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Meet Our Doctors

Juan C. Echeverri, DDS
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Dr. Juan C. Echeverri graduated from the Corporation of Health Studies, Medellin Colombia Undergraduate with his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree in Colombia in 1984 before moving to the United States to pursue his graduate studies. He attended Louisiana State University in New Orleans for his Certificate in Prosthetic Dentistry, and the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas in Houston for his Certificate in Maxillofacial Dentistry. Dr. Echeverri earned his American DDS degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston, Texas in 1992.Dr. Echeverri has lectured in Colombia, Venezuela, Span, and the United States, and has published articles in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry and the Journal of the American Orthodontic Society. In addition to his private practice, lectures, and publications, he continues to advance his knowledge of dentistry regularly through continuing education courses. He has received advanced training in orthodontics, which emphasis in CBCT and skeletal anchorage.Dr. Echeverri has been practicing in the Houston, Texas, area since 1993. He is a member of the American Dental Association, and is a Diplomate, past president, and an instructor for the American Orthodontic Society. He has received multiple awards including:

  • Ranked second in graduation for both his undergraduate studies.
  • Best Resident award in the prosthetic program at Louisiana State University.
  • OKU Best Student award at the University of Texas, Houston.
  • An award for restorative dentistry from the University of Texas dental branch.
  • Roger P. Rupp Award for Journalistic Contributions, October 6, 2012.

As a dentist, Dr. Echeverri’s goal is to provide comprehensive diagnosis and dental care for his patients, with an emphasis on humanitarian, scientific, and reasonable treatments. Ultimately, he wants to provide long-term satisfaction for both his patients and his patients doctors. He advocates a team approach in treatments, including all other dentists in the office, our chairside dental team, and our management and administration team to provide the best possible care. Dentistry is a challenge as well as a passion, and Dr. Echeverri is always excited to come to work and give his best for each patient he meets.

When not in the office, Dr. Echeverri’s participates in fundraising rides on bicycles under the banner of Goya Foods, including the Houston to Austin MS150 bike ride, and enjoys gardening on the weekends. Dr. Echeverri and his wife, Dr. Elsa Echeverri, also participate in charitable missions to Guatemala with Faith in Practice. As a father of four children, he understands the joys and tribulations of being a parent, and finds immense fulfillment in the achievements of his children in every stage of their lives.

Elsa Echeverri, DDS
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Dr. Elsa Echeverri is a board certified pediatric dentist. After receiving her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree in Venezuela, she completed a post-doctoral program and residency in Pediatric Dentistry at the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has been a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston for 18 years, where she mentors a new generation of pediatric dentists.Dr. Elsa has an international reputation as an educator, clinical researcher, writer, and guest lecturer. She loves the time she spends meeting families and helping children with their dental needs. She has extensive experience in treating infants, children, adolescents, and those with special needs. She provides dental outpatient surgery under general anesthesia as a staff member of Texas Children’s Hospital. When it comes to treating children, she keeps her emphasis on the prevention of dental disease, and provides compassionate, gentle care to every child she meets.Dr. Elsa and her husband, Dr. Juan Echeverri, participate in medical mission trips with Faith in Practice one a year to provide medical-dental treatment for impoverishes patients. They have 3 daughters, 1 son, and 2 Labrador retrievers with whom they love to spend time.

Mildred M. Kendrick, DDS
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Dr. Mildred Kendrick absolutely adores children, and therefore limited her practice to children and adolescents. Her patients refer to her as the little doctor that sings, and parents love the way that she interacts with their children.Dr. Kendrick completed her degree in dentistry in at the Central University of Venezuela in 1973. She practiced there for 7 years, and continued her dental education by enrolling in a prosthodontics residency for 3 years, earning a subsequent degree in that field in 1984. She continues to advance her knowledge of dentistry annually. Professionally, her time is divided between private practice and community service. Dr. Kendrick has been practicing in the Houston, Texas, area for 43 years.In 1989, Dr. Kendrick moved to the United States, where she volunteered at the University of Texas dental branch for 2 years. She obtained her Texas Dental License in 1995, and joined Echeverri Dental Center that same year. Her practice focuses on children’s dental care from 6 months to 12 years of age.

