Meet the Swish Dental Team

At Swish, we hire the best dentists and dental hygienists from all over the country. We invest in continually training and educating our staff on the latest technology and our inclusive, patient focused culture is what makes the Swish team unlike any other.

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Meet the Swish Team

Dr. Viraj Desai DMD

After graduating from NYU and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), Dr. Viraj Desai wanted to establish an Austin dental practice that focused as much on quality care as patient comfort. She made the move from NYC to Austin, and SWISH Dental came to be. When she’s not in the office, Dr. Desai loves to explore Austin’s outdoors and thriving music scene. She is also a practicing yogi, fashion connoisseur, & avid traveler.

Fun Fact

Dr. Desai was named one of “Austin’s Best Dressed” by CultureMap!

Dr. Brendan Loehr DMD

After growing up in North Carolina and Virginia and attending dental school in Boston, Dr. Brendan Loehr made the move to Austin to find the perfect work/life balance. He is committed to providing the highest quality dental care in a patient-centered environment. He loves connecting with his patients on a personal level and helping them achieve their dental goals. Dr. Loehr has extensive experience with full mouth cosmetic procedures, as well as Invisalign and family dentistry.

When not working you can find him training around the Austin area for his next big race. He has completed the Boston Marathon and competed in The Kona Ironman Championships twice.

Fun Fact

Dr. Loehr is a competitive Ironman Tri-Athlete!

Dr. Audrey Lawson DMD

As a SWISH Smile Artist, Dr. Audrey Lawson is committed to putting patient care and comfort first. Dr. Lawson graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry before moving to Austin to join SWISH Dental. Dr. Lawson devotes much of her time to developing a connection with her patients and has a passion for improving their lives and smiles.

Prior to dental school, Dr. Lawson devoted much of her time to athletics so outside of work, you’ll often find her running on Lady Bird Lake!

Fun Fact

Dr. Lawson swam in the USA Olympic Trials in 2012!

Dr. William Brooks DMD

Dr. William Brooks is a native of Phoenix, Arizona and recent Austin transplant. He is a University of Arizona, Tucson alumnus and graduated with his Doctor of Dental Medicine from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. Dr. Brooks is a lifelong learner and has taken additional courses in implant dentistry, oral surgery, and Invisalign orthodontics among many others. He is committed to providing quality, patient-centered dental care to all of his patients.

During his time in dental school, he traveled to Cartagena, Colombia and the Kingdom of Tonga to provide free dental care to their underserved citizens so he is excited about the opportunity to give back to the Austin community. Dr. Brooks is thrilled to be here and enjoys exploring what all the city has to offer. He especially loves how dog friendly the city is—and so does his shiba inu, Maya.

Fun Fact

Dr. Brooks has a 27-year-old parrot!

Dr. Brittany Thompson DDS

A San Diego native, Dr. Thompson grew up in her mother's dental office playing "doctor." Several of her relatives, including her mom and brother, are also practicing dentists in her hometown. After graduating from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, she practiced in San Diego before making the move to Austin. Dr. Thompson loves that the dental field is constantly evolving. She enjoys attending continuing education classes to keep up with all the latest standards and innovations in order to better serve her patients. Dr. Thompson has devoted her time in Austin to add to our mission of providing the highest quality of patient oriented care possible, making patients feel comfortable and cared for.

Fun Fact

Dr. Thompson played volleyball on a scholarship in college!

Dr. Andrew Hatashima DMD

Dr. Andrew Hatashima was born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. His interest in dentistry started by playing high school football because his coach was a dentist. Seeking a change of scenery, he moved to Pennsylvania where he achieved his Bachelor’s degree in molecular biology at The University of Pittsburgh and his Doctorate of Medicine in Dentistry at Temple University in Philadelphia. After 10 years of life and education on the East Coast, he decided to move a bit closer to home and is definitely enjoying the warmer weather. He strives to provide the highest level of dental care to patients in a comfortable and relaxed setting. To further his knowledge in dentistry, he has also taken continuing education courses in dental implants and root canal treatment.

Fun Fact

Dr. Andrew once competed in power lifting competitions!

Dr. Christie Tu DDS

Born and raised in the Bay Area, California, Dr. Christie Tu earned her dental degree from the University of Southern California. She practiced dentistry in San Francisco before making the move to Austin to join the SWISH Dental team. Dr. Tu strives to provide the best dental experience possible by treating patients like family with compassion and integrity. She takes pride in explaining treatment options in a way that her patients can understand, so they know exactly what to expect from their treatment.

Fun Fact

Dr. Tu is an ordained minister and can officiate weddings!

Dr. Shima Shadman DDS

After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University and VCU School of Dentistry, Dr. Shima Shadman practiced dentistry in Northern Virginia for several years before moving to Austin. Dr. Shadman is passionate about dentistry and cares deeply about her patients and their individual dental needs to create a lasting smile. She believes spending time with every patient and listening to their needs and expectations is a key element in providing successful dental treatment. She is committed to providing the best care possible for her patients taking numerous continuing education courses per year in endodontics, oral surgery and Invisalign orthodontics to pursue her goal in achieving a fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry.

Fun Fact

Dr. Shadman has a set of fraternal twin girls!

