Dr. Leslie Blackburn, Pediatric Dentistry
Board Certified Pediatric Dentist 281-367-8805
Leslie Blackburn, DDS, MA
I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. My father was still in training to be an ENT, so we moved around a lot before settling in beautiful Jonesboro, Arkansas. After graduating from Jonesboro High School I headed off to Provo, Utah, where I attended Brigham Young University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2003. Although I always knew I wanted to work with children, after graduating I took a few years to look at my career options and decided in what way I would work with kids. Finally, I decided that pediatric dentistry was the career for me. I went to Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in New York and received my Doctorate of Dental Surgery and also a Master of Science and Dental Education in 2012. Then I completed the final leg of my education at Yale University, receiving my certificate in Pediatric Dentistry in 2014.
I'm married to Shawn Blackburn, we have two wonderful children and are excited to have settled in The Woodlands community, making it our home. I love reading, working out, and getting aerobic exercise by playing lots of Just Dance on the Wii, trying delicious new restaurants and playing with my family. I'm extremely excited to come back south and to experience Texas and the wonderful area of The Woodlands.
Hours: Mon – Wed - Thurs 7am-5pm, Tues 8am-5pm Fri Closed
Dr. Robert G. Dernick
General and Cosmetic Dentistry 281-363-2770
Robert G. Dernick, DDS
Dr. Dernick had an interest in Dentistry beginning in his childhood years. From that time, his desire to serve others by providing Dental care continued to grow and he has always maintained that same caring attitude and commitment. His excellence in pre- Dental studies allowed him early acceptance into Dental School and graduated from University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston in 1979 with a DDS degree.
Dr. Dernick was one of the pioneers to The Woodlands opening his first practice in 1980 and has been regarded by his patients as one of the most caring, qualified, and committed dentists in the area. His desire to maintain his skills and be the first in new and innovative dental techniques has credited him and his partners at The Woodlands Dental Group with a reputation of excellence in providing the finest quality of Dental care. His expertise in General Dentistry include a wide range of skills including Cosmetic Dentistry which has allowed him and his partners more years of Cosmetic experience than any other Dentists in the area. Since 1979 he has attended a long list of postgraduate courses, which keeps his office current with cutting edge technology. He is considered a perfectionist among his staff and takes great care in providing the best care possible, in a comfortable and professional manner.
Dr. Dernick with his wife Chris has raised three children here in The Woodlands and recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. He is very involved in his church and community. His favorite past time will find him playing and studying the game of golf. For the past 12 years he has been involved in raising funds in promoting junior golf opportunities for youth across the country. His passion for golf at a very young age developed into life-long skills and qualities of a true gentleman and person of respect and integrity.
Dr. David Epstein
General and Cosmetic Dentist 281-367-3085
David Epstein, DDS
Dr. David Epstein was born locally in Conroe, Texas and grew up in The Woodlands, attending the John Cooper School from kindergarten to twelfth grade. His father being a physician, encouraged his son to look into a health service career. While studying Neuroscience at Vanderbilt University, he decided to observe his family dentist at the Woodlands Dental Group, Dr. Ryder, who had been his dentist since he was thirteen. This experience inspired David to enroll in dental school at the State University of New York at Buffalo. After four years of study, Dr. Epstein graduated and returned to Texas to work as an associate for Dr. Ryder for three years. Experiencing the full circle of being the patient and now treating the patients in the practice, Dr. Epstein knows his primary goal is being a servant to better the health of the community he loves. In 2012 Dr. Ryder retired, passing down the practice for Dr. Epstein to continue providing excellent care. Dr. Epstein has kept standards high, constantly staying current with new technologies and continuing education. The Woodlands Dental Group has won The Best Dentists in the Best of The Woodlands Online poll four years in a row. Please visit his website for more information.
Hours: Mon - Tue - Wed - Thur 8am—5pm, Fri 8am—12pm (front office staff only)
Dr. Mike Freeman
General and Cosmetic Dentistry 281-367-0590
Mike Freeman, DDS
Dr. Mike Freeman has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years. He received a B.S. in Biology from Lamar University and a D.D.S from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston. Dr. Freeman attended the prestigious Pankey Institute, Dawson Center for Comprehensive Dental Studies, and the Misch Implant Institute. All are world class continuums teaching the most advanced techniques in all phases of dentistry. He has also completed numerous continuing educations courses over the years. Dr. Freeman works closely with each patient taking the time to listen and discuss the ways he can help them achieve their dental goals and overall desired smile.
A special thank you to all of our patients who made us the number one dental practice in The Woodlands for four years running. We love what we do and there is no greater honor than to be publicly recognized by our patients. We are truly humbled. Thank you.
