About Our Authentic Team

We Will Always Go Over & Beyond For Our Patients

MIA EDITEDMia Townsend, Office Administrator & Dental Hygienist

Mia has been active in dentistry and practicing dental hygiene since 1995, and is licensed in both Texas and Florida. She received her licensure from The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, where she graduated first in her class. Mia chose to make Austin her home in 2007 and joined Authentic Smiles Dental Studio where she is committed to the business and caring for her patients. Mia thrives on continually building her knowledge of dentistry through advanced continuing education in periodontal, neuromuscular, orthodontic and systemic therapy. Her passion for dentistry and genuine regard for her patients drive her to implement the absolute best of care. In addition to the clinical practice of hygiene, Mia is also interested and involved in the administrative and business proceedings as well. She truly enjoys being active in all aspects of what makes Authentic Smiles one of the most highly regarded dental offices in Austin. Outside of dentistry, Mia enjoys tennis, softball, horseback riding, snow skiing, scuba diving and traveling. Most importantly, she is raising a beautiful young daughter who is the center of her life.


KRYSTAL PICTURE 2Krystal Sisson, Dental Hygienist

Krystal brings many assets to our team, but what stands out the most is her passion for patient care and her knowledge of the important relationship between oral health and overall body health. Her passion and ambition has led her to become a wealth of knowledge on the newest information and research in dental hygiene therapy and treatment of periodontal disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over half of Americans aged 30 or older have an advanced form of periodontal disease. Unfortunately this could stem from the bacteria in your mouth becoming resistant to traditional periodontal therapy. Through the use of Oral DNA and advanced periodontal therapies, Krystal is able to determine which bacteria is present and can create a highly effective personalized treatment plan.  As if the bacteria that can cause bleeding, red puffy tissue, bad breath alone weren’t a reason to treat periodontal disease pay very close attention to the known connection between your oral health and systemic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. So if you’re getting your teeth “cleaned” and still have bleeding or inflamed tissue, let’s talk about another alternative.

Krystal has been actively practicing dentistry since 2007 so her expertise comes from experience and additional post graduate certifications such as Periodontal Laser Therapy. Her knowledge in Oral DNA and advanced periodontal therapies such as Laser therapy allows for your experience at Authentic Smiles to be comfortable, customized, and effective.  Krystal implemented community outreach programs, and conducted dental hygiene research while obtaining a Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene in California. Her roles throughout her career in dental hygiene have shown devotion and great leadership skills.

Krystal was born and raised in Texas and recently moved back to Austin to practice dental hygiene and be close to family. We are happy to have her back in Austin, Texas!  She has two boys and loves getting outdoors and staying active in Austin by running, camping at Texas’ many state parks and kayaking at Town Lake.

We happily welcome Krystal to our family as she invites you to optimal health.


Laeni Profile Pic Laeni Socia, RDA

Laeni Socia joined the Authentic Smiles family in the spring of 2015, and brought with her an abundance of knowledge and a passion for full-body health that harmonizes perfectly with our office.

Laeni has followed the growth of the dental industry through Cosmetics, Orthodontics, Periodontics, CAD CAM technologies, and is now becoming an expert in Neuromuscular Dentistry. She is attuned to the latest in dental technology, skilled in “Smile Design,” and excels at assisting in all general and advanced dental procedures. Laeni works closely with our patients, Dr. Matt, lab technicians and referring health care professionals to ensure that we are providing you with personalized care that fits your wants and needs.

Laeni’s dedication and compassion for the overall well-being of all of our patients is evident in all that she does. She understands the importance of maintaining a healthy life-style and serves as a perfect example and source of education on all aspects of full-body health. Laeni’s personal experiences with food sensitivities and allergies have influenced her interest in our patient’s individual health concerns.

Laeni was born and raised in Texas and has been calling Austin home since 1998. Outside of the office, Laeni spends as much time as possible wake surfing on the lake and seeing live music. She loves yoga, healthy cooking, and laughing as much as possible. You’ll never find Laeni without a smile on her face and her overall positive attitude contributes to our office’s enjoyable environment.


image1Carissa McAtee

Carissa has been part of the Authentic Smiles family for a year and half. She comes to us with a background in administration, broadcasting and marketing, and is excited to use her expertise to make your dental experience as enjoyable as possible. She is passionate about helping people and wants all of our patients to experience the positive change she has felt since her own dental transformation. She hopes to continue learning as much about the dental field as possible and to continue to grow and nurture our practice. Carissa has lived in Austin for four years and spends her mornings on the radio with Dudley and Bob with Matt on KLBJ fm. When she’s not working, you can find her performing comedy on stages across Austin.

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