Dr. Joanna Ayala — Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
Dr. Joanna Ayala was born and raised in San Antonio. After earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Dr. Ayala went on to complete her dental degree at Boston University. Her passion for children inspired her to continue her education at Miami Children’s Hospital, where she earned her specialty certificate in pediatric dentistry.
Dr. Aashna Handa — Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
Dr. Handa earned her dental degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). During this time, she was involved in various pediatric patient-centered activities, including the Infant Oral Health Care Club, Craniofacial Center at Ronald Reagan Hospital, UCLA.
Her dedication and passion for children made her go a step further and she earned her specialty certificate in pediatric dentistry at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where she served as the chief resident. Her training covered the full spectrum of behavior management, basic and advanced, which included sedation and hospital dentistry. She also excelled in working with children with autism at the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development as part of her residency.
Besides her professional life, she loves art and enjoys spending time with her husband, who is working as a general dentist in San Antonio, and her daughter, Areesha.
Dr. Jennifer Hole — General Dentist, Practice Limited to Children
Dr. Jennifer Hole is a San Antonio native, born and raised in the Alamo Heights area. She attended the Honors Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she double majored in Biology and Chemistry. Upon being awarded the Bush-Jones Sprenger Scholarship for Leadership and Academic Excellence, she attended Baylor College of Dentistry, where she graduated with her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2012. During her time at Baylor, Dr. Hole was involved in many leadership positions, including student council class representative, philanthropy chair, student consultant for Admissions Committee and a mentor for the summer pre-enrichment program for prospective students. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and enjoys volunteering in community events.
Dr. Hole lives in the neighborhood she grew up in with her husband, Dr. Steven Hole, who is a Captain in the United States Army. They have two children together, a daughter, Riley, who is two years old and a son, Everett, who turned one this past May. While life with two kids can get busy, in her free time she enjoys cooking, crafting, and running!
Omar Issa, DDS — Board Certified Orthodontist
An admitted “science geek”, Dr. Issa loves the ever-evolving field of orthodontics and technology that represents the state-of-the-art care that his practice is known for. When he’s not chair-side with patients, you’ll find Dr. Issa still devoted to his orthodontic specialty. Whether he’s at his computer reviewing a SureSmile or Invisalign treatment plan, or reviewing the latest journal articles and courses, Dr. Issa believes it’s his responsibility to stay on top of the latest ways to provide great treatment to his patients.
Dr. Issa was born in Dover New Hampshire, and then lived alternatively between the US and Egypt as he was growing up. After graduating with honors and a BS in Dental Surgery from Cairo University, he completed a General Dentistry Residency at Cairo University Hospital.
Dr. Issa then returned stateside to further his dental education at The University of Minnesota School of Dental Medicine. There he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery, Master of Science and completed a Graduate Residency in Dentistry before entering and then completing the Orthodontic Residency Program for his Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. This educational path that included multiple residencies provides Dr. Issa a strong foundation that he uses daily in his patient’s orthodontic treatment and gives him particular insight when managing multi-disciplinary cases with general dentists and other specialists. Dr. Issa has completed his certification by the American Board of Orthodontists. Dr. Issa is currently the President of the Texas Association of Orthodontics.
Dr. Issa, his wife (who’s also a dentist) and their two sons love exploring their new home state, taking advantage of parks, restaurants and sports activities. The wide variety of things to do and places to go are some of the reasons they chose to move to Plano from Minnesota. (Well, it may have had a little bit to do with the weather…) Dr. Issa is also an athlete in his down-time; soccer, tennis and squash are all favorite sports that suit his high-energy personality.
Meet our Dental Staff
Emily Cervantes — Patient Coordinator
Emily has been in the dental field for over 14 years. She is very familiar with most insurance plans, so she can help answer any questions about your insurance that you might have. She married her best friend and soulmate, and they have three wonderful children, Briana, Nathaniel, and Jenalisa. They love spending time together as a family, doing everything from Vegas vacations to day trips to the beach. She looks forward to seeing all your little ones soon!
Juanita Gutierrez — Patient Coordinator
Juanita works in the front of the office as a patient coordinator. She has been in the dental field for over 30 years. Juanita loves spending time with her husband, daughters, and grandchildren. She enjoys working with kids of all ages, and she looks forward to meeting your children.
Donna Holdgraf — Registered Dental Hygienist
Donna is a graduate of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and has over 36 years of experience as a dental hygienist. She has loved working with children for more than 33 years. Her husband, Gary, and her have two grown children. Donna enjoys babysitting her granddaughter, working in the yard, and being an active member at Windcrest United Methodist Church. She looks forward to meeting you and your children.
Rose Rivas — Registered Dental Hygienist
Buenos dias! Rose M. Rivas is a registered dental hygienist who is passionate about what she does. She has had the pleasure of working for this office for a little over 6 years. On her off time, she volunteers for the SAYL (San Antonio Youth Literacy) program and is also an active member at her church. The loves of her life are her wonderful, amazing family, and she is grateful for each and every one of them. Our awesome team looks forward to meeting you and having you as part of our Sunshine Pediatric family. Be well!
Rebecca Jaquez — Lead Dental Assistant
Rebecca (or Becky, as everyone calls her) has been a registered dental assistant for over 16 years. Her certifications include nitrous oxide, radiology, and CPR, and she is also credentialed for hospital dentistry. Raised in Corpus Christi, Becky has called San Antonio home for over 15 years. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and wonderful kids. Becky looks forward to seeing you and your children’s smiles.
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