Meet Our Team

The Next Level Orthodontics Team

Pictured from Left to Right: Crystal Calderon, Morgan Mack, Betty Bueche, Krystal Smith, Dr. Ashley Smith, Amanda Lozano, Carina Johnson, Grace Hall, Gabrielle Sandoval, Misty Paredez

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.

Carina Johnson

Office Manager

Carina grew up in Kingsville, TX, but found her way to San Antonio where more job opportunities were available. She started her career in restaurants as a server and quickly worked her way to management. She soon decided to switch gears and continue her education in medical administration, and quickly fell in love with it. Carina reached the highest level of opportunity with a sleep lab and moved on to work for a large dental corporation. This is where she met Mrs. Krystal Smith. The moment Krystal told her that she and her husband were opening their own practice, she just knew she wanted to become a part of their team! She is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the opening team with Next Level Orthodontics and hopes to grow into the executive level with them!

Carina loves being a mother to her only child, Sienna.  They love to go to the beach together with family and friends.  Carina also loves playing softball and singing!

Gabrielle “Gaby” Sandoval

Treatment Coordinator

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!

Grace Hall


Grace was born and raised in Amarillo, Texas then moved down to new Braunfels at the end of middle school.

She is currently in college, studying for her degree in Business and Entrepreneurship.

She is a makeup artist and I loves hanging out with her family of 6.

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.

Betty Bueche, RDA

Orthodontic Assistant

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.

Amanda Lozano, RDA

Orthodontic Assistant

Amanda is California born and Texas raised! She started her dental career straight out of High School, where she graduated from Concorde Career College in San Antonio. She ended up focusing on dental assisting, more specifically orthodontic assisting. After 6 years  of experience, she is working at Next Level Orthodontics, the best team ever!

Morgan Mack, RDA

Orthodontic Assistant

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!

Autumn Gamez, RDA

Orthodontic Assistant

Autumn was born in Cuero Tx, then moved to San Antonio TX 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 she loves to hang out with her family and friends. She is a dog mom to a 7 year old pit bull named Ace who loves to cuddle.

Crystal Calderon, RDA

Records Assistant

Crystal was born and raised in El Paso, TX. Crystal received her bachelors degree in Biology in 2010, after which she moved to Fort Stockton, TX to become a biology teacher and the Fort Stockton High School Swim Coach. In 2015 Crystal moved to Midland, TX and finally moved to New Braunfels, TX in 2019. Crystal recently obtained her dental assistant certification at Concorde Career College. Crystal fell in love with the dental field while in high school and hopes to one day attend dental school. In her free time, Crystal likes to go to the lake and the river, and spend time with her husband, her 5 year old daughter, Hazel, and her 8 year old husky, Rex. She also loves making glitter tumblers.

Daniel Saenz, RDA

Orthodontic Assistant

Daniel was born in Pharr, Texas (The Valley) and moved to San Marcos in 2015, which is only a few minutes from New Braunfels, where he spends most of his working hours.

Daniel has almost 10 years of experience in dentistry.  He became a dental assistant at a pediatric/general dental office in 2012.  After 2 years as a dental assistant he furthered his education to be able to perform coronal polishing and pit and fissure sealants.  He moved to San Marcos in order to go to school and began working in a General Dental office.  He recently started working in the specialty practice of orthodontics with Dr. Smith at Next Level Orthodontics in New Braunfels.  He has enjoyed learning all about braces and how teeth move.  He recently was able to start orthodontic treatment of his own.

Daniel is very passionate about dentistry and loves helping people get their mouth back to healthy.  His goal is to one day become a dentist himself and help as many people as possible.

On his spare time, Daniel loves working on cars, playing violin, and drawing.  He also enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and visiting his family back home.