About Us

The team at Lone Star Pediatric Dental & Braces is committed to providing you and your family with the best possible dental, orthodontic and oral surgery treatments.

Pediatric Dentists & Orthodontists in Austin, TX

Marty & Rachel Montgomery, the husband and wife team that started Lone Star Pediatric Dental & Braces, have a passion for children’s dental health and needs. This dynamic duo instills a warm, family atmosphere in their practice, ensuring that every patient feels welcomed as soon as they enter our office.

 

Our entire staff is uniquely trained and highly skilled. At each of our offices, we strive to provide unparalleled service to every child that sits in our chair. Our staff consists of team members with specialized training and years of experience treating patients of all ages. We’re committed to staying up-to-date on the very latest in technology and advances by regularly attending continuing education courses and seminars so that we can provide you with the highest level of care.

Our Providers

Dr. Marty Montgomery

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Dr. Marty Montgomery comes from a family where all the children were drawn to dental careers early in life. His brother operates a dental practice in Tennessee, and his sister is a dental hygienist in Texas. Graduating with an undergraduate degree from Baylor University, in Waco, Marty attended Tufts Dental School in Boston. He completed his residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, specializing in pediatrics. When not perfecting smiles, Marty is an active outdoor sports enthusiast and can often be found running, wake-boarding or skiing. But his favorite sport is indulging in family time with his wife and partner, Rachel, and their two boys. He has a heart for dental mission work and treated patients in Nicaragua in 2008, offering dental care needs to the people in that region that never would have received any due to the extreme shortage of dental providers throughout the country. Marty is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), American Dental Association (ADA), and Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (TAPD). Fun Fact: Marty can wiggle his ears — with no hands!

Dr. Rachel Montgomery

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Dr. Rachel Montgomery graduated from Baylor University in Waco, followed up by attending The University of Texas Dental School in Houston. Her residency was spent at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine, with a specialty in pediatrics. Also coming from a ‘dental home,’ her father practices dentistry in Plano, one sister is a hygienist, another sister is pursuing her dental degree at The University of Texas dental branch at Houston, and her third sister is planning on attending dental hygiene school in the future. When away from the practice she loves so much, Rachel can most likely be found spending time with Marty and their two precious little boys, taking in the latest romantic comedy or walking their beloved Rhodesian Ridgeback, Harley. She also loves being in the company of her nieces and nephews, as well as unwinding in the splendor of her family’s ranch in South Fork, CO. She is a Diplomate and member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), a member of the American Dental Association (ADA) and a member of the Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (TAPD). She speaks fluent Spanish. Rachel considers it a joy working with children and getting to know them and their families. Fun Fact: Dr. Rachel can draw superheros and princesses on teeth.

Dr. Craig Taylor

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Dr. Craig Taylor is one of very few people who have completed two residencies in the dental field. He attended dental school at Temple University from 2004-2008; after which, he stayed in Philadelphia for another two years to complete a Pediatric Dental Residency in 2010. Dr. Marty and Dr. Craig met during this time in Philly and had the same ambitions to work together. Not too far into the future, and after Dr. Craig worked as an associate for a pediatric practice in Waco, TX, he joined Dr. Marty and Dr. Rachel to expand Lone Star Pediatric Dental and Braces (LSPD). It was evident to Dr. Craig that orthodontics was going to be a big part of LSPD and he had a strong desire to go back to school and get the training that he needed to expand that vision for the practice. Finally, after three years of orthodontic training in Las Vegas, NV at Roseman University, he is dual certified to work pediatrics and orthodontics. Dr. Craig grew up in Mesa, AZ and met his wife, Allison, there. They were married in 2000 and have three children, one boy and two girls… and a dog named Pippa. Dr. Craig enjoys road biking and is anxious to ride the roads in Austin again. In his spare time, he spends time with his family and serves in his church. Fun fact: Dr. Craig is learning to play the acoustic guitar and will some day be able to play songs for his patients.

