Meet the Amazing Doctors of Alligator Dental!
Dr. Al Burns
Dr. Al Burns received his Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in June 2009, and then became Board Certified in 2010.His education included advanced studies and specialized training in dentistry for children, adolescence, special needs, and medically compromised patients. His training also specializes in sedation, anesthesia dentistry, and interceptive orthodontics. He also received his Master’s of Science Degree from Ohio State University.
Dr. Burns graduated from the University of Nebraska Dental School in 2007, and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Utah State University in 2003. He directs all dental services including providing prophylaxis and dental care treatment for the patients of Alligator Dental.
Dr. Al loves children, and has seven of his own, which he shares with Lisa, his wife of twelve years. In addition to his family and pediatric dentistry, other passions include football, fishing and fireworks.
Dr. Adeel Khan
Dr. Adeel Khan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston University School of Dental Medicine. He continued his training in general practice residency at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY. While at Montefiore he also completed a two year specialty program in pediatric dentistry, receiving extensive training in all aspects of pediatric dentistry including developmentally disabled children, minor and major dental trauma, restorative dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery and interceptive orthodontics. He also achieved proficiency in non-pharmacological and pharmacological behavior management techniques including enteral sedation, IM/IV sedation and operating room.
Dr. Adeel believes each child is unique and requires personalized care. His commitment to providing quality care in a welcoming and fun environment is what drew him to Alligator Dental. At Alligator Dental, he strives to uphold the philosophy of providing exemplary dental care with a friendly smile while employing the newest advancements in pediatric dentistry. Dr. Adeel has a strong interest in community outreach and has served on dental outreach missions in Uganda, Pakistan and Mexico. During dental school, he was awarded the American Public Health Association Award for his involvement in dental public health.
Dr. Adeel is excited about his move to the San Antonio area and settling in the area. He and his wife, Zunera welcomed their first child, baby boy Ayyan in June of this year and are looking forward to the adventures of parenthood. Dr. Adeel enjoys sports, traveling, hiking, biking and spending time with his family. He is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and is a board eligible candidate of American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Matthew Gillham
Dr. Matthew Gillham was born and raised in Nebraska. He graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, received an advanced education in general dentistry certificate from the University of Connecticut Health Center, and was awarded Fellowship by the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Matthew continued his education with specialty training in pediatric dentistry at Tufts University.
After practicing general dentistry for eight years and seeing how many adult patients attributed their dental anxiety to childhood experiences, Dr. Matthew was drawn to pediatric dentistry with a wish to prevent future dentally anxious adults. He still enjoys general dentistry but concluded that specialization would create the best opportunity for him to make the most meaningful and beneficial impact. Dr. Matthew is passionate about creating dental experiences that are positive, comfortable, educational and FUN! He believes that a parent/child team that is educated and working together is the best formula to combat early childhood tooth decay. Combining general dentistry skills with pediatric dentistry training, Dr. Matthew strives to provide exceptional care for children and special needs patients of all ages.
When not at Alligator Dental Dr. Matthew leads an active lifestyle to stay fit. He enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with his family and friends.
Dr. Jennifer Hole
Dr. Jennifer Hole is a Texas native, born and raised in the San Antonio area. She attended the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she double majored in Biology and Chemistry. Upon finishing college, she attended Baylor College of Dentistry, where she graduated with her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2012. During her time at Baylor, Dr. Hole was involved in many leadership positions to include student council class representative, philanthropy chair and a mentor for the summer pre-enrichment program for prospective students.
Dr. Hole brings a new and exciting prospective into the office. Having practiced for years as a general dentist, she is pioneering the new “teen clinic” being incorporated at Alligator Dental. Having seen patients of all ages for five years, she recognizes the importance of a solid dental foundation. Dr. Hole strives to provide a transition between a pediatric patient who is reliant on family to an adolescent who has an independent and strong dental education built upon positive experiences. The teen clinic sets itself apart with loud music, Netflix and a dedication to offer guidance to patients during one of the most influential times in their development.
Dr. Hole lives in San Antonio with her husband, Dr. Steven Hole, who is a Captain in the United States Army. They have two children together, Riley who is two years old and Everett who was welcomed this past May. While life with two kids under two can get busy, in her free time she enjoys cooking, crafting and running!
Dr. Tina Ptacek
Dr. Tina Ptacek attended Arizona State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She then attended dental school at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. After practicing as a general dentist for one year, Dr. Tina moved to the East Coast where she completed her pediatric dental residency through Lutheran Medical Center in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Her advanced training included all aspects of pediatric dentistry including hospital dentistry, dental trauma, behavior management including sedation, interceptive orthodontics, and caring for patients with special needs. Before joining Alligator Dental, she practiced pediatric dentistry for four years in a private practice in Arizona. Dr. Tina is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Tina is passionate about providing a nurturing environment at Alligator Dental that helps children be successful at each dental visit. She is committed to providing the highest quality individualized care. She was drawn to Alligator Dental because of the outstanding customer service and incredible commitment to the community.
Dr. Tina is married to the love her life, John. They enjoy spending time with their families, traveling, and cheering on their beloved ASU Sun Devils.