Lakewood Dental Trails
A Great Dentist

Meet the Team at Lakewood Dental Trails

We are so glad you have visited our website, and we look forward to meeting you in person at our dental office in Temple, TX. Our entire staff is dedicated to making you and your family feel at home at every time you visit.

Lakewood Dental Trails is a family dentistry practice offering comprehensive care in a relaxing and caring environment. Our knowledgeable staff uses a combination of advanced technology and old-fashioned compassion and attentiveness to provide you with high-quality, stress-free dental care.

Beginning with your initial consultation and exam, you will discover that we emphasize communication. We believe that your dental health is a team effort, with you as the most important member, and all of us working together to achieve success.

Whatever your dentistry needs, the staff at Lakewood has the experience, knowledge, and technology to meet those needs all in one convenient location. We gladly accept most PPO plans and offer in-house financing for uninsured or underinsured patients. At Lakewood Dental Trails, it is all about comfort, convenience, and quality care that your family can depend on.

Please take a few moments to meet the fantastic team of professionals who will be serving you!

Dr. Richard Leung

Dr. Rich is a native of California, and it has always been his desire to provide quality dental care in a comfortable and relaxing environment. He graduated from the University of California in Riverside in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in business. After practicing financial consulting for five years, Dr. Rich went on to achieve his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2009 from the prestigious New York University College of Dentistry. While in dental school, Dr. Rich’s clinical skills stood out early on as faculty recognized his passion for dentistry and commitment to ensuring patient comfort and well-being.

Since earning his DDS, Dr. Rich has carried the same dedication to excellence into his career. He has pursued advanced level training in numerous areas. Some of these are cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, orthodontics, Invisalign, and sedation dentistry. Dr. Rich is an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Orthodontic Society and International Association for Orthodontics.

As the owner of Temple Dental Trails and Lakewood Dental Trails, Dr. Rich brings all his knowledge and skills to our community and works hard to maintain a high standard of care and office organization. When it comes to dentistry, patient comfort and experience are as important to Dr. Rich as the quality of care he delivers.

Dr. Rich is known for his gentle touch, compassionate nature, and skill. His passion is helping his patients overcome their dental fears. He also loves helping others feel better about their smiles, and he enjoys knowing all of his patients personally.

In his personal life, Dr. Rich has several hobbies, including basketball, weight training, taekwondo, and video games. He is an avid athlete as well as a caring father. Focusing on the family is an important part of our practice philosophy and culture. Dr. Rich looks forward to getting to know you and your family!

Dr. Ross Brenner, DDS

We are so excited for you to meet our newest smile expert, Dr. Ross Brenner. Dr. Brenner believes a beautiful smile gives people the confidence to do anything in this world. Having previously worked in private practices in St. Louis, Dr. Ross Brenner is excited to join the Temple Dental Trails team and will divide his time between our Temple and Lakewood dental offices. 

Dr. Brenner obtained his bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from Indiana University Bloomington. He went on to attend IU’s School of Dentistry, where he graduated with the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) with Highest Distinction. During this time. Dr. Brenner founded the Digital Dentistry Club and was also a member of the Theta Theta Chapter, Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honors Society. 

With a strong interest in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, Dr. Brenner was motivated to pursue his master's degree and board certification from St. Louis University. Board certification in a particular specialty demonstrates a practitioner’s exceptional expertise in that area.

Because of his strong desire to give back to his community, Dr. Brenner also held a fellowship position with the Boys and Girls Club of St. Louis as a general dentist, providing care to an underserved pediatric population four to five days per month.

In his spare time, Dr. Brenner loves to sing and play the guitar, go hiking, go to restaurants, and spending time with friends and family. He and his wife, Nikoleta have 1 dog named Bear and they love the Texas Hill Country. 

We are happy to welcome Dr. Brenner and look forward to introducing him to our patients.

Dr. Gary Pundt

Dr. Gary Pundt is driven to pursue excellence in dentistry and provide his patients with the gentle and compassionate care they deserve.

A native of Killeen, Texas, Dr. Pundt received his undergraduate degree in business management from Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas. He went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 2004. He was invited to continue on as faculty at LLUSD as an Assistant Professor of Restorative Dentistry for a year after graduation.

