Compassionate Dental Team
Our team at Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry is comprised of some of the most enthusiastic and caring dental professionals that you will ever meet! Our staff genuinely loves working with young patients, from the ones who are just getting their first teeth to the teens who come in frequently for orthodontic appointments. Pediatric dentistry is a passion for all of us, something that most families notice right away when they visit us for the first time. On behalf of the entire Tots to Teens family, we want to welcome you and your family to our practice!
Joanna Ayala, DMD – Pediatric Dentist
Board Certified Specialist
Dr. Ayala was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. She earned her Associate of Science degree from Blinn College in Brenham, TX and her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She continued her studies by attending dental school at Boston University, where she served as class president and graduated cum laude. Passionate about helping children, Dr. Ayala continued her education at Miami Children’s Hospital and earned her specialty certificate in pediatric dentistry. Her training included many aspects of pediatric dentistry, like sedation and hospital dentistry. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Ayala is currently a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Dental Association. Her practice is limited to infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents. Dr. Ayala provides excellent service in all aspects of pediatric dentistry in a caring, professional and personal manner.
Aashna Handa, DDS – Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
Dr. Handa earned her Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 2009 in her home country of India. Upon completing her bachelor’s degree, she moved to the United States and attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she completed a professional program for international dentists. During her time in dental school, she was involved in various pediatric, patient-centered activities including working with the Infant Oral Health Care Club and the Craniofacial Center at Ronald Reagan Hospital, UCLA. Her dedication and passion for children prompted her to earn a specialty certificate in pediatric dentistry at Nova Southeastern University, where she served as the chief resident. Her training included the full spectrum of behavior management, basic and advanced, and sedation and hospital dentistry. She excelled in working with children with autism at the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development as part of her residency. In her personal life, she loves art and enjoys spending time with her husband, who is working as a general dentist in San Antonio, and her two-year-old daughter, Areesha.
Tina Puchimada, DDS, MS – Pediatric Dentist
Dr. Tina Puchimada earned her master’s degree in Orofacial pain from Rutgers University and is American Board certified in Orofacial Pain. Dr. Puchimada then went on to complete her pediatric dentistry certification from the University of Michigan, and she is board eligible with the American Board of Pediatric dentistry.
Dr. Puchimada is a multi-linguist, as she is proficient in 7 languages. She loves working with kids and enjoys telling stories and talking to them. Her hobbies include reading, listening to music, and traveling. She unwinds by taking her dog, Casper, on long walks.
Jennifer Hole, DDS – General Dentist
Dr. Jennifer Hole is a San Antonio native, born and raised in the Alamo Heights area. She attended the honors program at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she double majored in biology and chemistry. Upon being awarded the Bush-Jones Sprenger Scholarship for Leadership and Academic Excellence, she attended the Baylor College of Dentistry, where she graduated with her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2012. During her time at Baylor, Dr. Hole was involved in many leadership positions, including student council class representative, philanthropy chair, student consultant for Admissions Committee, and mentor for the summer pre-enrichment program for prospective students. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and enjoys volunteering at community events.
Dr. Hole lives in the neighborhood where she grew up with her husband, Dr. Steven Hole, who is a Captain in the United States Army. They have two children together, a daughter, Riley, who is two years old and a son, Everett, who turned one this past May. While life with two kids can get busy, in her free time she enjoys cooking, crafting, and running!
Dr. Timothy Dixon, DDS, MSD – Orthodontist
Dr. Dixon grew up a military dependent. He was fortunate enough to live all over the United States and abroad. He briefly attended the University of West Virginia, prior today completing his Bachelor of Arts degree at New Mexico State University. He continued his education, on a military scholarship, at the University Kansas City-Missouri where he completed dental school and received his DDS. After graduating from dental school, Dr. Dixon commissioned into the United States Army. He served as a general dentist at Fort Belvoir, VA; Fort Stewart, GA; Fort Sam Houston, TX and deployed to the Horn of Africa prior to specializing. Dr. Dixon then attended the University of Louisville where he graduated with a Master of Science in Dentistry and a Certificate in Orthodontics. Currently, he is stationed at Fort Sam Houston as a staff orthodontist treating soldiers. Dr. Dixon and his wife, Ashley, live in Southtown with their Belgian Malinois, Kiska, and two cats, Tristan and Nalani. He enjoys spending time with family, watching football, running along the river, and working with patients of all ages to create confident amazing smiles.