Meet The Dentist
Dr. Tom Watkins is originally from the small West Texas town of Levelland where he went to public school and graduated from South Plains College with honors. He went on to Texas Tech University and graduated from there in 1975 with honors. In December of 1975 He was awarded the Health Professions Scholarship by the US Air Force, was commissioned as a second lieutenant, and was accepted to the University of Texas Dental School at San Antonio. Upon graduation from dental school Dr. Watkins had achieved the rank of captain and was assigned to the Dental Service at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, Tx. During the next four years Dr. Watkins received advanced training in all of the specialty fields of dentistry. At the conclusion of his first tour of duty in May of 1984, Dr. Watkins took a part time teaching position in the Department of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Texas Dental School at San Antonio, began his private family and restorative dental practice, and continued with his military service as a Reserve Dental Officer attached to WHMC. Dr. Watkins received the Meritorious Service Award and the Commanders Commendation Award prior to his honorable discharge in 1988. He still is in private practice and is a Full Clinical Professor at the University of Texas Dental School at San Antonio.
"Dr. Tom" as he is referred to by his patients, staff, and friends is and has been active in many service and professional organizations. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, the San Antonio District Dental Society, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Southwest Academy of Restorative Dentistry, The American Orthodontic Society,The American Endodontic Society, the American Society of Dental Anesthesia, the American Dental Education Association, OKU Dental Honor Society, and the University of Texas Dental School at San Antonio Alumni Association. Dr. Tom has served in many of these organizations as a board member, executive officer, or president. He served on the board of directors and as President of the Rotary Club and was Chairman of the Project Graduation in 1999. He also travels to Central and South America to deliver dental care to impoverished natives with missionary groups from Oak Hills Church, where he is a member.
Dr. Tom is married and has two grown children. He enjoys fishing, especially deep sea fishing, mountain biking, hiking, visiting Major League Baseball Parks, and backyard - sit under the tree - visiting. His personal mission is "Loving to Live by Living to Love".
Dr. Samuelsen grew up in Friendswood, TX. During high school, she was involved in a program in which she was able to shadow healthcare providers in many different areas. It was then that she knew she was destined for a career in healthcare.
Dr. Samuelsen attended college at Texas A&M University and graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. While at Texas A&M, she was involved in numerous clubs and honor societies, worked as a teaching assistant in freshmen chemistry labs, and performed research in microbiology and in psychology. She also became interested in dentistry and began shadowing a pediatric dentist. It was then that she decided to apply to dental school and was accepted into The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
While at UTHSCSA, she was an active member in CMDA (Christian Medical and Dental Association), and served on numerous mission trips to provide dental care to residents in underserved areas of South Texas. She was also involved in a program in which she spent a summer providing dental care to residents at Haven for Hope, a facility dedicated to transforming the lives of San Antonio’s homeless men, women, and children. She graduated from UTHSCSA with honors and with a distinction in dental education.
Dr. Samuelsen is dedicated to staying current with the latest developments in dentistry and is an active member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, San Antonio District Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentistry. She enjoys all aspects of dentistry and is certified in oral conscious sedation and implant dentistry.
Dr. Tara Eisenrich was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas. Her childhood dentist was also her basketball coach, and through shadowing him and other local dentists, she began to consider a career in dentistry.
Dr. Eisenrich graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics. While in undergrad, she participated in many dental mission trips that took her all across Texas, as well as to Central America. She also spent a summer in Costa Rica in a Spanish immersion program, learning both the language and culture of the country. During college, she worked as a dental assistant and volunteered as a Bible study leader with the Baptist Student Ministry.
Dr. Eisenrich graduated Valedictorian of her dental class from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. During her time in dental school, she served as a leader with the Christian Medical and Dental Association and maintained her commitment to serving those in need through dental mission trips. She received several awards during her time in dental school, including the International College of Dentists Leadership Award and the Award for Excellence in Clinical Dentistry. She was also selected for induction into the National Dental Honor Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon.
Since dental school, Dr. Eisenrich has become an active member in the San Antonio District Dental Society, and was recently nominated to be on the Board of Directors. She maintains an active membership with the Texas Dental Association and American Dental Association, and is dedicated to continuing her education in order to stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in dentistry. In her free time, Dr. Eisenrich enjoys spending time with her husband, Jacob, trying new restaurants in San Antonio, and participating in church activities.