Dr. Pundt has practiced in Killeen and the surrounding Central Texas areas ever since. He began participating in dental mission trips while in dental school and continues this service to underserved areas of the world. He has provided dental care on several international dental mission trips to locations, including Nicaragua, Mexico, St. Vincent, St. Kitts, and Turks & Caicos.

A member of multiple dental societies, Dr. Pundt has also served as a past board member for the National Association of Seventh-day Adventist Dentists (NASDAD). He has also volunteered to provide free dentistry at the Clinic with A Heart, Smile Day, the Greater Killeen Free Clinic, and Texas Mission of Mercy.

Dr. Pundt is most proud of his daughter and son. They can often be seen riding bicycles, playing, hiking, swimming, four-wheeling, spending time at the lake, and other outdoor activities. He leads out with the audio-video production at the Killeen Seventh-day Adventist Church. Dr. Pundt also enjoys traveling, wakeboarding, dirt bike riding, mountain biking, scuba diving, snorkeling, and snowboarding.

Deshera

Front Desk Leadership

Deshera has been working in the field of dentistry since 2014 and joined Lakewood Dental Trails in 2020. She was trained at Ozarks Technical Community College and Temple College and chose dentistry as a profession because she is a people person who loves helping patients feel comfortable and happy with their appearance.

As a valued member of our front desk team, Deshera enjoys talking to everyone she comes in contact with, hearing their stories, and knowing there’s something she can do to help them and make them feel better about themselves. It is important to Deshera to give everyone that comes into our office the same experience she would give to her parents or grandparents.

Deshera grew up in Rosebud, Texas, and in her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her two beautiful children, Da’Kai, age eight, and Da’Mir who is two.

Amber

Front Office

Amber has worked in the dental field since 2007 and recently joined Lakewood Dental Trails in May 2021. We’re excited to have her on our team! 

Amber chose dentistry because she has always enjoyed helping people, and dentistry is a way to make a difference in patients’ lives. Amber loves working with a great team of dental professionals, helping people feel confident about their smiles and creating exceptional dental experiences.

A native of Belton, Texas, Amber enjoys spending her days off outdoors, working out, walking down, and being with friends and family.

Jessica

Registered Dental Hygienist

Jessica attended Collin College in McKinney, Texas, where she obtained her Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene in 2014. She joined the Lakewood Dental Trails in May 2021, and we are excited to have her on our team!

Jessica is CPR certified and has received numerous awards and certificates, including the Courtesy in Action Award from the dental clinic at the VA Medical Center Dallas. She is also a member of the National Honors Society and Dean’s List Society.

As a lover of science—especially health sciences—Jessica was drawn to the field of dentistry. She’s learned it’s not just about dental health, it’s about total body health, and she finds it fascinating to explore this area with her patients.

Jessica really loves connecting with patients in our community and hearing their stories. She enjoys making dentistry and hygiene sensible and down-to-earth and offering reasonable applications for them. Jessica wants to create value in dentistry and hygiene, so everyone loves it as much as she does!

A native of Sachse, Texas, Jessica recently moved to Temple with her boyfriend Ben, and his two kids Ariyanna and Benjamin Jr., along with two dogs, Stella and Moose. Outside of dentistry, Jessica likes going to the gym and riding her Harley any chance she gets. She also enjoys taking her dogs for walks at the park and growing anything in her vegetable garden.

Melissa

Dental Hygienist

Melissa has been working in the dental field since 2002 and joined our practices in 2019. She has always loved dentistry and knew she wanted to be a dental hygienist since her junior year of high school. In 2009, she realized her dream when she graduated from Temple College with her Associates of Applied Science degree and began her career as a registered dental hygienist.

Melissa takes pride in connecting with her patients and building long-lasting relationships while providing the best care possible for them. Dentistry is not a "one-size-fits-all" process, and Melissa treats each of her patients as an individual with unique needs.

A native of the Temple area, Melissa loves the fantastic team she is blessed to work alongside. She appreciates the upbeat atmosphere of our office and the exceptional patient experience our team strives to deliver to our patients. With every patient’s visit, Melissa loves being a part of something this special!

