We aim to improve your oral/systemic health relationship with every visit. Our team has a true passion for dentistry, thrives on teamwork and education, and is fulfilled by helping patients achieve & maintain healthy, beautiful smiles. We believe that your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body, so the state of your oral health will influence the health of the rest of your body. Our team strives to increase your personal oral health knowledge – giving you a better understanding of the exceptionally high quality of care we provide, but also to gift you with a sense of warmth and delight with every interaction we have. We are lifelong relationship builders, and strive to build a “mutual affection society” between us and all of the people we are fortunate to have trust us with their smiles.
Our team motto is summed up by the following quote:
“To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Holistic Dental philosophy hinges on preventive dentistry. When disease and damaging conditions are avoided, or at least caught at their earliest stages of development, your natural teeth and gums remain healthy, strong and beautiful. Beginning with your extensive new patient experience and continuing with each visit, Dr. Scott, Dr. Perry and our team rely on experience and technology to ensure your optimal health, while educating you about how to remain healthy and avoiding the conditions that damage your teeth.
Your overall health and your dental health work hand-in-hand to determine your quality of life. Oral health has been conclusively linked to a number of other health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, gut and mental health issues and obesity, to name just a few. By focusing on optimizing your oral health, you can directly impact your overall quality of life. Furthermore, the early diagnosis of dental problems may shed light on other health concerns before they advance.
Many of the products and services you have available to you are influenced by our natural and integrative approach. When it comes to dental fillings, you will never be offered silver amalgam fillings, which contain mercury, and if you want or need to remove your amalgam fillings, we have special tools and SMART certification in place to ensure your safety as well as the safe disposal of the mercury.
Our new patient experience is designed to help you to see and understand how your oral health is intimately and intricately connected to your systemic health. We discuss the risks, benefits, pros, cons and consequences of ALL treatment options. This way, you can make the decision that is best for you. We also promote bio-compatibility testing so that we can make sure your body likes the materials we use.
When injury or genetics get in the way of your having a natural looking, natural functioning teeth, Dr. Scott and Dr. Perry utilize state-of-the-art cosmetic and restorative dentistry to give you the natural smile you desire, and help you feel normal again. Explore our patient services to better understand the treatment options available to you!
Meet the Doctors
Teresa M. Scott, DDS, MIABDM, AIAOMT, Certified Biological Dentist
Dr. Teresa Scott is an honors graduate of St. Pius X High School, and University of St. Thomas, both here in Houston. Graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1991, she went on to extend her education, receiving her doctorate from University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School in 1995. She received both the Jurisprudence Award, and the Award for Excellence in Clinical Dentistry while still in dental school. She is a member in good standing of the American Academy of General Dentistry, the International Academy of Biological and Dental Medicine (IABDM), the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), the Holistic Dental Association (HDA) and the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH). Recognizing that modern conventional dentistry still uses toxic mercury, Dr. Scott has ensured we are a mercury safe office by becoming SMART certified AND ACCREDITED by the IAOMT & a CERTIFIED BIOLOGICAL DENTIST by the IABDM.
Dr. Scott has committed to continuing education throughout her career and has steadily worked through the rigorous requirements to advance in her knowledge and skill sets. She regularly takes classes from all of the biological dentistry organizations, as well as additional continuing Dental Education in general dentistry, averaging over 150 hours of CE annually, when state licensure only requires us to take 15 total hours per year. In 2020, when everyone else took time off during the shutdown, Dr. Scott finished the remaining tasks needed to complete both her fellowship and mastership in Biological dentistry, earning the coveted AIAOMT, FIABDM and MIABDM designations.
She is an award winning dentist:
- Houston’s Top Dentists, H Texas Magazine, 2007 – Present
- America’s Top Dentists, Consumer’s Research Council of America, 2005 – Present
Dr. Teresa Scott has built a successful practice by delivering the best in family dental care since 1997. She has been married to her husband Dan, since 1999, and they have a grown daughter, Iliana, whom they adopted from Russia when she was 12 years old, and 2 biological daughters, Grace and Promise, whom Dan homeschools. She has an incredibly unique story in terms of what she is doing now and why, and it ALL speaks to intention and authenticity in terms of her patient care, as well as her “thinking outside the box” approach to both her own health as well as her patients’.
