Why River Rock Dental?

Your Family Dentist in Austin, TX

About River Rock DentalWe opened our first River Rock Dental location in Southpark Meadows in 2008 to bring compassionate, quality dental care to South Austin. Since then, we have expanded our team of family dentists to five locations in the Greater Austin area. Expertise in River Rock’s family-run dental business goes back multiple generations. In fact, River Rock Dental is the culmination of decades of dental care expertise. We hope to become your family dentist in Austin, TX.

Our dentists and trained staff, including on-staff pediatric and orthodontic specialists, can provide nearly any kind of dental service you’ll need, whether it’s a routine cleaning or a root canal. Need help relaxing? We offer sedation options for simple and complicated cases, and our staff makes sure you are comfortable and safe at all times. Our team makes sure that all of your treatment options are explained to you clearly to make sure you make the decision that’s right for you.

I would like everyone that I know to know about your dental service!

— Danielle Bradley

But don’t just let us tell you about it. Let us show you by setting up your next appointment today!

Meet Our Dentists

Dr. Yohan Ghang, DDS

Yohan Ghang, DDS - River Rock DentalDr. Yohan Ghang has been a practicing dentist since 2008. He attended the University of Michigan Undergrad as well as the School of Dentistry where he obtained his BA and his DDS, so he bleeds blue through and through. Although he was born and raised in the Midwest, since he moved down to Austin five years ago, he has really grown to love this city and its people.

Dr. Yohan’s philosophy in dentistry is to provide honest and understandable information to his patients, so they fully know the state of their dental health. This allows him to work with patients to create a plan that can help them reach their dental goals. He understands that the dental office is a frightening place for many people, so he focuses on trying to break down those walls of fear in order for patients to feel comfortable and motivated about their own dental plan. His goal for each patient is to provide a better quality of life, whether it’s to be pain free, feel better about themselves, or even gain confidence in their smiles.

Dr. Yohan is proficient in all areas of dentistry, from fillings, crowns, and bridges to root canals, extractions, and cosmetic braces. He loves seeing entire families and enjoys building a lifelong relationship with the patients he sees. He also has a big heart for community service and overseas dental missions, and has gone on multiple dental missions trips to help those in need. He has been to Guyana and Indonesia to help in underprivileged communities providing free dental care.

Along with Grace, his wife of five years, Dr. Yohan has a young daughter whom he loves spending time with. He enjoys playing basketball and football, and is a skilled guitar and piano player, as well. His favorite pastimes are watching movies, writing music, and playtime with his daughter.

Dr. Rachana Jha, DDS

Dr Jha - Dentist at River Rock AustinDr. Rachana Jha graduated from the University of the Pacific, San Francisco.

For her, her patients are her first priority! She makes sure they get the best dental care possible and clearly understand all the aspects of the treatment they need. She believes the more a patient knows, the more he/she is empowered to take care of their oral health with fewer surprises. Dr. Jha loves working with kids as well as adults.

Apart from dentistry, Dr. Jha enjoys traveling and exploring the outdoors. She just moved to Austin and would love to see you visit our offices to experience our services!

Dr. Jeff Thomas, DDS

Dr. Thomas - Dentist at River Rock Dental Austin TXDr. Jeff Thomas was born in Southeast Texas and spent his formative years between there and Albuquerque, New Mexico. He attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah earning his bachelor degree in Kinesiology.

After working in a hospital’s Physical Therapy department and teaching snowboarding on the side, Dr. Thomas decided to further pursue his passion for helping people by getting his DDS at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. He finally made his way back to Texas in 2012, and is proud to call Austin his home. He loves working with both children and adults, and is fluent in Spanish after living in Venezuela for two years.

In his spare time, Dr. Thomas enjoys exploring Austin’s great outdoors- hiking, biking, camping and swimming with his dog, Beaker, and his future wife, Kelly. He is also passionate about live music and loves to play ultimate frisbee.

Dr. Lisa Klosterman, DDS

Dr. Klosterman DDSBorn and raised in California, Dr. Klosterman found her way to Austin to raise her family. What drew her to Austin was the warm hospitality of the people. She attended the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco, graduated with high honors in the top 10% of her class, then completed a 3-year orthodontic residency program at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. In her residency program, she was the one resident recognized for outstanding patient care in her graduating class. She board is certified by the American Board of Orthodontics and also speaks Spanish.