Melissa has been married for 20 years to TJ, her high school sweetheart and best friend. He serves in the US Air Force Security Forces, and she is a very proud military wife. They are blessed with two sons named Kobe and Kolson and two daughters named Kenley and Kyleigh.

When she’s not at work or attending her kiddos’ academic and sporting events, Melissa loves to Pinterest, and she and her husband are avid DIYers.

Kim

Registered Dental Hygienist

Kim received her Associates of Applied Science degree from Temple College in 2012. Then went on to complete her Bachelor’s degree from University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.  Kim loves building relationships with patients and helping them feel confident about their smile. We are excited to have her on our team.

Kim loves that her career allows her to meet new people daily. She enjoys educating patients on the importance of good oral health and how it affects their overall health. Kim believes that volunteering to give back to her community is an important aspect of being a hygienist.  

As a a military brat, Kim has lived in many places but calls Killeen, Texas her home. She’s married to an amazing man, David and has two children, Amaree and Amierah. Kim also have 3 fur babies; Bella, Bently, and Dallas. 

In her spare time, Kim enjoys spending it with her family. Her daughter is very active in basketball and plays all year around, so they spend a lot of time supporting her and cheering her on. As a family, they also love to travel and see new places. 

Celestina

Receptionist and Registered Dental Assistant

Celestina attended Temple Dental Assistant School to become a registered dental assistant and joined our team in 2019. Celestina’s skill set has become valuable in both the back and front office positions. She is currently our receptionist.

Celestina chose the field of dentistry because her mother was a dental assistant. She remembers spending a lot of time at the dental office as a child and loving every bit of it. Her favorite part of dentistry is being able to help change a patient’s negative perception of themselves by recreating a smile that they love and feel comfortable with. Celestina also loves being able to truly connect with her patients and build relationships.

Celestina was born and raised in Temple, TX. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, date nights with her husband, and spending quality time with her daughter and son. 

Megan

Registered Dental Assistant

Megan joined the Lakewood Dental Trails team in June 2021. She has worked in the dental field since 2013 and received her assistant training at Austin Dental Assisting School. She is also certified in nitrous oxide and CPR.

Megan is a self-professed dental nerd who is fascinated by teeth and has always loved going to the dentist. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm for dentistry with her patients and loves helping them feel good about their smiles.

The favorite part of the job for Megan is doing cosmetic procedures and seeing a patient’s face light up when we improve something about their smile that they may have been insecure about.

Megan is a native of Belton, Texas. She has been married to her husband Jesse since 2011, and they have two young children. When she’s not helping patients, Megan loves spending cooking and spending time with friends and family.

Amanda

Registered Dental Assistant

Amanda has worked in the dental field since 2018 and joined our Lakewood Dental Trails team in November 2020. She attended Northwest Career College in Las Vegas for her training and is a member of American Medical Technologists and a Texas Registered Dental Assistant.

One aspect of the job that Amanda values most is that she can help people achieve the smile they've always dreamed about having. She enjoys spending time getting to know her patients and learning about their lives and families. 

Amanda grew up in a small community in New Mexico called Timberon, located about 40 minutes from Cloudcroft, New Mexico. Her husband Keith grew up in Killeen, Texas, works for Bell County Sheriff, and is going after his dream job of being a K-9 cop. They have two amazing kids, Ryan and Jameson, and the family loves going fishing at the lake and being out on the boat in the summer. 

Cydni

Registered Dental Assistant

Cydni received her registered dental assistant training through Vandelay Education and joined Lakewood Dental Trails in October 2020. She also holds an associate degree in general studies from Temple College.

The best thing about the job for Cydni is helping to transform someone’s attitude about dentistry. She loves watching a fearful patient transition from hating dental visits to feeling comfortable and confident with their dentist and team.

Cydni is a native of Academy, Texas, and has fun shopping with her niece Blakey at “the red store” for lip gloss and Barbies. She also enjoys spending time at the lake with family and friends and fishing with her older sister every chance she gets.

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From the moment I walked in I felt so welcome and at home. I was nervous but they were so kind and reassuring. By far the BEST experience I have had at any dentist office! This is my dental home for life! Highly recommend this place to anyone and everyone.

- Francisca O.

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