About Us

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Meet Your Dentist

Dr. Lia Risk

Dr. Lia is a proud second generation dentist. She fell in love with dentistry while working by her dad’s side as a dental assistant during her college years.

 

She completed her bachelor’s degree at the other UT (University of Toledo) in Ohio. She went on to receive her Doctor of Dental Surgery from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio through a scholarship with the United States Air Force. After graduating from dental school, she continued her training with an Advanced Education (AEGD) residency from Wright Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center. While serving four years in the Air Force, she was able to expand and refine her skills in procedures such as complex restorations, digital dentistry, root canals, third molar (wisdom tooth) extractions, and IV and oral conscious sedation.

 

Before moving to the Normangee area, Dr. Risk spent several years at a private practice in Temple, Texas where her office was frequently voted by residents as one of the best dental offices in the Temple/Belton area. She prides herself in providing quality, gentle care and considers her patients as she would her family.

 

Dr. Risk is a horrible gardener, and thinks she can cook. Fortunately her husband, Steve, makes up for all of her shortcomings, including height. She and Steve and their three children love to explore our beautiful country on weekend and day trips. By the age of 3, their youngest son had already visited 19 states, and he plans to take his parents with him on all of his future day trips.

Just as Dr. Ellison did before her, you can hear Dr. Risk on Friday mornings at 7:30 on KMVL 100.5 FM for “A brush with Dentistry.”  

 

Her topics continue to include anything having to do with dentistry including preventive care, diets, dental pain, and everything in between!

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Your Dental Care Team

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Steve

Office's Project Manager

Hi, I'm Steve. I am the office's project manager and financial manager... I also happen to be Dr. Risk's husband! If you've ever wondered how Dr. Risk remembers her phone and keys every day, have no worries, I'm the reason. 

 

I have a background in engineering and construction management, and currently work full-time in that field.  I also have volunteered with local fire departments at various locations where we've lived in the country. 

 

I have enjoyed giving back to the communities we serve, and look forward to many more years doing so in Leon County.  Outside of family time, I enjoy perfecting my lawn, cooking, and spending time outdoors.

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Tammy

Office Manager

Celeste

Dental Hygienist

My husband and I have been married for 31 years and share 4 children, 16 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. 

 

We moved to Roberston County about 7 years ago and are loving the country life!

 

I have only been working in the Normangee/Centerville area for 1 ½ years, but have been in the dental field for 40 years.  It has been a pleasure getting to know all the people in this area.

 

I enjoy spending my free time with family (some of which live nearby), cross stitching, and hunting during the fall.

 

I am very grateful to God every day for all the blessings in my life!

I worked with Dr. Ellison for 13 years until he retired, and now work with Dr. Risk. It has been great! I have lived in the Normangee area since 1983. We have a cattle ranch outside of Flynn, TX (established in 1980). I also raise red waddler pigs.
 
I have raised 2 children that attended Normangee ISD and went on to college. My son is a Civil Engineer and my daughter has an accounting degree in small business management. My 6 beautiful grandchildren (4 boys & 2 girls) keep me busy.
 
I enjoy the outdoors. The beach is one of my favorite places to go, but I also love to travel to Europe.
 
I am a people person and never meet a stranger. I enjoy helping people, so I have the perfect job to make people smile.

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Destanie

Dental Assistant

Stosha

Dental Assistant

Hi! My name is Destanie, and I have lived in the Madisonville area for about 10 years. I have fallen in love with the area and plan on raising my family here for generations to come.

 

I am a mother of 2 beautiful little girls named Koral and Bryliee. In my free time I like to take my girls on "adventures" where they make trips to see new things in the surrounding areas.  When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending quality time with family and friends. I started working for Brazos Hills when Dr. Risk took over the practice in May of 2021 and have been in the dental field since 2017. 

 

I love everything about dentistry, and seeing someone's confidence being built reminds me that I’m working in the right field. I’m grateful for the path the good Lord has put me on and I look forward to growing and learning more as the dental field evolves. I cannot wait to meet and get to know all of you!

Hi everyone! My name is Stosha and I am new to the area as well as new to the dental field! 

I was born in California, raised in Houston, and most recently lived in Fairbanks, Alaska with my Husband and our two pups! 

I am learning so much at these two offices and I am so excited to grow in this field and meet you all! 

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