meet the team

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Dr. Victa Edwards

Outside of the office, Dr. Edwards enjoys spending time with his wife of 20 years, Kristi. His hobbies include wake-surfing, softball, golf, hunting, cycling, and traveling.

Awards

Current and past professional memberships include:

  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • Texas Dental Association (TDA)
  • Greater Houston Dental Society (GHDS)
  • Student National Dental Society Vice-President (SNDA)
  • National Dental Society (NDA)
  • MEHOP Dental Director
  • Psi Omega Dental Fraternity
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
  • Bay City Head Start Advisory Committee

Awards and recognition include:

  • Clinic Award at the University of Texas Dental School
  • Founder of the Matagorda Episcopal Health Outreach Dental Program
  • Head Start Service Excellence Award
  • Dental Summer Enrichment Program Mentor

Education

Dr. Victa Edwards first attended Texas Tech University, then earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1996 from the University of Texas Dental School in Houston. Since then, He has exhibited a passion for building upon his education to better provide top-notch dental health care to all of his patients. His hundreds of continuing education hours include a special emphasis on cosmetics, oral rehabilitation, periodontal health care, and Pediatric dentistry.

Philosophy

Dr. Edward’s passion is advising and helping patients achieve their best possible smile!  His priority is to make patients feel as comfortable as possible during each visit.  He will work closely with his patients to create a comprehensive, customized plan to meet their individual dental needs.

Dr. Sami Thalji, DDS

Outside of the office, Dr. Thalji enjoys spending time with his family, wife Nichole of 20 years, and three beautiful children. His hobbies include little league assistant baseball coach, fishing, hunting, and hotrods.

Awards

Current and past professional memberships include:

  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • Texas Dental Association (TDA)
  • Greater Houston Dental Society (GHDS)
  • National Dental Society (NDA)

Awards and recognition include:

  • Residency certificate program of Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD)
  • Head Start Service Excellence Award

Education

Dr. Sami Thalji first attended University of Houston Clear Lake, then earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1996 from the University of Texas Dental School in Houston. Continued his dental studies by attending a one year Advanced Education in General Dentistry program from the same University. Since then, He has exhibited a passion for building upon his education to better provide top-notch dental health care to all of his patients. His hundreds of continuing education hours include a special emphasis on cosmetics, oral rehabilitation, periodontal health care, and Pediatric dentistry.

Philosophy

Dr. Thalji’s passion is advising and helping patients achieve their best possible smile!  His priority is to make patients feel as comfortable as possible during each visit.  He will work closely with his patients to create a comprehensive, customized plan to meet their individual dental needs.

Dr Thalji
Sandra Cowart - OFFICE MANAGER

Sandra Cowart


Sandra is the backbone of the office. She keeps the front-office team, the back-office team, and the doctors in line. Sandra started working with us in 2005. She always enjoys making a personal connection with patients, building relationships, and seeing people transform from coming to the office self-conscious and hiding their teeth, to leaving with a confident smile. Sandra is an active member of the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. She is passionate about fitness and has accomplished numerous marathons and triathlons. She recently completed a full Ironman in the Woodlands which involved a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run. And yes, that was all in one day!! She also teaches an early morning CrossFit class. If you wake up bright and early, you can sweat with her!

Morgan Peikert - REGISTERED DENTAL HYGIENIST

Morgan Peikert


Morgan has been a dental hygienist for over 11 years. She earned her Associate of Applied Science Degree from Wharton County Junior College where she made the Dean’s List. Morgan also earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio with the honor of Summa Cum Laude. She has her certification in CPR and Nitrous Oxide monitoring and was a member of the Student American Dental Hygienist Association and Greater Houston Dental Society. As a dental hygienist, she has treated a variety of patients including: children, adults, geriatric, and those with special needs. Morgan has volunteered with Give Kids a Smile at the University of Texas Hygiene School, and was awarded with the Outstanding Community Service Award. When not in the office she enjoys river and lake activities with her husband of 10 years Josh and their children Landon and Kinlee, along with crafting and spending time with her horse Ginger.

Lexi Williams


Lexi is the newest member of the Dental Hygiene Team.  She brings a lot of energy and a fresh new innovative spin to our in office operations.  Originally from Yoakum, Lexi is now a Bay City resident.  Before beginning Dental Hygiene school, she attended Texas A&M Kingsville, where she ran track.  Immediately following undergraduate school, Lexi earned her RDH license and CPR certification from Coastal Bend College in Beeville where she graduated with honors.  While in school, she volunteered with Hope Smiles in Kyle, TX, and even took advantage of an opportunity to help provide dental care to those in need on a mission trip to Peru.  Her hobbies include working out, fishing, traveling, and trying new foods with family and friends. 

