Meet our Doctors:
Dr. Michael Pallante, Endodontist
"Beyond providing expert endodontic care, our mission is to be kind and understanding towards our patients,” says Dr. Michael Pallante. He takes time to educate people and address their concerns. Appreciative patients often say it’s the first time they have really understood how root canals work, why they’re necessary and how to weigh their options. His caring staff extends a warm welcome and helps patients feel at ease. Conscious IV sedation is also available. Upon completion, people are pleasantly surprised with how quick and painless the treatment was.
“I am quite comfortable with children, including those with developmental disabilities as well as medically compromised & older adults,” he says. “We don’t turn anyone away here.” He encourages patients to contact him 24/7 for questions or emergencies. His office features spacious rooms, comfortable chairs & TVs along with the latest endodontic technology.
A UMDNJ graduate, Dr. Pallante completed his endodontic residency plus a master’s degree in oral biology at Temple University. As an NIH fellow, he conducted pioneering research on oral cancer and molecular biology. This multi-year New Jersey Monthly Top Dentist is also past president of the Essex County Dental Society.
Dr. Jennifer Chester, Endodontist
Dr. Chester was born in Beijing, China and moved to California as a young child. Having been spoiled by her grandparents until she came to the United States, Dr. Chester needed a great deal of dental work as a child. Thankfully, her father had become a dentist in California and Dr. Chester received excellent dental work which changed her life completely. From her experiences with dental infections as a child, Dr. Chester realized at a young age that she wanted to be a dentist like her father so that she could help people like herself have a better quality of life.
Dr. Chester worked hard and excelled during her academic career, eventually completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences at Rice University in only 3 years, graduating magna cum laude and being inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She then went on to attend dental school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, receiving a D.D.S. degree. She once again achieved recognition for her academic and clinical achievements by being inducted into the Mu Mu Chapter of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honor society.
During dental school, Dr. Chester realized that she wanted to focus her efforts on eliminating dental pain and infection. Her passion for pain relief led her to pursue specialty training in the field of Endodontics. Dr. Chester completed her Endodontic residency program at UCLA in 2016 and has been working daily to help patients suffering from endodontic pain and infection. She is now a board eligible member of the American Association of Endodontists.
In her free time, Dr. Chester loves to spend time with her family, including her husband and two dogs. She is also an avid reader, movie fanatic, yoga enthusiast and unapologetic foodie. Dr. Chester understands intimately how dental pain can negatively affect her patients’ lives, and strives every day to eliminate the source of this suffering. With her gentle touch and calm demeanor, she can put even the most anxious patient at ease.
Dr. Nitin Raju, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Dr. Raju was born in India but moved to the Oklahoma at a young age. He did his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He moved to California for a year, where he developed his passion for dentistry assisting at volunteer clinics. He went to dental school at the University of Michigan and graduated in 2008.
Immediately after dental school, Dr. Raju moved to San Antonio for six additional years of training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. As part of his training, he attended medical school and received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio in 2011. Dr. Raju also completed 6 months of training in Anesthesia at University Hospital in San Antonio, where he provided general anesthesia and IV sedation for elective and emergency cases. His training in oral surgery included further training in IV sedation as well as treatment of facial trauma, jaw corrective surgery, extraction of wisdom teeth, and dental implants.
He completed his training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 2014 and has practiced in the Austin and San Antonio area since then. He is currently a faculty member at the dental school in San Antonio and was a team doctor for the San Antonio Rampage hockey team from 2014-2016. He regularly attends continuing education courses to stay up-to-date in the fields of oral surgery, dental implants, bone grafting, medicine, and sedation/anesthesia.
Outside of dentistry, Dr. Raju enjoys the outdoors, photography, bicycling, and pizza. He has visited 38 out of 59 national parks in the US with hopes of visiting all of them someday. As an adopted Texan, he is proud to say Big Bend National Park is his favorite.
Dr. Patricia Lopez, Oral Surgeon
Dr. Patricia E. Lopez is a Board Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon and a member of the Parkside Group. Dr. Lopez was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela where she achieved her Dental Degree with honors at the Central University of Venezuela in 1996; then Dr. Lopez accomplished an internship for two years at the Santa Rosa Maxillofacial Surgery Center in Caracas.
In 1999, Dr. Lopez moved to San Juan, Puerto Rico to complete her Postdoctoral Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus. After graduation, she went back to Venezuela in 2003 and actively worked in private practice at the Santa Rosa Maxillofacial Surgery Center for eight years. Also, Dr. Lopez was a Consultant Professor in the OMS Department at the Central University of Venezuela since 2004 and a Board Member of the Venezuelan Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons for four years.
