WHO WE ARE

Who We Are

Family Dentist serving Live Oak & San Antonio, TX

For many, young and old, a trip to the dentist can be a stressful experience. Live Oak Family Dentistry is here to calm your fears. Our friendly and caring staff will put you at ease as we welcome you into our dental family.  We provide gentle and affordable dental care for the entire family. Whether it’s preventative or cosmetic dentistry or your overall health, at Live Oak Family Dentistry we are here to help you because We Care Beyond The Chair.
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Dr. Marisa Fox - Live Oak Family Dentistry
Dr. Marisa Fox
Dr. Fox graduated from Texas A&M University in 1987. In 1991, she received her D.D.S. degree when she graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School. Following graduation, she immediately joined the Air Force and was stationed at Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Subsequent assignments during her 20 year military career include Misawa Air Base, Japan; Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii; Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina; and a six month deployment to Iraq. 

Her final assignment brought her full circle back to Lackland, here in San Antonio. She retired from the Air Force in 2011 and became a team member in 2012. Dr. Fox loves to make patients feel welcome and comfortable during their dental visits. Through exchanging stories on family and life adventures, she makes a connection with patients and is able to put them at ease during procedures. She is a member of the San Antonio Dental District Society, the Texas Dental Association, and the American Dental Association.

Dr. Fox and her husband got married in 2006 and became a blended family.  Three of their seven children are still in high school. Their household dynamics seems to have slowed to a more relaxed pace since two kids went away to college and their oldest son enlisted in the Air Force.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching Aggie football, and hanging out with family and friends.

Lisa John - Office Manager - Live Oak Family Dentistry
Lisa John - Office Manager
Lisa has the distinction of being part of the team for 30 years. She spent the first 29 years assisting chairside and is now our Office Manager. She is a natural at putting patients’ needs at the top of her priority list, along with making them feel like they’re part of our dental family. She has brought great enthusiasm to her new role knowing that she is now able help patients even more. For these reasons, we call her “The Queen Bee.” 
 A hometown girl, she graduated from Judson High School and has been married to her best friend for 25 years. Their two children are both away attending college. One is in Boston attending New England Conservatory School of Music while the other one is attending Texas A&M University in College Station. In her spare time, she enjoys SHOPPING, hunting, some fishing, and hanging out with family and friends. 
Zoila Newbury, RDH - Live Oak Family Dentistry
Zoila Newbury, RDH - Dental Hygienist
Zoila had been a dental assistant for 12 years when she decided to switch gears and go to hygiene school. She earned her Dental Hygiene degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio (UTHSCSA) in 2001. In 2002, she joined our team and has been providing superior care to patients of all ages ever since. With her gentle touch, she puts patients at ease while ensuring their comfort. Her bilingual abilities also help our Spanish speaking patients feel even more at ease. Dedicated to helping patients achieve the best oral health possible, she never hesitates to take the time to answer any questions that you might have. Zoila has been married for 13 years, has one son, and three very spoiled dogs.
Tricia Galang - Patient Coordinator - Live Oak Family Dentistry
Tricia Galang - Patient Coordinator
Tricia has been a team member for seven years, but she’s been in the dental field for 27 years. Her dental roots began when she served as a dental assistant in the Navy for three years. A true people person, Tricia enjoys her role as Patient Coordinator, being the first and last person that patients encounter during their visit. Whether by sharing a laugh or two, or by using her expertise to demystify the insurance process, she’s always able to put a little cheer in their day. For her husband’s final military move in 1997, the Air Force brought them to San Antonio where they’ve been ever since. They’ve been married for 27 years and they have two grown children. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, bowling, and being with family and friends.
Leslie Elsesser, RDA - Live Oak Family Dentistry
Leslie Elsesser, RDA - Dental Assistant
Leslie received her dental assisting degree in 2012 from Salina Area Technical College in Salina, Kansas. A military wife, originally from Northeast Pennsylvania, she relocated to San Antonio. Fortunately for us, she joined our team in 2014. The comedian of the bunch, Leslie enjoys making her teammates and patients laugh. Even the most nervous patients are put at ease when she’s by their side. Topics of conversation can range from raising a 15 year old daughter to riding motorcycles. In her spare time, Leslie enjoys shopping and going to the movies with family and friends.
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