At Pierson Orthodontics, we strive to provide you with the highest quality orthodontic experience in a friendly, comfortable atmosphere. Our priority is your happiness and satisfaction. We will do all we can to give you something to smile about.
Our brand new, state-of-the-art office is conveniently located in Westwood Medical at the corner of 1604 and Hausman Road. It is centrally located to several local schools (Brandeis and O'Connor High Schools, Garcia and Stinson Middle Schools as well as Beard, Scobee, Kuentz, and Steubing Elementary Schools) and is convenient to Helotes, TX and the surrounding area.
My family and my work in orthodontics are two of the greatest sources of joy in my life. I am grateful for the opportunity I have every day as an orthodontist to give my patients something to smile about. From my nine years as a dentist/orthodontist in the United States Air Force, I gained the experience, education, and ability to provide the best possible care for my patients.
I have always enjoyed the technical aspects of orthodontics, but the most rewarding part of my profession is getting to know my patients and building relationships with them. Spending individual time with each patient to understand his or her needs and goals is an important part of my approach as an orthodontist. I partner with my patients in helping them achieve their ideal smile. Seeing their happiness and beautiful smiles as a result of their diligent efforts is what I love to do.
After completing a Bachelor of Science degree at Weber State University, I earned my DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003. After dental school I entered the United States Air Force and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency (AEGD). It was during this time that I was exposed to all the dental specialties and made the decision to pursue orthodontics.
Shortly after my AEGD residency, I was accepted to the Tri-Service Orthodontic Residency Program at Lackland Air Force Base. This residency educated me in the art and science of orthodontics. It also helped me gain appreciation for the value of dentists and specialists working together to accomplish patient’s treatment needs, achieve patient’s goals, and provide optimal care. One year after completion of my orthodontic residency, I was fortunate to become a diplomate for the American Board of Orthodontics, a distinction bestowed upon only 15% of the orthodontists in practice today.
Following specialty training, I served as Chief of Orthodontics at Yokota Air Base, Japan for three years. During this time I was able to enhance my orthodontic treatment skills and gain valuable leadership experience that has helped me in my profession and many other aspects of my life.
My last assignment with the military brought me back to Lackland Air Force Base, where I served as the Director of Orthodontics for the Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Residency and a faculty member for the Tri-Service Orthodontic Residency Program. As a member of the teaching staff, I was able to build upon my knowledge and treatment techniques in the areas of surgical orthodontics, craniofacial anomalies, and cleft-lip and palate.
Dr. Kristin Saunders grew up in beautiful San Diego, California, where her interest in Orthodontics began, while she worked part time for an Orthodontist. She attended Mississippi State University, where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Biological Engineering. Dr. Saunders then completed her dental training at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. She finally made her way down to Texas where she completed her Orthodontic residency at University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.
During her orthodontic training, she also received her Master's degree along with serving as Chief resident and acquiring a list of outstanding educational achievements. Upon completing her professional training, she became Board Certified in the Specialty of Orthodontics along with accepting a part-time Faculty position at the UT Health San Antonio Orthodontic Residency program. Dr. Saunders has been involved in numerous outreach activities in the community, including screenings for athletes at the Special Olympics, oral health care to homeless veterans, cooking and serving food to the homeless, and even traveling to Ghana, Africa where she volunteered at a school for the deaf and an orphanage.
Dr. Saunders is eager to continue learning even after her training in order to stay up to date with new technologies and treatment modalities to better treat her patients. She serves as a board member to her Alumni Association as well as being involved with numerous organizations and study clubs including the American Association of Orthodontics, Southwest Society of Orthodontics, American Dental Association, and Texas Dental Association.
She met her husband while attending college in Mississippi and they have been enjoying their life together in Texas. Outside of her professional life, you can find her out on the golf course, traveling and experiencing new places, and enjoying the company of her family, friends, and two sweet Maltipoos.
