About Our Dental Team
Dr. Rice is a native Houstonian and graduated in 1975 from Trinity University in only three years. She did research in Biochemistry for the following six years and published several research papers. A decision was made to return to school to become a dentist. She graduated from The University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston in 1985. Upon graduation, she received lifetime membership in Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the dental honor society. She also received the Mosby Book Award and the Alumnae Award. She is a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, Brazos Valley Dental Society and Greater Houston Dental Society. Dr. Rice continues to expand her knowledge by attending numerous continuing education courses in a variety of dental topics and locations. Last year, she accumulated over 50 certified hours of classes which is much more than the required twelve hours per year. She has attended numerous courses at Spear Education in Scottsdale, a campus dedicated to excellence in continuing education for the dental professional.
Cathy, Office Manager
Cathy has been in the dental field for over 20 years and an integral part of this office for over 17 years. She has been the office manager for the last nine years and was Dr. Rice's dental assistant for several years prior to becoming the office manager. You may still see her chairside helping patients. She is devoted to dentistry and your needs as a person, as well as a patient.
Tracey is a Registered Dental Hygienist and has over eleven years in the field of dentistry. She graduated from Lamar Institute of Technology where she obtained her degree in dental hygiene in 2005. Tracey was on the Dean's List for Academic Achievement and received the Clinic Merit Award for Clinical Achievement. She loves her profession which helps patients not only strive for optimum oral health, but also an overall healthier lifestyle. Her capabilities show with her knowledge, skills and thoroghness that are all combined with her gentle hands. In addition, Tracey is a member of the American Dental Hygienist Association.
Sherry has thirty years experience in dentistry and is the newest team member. She has been in this office for almost three years. She is a Registered Dental Assistant with Nitrous Oxide certification. In addition, she has experience in the dental front office. Her dedication to our patients is outstanding.
About our Practice Philosophy
A standard of excellence in personalized dental care enables us to provide the quality dental services our patients deserve. We provide comprehensive treatment planning and use restorative and cosmetic dentistry to achieve your optimal dental health. Minimally invasive with maximum conservatism of healthy teeth is our goal. Should a dental emergency occur, we make every effort to see and care for you as soon as possible.
Education & Prevention
As a practice, we are true believers that preventive care and education are the keys to optimal dental health. We strive to provide “dental health care” vs. “disease care”. That’s why we focus on thorough exams – checking the overall health of your teeth and gums, performing oral cancer exams and taking x-rays when necessary. We also know that routine cleaning, flossing, sealants and fluoride are all helpful in preventing dental disease. Not only are we focused on the beauty of your smile, we are also concerned about your health. A review of your medical history can help us stay informed of your overall health, any new medications and any illnesses that may impact your dental health.
Infection control in our office is of utmost importance to us. To protect our patients and ourselves, we strictly maintain sterilization and cross contamination processes using standards recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), HIPAA Privacy and Security, as well as other agencies involved in everyone's safety and health.
A Positive Experience
Building a foundation of trust by treating our patients as special individuals is vital to our success. We understand how uneasy some patients may feel about their dental visits and how we can make a difference in providing a relaxing and positive experience. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with excellent, personalized care and service to make your visits as comfortable and pleasant as possible.
We thank you for allowing us to take care of your dental needs and look forward to serving you.
Make an appointment today…..we’ll give you a reason to smile!