Meet The Doctors

Meet the Dentists

Our friendly and knowledgeable dentists work hard to provide the highest quality dental work to every patient. Learn more about the professionals who will be working to help you maintain your smile and oral health.

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Dr.Vandan Desai, D.D.S

Owner / Surgical Dentist

Dr. Desai is an alumnus of the University of Maryland. He pursued and completed a two-year residency program from Pennsylvania, specializing in implant prosthodontics and wisdom teeth extraction. He was born in India and eventually shifted to Maryland.

Dr. Desai brings his commitment to excellence, never-quit attitude, and years of training and experience to provide his patients with quality dental care in a relaxed environment. He firmly believes that his profession gives him the chance to bring smiles to his patients’ faces, which acts as an impetus for him to do better and keep all his patients happy and satisfied.

In his spare time, Dr. Desai enjoys traveling the world and spending quality time with his wife and son. They enjoy exploring new cities and different cuisines together. Dr. Desai also likes to stay up to date with advances in technology.

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Dr.Eliana Melendez, D.D.S

General Dentist

Dr. Eliana Melendez was born in El Paso, Texas. She attended Texas Tech University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with minors in chemistry and Spanish. She went on to attend UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry, where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.

Dr. Melendez fell in love with dentistry after volunteering at a free dental clinic during her undergraduate career. The idea of taking a patient out of pain in the same day and seeing life-changing results through dentistry ignited her passion for the profession. She deeply values forming meaningful connections with her patients, going above and beyond to achieve their health and aesthetic goals.

In her spare time, Dr. Melendez enjoys playing indoor volleyball, working out, traveling, and spending time with her husband and their two fur babies – a husky and a chocolate lab.

Dr. Parveen Bhatti, D.D.S.

Cosmetic Dentist

Dr. Bhatti has been providing exceptional service to her patients since 2009. After graduating with honors from St. John’s university with a degree in biology, she pursued and received her doctorates from the prestigious New York University College of Dentistry. She went on to complete a GPR residency in a hospital-based setting. Continuing education is very important to Dr. Bhatti so she can deliver the highest level of care to her patients who describe her as gentle and caring. Dr. Bhatti believes in forming lifelong relationships with her patients. When off work, she enjoys cooking and spending time with husband and two daughters.

Dr. Jennifer Hensley, D.D.S.

Dr. Hensley's early years were primarily spent in Nacogdoches, nestled within the wooded landscapes of east Texas. While briefly relocating to Midlothian during high school, she returned to her roots in Nacogdoches following graduation to pursue her education at Stephen F. Austin State University. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science, she proceeded to the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where she attained her DDS degree.

Dr. Hensley actively participated in charitable endeavors, including missions such as the TDA Texas Mission of Mercy and Smile on Wheels, targeting underserved regions like Crockett, Leander, Lubbock, Corpus Christi, and Houston. Her efforts aimed to deliver complimentary dental care, notably tooth extractions for adults, with enduring impact.

Demonstrating a steadfast commitment to her professional growth in tandem with the dental field's evolution, Dr. Hensley maintains affiliations with esteemed organizations like ADA, TDA, and AGD, which furnish ongoing learning avenues to enhance her expertise. Her aspiration to become a dentist dates back to her middle school years. She is driven by her intrinsic desire to nurture people's well-being and facilitate their optimal smiles, advocating self-care, maintenance, and prevention.

Beyond her dental pursuits, Dr. Hensley is married to her husband Brad, whom she considers her closest companion. Together, they are the proud parents of two wonderful boys and a girl, Cayden, Corban, and Layla. Their leisure moments are often immersed in outdoor escapades as they relish the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country.

Dr. Gwendolyn Taylor, D.D.S.

Dr. Taylor is a 4th generation dentist that graduated from UT Houston SOD in 2017. She believes dentistry is in her blood and loves what she does. Her favorite procedures are surgical and esthetic procedures that really make a difference in her patient's lives. She loves to help her patients and gets a lot of gratification out of helping her patients restore their smiles. When she is not helping patient's, she enjoys biking, hiking, and skating. She is training to be in the San Antonio Roller Derby and hopes to be competing by next year!

She is a single mom of 3 teenage boys, whom she is very proud of, and are frequent topics of conversation around the office. They manage to keep her very busy when not at work! She is a member of TDA and ADA, and a few others that send her mail to keep the box full. She has a great sense of humor and loves to keep the office light and comfortable.

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