Dr. Todd Bushman

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Dr. Todd Bushman knew he wanted to be a dentist from an early age. Todd comes from a large and tight-knit family and has six siblings. His mom was educated as a nurse, and his three brothers are all doctors. Dr. Todd received his bachelor’s degree in Spanish translation from Brigham Young University. He then earned his D.M.D. degree from the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health in 2009. He worked for three years as a general dentist in Waco, Texas, where he decided he wanted to focus his career on pediatrics. He completed a Pediatric Dental Residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Providence, RI. Dr. Todd and his wife, Crystal, have been married for 12 years. When he is not at work or spending time with his beautiful wife, he is usually camping, fishing, or volunteering his time with different youth groups like the Boy Scouts. Using his talents to better his community is very important to him. Dr. Todd is a member of American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), American Dental Association (ADA), and Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (TAPD). Fun Facts: Dr. Todd has two large African Spurred tortoises, which can live to be 100 years old. He has also lived in Japan, Mexico, and 18 different states.

Dr. Sarah Carpenter

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Dr. Sarah Carpenter grew up in a small town, Newbury Park, in southern California. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara with a major in biology and a minor in education. She continued to dental school at the University of California, San Francisco, and completed her pediatric residency at the University of Southern California. Dr. Sarah has always lived an active lifestyle; her hobbies include soccer, softball, snowboarding and wakeboarding. She just completed her first full marathon (26.2 miles)! Dr. Sarah just moved to Texas with her high school sweetheart, their dog, and their three chickens. She is very excited to be involved in her new community and be considered an “Austinite.” Fun Fact: Dr. Sarah can say the whole alphabet… BACKWARDS!

Dr. Eduardo Rappaccioli

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Dr. Eduardo Rappaccioli is a Pediatric Dental Specialist coming from Nicaragua. After earning his undergraduate degree in Managua, Nicaragua in 2015, he went on to complete an advanced two-year specialty program in pediatric dentistry in Loma Linda California. Dr. Rappaccioli practiced pediatric dentistry in California with patients and as Faculty before relocating to Austin in 2019 to provide dental care.

Dr. Rappaccioli is steadfast in staying up-to-date on latest dental techniques and patient comfort. His goal is to assist kids of all ages feel comfortable in his care.

Dr. Rappaccioli enjoys spending his free time exercising, traveling, and anything outdoors.

Dr. Valerie Fong

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Dr. Valerie Fong grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in California where she received her Bachelor of Science degree and D.D.S. from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in 2008. She then went on to complete an additional Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency program in Boston through Lutheran Medical Center. Over the next few years as a general dentist, she realized she wanted to pursue her career in pediatrics and completed her pediatric dental residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. She is a board certified member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and stays up-to-date with continuing education annually. She feels the most rewarding part of her job is helping children of all ages and needs have a positive experience visiting the dentist. Dr. Valerie loves to spend her free time with her two beagle mix dogs outdoors, reading, cooking, and trying new restaurants. Fun Fact: Dr. Valerie was a Girl Scout from Daisy to Senior when she was growing up. Her favorite cookie is still the Samoa!

Dr. Nicholas Bumacod

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Dr. Nicholas Bumacod was born in raised in Burbank, CA. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Biology at The University of California, Los Angeles. He obtained his Master of Science in Medical Science degree at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA and went on to complete dental school at WesternU, earning his Doctorate in Dental Medicine in 2016. Nicholas is an avid traveler, having visited a total of 30 countries to date! He combines his love of travel with his passion to serve the underserved and has partaken in Dental Mission trips to Managua, Nicaragua during his undergraduate years; to Nairobi, Kenya during dental school; and to Kingston, Jamaica during his residency. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Dental Association (ADA). He is the proud parent to a fluffy a Cockapoo, Alfie, who is an avid swimmer and is addicted to playing fetch. Dr. Nicholas prides himself in producing esthetic results for his patients and can’t wait to help them have the most confident smiles! He is excited to be living in Austin and wants to make sure all his patients and their families feel comfortable visiting the dentist. Fun fact: Dr. Nicholas loves staying active and has ran a total of four Los Angeles Marathons!

Dr. Debra DeKay

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Dr. Debbie earned her Bachelor of Science degree and completed dental school in Michigan at the University of Detroit Mercy. Looking for more sunshine and warmer weather, she moved to San Antonio to begin her pediatric dental residency at UTHSC San Antonio. Growing up just north of Detroit, Dr. Debbie and her husband, Garrett, who were married in 2012, have a great love for outdoor activities, such as running, biking, water sports, hiking, volleyball, tennis and swimming, and their cat, Lilly! Dr. Debbie has a great heart and passion for doing dental mission work for the underprivileged. She has been blessed with the opportunity to serve in the country of Honduras many times over the past years and plans to continue with serving there in the future. She also enjoys opportunities to serve in local Texas border towns on weekend dental mission brigades with the Christian Medical & Dental Association. Dr. Debbie is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Christian Medical and Dental Association, the Texas Association of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Texas Dental Association. Fun Fact: Dr. Debbie’s cat, Lilly, can do dog tricks like sit, shake, lay down, and give a high five!

