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. Edmonds’ passion for health care and his love of art and science led him to pursue a career in dentistry. After obtaining his undergraduate degree in microbiology, Dr. Edmonds completed his dental training at Western University College of Dental Medicine in California.
Since earning his dental degree, he has strived to be a continuous learner to provide his patients with the most comprehensive and up to date dentistry. He has taken over 350 hours of continued education in the last year alone, which is much more than the 12-hour annual requirement. His focus of study has been cosmetic dentistry, full mouth rehabilitation, implant dentistry, bone grafting, and sedation dentistry. Dr. Edmonds is in the process of obtaining his Master of Oral Implantology status from the California Implant Institute and his fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Edmonds is known for his gentle touch, compassionate nature, and knowledge of dentistry. His passion is providing excellent dentistry while helping patients overcome their dental anxiety and building a relationship with each patient. He treats every patient as he would treat his own family!
Outside the office, Dr. Edmonds enjoys being outdoors, wakeboarding, snowboarding, and traveling whenever possible. He spends his free time with his family and his two dogs.
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.
Amanda grew up in Florence, TX and lives out in the country with her small family. She attended UMHB where she played volleyball in 2007 and at Ranger College in 2008, then went on to Cosmetology School where she graduated in 2009, and finally to Austin Dental Assistant School where she graduated in 2012. For Amanda, the best part of this job is creating real relationships with her patients and having such a supportive team to work with—she really enjoys coming to work every day! Amanda has a son, River Nash, a dog named Bailey, and two cats, Dave and Baylor. When she’s not in the office helping patients, she’s a full-time mom and enjoys going swimming, fishing, traveling, watching sports, going to baseball games, and hanging out with friends.
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.
Candice is originally from Brownsville, TX, and moved to Austin at 12 years old. She graduated from high school early and went to Austin Business College. Afterward, she studied for her Bachelor of Science degree at Austin Community College. She’s been in the dental field since 2001 and her top priority is creating positive experiences for patients. Candice is proud to work at Vista Ridge Family Dentistry because it’s a place that truly brings joy to both patients and the team. She loves learning new skills, taking continuing education courses, and attending leadership and business classes. She enjoys working closely with the dentists and patients and making it possible for patients to get the care they need. When she’s not at the office, Candice likes to spend time with family and her dog, Lexi, and get outdoors.