Meet the Amazing Dentists of Alligator Dental!

drburns1Dr. Al Burns

Dr. Al Burns received his Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in June 2009. He then became Board Certified in 2010. His education included advanced studies and specialized training in dentistry for children, adolescents, special needs, and medically compromised patients. His training also focused on sedation, anesthesia dentistry, and interceptive orthodontics. He received his Master’s of Science Degree from Ohio State University.

Dr. Burns graduated from the University of Nebraska Dental School in 2007, and he received his Bachelor’s Degree from Utah State University in 2003. He directs all dental services at Alligator Dental, including providing prophylaxis and dental care treatment.

Dr. Burns loves children and has seven of his own with Lisa, his wife of seventeen years. In addition to his family and pediatric dentistry, other passions include football, fishing, and fireworks.

Dr. Anas Hakimeh

Dr. Anas Hakimeh received his Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 2017. He was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. As an older teen he moved to Hamburg, Germany to study and attended dental school at the Charite, University of Berlin, graduating in 2009. Shortly after graduation Dr. Anas returned to Syria to practice as a General Dentist. In 2014, he was accepted into the pediatric dentistry program at Rutgers University and relocated to the United States to complete his training.

Dr. Anas enjoys traveling and reading about different cultures. Food is his passion and he likes to cook, especially Mediterranean food. He loves the sun, tennis, water activities and his wife, Caroline.

Dr. Anas is driven by his passion to help children of all ages have a healthy and beautiful smile.

Dr. Mai Luk

Dr. Mai Luk graduated with Honors from UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry with a Doctor or Dental Surgery degree in 2016. Immediately following graduation she was accepted to their Pediatric Residency Program. Her training includes extensive experience in sedation, dental trauma and treating children with special health care needs.

Dr. Mai was born in Vietnam but raised in Oklahoma City until she moved to Austin, Texas as a freshman in high school. She attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated in 2002 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Biology. She worked as a pharmacy technician at Brackenridge/Dell Children’s Hospital of Austin for 8 years before her husband convinced her to try dentistry.

Dr. Mai enjoys photography, reading, knit and crochet.  She loves being outdoors and enjoys tennis, archery and running.

Dr. Myriam Jourdan

Dr. Myriam Jourdan graduated from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. She expanded her knowledge and skills by completing an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program in Tampa, FL. Her training includes a vast array of dental procedures on both children and adults. Her emphasis on patient comfort and communication allow her to provide quality dentistry in a fun and friendly atmosphere. She is excited to bring her skills to serve the awesome patients in the Alligator Dental Teen Clinic!

Dr. Myriam enjoys working with children within the school system. She has visited several schools giving fun interactive dental presentations and applying sealants. She believes better oral health and prevention of cavities starts with implementing good habits at a young age. They key is to then apply good habits during the teen years – when parents typically take a less active role in oral hygiene. Dr. Myriam is passionate about empowering teens to take responsibility for their own dental health – and feel the great sense of accomplishment that comes with success!

Dr. Myriam is committed to keeping up to date with the latest research in dentistry. She is an active member of the Capital Area Dental Society and Texas Academy of General Dentistry in addition to the American Dental Association and Texas Dental Association.

Dr. Myriam spent most of her life in sunny Florida before relocating to Texas. In her spare time she enjoys hiking Austin trails, painting classes and bicycling.

Dr. Randi Polster

Dr. Randi traveled all the way from Ohio to join the Alligator Dental Team. Dr. Randi graduated from Ohio State University in Dental Hygiene in 2012. She continued on at Ohio State and earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2016. She is thrilled to be a part of the Alligator Dental family and is so excited to spread her positive energy to the Teen Clinic.

As soon as Dr. Randi walked into Alligator Dental she immediately felt at home. The fun and inviting atmosphere was an obvious attraction and she too believes this is the number one factor that makes going to the dentist a good experience! Dr. Randi has a love for creating happy moments throughout the dental appointment. She provides different perspectives on dental health from both her training as a dental hygienist and doctor of dental surgery. Her philosophies are highly preventative and conservative and she believes better dental health stems from thorough education.

When Dr. Randi is not at work, her number one priority is spending time with her family. She loves spending time with her fiancé Trent and her adorable 2-year-old Minature Goldendoodle, Wilson. Dr. Randi loves to experience life with them by her side and believes everyday is an adventure! Together they love outdoors, hiking, water sports, trying new food, new music and traveling to new places. Dr. Randi’s newest love is her baby nephew. She can’t wait for him to get his first tooth!

Dr. Sarah Severson

Dr. Sarah Severson was born and raised in central Texas, growing up in both south Austin and Round Rock. She attended Texas A&M University in College Station, TX and graduated in 2011 Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Sciences and a minor in Creative Studies.

Upon completing her undergraduate education, Dr. Sarah moved to Dallas, where she attended Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2015 with a Doctor or Dental Surgery degree. She graduated in the top 10% of her dental class and was inducted as a member into the prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) national dental honor society.

Immediately following the completion of dental school, Dr. Sarah moved to Milwaukee, WI to obtain specialty training in pediatric dentistry at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, a top ranked specialty program. She completed her 2-year residency and obtained a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry. Her training offered extensive experiences in sedation, dental trauma and treating children with special health care needs. Dr. Sarah also recently passed her written board examination and is currently a board’s eligible candidate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Sarah is very excited to be back home in Central Texas and is eager to join the Alligator Dental team! She feels the practice’s philosophies align well with her own values and treatment beliefs as a dentist. She absolutely adores children and her goal is to have fun at the office with her patients, so they can be as comfortable as possible and genuinely enjoy and look forward to every visit at the dentist’s office.

Aside from treating children’s dental needs, Dr. Sarah enjoys biking, trail running and doing/attempting most outdoor activities. She’s always up for an adventure! Dr. Sarah also enjoys trying new restaurants and considers herself a ‘foodie.’ She will eat just about anything, but loves Mexican (especially tacos and elotes), Thai, Indian, Mediterranean and Japanese foods most. She also loves dogs, babies, children, live music, lakes, boating and traveling.