About Susan Ellison Dentistry & Cosmetics

About Us

Meet Dr. Susan Ellison

Dr. Susan Ellison graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston. She was nominated and accepted into the Mu Mu Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society for her character and achievements in academics in dental school. She has been practicing in Houston for over 30 years and Dr. Ellison has been serving the community and families with exceptional dental care and customer service ever since.

She attended the L.D. Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Studies in Key Biscayne, Florida and completed extensive advanced training at The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies where she was trained in the most advanced techniques for Cosmetic Veneers, Occlusion, and Full Mouth Reconstruction.

Dr. Ellison is a participating member of Reingage, a network of over a thousand dentists committed to changing lives and smiles with Invisalign® and advanced alignment techniques.

Dr. Ellison has one lovely daughter in college and loves visiting and going to their football games. College sports are so much fun for her. She also loves being outdoors running, exercising, skiing and going to the beach or the mountains and has even run several Houston marathons over the years. She loves her work and her family and friends and is committed to overall health and wellbeing, always striving for herself and others to be the best they can be.

Dr. Ellison is a member of the following organizations:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Texas Dental Association
  • The Greater Houston Dental Society
  • The American Academy of Clear Aligners
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She has been named:

  • Houston’s Top Dentists by H-Texas Magazine
  • Top Docs for Women in Houston by H-Texas Magazine
  • Fellow of the Academy of Clear Aligners
  • Top 4 Finalists for the Life-Changing Golden Aligner Award by the American Academy of Clear Aligners
Meet Our Team


Dental Assistant

Merdan started his career in the dental field in 2008. His passion and enthusiasm for providing excellent dental care are so strong, it’s infectious! His expertise comes from his formal training and years of being a dentist in Turkmenistan and Russia. Now, living here in the US, Merdan is passionate about being a dental assistant and continuing his training to become a licensed Dentist in the state of Texas.

He spends most of his free time with his son Elias but also enjoys hobbies such as being active at the gym, playing tennis, and cooking.

Dr. Susan Ellison and our entire team are so thankful to have Merdan as part of our dental family!


Financial Coordinator

My name is Gaby Sanchez. I was born in Mexico but grew up in Houston, Texas. I have been in the dental field for 11 years. It is truly a joy and privilege to be able to help care for our patients and make sure they have all their needs and goals met. I have been happily married for three years. We have 3 wonderful kids ages 11, 7 and 2 years old. We enjoy watching movies, road trips, going camping and raising our chickens.


Scheduling Coordinator

My name is Iris Alfaro. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I have worked in the dental industry for about 6 years. The first few years I worked as a dental assistant. Having a thirst for learning, I transferred over to train and work in the front desk area. A number of years have gone by and I thoroughly enjoy what I am doing. I love to help patients with their questions and make them feel as comfortable as possible. When I have free time I love to catch up on my sleep, go see my favorite artists at concerts and enjoy eating great food!


Scheduling Coordinator

My name is Erika Vidals and I am our front office receptionist and so much more. I’m probably the first smiling face you’ll see when you walk in the door. I have been working in dentistry for 5 years and what I love most is watching the patient’s transformation. I enjoy showing them their before and after photos so they can take pride in their new smile and strut with confidence. I was born in New York but raised in Houston and I don’t consider myself a Yankee because I’m an Astros fan at heart. I am a new mom and I am loving the journey. In my free time, I love watching my baby grow and spending my husband’s money on makeup.


Dental Assistant

My Name is Karina Orellana, I recently joined Dr. Susan’s Team this year. I have been a Registered Dental Assistant since 2009. I’m Fluent in English and Spanish. I have a passion for what I do. I’m here to ensure that you have a great experience during your treatment with our doctor. I was born and raised in California, but Houston is like my home. I have an 8-year-old daughter name Noemi who I love to spend quality time with. I love to travel and make the best memories with my princess Noemi.


Dental Hygienist

Iris is a native Houstonian who recently joined our team earlier this year. Iris has been a hygienist since 2015. Iris is fluent in English and Spanish. She is passionate about dental health and loves to spend time with patients ensuring that they are educated and encouraged to maintain their oral health. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, staying active, and spending time with her French Bulldog Pickles!

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