we have fun sharing smiles and laughter in our practice, but we also take our roles seriously and honor the trust being placed in us when you choose us as your oral health care providers. We hold ourselves to high standards of excellence, so you’ll never have doubts about whether you’re receiving top-notch comprehensive care, and because we value transparency, you won’t have to worry about surprise costs or how to fit your dental goals into your budget. We believe our flexible office hours, comprehensive service menu, and friendly and compassionate care make it clear to our dental family just how important your comfort and convenience are to us.
After breaking his tooth during a football game, Dr. Kerr’s childhood dentist met him at 11 o’clock that evening to fix his tooth so that he wouldn’t be in pain and could “still smile at the girls.” That extraordinary dental experience led him to attend the University of Texas Dental School in San Antonio — and to become a dentist who provides superior care for Cedar Park families today.
Dr. Kerr received his General Dentistry degree in 2007 and spent five years providing dental care for underserved children in San Antonio and Roswell, New Mexico. In May 2013, he decided to take a break from working in the corporate dental world, where he felt patients were treated more like numbers than people. He opened Vista Ridge Family Dentistry with the goal of creating strong relationships with his patients and the community.
Dr. Kerr is an active member of the American Dental Association and is passionate about continuing education. Through his ongoing coursework, he has acquired a strong knowledge base in Level II Conscious Sedation, Six Month Smiles® and comprehensive orthodontics. Outside of work, Dr. Kerr is passionate about personal growth through reading and exercise, but what he enjoys most of all is spending time with his supportive wife, Jeannie, and his adored daughter, Kiran.
As his mother tells it, Dr. Brandon Hedgecock’s passion for dentistry began when he was barely 3 years old and would declare he wanted to be a dentist when he grew up. By high school, Dr. Hedgecock says he was sure, and he went on to obtain his degree in Biology from the University of Texas (Hook ‘Em Horns!) and his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio.
After graduating, Dr. Hedgecock spent four years in Joplin, Missouri, working with a federally qualified community health center providing dental care to the underserved. He entered private practice in 2011, where he has enjoyed building better, long-lasting relationships with his patients and team.
Like some Austin dentists today, Dr. Hedgecock offers oral conscious sedation, an easy and effective way to calm your nerves before your dental appointment. Unlike many other general dentists in Austin, Dr. Brandon Hedgecock has also completed extensive training and certification in intravenous (IV) conscious sedation at Georgia Health Sciences University.
If you snore or have sleep apnea, Dr. Hedgecock can also help you get a better night’s sleep with oral appliance therapy. He has become a diplomate with the American Sleep and Breathing Academy and will soon receive the same recognition from the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.
Dr. H is a member of ADA (American Dental Association), ADSA (American Dental Society of Anesthesiology), and the AADSM (American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine). He is passionate about ongoing education and participates in Study Clubs and takes hundreds of continuing education hours per year. His passion for learning extends outside of work, where he constantly strives to learn more and expand his skill set.
After her first orthodontic visit at 12 years old, Dr. Patel discovered a new world that combined both her love for art and health care. She continued to volunteer at dental offices and community service events and developed a growing passion for dentistry. Dr. Patel went on to pursue a degree in Biology at the University of Texas at San Antonio and continued on to receive her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
In June of 2015, immediately after dental school, Dr. Patel completed a one year residency at the Olin E. Teague Veterans Center to pursue an Advanced Education in General Dentistry. Her experience provided her with the skills to treat more medically complex patients, perform conscious sedation and complete dental surgeries including extractions, place implants and perform minor periodontal surgeries.
Dr. Patel is an active member of the ADA and AGD. She is passionate about community service and continuing education in fields including sleep medicine, sedation, and the treatment of periodontal disease. Outside of work, Dr. Patel enjoys spending time running, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Richa Wahi received her DMD from Boston University Henry M Goldman School of Dental Medicine. She also received her MPH from Columbia University New York, and her BDS from Subharti University Meerut India. Dr. Wahi has also received Invisalign® and Level 1 Sedation certifications.
Besides dental education from one of the best dental schools in the US, Dr. Wahi also has a Masters from an Ivy League university. She likes to focus on the person overall and correlate mouth to the complete body health. She has been to dental missions in India and Kenya to help various communities in need. These experiences have taught her to be more compassionate and caring as a dentist.
Most importantly, she wants patients to know that she has only their best interest at heart and tries to go the extra mile to help them achieve what they want, whether that’s to get out of pain ASAP or to get a beautiful smile.