Jill has stood by Dr. Pierson, her husband, since the beginning of the practice and enjoys working with him each day. She also finds great joy in meeting the patients and interacting with the team, which she describes as amazing and compassionate. “We have always wanted to give our patients the very best and make them feel like they are a part of our family. We are very blessed to have a team that shares that same vision.”
Jill is originally from Las Vegas, NV but has also lived in Utah, Virginia, Oklahoma and Japan. She enjoys being with her family, whether it’s playing soccer, watching movies or just hanging out at home.
Nichole, originally from Bay City, Texas, brings 10 years of orthodontic knowledge and experience to our practice. Building relationships with patients and their families is one of her favorite things about working in the field. She also enjoys when a patient can see the progress of their treatment and how far they have come.
Nichole enjoys spending time with her husband, David, and daughter, Keegan. In her free time she likes to cook and spend time with friends and family. She also enjoys being outdoors playing soccer with Keegan and running. She has completed 3 half marathons and hopes to someday complete a full marathon.
Pamela joined Dr. Pierson’s team in January 2015. She and her husband, John, enjoy an active lifestyle with hobbies like scuba diving, fishing, sailing, cooking and gardening. Pamela has worked in the field of orthodontics since 1976. She has held several positions through the years, starting as chair-side assistant. She spent 22 years learning the technical aspects of orthodontics in the clinical environment, during which time she observed many advances in the field. After that, she began working as Treatment Coordinator so she could educate patients about the benefits of orthodontic treatment. Dr. Pierson’s dedication to his patients, family and community is one of the many reasons Pamela is very excited to be a part of the Pierson Orthodontics team.
Elizabeth is from San Antonio and came to us to complete her dental assisting hours. She was so great we just couldn’t let her go! She enjoys being part of the Pierson Ortho team. She loves being with our patients and continually building friendly, trusting relationships with them.
When Elizabeth is not at work, she likes to hang out with family and friends, and travel.
Esmeralda, better known as Esme, is from Fort Worth, Texas, and is the lead assistant at Pierson Orthodontics. She has been a part of our team for almost two years now and loves working with the rest of our outstanding team. She says the best part of her day is getting a hug from a patient.
Esme enjoys camping, fishing, traveling, the beach, and just relaxing with her two loves, Denise and Daren. She also enjoys watching sports, especially the Cowboys, Mavericks, and Spurs!
Yvette was born and raised in San Antonio. She joined our team in February 2016. Yvette has worked in the orthodontic field for 22 years. She finds meeting patients and seeing the transformation of their smile from beginning to end the most rewarding part of her job. Yvette enjoys spending time with her husband, Ernest, and daughter, Leighann. In her free time, Yvette likes to barbeque, watch her daughter play volleyball, work out, ride horses, and barrel race with her daughter in competitions.
Juli is originally from Wichita Falls, Texas and moved to San Antonio from Houston. She’s been in the orthodontic field for about five years now. Her favorite thing about coming to work is being able to make patients happy. She said she enjoys working at Pierson Orthodontics and loves that Dr. Pierson tells his staff everyday how much he truly appreciates them. Juli has one “fur baby” – a Maltipoo named Milo. The two of them enjoy being outdoors. In her spare time Juli likes to go running and hiking.
Amy is originally from Denton, Texas. She has been an orthodontic assistant since 2008 and brings much experience and knowledge to our practice. Amy says her favorite thing about working in orthodontics is seeing the transformation and happiness of patients as they see their teeth becoming straight. Her and her husband, Kyle, are building a home in the Texas Hill Country. If they are not working on the house, Amy and Kyle enjoy camping and hanging out with their family and friends.
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Jeunesse was born and raised in San Antonio. She came to our practice to earn some of her dental assisting hours. We really enjoyed her being part of our team so we decided to keep her! Jeunesse says the best reward about coming to work each day is getting to see the look on our patients faces when they get their braces off and their smiles look so beautiful. Jeunesse and her husband, Mario, have a little boy named Xavier. They love to be outdoors together and enjoy spending time at the park every chance they get.
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