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 dentist office, 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.

Traci Simons, DDS, MS

Traci T. Simons, DDS, MS, was born in the Black Hills of South Dakota, but has lived most of her life as a Texan. She spent most of her childhood in El Paso and stayed there to attend the University of Texas at El Paso, majoring in biology. After receiving a Bachelor’s of Science from UTEP, she continued her education and accepted admission at Baylor College of Dentistry where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. During her time in dental school, Dr. Traci held leadership roles and was an active participant in outreach projects. She knew early on that she had a passion for children and wanted to specialize in pediatric dentistry. She went on to complete her two-year pediatric residency through Baylor College of Dentistry/Texas A&M University System in Dallas. The program included training at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, where she focused on the needs of special needs patients and those medically compromised. She completed her Masters of Science in Pediatric Dentistry in 1999 and moved to Austin. After a few years in private practice, she was able to volunteer with Faith in Practice to Guatemala to treat underserved children in their community. She has continued to volunteer throughout her 20 year career in various ways to help those in need and less fortunate. She remains active in her church and community, and serves on the board of Young Men Service League. Dr Traci looks forward to building relationships and trust with both her patients and their families. She believes a positive dental experience is an important part of childhood and she is intentional in making this a reality for her patients. When she is not helping make healthy smiles, Dr. Traci is spending time with her own five children. She absolutely loves being a mom! She enjoys running on the beautiful trails Austin has to offer, and has completed four marathons. She likes to travel with her friends and family, spend time at the lake, snow ski, shop and try new restaurants. She is excited to join Rising Stars Pediatric Dentistry in the Steiner Ranch community.
Dr. Simons pic

Brenda Olalbe

Brenda is one of our friendly dental assistants. Her sweet and gentle demeanor will make your child feel right at ease. She was born and raised right here in Austin and is fluent in Spanish. Brenda has one amazing kid that keeps her busy. She enjoys watching movies and spending time with her family. She strives everyday to give kids the best experience possible at Rising Stars Pediatric Dentistry. Brenda loves what she does and is a true team player!
Brenda

Brooke Edwards

Brooke Edwards is our practice administrator. She is responsible for day to day operations of the office and personnel. She attended Blinn College and Austin Dental Assistant School, which lead her to a career as an office manager in the dental industry. It is her goal to make sure that every patient is well taken care of in any given situation. In addition, she will discuss and review all payment and treatment options with parents as necessary. She enjoys working at Rising Stars Pediatric Dentistry and admires Dr. Traci Simons’ genuine concern to provide exceptional care for each patient. Brooke has a beautiful two-year-old son, “Hudson” who is her driving force and complete joy in life. They enjoy going on walks at Brushy Creek Park, spending the day on the lake, or relaxing at home watching his weekly favorite movie on Disney plus.
Brooke Edwards

Heather Gabriel

Heather's is our patient care representative. She is always ready to greet you with a cheerful smile. Heather has been in Austin most of her life but originally is from New Jersey. She came from a very large family and enjoys spending all the time she can with them. In her spare time she enjoys playing with her dogs and cat! She also likes to spend the day inside watching Netflix, snaking, and hanging out with friends and family. She has been in the dental field for over 5 years and loves helping people understand their benefits and overall health. She's very happy to have joined the Rising Stars team in November 2019.
Heather

Destani Adane

Destani is the lead dental assistant at our Steiner Ranch location. She joined Rising Stars in 2018 and from the first time you meet her it's apparent she really enjoys working with children. She is always ready to meet you and your child with her sweet smile and years of experience. She was raised in Alabama, "Roll Tide", and has lived in Austin since 2012. She has two daughters who are her whole world. For fun she enjoys shopping and spending time with her family and friends.
Destani
RISING STARS PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY STEINER RANCH
4308 N Quinlan Park Rd Ste 201
Austin, TX 78732
Appointments
512-266-7200
Monday:
8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday:
8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday:
8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday:
8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday:
8:00am - 5:00pm
Map of RISING STARS PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY STEINER RANCH