Meet The Staff

Our Team consists of highly trained individuals who are dedicated to making your visit to our office as comfortable as possible. From the knowledgeable administrative staff, to our caring and compassionate clinical team of assistants, we are constantly striving to provide you with an exceptional dental experience.

The Woodlands Dental Surgical Assistant Supervisor

Karla, Surgical Assistant Supervisor / Marketing

A native Texan, born and raised in San Antonio, Karla has been in the dental profession for over 40 years. With experience in cosmetic and general dentistry, periodontics, orthodontics, pedodontics and oral surgery, she has worked for Dr. Mulherin for 30 years. Karla attended The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Dental Assisting and graduated in 1979. Upon graduation, she worked at the UT Health Science Center Dental School in the Post Doctoral Periodontics Department as a surgical assistant. Karla is a Certified Dental Assistant, Registered Dental Assistant, Certified Anesthesia Assistant and she is Implant Certified. She is a member of the Association of Dental Implant Auxiliaries and The National Association of Professional Women. She attends several oral surgery and implant meetings each year. Karla and her husband have 4 children, and 5 grand                                                                 children. They live on Lake Conroe with all of their adorable felines.


Shelley, Patient Coordinator / Office Manager

Shelley is originally from Chicago, Illinois and was educated at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and worked for the VP of Personnel at G. D. Searle in the Chicago area. She and her husband moved to Spring, Texas in 1975. She has worked with Dr. Mulherin since 1987 with an interruption of service to experience the retail gift business as a business owner in the Champions area. Shelley and her family live in the Spring/Woodlands/Tomball areas and she spends her free time enjoying her children/grandchildren and their activities, as well as shopping, decorating, exercising and gardening.


Cheryl, Insurance Coordinator

Cheryl is proud to be a native Houstonian and Texan. She has been in the medical/dental profession since 1989;  which she feels privileged to have been working with Dr. Mulherin in the oral surgical field, since 1997 as a Patient Coordinator and then an Account Manager, with and interruption of service to experience Orthopedic Surgery for 8 years. Cheryl and her family live in Spring enjoying her children and their activities.


Natalie, Patient Coordinator

Natalie has had the pleasure of being a part of the practice since 2016.  She is passionate about being a patient advocate and loves getting to know each and every patient she meets.  She has a secret drawer in her office filled with candy and treats, so that she can brighten her co-workers days!  Her family is her passion.  She and her husband Todd have 8 children and love the organized chaos that a big family creates in everyday life.


Becky, Patient Account Manager

Becky, a native Houstonian, has enjoyed working for Dr. Mulherin since 1985. She started her career in the dental field with an orthodontist in Bryan-College Station in 1981. With her vast experience in insurance billing and coding she also consults with other doctors in the area in regards to managed care and other insurance related issues. She has attended numerous educational seminars over the years. In her spare time she works out and is also involved in various charities. The one nearest and dearest to her heart is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


Brenda, Scheduling Coordinator

Brenda was born and raised in New Orleans, LA, but has moved around to various states, due to her husband’s job in the oil field industry. She has been in The Woodlands for several years, and loves Texas. Brenda has been in the administrative part of dentistry since 1992 and greatly enjoys the interaction with people. She has held this position in General Dentistry, Oral Surgery, and Dental Sleep Medicine. Before dentistry, Brenda taught pre-school for several years and also has worked in medical records at area hospitals.  When not working, she enjoys her home, church, friends, and especially her family.



Renee, Registered Nurse/Surgical Assistant/Assistant Supervisor

Renee was born in Portland, Maine but relocated to Texas in 2009. Renee started her dental career in 2001 as a general dental assistant but developed a passion for Oral Surgery. Renee became an Oral Surgery Assistant in 2003, quickly receiving her Anesthesia Assistant Certification, DANB Radiology Certification, as well as a CNA license. Renee is CPR/BLS certified, as well as EKG educated. Renee graduated and obtained her Registered Nurse License in 2016. Renee attends numerous continuing education courses each year in medical emergency scenarios as well as implant education.  Renee currently lives in Conroe with her husband, and children. Renee spends her free time crafting, and helping the Bulldog Rescue that she has both adopted from and fosters.  


Lupe, Surgical Assistant

Lupe started her dental career in 1989. Her experience includes pedodontics, orthodontics, periodontics, cosmetic and general dentistry and her favorite, oral surgery. She received her dental assistant certification from Astrodome Dental Career Center. Lupe is a registered Dental Assistant and Certified in Nitrous Oxide Monitoring by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. She is registered as an Anesthesia Assistant by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. She is an active member of the American Dental Assistants Association and The Woodlands Dental Assistant Association. She joined Dr. Mulherin’s team in 2005. Lupe is married, mother of four and resides in Cypress. She loves spending time with her family and all the great people whom with she works. She enjoys meeting people and helping them with their dental care.


Jill, Surgical Assistant

Jill was born in New York but has been a Texan for most of her life. She has been in the dental profession since 1997. Jill has her Radiology certificate and is CPR certified. She lives in Conroe, Texas. And enjoys spending time with her 2 daughters.



Brandi, Surgical Assistant

Brandi was born and raised in Tomball, Texas. She joined the dental profession in 2008, getting involved in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery. Brandi is a Registered Dental Assistant, Radiology and CPR certified as well obtaining her Anesthesia Assisting certification. She loves what she does, especially taking care of patients.  She resides in Tomball with her husband, and two children. She loves spending time with her family and enjoys the outdoors.


Jennifer, Surgical Assistant

Jennifer joined the dental profession in 2014, going straight into Oral and Maxillofacial surgery.  She loves her profession and enjoys helping her patients with their dental needs.  Jennifer is a Registered Dental Assistant proficient in Radiology, as well CPR/BLS certified. She has worked with Dr. Tabarini, since starting her dental career in 2014. Jennifer and her family reside in Trinity.  When not at work she enjoys spending her down time with her husband and their beautiful daughter. 


Gissel, Surgical Assistant

Gissel was born in Pasadena, Texas and raised in Mexico. She joined the dental profession in 2017, after graduating from the Assitant Program in Alvin, going straight in to Oral and Maxillofacial surgery.   She is a Registered Dental Assistant, Radiology and CPR/BLS certified. Gissel is new to the dental field, but is eager to continue learning, is a team player and  committed to perfecting her skills. 


Malena, Surgical Assistant 

Malena was born and raised in Mexico City.  She started her dental career in Mexico and moved to California in 1995 where she continued studying and working in the dental field.  She has been assisting in Oral Surgery since 2003.  Malena is a Registered Dental Assistant, certified in Nitrous Oxide Monitoring by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners and also obtained the Dental Assistant Anesthesia Certificate by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.  She is also certified in BLS.  Malena and her husband have two wonderful grown children.  She loves spending time at home,, traveling to Mexico to visit family and friends and enjoys exercising and going to yoga class.  


Kate, Surgical Assistant

Originally from Phoenix, Arizona; Kate moved to Texas in 1976. She received her RDA and BLS in 2010, and her Anesthesia Assistant Certification in 2016.  Kate enjoys creating art and baking in her free time.