Her journey into biological dentistry started at her youngest daughter Promise’s premature birth in early 2009. Dr. Scott was already suffering the effects of mercury toxicity and was very sick and unable to breastfeed, but had not yet discovered the root cause of her many health issues. Promise showed serious allergies to every single commercial formula out there, including the organic and non dairy ones. Everything that touched her stomach that wasn’t real breast milk caused her to projectile vomit. And back in those days, it was incredibly hard to find a donor for human milk. We completely recommend the Human Milk 4 Human babies site for ladies who cannot breastfeed their children or who simply don’t make enough milk, and would like to find someone who is blessed with abundance and is willing to share. However, even now, it’s not always possible to find donor milk. When Promise started projectile vomiting everything man made, the pediatrician wanted to put her on the broken down protein formulas and reflux medicines, and Dr. Scott decided that there had to be a better solution out there. She figured that babies had been born for millenia who did not have a wet nurse available, and modern formulas had only been around for about 75 years at the time. She asked her pediatrician to prescribe milk from the Austin Milk Bank for the short term, until she could do some research and find a better solution. The Austin Milk Bank provides donated milk for babies, but it is NOT FREE (except for babies covered by Medicaid, believe it or not!). At the time, it cost $4.25 per OUNCE, and Dr. Scott knew that this was not economically sustainable, as it was not covered by her medical insurance. However, it bought her 5 weeks to do research and make her plan. During that time, Dr. Scott found the Weston Price Foundation and found their homemade baby formula recipe. They connected with a raw milk coop driving group, a website that connects people to providers of Raw Milk. After she got all of her ingredients for the raw milk formula, she gave it to Promise, despite the pediatrician’s dire warning that the raw milk would cause the baby to have intestinal bleeding, and…. She THRIVED. THAT was the beginning of Dr. Scott questioning everything she had ever learned about medicine and dentistry. Because not only did Promise NOT have ANY issues with the raw milk formula, it caused her to grow and thrive into a happy, healthy baby.
For the next 3 years, Dr. Scott learned everything she could in terms of nutrition, essential oils (the family who headed the raw milk coop introduced her to them), and organic living. However, despite excellent conventional medical care, Dr. Scott continued to get sicker and sicker. The conventional doctors had no answers. More importantly, they never questioned WHY she was getting sicker and sicker. They just kept prescribing more pharmaceuticals. At one point, Dr. Scott was on 12 different prescription pharmaceuticals, finding no improvement in her health. But her children were getting healthier and healthier as a result of Dr. Scott’s choice to forego conventional medical care for them and seek alternative approaches. After 3 years of studying and making changes in her personal life, Dr. Scott finally discovered that it was likely mercury toxicity that was making her so sick, and that Dentistry was probably causing it! She had to make a decision - either to quit doing what she loved, or find a way to marry what she did to what her new holistic paradigm was. So in 2012, Dr. Scott made the decision to switch entirely to biological dentistry. She became a member of the biological dentistry organizations, and committed to learn everything she could to both help her patients and reclaim her health.
Unfortunately, Dr. Scott was so sick already from mercury toxicity by that time that the damage was already done in terms of health issues. On December 1, 2015, she received a devastating diagnosis and death sentence. She was diagnosed with grade 4, stage 4B endometrial cancer and given a year to live, and a 1% chance of survival by her conventional medicine doctors. Rather than accept her fate, Dr. Scott took everything that she had been learning since 2009, and applied it to her own health. Though she did accept the hysterectomy and focal radiation therapy for pain control on her hip, where her metastasis was, she refused all other forms of conventional treatment, electing instead to seek alternative methods of healing. Her reasoning was this: If conventional medicine could only offer her a 1% chance of survival, she was going to find something that gave her hope for her better odds. And if she was going to die anyway, she would die on her own terms. She watched her father and grandmother die from cancer. She knew what that conventional route looked like. And so she refused it. It took her several months to find the providers who could help her with her choices. Once she started, she was able to achieve remission in 90 days from IV vitamin C and nutrition. Dr. Scott is quick to point out that everyone is different, and that she can’t claim to know how to help someone else with their cancer journey, but she is a fierce advocate for medical freedom of choice as a result of her experiences. It’s this kind of outside the box thinking that saved her life, and is now serving her patients as well. It is also why her patients can see her authenticity and commitment, from our Holistic Dental Associates Social Media Page to her Food for Living page to her public speaking engagements. She is truly the REAL DEAL.
It is this set of unique circumstances that set Dr. Scott on her current path, and also what makes her different from other health care providers. She looks for root cause, and then works toward eliminating the oral contributions to systemic health issues. This is her mission and passion, and she pursues it with enthusiasm and determination. This is also what makes Dr. Scott so authentic. Having come back from the brink of death, she is determined to do what she can to help others avoid having to go that far or lose their lives. She doesn’t pretend to have all of the answers, but she surely has worked incredibly hard to get her life back, and she is committed to helping her patients do the same.