Office Hours: Mon 7:30am—4:30pm, Tue 8:30am—4:30pm, Wed 7:30am—4:30pm
Dr. Calvin L. (Cal) Jochetz
General and Cosmetic Dentistry 281-367-2090
Calvin L. (Cal) Jochetz, DDS
I was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. My father was a farmer, and I spent my early years "in the country" before moving to a foster home in the nearby small town of Taft, Texas. My foster father was a pharmacist and his wife was both my Sunday school and sixth-grade teacher. I graduated from Taft High School in 1959, received a B.S. in biology in 1962 from Southwestern University, and earned my D.D.S. in 1966 from The University of Texas Dental Branch (Houston). I have attended numerous post-graduate courses in all areas of general and cosmetic dentistry, including training at the Dawson Center for Advanced Clinical Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida. After graduating dental school, I entered the US Air Force for almost five years, with assignments in South Carolina, Vietnam and Germany. After my tour of duty, I returned to the Houston area and maintained a solo dental practice for sixteen years, before joining with six other Woodlands area dentists to found the Woodlands Dental Group. This has been a great experience and I truly enjoy dentistry more than ever. I treasure each day as I interact with the high quality individuals comprising our staff, my professional colleagues and, of course our patients. We love that we are able to have fun while providing top quality care for our patients. My other hobbies and interests include woodworking, stained-glass, exercise/body building, and nature/bird-watching. I am also a member of the Barbershop Quartet Society. My wife, Sandra, grew up in Tyler, Texas and is a capable match for the Energizer Bunny! I have two sons and a daughter. David lives in Asheville, North Carolina; Chris lives in Cedar Hills, Utah; Megan lives in Honolulu, Hawaii. All the "kids" are married, and Megan has two little boys: Ty, who is 3 and Kai, 1. The only "children" left in our home are of the four-legged variety: Abbey (Dalmatian), Brownie (Dachshund), Lucinda and Pilar (calico cat sisters), and Riley (orange tabby).
Dr. Judith Ragsdale, Pediatric Dentistry
Board Certified Pediatric Dentist 281-367-8805
Judith Ragsdale, DDS, MSD
Dr. Ragsdale completed her dental degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental Branch at Houston in 1984 and received her certificate in pediatric dentistry from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1986. During this two-year specialty training program, she learned all about the special dental needs of children. The curriculum included training in growth and development, child psychology, behavior management, dentistry for the special needs patient, sedation/general anesthesia and pediatric trauma. Dr. Ragsdale is an active member in good standing of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Texas Dental Association, and the Greater Houston Dental Society. She achieved Diplomate Status from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in 1993. Dr. Ragsdale actively participates in continuing education courses. The most recent completed was advanced training in sedation, becoming certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support, a course sponsored by the American Heart Association. Dr. Ragsdale lives in the Woodlands with her husband, Arlin Maddox.
Dr. Alisa Reed
General and Cosmetic Dentistry 281-367-3411
Alisa Reed, DDS
Dr Alisa Reed has been providing exceptional dental care for families in The Woodlands area since 1997. Dr Reed has over 20 years of experience in Cosmetic Dentistry, preventative treatments, fillings, crowns and bridges, dentures, root canals, extractions, periodontal treatment, and sedation. Dr Reed graduated Cum Laude from Louisiana Tech University with a degree in Biology. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery from from Louisiana State University. Dr Reed broadened her training by completing an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at LSU. Knowing how essential it is to stay on the cutting edge of dentistry, Dr Reed regularly attends dental continuing education classes and seminars. These classes promote state of the art practices such as dental implants, laser dentistry, Porcelain Veneers, Durathins, Lumineers, as well as best practices for safety and sterilization. She has studied at the prestigious Dawson Center for Comprehensive Dental Studies. In addition to her technical proficiency, Dr. Reed takes time to understand her patients and respond to their individual needs. This open communication and her gentle touch is why so many loyal patients refer their friends and families to her care. Dr. Reed also understands that people often have reluctance about seeing a dentist. They may experience fear, shame, or guilt. Her philosophy is to treat each patient with respect and non- judgement. With her commitment to excellence and her compassionate touch, Dr. Reed can help you achieve your beautiful, healthy smile!
Dr. Wade Williams, Orthodontics
Board Certified in Orthodontics 281-367-1617
Wade Williams, DDS, MS
Dr. Wade Williams is a specialist in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. He is dedicated to providing the highest quality of treatment to every patient. Dr. Williams believes in treating people the way he would like to be treated: with respect, courtesy and a full explanation of proposed treatment. It gives him much satisfaction to provide a service to his patients that improves their self-esteem, potential for success and quality of life. Dr. Williams uses the latest techniques and theories in the practice of orthodontics and strongly believes in attending continuing education courses and orthodontic study clubs. He is an active member of the Texas Dental Association, American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Williams earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from Loma Linda University, located in Loma Linda, California. After completion of his dental degree, he completed a twenty-seven month residency where he earned his Master of Science degree and a Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics from Loma Linda University. Dr. Williams, his wife Kristy and three children reside in The Woodlands. He enjoys sports, playing the guitar and spending quality time with friends and family.
Dr. Nikita Vakil
General and Cosmetic Dentistry 281-367-2090
Nikita Vakil, DMD
Dr. Vakil was born and raised in South Florida where she earned a Honors Bachelors in Science at the University of Miami. During her undergraduate studies, she worked at the family dentist’s office where her interest in dentistry was cultivated. She then attended Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine obtaining her DMD with honors in 2004. She completed a residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry at Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry in 2005. She is an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Vakil attends many courses and seminars to keep up with the latest technologies and advancements in dentistry. Her goal is to keep her patients at ease while providing the best care and having them leave with a smile!
Dr. Vakil as settled in The Woodlands with her husband and two young children. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, traveling, reading and freestyle dancing with her kids. She is excited to call The Woodlands home and looks forward to taking care of the needs of you and your family.
Hours: Mon 7:30am –4:30pm, Tue 7:30am –4:30pm, Wed 7:30am –4:30pm, Thur 9:00am –12:00pm
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