Jennifer Smith


Jennifer was originally born in Bay City but resides in Van Vleck.  She has a tremendous track record as a dental hygienist and has 28 years of experience to boot.  She first received her degree from the Wharton County Junior College School of Hygiene in 1989.  Jennifer is seasoned in treating a variety of patients of different ages, needs, and comfort levels and is of course licensed in CPR.  Outside the office her two children Amber and Lacy keep her plenty busy.  Lacy is a member of 4-H, Jr. FFA, and she participates in Home Economics for the Matagorda County Fair.  When not supporting her children’s endeavors she enjoys bay fishing, sunning at the beach, and spending time with her friends and family.

Stephanie Ramos


Stephanie was born in Wharton, but she hurried to Bay City as fast as she could. She started with us in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since. Stephanie is very valuable to our front desk, and you are likely to hear her voice on the phone when it’s time to confirm your appointment.  Stephanie is also a multi-tasker.  And when she is not at the front of the office she is hard at work in the back. She has a fun-loving personality, tons of energy, and she keeps the office in stitches with her amusing sense of humor.  Outside the office Stephanie enjoys Tejano dancing and attending live concerts.  Her long-term goal is to become a dental hygienist.  Currently she is taking prerequisite undergraduate courses in hopes of making that happen.

Rosa

Rosa Aguilar


Rosa joined our team in 2011after receiving her registered dental assistant certification from the Mark Manning Dental Assistant School.  Following her arrival, she earned her certifications in both nitrous oxide monitoring and CPR.  Rosa has 6 wonderful children who keep her plenty busy.  Outside the office, she is a member of the MFT Trailblazers and enjoys fishing, trail rides, and her dog C.J. Rosa relishes building lasting relationships with patients and changing their opinions on dentistry.  Patients appreciate that she is comforting, knowledgeable, and skilled.  Rosa works hard to treat our patients as she would her own family.

Ofelia Hasette - BACK OFFICE TEAM

Ofelia Hasette


Ofelia became a member of our team in 2011, and understands dental anxiety. Before joining the practice, she too had a fear of the dentist. As a result, she can sympathize with and help calm people with similar fears. Ofelia is also certified in CPR and Nitrous Oxide Monitoring. When out of the office, she is very active at Harvest Time Church. She is also serious about staying in shape. In 2015 she completed a full marathon in the Woodlands, and has also completed several half marathons. She loves getting to know all of our patients and takes a personal interest in their total oral health. Ofelia looks forward to helping them feel comfortable and seeing patient reactions to their new smiles.

Jessica Rodriguez - FRONT OFFICE TEAM

Jessica Rodriguez


Jessica, a native Bay Citian, is the first smiling face you see when walking through the doors of the office. She has been a team member in our practice since 2011. Jessica is married to her husband Carlos and has 3 children: Jessie, Sierra, and Cayman in addition to her cat named Princess. Her hobbies include movies, dancing, and most of all shopping! Jessica handles the front desk administration, including scheduling, treatment planning, and insurance. She is a great source if you have any questions. Committed to excellent patient care Jessica shines in everything that she does.

Ramona Torres - FRONT OFFICE TEAM

Ramona Torres


Ramona is also a major contributor to the front office when it comes to scheduling, confirming and insurances among other things. When she’s not cheering on her favorite team, the Houston Texans of course, she loves getting to know each patient on an individual basis and helping them with their needs. She hit the ground running when she joined our team in 2012 after transitioning from a Certified Nurses Aid. Her two children are Jordan and Mykaela. Jordan will start collage next year at SMU where he will play on the football team. Ramona loves the opportunity to make a difference in patients’ lives. She sincerely relishes in the opportunity to get to know people, and help them.

Sandra Cowart - OFFICE MANAGER

Sandra Cowart

Sandra is the backbone of the office. She keeps the front-office team, the back-office team, and the doctors in line. Sandra started working with us in 2005. She always enjoys making a personal connection with patients, building relationships, and seeing people transform from coming to the office self-conscious and hiding their teeth, to leaving with a confident smile. Sandra is an active member of the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. She is passionate about fitness and has accomplished numerous marathons and triathlons. She recently completed a full Ironman in the Woodlands which involved a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run. And yes, that was all in one day!! She also teaches an early morning CrossFit class. If you wake up bright and early, you can sweat with her!
Ramona Torres - FRONT OFFICE TEAM

Ramona Torres

Ramona is also a major contributor to the front office when it comes to scheduling, confirming and insurances among other things. When she’s not cheering on her favorite team, the Houston Texans of course, she loves getting to know each patient on an individual basis and helping them with their needs. She hit the ground running when she joined our team in 2012 after transitioning from a Certified Nurses Aid. Her two children are Jordan and Mykaela. Jordan will start collage next year at SMU where he will play on the football team. Ramona loves the opportunity to make a difference in patients’ lives. She sincerely relishes in the opportunity to get to know people, and help them.
Jessica Rodriguez - FRONT OFFICE TEAM

