5700 W. Slaughter Ln., Ste. 200
Austin, TX 78749
Fax: (512) 637-7336
Dr. Lakshmi Chittajallu
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Our Dental Hygiene Staff

Meet our dental hygienists at Southwest Smiles in Austin, TX. Our friendly team welcomes you to our dental practice. Whether you're visiting us for a routine dental cleaning, exam and x-rays or if you need some more advanced TLC from the dentist, we're here to ensure you're comfortable and well taken care of each step of the way.

Dental Cleanings and Exams

Our experienced team are experts at assessing your oral health needs through routine dental cleanings and exams. Our dental hygienists will take x-rays of your teeth from all angles, then examine your teeth closely.

Afterwards, we'll talk to you about any additional necessary treatments and clean your teeth. If additional treatments are needed, we'll do our best to provide you with fast and effective care, even on the same day in some cases. Whatever your situation, we'll guide you through it with conservative treatments plans and upfront billing information.

We're proud to serve the Circle C neighborhood and provide your entire family with healthy smiles. Just call our office to schedule your appointment!

Contact us for your dental hygiene appointment today!

Meet Our Team

Dental Hygiene Team at Southwest Smiles

Ginger Krug - Dental Hygienist

Ginger Krug - Dental Hygienist, Austin Dentist Southwest Smiles

Ginger graduated from the Austin Community College Dental Hygiene program in 2012. Prior to that, she worked as a licensed vocational nurse for nine years. She joined our team as a part-time hygienist in 2014 before coming on as a full-time hygienist at Southwest Smiles last year. With her bubbly personality and can-do attitude, Ginger has been a great addition to our hygiene team. She stays up-to-date with the latest advances and research via courses and seminars offered by the Texas and American Dental Associations and at the UT San Antonio Dental School. Ginger loves the Piezo electric scaler, which she says does a great job of killing bacteria and gently removing deposits above and below the gums.

She is very proud of having switched to dental from the medical field. “Going back to school while working a part-time job and caring for two small children was no small feat. Luckily, I have a wonderful, caring husband who helped along the way,” she says. Ginger’s goal as a healthcare provider is to help patients achieve and maintain good oral and overall health. “That was the most pain-free cleaning I’ve ever had,” is a quote we often hear from her patients. Ginger says that our patients are the best, and we agree!

In her free time, she enjoys knitting, crochet, quilting, and making clothes. Ginger’s favorite quote is, “Be true to your teeth or they’ll be false to you.”

Shanna Kemp - Dental Hygienist

Shanna Kemp - Dental Hygienist, Austin Dentist Southwest Smiles

Shanna joined our team in 2014. She graduated from Utah Valley State College in 2006 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in dental hygiene. Shanna is the consummate and dedicated professional always learning new techniques to perfect her skills. She keeps herself up-to-date with the latest advancements in dental hygiene equipment, products, and procedures by attending courses and seminars. She enjoys working at Southwest Smiles with state-of-the-art equipment such as digital radiography, intra-oral cameras, and the OralID® advanced oral cancer screening technology.

Shanna enjoys getting to know her patients while providing a thorough yet gentle cleaning, and assessing each patient’s unique needs and guiding them towards oral health aids relevant to their specific concerns or conditions. With her calm and gentle demeanor, Shanna has a soothing effect on her patients. She was recently described by a patient as his “Dental Michelangelo.”

Outside the office, she loves to spend time with her husband on their boat. She also loves sewing.

Cynthia De La Pena - Dental Assistant

Cynthia De La Pena - Dental Assistant , Austin Dentist Southwest Smiles

Cynthia is the lead dental assistant at Southwest Smiles. She joined the team in 2014 after graduating from the Dental Trade School and becoming a Registered Dental Assistant. She is also CPR certified. With her calm demeanor and smiling face, Cynthia has been a great addition to our team. Her role at the office is to assist the doctor in performing procedures in addition to ensuring that the operatories are in a state of readiness for the patients.

Cynthia says, “My goal is to work with the team in providing the best dental care and experience to all our patients.” She strives to keep the patients calm and free from anxiety during procedures. No wonder patients often say, “Cynthia had such a calming effect on me.” She loves to work with the latest technology at the office, such as digital X-rays and the CEREC® machine for making same-day in-office crowns.

Cynthia has two beautiful daughters and loves to spend time with them going on mini road trips.

Dorothy Thompson - Dental Assistant

Dorothy Thompson - Dental Assistant , Austin Dentist Southwest Smiles

Dorothy is the latest addition to the team – she joined us a dental assistant in 2016 after graduating from Austin Dental Assistant School. She assists like doctor during procedures and preps our operatories for patients.

Dorothy learned quickly upon joining the team, thanks to staff vacations, and she is very proud of her accomplishments – and rightfully so! She is a wonderful communicator and is great at keeping patients engaged while they are undergoing procedures. She helps patients feel comfortable and deal with any dental anxieties they may have. “Dorothy is very personable,” is feedback she often receives from patients. Dorothy’s most important goal as a healthcare provider is to communicate the importance of oral care to patients.

Dorothy is an avid reader. She has lived her entire life in the local area and is a good source for contacts and information pertaining to the area.

Andrea Mireles - Office Manager

Andrea Mireles - Office Manager , Austin Dentist Southwest Smiles

Andrea joined Southwest Smiles in 2014 as a dental assistant after graduating from the Austin Dental Assistant School in Cedar Park and becoming a Registered Dental Assistant. With her enthusiasm, capacity to learn, and willingness to take on extra responsibility, she quickly graduated to the position of office manager. Andrea’s role at the office involves juggling many responsibilities, including but not limited to keeping up with patient accounts, insurance plans, treatment plans, and ensuring members of the team have everything they need to accomplish their tasks.

Andrea is proud of her career accomplishments at Southwest Smiles. She loves to learn and is constantly updating herself on topics related to insurance, office management, and advances in the dental field. She attends classes and seminars provided by Texas Dental Association and practice management courses. About her goals, she says, “My goal is to ensure patients are happy with their experience at the office. I love to see each patient leave with a positive experience with us.” It is not a surprise, therefore, when patients say, “Andrea simplifies and explains insurance details and treatment plans in a way we could understand and without any pressure. It is a pleasure dealing with her.”

Outside the workplace, Andrea loves to spend time with her family and her boyfriend. She loves to dance.

Meet with one of our dental hygienists today!

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