Dr. Michael Zhang

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Dr. Michael Zhang grew up in San Antonio, Texas. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Texas at San Antonio with a major in biology and a minor in business administration. He then attended dental school and also completed a pediatric residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Michael is a member of the AAPD and ADA and enjoys weight training, basketball, football, and cooking in his spare time. Dr. Michael is ecstatic to finally be in a new city after completing all his education in one place and is looking forward to providing care to the children of Austin! Fun fact: Dr. Michael is double jointed in his wrists and can pop his ulna in and out of its socket.

Dr. LaResea Woods

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A Bama girl at heart, Dr. Reesie is a dentist with a huge heart for kiddos! After earning her Pre-Health Degree in Biology from Alabama State University, she then graduated Dental School from the University of Tennessee – Health Science Center in 2010. On the S.E.C. trail, Dr. Reesie then migrated to Arkansas where she developed a niche in providing fun-filled dental care to children. During her seven years in Arkansas, Dr. Reesie found a love of community service by hosting yearly events resulting in family oriented fun. She was involved in health fairs and several speaking engagements where she addresses dental awareness to children and adolescents. Dr. Reesie currently serves as a member of the Christus Health Ark-La-Tex Hospital Board. Fun Fact: In high school, Dr. Reesie was a decorated member of the Childersburg High School Tiger Marching Band and concert band. She was also a Universal Cheerleading Association all-star honored cheerleader. She performed in the half-time shows with the marching band in her cheerleading uniform!

Dr. Tiffany Barrett

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Tiffany Barrett grew up in Austin, Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Baylor University in Waco, Texas where she met her husband. She continued on to attend dental school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She then moved to Los Angeles, CA to complete her pediatric dental residency at the University of Southern California and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Tiffany is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and California Society of Pediatric Dentistry. Tiffany and her husband are excited to move back to Texas to be closer to family. When she is not telling bedtime stories while brushing her patient’s teeth, Tiffany and her husband enjoy finding ethnic hole in the wall restaurants, hiking, cooking, and hosting board game nights with their friends. Fun fact: Tiffany loves cooking and is constantly looking for new recipes. She tries really hard to not cook the same thing twice.

Dr. Mia Chen

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Dr. Mengxia “Mia” Chen received her Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco and her Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She then completed her pediatric dental residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

For Dr. Chen, it is very rewarding to help children maintain healthy and beautiful smiles. Dr. Chen is a member of American Dental Association, Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Chen loves cooking, traveling and doing art projects. Fun fact: Dr. Chen has a white golden retriever named “dou-dou” (means “bean-bean” in Chinese).

Dr. Julia Li

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Dr. Julia Li grew up in Portland, OR and Omaha, NE. She attended the University of Pennsylvania for college, where she was active in Penn Pre-Dental Society, Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, and many performance arts troupes. After receiving her B.A. in Biology and English, she was accepted to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She graduated summa cum laude from dental school and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society for exemplary character and scholarship as well as the Honos Civicus Society for community engagement. She married her long-time boyfriend after graduation and moved to San Francisco, CA, where she worked at a multi-specialty group practice. After practicing general dentistry for one year, she applied to pediatric dentistry residency and was extremely grateful to have matched to her top choice at the NYU Langone site in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Julia is an avid yogi, traveler, and foodie, and her dream vacation is to hike Machu Picchu with her husband. Fun Fact: Dr. Julia grew up on a blueberry farm…and her favorite type of blueberry is the pink lemonade!

Dr. Elizabeth Scott

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Dr. Elizabeth grew up in San Antonio with a love for her family and her home state of Texas. She went on to become an Aggie graduating from Texas A&M University, followed by her dental education at the University of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston. Always knowing she had a passion for kids and the energy they bring, she continued her dental journey with a residency in pediatric dentistry at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Elizabeth enjoys being out in the sunshine walking hiking trails or spending time with family and friends, but she’s also happy to be home solving puzzles of any kind or competing against her husband with a new board game. Her favorite snacks are pretzels and grapes, and she always drinks water after snacking to rinse off those pesky sugar bugs! She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Dental Association (ADA). Fun fact: Dr. Elizabeth already knows the words to all of your favorite Disney songs! Try to stump her!