Dr. Jessica Xia DDS

Originally from Connecticut, Dr. Jessica Xia received her Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University. After working as a research scientist in Boston, then San Diego, she found her way to Texas for dental school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio (graduating with a distinction of Honors in Research). She devotes her time to taking numerous continuing education courses every year to keep up to date with the field of dentistry. Service to the Austin community is also important to Dr. Xia—she provides volunteer dentistry with Samaritan Health Ministries for those in need.

In her free time, she tries to explore new restaurants and be outside as much as she can. She loves animals and loves to hear about your pets!

Fun Fact

Dr. Xia is learning how to play ice hockey!

Dr. Rose Duong DDS

Dr. Rose grew up in Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin before earning her Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. After practicing dentistry for a few years, she was drawn back to Austin for its culture and dog friendly places around the city! Dr. Rose enjoys getting to know her patients personally to create a comfortable dental experience in the studio and loves traveling with friends, family, and dog Kili outside the studio.

Fun Fact

Dr. Rose is an avid jump roper and loves to show off her moves!

Dr. Abigail Minsker DMD

Dr. Abigail Minsker grew up in Michigan, where she played collegiate softball on a scholarship at Eastern Michigan University. While attending Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in Illinois, Dr. Abigail was awarded the Dental Lifeline Network Outstanding Dentist Award for going above and beyond for her patients.

Dr. Abigail joined SWISH soon after moving to Austin with her fiancé and Great Dane puppy. She enjoys how diverse Austin’s culture and people are, as well as its dog-friendly atmosphere.

Fun Fact

As a softball pitcher in college, Dr. Abigail could throw a 60 mph fastball!

Dr. Julie Nessler DDS

Dr. Julie Nessler was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Ouachita Baptist with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She then graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center with her Doctorate of Dental Surgery. From there, Dr. Nessler accepted a general practice residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where she worked with the immunocompromised, complex cases, and implants and surgery.

During her time in dental school, Dr. Nessler spent her summers in El Salvador and Tanzania proving free dental care to those that typically do not have access. With a heart for service, she is excited about the opportunity to give back to the Austin community. Dr. Nessler is thrilled to be back in her home state of Texas and loves exploring all of the food and live music this city has to offer.

Fun Fact

Dr. Nessler is a drummer and played with multiple bands during her four years in Memphis, TN!

Dr. Veronica Puzio DMD

Dr. Veronica Puzio was born and raised in Hillsborough, New Jersey, and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland in College Park with a degree in Public Health. She then received her Doctorate in Dental Medicine at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. Growing up, Dr. Puzio became interested in dentistry after spending time in her family’s Dental Laboratory. What she enjoys most about dentistry is being able to help change people’s lives by instilling confidence in them through a better smile. Dr. Puzio lives in Austin and enjoys doing yoga and traveling in her time off.

Fun Fact

Dr. Puzio speaks fluent Polish!

Dr. Patricia Lee DMD

Dr. Patricia Lee was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. Growing up in a household where healthcare was not a priority, she made it her mission to become a dentist to help address her parents’ oral health. While attending dental school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Dr. Lee was able to transform her father’s smile by creating him a set of dentures that he still loves to this day! She is passionate about continuously growing with advancements in dentistry in order to provide quality care for her patients. She takes pride in taking the time to understand her patients’ needs and expectations because everyone’s dental journey is different. Dr. Lee loves to travel and try new things; she is excited to call Austin her new home.

Fun Fact

Dr. Lee has over 10 years of experience in the food and beverage industry and has had the opportunity to serve celebrities including Post Malone, Trey Songz, and The Weeknd!

Dr. Owen Stone DMD

Hailing from the bluegrass of Kentucky, Dr. Stone started off by getting his bachelors and masters in Bioengineering at the University of Louisville before getting his Doctorate in Dental Medicine degree at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. Dr. Stone followed his family down to Texas after school, and has enjoyed the warm weather and BBQ ever since. Dr. Stone loves working with the latest technology in dentistry to give his patients the best care possible, and works to make every patient feel at home in his office. The goal for Dr. Stone is to make every patient excited to come to the dentist, rather than dread it.

Outside of the office, Dr. Stone spends his time traveling around the world, including Paris, Munich, and Austria, as well as competing in cycling and CrossFit events. You can find Dr. Stone down on Lady Bird Lake in the summer paddle boarding, or at a concert at Moody Theater.

Fun Fact

Dr. Stone once ran a full marathon on a bet without training, and finished in just over 3 hours!

Dr. Clark Oakey DDS

Born and raised in Idaho, on a farm, Dr. Clark Oakey left the potato fields to pursue a career in dentistry after learning for his love of helping others and artistry. Dr. Clark attended the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry before deciding to move to Austin. Before becoming a dentist, you could find Dr. Clark playing college and club rugby, he now prefers less contact sports and is an avid bike racer as well as preparing for a full Ironman. Dr. Clark is a man full of random facts, loves his wife, family and dog, and considers every patient a friend.

Fun Fact

Dr. Clark is a 2x Division 1 National champion in men’s rugby!

Dr. Celia Rathmell DDS

Dr. Celia Rathmell was born and raised in Zapata, Texas and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. She received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree at UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry. Having grown up in a medically underserved border community, she came to understand the importance of good dental care to overall health, well-being and self-confidence. Because of this, Dr. Celia seeks to provide the highest level of care for all of her patients.Outside of the office, you can likely find Dr. Celia at the dog park with her two shih tzus Piper and Pablo or at the ranch with friends and family.

Fun Fact

Dr. Celia pulled out two of her own teeth in one day at the age of 7!

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