Meet The Staff 

Our Periodontal Team

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Lisa – Office Manager

I was born in San Antonio and have lived in the great state of Texas my entire life. I've had the pleasure of working at South Texas Periodontal Associates since January of 1995. I absolutely love my job, the gentlemen I work for, and the wonderful staff I have the pleasure of working with. We have an awesome team that truly cares about our patients.

I am very involved at my church and have been singing on the praise team since 2003. I also love volunteering in the student ministry. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, walking outdoors, and watching crime shows on television. Lastly, but most importantly, I am married to a great man, have a beautiful daughter, a handsome son, and a brilliant stepson. Family is everything to me!
Lisa Carouth - Office Manager - South Texas Periodontal Associates
Linda Alapisco - Front Office - South Texas Periodontal Associates
Linda – Front Office Administrator

My name is Linda. I'm originally from Southern California but have made Texas my new home. I have three wonderful kids and four beautiful grand kids.

My hobbies are staying in touch with family and friends, going to the movie theater, and just hanging out around the house.

I enjoy working in the field of dentistry and am blessed to work with a great group of doctors and staff members.
Jackie Arredondo - Dental Hygienist - South Texas Periodontal Associates
Jackie – Hygienist

I am a native of San Antonio, born and raised on the south side of town. I am married and have 2 children.

I went to Del Mar College to get my Associates Degree in Applied Science and received my Dental Hygiene degree there as well. I have been a dental hygienist for 34 years. I worked in the dental field for 6 years as a receptionist and dental assistant prior to becoming a hygienist. I have been with STPA for 19 years.

I love my job because I love helping people to achieve great oral health. I enjoy educating patients on oral hygiene and seeing the difference in their health and smile.

In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors, camping on the river, or just taking in some sun. I love the Spurs, Cowboys, and UT Longhorns. I also love to travel and read.
Heidi – Hygienist 

I have worked at South Texas Periodontal Associates since 2008. My schooling was at UTHSC at San Antonio, where I graduated with honors in 1994. I love my career. Beyond the mechanics, I feel very rewarded when I can make a patient comfortable and relaxed in the dental chair.

Outside the office I mostly enjoy my family, my husband and two teenage boys. I am involved with the JROTC booster club to support my boys and the rest of the wonderful cadets.
Heidi Gahagan - Dental Hygienist - South Texas Periodontal Associates
Karla Finger - Dental Hygienist - South Texas Periodontal Associates
Karla – Hygienist

Having started my dental hygiene career at the age of 20, I have experienced a diverse journey throughout the years. I have worked in just about every setting that is available in dentistry, including all institutions and specialty clinics. I have always been interested in the periodontal aspect of dentistry and have therefore worked in that capacity as often as possible. My desire to be engaged with periodontal patients led me to work here at South Texas Periodontal Associates 16 years ago.

I enjoy assisting patients, while teaching them how to achieve optimum periodontal and overall oral health. I am also fond of my South Texas Periodontal Associates family.

I am currently transitioning to "City Life" from rural living and finding I am enjoying the many amenities available to me.
Dorothy – Surgical Assistant Supervisor

I was born and raised in San Antonio. I completed my dental assisting courses at Southwest Medical and Dental Assistant School in San Antonio in 1985. I started working right away, found my passion in the dental field, and now I have 30 years' experience, loving every minute of it. I have been blessed to be employed at STPA for 20 years. We have such an amazingly dedicated team; we are like a family with the same goals for patient care and a high quality work ethic.

Other passions in my life are church, family, reading, and cooking.
Dorothy Castaneda - Dental Assistance - South Texas Periodontal Associates
Adrianna Atkinson - Dental Assistance - South Texas Periodontal Associates

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Adrianna – Surgical Assistant

I am an Air Force brat, and have lived in Texas my whole life, with the exception of 9 years in Maine. I did my dental assistant externship with STPA, and had the privilege of getting hired on permanently in 2003.

I am married with two wonderful children. In my spare time I enjoy reading, scrapbooking, and the San Francisco 49ers.
Lisa – Surgical Assistant

I started my dental career in 2013 and graduated from Del Mar College in Corpus Christi. I chose dental assisting to make a difference; to help every person's smile be better and bigger. Restoring a patient’s self-confidence is truly rewarding.

I moved to San Antonio in the spring of 2014 and enjoy exploring the city and meeting new people. I spend a lot of time with my dog Ruby at the dog parks. On weekends I like to head down to the Gulf to spend time with family and fish. I also volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and American Red Cross.
Lisa Tuleja - Dental Assistant - South Texas Periodontal Associates
Norma Cazares - Dental Assistant - South Texas Periodontal Associates
Norma – Surgical Assistant

I was born and raised in San Antonio. I have been a dental assistant for 3 years. I am the oldest of 6 siblings. I enjoy spending time with my family at our annual gatherings. I am a lucky gal to have the unconditional support of my fiancé. I enjoy being outdoors, whether it's camping, hiking, paintballing, range shooting, or barbecues. Being spontaneous, I love it!
Lauren - Surgical Assistant

Born and raised in Texas. I started my career in dental assisting while at the same time being a first time mom to a beautiful little girl. Shortly thereafter in June of 2015, I happily became a part of the STPA family. My main passion as a dental assistant is patient care and education.

Outside of work, I enjoy books, movies, finding new parks to explore and traveling with my family. During the summer, you can always find us near a body of water, swimming and having a great time. A favorite quote is: God first, family, then the Spurs! I also am a fan of the Broncos and Alabama. Roll tide!
Lauren - Dental Assistant - South Texas Periodontal Associates
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