To that end, Dr. Scott not only works full time as an airway centered biological dentist, but teaches airway and biological dentistry to others who want to go down that path. When she is not busy working, Dr. Scott loves anything that involves traveling with her husband and daughters, and is an adrenaline junkie, especially if it involves Jet Skis, ATVs or Snowmobiles. :-)
Meet the Doctors
Dr. Rachel Perry, DDS, AIAOMT, Certified Biological Dentist
When Dr. Scott got sick, she set out to find someone she could trust with her patients and team members. She knew she was going to have a tough time finding someone she could trust. She looked for 4 years to find just the right person to take over in the event that she could no longer work. She has found that in Dr. Rachel Perry. Dr. Perry Graduated from New Mexico State University with honors in 2005. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Biology, with minors in Chemistry and Biochemistry. In 2010, she earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Dental Branch. As a self proclaimed nerd, she possesses the desire to constantly learn and increase her knowledge and skill set. She has earned countless hours of Continuing Education, similar to Dr. Scott easily obtaining over 100 hours of CE every year, despite only being required to do 15.
Dr. Perry began her holistic/biological journey in 2017 when she attended a biological dentistry introductory course taught by our very own Dr. Teresa Scott and Dr. Dawn Ewing. This class spoke to Dr. Perry on a deep level and turned her entire world around. Immediately she felt like the majority of what she had been taught was wrong and misguided so her research and new education began. Very quickly it became evident that there was no way she could continue the path she was on, after learning about the toxins people and staff are exposed to in a dental office she was able to see how her own health had been affected. She had finally found the piece of the puzzle that was missing in her career that she didn’t know was missing, which is looking at the root cause of an issue. “Practicing Dentistry in this way feels like I am actually helping people heal and be healthy, whereas before I felt like just a technician performing a task.”
In 2019, as soon as Dr. Perry heard Dr. Scott was looking for an associate/partner, she immediately put into motion a change in her life. She listed her home and existing practice in Richmond Tx for sale and moved to Tomball. She joined our office with such passion and commitment to learn it all as quickly as she possibly could! She took on ALL of Biological Dentistry in 1 year, which usually takes 6-8 years of concerted effort to adopt. In 2020 she became a Certified Biological Dentist with the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine, IABDM. In 2021 she earned her Certificate of Accreditation with the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, AIOAMT.
When she is not working she is spending time with her two children Logan and Izabelle.
Meet the Team
Jennifer Patterson, RDA, Team Leader
Jennifer joined our team in January 2022, and became our team leader in September of 2022. Jennifer has 36 years of experience working in all aspects of front office and chairside dentistry. She has been office manager, insurance coordinator, HIPAA coordinator, OSHA compliance officer and Radiation Safety Officer. She has worked with patients doing full comprehensive restorative dentistry, oral surgery, TMJ therapy and fabricating occlusal appliances.
She has personal experience with biological dentistry's benefits, and always tries hard to help others.
She loves her career and she is always learning how to improve our team members and patient experiences.
Jennifer is a Master Gardener with Harris County and loves animals of all species.
Nohemi "Mimi" Mendoza - Clinical Team Leader
(Mimi) has been in the dental field for over 25 years and has been on our team the longest. She started as Dr. Scott’s dental assistant, and as the practice grew, became the lead dental assistant. In 2022, Mimi became the Clinical Team Leader and assistant office manager. She is highly trained and has added to her expertise with countless continuing education courses over the years. She is committed to helping patients maintain their dental health. Our patients appreciate her gentle and compassionate chairside manner. She is married to the love of her life, Tony, and is the proud mama of two amazing young men. Dr. Fabian Mendoza, DDS, and future Dentist, Cesar Mendoza (currently completing the last half of his dental school career). They, along with their three dogs, Belina, Lucky and Cookie, are the joy of her life. When not at work, Mimi enjoys traveling, cooking, watching movies, dancing, home remodeling and spending time with her family.
