Amistad Dentistry

Meet the Team at Amistad Dentistry

Meet Dr. Thomas M. Taylor and Dr. Octavio Oliva.

Your Del Rio comprehensive dentists and their highly-skilled staff have dedicated themselves to excellence in patient care and education in order to serve our community through access to a wide range of dental procedures.

We recognize that each patient has their own unique oral health challenges, smile goals, and potential apprehensions. We guide our patients into making educated and informed decisions, as we believe that patients should be active participants in their dental well-being. 

At our office, you will find a passion for dentistry that carries through every member of our dedicated staff. We work hard to provide our patients with the best experience while delivering unparalleled dental treatment. 

We invite our patients (new or existing) to take the time to get to know us. Each dental visit is an opportunity to strengthen our mutual bond of trust, respect, and appreciation. 

Below are small insights into our hobbies and education, if anything strikes your interest, please bring it up next time you see us!

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Dr. Thomas M. Taylor, DMD

Dentist

Born and raised in Del Rio, Thomas Taylor left, after graduating from Del Rio High School, for college. Upon graduation from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State) with a finance degree, Tommy took a job with Kraft Foods, peddling many of the fine foods for which Kraft was known. Kraft moved Tommy to Tulsa, OK to take over as an account manager for a growing chain. After two years in Oklahoma, he knew that he wanted to return to Texas and especially Del Rio. It was then that Dr. Taylor began his pursuit of a career in dentistry with the goal of joining his dad, Dr. L.G. Taylor. He moved to Austin and completed his pre-requirements to apply to dental school.

After numerous interviews and school tours, Tommy settled on Tufts School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA. “I chose Boston because it was one of the most unique cities in which I interviewed,” says Dr. Taylor. After spending almost four years in Boston and loving just about every moment, Dr. Thomas Taylor was ready to come back home, and on January 4, 1999, he saw his first patient as a licensed dentist. “I’ll never forget that day because not only was it my first day, but as soon as the patient sat down, the power went out and stayed out for about 30 minutes. I’ve never liked making people wait,” says Dr. Taylor, “and now I start out behind on my schedule.”

Drs. Tommy and L.G. practiced for another two and a half years in the 750 square foot office that Dr. L.G. had begun 40 years earlier. On October 8, 2001, Amistad Dentistry moved to its current location. “I had a lot of memories as a kid and helping out emptying trash and assisting Dad in the Main Street office and was a bit sad to see the end of that era, and so I figured Dad would be, too. At the end of our first day at our current office, Dad and I (as we often did) were visiting in our back office, and I asked him if he missed the old place, and his response was an emphatic, ‘Not a bit!’” recalls Dr. Tommy.

Dr. Tommy met his wife Dayna after she moved to Del Rio to take the job as Rehab Director at the Val Verde Regional Medical Center. Dayna’s version of how they met goes something like this: “I moved to Del Rio with the plan of staying about a year, then move back to Phoenix. After living here for about six months and overdue for my regular hygiene appointment, I asked the ladies with whom I worked what dentist they recommended, and they said, Dr. Taylor. They then added that he was also single. So I made an appointment in March to have my teeth cleaned, and we were married in August.”

Dr. Octavio Oliva

A native of Matanzas, Cuba, Dr. Oliva moved with his family to Florida when he was 16 years old. There, he completed high school as well as his undergraduate education. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude, from Florida International University, Dr. Oliva attended the University of Alabama School of Dentistry in Birmingham, AL.

Dr. Oliva received his D.M.D. in 2017 and went on to complete the prestigious Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center – San Antonio. During his residency, Dr. Oliva focused on significant restorative cases, dental implants, IV sedation, and third molar extractions. 

Dr. Oliva is passionate about dental technology and leveraging the latest innovations in the dental field to serve the needs of his patients. A firm believer that learning is a lifelong commitment, Dr. Oliva regularly attends continuing education courses and seminars, completing more than 100 CE hours each year.  Dr. Oliva is also a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. 

In his spare time, Dr. Oliva enjoys reading, running, and hiking.  

Shannon, RDH, BSDH

Registered Dental Hygienist

Shannon graduated from Texas A&M Health Science Center, Baylor College of Dentistry, and has been with us for four years.

Her favorite part of her job is maintaining patient relationships and helping to educate them on oral health.

When she's not working, she enjoys traveling, running, and other outdoor activities.

DeeAnn, RDH

Dental Hygienist

DeeAnn earned her Bachelor's of Science in Dental Hygiene and has been with us for one year.

She loves her patients and the bond she creates with them—she desires to help them change and improve their lives. She has been practicing for 33 years, and several of her patients have become life-long friends.

Outside of our dental office, she owns a competitive all-star cheer gym, and she coaches full time in the evenings for the last 17 years. It is her passion outside of treating patients. 

Sarah, RDH

Registered Dental Hygienist

Sarah received her Bachelor's in Science degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in 2009 and received her Associate's degree in Dental Hygiene from Delaware Technical Community College in May of 2019.

Special Awards includes receiving a Colgate Oral Health Advisor STAR Award while in dental hygiene school. This award is given to the student who shows excellence and commitment to the hygiene profession by demonstrating true dedication to the profession and exhibiting extraordinary compassion in patient care.