Our Orthodontists

Dr. Craig Taylor

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Dr. Craig Taylor is one of very few people who have completed two residencies in the dental field. He attended dental school at Temple University from 2004-2008; after which, he stayed in Philadelphia for another two years to complete a Pediatric Dental Residency in 2010. Dr. Marty and Dr. Craig met during this time in Philly and had the same ambitions to work together. Not too far into the future, and after Dr. Craig worked as an associate for a pediatric practice in Waco, TX, he joined Dr. Marty and Dr. Rachel to expand Lone Star Pediatric Dental and Braces (LSPD). It was evident to Dr. Craig that orthodontics was going to be a big part of LSPD and he had a strong desire to go back to school and get the training that he needed to expand that vision for the practice. Finally, after three years of orthodontic training in Las Vegas, NV at Roseman University, he is dual certified to work pediatrics and orthodontics. Dr. Craig grew up in Mesa, AZ and met his wife, Allison, there. They were married in 2000 and have three children, one boy and two girls… and a dog named Pippa. Dr. Craig enjoys road biking and is anxious to ride the roads in Austin again. In his spare time, he spends time with his family and serves in his church. Fun fact: Dr. Craig is learning to play the acoustic guitar and will some day be able to play songs for his patients.

Dr. Ashley Hill

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Dr. Ashley Hill has had a love for orthodontics since her first visit to the orthodontist at the age of six. Dr. Hill was born in Mountain View, California but grew up as an “Army brat” and spent most of her childhood moving from state to state. Dr. Hill studied Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then attended the UNC School of Dentistry where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery with Honors and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. Dr. Hill remained at UNC Chapel Hill where she received her Master of Science and certificate in orthodontics. Dr. Hill moved to Texas to be closer to her family in San Antonio and is excited to now call Austin home. In her spare time, Dr. Hill enjoys spending time with her family, running, traveling and reading. Fun Fact: Dr. Hill ran track while in college.

Dr. Parul Sangwan

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Dr. Parul Sangwan hails all the way from Jacksonville, Florida and is now proud to call Texas her home, after completing her orthodontic training in Dallas and practicing in Austin. Prior to her move to the great state of Texas, she earned her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Afterwards, she joined Teach for America and taught mathematics at an underserved high school in her hometown for 3 years. Following her TFA service, Dr. P attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where she received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society.  In dental school, she realized her passion for orthodontics, which shaped her decision to attend a 3-year orthodontics residency at Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry.  At TAMU, she earned her Masters in Oral Biology and specialty certificate in orthodontics.

 

In her spare time, Dr. P can be found rooting for her Tar Heels or Dallas Cowboys (often in vain)! She loves to take advantage of the great hiking and live music that Austin has to offer and likes to travel and play tennis as well.

 

Fun Facts: She was a ranked tennis player in the state of Florida and tries to get back out on the court as much as possible!

Dr. Corey Romero

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Dr. Corey Romero grew up in Alexandria, Louisiana, where his passion for orthodontics emerged while observing during his older sister’s orthodontic adjustments. Dr. Romero could not wait to have braces himself, and he has been immersed in the field ever since. He received two undergraduate degrees from Louisiana State University in Biological Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, focusing in Chemistry and Anthropology. He then worked for two years as an orthodontic lab tech and assistant before attending LSU School of Dentistry for his Doctor of Dental Surgery in New Orleans. He graduated first in his class with a 4.0 GPA and was inducted into the OKU Dental Honor Society. He was the recipient of the prestigious OKU William S. Kramer Award for his dental school class. He then moved to Boston for his orthodontic residency training at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Romero received the Edward G. Austin Endowed Scholarship for excellence in orthodontics and community service in both years of his residency, and he was a finalist for the JCO national resident of the year in his second year.

 

Dr. Romero is excited to be in Austin because it is closer to his family and friends and far from the endless winters of Boston. He enjoys playing tennis, painting, and spending time with his Cavalier King Charles, Rose.

 

Fun fact: During dental school, Dr. Romero designed escape games, and he has a 100% success rate in over 75 attempts.

 

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