We are especially interested in making all our patients feel right at home! We put your needs first to achieve efficient and comprehensive treatment. Our staff is trained and skilled, and we strive to provide energetic and fun-loving service to each patient. Each member of our treatment team is a registered assistant, and our office staff has years of experience in treating patients with the highest level of care. We strive to stay abreast of the latest in technological advances by regularly attending continuing education courses and seminars.
Heather Underwood, RDA – Office Manager
Not too many people can say that they are a native to Killeen, Texas; however, Heather was born and raised here. She was hired by Dr. Brandt during the summer before her junior year in high school in 1994. She started as a dental assistant and moved to the administrative office five years later. She has been Office Manager since 2002. Heather earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a Minor in Business Management from Tarleton State University in 2002. Heather is a Registered Dental Assistant in the State of Texas, CPR certified, Sealant certified, Nitrous Oxide Monitoring certified, and Coronal Polishing certified. She has two gorgeous sons, Weston, who was born in December of 2006 and Carson, who was born in May of 2009. She enjoys spending time with her boys, family, and friends, working out, and shopping with her mom and sisters.
Meghan Almdale, RDA – Dental Assistant
Meghan moved to Copperas Cove from Houston, TX in 2008. She graduated Phi Theta Kappa from TSTC – Waco in 2005. She enjoys spending time with her 5 children, Evan, Delaney, Jace, Ian and Axl. When not working she also enjoys reading, quilting, cooking, and gardening. Meghan is a Registered Dental Assistant in the State of Texas, CPR certified, Sealant certified, Nitrous Oxide Monitoring certified, and Coronal Polishing certified.
Lindsey Patty - Scheduling Coordinator
Lindsey was born and raised in Michigan but moved to Alaska in 2012 when her husband was stationed there. They then moved to Killeen in 2015. She married her husband, Jeremiah, in February 2012. Lindsey likes to spend her free time watching baseball, fishing, hunting and spending time with her son, Christian, who was born in 2017.
Megan Kimbrel, RDA- Dental Assistant
Megan was born and raised in Central Texas. She graduated from The Center of Dental Professionals in Austin. Megan and her husband, Andy, have two children, Levi and Ryllie. Megan likes to fish, take her kids to the movies, and spend time with family and friends. Megan is a Registered Dental Assistant, Coronal Polished Certified, Sealant Certified, Nitrous Oxide Certified, and CPR Certified.
Jill Stephens, RDA- Dental Assistant
Jill was born and raised in Lampasas. She has two children, Jaxtyn and Jara. Jill went to school at the University of Texas in San Antonio. Jill enjoys spending time with her daughter while attending ballet, track, or drill team performances or playing Star Wars, Lego and X-Box with her son. Jill is a Registered Dental Assistant, Nitrous Oxide Certified, and CPR Certified.
Krystal Banuelos, RDA – Dental Assistant
Krystal was born in Simi Valley, California. While in California she attended California State University, Las Angeles and completed the Administrative Dental Assistant and Clinical Dental Assistant Programs. She moved to Texas in 2017 with her fiancé, Kellen, who is active duty military. Krystal started in our office in 2017 as our receptionist, with the goal of obtaining her Texas Registered Dental Assistant Certificate. She has reached that goal and is now one of our amazing dental assistants. She has two beautiful daughters, Kaylee and Annabelle. Krystal enjoys trying new things and is always up to see what Texas has to offer. She is a Registered Dental Assistant with the State of Texas, CPR Certified, and Nitrous Oxide Certified.
Nichole “Nikki” Ping, RDA – Dental Assistant
Nikki was born and raised in Owosso, Michigan. She moved to Texas in 2017, with her husband, Tim, who is in the military. Nikki and her husband have 4 very active children, Caiden, Logan, Karli, and Dylan. She enjoys watching her children play sports, going to the beach and going on fun adventures. Nikki is a Registered Dental Assistant with the State of Texas, CPR Certified, and Nitrous Oxide Certified.
Emily Hinojosa, Receptionist
Emily was born in St. Louis, Missouri and moved to the great State of Texas in June of 2000. She graduated from Allied Health Careers with a Dental Assisting Certificate in November 2011. Emily joined our family in April of 2018. She enjoys what she does, is a hard worker, and takes on new responsibilities whenever she is asked. She and her husband Jeff, enjoy sports, home projects and most of all their blended family of three boys and a little girl.
Deidre Pechal, RDA- Dental Assistant
Deidre was born and raised in Temple, Texas. She obtained her dental assistant certificate from Texas State Technical College in 2007. Deidre has two beautiful children, Tatum and Teigen. When not busy working, she likes to spend time swimming, camping and playing with her kids. Deidre is a Registered Dental Assistant, Coronal Polished Certified, Sealant Certified, Nitrous Oxide Certified, and CPR Certified.