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.

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!

Sage Speckman

Treatment Coordinator

Sage is from Greenville North Carolina, but recently moved to New Braunfels from Estes Park, Colorado. She is an alumni of East Carolina University- Go Pirates! Although this is her first experience in Orthodontics, she is excited to learn more and grow in the industry. Sage loves helping others and can’t wait to see everyone’s beautiful smile once they are done with their treatment!

In her free time, Sage enjoys going to concerts, hanging out with her newly-wed husband, Ben, and friends and exploring new places! Sage can’t wait to meet you, so if you see her around the office be sure to say hello!

Grace Hall

Receptionist

Grace was born and raised in Amarillo, Texas and moved down to New Braunfels at the end of her middle school. She is currently in college, studying for her degree in Business and Entrepreneurship. Through her amazing experience as a receptionist at Next Level Orthodontics, she hopes to grow into office manager one day! On her free time, she is a makeup artist and enthusiast, who also loves hanging out with her friends and big family of 6. Grace loves to meet new friends and enjoys getting to help out in the community through her church, as the 4th and 5th grade volunteer teacher. At her church she choreographs dances for little kids taking part in their annual Christmas show! She found her calling in Orthodontics, and is very excited to get to learn new things every day!

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.

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.

Beth Lorentz, RDA

Orthodontic Assistant

Beth was born in California where she lived until she was 10 years old, her family then relocated to Eugene, Oregon. She moved to Boerne, Texas in 2014 where she attended Boerne High School. After high school Beth attended Blinn in College Station where she discovered she wanted to go into the dental field. She moved back home and attended New Braunfels Dental Assistant Program, she completed the program in October of 2021.

Beth genuinely looks forward to the connection she gets to form with patients throughout their treatment. She believes smile is so powerful and loves seeing patients excitement at the end of their treatment! In her free time she enjoys traveling and spending time with her daughter.

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!

Morgan Mack, RDA

Records 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!

Jason Olmos, RDA

Orthodontic Assistant

Jason Olmos was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He has many interests that include cars, sports, photography and most of all music. He is married with 3 children whom he adores. After working for FedEx for the past 10 years He decided that he wanted a career change, something that he felt would make a difference in a person’s life. So he decided to go back to school for Dental Assisting.  He graduated in October 2021. After visiting several practices he was able to come shadow at Next Level Orthodontics.  After that first day he knew where he wanted to call home. Jason was drawn to the teamwork of the whole office.  Everyone worked so well together. He  knew that he could learn so much from Dr. Smith, his wife Krystal Smith, and the other veterans in the clinic. So with that being said, he is trying to soak up any and all info he can so that he could change people’s lives!

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.