Saera Ellin, RDH -Certified Biological Hygienist - Hygiene Team Leader
Saera loves being a Certified Biological Hygienist. She joined our team in 2016. She believes it is vital to educate and offer her patients the valuable options that biological dentistry presents, as compared to conventional dentistry. Saera is a former flight attendant and has a lovely, extroverted personality. She looks forward to interacting and engaging with her patients, and sending them home with a spotless, radiant smile! Saera enjoys meeting new people, traveling the world, and appreciates different cultures. She also loves spending time with her daughter Zara, and together they enjoy exploring Houston’s diverse food landscape with friends. In her spare time, Saera loves studying “Human Design”. Being with Nature is rejuvenating for her, and she looks forward to her annual pilgrimage to her native India, so that she can spend time with her very large and close knit family there.
Sandra Freira, RDA -Dental Assisting Team Leader
Originally from Uruguay, South America, Sandra studied and got her diploma as both a dental assistant and a dental hygienist. When she moved to Houston in the 1980's, she became a registered dental assistant with the state of Texas, She has certifications in Coronal Polishing, Nitrous Oxide Monitoring, and Pit and Fissure Sealants. She joined our team in 2017, and has truly embraced the concepts and teachings of biological dentistry. Sandra loves helping our patients overcome their dental fear and anxiety. It is her mission and passion to help people. On a personal note, Sandra loves to travel, spend time in nature, relax at home and spend time with her family and friends.
Claudia Wong, RDH, Certified Biological Dental Hygienist
Debi Pace-Nazzal, RDA
Debi joined Holistic Dental Associates on July 08 , 2021 and absolutely loves the Dedication and Communication given to the Patients and Families. She loves the opportunity to grow with the Holistic world. She enjoys working with the Patients helping them achieve a healthy mouth and to keep Oral Hygiene Top Priority.
Away at home she enjoys spending time with her husband, Francis and their fur babies. She also enjoys spending time with her Family and her In Law Family.
Our patients say
"Dr. Scott and Dr. Perry along with their friendly staff are the best. I am so happy I found them. Me and my family always receive great dental care when we visit them whether it is for preventative care or something more extensive like wisdom tooth extraction. Dr. Scott and Dr. Perry are incredibly knowledgeable and capable to handle all dental concerns. We no longer feel anxiety at the thought of going to the dentist. We know we are in good hands when we visit Holistic Dental."
"Dr. Scott takes her time with you; does not rush through educating, instructing, or performing procedures. She ensures you are fully informed & explains your condition & your treatment options in a way that is totally understandable to the average person. Additionally, she utilizes homeopathic medications & holistic treatments before pharmaceuticals; although the option is there for you to choose if you want pharmaceuticals. Her office has an amazing track record, with extensive patient satisfaction. Would recommend 10/10!"
"Wonderful 1st time visit! Dr. Perry was extremely patient with me, and she explained my options thoroughly and with great detail. I left with a great sense of peace of mind. Grateful, I finally made the decision to visit Dr. Scott’s, holistic dental office."
"Shannon took amazing care of me on my first visit, explained everything thoroughly so that I understood and could ask all my questions, and made me feel right at home. I am excited for the healing that lies ahead for me as we address the root issues of my chronic health from a holistic oral approach. Now our 15-year-old son is also seeing Dr. Scott, whom we are absolutely thrilled with. Her genuine concern for her patients' well-being and only doing what she deems is truly necessary for improved overall health and wellness is evident. We love Dr. Scott!"
"Drs. Scott and Perry are extremely skilled and knowledgeable. They clearly explain the patient’s options and the best path for optimum dental health as well as overall health. Their staff is outstanding, from the receptionists to the scheduling and financing, to the hygienists who assist the doctors. For decades, poor dental treatment and procedures by other dentists negatively impacted my health. Since being treated by everyone at Holistic Dental, my dental health and general health have improved tremendously!"
"Thank God for having a choice to correct the years of damage caused by the pharmaceutical medical complex of all fields. The pharmaceutical industry evil intent of keeping humanity sick by putting MERCURY and so many other poisons in medications and so called vaccines will one day soon come to an end. The professional caring staff and Doctors using their God given talents to help many . The complete facility was the best , modern , clean, caring, and times of treatment and appointment is to the minute perfect. Well worth the travel."
"My first appointment went very well with getting very thorough pictures of my entire mouth. I have never had this many x-rays to assess my entire formation of mouth and teeth. On time, very friendly and knowledgeable. CLEAN nice office. Look forward to working with this office."
"I am just in awe of Dr. Scott and her entire team. I have never had a better experience at a dentist office ever. If you are looking for a dentist and staff who care about their patients and show it in every way, I highly recommend Holistic Dental Associates."
"Dr. Perry was very caring and sweet with my son. She did not seem rushed at all. She answered all my many questions and gave great advice. I would definitely recommend this holistic practice."