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Dental Care in Dallas - Staff Bios

Gary Alhadef DDS

Stephanie Shackelford – Registered Dental Hygienist

Stephanie graduated from Texas A&M University before studying at the Baylor College of Dentistry. Her certifications and trainings include:

Stephanie routinely adds to her expertise through continuing education courses. Highlights include courses focused on:

Stephanie and her husband, Miles, have two children: Hudson and Lily. When away from the office, Stephanie loves playing with her kids, cooking and baking, vegetable gardening, refinishing furniture, doing arts and crafts, reading, using essential oils, and Pinterest-ing!

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Grace Smedley – Office Manager

Grace is a long-time team member and Dr. Alhadef’s office manager. She graduated from both Western Texas College and Austin Community College, where she received her dental assistant certification. Her certifications and trainings include:

She has added to her knowledge with several continuing education courses, including:

Grace is married to Danny Smedley. They have three grown sons - Thomas, Aaron, and Michael - and one daughter, Lauren. They also have two grandsons. In her spare time, Grace enjoys golfing, gardening, cooking, traveling, reading, and spending time with her grandchildren.

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Julie Dallas – Scheduling and Financial Coordinator

Julie is a graduate of the University of Colorado, earning her bachelor’s degree in finance. She has also received her real estate license.

As Dr. Alhadef’s scheduling and financial coordinator, she has also completed numerous continuing education courses. Her favorite of these was the Seattle Study Club.

Julie has three children ― Hunter, Jenna, and Blake. When away from the office, she enjoys gardening, doing arts and crafts, oil painting, decorating, fishing and other water/lake sports, Pinterest-ing, cooking, refurbishing furniture, reading, and watching The Walking Dead.

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Natalia Figueroa – Registered Dental Assistant

Natalia graduated from Javeriana University in Colombia and has several years of experience in the dental field. She is fluent in English and Spanish. Her certifications and trainings include:

Natalia routinely adds to her knowledge through continuing education courses, and her most recent courses include:

Natalia was born and raised in Colombia and has one son, Mateo. In her free time, she enjoys making jewelry and crafts, going to movies with her son, reading, dancing, and taking Zumba classes.