Meet the Team


Dana, Office Manager

Born and raised in San Angelo, Dana relocated to Austin with her husband Roger in 1994. Since then, her family has expanded to one son, a daughter-in-law, and four beautiful grandchildren. She started working in the dentistry field in San Angelo in 1984. In 1997, she started working with Dr. Van Wicklen. When she’s out of the office, you can find Dana at the floral shop she co-owns with her husband. She enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, Harley rides with her husband, Roger, and spoiling her grandchildren.

Rhonda, Dental Hygienist

A Texas native from the small town of Schulenburg, Rhonda received her dental hygiene degree in 1981. That year, she married her husband Ron and they relocated to Austin. In 1990, Rhonda started working with Dr. Van Wicklen. For over 21 years she has worked hard to improve the health of her patients’ smiles. When not at the office, Rhonda enjoys spending time with her husband and children, relaxing at the family farm in Fayette County, walking and swimming, and taking the occasional snorkeling trip to Cozumel, Mexico.

Melinda, Administrative Assistant

Born and raised in Austin, TX, Melinda married her high school sweetheart, James, and is raising four beautiful girls. Melinda has been working in the dental field since 1996. In 2003, she started working with Dr. Van Wicklen. In addition to spending time with her family, Melinda enjoys shopping, traveling, scrap booking, and a variety of arts and crafts.

Emily, Patient Coordinator

After attending the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Emily moved to Austin and graduated from the Austin Dental Assisting School in September 2012. She then started working for Dr. Van Wicklen. She is married to Glen and they have one baby girl. Together they enjoy enjoy taking in the sights and sounds of Austin. You can find them at any number of hip restaurants, live music venues, or spending time with their dog, Penny.

Angie, Dental Assistant

An Austin, TX native, Angelina has been a registered dental assistant for seven years and worked with Dr. Van Wicklen for five years. She currently lives in Buda, TX with her husband and children. When she’s not at the office or hauling kids to sporting events and chasing a toddler, Angelina enjoys spending quality time outdoors with her family and close friends.

Kirsten, Dental Hygienist

Kirsten has been practicing dental hygiene for over 24 years and was the top graduate of class at the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston. Born in Seattle, WA, Kirsten has lived in many places across the United States and even Frankfurt, Germany. She and her husband, Bob, have an English Bull Terrier named Bullet. They’re currently building a second home in the mountains of Idaho , and hope to retire there one day.  Her hobbies include travel, interior design, cycling, motorcycles, skydiving, camping, and hiking.

Emma Lujan, Dental Assistant

emma-lujanEmma was born and raised in El Paso, Tx.. However,she and her husband Carlos have now called Austin their home, for many yrs. They have two sons and 3 grandchildren. Emma is a Certified Dental Assistant and also a Certified Nurse Assistant. Outside the office, Emma is the owner of a private Hospice Care Placement Agency. She enjoys working in the dental field and also providing hospice care because she loves people and truly enjoys caring for them. When she’s not working, she enjoys time spent with her family and traveling.
We’re transforming lives in Austin, one smile at a time. Contact our dental office today at 512-448-3131 to reserve your appointment with Dr. Van Wicklen, and experience customized care for a truly fantastic smile.