Meet our Doctors:
Dr. Michael Pallante, DMS, 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. 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 multiyear New Jersey Monthly Top Dentist is also past president of the Essex County Dental Society.
Dr. Nitin Raju, DDS, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Dr. Raju was born in India but moved to 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-Orlando, DDS
Oral & Maxillofacial 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 Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.
Dr. Lopez's major areas of interest included: dento-alveolar surgery, osseointegrated implants, alveolar reconstruction, maxillofacial trauma, and pathology among others.
Dr. Ashwin Nambisan, BDS, MPH, Periodontist
Dr. Ashwin B. Nambisan completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree at Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (India), followed by a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from Loma Linda University (California). He then designed and managed dental implant and periodontal clinical trials for Zimmer Dental. His research experience created a strong desire to pursue a career as a Periodontist. Following this, Dr. Nambisan went on to join the Graduate Periodontics residency program (3 years) at Rutgers University, School of Dental Medicine (New Jersey). He was awarded his Post-graduate certificate in Periodontics in 2015. He has undergone extensive training in non-surgical, surgical periodontics, and Implant dentistry during his residency.
Dr. Nambisan genuinely cares about his patients and has a vision of improving the quality of life of his patients by providing the best evidence-based periodontal and implant treatments available. Saving teeth is always the primary goal but when that is no longer feasible, he can provide excellent esthetic implant-based solutions too.
He is focused on providing the best periodontal and dental implant treatment possible for his patients, and so values continuing dental education to keep up with the advancements and sharing.
Dr. Nambisan worked in Washington State for several years before moving to Austin, Texas for good. He enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 children. They love to travel, music, doing projects, and exploring/hiking trails together. They were drawn to Austin by the abundant sunshine, natural beauty, live music, friendly people, and everything else that the Greater Austin, Texas area has to offer.
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. 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. Nambisan has been an active member of several dental societies including the Texas Dental Association, American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Periodontology. He has presented at the Metropolitan Forum, the Academy of Osseointegration and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.