MEET OUR TEAM
The dental practice team at Dental Wellness Centers is proud to provide you with expert consultation and treatment.
Dr. Dean Harmison, DDS
Shirley Harmison BS, Master in Environmental Science
Dr. Dean and Shirley Harmison practice biological mercury free safe dentistry. Their goal is to treat patients in the most healthy, caring, holistic way possible and to share information about dental wellness so they can make educated decisions about their oral health. We recognize that the teeth and associated structures are part of the whole body-mind-body-spirit!
Shirley and Dean Harmison have been teaching stress mangement for over 35 years and have studied extensively in India, Canada and the US with several renown teachers.
Modern technology, regular continuing education and an eye on current developments in biological and eco dentistry research: we do everything to ensure your oral health will have expert and safe treatment. Our relaxed atmosphere and friendly service go hand in hand - naturally.
Dr. Sam Duran, DDS
Dr. Duran is our latest addition to our integrative, holistic team- he brings 22 years of experience and Zirconia Implants as well.
Dr. Samuel Duran was born in McAllen, TX and is the father of 6 children - 3 boys and 3 girls. He graduated from the University of Texas-Pan American and was then accepted to Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry on an academic scholarship. Dr. Duran is an artist, and before becoming a dentist he was a custom jeweler.
After receiving his degree in 1994, Dr. Duran has gone on to many different aspects of dentistry, but most of all loves cosmetic dentistry and how people walk out feeling confident with a beautiful smile. He is witty, creative, artistic and funny, and is able to think outside the box. Dr. Duran has developed several alternative modalities of treatment and prevention of dental disease. He is here to help you get the smile of your dreams and can't wait to meet you!
Dr. Luis Galvan, DDS
Born, raised and educated in Mexico City, he first practiced general dentistry in Mexico, where he became interested in implant dentistry at the cusp of its inception. In 1995, he came to the United States to complete a residency in general dentistry and went on to earn his DDS degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, graduating magna cum laude.
Now professionally affiliated with ICOI, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, he has received numerous awards for his work in the field of implant dentistry and has dedicated his life to improving the oral quality of patients all over the world as well as in San Antonio.
Dr. Maria Paz, DDS
Dr. Maria-Paz U. Smith is dentist with 30 years experience. She was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. She obtained her DDS degree from Universidad Latinoamericana in Mexico and had her own practice there for several years. She came to the United States of America and studied Dentistry for the Dentariae Medicinae Doctoris (DMD) in 1990 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Smith served 30 years in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) from 1995 to 2016. The first 3.5 years of her career took place in Pine Ridge, South Dakota treating the Lakota Sioux American Natives. She served the following 16.5 years assigned to the United States Coast Guard with different assignments and varied locations. Dr. Smith retired from USPHS in September 2016.
Dr. Smith was in private practice for one year from September 2016 to September 2017 at Elite Family Dental in University City, Texas.
Dr. Smith is delighted to serve at Dr. Harmison's Dental Wellness Center. Her motto is: "give my patients the best possible dental care without compromising quality."
Dr. Radip Uprety, DDS
My name is Radip Uprety. I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2013.
Paul is a San Antonio, Texas native with three years of work in the dental industry. I enjoy fishing and camping pretty much anything outside with my spare time with family and friends. I am happy to be part of the team here at the Dental Wellness Center and I am looking forward to creating lasting relationships with the patients along with providing the best dental care possible helping to enrich patients’ lives with healthy mouths and smiles.