  Maira loves working at Sunrise Dental Center because the friendly and intelligent dentists, as well as the awesome staff, make every day fun. She finds the most satisfaction in helping patients look and feel amazing about themselves and their smiles. Outside of the office, Maira's interests include makeup and fitness.

Lizette Arzate – Registered Dental Assistant

Lizette is from Brazoria County and studied at Alvin Community College. She is an integral member of the team because she collaborative, always willing to learn something new, and always has a smile on her face! Lizette loves being able to help care for patients and aid in whatever is ailing them. When Lizette isn't at the office she enjoys playing volleyball and basketball (she's a huge Rocket's fan!), working out, and being outdoors.

Marixa Diaz — Dental Assistant

Marixa is a valuable member of our team here at Sunrise Dental. As a Dental Assistant, she enjoys being able to help patients feel better and aid in the improvement of their overall oral hygiene. Marixa is a great asset to our team because she is always willing to learn and will look for a solution to any problem without giving up. Outside of the dental office, she enjoys fishing, cooking, and baking with her son.

Ana Moreira — Registered Dental Assistant

Although originally from Mexico, Ana claims Spring, TX as her hometown. Before joining our team in 2018, she studied at Lone Star College. Every day, she enjoys the opportunity to care for our patients—it’s the reason she wanted to pursue a healthcare career in the first place. In her spare time, Ana likes to create crafts and dreams of building her own wood furniture to fit in with her farmhouse décor. She also loves spending time with her husband.