Meet the exceptional staff at Liberty Hill Dental
Dr. Thad Gillespie
Dr. Gillespie returned to Texas in 1984 to work as an associate with Dr. Maury Hafernik. In 1985, he started his own practice in northwest Austin. A new chapter began in 2001, when he & his wife, Kerstin, opened a practice in Liberty Hill (40 minutes northwest of Austin). At ease treating patients of all ages, Dr. Gillespie enjoys working with people to develop oral health plans that will serve them well in the long-term.
Dr. Chris Felicetta
Originally from Connecticut, Dr. Chris, moved to Texas to attend the University of Texas at Austin. Once at UT, he fell in love with the 40 acres and the great Longhorn traditions, serving as a member of The Texas Cowboys.
Following his time at UT Austin, Dr. Chris attended The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio where he graduated dental school with highest honors and was inducted in to the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honor society. Following dental school, he moved to Seattle to continue his training at the Swedish Medical Center General Practice Residency. This program focused on the comprehensive dental treatment of patients with complex medical conditions, high anxiety, and dental phobias. In addition, he gained additional knowledge and experience in conscious sedation (twilight dentistry), third molar extractions and implant dentistry.
Dr. Chris and his wife, Christine, met during undergraduate studies at UT, and were married in April 2018 at The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center in Austin. Christine is also in the health field and works for The State Public Health Department as a project manager. Dr. Chris and Christine are now proud new residents of the Rancho Sienna Community and are excited to be more active in the future of Liberty Hill!
Mary Jo Patschke, RDH, AAS
Mary Jo joined the Liberty Hill Dental team in 2009. She graduated from Wharton County Junior College and Texas State University, formally known as Southwest Texas University. She has MANY years of experience as a dental hygienist. We no longer reveal the specific number. She believes it’s important to build a relationship with her patients and her patients love her. Mary Jo enjoys gardening and the outdoors with her husband, Jeff, and spending time with their sons Michael and Chris, and his wife Kelsey.
Danielle Hall, RDH
Danielle joined the Liberty Hill Dental team in August 2012. She graduated from Fayetteville Technical Community College and has over 10 years of experience as a dental hygienist. She loves caring for patients and forming lasting relationships with them. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys training for triathlons, winning Crossfit competitions, spending time with her family and friends, hiking, reading, watching movies, playing piano, and vacationing. Yes, she does it all!
Traci joined the Liberty Hill Dental team in April, 2019 and has been part of the Liberty Hill community since 2007. She has over 18 years experience working in the clinical field. She has extensive knowledge of medical and dental insurance. From insurance processes with authorizations, claims and coordination of benefits to understanding the ins and outs of how benefits work and what to expect. When she’s not working, she enjoys being outside, traveling, spending time with family and friends.
Ellie Hallam, RDA
Ellie joined the Liberty Hill Dental team in January of 2017. She comes to us as a graduate from Dental Genius Assisting School. She grew up in Lampasas, where she still lives with her young son and family. Ellie’s bright smile and infectious laugh ensure that our patients feel at their most comfortable. When she’s not at the office, she enjoys traveling to new places, shopping, and spending time outdoors.
Sleep/Upper Resistant Airway Syndrome Coordinator
Dental Genius Assisting School RDA Coordinator/Instructor
Casey Helms, RDA
Casey joined the Liberty Hill Dental team in October 2012. With numerous years of customer service experience, she loves meeting new people and helping them in any way possible. Her ebullient personality makes everyone comfortable and she takes pride in obsessively seeing tasks through to the end. She graduated with honors from the Dental Genius Assisting School with her RDA in April 2013 and is now an instructor. Casey and her husband, Scott have two boys with a little girl on the way! When she is not working, she loves spending her free time with them outside, hunting, and fishing.
Ana Rodriguez, RDA
Ana graduated from Dental Genius Assisting School in September 2018. Ana was hired by Dr. Gillespie to work as a dental assistant for Liberty Hill Dental immediately upon her graduation. Because she knows how to process x-rays and operate sterilization so well, she was recruiting to be an instructor’s aide for the school only 3 months later! Ana brings a welcoming smile with every student and patient she meets. When she is not at work, Ana enjoys working out, visiting friends and taking her dog, Bella, to the dog park.
Chrissa Baker, RDA
Chrissa joined the Liberty Hill Dental team in March of 2019 prior to graduating from Dental Genius Assisting School in May. She joined our team in hopes of learning every aspect of a dental office from front to back. She is getting to work alongside our wonderful assistants as they show her the ropes. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and traveling anywhere and everywhere.
Amanda Purdy, RDA
Prior to graduating from Dental Genius Assisting School in August 2019, Amanda was hired as a Registered Dental Assistant for Vista Ridge Family Dentistry and worked there before "landing her dream job with us" in January 2020! Amanda was born in West Palm Beach, Florida but was raised in Liberty Hill and graduated from Liberty Hill High School. Amanda is married to her elementary school sweetheart! She fell in love with dentistry by helping her own four children to understand the connection between their health and teeth. During her off time, she enjoys watching her kids cheer, sing in the choir, play in the band, hang around campfires and working out.
Kenzie joined the Liberty Hill Dental Team in June of 2020 prior to starting the Dental Genius Assisting School later that month. She is getting to work with experienced assistants who are showing her the ropes and setting a great example for her. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with me outside with friends and family. Kenzie is looking forward to becoming more knowledgeable in the career of dental assisting here at Liberty Hill Dental.
Call us at (512) 515-0171 with any questions or to schedule an appointment with Liberty Hill Dental.