From a friendly team to welcoming offices, we go above and beyond at Serenity Dental to ensure you have an exceptional visit.
Johnson Cheng, DDS
Dr. Cheng attended Texas A&M University where he graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He then attended Baylor College of Dentistry, where he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Cheng loves to talk to patients and get to know them on a personal level. He treats every patient like they’re his own family. In his spare time, he enjoys going for a run, listening to music, and spending quality time with family.
Kenneth Kim, DMD
Dr. Kenneth Kim completed his training at University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and loves dentistry as it demands mastery in both art and science in order to achieve optimal results. Dr. Kim’s philosophy is to provide his patients with the highest quality of care with a gentle touch. He is a member of American Dental Association (ADA), Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). Dr. Kim currently lives in The Woodlands with his wife and is expecting a baby this November. He enjoys spending his spare time with his family, doing outdoor activities, reading, and, of course, enjoying all the awesome amenities that The Woodlands has to offer!
Christian Escobar, DDS
Dr. Escobar is a Houston native. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Houston where he earned his bachelor’s degree in biology. He then attended the University of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and focused on learning the latest advances and standards in dentistry. Combining his talents in art, eye for detail, and passion for caring for others, Dr. Escobar strives to improve his craft and provide the highest quality care while giving his patients a comfortable dental experience.
Our Magnolia Dental Team
Tressa Howe, HR
Tressa has been in the dental field for over 26 years. She truly enjoys working at Serenity Dental and believes the doctors’ sincerity for their patients and staff is what makes them so great. Tressa has a passion for helping others, not only when transforming their smiles but also when creating lasting relationships. She has two grown beautiful daughters, three amazing granddaughters, and two Schnauzers. When not at work, Tressa enjoys spending time outside and with friends.
Donna “Kat” Gorder
Donna has been with Dr. Chung since 2015. She is the “go-to girl” when it comes to questions regarding financials and insurance benefits. She was in the medical industry for a total of 11 years, and moving into dentistry was a big change, but she loves it! She loves meeting new patients, introducing them to our wonderful office staff, and helping them get started with their journey to a beautiful new smile. Donna counts her children, Jessi and Jaxon, as her greatest blessings. In her spare time, she enjoys watching her “Jessi Girl” in her element: tumbling and dancing! With her little guy, Jax, she loves fishing Lake Conroe and kayaking. She is originally from South Louisiana (“Laissez les bons temps rouler”!!!!), and she loves her Cajun culture, cooking, listening to good music, and spending time with friends.
Ashlee joined Serenity Dental in 2013 as the Insurance Coordinator. She handles hygiene and doctor scheduling, insurance issues, and much more. Ashlee feels blessed to work with such an intelligent and caring group of individuals. At the end of the work day, she looks forward to spending time at home with her beautiful daughter, awesome husband, and their two dogs.
Courtney enjoys her work as the Serenity Dental Patient Coordinator. She loves meeting new people and building relationships with our patients. Seeing their transformations – both physical and mental – as they gain self-confidence is the most rewarding part of the job for her. Courtney feels incredibly lucky to work with such a great team. When she’s not at work, Courtney’s two daughters keep her very busy. She also loves spending time with her amazing husband, shopping, getting her nails done, and having lunch with friends.
Whitney Dennison, RDA
Whitney was raised in a small town in Texas where she was active in gymnastics and competitive cheerleading. She graduated from her dental assisting course in 2014. Whitney could not imagine a better or more positive working environment than Serenity Dental. The teamwork and upbeat attitudes of the staff make each day a great day! Along with the guidance of the wonderful doctors and her great coworkers, Whitney enjoys getting to know each patient and loves helping people in any way she can. She looks forward to continuing her education in the dental field. In her spare time, Whitney can be found at church on Sundays or out in the country with her family and friends.
Josie was raised in Magnolia and always knew she wanted to work in the dental field. Ever since she started at Serenity Dental, she has been enjoying learning something new every day. Josie loves to spend time and make cherished memories with her husband, the rest of her family, and her beloved Rottweiler Samantha.
Sara Buckler, BSDH, RDH, LAP
Sara moved from Oregon in 2011 after earning her bachelor’s degree in dental health science from Pacific University. Sara joined Serenity Dental as a dental hygienist in 2013. With her gentle touch and compassionate attitude, she enjoys educating patients and ensuring every person is made to feel informed and comfortable. In addition, Sara is certified in laser dentistry and local anesthesia. Outside of the office, she enjoys exercising, reading, traveling, volunteering, and spending time with her two cats as well as friends and family.
Ana Padron, CDA/RDA
Lead Orthodontic Assistant
Ana was born and raised in Magnolia, Texas. She’s had the pleasure of working for Serenity Dental since 2012. She loves getting to know each and every patient that comes to our office because every day brings something new and interesting to keep her on her toes. For Ana, the best moment is removing a patient’s braces and getting to be the first one to see those amazing, perfect new smiles. Outside of work, Ana likes to spend time with her family and friends. She also enjoys road trips down the country roads of Texas finding new places to explore!
Cindy DuPaul, RDA
Cindy is a native Texan and has lived locally since she was a little girl. She joined the Serenity Dental team in 2014, and she feels right at home with our awesome staff. Cindy loves getting to know each one of her patients and helping them acquire optimal oral health. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting, going to the beach, and spending time with her wonderful family.
Our Houston Dental Team
Judith and her family relocated from the great state of Indiana to Texas about 9 years ago, and she says it’s the best decision they’ve ever made! As a young girl, the movie Annie made smiles so important to her with the catch phrase, “You are never fully dressed without a smile!” Naturally positive in nature, Judith wakes up with the determination to make others happy and bring a smile to the face of everyone she encounters. Serenity Dental has given her the opportunity to do just that, making the dental field more than a career, but her life’s work!
Igda was born and raised in Long Island, NY. She moved to New Jersey, where she worked in the casino business for over 18 years and really enjoyed it. Recently, she moved to Texas and has been in the dental field since August 2016 working at our front desk and enjoying every minute of it. As a newer member of the Serenity Dental team, she is excited to learn and expand her knowledge of the dental field.
Michele Cheng, RN
Michele is one of the two office managers at Serenity Dental. She is also a registered nurse in the state of Texas. She is the girl who loves to eat and loves to take pictures of what she eats. Michele is originally from the East Coast and moved to Texas in 2007 (right in time for Hurricane Ike). If you ever need any advice about the best Asian food in Houston, don’t hesitate to ask Michele!
Jonathan Nguyen, RDA
Jonathan has been with Serenity Dental since early 2016. He is currently attending the University of Houston as a full-time student working towards his Bachelor of Science in Biology. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, participating in sports, and playing various video games. While in the office, Jonathan prides himself in providing quality education on dental hygiene and gentle support for each and every patient.
Advanced Dental Technology
Advancements in the field of dentistry have led to wonderful technologies that make your appointments more effective and more efficient. We’re proud to incorporate these technologies into our Houston dentist offices.
- Digital X-rays for faster processing time with less radiation
- Isolite® patient comfort system for more efficient treatment and less discomfort for you
A Clean & Safe Practice
We go above and beyond the ADA and OSHA recommended standards for a clean and safe dental practice. In addition to sanitizing each room between patients, we disinfect every instrument in our sterilization area before your visit. You can rest assured that when you sit in one of our dental chairs, everything has been prepared especially for you.
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