Meet the Staff


Financial and Treatment Coordinator:


Jennifer Cabrera, our Financial and Insurance Coordinator is originally from the Rose City, Tyler TX, where she lived for thirty nine years. Jennifer will help you with treatment appointments, financial and insurance information.  In 2011, she was blessed to marry her high school sweetheart after being apart for twenty-five years, which is what brought her to the Dallas area.  Between the two of them they have three beautiful children. Jennifer has worked in the health industry for over twenty years, and thirteen of those being in the dental field. She enjoys working in an industry where she is able to meet lots of people and develop relationships with them, and looks forward to all the patients she will get to meet in this practice.  


New Patient and Hygiene Coordinator:

Alyssa Griffith has been in the pharmacy field for over 15 years and is excited for a career change and join our team! Alyssa loves the opportunity to meet new people every day and build relationships for a lifetime.  She has an unwavering commitment to give each patient the greatest experience at every visit.  Alyssa lives in McKinney with her husband of 30 years and has 2 grown sons.  She enjoys spending time gardening and reading. 

Surgical Assistants:


Melinda Teran, RDA, has been helping provide excellent care to her patients since 2008 and is committed to making their experience pleasant and comfortable. Melinda resides in Frisco, has two wonderful children and loves to read in her spare time.

Shanna Foster, RDA

Shanna Foster, RDA, and her dynamic personality make her a perfect fit in our office.  Shanna’s caring nature led her to dental assisting in 2013, and then to her new dental home….our office!  Shanna helps in all areas of the office, from helping learn more about your insurance coverage to assisting Dr. Bender.    Shanna is married to a FANTASTIC husband and has two children.  She loves traveling anywhere to watch on her daughter’s softball games.  In any spare time, she loves reading, too!




Kara Webb, RDH, will work closely with Dr. Bender in maintaining your periodontal health.  She will clean your teeth and help you with oral hygiene techniques to maximize your oral health.

Kara is a 1989 graduate of Texas Woman’s University dental hygiene program and has been practicing in a periodontal setting for 31 years. She has also enjoyed being an adjunct clinical faculty at her alma mater. She most enjoys the relationships she has developed with patients through dental hygiene over the years. She also loves to clean teeth! Outside of the office she enjoys her three children, two grandchildren, genealogy, reading and her new hobby, myofunctional therapy. 


Director of Practice Relations:


Carolina de Vinasco is our social media expert and visits our referring doctor offices to make sure they have everything they need to maximize patient care.  Carolina, a proud Texas transplant, was born in sunny southern California.  Though she misses the beach and warm weather year round, she has grown to truly love Texas!  As a people person, Carolina loves to get to know our patients and their families, referring doctors and their team, as well as managing our social media and events throughout the year.  In her spare time, Carolina enjoys spending time with her family, husband and Persian kitty, Hazel.  


Courtney Burton works outside of our office, maintaining relationships with your general dentist or referring doctors.  They may pick up or deliver information, supplies or lab work between our office and other dental offices.