When she’s not helping patients, she really enjoys exploring underwater life with snorkeling and scuba diving. She also loves traveling and experiencing different cultures and places. Some of her other passions include fostering animals in need and volunteering at dental societies and community events.
Since she was a kid, she was very artistic and loved to paint and use her hands to create. She was also very interested in science and her parents encouraged her in the field. Dentistry combined both of her interests while enabling her to help people, which is why she knew this was the right career choice. “Interacting with different people every day and making them smile is so amazing and rewarding.”
Aleysha is a Midwest girl—she grew up in a small town in Iowa and recently relocated from Minnesota. She graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2016 with a BS in Dental Hygiene and a minor in Food and Nutrition. Aleysha is continuously staying educated on the latest research and techniques concerning her patients’ oral health. She is certified in nitrous administration and CPR. For Aleysha, the best part of this job is getting to know her patients and caring for them as a whole person. She loves educating and seeing patients’ hard work pay off through improved oral and overall health. Aleysha is a proud wife and dog mom. She’s been married to her husband, Derek, for two years and they have a lab-collie mix named Chance, who is basically their first child. When she’s not in the office, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking, reading a good book by the pool, exploring Austin, and watching sports.
Sarah was born and raised in Texas and has been working with Vista Ridge Family Dentistry since 2013. She loves everything about her job, especially interacting with patients, caring for people, working with a great team, and learning new things every day! Sarah is married and has two amazing kids, Gracie and Alex.
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Nicole considers herself a true “Austinite”. Nicole graduated from a small charter school where she walked with only 24 other people! From there she took a few college courses at ACC including psychology and math. She ended up at Austin Dental Assistant School and graduated in July 2016. Her favorite part of her job is seeing the patients who come in and are completely silent, hesitant and anxious, and eventually begin to smile, laugh, relax and start cutting their own jokes. She loves being a part of that break through transformation and building that trust and relationship. In her free time, Nicole considers herself an outdoor person. She loves being at the lake with her family and seeing her boys enjoy the hobbies she used to, like dirt bike riding and sports. Nicole cherishes family time and building memories as a family (with a little “me time” in between). Nicole is currently engaged, and her and her fiancé have three boys – one is 5 and two are 4. They also have a nutty Chihuahua mix named Milo.
Ami grew up in Richmond, TX, but her family has been living in Pflugerville for the past 12 years. She received her degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University in August 2016. For Ami, the best part of her job at Vista Ridge Family Dentistry is our wonderful team and interacting with patients every day. Ami is the oldest of five children, and she got married in May 2018! When she’s not in the office helping patients, Ami enjoys going to South Texas to ride her horse and play soccer, and traveling around the world to experience and learn about different cultures.
Tara remembers that she loved going to the dentist as a child, and that led her to become a registered dental assistant as an adult. Tara embraces the Vista Ridge mission of making our patients feel like family, and we love having her on our team because of her joy for helping patients feel at ease. When Tara isn’t hard at work helping our patients achieve healthy smiles, she loves spending time with her husband, son, and daughter.
Shelby, a born and raised Texan, loves her job! She chose to work in dentistry because she wanted to help people regain their confidence and love their smile. Every day, Shelby raises our patients’ spirits and helps them achieve their dream smile. When she’s not promoting smiles, she enjoys the outdoors and her two young sons. Someday, she hopes to explore the world and maybe go to Jamaica. In the meantime, we’re happy to have her as a part of the Vista Ridge team!
Desiree takes her commitment to smile improvement seriously. Born and raised in Austin, TX, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. Desiree’s love for dentistry became evident when she saw how it combined art and science and fed her passion for helping others! She loves assisting patients to acquire, beautiful, pain-free smiles! Married to her childhood friend, Desiree enjoys making memories with her three kids and her family pets.
Karla is a team player that has always had a passion for smiles! She knew dentistry was the right field for her because it was the right place to help people achieve their best smile. At Vista Ridge Family Dentistry, we understand the importance of a good team player and Karla is just that. She loves her patients, and she loves how her co-workers motivate her every day to give her best. Thanks for being part of the team Karla!
Jennifer is a born and raised Texan. Always keenly interested in understanding how things work, a love for biology and an interest in healthcare led to a career in dentistry. Jennifer loves explaining the “why” in the dental treatment process. If you’ve ever wondered why we recommend a particular treatment plan, Jen is the person to help you understand it! Outside of the practice, she loves spending time with her husband and two kids, Memphis and Phoenix, and catching up on much needed zzz’s.