In 2011, Dr. Lopez relocated to San Antonio, Texas and became a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Texas, Health Science Center, San Antonio until December, 2014. Actually, Dr. Lopez is dedicated to the private practice of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, maintaining an academic affiliation as an Adjunct Professor at the Dental School, UTHSCSA one day a week.
Dr. Lopez is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, a Fellow of the International and Latin-American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, as well as, Member of the Fellowship and Certificate Committee of the Academy of Osseointegration. She also has accreditations in Advanced Cardiac Life Supportand Pediatric Advance Life Support.
Dr. Lopez major areas of interest included: dento-alveolar surgery, osseointegrated implants, alveolar reconstruction, maxillofacial trauma and pathology among others.
Dr. Philip Spencer, Specialist in Periodontics
Dr. G. Philip Spencer, a specialist in Periodontics, has treated
patients with periodontal disease and gum recession problems
here in Austin since he graduated from his specialty training.
Dr. Spencer now practices at Parkside Dental Specialty Group.
His practice here is exclusively limited to Periodontal Treatment.
Dr. Spencer focuses on a comprehensive array of of procedures including noninvasive scaling and root planing, frenectomy, oral biopsy procedures, bone grafting, guided tissue regeneration, crown lengthening, gingivectomy, gingival (gum) grafting, cosmetic connective tissue grafting, pocket reduction flap and osseous surgery, and esthetic gingival recontouring.
A native Texan, Dr. Spencer grew up in Austin, attended Lanier HS graduating with honors, then enrolled in the pre-med/dental program at Baylor University, where his high academic standing and position as a biology teaching assistant won him membership in Tri Beta, the national biological Honor Society, and Alpha Epsilon Delta, the national pre-med/dental Honor Society. After graduating cum laude with a BA in Biology, Dr. Spencer attended the University of Texas Dental School at Houston. He earned the senior student Award in Orthodontics for exceptional clinical performance and graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in the top 10 percent of his class. Dr. Spencer then worked as a teaching assistant in the department of periodontics and completed his postdoctoral training in his specialty of Periodontics in 1981, from the Dental School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Dr. Spencer attends numerous continuing education lectures
throughout the year, and he has been an active member of the
American Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology, Southwest Society of Periodontics, Texas Society of Periodontics.
Dr. Spencer is married, has one son, and enjoys boating, jet skiing, sports cars, as well as reading, traveling, and collecting
American Indian Art. He is enthusiastic about periodontics and
patient education, in order to establish excellent periodontal health, so patients can maintain their natural teeth for as long as possible.
Meet our Office Manager:
Sara is originally from Longmont, CO. She graduated from Southern Oregon University with a Bachelors of Science in Communications. She received a basketball scholarship while studying at SOU and after graduating she went off to Australia and New Zealand and backpack/traveled for a year. In her spare time, Sara loves to travel, play volleyball and being active outdoors with her dogs.
Her goal in our office is to make sure you have a positive experience. Her knowledge in insurance and finance will put your mind at ease so that you can relax and focus on your care.
Dr. Pallante is NIH (National Institutes of Health) Fellow and conducted pioneering research on oral cancer and molecular biology.
Dr. Chester is a member of American Dental Association (ADA), and a member of the American Association of Endodontics (AAE).
Dr. Raju is a faculty member at the dental school in San Antonio and was a team doctor for the San Antonio Rampage hockey team from 2014 - 2016.
Dr. Lopez is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, a Fellow of the International and Latin-American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, as well as, Member of the Fellowship and Certificate Committee of the Academy of Osseointegration.
Dr. Spencer has been an active member in his professional community as a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, Southwest Society of Periodontists, and American Academy of Periodontology, among several other organizations.
"I've always been afraid of the Dentist but, after I started experiencing gum issues a friend referred me to Dr. Spencer. My first visit was amazing, the office was nice and on time with my
appointment. Dr Spencer was very informative on gum disease and the steps to take to correct my problem. He even offered me a discount due to the fact that I didn't have any dental insurance. The front desk staff offered me an affordable payment plan and my treatment and recovery was awesome with little down time from work. So if your having gum problems and need a good Periodontist Dr. Spencer is the doctor for you! Thank you, Dr. Spencer and Staff!"
- Jaces K.