Dr. Kendrick is licensed to administer Moderate Enteral Sedation LEVEL II, and is also Pediatric Advanced Life Support certified. She is a member of the following dental organizations:

  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Texas Dental Association
  • Houston Hispanic Dental Association
  • South West Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Greater Houston Dental Association

Dr. Kendrick’s goal is to be the best dentist she can be, and to give her dental kids the best care possible.

When not in the office, Dr. Kendrick enjoys hiking, traveling, and Pilates. She has one daughter, Erika, and two grandchildren, Ema and Eli, and a boyfriend, Bob

Charbel Saba, DDS, CAGS
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After obtaining his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree in his native country of Venezuela, Dr. Saba pursued a post- doctoral residency program at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, obtaining a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Pediatric Dentistry.Dr. Saba strives to offer specialized and comprehensive dental healthcare for children, adolescents, and patients with special needs in a friendly and safe environment. He believes that the first dental experience of a young patient will quite possibly shape their opinion of dentists for a lifetime. He takes it upon himself to provide a positive first dental experience, and to show patients how much he cares.

Dr. Saba is fluent in English, Spanish and Arabic. He is happily married and when he is not working, he loves to travel and experience different cultures as well as spending time with his family and friends.

Paola Salazar, DDS
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Dr. Paola Salazar earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Houston, graduating in 2010. She then attended dental school at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Dentistry, graduating with her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree in 2016. She has been practicing in the Houston, Texas, area since that time, and continues to advance her knowledge of dentistry, earning a certification in nitrous oxide, and completing a mini residency in osteoready implants in San Antonio.While in dental school, Dr. Salazar was active in a variety of activities related to her profession, including community service, fundraising, and advocacy. She served as president of the Hispanic Student Dental Association, and as Vice-President of the Student Council, and help various leadership positions within the American Student Dental Association. She performed missionary dentistry to the underserved in Texas, Guatemala, and Venezuela. Dr. Salazar’s passion to serve garnered her several scholarships and awards throughout her educational career.Dr. Salazar is a member of the following professional organizations:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Hispanic Dental Association
  • Texas Dental Association
  • Greater Houston Dental Society
  • Houston Hispanic Dental Association

As a dentist, Dr. Salazar’s goal is to build relationships with patients and education them on the importance of oral care while delivering quality, comprehensive dental services in all the clinical disciplines of general dentistry. Dentistry is a blend of art and science, and Dr. Salazar take great pride in her work and in improving her patients’ smiles.

Dr. Salazar moved to the United States from Venezuela in 2007 with her family. She has a dog named Thor. Her hobbies include spending time with her family and friends, running, spinning, dancing, and yoga. She enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures.

Meet Our Team

When you visit Echeverri Dental Center, our friendly dental team will provide gentle, compassionate dental care to meet all your oral needs. We are a family-owned and patient-focused practice, and we keep our attention on you, making sure that you are comfortable, and providing dentistry for your entire family. We welcome you to contact us at 713-956-8767 to make your appointment with one of our talented general or pediatric dentists and learn more about dental care in Houston, Texas, and surrounding areas. We look forward to meeting you!


Meet Our Hygiene Team


Melanie – Registered Dental Hygienist
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Melanie has been with our practice for 15 years. She attended the University of Texas, where she graduated with her degree in 2001. She strives to provide quality care for our patients, connecting and developing relationships that keep our patients coming back to our office. She loves working with patients of all ages and caring for entire families. Melanie enjoys being a mom, mountain biking, and triathlons.

Cristina – Registered Dental Assistant
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Cristina has been a registered dental assistant for 6 years, and joined our team at Echeverri Dental Center 2 years ago. Cristina attended Remington College, where she graduated in 2011. She is certified in nitrous oxide and pit fissure sealant. Cristina work closely with our hygienists to meet our practice goals. Her favorite part of our practice is the opportunity to educate patients about their oral hygiene and help them work towards a healthy smile. Cristina most enjoys spending time with her two boys – Ivan (age 12) and Jesus (age 10).

Wendy – Registered Dental Assistant
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Wendy became part of our team 2 years ago, after graduating from the College of Health Care Professions in 2015. She loves helping patients with their dental education and oral health so that they can work toward a healthy smile. She has 2 children, Jaydenn (5) and Jayleen (4 months). When not at work, Wendy enjoys spending time with her family.