Dr. Klosterman loves being an orthodontist because of the relationships that she is able to build with her patients and their families. She enjoys getting to know her patients and watching them transform as they undergo orthodontic treatment.   Dr. Klosterman comes from a big family of six children and wants to treat all her patients like family.

In her free time, Dr. Klosterman enjoys being outdoors, traveling, watching movies, listening to live music, learning, and spending time with family and friends, especially her husband and young son.

Dr. Soulmaz Heydari, DDS

River Rock Dentist Austin TexasDr. Heydari hails from Shiraz, Iran where she grew up as a girl. She’s called Texas her home for the past 11 years and is proud to now be serving the Austin community. She received her bachelors in Biology at the University of Houston before attending the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio for her Doctorate in Dental Surgery.

Dr. Heydari loves working together with her patients to achieve their goals and improve their oral health and smile. Her favorite part of dentistry is building a meaningful relationship with patients based on trust and mutual respect. She provides a wide range of services and loves working with patients of all ages.  Her philosophy of dentistry embraces the importance of having patients be involved and take charge of their dental health. She strives to provide the highest quality of expert dental care and is proud to be part of the Academy of General Dentistry and the Capitol Area Dental Society.

Though Dr. Heydari loves dentistry and being a family dentist, in her free time she enjoys traveling and has visited Turkey, India, Canada and England. She would love to spend more time exploring US national parks and has put Peru and Bora Bora on her traveling bucket list.

Dr. Aida Safai, DDS

Dr. Safai has been practicing Dentistry for five years and loves her profession. Her interest in this field began when she was studying Biology at the University of Houston. She went on to obtain her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University Health Science Center in San Antonio.

Her goal is to give her patients the best possible experience and to help them achieve a healthy and beautiful smile. She loves to spend time talking to her patients and listening to their concerns and needs. As a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association and Capital Area Dental Society, she is committed to provide the most advanced dental care. Dr. Safai keeps up to date on the advances in the dental field and enhances her skills by attending courses in cosmetics, endodontics and orthodontic courses including Invisalign.

In her spare time, Dr. Safai enjoys reading, watching movies, exploring new restaurants and  spending quality time with her fiancé, family and friends. She also loves hiking and traveling. Her dream is to travel and explore Europe and Southeast Asia.

Dr. Aanchal Chandra, DDS

Dr. Chandra grew up in Houston, Texas. She continued her education at Houston Baptist University where she received a Bachelor’s of Science and a degree in Business Administration. Her love for social services, science and arts drew her to the profession of dentistry. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Chandra keeps Austin weird as she explores the wonderful music scene at night and outdoors during the day!

Dr. Chandra believes in educating her patients and showing them how oral health relates to their overall well-being. Her philosophy includes providing her patient’s with several options for restoring their dental health, function and aesthetics. She is skilled at a wide range of dental procedures and treats each patient with the detail and personalized attention they require.

Dr. Chandra loves to serve her community by volunteering at The Blanton Museum of Art and helps the underserved at “Volunteers in Medicine” in New Braunfels. In her spare time she enjoys hiking the Austin trails, camping and kayaking on Townlake.

Dr. Vyna Nguyen, DDS

Dr. Vyna Nguyen grew up in upstate New York. While growing up, she always had a strong interest in science. She attended the University of Rochester on a full academic scholarship majoring in Molecular Genetics. After graduation, Dr. Nguyen went on to achieve her Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Dental Medicine. Post-graduation, she decided to further her career by completing a year of General Practice Residency at Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where she treated patients in and outside of hospital settings.

Coming from a big family, Dr. Nguyen knows how valuable loved ones are and how important it is to have them well taken care of. Her patients are her priority. Her goal is to provide you and your family treatments you can trust, and smiles you are proud of.

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Nguyen enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, reading, and occasionally, watching soap operas.

Dr. Nguyen is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Priscila Donangelo, DDS

Dr. Donangelo received her DDS degree from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2010, when she was elected into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society for her academic and clinical achievements.

Previously to earning her DDS degree, Dr. Donangelo already had over 10 years of experience accumulated since she earned her first dental degree from the Federal University (UFRJ) and her degree in Periodontics from Catholic University (PUC), both in Rio, Brazil. In 2012 she moved to Austin where her husband works as a professor at the University of Texas.

Dr. Donangelo joined River Rock Dental in 2016, where she works with a team that shares her passion for dentistry and for helping others. In her free time she likes to read, watch movies and enjoy the great Texas outdoors.

