As his mother tells it, Dr. Brandon Hedgecock’s passion for dentistry began when he was barely 3 years old and would declare he wanted to be a dentist when he grew up. By high school, Dr. Hedgecock says he was sure, and he went on to obtain his degree in Biology from the University of Texas (hook ‘em, Horns!) and his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio.
After graduating, Dr. Hedgecock spent four years in Joplin, Missouri, working with a federally qualified community health center providing dental care to the underserved. He entered private practice in 2011, where he has enjoyed building better, long-lasting relationships with his patients and team.
Like some Austin dentists today, Dr. Hedgecock offers oral conscious sedation, an easy and effective way to calm your nerves before your dental appointment. Unlike many other general dentists in Austin, Dr. Brandon Hedgecock has also completed extensive training and certification in intravenous (IV) conscious sedation at Georgia Health Sciences University.
If you snore or have sleep apnea, Dr. Hedgecock can also help you get a better night’s sleep with oral appliance therapy. He is a diplomate with the American Sleep and Breathing Academy and the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Hedgecock also belongs to the following professional organizations:
Dr. Hedgecock is passionate about ongoing education for himself and his fellow dentists, taking the time to travel the country teaching his peers about sleep apnea treatment and dental implants. To assist him in providing the highest level of teaching as an instructor, Dr. Hedgecock recently became a member of the ICOI (International Congress of Oral Implantologists), the world’s largest provider of continuing dental implant education. He knows the best way to provide his patients with the best care Austin has to offer is by continually improving on his understanding of dentistry.
Quality care is all about balance. We love Dr. Hedgecock because he truly understands that the best way to give his all at work, is to take time to pursue his passions in his off time. His favorite things can best be described with three words: kids, golf, and the UT Longhorns. When he’s not in the office or creating awesome smiles, he’s spending quality time with his son & daughter. Always one to look for a challenge, Dr. Hedgecock also loves to hit the links for a round of golf! When it comes to football season, all he can say is a big ‘Hook em Horns!’ A former football player with the UT Longhorns, Dr. Hedgecock loves to support his alma mater every chance he gets!
Dr. Hany Ahmed was born in Egypt and grew up in Alexandria on the coast of the Mediterranean. He received his Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) from Alexandria University, Egypt in 2007, and his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Southern California in 2014. He’s completed additional training in implant dentistry and bone grafting, and he is certified in Invisalign® treatment and conscious sedation.
Dr. Hany takes pride in being able to comfort his patients and provide them with top-notch dentistry that produces satisfying results. He is particularly fond of improving esthetics through dentistry because he believes smiles are the key to the heart.
Outside of the office, Dr. Hany enjoys being outdoors and is passionate about traveling and experiencing different cultures. He likes to swim and play tennis, squash, and soccer. When he’s relaxing at home, he likes to read and watch television series. His wife, Heidi, is an MD Radiologist who also grew up in Egypt. He has two brothers, one is a Pharmacist that lives in Victoria, TX, and the other is a Civil Engineer who lives in Kuwait. He is the uncle of two nieces and two nephews.
Dr. Hany has been on a couple of dental mission trips to treat underserved populations in Mexico, and he aspires to go on many more mission trips in the future.
Jessica was born and raised right here in Austin, Texas, and is currently living and raising her children in Buda, Texas. Jessica is a proud member of the American Association of Dental Office Managers. The best part of this job for Jessica is daily problem solving – she loves helping people accomplish the smiles they deserve. When she’s not in the office, Jessica loves crafting and creating custom clothing for people which motivated her to start her own small business doing custom shirt designs. She and her husband have been together for more than half of their lives, and together they have three amazing kids – Kristen, Marcus, and Noah – with whom she is “borderline obsessed with.” Jessica loves working for Hedgecock Dental and offering our patients complete, comprehensive care. She considers it a blessing to be part of this amazing team.
Haley grew up in a small town in Louisiana called DeRidder. She originally attended Louisiana Tech, but ended up receiving her dental education from the Academy of Acadian for dental assisting. For Haley, the best part of this job is being able to help people. When she’s not in the office, Haley enjoys getting outside with her family, hiking or taking walks in the park. She also loves to draw, play video games, and read a good book. Haley has a wonderful husband, Lee, and they have two beagles, Arya and Sansa, and a cat named Khaleesi (any Game of Thrones fans out there?).
