Meet Our Team

Lisa Hokanson,  Office Administrative


I 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.

Eriyala Coleman, Insurance/Appointment Coordinator

I have been in the dental field for 3 years and I love everything about it! I was born and raised in Houston, TX, and I enjoy traveling, hiking, and movie nights! Although I am a hard worker I love to laugh and to make people laugh, seeing people smile makes my day. I am so happy and thankful to be a part of this amazing, loving, caring, and hardworking team. I look forward to bringing many more smiles to you and your family!

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 received her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and graduated Texas Tech Occupational Therapy School.

Vanessa Vatau,  Dental Assistant

vanessa I was born and raised in Pasadena and have been married to my wonderful husband since 2007. We have a Tabby cat name “Yuki” who we just Love.  I have been a Certified Dental Assistant since 2008. I enjoy every aspect of my job and love working with all our wonderful Staff, we are truly a family here and the high light of everyday is assisting Dr. Nugent and  making our patients feel part of our family. And of course, we always have a great time all while helping our patients feel at ease and educating them about their dental needs. There is NEVER EVER a dull moment at this office, come see for yourself.  You will hear genuine  laughter throughout our office which makes it so unique. You may even get to hear Dr. Nugent sing a tune or tell you about his daily adventures with his two beautiful daughters. We strive to make your visit as comfortable as possible and want to get to know you while helping you achieve that optimal smile. Come visit our office and experience what sets us apart from any other dental office you’ve been to, I look forward to meeting you.

Saul Mata, Dental Assistant 

Saul Mata

My dental journey started in a log cabin in the country… No just kidding. I was raised in Houston. I began my career in Dentistry back in 1992, fresh out of High School. I had no idea what dental assisting was or what it entailed but the course was being offered for free at that time and so I went for it and fell totally in love with the profession.
I worked as a Certified Dental Assistant at the first and only place I interviewed for over 23 years and now I am here at Dr. Nugent’s office. What caught my attention was the Doctor to Patient interaction. Seeing how Dr. Nugent takes the time to answer his patient’s e-mails and calls his patients. This really impressed me and now meeting the Doc and the staff, what can I say. I feel right at home.
I have been married for 20 years now (seems like yesterday), and have two children. Our son who is 7 and our daughter who is 13. I look forward to seeing you and helping make it a great experience for you.
oh and I am also bilingual…
Esperamos verlos para darles la mejor atencion dental y con lo mas moderno. Soy uno de los assistentes bilingues y todos estamos atentos a sus necesidades dentales. Los esperamos.