Meet Our Dental Hygienists

Lisa Berry, RDH — Stassney Location

Lisa Berry, Dental Hygienest River Rock Dental AustinAfter residing in Washington State for 37 years, Lisa decided to move to Texas to complete her Dental Hygiene Degree. While in the program she enjoyed the culture of South East Texas for four years. Once graduated in 2013, she relocated to South Austin, finding the mix of Texas and a multicultural environment a perfect fit for her lifestyle.

Lisa enjoys travelling around Texas and the United States and spending time with her 15 year old son. Biking, camping, running and generally being outdoors is where you will find her. Austin’s offerings of festivals and celebrations keep her busy on the weekends. Living a healthy lifestyle is a priority.

Her main focus in patient care is education and building a rapport that allows the patient to feel that they are in good hands here at River Rock Dental. Lisa prides herself on her volunteer experiences with Texas Mission of Mercy and The Texas Dental Association where she provides free dental services throughout the State. She is hoping to become involved in overseas missions in the future.

Victoria Chlystek, RDH — Mueller Location

Dental Hygienist Austin TXVictoria Chlystek born and raised in Battle Creek Michigan graduated from Ferris State University receiving a bachelor of science degree in biology and an associate of applied science degree in dental hygiene. Victoria moved to Austin Texas in April 2012 to further peruse her hygiene career. Victoria was attracted to dentistry for the opportunity to truly help people and create beautiful healthy smiles. When not caring for her patients Victoria likes to hike, read and hang out with her dog Falcon.

Michelle Marin, RDH — Mueller Location

Michelle graduated from UT Heath Science Center in San Antonio with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and honors. She strives for quality care and education to all patients. She finds great satisfaction being part of community services and dental missions to reach populations that lack access to dental care.

Michelle is a Texas native raised in Mexico/U.S. border allowing her to become bilingual and pride in both cultures. She loves the company of family and pets. In her free time, she enjoys staying active indoors and outdoors as much as trying new things.

Christine Hernandez, RDH — Southpark Location

Christine grew up in beautiful southern Oregon, where she lived until she joined the army in the early 2000’s, serving as a medic for eight years. Upon leaving the army, she studied Dental Hygiene in Boise, Idaho, graduating in 2015 with honors. Christine’s husband is still serving in the army, and being in a military family always brings about new adventures, such as her move to Texas.

Christine loves being a hygienist and caring for her patients. One of her greatest passions is providing her patients with quality treatment and giving them honest and thorough education on how to keep their teeth clean. It is of the utmost importance to her that her patients feel that they have received the very highest quality of care.

In her free time, Christine is a competitive horseshoe pitcher and enjoys adventuring around the state of Texas with her family. They enjoy the outdoor movie theater, swimming, and try to spend every weekend outside.

 

Convenient Locations

Friendly Dental Staff

Our goal is to give you the dental care you need, when and where you need it. As laid back as Austin can be, things still get hectic. Go to work, go to school, pick up the kids, get to practice, cook dinner, get homework done. Who has time for much else?

We understand your schedule is already full, so we try to make dental treatment as easy and accommodating as possible. We don’t want you to have to make long trips to get the dental care you deserve. That’s why we offer five convenient locations in the Austin area. We also offer family-block appointments, so there’s no need to drive back and forth to multiple appointments to keep your family’s smiles healthy.

We also have convenient payment and financing options. We want to make payment as simple as possible, so we accept nearly all forms of payment, as well as most dental insurance plans. We accept Medicaid and CHIP, too. No insurance? No problem! We have flexible financing options available.

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Friendly & Compassionate Staff

River Rock Dental Team in Austin

Great smiles and healthy teeth matter to all of us. We care for Austin’s families no matter who you are or where you’re from. We just want you to be happy and proud of your smile!

Our diverse and caring River Rock staff can speak your language: English, Spanish, mom, dad, working professional, or even kid. Our goal of our family dentist is to give you modern and friendly care. While we provide full treatment for both adults and children and expert dental care, we have a real soft spot for kids. It figures — a majority of River Rock Dental staff are parents as well!

Family Dentist Austin TX

Our offices are cheerful and family-friendly, not cold and clinical. We want to help you relax, so our waiting areas are carefully decorated to make you feel more at home. Kids have a special play area with their own TV shows, books, and toys. Our family dentists in Austin TX are looking forward to your visit.

They treat us like we are family.

— Raquel Espinoza

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