Jessica Rodriguez

Jessica, a native Bay Citian, is the first smiling face you see when walking through the doors of the office. She has been a team member in our practice since 2011. Jessica is married to her husband Carlos and has 3 children: Jessie, Sierra, and Cayman in addition to her cat named Princess. Her hobbies include movies, dancing, and most of all shopping! Jessica handles the front desk administration, including scheduling, treatment planning, and insurance. She is a great source if you have any questions. Committed to excellent patient care Jessica shines in everything that she does.
Ofelia Hasette - BACK OFFICE TEAM

Ofelia Hasette

Ofelia became a member of our team in 2011, and understands dental anxiety. Before joining the practice, she too had a fear of the dentist. As a result, she can sympathize with and help calm people with similar fears. Ofelia is also certified in CPR and Nitrous Oxide Monitoring. When out of the office, she is very active at Harvest Time Church. She is also serious about staying in shape. In 2015 she completed a full marathon in the Woodlands, and has also completed several half marathons. She loves getting to know all of our patients and takes a personal interest in their total oral health. Ofelia looks forward to helping them feel comfortable and seeing patient reactions to their new smiles.
Rosa

Rosa Aguilar

Rosa joined our team in 2011after receiving her registered dental assistant certification from the Mark Manning Dental Assistant School.  Following her arrival, she earned her certifications in both nitrous oxide monitoring and CPR.  Rosa has 6 wonderful children who keep her plenty busy.  Outside the office, she is a member of the MFT Trailblazers and enjoys fishing, trail rides, and her dog C.J. Rosa relishes building lasting relationships with patients and changing their opinions on dentistry.  Patients appreciate that she is comforting, knowledgeable, and skilled.  Rosa works hard to treat our patients as she would her own family.

Stephanie Ramos

Stephanie was born in Wharton, but she hurried to Bay City as fast as she could. She started with us in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since. Stephanie is very valuable to our front desk, and you are likely to hear her voice on the phone when it’s time to confirm your appointment.  Stephanie is also a multi-tasker.  And when she is not at the front of the office she is hard at work in the back. She has a fun-loving personality, tons of energy, and she keeps the office in stitches with her amusing sense of humor.  Outside the office Stephanie enjoys Tejano dancing and attending live concerts.  Her long-term goal is to become a dental hygienist.  Currently she is taking prerequisite undergraduate courses in hopes of making that happen.

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer was originally born in Bay City but resides in Van Vleck.  She has a tremendous track record as a dental hygienist and has 28 years of experience to boot.  She first received her degree from the Wharton County Junior College School of Hygiene in 1989.  Jennifer is seasoned in treating a variety of patients of different ages, needs, and comfort levels and is of course licensed in CPR.  Outside the office her two children Amber and Lacy keep her plenty busy.  Lacy is a member of 4-H, Jr. FFA, and she participates in Home Economics for the Matagorda County Fair.  When not supporting her children’s endeavors she enjoys bay fishing, sunning at the beach, and spending time with her friends and family.

Lexi Williams

Lexi is the newest member of the Dental Hygiene Team.  She brings a lot of energy and a fresh new innovative spin to our in office operations.  Originally from Yoakum, Lexi is now a Bay City resident.  Before beginning Dental Hygiene school, she attended Texas A&M Kingsville, where she ran track.  Immediately following undergraduate school, Lexi earned her RDH license and CPR certification from Coastal Bend College in Beeville where she graduated with honors.  While in school, she volunteered with Hope Smiles in Kyle, TX, and even took advantage of an opportunity to help provide dental care to those in need on a mission trip to Peru.  Her hobbies include working out, fishing, traveling, and trying new foods with family and friends. 
Morgan Peikert - REGISTERED DENTAL HYGIENIST

Morgan Peikert

Morgan has been a dental hygienist for over 11 years. She earned her Associate of Applied Science Degree from Wharton County Junior College where she made the Dean’s List. Morgan also earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio with the honor of Summa Cum Laude. She has her certification in CPR and Nitrous Oxide monitoring and was a member of the Student American Dental Hygienist Association and Greater Houston Dental Society. As a dental hygienist, she has treated a variety of patients including: children, adults, geriatric, and those with special needs. Morgan has volunteered with Give Kids a Smile at the University of Texas Hygiene School, and was awarded with the Outstanding Community Service Award. When not in the office she enjoys river and lake activities with her husband of 10 years Josh and their children Landon and Kinlee, along with crafting and spending time with her horse Ginger.