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. Brenna Sura

Dr. Brenna Sura received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from St. Edwards University in Austin, TX. She then received her Doctor of Dental Surgery with distinction from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

As an associate at Temple Dental Trails, Dr. Sura brings a passion for new technology and advances in cosmetic dentistry. She knows that improving the esthetics of a smile not only has a direct effect on self-confidence, but showing off new teeth requires a smile, and smiling is good for the soul!

Dr. Sura also loves having the opportunity to form unique lifelong relationships and provide care for a large variety of patients. Most patients she sees struggle with some degree of dental anxiety, so it is always fulfilling to grow trust and help patients work through their fears for the betterment of their dental and overall health.

Dr. Sura’s dedication to excellence has earned her several awards, including:

  • T. Schoeni Wolfe, DDS Memorial Award – granted by UTHSCSA School of Dentistry to the top dental student who displays exceptional patient-centered care and significant motivation and perseverance during dental school.
  • The International Congress of Oral Implantology Pre-Doctoral Student Achievement Award – awarded to a graduating dental student for recognition of interest and commitment to oral implantology and implant dentistry.

Dr. Sura is a native of Austin and enjoys spending her free time with her husband, Brett, and their dog, Riley. She also likes to play soccer, hike, and travel to new places.

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. 

Michelle

Dental Hygienist

Michelle is a native of Temple, TX and joined Lakewood Dental Trails in 2017. She attended Temple College, where she received her associate’s degree in dental hygiene and applied science. She earned first place for her table clinic on dental hygiene.

Michelle is passionate about building trusting relationships with her patients. Educating them on the importance of oral health helps build their confidence by improving smiles. Michelle is also excited to be part of such an outstanding dental team.  

In her free time, Michelle enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and shopping with her daughter, Averie.

Celestina

Receptionist/Dental Assistant

Celestina attended Temple Dental Assistant School to become a registered dental assistant and joined our team in 2019. Having started as an assistant at our Temple office, Celestina currently works at our Lakewood office as our receptionist.

Because of her unique skillset, Celestina has become an invaluable member of both our front and back-office teams. She additionally holds a certification in nitrous oxide sedation. When asked what she likes most about her job, Celestina says, "I enjoy being the front face in getting to greet our patients and making them feel welcomed as they arrive for their appointments." 

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 building relationships.

Born and raised in Temple, Celestina spends her free time hiking, watching movies with her fiancé Jose, and painting with her daughter Amiia.

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.

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Highly recommend this place to anyone and everyone

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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