The Next Level Orthodontics Team

Pictured from Left to Right, Top Row: Autumn Gamez , Fani Nunez, Meyling Hathaway, Dr. Ashley Smith, Misty Paredez, Betty Bueche, Iliana Peña, Manny Medina, Haelyn Sherman

Pictured from Left to Right, Bottom Row: Gaby Sandoval, Grace Hall

Krystal Smith, RDH

Managing Director & Dental Hygienist

Krystal is a born and raised Texan. She grew up in Robstown, TX, a small city outside of Corpus Christi. In 2010, Krystal received her degree as a dental assistant, then decided to further her education in the field of dentistry. In 2016, Krystal graduated from Del Mar College in Corpus Christi with her degree in dental hygiene. Life and job opportunities brought Krystal and Dr. Smith to find their new home in New Braunfels. Krystal found her first job as a hygienist with a large dental corporation, which taught her many valuable things, not only as a provider but as a business owner. She practiced dental hygiene for three years before completely committing to managing Next Level Orthodontics with her husband.

Her experience as a dental hygienist, along with her previous experience as an orthodontic assistant, made her and Dr. Smith a great team in their endeavor of owning their own practice. Aside from dentistry, Krystal loves being a wife and mother. She has one son, Mason. In 2018, when she and Dr. Smith were married, she gained 3 more precious boys to love. In her spare time, Krystal enjoys watching them play tennis and soccer on the weekends. She also enjoys yoga, working out, finding tasty foods to eat, and wine to drink.

Lauren Hons, RDH


Betty Bueche, RDA

Office Manager

Betty is New Braunfels born and bred. In 2008, she received her RDA certification from Texas State. She worked in a wide variety of dental specialties but has found orthodontics to her favorite! She has 10 years of orthodontic experience and enjoys helping patients craft their beautiful smile. Betty and her husband of 32 years, Jay, have four children Scot, Ryan, Nicholas, and Lindsay. In her free time she enjoys and fills her heart volunteering at Hope Hospice. Betty finds great joy in spending time with her grandchildren Landon, Harper, and Hunter and traveling with her husband.

Gabrielle “Gaby” Sandoval

Marketing Manager

Gaby was born in El Paso TX, and raised in the music capital, Austin, TX!

She enjoys working in the orthodontic field, as it has been her main focus since she was in high school. She made her own dental club her in her junior year of high school, called “Dentists in Training.” She had guest speakers teach students about different dental specialties, such as general dentistry, dental hygiene, and of course, orthodontics.

Out of high school, she was hired at her first job as an assistant, where she learned all about the beauty of braces. A couple of years later, she was accepted to the University of Texas San Antonio, where she decided to study biology in order one day be an orthodontist herself! While studying at UTSA, she had the opportunity to meet Dr. Smith, and she found her calling as a Treatment Coordinator at his office.

Gaby likes to learn new instruments, play tennis, and explore in her free time. She has two older brothers who keep her motivated, and a little Boston Terrier named Stitch!

Kanna Collins

Treatment Coordinator

Morgan Mack


Morgan was raised in the Houston suburban area and first moved to New Braunfels in 2016 she has always had a big heart and loved helping others when she can. She thinks a smile is one of our most important features and loves to see people smile confidently! Being on such a great team and helping our patients achieve this makes her day! In her spare time, she enjoy traveling, the beach, and spending time with her family!

Kristy Nunez

Insurance Coordinator

Kristy Nunez is our Insurance Coordinator here at Next Level Orthodontics. She loves hanging out with her friends and taking any opportunity to make someone smile! Working at other orthodontic offices in the past, has helped her grow her knowledge of how dental insurance works, and is operated.

Estefania “Fani” Nunez, RDA

Orthodontic Assistant

Estefania was born in Mexico and was brought to New Braunfels, Texas when she was only 1, and was raised here. She completely loves New Braunfels, and did her schooling here, and is a proud Unicorn! She attended and graduated the University of Incarnate Word in 2019, where she got her Dental Assistant certification. She worked in general dentistry for almost 2 years, and during that time she found that the orthodontic part of it, really interested her. She loves being a part of getting everyone back to a healthy mouth. She believes a smile is ones most important feature, and is always happy to tell you her journey of how she got her smile back with Invisalign. In her free time she likes to work on resin crafts, play with her 2 beautiful cats, go to the beach anytime she can and hang out with her Husband, (which is her high school sweetheart!) and with family.

Misty Paredez, RDA

Orthodontic Assistant

Misty joined our team in 2020 with almost 20 years of experience in the dental and orthodontic field.

She is passionate about helping others and being a part of a team. Her goal is to help create beautiful smiles and educate patients on their orthodontic treatment. In her spare time, she enjoys country drives in her Jeep, floating the river, and spending time with her two beautiful girls.

Autumn Gamez, RDA

Orthodontic Assistant

Autumn was born in Cuero Texas, then moved to San Antonio to attend dental assistant school at Concorde Career College where she graduated in 2021. Her goal is to help create beautiful smiles and enjoy working with an amazing team.

In her spare time Autumn loves to hang out with her family and friends. She is a dog mom to a 7 year old pit bull named Ace who absolutely loves to cuddle!

Meyling Hathaway, RDA

Orthodontic Assistant

Meyling is a orthodontist from Venezuela, and she is ready to make patients smile! On her free time, Meyling likes to spend time with her family, go dancing, and bake cakes!

Haelyn Sherman, RDA

Orthodontic Assisant

If you see Haelyn in the office, make sure you say hello! She is a Texas State student striving to reach her dreams as a dental hygienist.