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.


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.

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.

Alisha Guerra, Dental Hygenist

Alisha graduated from the highly competitive dental hygiene program at Austin Community College. Alisha loves helping patients overcome their dental fears by treating them as family. Growing up in south Austin, Alisha is excited to be working closer to home. She currently resides in Manchaca with her husband, son and daughter. Alisha’s hobbies are running, reading and listening to music of all genres.

Nichole Hoffman, Dental Hygenist

Nichole was born and raised on a family ranch in Colorado where her family still resides and where she visits often. In 1995 she relocated to Houston. She attended UT dental branch of Houston where she graduated. After several years in the banking industry and attending college, she began her dental career in 2000. She has been living in the Austin area since 2009. She enjoys anything outdoor related activities. She also enjoys traveling, music, animals, friends and family.
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.