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Meet Our Houstonian Dental Team at West U

Brianne Talamantez

Office Manager

Brianne is an Austin transplant and is proud to call Houston her home. With a background in hotel management, she joined the team at Houstonian Dental in 2008 and is devoted to hospitality in the dental office. She graduated from the University of Houston Downtown with a degree in English. In her free time she enjoys cooking, surfing, reading, and road trips to Austin with her husband.


Erika Marchione

Office Manager

Erika joined Houstonian Dental in January of 2020, along with Dr. Arana and her wonderful patients. She has worked alongside Dr. Arana in overseeing their care for the past seventeen years, both as office manager and as a Registered Dental Assistant. She learned her trade in the US Navy where she served 1987 - 1992. Her experience and knowledge in the Dental Field, as well as her patient-first philosophy, has made her a valuable asset to the Houstonian Dental Team.

Erika resides in Houston with her husband Dan, who she met in the Navy. They just celebrated their 30th anniversary. They have one son, Dante, who is twenty-eight. In her free time she enjoys long walks on the beach, working on her taxidermy collection, and putting on mime shows with her husband Dan.


Gaston Martinez

Treatment Coordinator

With over twenty-nine year's experience in the field of dentistry, Gaston has worked both as a Registered Dental Assistant and Treatment Coordinator, specializing in Prosthodontics and general and cosmetic dentistry. His experience ranges from routine care to dramatic, life-changing cases and has given him an enthusiasm for goal-oriented planning that puts the patient's individual needs first.

When not working his magic to turn the daunting into the achievable, Gaston enjoys bicycling around Houston, practicing his yodeling, and trolling the Flat Earth Society online forums.


Taylor Bright, RDH

Dental Hygienist

Taylor received her Associates in Applied Science with a Major in Dental Hygiene from Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, TX. She was raised in Katy, Texas and has lived in the Houston area her whole life.

Taylor enjoys educating patients about maintaining proper oral health. Her goal is to provide optimal, gentle dental care, and to treat patients with kindness and respect. This philosophy allows her to focus on the needs of each individual patient and build long-term relationships.

In her free time, Taylor loves being outdoors; rollerblading, running, and spending time with her daughter Capri.


Nami Brinson, RDA

Dental Assistant

Nami is originally from Tampa, Florida and moved to the Houston area in 2009. She has been a part of the dental field since 1998, specializing in pediatrics, orthodontics and management. She enjoys baking and trying out new cooking recipes. She loves spending time with her family.


Brenda Oliva, RDA

Dental Assistant

Brenda was born in Guatemala and moved to Houston in 1992. Brenda graduated from Dental Assisting school in 2011 and has been involved in the dental field since then. Her cheerful demeanor and can-do attitude have made her a great asset to our team. Brenda is also bilingual, speaking and writing fluently in Spanish. In her free time Brenda enjoys running and spending quality time with her son and husband.


Isabel Corria

RDA

Isabel is originally from Havana, Cuba, where she was a practicing dentist until moving to Houston in 2016. She joined Houstonian Dental in 2018 and continues to work in the field of dentistry as a Registered Dental Assistant. Her extensive knowledge, passion for her field, and caring chairside manner have made her a valuable asset to our team. In her free time she enjoys watching movies and exploring Houston with her friends and family.


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