Terrific, Tremendous, Talented
Kattie S. – Registered Dental Hygienist
Kattie is a proud graduate of both Houston Community College as well as the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry. She joined our team in 2020, but has already had 10 years of experience in the front office, as well as 5 years of experience chairside as a hygienist. She’s also laser certified and certified in the application of nitrous oxide sedation. She loves taking care of our patients and being a part of setting the foundation for great dental health. She also loves to volunteer, working with both Give Kids a Smile and Give Vets a Smile, as well as volunteer events with the greater Houston Dental Hygiene Association.
Outside of work, and when she’s not volunteering, Kattie mentors for FEI/Endurance athletes locally. Her husband is a dentist, Dr. Azam Shah, and together they love to discover restaurants with clean and delicious foods, like EAD Vietnamese in Shenandoah.
Jennifer M. – Registered Dental Hygienist
Jennifer has been with The Woodlands Dental Group for over 36 years, although she joined our very special team for GGG time back in 2021. She started her career in dentistry back in high school with a work program that allowed her to work 1/2 of the day at a dental office and then go to school for the other 1/2 of the day learning how to be a dental assistant. She’s always had an interest in science and biology, so helping families with the changes and possible issues during oral development and maintenance is a perfect match for her. She graduated from Wharton County Jr. College, and then furthered her education at Sam Houston State University.
Outside of work, Jennifer is usually outside tending the vegetable garden, raising chickens, or fishing. She also does volunteer work at a local senior retirement home twice a month. She and her husband have two grown kids, so they have lots of time for projects like re-upholstering furniture, rock hunting and polishing, and discovering fossils and arrowheads.
Kayla E. – Registered Dental Hygienist
Kayla joined our team after graduating from the University of Texas Health San Antonio. One of the things that she enjoys the most about her job is the rewarding feeling of making an anxious / nervous patient feel safe and secure while they’re getting their treatment. She feels that the connection between oral health and overall health is something that is overlooked by a lot of people, so starting the children off with a proper education on it’s importance is key to a lifetime of good health.
When Kayla was asked about her life outside of work, she gleefully told us, “I love breakfast food…. A LOT!” So you might see her out for breakfast at the Toasted Yolk, or out enjoying new dinner spots with friends. She also loves sand volleyball and softball, and occasionally volunteers for charity events at her local Chick-fil-A.
Chasity M. – Registered Dental Assistant
Chasity has been working in dentistry for about 17 years, though not all of that time was here in Texas. She’s a graduate of the Central County Occupational Center in San Jose, CA, and states that she’s always had a thing about teeth and people’s smiles. You’ll see her setting up the rooms and assisting Dr. Blackburn with all sorts of procedures, but she’s also here to keep the kids calm and try to make their visit fun.
Outside of the office, Chasity likes to go to downtown Houston and feed the homeless. She loves spending time with her husband and son, making crafts and care packages, and eating crawfish at Wolfies.
Kathie B. – Registered Dental Hygienist
Kathie has worked for various doctors within The Woodlands Dental Group for over 25 years, but has just recently started working with the Growing Great Grins team. She has experience both as a dental assistant and a dental hygienist through her education from Sam Houston State University and Wharton Junior College. This combination of roles makes her a dynamo in the exam rooms, prepared for any and all possible problems while gently educating our little patients and keeping them calm. She loves the people that she works with and all the precious children that she gets to see every day, but she especially loves the fact that something that she does on a daily basis makes a real impact in the lifetime of someone’s healthy smile. She also loves Dr. Blackburn, and says she’s “a combination of unicorns and rainbows!”
Outside of work, Kathie and her husband have two grown boys. She loves reading, hunting, fishing, archery, running, working out and cooking.
Anisha K. – Registered Dental Assistant
A graduate of Houston Dental School, Anisha is highly skilled in helping our doctors keep smiles healthy and happy. While working chairside, Anisha is responsible for caring for patients and making them feel comfortable, preparing for procedures, educating patients, applying preventive dental materials, and taking digital x-rays. Anisha loves our patients and takes great pride in watching them mature and grow to enjoy caring for their teeth. She says Growing Great Grins is unique because the office has the right mix of love and care for every single patient. One of the reasons Anisha loves our dental family is because family means so much to her. She loves spending time with her husband and their three busy kids. Together, they’re an active and amazing party of five.
Kim M. – Practice Coordinator
When Kim’s not soaking up the sun at her one of her favorite “happy places” aka the beach, you’ll find her hard at work at her other happy place – the office! Kim brings over two decades of dental expertise to the team with experience as both a chairside dental assistant and in her current administrative role. Kim will tell you that she loves working with her fellow team members to take great care of our patients and their parents. She goes out of her way to make sure the office is running smoothly and efficiently so that we can continue to provide the compassionate, caring dentistry that Growing Great Grins is known for. Outside of work, Kim loves to spend time with her husband who she’s been married to for over three decades. The couple has two children, and they enjoy sharing moments together as a family.
Jeflyn B. – Front Desk Manager
Jeflyn is approaching 40 years of experience working in dentistry, and she shows no signs of stopping. When asked what she loves most about being a part of the Growing Great Grins team, Jeflyn says “everything” but most of all she truly loves taking care of kids. When you come to the office, you’ll also find her greeting patients, fostering relationships, answering phones, setting up appointments, updating contact information in the computers, and handling recall cards. Jeflyn said she definitely found her calling working in pediatric dentistry and between her co-workers, the doctors, and our family of patients her life is like a Disney cruise every single day. Jeflyn stays active outside of the office spending time with her four children, four grandchildren, and great grandson. She regularly attends church at “The Ark, and lovingly takes care of her mother. She’s in her happy place with her bible, her family, a Starbucks, and a day at the beach.