Meet Our Adult Assisting Team

Dezare – Registered Dental Assistant
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Dezare joined our dental family 3 years ago, and brings with her a dedicated, hardworking attitude and commitment to our patients. She enjoys meeting new people, helping to build our patients confidence, and seeing our patients smile after their treatment.
Maria – Lead Registered Dental Assistant
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Maria began working at Echeverri Dental Center in 2002, following her graduation from Astrodome Career Center in Houston, Texas. She helps train our new team members, and enjoys practicing dentistry on our patients and working to help them improve their dental health and smile.Maria is the eldest of six girls. When not at work, she focuses on being a wife and mother, and enjoys spending time with her loved ones.

Jennifer – Registered Dental Assistant
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Jennifer has been with our team for 7 years. She is always here and ready to work, and enjoys sharing with our dental family and helping patients improve their smiles and confidence.
Elizabeth – Registered Dental Assistant
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Elizabeth has been part of our team for the last 5 months, and enjoys learning something new every day. She graduated high school in 2015 and dental assistant school in 2016. Elizabeth has wonderful parents, 32 older brothers, and an older sister. She also has 2 chihuahuas, Bella and Toro. In her spare time, Elizabeth likes to dance, learn new things, and spend time with her family and her puppies.


Meet Our Pediatric Assisting Team

Gloria – Lead Registered Dental Assistant
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Gloria joined Echeverri Dental Center in August of 1998. She earned her dental assisting license in 2006, and is certified to provide sealants, and nitrous oxide. Gloria has also held Texas Children privileges for more than 10 years. She works hard to provide the best care possible and a comfortable experience for our patients, and to provide them with a thorough dental education. Gloria loves that our office can teach our patients about many different areas of dentistry, from pediatrics and hygiene to general dentistry and orthodontics. She also enjoys that we are family-oriented, and that we provide quality care to patients of all ages and to special needs patients, using the latest technologies to aid us.Gloria has a son who is currently attending college and Sul Ross State University, and a daughter who is also part of the Echeverri Dental Center team. Since 2008, Gloria has accompanied Dr. Elsa Echeverri on her Faith in Practice mission trips to Guatemala. This is one of her greatest experiences working at Echeverri Dental Center.

Elena – Pediatric Dental Assistant
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Elena has been with Echeverri Dental Center for 13 ½ years. She attended Spring Woods High School, and earned her dental assisting certificate from Astrodome Career Center. She continues learning about new things each day at our practice, and does her best to provide patients with education on their treatments and to help our dentists provide the best dental care possible for our patients. For Elena, the best part of our practice is that even with many years of experience working with children remains challenging, and she can use her experiences from her work with her own children at home.Outside of the office, Elena enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

April – Registered Dental Assistant
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April has 16 years of experience in dentistry, and has been a registered dental assistant since 2006. She is certified to provide nitrous oxide and sealants, and is well-versed in all areas of dentistry. April can work independently when needed, allowing her to participate as part of any team with little to no instruction and take leadership roles when needed. Her favorite part of working for our practice is that she never stops learning new things, and that we are a family-oriented office and provide a wide range of pediatric, general, and orthodontic services.April and her husband have been happily married since 2007, and have 2 fur babies.

Veronica – Pediatric Dental Assistant
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Veronica has been with our practice since 2004. She has more than 12 years of training and experience as a pediatric dental assistant, and helps to assist families who visit our office with their dental health education. Her favorite part of our practice is interacting with her patients and their parents, and she enjoys when patients remember her from previous dental visits.Veronica is married and has 1 daughter. Her hobbies include spending time with her family, traveling, and exploring new things through the eyes of her daughter.


Meet Our Front Office Team


Alicia – Office Manager
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Alicia has been with Echeverri Dental Center for 20 years. She loves helping our patients with their dental needs, and believes that the best way to contribute to our practice is to continue learning and applying that knowledge to benefit others.
Ninfa – Financial Coordinator
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Ninfa has been with our team for 17 years. She likes being part of a family business, and is in our office helping and getting to know our patients every day.

Flor – Treatment Plan Coordinator
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Florencia has been with our team for 15 years. She helps develop treatment plans for our patients, and communicates effectively with our administration to ensure that our patients enjoy a smooth and positive experience at our practice. Florencia always puts forth her best effort, and constantly searches for ways to improve the quality of her work. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising.

Nancy – Insurance Coordinator
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Nancy has been with Echeverri Dental Center for 15 years. She works hard to help our patients with their dental insurances, by recognizing interdependencies.

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