Christina is from a small town in Texas called Temple, where she went on to attend Temple College. She was originally taking her prerequisites to become a Physician Assistant but ended up pursuing dentistry instead. Now a Registered Dental Assistant with 16+ years of experience, Christina absolutely loves her job. She enjoys changing one smile at a time and helping patients understand how important and life changing dentistry can be. For Christina, family is everything. She has a teenage son, Jeremiah, and a younger daughter, Charleigh Grace. She loves watching her children grow, and believes parenting is the hardest yet most rewarding job in the world. When she’s not in the office or hanging out with her family, Christina enjoys doing makeup. She’s taken many cosmetology classes and loves transforming people’s confidence with makeovers.
Natalie is an Austin, TX native, born and raised right here in this beautiful city we call home. She graduated from Garza High School in central Austin in 2018 and is now happily serving as Hygiene Coordinator at Hedgecock Dental. Natalie loves meeting and connecting with patients, whether in person or over the phone. She says, “Hedgecock Dental feels like one big family, it’s as if you’re walking into a judgement-free zone!” She loves that we get to know patients on a personal level and help make positive changes in people’s lives. Natalie is very close with her family and loves spending most of her free time with them. When she’s not in the office or hanging out with family, Natalie enjoys paddle boarding and exploring central Austin for it’s amazing vegan/vegetarian lifestyle that allows her to explore her cooking journey and expand her horizons. She loves all the cultures Austin has to offer!
Ivette is one of our Registered Dental Assistants and another Austin, TX native—born and raised! She attended Travis High School before going on to the College of Healthcare Professionals where she graduated in 2013. Ivette is bilingual and enjoys helping patients gain confidence in their smile while educating them about oral health. She comes from a big, loving family, and her grandparents mean the world to her. She is the loving mother of two beautiful daughters, and together they love to swim in the summer, play board games, and go out for ice cream. They also love to have “girls’ days” where they get their hair and nails done. When she’s not spending time with family or helping patients in the office, Ivette loves dancing, playing volleyball and softball, and playing with their poodle. “We love to travel and have a great time without any special occasion.”
Jessica is also an Austin, TX native–south Austin, to be specific. One of our Registered Dental Assistants, Jessica is certified in CPR, nitrous oxide, and sedation administration. Her favorite part of the job is helping others improve their health and quality of life and become confident enough to smile! For Jessica, her family is everything: “There’s nothing like a get-together at grandma and grandpa’s house!” When she’s not in the office helping patients, she loves football, arts and crafts, and spending time with her son.
Heather grew up in South Alabama where most of her family still lives, but recently moved to Austin from Alaska. After she graduated from high school in 2004, she started learning on the job with a dentist, then became a certified Dental Assistant in 2015. She’s worked with specialists in periodontics, orthodontics, and endodontics, and her favorite part of dental assisting is meeting and getting to know new people, as well as helping ease their anxiety about visiting the dentist.
Heather and her family love the outdoors, especially the mountains, and she hikes whenever she has the chance. She also enjoys movies and crafts. Her amazing girlfriend, Erin, is serving in the US Coast Guard Reserves and attending nursing school. Her daughter, Ellie, is loving middle school and the weather in Texas. Heather, Erin, and Ellie have two dogs: Gertrude and Hartley.
Racquel, or Rocky as her friends call her, was born in Oklahoma and grew up in Bertram, TX, where most of her family lives. Racquel attended Burnet High School and received her RDA license in 2011. She worked in pediatric dentistry as an assistant until she was accepted to Dental Hygiene School in 2015. She received her RDH certification from Coastal Bend College in Beeville. A real go-getter, Racquel also went on to receive her 2nd Associate degree in biology from Blinn College in Bryan, TX and is also certified in CPR and nitrous oxide administration. For Racquel, the best part of this job is meeting new people, getting to know them and providing the quality care they deserve. Racquel comes from a big family, and is happily married to her husband, Adaam. Together they have a sweet young goldendoodle named Penny, who she loves to play with in her free time. She also loves to shop, travel, watch movies, spend time with friends and family, and find fun local activities in Austin!
Zoie was born and raised in a small town called Big Spring. She moved to Austin with her husband because they fell in love with the hill country. Zoie graduated with honors and attained her Dental Hygiene license in 2014. Her mother, who’s also a dental hygienist, was her inspiration. Zoie enjoys taking many continuing education courses and is CPR and nitrous oxide certified; she’s also had sedation training with Dr. Brandon. She loves building rapport with patients and working with the amazing team at Hedgecock Dental. She takes pride in being efficient and finds educating and helping patients with dental anxiety and concerns very rewarding.
Zoie’s hobbies outside of the office include camping, hiking, and exploring. She is happily married to John, and they have a pet cat named Mimsy. She loves her family, music, coffee, and Texas. Zoie volunteers at Texas Missions of Mercy and Dentistry from the Heart and looks forward to continuing to serve her community.