Meet the Team

Dr. Kini Tran

For Dr. Kini Tran, dentistry was meant to be.  From a young age Dr. Tran has had the desire to help, lead, and educate others.  His experiences growing up as a boy scout member of his local church, being a seminarian as a young adult, and coaching high school volleyball gave him the opportunity to be involved in his community and to teach those around him.  Following in the footsteps of his older sisters, Dr. Tran found a natural fit in the field of dentistry.

He graduated from NOVA Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine in 2003 and relocated to Houston in 2004.  Dr. Tran decided to set his roots in Houston with his wife, Dr. Kim Nguyen, and to follow to his dream of opening his own dental practice.  His goal is to provide a professional and calming atmosphere to help others feel less anxious about dental work and to share his knowledge and form lasting relationships with his patients.

In his leisure time, Dr. Tran enjoys playing volleyball, basketball, golf and is an avid skier.  He also enjoys traveling and spending time in the outdoors.

Dr. Kim Nguyen

Dr. Kim Nguyen grew up in Houston, Texas and knew from a very young age that she wanted to be a dentist.  Having had many dental experiences as a patient herself, Dr. Nguyen realized that she wanted to be a gentle and caring dentist who treated her patients like family.  To her, dentistry combines artistry and compassion to create beautiful, healthy smiles.

Dr. Nguyen completed her undergraduate education at the University of St. Thomas and graduated from the University of Texas School of Dentistry.  She and her husband, Dr. Tran decided to open their own dental office in order to realize their vision for how they wanted to treat patients.

Dr. Nguyen enjoys spending time with her family, playing and watching sports, cooking, dancing, watching movies, and traveling.




Tish has been a dental hygienist since 2000, but started in the dental field a few years before that as a dental assistant. She enjoys the work that she does because she gets the chance to meet new people on a daily basis, sometimes developing lasting relationships, and also helping contribute to a person’s optimal health. Tish is elated when a patient tells her that they appreciate what she has done for them and how well they think she’s done her job.

In her spare time, she loves going to the movies, spending time with her children, shopping and taking vacations.



Amanda graduated from Lamar University with an associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene in 1997, and has been practicing in her hometown of Orange and the surrounding area ever since. She gives each patient the individualized care they deserve, and wants them to feel satisfied they have received the best care possible. It gives her great pleasure to help a patient evolve from being scared to go to the dentist to look forward to their appointment.

She enjoys spending time with her two daughters and her grandson, and paddle boarding and kayaking with friends.



Betty has been a dental hygienist for over 30 years and has been practicing in the great state of Texas for over 20 years. She is very committed to her career and helping her patients achieve healthy smiles. She is committed to providing cutting edge, up-to-date care for her patients and tailors care to meet each of her patients’ needs. Betty received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from The University of Detroit and attended the dental hygiene program from The University of Detroit Dental School.

In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities, cooking, traveling, shopping, spending time with her family, & exploring Houston’s fabulous food scene.




Alma was born in Houston, TX. She graduated from the Everest Institute in May 2010 and started her career as a registered dental assistant right after. Her knowledge of the dental field and dental procedures has increased tenfold since then. She’s been a part of the Lifeworks Dental team since December 2014 and loves seeing happy smiles leave the office. Working here has taught her the fundamentals of dental assisting and the importance of treating patients like family. The ability to give the best of her makes patients’ visits exceptional.

In Alma’s spare time, she enjoys relaxing at home, shopping, and having fun with her nieces and nephew. She also loves nights out at music concerts with her friends.



Anna is a native Houstonian whose passion for the dental field peaked at the age of 15. She has been working as a registered dental assistant since 2014. She is meticulous, organized, and caring in her work. Anna’s friendly and cheerful demeanor helps give our patients the utmost quality care. In her short time as an assistant, she has developed an extensive knowledge of the field of dentistry. Anna received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of Houston in 2015. She was also involved in a variety of pre-health and pre-dental organizations to support her aspiration of becoming a dental hygienist.
During her off days, she loves traveling, hiking, camping, and being outdoors with her dog, Thor.

Brenda S.

Brenda S.

Brenda has been working as a dental assistant since 2012. She was very quiet when she first started, but that didn’t last long. Brenda loves to work with a team that is always willing to help out and enjoys meeting new patients.

Outside of work, Brenda enjoys shopping, and spending time with her friends and family. She also likes spending time outdoors with her German shepherd, Oakley.



Julia has been a registered dental assistant since 2010. Her favorite part of dentistry is oral surgery. She never imagined that disliking the dental office as a kid would give her such rewarding career in the future. Unusual as it may seem, when its Julia’s turn to be a patient she gets very nervous, making her more understanding of her patients’ needs. She has a vast knowledge of dental procedures, not only as a dental assistant, but as a patient. This enables her to educate her patients in different ways. Julia enjoys building relationships to make them feel comfortable in the office.

When Julia is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


 Brenda M.

Brenda M.

Brenda has been working in dentistry since her teens when she became her father’s weekend dental assistant. She continued to work for her father throughout college. Upon graduation, Brenda went to work for the San Francisco Department of Health as a patient educator in the dental unit. It was there that she discovered her preference working in the administrative vs clinical part of dentistry. Brenda and her family moved to Houston in 1984 where she entered the private sector as a dental treatment coordinator/office manager.

While she is not working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.




Perla has been in the Dental Field since 2009 and is a registered dental assistant which is a great asset to have while working in the front office. She has worked in a variety of offices as a dental assistant and treatment coordinator all in her pursuit to gain as much knowledge to further her career. She is very caring, nice and will help anyone in whatever they may need without a doubt so feel free to ask her for anything during your visit. In regards to her personal life she is a proud mother of two children, happily married and loves her mom so much.

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Thank you Dr. Nguyen for being so patient with Audrey. She is no longer scared! She actually hopes to become a dentist herself when she gets older! Thank you for taking care of her and fixing her teeth!

Aug 18, 2016

— Audrey S.

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Houston, Texas 77024
Phone: (713) 965-7169
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