Meet Our Team

Dr. Nugent, Dentist in Pasadena, TX

Suit-300x292My Father was in the Air Force and was transferred to Lubbock, Texas when I was one year old. I went to public school in Lubbock and completed my undergraduate studies at Texas Tech University. I received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology with minors in Chemistry and German. To further my education I moved to Houston where I attended The University of Texas at Houston Dental Branch and received a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.

I have been married to my wonderful and amazing wife Beth for five years. Beth is a physician at M.D. Anderson where she is board certified in Radiology and in Nuclear Medicine. We have two little girls at home that are wonderful and amazing.

In my spare time I LOVE to ride dirt bikes. I started riding dirt bikes when I was 28 and have been addicted ever since. I love riding and working on my bikes. Check out my dirtbike website Dirt Bike Dentist.

I am somewhat of a computer geek. I built my first computer two years ago. I enjoy playing online video games. See PC Gaming Dentist.

In 2010 I joined PSC gun range in Friendswood. I enjoy the sport of shooting. Visit Shooting Dentist.

I like to cook out on my grill and have friends and family over for dinner. Be sure to ask my staff about my amazing bratwursts!!! When I am not at the office I enjoy reading my dental journals and keeping current on new research and techniques. Beth and I keep very busy trying to keep up with our daughters.

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Lisa, RDA – Office Administrative Assistant

lisaI have been in Dentistry for over 17 years. And even though I primarily work the front desk, you may see me every once in a while assisting Dr. Nugent since I am a Registered Dental Assistant as well. I LOVE LOVE LOVE dentistry! I’m a real “People Person” and love meeting new people and helping them in any way that I can. I am fluent in Spanish and try to speak it every chance I get.

I was born here in Pasadena and have been married to my husband Gary since 1984. We have 2 wonderful children, Vanessa who I have the pleasure of working with since 2009. And our son Eric who is awesome and who is my movie buddy. Oh and I can’t forget our Pomeranian, Dory. Family is very important to me and so I try to spend as much time as I can with my family and friends.

I love watching movies, traveling and doing volunteer work at my Church. We have a BLAST here at Dr. Nugent’s office, working with such a WONDERFUL team. It’s great to come to a place where you can feel comfortable, relaxed and call it work. Every day I look forward to coming here and seeing our patients and meeting new ones, always helping them feel like they are part of our family and to feel right at home. It is a true blessing to be around so many really GREAT and AWESOME PEOPLE.


Crystal Garcia, RDA – Treatment Coordinator

Crystal-GarciaI have had the pleasure in working in the dental field since I was in high school. I am personally delighted to work with such a special team that takes pride in giving our patients the care and attention they deserve. It is truly rewarding to help patients feel comfortable in achieving a great smile! I am a Texas Registered Dental Assistant but you will find me at the front desk greeting you as you walk in. In my spare time, I love spending time with my husband and daughter. We enjoy being out in the beach and watching movies.


Sara Saldívar, Insurance Benefit Coordinator

Sara-SaldivarI have been working in the front office for Dr. Nugent since the beginning of 2013 and I have not regretted changing from the hearing health profession to dental health. I loved my old job and I love my new role here with Dr. Nugent’s staff just as much. I enjoy learning so many new things here. I am a transplant from Louisiana, having been raised there since I was little. Sorry Texans but I still love LSU/Saints – Geaux Tigers!!! WHO DAT?! I can speak fluently in movie quotes and enjoy using it in every day conversations as often as I can. I am a sci-fi geek and love all things space and time travel, from Star Wars to Star Trek and Firefly to Doctor Who and everything in between. I can’t get enough of cheesy sci-fi, the cheesier the better just like I like my 80’s music. I love being a part of a team that is happy to teach me the field of dentistry and who embraces and sometimes encourages my quirky habits.


Sandy Dyson, Billing Coordinator

Sandy-DysonA Texas proud native, I was born and have lived most of my life in the greater Houston area. I’ve had experience in many fields, and took my first job in a dental office in 2007 as a Front Desk receptionist. I joined this practice at the start of 2014. However, when you visit Dr. Nugent, you won’t typically see me, as I usually work the “back office”. So, on your next visit to see Dr Nugent, feel free to come on back and say “Howdy”.

