Edgar Gonzalez – Office Administrator
Edgar has been at Star Kids Pediatric Dentistry since 2011 overseeing all the administrative functions in the office as our Office Administrator. His knowledge and background in Accounting have enabled him to provide the necessary support and skills to our organization. As our Administrator he is constantly looking for ways to improve the administrative processes so that tasks get done more effectively in order to provide quality service to our patients and their families. Edgar enjoys spending quality time with his wife and three children whom are involved in several extracurricular activities.
Claudia Gallegos – Office Manager
Claudia’s love for the dental field began here over 20 years ago. As our Office Manager, she incorporates her ongoing commitment to dental health by actively supporting our patients and staff at both of our locations. Claudia has become involved in multiple organizations in the community and is a member of the AADOM. Her knowledge and experience have allowed her to assist in the growth of our staff and our office. She has been happily married for the past 16 years and is especially proud of her Eastwood Trooper and her Young Marine. Semper Fi!
Adriana Valenzuela, RN – Clinical Director
Adriana has been with our practice for 24 years. She started out as a dental assistant and obtained her degree in Nursing in 2008. Her knowledge and experience in both the dental and medical fields make her a great asset to our office. She loves kids and is honored to be part of a team that provides patients the care that they need, in a caring way. Adriana and her husband have 3 sons and 2 beautiful granddaughters. She enjoys going to church and doing outdoor activities with her family.
Kaila Gil – Public Relations Coordinator
Kaila is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso and joined our organization in 2017. In her position she is responsible for the marketing, communication and business development efforts of our dental practice. Since her arrival she has developed strong ties with several non-profit organizations within the community. Her involvement in the community has allowed our practice to develop strategies to strengthen the success of our practice as well as build relationships with new and current patients. Kaila is an active member of the Public Relations Association of the Southwest and an active volunteer in several fundraising events. On her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and partaking in outdoor activities.
Damares Gonzalez – Team Lead Biller
Damares has been a part of our Star Kids Family for the past 13 years and has been an asset to our practice as our Billing Department Team Leader. Her passion for her work stems from the care we offer to our patients in our office and the community. Her background in Billing has given her the opportunity to educate and train other team members in order to provide excellent customer service. She is a proud wife and a mother of three children who are involved in sports and the El Paso Mariachi Community.
Paola Mendoza – Team Lead Biller
Paola began her dental career in 2010. She joined our Star Kids family in 2016 as our Private Insurance Specialist. Upon her arrival Paola has helped our organization incorporate new procedures in order to become more efficient. One of her many specialties includes working with our Nasoalveolar Molding Therapy babies. Her continued commitment to our organization has helped our team become more knowledgeable in order to assist the countless families we serve. Paola loves spending her spare time with her fur baby, Maggie and her family.
Becky Rodriguez- McRae Front Team Leader
Becky began her journey with us three years ago and has become an asset to our organization since her arrival. In her position, Becky has been committed to providing quality customer service to our patients and their families so that they may have a rewarding experience. Her enthusiasm and vibrant personality have enabled her to establish positive relationships with not only our staff but our patients. Becky is a proud wife and mother of three wonderful children. On her spare time, she enjoys going to see her children at their school activities and spending time with her family and friends.
April Valenzuela – McRae Back Team Leader
April joined our Star Kids family 6 years ago. During her career at Star Kids, April developed a passion for working with children and encouraging them to commence good oral hygiene early on. Being a mother of two further inspires April to provide unsurpassed care to her patients. April has been an asset to our Baby Dental Clinic since its opening and is also a part of the marketing team within our organization. On her spare time, April loves to spend time with her family, watch movies, and exercise.
Alejandra Gonzalez-McRae Baby Clinic Back Team Leader
Alejandra has been a part of our Star Kids team since June of 2012. During her time here, Alejandra had become a vital part of our new Star Babies Baby Dental Clinic and became the Baby Clinic Team Leader in 2018. Her favorite part of her position at Star Kids is being able to interact with patients while guiding them on the tools needed to have a bright and healthy smile. Alejandra is also an instructor for the El Paso Pediatric Dental Assistant School where she is able to share her knowledge and skills on working with a specialty group so that each student is successful upon completion of their course work.
When she not at Star Kids, Alejandra loves spending time with her daughter Sara and her son Zachary. They enjoy spending time outdoors, traveling and love to read books. Her family is a big part of her life and she is proud to be able to have a second family with our Star Kids Family.
Ester Adame – McRae Registered Dental Hygienist
Ester always knew she belonged in the dental field. She graduated with her Associates of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene at El Paso Community College in 2013. Knowing she wanted to work with pediatric dentists, she immediately found her fit in the dental profession here at Star Kids Pediatric Dentistry.
Her inspiration for working with kids was her own great experiences at her childhood appointments. She hopes to make every patient feel comfortable and at ease for their routine dental visits. She takes pride in giving her patients optimal oral health and the knowledge to continue that care at home.
Ester is a proud mother of two boys. She loves country music and attends as many country concerts as she can. She enjoys reading and watching movies, but most of all she enjoys spending her time making wonderful memories with her family and friends.
Ariana Salazar – Mesa Back Team Leader
Arianna has been a part of our office for 11 years. She enjoys working and establishing a positive relationship with the families in our office in order to educate them on proper oral hygiene. Her positive attitude has allowed her to build long-standing relationships with our patients which in turn has given them a positive experience. She is the proud mother of two girls with whom she loves to spend quality time with. Arianna also enjoys painting, drawing, and photography.
Alondra Velez – Mesa Back Team Leader
Alondra joined our team in 2018 after graduating as a dental assistant from Vista College in 2017. In the short amount of time that Alondra has been here, she has become a valuable part of our team by not only providing quality customer service to each one of our patients but also has helped her team to establish new procedures in order to become more efficient in providing quality dental care to each of the families we serve. Alondra loves to educate the families of our practice about the importance of healthy oral hygiene while providing a welcoming experience to each one of them. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her son as well as watching movies and likes to dance.
Erika Mata – Mesa Registered Dental Hygienist
Erika obtained her Associates of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene from El Paso Community College in 2013. She was attracted to dentistry for the opportunity to help individuals by creating beautiful, healthy smiles. Her passion for children and love of dentistry makes Star Kids Pediatric Dentistry the perfect fit for her career. She takes pride in being thorough and providing the best oral health care for each patient. She hopes to have a positive impact on their overall health and experience at the dentist.
She is a newlywed who enjoys cooking and baking. She and her husband love to try different foods and restaurants around town, but most of all she loves spending time with her family having game night and/or movie marathons.
Vianey Araiza – Zaragoza Registered Dental Hygienist
Vianey was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and has worked in the dental field since 2000. After working as a dental assistant, she went back to school and obtained a Biology degree from UTEP. Being a part of the dental field had inspired her to further her education to become a dental hygienist and was bestowed with the prestigious “Golden Scaler” award upon graduation.
Vianey is zealous about oral health and loves to help her patients improve their oral hygiene. Her knowledge and experience in the dental field will allow her to provide not only a pleasant experience to our patients but thorough oral care with a unique individualized dental hygiene care plan to even the smallest of our patients. Vianey loves spending time with family and friends, enjoys traveling to new places and also loves to go fishing, hiking and camping.