Meet the Team at Rio Vista Dentistry in Harlingen, TX

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Sally Palacios

Dental Hygienist

Sally Palacios has been a dental hygienist since 2009 and has been working with the Rio Vista team since 2011. On her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and her two beautiful girls.

 

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Maria T. Loo

Dental Hygienist

Maria Loo has been a dental hygienist since 2012. She is a family oriented person with a big heart who enjoys educating and helping her patients.

 

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Becky Villarreal

Patient Coordinator

Becky has worked in the dental field for more than 20 years and with Rio Vista Dentistry for at least 17 years. She enjoys meeting and talking to people. When not spending time with her two children, she loves dancing, fishing, and outdoor activities.

 

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Mary Armas Longoria

Financial / Patient Coordinator

Mary has been part of the Rio Vista Dentistry team since 2004. She has an incredible talent for all things financial, from working with insurance claims to developing comfortable financial arrangements with patients. Mary enjoys running and spending time with her husband and three wonderful children when she’s not at work.

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Zwelky "Zee" McCall

Patient Coordinator

Zee McCall has worked in the dental field since 2012 earning her experience as a dental assistant as well as in administration. She was born and raised in Edinburg, Tx but now resides in Harlingen with her husband and two pitbulls. As one of the patient coordinators, Zee enjoys helping her patients with any financial or appointment concerns.

 

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Odilia F. Lopez

Insuance Coordinator

Odie has worked in the dental field for more than 30 years and has recently joined Rio Vista Dentistry as our insurance coordinator. She enjoys applying the courtesy of assisting our patients getting the most out of their dental benefits. Odie loves spending time outdoors, listening to music, dancing, and spending quality time with her family and friends.

 

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Victoria Nino

Office Concierge

Victoria graduated dental assisting school in 2016 and is now working in the administrative side for Rio Vista Dentistry. As our office concierge, she enjoys greeting all patients with a smile, answering calls with a friendly voice, and helping patients get comfortable to feel at home. When she's not at work she loves to go dancing with her fiance and spend time with family.

 

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Mellie Gaytan, RDA

Dental Assistant

Mellie has been in the dental field for more than 20 years. One of the aspects of dental assisting she enjoys most is developing honest and friendly relationships with every patient in order to make their visit to Rio Vista Dentistry as comfortable as possible. In her free time, she enjoys family gatherings, dancing, and fishing.

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Hortencia Govea, RDA

Dental Assistant

Hortencia has been in the dental field for 10 years now. She enjoys helping and making patients smile. She loves spending time with her wonderful husband, her two caring and loving kids. She is also a Spurs and Dallas Cowboy fan.

 

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Jessica Lozano, RDA

Dental Assistant

Jessica has been with the Rio Vista team since 2012. She loves being a clinical assistant, which is apparent in her great energy and that great big smile on her face! Jessica was born in Fort Polk, Louisiana but moved to Harlingen, where her family originates, in 1987. She has been married to her husband for over 20 years and together they enjoy their spoiled cat named Bender.

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Veronica Uribe, RDA

Dental Assistant

Veronica joined the Rio Vista team in 2009 and gains great satisfaction at the end of the day from seeing people SMILE! Veronica was born and raised in Weslaco, Texas but currently resides in Harlingen. She also loves spending time with her family every chance she gets.

 

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Amanda Gonzales Anaya, RDA

Dental Assistant

Amanda has been apart of the Rio Vista team since 2014. She enjoys changing people's lives one smile at a time. Amanda is married to her middle school sweetheart and they have 3 beautiful children. When not at work she loves to shop and go fishing.

 

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Joey Amaro Jr. RDA

Dental Assistant

Joey has been with Rio Vista Dentistry since 2015. Not only has he assisted along side Dr. James, but he has now taken over our lab department. From constructing Tier One guards, repairing broken dentures, and customizing crowns for restoration purposes, Joey has grown a passion for both clinical and lab work. On his free time, he enjoys training and participating in local runs.