Jeffrey Erickson, DMD
Dentist at Texas Kids Dental: Since 2000
Dental school: Oregon Health and Science (OHSU), 1973
Continuing education: Yearly
Member of the: ADA, ASDA, ADSA, AAPD, and AZDA
Advanced training: Anesthesiology degree from the Medical College of Virginia
Undergraduate: Brigham Young University, Bachelor of Arts in communication
My goal as a dentist: To give quality care to every person who comes to our practice
Family: Great wife, 6 sons, and 1 daughter
Hobbies: Teaching Especially for Youth (EFY), soccer, working with children, and church work
Christopher Eric Schomaker, DMD
Dentist at Texas Kids Dental: Over 6 years
Dental school: Temple University School of Dentistry, 2004
Advanced Training: Sedation dentistry
Continuing education: Yearly
Undergraduate: University of Utah
My goal as a dentist: To provide the best quality care comfortably and expeditiously
Family: Beautiful wife and 6 children
Hobbies: Reading, sports, running, and spending time with family
James Payne, DDS
Dentist at Texas Kids Dental: 4 years
Dental school: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 2012
Continuing education: Every chance I get
Undergraduate: Bachelor of Arts from BYU
My goal as a dentist: To care for the children of El Paso
Family: Wife and 4 kids
Hobbies: Piano, CrossFit, reading, and Boy Scouting
A little about me: I served a mission for the LDS church in Brazil from 2001 to 2003 and speak Spanish and Portuguese.
Timothy Jennings, DDS
Dentist at Texas Kids Dental: 4 ½ years
Dental school: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 2011
Continuing education: As often as I can
Undergraduate: Bachelor of Arts from BYU
My goal as a dentist: To provide excellent dental care for patients as I would my own kids
Family: Beautiful wife and 5 children
Hobbies: Hiking, camping, church, and exercising
A little about me: I served a mission in Argentina and speak Spanish.
David McCook, DDS
Dentist at Texas Kids Dental: 6 years
Dental school: Creighton University School of Dentistry, 2006
Advanced training: Conscious sedation, endodontics, oral surgery, and fixed prosthodontics
Continuing education: At least 72 hours every 3 years.
Undergraduate: Arizona State University
My goal as a dentist: To educate our patients about the importance of good oral hygiene and to provide the best possible dental care
Family: Married with 4 children
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, camping, hiking, golf, and attending sporting events and concerts
Nickname: Dr. El Guapo
Jagjot Sidhu, DDS
Dentist at Texas Kids Dental: Since 2012
Dental school: Creighton University, 2006
Awards: Best Dancer at Texas Kids Dental
Continuing education: Yearly
Undergraduate: Creighton University
My goal as a dentist: To always do the best job possible and treat little ones in the dental chair as if they were my own
Family: Married to my beautiful wife since 2009 and have a super-duper-awesome 4-year-old son and a new daughter
Hobbies: Cars and travelling
Nickname: Dr. J
Sonia Kumar, DDS
Dentist at Texas Kids Dental: 5 ½ years
Dental school: University of Colorado, 2008
Advanced training: Residency at Loma Linda University, 2011
Awards: Board-certified in dental anesthesiology from the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology and National Dental Board of Anesthesiology
Continuing education: I often travel to CE courses every few months to keep up with current advances in my field.
My goal as a dentist: To provide comprehensive, safe, and comfortable anesthesia services for patients in order to alleviate an unnecessary anxiety and serve with compassion, vigilance, and safety
A little about me: I serve as part of the Attending Faculty for the NYU Lutheran Dental Anesthesiology program.
Dr. Weronika Douglas
Dentist at Texas Kids Dental: since 2017
Dental school: Roseman University, 2017
Graduate: UTEP, Master of Leadership Studies and Healthcare Leadership Management certificate
Undergraduate: UTEP, Bachelor of Science, biology
Member of: The American Dental Association
My goal as a dentist: To be as gentle as possible with all my patients.
Family: My wonderful husband
Hobbies: Playing tennis
A little about me: I played tennis for UTEP from 2005 to 2009, and was the first woman on the UTEP football coaching staff as a graduate assistant to the Director of Special Operations.
Alan Curtis, DDS, MS – Orthodontist
Dental school: UCLA School of Dentistry
Orthodontic school: Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry
Advanced training: Certificate in Orthodontics, Master of Science in oral biology
Achievements: Scored in the top 1% on the dental admissions exam
Member of the: American Association of Orthodontists, Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, and American Dental Association
Undergraduate: Brigham Young University, Bachelor of Science
Family: Wife, Christie; and 4 boys, Lex, Will, Jake, and Nate
A little about me: I currently serve as a Board Member of the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists and am fluent in Spanish because of my LDS mission to the Canary Islands, Spain.
