Liz, Financial Coordinator
Liz, our Financial Coordinator comes to us from Southern California. Even though she is a native Texan, she spent some of her childhood in Hawaii before moving to California. She moved back to Austin in 1985 and has been with the Westgate Family Dental since 1998. Prior to that, Liz earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts/American Studies from the University of Texas, but a family friend got her into dentistry in 1986. Liz takes great satisfaction assisting our patients with their insurance problems in effort to get their claims paid. On the weekends she loves to head down to the beach and takes a special interest in archaeology and geology.
Christy, Administrative Coordinator
Christy, our Administrative Coordinator, grew up in South Austin and graduated from Bowie High School. Shortly after graduation she began working for Dr. Yarbrough and has been a part of our dental family for the past 17 years. Christy takes care of the front office and business activities. She takes great joy in getting to know all of our patients and watching their kids grow up. With two small children of her own most of her time is spent with them and their numerous activities, including raising animals in their 4H club. When she manages to get time for herself, she enjoys shopping, camping and spending time with her family.
Leslie, R.D.A., Marketing/Hygiene Coordinator
Leslie is our Internal Marketing/Hygiene Coordinator. After earning an Associate’s Degree in Graphic Communication/Marketing in 1996, Leslie coincidentally landed in the dental field and was trained as a Registered Dental Assistant. Her skillset has ranged from Surgical-IV/Sedation-Cosmetic Dentistry to Dental Marketing and Technical Coordinator. She moved to Austin 14 years ago from Detroit, Michigan and has been with Westgate Family Dental for the past 6 months. At work she loves working with people, problem solving and marketing strategy. In her free time she enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing, traveling, writing, cooking business news, and photography.
Wendy, R.D.A., Clinical Supervisor
Wendy, our Clinical Supervisor, originally from the Pacific Northwest moved to Austin 10 years ago and has worked at Westgate Family Dental for the past 9 years. As a Certified Dental Assistant she has combined her interest in science, art and people into helping create smiles. With her love of working with her hands, Wendy loves the intricate precision needed in transforming a person’s smile. Wendy is also our resident chef, if she isn’t in the operatory creating a beautiful smile, she is in the staff kitchen whipping up a 5 star lunch for the staff. In her spare time she enjoys all genres of music, traveling and cooking.
Originally from Southeast Texas, Melissa has lived between Austin and the Beaumont area for the last 15 years. After earning a Bachelor’s from Southwest Texas State University, she entered the dental field where she has worked in various positions for the last 11 years. Six years ago, after graduating from Lamar Institute of Technology as a hygienist, she moved to Austin for good and started working with Dr. Yarbrough. She finds educating her patients, improving their dental health and helping them feel comfortable with their smile to be the most rewarding parts of her job. At home she enjoys cooking, reading and family.
Shari has been with the Westgate Family the longest, 33 years of assisting Dr. Yarbrough. In 1978 Shari began her dental career in her hometown of Seguin and shortly after that moved to Austin and has worked with Dr. Yarbrough ever since. Patient care is her favorite aspect of assisting. On the weekends you can find Shari RVing and “junking” in various small Texas towns!
Raquel is our multi-lingual staff member, speaking English, Spanish and Portuguese. An Austin native, she has been with Westgate Family Dental for the past two years. She first joined the team as an intern after completing the dental assisting course at Dental Essentials School of Dental Assisting. Her passion for dentistry comes from wanting to help patients obtain a beautiful smile. On her days off, she volunteers building houses for the needy.