Meet The Staff
 
William C. Watkins, DDS

 
Dr. Watkins has become well known and loved by his patients after practicing in this same location for almost five decades. He came to this building in 1965 after serving as a dentist in the Navy, and has happily become a fixture in the neighborhood. He is a graduate of Lamar High School, Texas A & M University, and the University of Texas Dental Branch. Married to Elena since 1963, they have two children and four grandchildren.

 
Mark Grant, DDS
 
Dr. Grant was born in Hawaii, but has been raised as a true Houstonian. He married into the Watkins family in 1999 where he fell in love with dentistry. Dr. Grant graduated in 2009 from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston. He has two wonderful children and enjoys sports of all kinds, especially those he can play with his family.
 
Elena D. Watkins, RDH
 
Truly a “family business”, our practice is proud that Elena is one of our hygienists. She and Dr. Bill met in dental school, married while he was serving in the Navy, and have enjoyed working together ever since. She graduated from the University of Texas Dental Branch in 1963 and served in every office of the Houston Dental Hygienists’ Society and the Texas Dental Hygienists’ Association, including president of each. After work she loves playing with her grandchildren.
 
Melanie A. Shoss, RDH
 
Melanie is truly a dedicated professional, having graduated from the University of Texas Dental Branch in 1969 and practicing in Dr. Watkins’ office since 1985. She has a devoted following of patients with whom she enjoys sharing children and grandchildren stories.
 
The front office is capably managed by Debra Lanfer (since 1984) and Theresa Chapa (since 1996), who is also highly qualified as a chairside assistant.
Since 1997 our patients have enjoyed the expertise and professional skill of Aurora Salinas as a chairside assistant.