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Meet Our Staff

Dr. Samuel Duran

Dr. Samuel Duran was born in McAllen, TX and is the father of 6 children - 3 boys and 3 girls. He graduated from the University of Texas-Pan American and was then accepted to Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry on an academic scholarship. Dr. Duran is an artist, and before becoming a dentist he was a custom jeweler.

After receiving his degree in 1994, Dr. Duran has gone on to many different aspects of dentistry, but most of all loves cosmetic dentistry and how people walk out of his office feeling confident with a beautiful smile. He is witty, creative, artistic and funny, and is able to think outside the box. Dr. Duran has developed several alternative modalities of treatment and prevention of dental disease. He is here to help you get the smile of your dreams and can't wait to meet you!

Anna Lisa Ayala
Head Dental Hygienist

Anna Lisa Ayala is a native of the Rio Grande Valley and is a graduate of Texas State Technical College with an AS in Dental Hygiene where she received the highest honors available for academic achievement, clinical skills, proficiency, dedication and chairside manner from Johnson & Johnson.

Anna Lisa feels blessed to be in a profession she truly loves while meeting patients who become friends through helping them achieve optimal oral health. Anna has also been an important part of our office since it's beginning. When out of the office, she loves to spend time with her husband and two boys watching movies, cooking and eating together and quality family time. She is an avid racquetball player and loves to learn as she is attending UTPA with the goal of becoming a dentist. She is excited to meet you and your family at our office. 

Alba Esther Marin
Lead Dental Assistant

Alba was born in Edinburg. She has worked in dentistry since she was 16 years old. She treats patients with care, and is very involved in helping patients obtain their optimal dental care. She excells in everything she does which is what makes her an important asset to the team, as well as a wonderful dental assistant. She also has her aesthesticians license and loves to help people look their best.

Family is very important to Alba. She has been married for 7 years and after living in Utah for over a decade, she has relocated to Rio Grande Valley to be closer to family.