Meet Our Doctors
Juan C. Echeverri, DDSRead More…
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, DDSRead More…
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, DDSRead More…
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 Read More…
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.
Elizabeth N. Briceno, DMD, MSRead More…
Dr. Elizabeth Briceno is a board certified pediatric dentist. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Florida International University, and earned her Doctorate in Medical Dentistry degree at Nova Southeastern University. After working in Boston for 2 years as a general dentist, her passion for working with children grew, and motivated her to pursue an advanced education in pediatric dentistry at the University of Texas School of Dentistry. She graduated with a Masters in Pediatric Dentistry for her research exploring the involvement of pediatricians in a child’s oral health care.Originally from Miami, Florida, she has been living in Houston with her husband and son since 2010. Dr. Briceno joined Echeverri Dental Center over a year ago, and loves being part of our team. She is committed to helping children feel comfortable in the dental office. She states that, “Our first priority is to help our patients so that they leave knowing we truly care about them.”
Paola Salazar, DDSRead More…
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!
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