Juanita JonesRegistered Dental Assistant
I am a native Houstonian with 25 plus years of dental experience and most of this time I have had the opportunity to assist across from Dr. Carey as a Registered Dental Assistant. I think my greatest strengths are my down home people skills, and my knack for helping patients feel comfortable. I take pride in keeping our dental operatories fully stocked organized, clean and running on time. I love staying on top of advances in my field and have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to watch, first hand, as the field of Dentistry has grown-up over my career. I still marvel at the ongoing advances in dental technology, oral health care and cosmetic dentistry. But most of all, I am proud of my ability to help that anxious patient relax and, yes, even smile!
In my spare time, my husband and I enjoy camping, motorcycle riding, camping and, most of all, spending time with our family. Our three daughters and two sons have blessed our family with three handsome grandsons.
Kim NguyenRegistered Dental Hygienist
I graduated from the UT Health School of Dentistry in Houston with a degree in Dental Hygiene and have been practicing dental hygiene in my adopted hometown of Houston since 1998. I believe patient education is the key to maintaining good oral health. If I can teach my patients to maintain their oral health at home, I am doing them a greater service than if I just provided a cleaning and polishing. Good oral hygiene reinforced by an understanding of best home care practices helps build a strong foundation for healthy teeth and gums. Our office utilizes laser technology in conjunction with the latest advances in periodontal therapy to help save patients’ teeth from potentially devastating periodontal disease that can result in the tooth loss. I am proud to be part of an office that uses nonsurgical and virtually painless laser periodontal therapy to benefit our patients.
After escaping from Vietnam after the fall of Saigon in 1975 I was fortunate to have resettled in Houston with its can-do spirit and educational opportunities. I’ve been married for 15 years and have been blessed with two boys, a first grader and a kindergartner, who attend a Spanish dual language program where they are learning English, Spanish and Vietnamese. In my spare time I peruse gardening and floral arranging.
Gina GilmoreRegistered Dental Hygienist
I really enjoy the field of dental hygiene. I have been a practicing hygienist for the past 17 years and 14 of those years have been with Dr. Carey. I feel that one of my strengths is my ability to communicate well with my patients. I concentrate on education so they understand the importance of their home care. I especially enjoy talking with my patients and educating them about the importance of maintaining a healthy mouth. I am thorough with my work and make sure our patients understand the nature of any problems they have in their mouths. I feel that most of my patients appreciate the extra effort we put forth to make them feel comfortable and provide a thorough cleaning.
Growing up in the heart of the panhandle just down the road from Amarillo, I am originally from Pampa, Texas. I graduated from Austin College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. I then graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. I married my husband, David, and moved to Houston 15 years ago. We now have 2 boys that are 7 and 3 years old that keep us busy. In our free time we enjoy cooking, camping, and sending time outdoors with the family.
Pam LevineFront Office Coordinator
I love meeting new patients and helping them obtain a new smile they can wear with confidence and pride. After several years assisting, I transitioned to the front office where I can utilize my strong organizational skills and help our patients who depend on me. I joined Dr. Carey’s dental team back in 2002 and love the close family atmosphere and personal relationships we develop with our patients. Patient care is always FIRST in my eyes. I have a very kind personality and listening ear to all of our patients’ needs and concerns. I’m happy to ensure our patients are comfortable from the time they call the office, enter the door and finish treatment. It is very rewarding to see the happy faces on our patients when treatment is completed and it is equally satisfying to see the bright smiles Dr. Carey creates.
I grew up on the Louisiana coast just south of Lafayette, in the small town of Franklin. As a native Louisiana girl I naturally enjoy cooking and sharing time with others. I am the proud mother of one daughter, Khloe, who is a freshman at Prairie View A&M University studying nursing. Traveling back home during the holidays is a family tradition where the family gathers together in the kitchen to take part in the cooking extravaganza. Some of my favorite family meals of all times are gumbo and Étouffée.