Building Relationships While Changing Smiles
I love being an orthodontist. I treasure the relationships that grow between my patients, my team, and me: We unite to achieve each person’s healthiest, happiest, most beautiful smile!
I’ve been practicing orthodontics for more than 20 years and am still excited to watch each patient’s transformation. Many people start treatment unhappy with their smile. They tend to be uncomfortable around new acquaintances and hide their smiles by ducking their head or covering their mouth.
As patients see their teeth begin to move into the right position and how that changes their appearance, they feel better about how they look and they start to blossom. By the time we’re finished, they are confident and outgoing, and smiling without a second thought!
My decision to become an orthodontist was undoubtedly influenced by my father. He was an orthodontist here in San Antonio from the 1950s into the 1990s. Seeing how fulfilled he was with his profession, the connections he made with those in his care, and how happy he made his patients, all drew me to the specialty. I am glad to have had the opportunity to teach with my father in the orthodontic department of the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio.
I have a highly experienced team with a genuine sense of responsibility and compassion for our patients. They are all moms and come from diverse backgrounds, so they appreciate and understand the challenges of family life. My team shares my passion and belief that it’s essential to care for each patient as we would a family member: with gentleness, empathy, and respect for the person as an individual.
Education and Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Arts – University of Texas in Austin
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio
- Certification in orthodontics – University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston
- Master of Science in biomedical science – University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston
Orthodontics is about more than just a beautiful smile, as important as that is. Treatment has an impact on the airway, speech, and digestion. Every year brings improvements in technologies, techniques, and materials, along with a better understanding of how treatment affects the health and well-being of patients.
I participate in continuing orthodontic education so my current and future patients know I am always learning and striving to bring them the very best.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Texas Dental Association
- San Antonio District Dental Society
I’m a lifelong San Antonian. My husband, Colonel Steve Marshall, is retired from the U.S. Army and our son, J.B. Marshall, is a senior at St. Mary’s Hall. Our family includes two mini schnauzers, Caper and Jammie. J.B. will be headed to college soon and Steve and I are blessed to still have my parents with us, so family time is very important to me. When I do have free time, I’m often at a coffeehouse working on an online course or reading.
In Our Community
I’m a deacon at Trinity Baptist Church and team leader for the baptism team. Being part of the TBC family has provided support for my family in challenging times and helps keep me strong in my relationship with Christ. I have participated in medical/dental mission trips and in a variety of volunteer opportunities TBC provides locally.