Meet the Amazing Pediatric 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 twelve years. In addition to his family and pediatric dentistry, other passions include football, fishing, and fireworks.

khan2Dr. Adeel Khan

Dr. Adeel Khan graduated Magna Cum Laude from the 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 including care for 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 practice.

Dr. Adeel believes each child is unique and requires personalized care. His commitment to providing quality dental care for kids 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 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 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.

drmatthew2Dr. 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!