Meet The lone star tEAM

Cara Smith, RDH – Dental Hygienist 

     

Cara received her dental hygiene degree in 2017 from Texas Women’s University where she graduated at the top of her class. She joined our practice in 2020 and immediately became a part of the Lone Star family. She was born and raised in Allen and has thoroughly enjoyed continuing to build lasting relationships with patients in her home town. Cara currently lives in Melissa with her husband and their two fur-babies, Honey and Maple! 

★ What inspired your career in dental hygiene? My mom has worked in dental offices since before I was born so I kind of grew up in dentistry. I knew from a young age that I wanted to work in the dental field, but it was when I was much older that I chose the preventative side of dentistry because of the unique opportunity to build and grow relationships with patients. 
★ What are your favorite hobbies? I enjoy listening to Audible books! I especially love getting book recommendations from patients. I love a wide variety of genres. 
★ If you were a super hero, what would your power be? Mind reading. I would love to better understand how people are feeling and how to comfort them. 

   

Gretchen Estep, RDH – Dental Hygienist 

Gretchen started her college education at Texas Tech in Lubbock for her pre-requisites in dental hygiene. It was there that she met her fiancé, Zach. She then attended Texas A&M College of Dentistry and graduated with top honors. She grew up in South Carolina and moved to Texas 7 years ago. She considers Texas to be home! Outside of work, she loves to spend time with her fiancé and their sweet lab, Sunny! 

★ What inspired your career in dental hygiene? Growing up, I always admired my dental hygienist for being able to encourage me to have better oral hygiene. As I got older, I realized I wanted to encourage people in the same way she encouraged me. I love educating and helping patients while also creating lasting relationships. 

★ What is your favorite motivational quote?  “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” I put this on my ID badge during dental hygiene school.  

★ What are your favorite hobbies? I love to read, work out, and travel- especially to a ski town! 

Paige McElvain, RDH – Dental Hygienist 

 

Paige graduated from the Texas A&M and Baylor College of Dentistry Hygiene program with top honors. She met Dr. McElvain by being seated near him during their college orientation and the rest is history! Her and Dr. McElvain opened the practice in 2015 and worked fiercely to make it the practice that it is today. She is originally from Sunnyvale, TX and currently lives in Allen with Dr. McElvain and their two beautiful children, Nixon and Audrey! 

★ What inspired you to be a dental hygienist? I have always had an interest in teeth and often notice someone’s smile before anything else. I loved the concept of being able to create relationships with patients while also educating them on their oral health. 
★ What is your favorite meal? Sea bass or red snapper and lobster mac and cheese! Cotton candy ice cream from TCBY for dessert! 
★ What are your favorite hobbies? I love to travel with my family, organizing, and working out! 

Colleen Delaughter, RDA – Office Manager 

   
      
 

Colleen is our office manager and joined the practice in 2017. She has been working in the dental field since she was 19. She is a Texas native, originally from Euless, then Flower Mound/Lewisville, and just moved to Princeton to be closer to the office! She and her husband have two sweet pups, Kona and Tulip, that are their babies. 

★ What brought you to work in dental? I was recruited to work in a dental office in 2012 while working as a teller at a bank. The reason I stayed in dental is because of the McElvain’s. Dr. McElvain and Paige showed how truly thrilling and emotionally rewarding a long term career with one office/one doctor could be. 
 
What is your favorite motivational quote? “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” -Albert Einstein

★ What are your favorite hobbies? I have been crocheting for 12 years and usually crochet every night. I also enjoy sewing and making decals with my Cricut! 

    

Cathy Monge, RDA- Dental Assistant 

 Cathy joined our team as a dental assistant in 2020. She is a fun and sweet soul and brings so much joy into the office! She is originally from and currently resides in Garland with her precious two year old son, Ethan! 

★ What is your favorite type of dental procedure to assist on? My favorite appointments are cosmetic cases. I get emotional seeing patients tear up over their before and after results, it makes me want to cry with them! I love hearing patient’s tell Dr. McElvain that they can finally smile with confidence.
 
Who is your inspiration? My mom has always been my inspiration. She taught me that in life there will be ups and downs but you have to work hard to be someone you are proud of. 
★ What is your favorite meal? Green enchiladas with rice made by me! 

    

Kiki Garcia, RDA- Dental Assistant 

Kiki joined our practice in 2021 as a dental assistant but has been in the dental field for many years! She is originally from Lubbock, TX but now lives in McKinney with her fiancé and their three sweet kiddos; Carter, Amaya, and Ayanna!

★ What inspired you to work in dental? I always loved going to the dentist as a child. Once I was in the field, I realized how much joy there is in helping make an impact on patients lives through their smiles. 
★ What inspires you in your daily life? My fiancé and kids inspire me every day to push forward and to be a better me. 
★ What is your favorite meal? Lamb chops and mashed potatoes! 

    

Viktoriya Ozerov, RDA- Dental Assistant 

Viktoriya is a dental assistant at our office and a new resident of McKinney! She is originally from Russia but her family moved to the United States when she was 9. She lived in Minnesota for many years and then Oregon. She moved to Texas in 2021 for a new adventure with her husband and joined our team within days of moving to Texas! 

★ What brought you to work in dental? I knew I wanted to work in healthcare and my best friend was a dental assistant. I immediately loved interacting with patients and making them feel comfortable. 
★ What is your favorite motivational quote? “Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14
★ What is your favorite meal? 
Sushi, any time of the day!