Paul Robinson, DMD
Orthodontist at Texas Kids Dental: Since 2013
Dental school: Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL; 2003
Awards: Omicron Kappa Upsilon, National Dental Honor Society
Advanced training: Orthodontic residency at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE, 2007; craniofacial fellowship to treat patients with dentofacial anomalies such as cleft lip and palate
Continuing education: Attend multiple hours annually
Member of the: American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, America Association of Orthodontists Foundation Vanguard Society, Southwest Society of Orthodontists
Undergraduate: Bachelor of Arts in biology from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL
My goals as an orthodontist: To achieve the best possible orthodontic results in a comfortable atmosphere and provide an experience for patients that is fun and enjoyable
Family: Married to my wonderful wife, Melanie, for 17 years and have a 12-year-old daughter, Emma, and 10-year-old son, Nicholas
Hobbies: Golfing, reading fiction novels (mainly mysteries), and cycling
Dr. T Tripp
Practicing in the area: since 2013
Dental school: Virginia Commonwealth University; 2001
Undergraduate: Southern Utah University, BS in zoology
Advanced training: pediatric life support
My goal as a dentist: To treat each child as if he or she were my own.
Family: married with four boys and four girls
Dr. Jeanine Samperi
Dr. Jeanine Samperi completed her Bachelor of Science degree form UNLV in 2006. She then attended the UNLV School of Dental Medicine, from which she graduated in 2010. Dr. Samperi regularly completes continuing education courses; she has completed courses with Gordon Christensen and Frank Spear, and has earned a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. In June 2019, she joined the Texas Kids Dental team.
As a dentist, Dr. Samperi is committed to helping children overcome their fear of the dentist and understand the importance of oral health. She has also gone on a mission trip to Costa Rica, where she worked extracting third molars (wisdom teeth).
Dr. Samperi has two children, a son and a daughter, who live with her in El Paso. Outside of the office she enjoys doing yoga and creative writing, but spends most of her time driving her children to their many activities.
Dr. Mathew Berg
Dr. Matthew Berg attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, and has completed many continuing education courses to stay at the forefront of the dental field. As a dentist, he is committed to doing the best work he can and treating his patients well. Dr. Berg joined Texas Kids Dental in July 2019.
Dr. Berg has been married for 20 years, and has three children, Monica (age 19), JR (age 17) and Mike (age 8).
Dr. John Hamblin
University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, 2003
Additional certifications: Certified in oral conscious sedation.
Member of the ADA®
Brigham Young University, BS in molecular biology
Goal as a dentist: To provide the highest quality of care possible to everyone, as if they were my own children.
Family: A wonderful wife of 26 years and four great children.
A little about myself: I worked for four years as a microbiologist in the medical device industry and in cancer research. I am a third-generation dentist and was involved in the Boy Scouts in my youth and as a leader for 20 years. My free time is spent with my family, serving the youth in my church, reading, and exercising.
I have been treating children exclusively for 17 years.
Chris Watkins, DDS
Dentist at Texas Kids Dental: Since 2020
Dental school: Northwestern University Dental School, 2000
Undergraduate: Brigham Young University, 1996
Advanced Training: Sedation dentistry; licensed in Arizona and Texas
Continuing Education: Yearly pediatric and sedation courses
My goal is a dentist: To create a positive experience for kids so they like coming to the dentist and taking care of their teeth!
Family: Wife and four kids (three boys and one girl).
Interests: Anything outdoors! Mostly mountain and road biking, hiking, camping, rock climbing, and boating on the lake with family.
Tom Tipton, DMD, MDS
Dr. Tom Tipton attended Brigham Young University for his undergraduate degree, studying zoology, chemistry and Spanish. He then attended the Washington University School of Dental Medicine for his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree and the University School of Dental Medicine for his Master of Dental Science (MDS) degree. Dr. Tipton continues to advance his dental education and remain current with all continuing education requirements for the states of Arizona and Texas through regional and national meetings as well as a local study group. As a dentist, he is dedicated to continually learning and adopting the latest treatment techniques and protocols and to achieving the best possible results for all his patients.
Dr. Tipton is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of Orthodontists®, the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, the Arizona State Orthodontic Association and the Arizona Orthodontic Study Group.
Dr. Tipton has four grown children, a son who is a new dentist practicing in Chicago, and three daughters who live and work in California. Outside of the office he enjoys fitness, including running, hiking, biking and scuba diving, politics and traveling. Dr. Tipton also enjoys participating in humanitarian service with the Flying Samaritans to Mexico and with Midwestern University to Tonga.