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Waco Kids Dental
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1121 Lake Air Dr., Waco, TX 76710
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1605 Lake Success Dr. Waco, TX 76710
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Meet the Doctors

Dr. Aaron Blackwelder

Originally from Fairfield, Connecticut, Dr. Blackwelder completed his dental degree at the Baylor College of Dentistry. Then he completed his Pediatric Dental Residency at the University of Iowa. He is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in pediatric care and loves helping young patients smile.

Dr. Blackwelder is a past president of the Central Texas Dental Society, has hospital privileges at Hillcrest Hospital and Fish Pond Surgical Center, and is a member of the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Texas Dental Association
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Outside of work, he enjoys water sports like sailing and fishing. He also enjoys hiking, spending time with his family, grilling, and doing humanitarian dental trips to Third-World countries. Fun fact: he once climbed Mt. Washington in a snowstorm!

Dr. Vernesha Lockhart

“I approach every patient with a smile and passionately advocate for children’s dental health.”

Dr. Lockhart has been practicing dentistry since 2010. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and completed her pediatric specialty studies at Howard University. She also holds diplomate status as a board-certified pediatric dentist and is a member of the following professional organizations:

  • American Dental Association
  • Texas Dental Association
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

In her spare time, she loves traveling, singing, and spending time with friends, family, and her sweet pup, Ms. Avie Pickles. She is a big fan of all things Disney, with a few of her favorite movies being Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid.

Dr. Tjel Olson

Dr. Olson has more than 12 years of experience in dentistry. Originally from Mesa, Arizona, he completed his studies at Arizona State University and the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. Next to providing excellent service, his favorite thing about working in our office is listening to the children and parents share their excitement about the treatment that they received. In addition to treating young smiles, Dr. Olson is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association.

When he’s not helping patients achieve better oral health, he loves spending time with his wife and three daughters. His other interests include running, fishing, and traveling. Dr. Olson once spent two years living in Ecuador.

Dr. Alex Piedra

Dr. Alex Piedra was born in Ecuador but raised in Seattle, WA. He completed his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where he earned his degree in Exercise Science. Dr. Piedra speaks spanish fluently, having served as a missionary for his Church in Guayaquil Ecuador. Dr. Piedra later attended the University of Utah School of Dentistry matriculating as the second class to graduate from this prestigious program. He then journeyed back to Washington State where he completed his Pediatric Dental Studies in Yakima, WA serving hundreds of children.

Dr. Piedra is a member of the following professional organizations;

  • American Dental Association
  • Texas Dental Association
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

While not at work, Dr. Piedra loves spending his time with his children and wife. He loves creating positive and happy memories with everyone. His other interests include going to the gym and being a foodie. Fun fact: Dr. Piedra collects sneakers!

Dr. Colleen Segall

Dr. Segall was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for dental school with a Health Professions Scholarship from the US Army. After graduating, she served as a general dentist for 4 years, with assignments in Fort Sam Houston, TX and Grafenwoehr, Germany. Dr. Segall was selected for the pediatric dentistry residency program at Texas A&M/Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas. During her two-year residency program, she worked at Children’s Medical Center and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Here, she developed the skills to care for children with special health care needs. After completing her residency, Dr. Segall was assigned to Fort Hood, TX, where she served as the pediatric dentist for the installation. She also served as a mentor for the Advanced Education in General Dentistry 2-Year Program and Assistant Professor for the Uniformed Services University.

Dr. Segall is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and maintains active membership in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Her hobbies include travel, exercise, “foodie” experiences, and spending time with her family. Dr. Segall met her husband, Michael, in dental school. He is an orthodontist for the US Army. Together, they are navigating the excitement of parenthood since they welcomed their daughter, Sophia, to the family.

Dr. Segall is looking forward to her transition to civilian practice, and is honored to be part of the Waco Kids Dental team. Dr. Segall loves interacting with children and helping them build their confidence in visiting the dentist. She looks forward to getting to know the patients and their families.

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