Meet the Staff

 Mindy Hernandez,
Office Manager, RDA

 Mindy was born, raised in the beautiful state of Texas. She has worked in the dental field for 16 years. When she is not leading by example to our Sandalwood team, she enjoys spending her time building businesses that will have a direct positive impact in the communities where most needed. Along with building her business, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family, 1 granddaughter,13 hens,2 roosters, and 2 dogs. She is resilient in reaching her goals of providing the best environment for our team, our awesome patients. She has been serving the Sandalwood family for 11 years and counting. She is grateful for the opportunity she has earned to educate, support, and provide solutions to everyone who crosses her path. Her latest interest is networking with our patients, other small business owners to invest in one another’s successes.


Billing Specialist

 Yuri was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She has been in the dental field for over 4 years and counting. She has been part of our Sandalwood family for 7+ years. In her spare time she enjoys running with her pitbull named Rocky. Yuri enjoys spending time with her loving husband and two beautiful daughters, Mariah and Valerie.
We are thankful to have Yuri as our insurance and billing Guru. 


 Emily Santiago,
Treatment Coordinator, RDA


Emily is a born and raised Houstonian who joined the Sandalwood team in 2020 as our treatment coordinator. She is also, a registered dental assistant, and has been in the dental field for over 10 years. Her main goal is to provide top notch customer service while establishing genuine connections with each of her patients. She loves spending time with her family, traveling, and trying new restaurants. 


 Amit Singh,
RDA, Patient coordinator

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 Amit was born in New Delhi, India. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Math from The University of Delhi. Amit has been a Registered Dental Assistant for several years now and on the side she enjoys spending time with her children. Amit is happy to be a part of the Sandalwood Team and living in Cypress! 


 Cortney Bigelow,


Cortney was raised in the small town of Peltus, TX.  She received her Registered Hygiene degree in 2009 and moved to the Houston area shortly thereafter. Cortney has been working for Sandalwood for more than 3 years now.  With her free time she enjoys cooking, being outdoors and spending time with her husband and two children. 


 Jennifer Jones,

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 Jennifer was born and raised in Cypress, TX. She received her bachelor of science from Texas A&M University and graduated from the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston. She still considers herself an Aggie!!  She has been a part of the dental field for 10+ years and has a heart for working with children and making their experience fun and enjoyable!


 Jaime Lyn,

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Jaime was born in Michigan where she obtained her registered dental hygiene degree. She worked as a dental assistant prior to her education in hygiene and has been a part of the dental field for 11 years. She is certified in local anesthesia and nitrous oxide administration. She enjoys the beach, boating, cooking, movies and spending time with family and friends. Jaime is happy to be a part of the Sandalwood team and living in Houston!


 Vanessa Goss,

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 Vanessa was born in Houston, Texas and graduated from Elsik High School before attending Texas School of Business for dental assistants. She is certified in radiology and coronal polishing. In her free time she enjoys swimming and going to the beach any chance she gets. She also loves spending time with her family and friends but most importantly helping others in her community and those she meets at Sandalwood. She has been in the dental field for over 14 years. Fun fact: Vanessa has been assisting Dr. Strepka for 15 years! 


 Victoria Garcia,
Patient Coordinator