Your Dental Team
Meet the experienced and friendly dentists and staff who make Puffer Dental the leading provider of oral hygiene and personalized dental services in Nacogdoches.
Steven F Puffer, D.M.D.
Dr. Steven F. Puffer was born in Portland, OR and raised just outside in the small town of Molalla. Being the youngest of 11 children he had many wonderful examples to look up to, but it was his dad Dr. Paul J. Puffer D.M.D, M.A.G.D. who instilled a love of family practice dentistry in him. Dr. Steven Puffer Graduated from Molalla High School in 2000, continuing to Brigham Young University-Idaho. He decided to take a two-year leave from his studies to serve a Spanish Speaking mission, where his love for the great state of Texas started, in the Texas San Antonio Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from 2001-2003. Dr. Puffer Graduated from BYU-Idaho in June of 2005 with a Major in Biology and a minor in Spanish literature. He received his dental degree from Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry in June 2011. Following graduation, Dr. Puffer was blessed to work and learn alongside his father who taught him how to be compassionate towards patients and many other valuable interpersonal skills until his passing.
Dr. Puffer relocated to Nacogdoches, TX in June of 2015. He is always educating himself and his team by finding high quality continuing education programs which help them provide the utmost and quality care for the patients.
Dr. Puffer studied Implant surgery under Dr. Hilt Tatum Jr from 2016-2017 completing the Puerto Rico American Academy of Implant Dentistry Maxi Course Program and Clinical Residency. Upon graduation, he and his team of fellow Drs. received 2nd place, after a year-long series of surgeries, from the Academy of Implant Dentistry for “Treatment of the Atrophic Maxilla: A Case Study Utilizing the NIRISAB Approach”.
He is a member of, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, Total Patient Services, The Crown Council and Rotary International.
Dr. Puffer and his wife are blessed with 5 beautiful children and a dog (the kids won’t let them leave out of the bio). He attributes much of his success to his wonderful and highly supportive wife. They are an adventurous family and love spending time hiking, swimming, biking, road tripping, rafting, and exploring new places. He is an active member of his church where he serves the Spanish speaking community. He loves the warmth and kindness that has been shown to him and his family from Nacogdoches and the surrounding communities and looks forward to serving them for many years to come.
Leslie Moore, R.D.H – Hygienist
I’ve been a part of this Dental Team since 2010! I have worked as a Dental Hygienist for 17 years and graduated from Tyler Junior College in 2001. It is very gratifying for me as a hygienist to give care to my patients in a calm and caring atmosphere where their comfort and wellbeing is the main concern. I also enjoy working with patients of all ages.
I love spending time with my husband Todd, my children Cash and Lauren and our dogs Dez and Junior. Whether it’s at the baseball fields or softball fields we spend a lot of free time traveling to tournaments with our children.
Lynsey Moore- R.D.H – Hygienist
I have been working as a dental hygienist for the past 8 years. I grew up in Kentucky and attended Western Kentucky University. I have enjoyed living in East Texas for the past 5 years. I recently became a member of Puffer Dental (June 2018) and I have loved every minute of it. The staff is wonderful and truly cares for our patients. I love getting to know my patients and helping them reach their optimal oral health.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband Dustin, and our 2-year-old son Sawyer. I stay very busy with my family and I also love visiting my family in Kentucky.
Raven Williams- R.D.H – Hygienist
I am a recent graduate of TJC as a registered dental hygienist. I recently became a member of the Puffer Dental Team. In the time that I have been here, the team is more like a family and genuinely care for each other as they do their patients. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have one fur baby. My husband and I are big football and baseball lovers and we also enjoy spending time with our family and friends. My passion in life is helping and educating people to give them that healthy and perfect smile that they long for!
Linda Perryman, R.D.A – Financial Coordinator
I have worked in dentistry for the past 40 years, the last 10 years at this office. I can honestly say this is one of the best offices I have ever worked at. Dr. Puffer is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. Not only is he an excellent dentist, he has the ability to put patients at ease. He wants the best for his patients and is always happy to take the time to explain things and answer any questions a patient might have. There isn’t a day that goes by that we do not receive several compliments on how gentle Dr. Puffer is and how glad they are he is here.
Our staff is more like a family than coworkers. Everyone is always willing to help each other both in and out of the office. Everyone is knowledgeable about dentistry and will always be happy to answer any questions a patient might have.
The best part of working here is getting to know the patients and their families. We have patients that have been coming to this office for over 30 years! It amazes me how a trip to the dentist can change a person’s smile and outlook on life.
My husband and I have three adult children and one precious grandson. In our spare time, we enjoy gardening and traveling.
Leslie Morales, R.D.A – Patient Care Coordinator
I have been a part of this Dental team since 2012! I have worked as both an RDA (registered dental assistant) and a patient care coordinator. I’m passionate about being a patient advocate. One of the things I enjoy most about dentistry is to see how changing a patient’s smile transforms their lives. I also graduated with a BBA in Human Resource Management from Stephen F. Austin State University. Axe ‘em, Jacks!
Another passion of mine is my family! I cannot spend enough time with my husband Jacob, young son Landon and our dogs Deacon and Roxy. Whether traveling or playing around the house they fill my heart with joy!
Hannah Partlow, R.D.A – Dental Assistant
I have been with Puffer Dental since November 2015. I could not ask for a better team to work with. We all have a true passion for dentistry and it feels like family here at the office. One of the most enjoyable aspects of dentistry for me is seeing the results that dentistry can do for our patients and making them feel comfortable. I am currently taking health science classes at TJC as well.
My family is the most important thing to me and my favorite thing to do is to spend time with them. My husband and I have been married for two years and plan to set down our roots here in East Texas. We’re here to stay!
Makayla Tyre, R.D.A – Clinical Coordinator
I’ve been with Puffer Dental since December 2015 and to this day I am extremely passionate about Dentistry. I am truly thankful for having found a great team to work with every day and could not have asked for a better work environment. Puffer Dental Team is family to me, not just co-workers. I love helping patients obtain a perfect smile and a healthy mouth.
Another passion of mine is spending quality time with my family and being a vital member at my church. In my spare time, I am also a part-time photographer. I also enjoy being outdoors and love all things George Strait
Cassie Howard, R.D.A – Clinical Coordinator Assistant
I became a part of Puffer Dental in July 2018. After graduating from Angelina College with an Associate’s degree in Radiologic Technology, I decided to pursue my dream of working in the dental field. I graduated from Houston Dental Assistant School and became a Registered Dental Assistant. Since 2012, I have worked in dentistry and truly enjoy every aspect of it. I am extremely grateful to be a part of Puffer Dental and share their patient care values.
My family and God are my world. I have two young children who are truly the best part of my everyday! I am outgoing, enjoy the outdoors and love doing anything on the water… I love being a country girl.