I have a lovely daughter, Callie, a little Schnauzer, Rosebud, and a large family whom we love spending time with. I love animals to the point of distraction, having fostered and placed a number of strays. It’s not uncommon to see me on the side of the road trying to rescue or feed a “lost” animal. I’ve had many privileges in life, the most important of which have been to serve God and to raise a fine daughter. Now, I can add coming here to work among those privileges. Dr. Nugent, our fearless leader, is an admirable dentist and caring family man (and class clown, as you may have seen!); and Lisa, our Office Coordinator, is the heart of our group. My coworkers are an incredible group of people, and coming here every day is a pleasure for which I am grateful.


Gail Fuller, Dental Hygienist:

Gail-FullerI love teeth! Teeth of all shapes and sizes! I got into dental hygiene almost by accident, and my original motive wasn’t to save the smiles of the world, but now that I have spent 34 years in the dental field, I couldn’t imagine any better occupation. Most of my hygiene career has been working in this office, and so I am privileged to have known a lot of our patients for a long time, and now enjoy treating their children.

I was born and raised in Pasadena, TX and graduated from Sam Rayburn High School. I attended U of H for one year, and then was accepted into the dental hygiene program at the University of Texas Dental Hygiene School, which is located in the Houston Medical Center. I married a terrific man in 1986 and we have one daughter, who is now the loudest, proudest member of the Fighting Texas Aggie Class of 2016! She is getting her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology with hopes of going on to a medical career. She is interested in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Prosthetics.


Danette Coe Stroder, Dental Hygienist

Danette-StroderI have lived in the Pasadena / Deer Park area since 1969. I was in the health occupations program at Deer Park High School and worked as a dental assistant my senior year. After graduating from Deer Park in 1982, I received my Dental Hygiene degree from The University of Texas Dental Branch in 1984.

This practice has always felt like home. The wonderful patients and great fellow employees have made the past 20 years fly by.

I have been married to my husband David since 1990. We had a little girl in 2003. There are also 2 dogs, 3 fishes and one turtle at our house. Our family time includes as much play as possible. We visit our house boat on Lake Conroe as often as possible.


Vanessa Vatau, RDA – Dental Assistant:

vanessaI have been a Certified Dental Assistant since 2008. I enjoy working with Becky and all our wonderful Hygienist as well as assisting Dr. Nugent. We always have a great time while helping our patients feel at ease and right at home. And there is never a dull moment as you will see when you come in to our office. You may even get to hear Dr. Nugent humoring us with his singing or telling us about his daily adventures with his two beautiful daughters. I was born and raised in Pasadena Texas and have been married to my wonderful husband since 2007 and we have a Tabby cat name “Yuki” who we just Love. We are truly a family here at Dr. Nugent’s office in every sense of the word. Come visit us at our office I look forward to meeting you.


Nora L. Gomez, RDA – Dental Assistant

Nora-GomezI have been in the dental field little over 10 years and although I have been here at Dr. Nugent’s a short time, I feel right at home. Everyone is friendly, humble and most important genuine. I love working here. On a more personal note, I am married, have 2 daughters, 1 granddaughter and another on the way. I cannot forget about my Yorkie “Cowboy”. I LOVE LOVE the outdoors from bike riding to Hiking and Traveling. I also enjoy Volunteering in Christian Ministry Work. So please come visit our awesome dental office and be part of our family.


Daniela Comp, RDA

Daniela-CompI was born in Queens, NY and moved to Pasadena when I was five. I spent most of my childhood in Pasadena and now live in Clear Lake. I’ve been married to my wonderful and goofy husband for 7 years and we love to go riding on his motorcycle any chance we get. I enjoy spending time with my family, doing activities that involve the outdoors and traveling. I have been working at this practice since May of 2013. I LOVE working with Dr. Nugent and the staff and look forward to coming to work every day. The atmosphere is like being with family and we always have fun while we’re working. I look forward to meeting new patients and getting to know them even more every time they come in.