Meet the Amazing Pediatric Dentists 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. 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 fifteen years. In addition to his family and pediatric dentistry, other passions include football, fishing, and fireworks.
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. He also 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 become a pediatric dentist to prevent dental anxiety in adults. He still enjoys general dentistry but concluded that specializing in dentistry for children 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 dental care for kids 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, including 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 perspective 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 dental care for kids to treatment for adolescents who have 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, a daughter, Riley, who is two years old and a son, 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. 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.