Sarah recently joined the practice on March 9th after moving here from Delaware at the end of February.

The best part about being a dental hygienist for her is having the opportunity to build relationships with her patients. She also finds it important to share her knowledge regarding the importance of oral health and how it relates to their overall health—and that is what she strives to do with every patient she sees.

She grew up in Alva, Oklahoma, which is a small town filled with charm and community pride.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending her days outside, camping, fishing, playing with her dogs, Ally and Otto, and sharing laughs while making new memories with her boyfriend, family, and friends. Also, she recently started gardening, but it appears she may not have a green thumb like she thought she did...

Alejandra, RDH

Registered Dental Hygienist

Alejandra graduated in May 2006 from Coastal Bend College in Beeville, TX. She has been with us since June 22, 2020, and she loves being able to connect with people and helping them reach their goals when it comes to their smiles.

She finds gratitude in delivering professional quality service in a comfortable setting. Her priority is always to make sure the patient is comfortable and happy during their dental appointment. Her fourteen years of experience help Alejandra in building long-lasting and trusting relationships with patients. It is her pleasure to continue to provide the best service possible to help maintain the health of patients.

When she is not at work, she enjoys doing community outreach and dental mission trips to underprivileged areas. She loves to travel and to stay active in her profession.

Genevieve, RDA

Registered Dental Assistant

Genevieve earned her education from San Antonio's medical and dental assistant schools. She also received training and coaching with CEREC technology and as a phlebotomist. She has been with us for 16 beautiful years. 

She loves caring about helping others, and she loves seeing patients' smiles transform. Along the way, she works to ease patients' anxieties and build trust. That bond encourages patients to continue making regular dental visits and keeping their smiles healthy. The technology and the opportunity Dr. Taylor gives his staff the chance to train to the max of their abilities.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and watching Netflix and Hulu.

Bonnie, RDA

Registered Dental Assistant

Originally from Lancaster, PA, Bonnie has been with us for 19 years. 

She loves providing the best dentistry to patients that become friends over the years. When she's not in the dental office, she enjoys gardening, reading, and crafting

Kathy, RDA

Registered Dental Assistant

Patricia completed a 6-month Dental Assistant course initially, and continued with numerous continuing education courses and working with dynamic teams over her 40-year career.

She has been with our dental office for 15 years. Patricia loves working with the rest of the team and being a patient advocate to make sure they are getting the best dental treatment available so that they leave feeling they were appreciated and satisfied. 

Outside of work, you can find her gardening, reading, and volunteering at the pregnancy care center and church functions.

Ashley, RDA

Registered Dental Assistant

Ashley Marie received her education from Kaplan College as a registered dental assistant (RDA). She has been in the dental field as an RDA for ten years and is passionate about helping people. Ashley Marie truly enjoys meeting people and getting to know them. She enjoys educating our patients and interacting with them. It’s so rewarding when dental staff can treat patients, and they leave with a happy SMILE.

Originally from Spofford, Texas, in her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time going fishing, swimming, and lots of crafts! She also spends lots of time with her family.

Tina, RDA

Registered Dental Assistant

Originally from Del Rio, TX, Ernestina has been with us for one month, and already there are aspects she loves, like meeting new people and getting to know them as patients and friends. She is exceptional at making patients feel comfortable at the dentist as well as making them happy with their smile.

Outside of work, she spends time outdoors with her dog. Ernestina likes to say active by walking, hiking, swimming, and just overall spending time outdoors as much as possible. 

Reyna

Dental Assistant

Reyna graduated from Carrington College in October of 2019. She has been working with us since January of 2020. 

Her favorite part about her job is the gentle family environment we establish, along with meeting our patients. 

She is originally from Vallejo, California, and settled in Sacramento, California in 2009 and has lived there until moving to Texas in October of 2019 due to military needs.

Outside of work, you can find her playing guitar, bingeing bad reality shows with her husband, and hanging out with her friends during the weekend. She is also a proud full-time cat mom of two beauties.

Cynthia

Insurance Coordinator

Cynthia attended Del Rio High school, followed by Career Point College. She has specialized training and awards for CNA and Medical Assistant. Cynthia has been with us for five wonderful years, and her favorite part of dentistry is interacting with patients, especially helping them maximize their benefits so that they can get the dental treatment they need. She loves learning new things and especially enjoys working with her co-workers.

In her free time, she loves spending time with her family watching movies, and going out to the lake to BBQ. She also enjoys crafting and party planning. 

Korina, RDA

Insurance Coordinator/Medical Billing

Korina has been with us for three months and loves interacting with patients. She enjoys being able to assist patients with the different options they have to help them get the dental treatment they need.

In her spare time, she loves to read and spend time with her family.

Claudia

Scheduling Coordinator and RDA

Claudia attended Windcrest Dental Assisting School in San Antonio, Texas, and graduated in June 2016. She is also certified in CPR for the safety of our patients and staff. Claudia has been with us for over a year.

Her favorite part of her job is getting to know our patients and interacting with them, especially explaining the services that we offer and how to link them to the best possible treatment.

Outside of the office, she enjoys shopping, traveling, taking pictures, and drinking wine and watching the sunset with her husband. 

 

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