Meet Our Team

FastNewSmile® Dental Implant Center is a Dallas-based boutique and private practice of Dr. Riad Almasri. Attention to detail and personalized care are the cornerstones of his business. Dr. Almasri has an experienced team working with him. They will insure that your visit is personal, comfortable and convenient.

Candace Keen, B.A.

Candace Keen, B.A.
Business Manager / Consultant

Candace was born and raised in Dallas, TX where she graduated from Skyline High School in May 2008. She continued her education at the University of North Texas in Denton where she received her Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, in December 2012. Her degree is from the Frank and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism with a focus in Strategic Communications. While completing her degree Candace was able to gain experience working with organizations and clients who wanted to grow their brands and businesses. She is always excited to meet our dental implant patients and help them in any way possible!

Janelle Howard, R.D.A.

Janelle Howard, R.D.A.
Office Manager / Consultant

Janelle grew up in Wills Point, TX. She began her dental career in 2007. Initially, Janelle started as a Dental Assistant and her passion for dentistry grew into learning how to assist patient’s needs on the front end. She truly has a love for helping patients smile again. In her free time Janelle enjoys spending time with her husband, three sons and their dog.

Kelly Nicholls, R.D.A., A.C.L.S.

Kelly Nicholls, R.D.A., A.C.L.S.
Patient Care Coordinator / Dental Assistant / Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Certified

Kelly is originally from Plainville, KS. She graduated from The University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Minor in Sociology. Kelly is CPR Certified and received her RDA from Aspire Dental in Dallas, TX.
Before moving to Dallas, TX Kelly has lived abroad with her husband, Drew in Australia and Grand Cayman. In her spare time Kelly enjoys spending time with her dog, Ruby Rhoo, traveling, cooking, and watching movies.

Kelsey Kounalis

Kelsey Kounalis
Receptionist

Kelsey was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, until the young age of 4 when she was relocated to Frisco, TX.  She graduated with honors from Wakeland High School in 2012. In high school, Kelsey was first chair playing flute and piccolo for concert and marching band.  With a passion for music, she loves going to any kind of live music event in the DFW area.  Kelsey has aspirations to travel the world! Kelsey is new to the Dental Implant industry, but has always had a desire to work in a medical office, and can’t wait to see your new smile!

Trina Floyd, A.C.L.S.

Trina Floyd, A.C.L.S.
Surgical Assistant / Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Certified

Trina was born and raised in Dallas, TX and graduated from Seagoville High School in May 2007. She began her dental career with Dr. Almasri who personally trained her as his surgical assistant. She is passionate about patient care and loves to see patients with their new smiles! In her spare time Trina loves spending time with her family , especially her baby boy.

Valerie James, R.D.A.

Valerie James, R.D.A.
Surgical Assistant

Valerie earned her RDA in a small school located in Ferris, TX; where she graduated at the top of her class. She has been working in the dental field since 2012. She loves helping patients get the perfect smile they’ve always dreamed of. In her free time, Valerie enjoys spending time with her friends, family and doggies. She also loved being outdoors.

Maribel Huerta, R.D.A.

Maribel Huerta, R.D.A.
Dental Assistant / FastNewSmile® Maintenance Program Specialist

Maribel graduated from H.G Spruce High School in Dallas and has 3 wonderful boys! She began her dental career as an x-ray technician and was soon taken under the wing of Dr. Almasri, who personally trained her as his assistant in the exciting field of oral surgery, implants, and IV Sedation. Maribel has found her passion in the world of Cosmetic and Implant dentistry. She is fluent in both Spanish and English and she is an important part of our team! Maribel is the primary assistant that will take care of our patients, along side the Doctor, once they begin the FastNewSmile® Maintenance Program.

Monica Soriano, R.D.A.

Monica Soriano, R.D.A.
Dental Assistant

Monica was born in Dallas, TX and graduated from Irving High School. She is the youngest of her 3 siblings, and enjoys reading and writing in her spare time. Monica earned her RDA under the training and supervision of Dr. Riad Almasri. She is truly thankful for this opportunity and loves helping our patients smile!

Brenton Johnson, R.D.A.

Brenton Johnson, R.D.A.
Dental Assistant

Brenton was born in Shreveport, LA. He has been in dentistry since 2004. Brenton had the honor of competing and winning Skills USA smartest dental assistant in Louisiana 2004/05. In his spare time he enjoys professional dance and performance around Dallas. He considers it a privilege to help bring someone`s inner smile out!

Francis Linares, B.A.

Francis Linares, B.A.
Dental Technician

Francis was born in Venezuela but raised in Dallas, TX. In 2010, she graduate from the University of North Texas. She always knew she wanted to pursue a career in the medical field so she went on to further her education at Southeastern Career Institute. Francis graduated as a Certified Medical Assistant. She began working in Pediatrics, but wanted to transition into the dental field. She was given the opportunity to work for Dr. Almasri and feels tremendously grateful for everything Dr. Almasri and Rosie have taught her. With her training and passion she worked her way to become our conversion specialist.  In her spare time she enjoys her two amazing kids.

Francisco Lazo, C.D.T.

Francisco Lazo, C.D.T.
Certified Dental Technician

Francisco began his dental technician career in the 80’s with the Technician Association. Though this association he learned a lot about dental prosthetics and  cosmetic dentistry, He attended Paso Community College where he learned about porcelain.