Meet The Team

Our Office

You work hard every day to keep your family smiling and we want to be a part of that mission! As your local Austin dentists, our team is proud to offer comprehensive dental services that are convenient, comfortable and cost-effective. Our goal is to help your child maintain a happy, healthy smile for years to come.

Arwa Owais, DDS

Arwa Owais, DDS is a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist with 25 years of experience. She is an honors graduate of The University of Iowa College of Dentistry, an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, and the Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Owais is also an American Board-Certified Dental Public Health Specialist. Additionally, she is currently an active member of the Texas Pediatric Society and serves in the Texas Community Health Advocacy, CATCH and School Health Committee. Dr. Owais has extensive experience with all aspects of pediatric dentistry for newborns, infants, children, and adolescents. She has extensive experience in treating children with special health care needs, medically compromised children, and children with orofacial clefts. Above all, she is a mother of four children, the youngest twins are Texans and were born premature. Her practice philosophy is that each child is unique and they deserve the best quality dental care they and their family expect. She has an open door policy and continuous direct communication with parents. Dr. Owais’ care delivery is based on prevention of dental disease, medical management of dental caries, and treatment of children in the most comfortable and conservative approach that builds a positive attitude toward dental health. She is certified in laser dentistry for soft and hard tissues, including tongue tie revision, upper lip tie frenectomy, and is a Solea® dental laser provider. Additionally, she is also an Invisalign-certified specialist, and works with children and their families to stop harmful habits such as thumb sucking. She is a Basic Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider, and is licensed to provide dental care under sedation and general anesthesia for children requiring more extensive dental treatment.

Ryan Pendleton, DDS

Ryan Pendleton, DDS completed his Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine with high honors at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He then went on to the UCLA School of Dentistry to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree, graduating in 2004. He immediately entered a residency program to earn his certificate in Advanced Orthodontics from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Dental Medicine, which took an additional three years. Dr. Pendleton greatly enjoys the entire process of creating confident smiles, especially getting to know each patient and their families over the course of treatment. He is affiliated professionally with the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontics, the Texas Dental Association, and the Capital Area Dental Society (CADS).

Jerry Chiu, DDS

Jerry Chiu, DDS is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, demonstrating the highest level of training, experience and knowledge. He was born and raised in New Jersey, but is proud to call himself an Austinite. Dr. Chiu obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at Columbia University, where he was involved in international mission trips to Cambodia. He completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at the competitive Medstar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., serving as chief resident in his final year. Outside of work, Dr. Chiu is an avid tennis player, scuba diver, foodie and cyclist. You can find him cruising along Lady Bird Lake or eating his way through Austin in his spare time. Dr. Chiu enjoys traveling internationally and has backpacked in over 18 countries with even more trips in mind.
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Caitlyn

Caitlyn joined the Rising Stars team in September 2019. She has worked in the dental field for 5 years as a Dental Assistant and Patient Care Representative. This is her first office working with children and she loves it! Before working with kids, she worked with adults at a general office which gave her a taste of the different specialties. She was born and raised in Austin making her a true Austinite. In her free time she likes trying new food around the Austin area, going to the beach, and hanging out with friends.

Hailah

Hailah is from California and has been a Registered Dental Assistant since 2014. She loves to help her patients and make sure they have a wonderful visit in all aspects. She loves to work out/weightlift, cooking Arabic food and spending time with her wonderful husband and our furry child, Coco.

Jill

Jill is the Lead Dental Assistant at our Lakeline location. She was born and raised in the Philippines where she had her Dental Degree (Dental Medicine). She speaks English and two Filipino languages, (Tagalog and Bisaya). She moved to Austin in 2009 with her husband. She has been in dentistry for almost 20 years. She loves being in pediatric dentistry because she feels she can make a difference in children's lives and the lives of their family. Outside of work, she has a dog named Gina who she loves to spend time with. She also loves to bake and share with co-workers and friends.

Kara

Kara was born in San Diego, CA and then grew up in Austin, TX. After graduating college, she married her high school sweetheart. Together they have two amazing kiddos named Hannah, who is 14 years old, and Allen, who is 11 years old. In her free time, she loves to take their 3 dogs to Zilker Park and they also spend a lot of time in Port Aransas, lounging on the beach. She has been with Rising Stars Pediatric Dentistry for 3 years and has loved every minute of it. She has a special passion for special children and enjoys every minute she spends with them.

Miranda

Miranda joined the Rising Stars Pediatric Dental team in January 2020 as our Practice Administrator. With over 12 years of experience in the dental field, she has extensive knowledge in specialties ranging from General Dentistry to Oral Surgery and of course, Pediatric Dentistry. Miranda enjoys interacting and building relationships with our patients. Her priority is to ensure that all our patients have a wonderful experience. In her spare time she loves to hike, play video games, travel and spend time with her husband and fur babies.

Riza

Riza, has been a dental assistant for 4 years, she grew up in the Philippines and moved in the United States 7 years ago. Before she became a dental assistant, she was volunteering in a non-profit organization that renders free health and dental care for uninsured patients. She loves learning new things and stays in current with continuing dental education classes. Riza’s favorite part of her job is providing patients with a great dental care experience especially young children who are scared to be in a dental chair. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her baby girl, husband and three fur babies. Riza's bucket list is to travel to places where Game of Thrones took place.

Victor

Victor is the office clinical manager. He has been working with Rising Stars Pediatric Dentistry for 6 years. He loves working with children of all ages, but he enjoys helping kids who are under sedation or general anesthesia. He loves to see children and their families happy and satisfied which is his daily goal of working. He speaks Spanish and English. Outside of work, he loves to walk, run, and spend time with his family and his son, Casey.

Deborah

With over 30 years experience in a variety of dental specialties, Deborah has found her true passion working with kids! She wears many hats in our office including Marketing Director, General Anesthesia Coordinator, Compliance Manager and CPR Instructor. Working closely with Dell Children's Medical Center and our anesthesiologist, she is able to help our families understand as well as feel at ease with all our treatment options. She is always ready to greet you with a smile!

Janessa

Janessa is a Registered Dental Assistant. She was born and raised in Amarillo, TX. She is Chilean and is still learning Spanish, and is also learning Arabic. In her spare time, she likes to cook and be outdoors or on the couch watching Netflix. She loves to be around her family and friends. She's been in pediatric dentistry since November 2020 and absolutely loves it because kids bring out the best in you!
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Rising Stars Pediatric Dentistry - Lakeline
14005 US-183 Suite 800
Austin, TX 78717
Appointments
512-266-7200
RISING STARS PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY
Monday:
8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday:
8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday:
8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday:
8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday:
8:00am - 3:00pm
Saturday:
8:00am - 2:00pm
(by appointment only)
Map of Rising Stars Pediatric Dentistry - Lakeline