Meet Our Team

Chad Latino, DDS

Dr. Chad Latino would like to welcome you to a fantastic dental experience! By combining advanced dental technology with a gentle, friendly style, Dr. Latino and his team will make you and your family more comfortable than you ever thought possible.

The office’s comforting atmosphere and inviting staff members will make you feel right at home, and the latest advances in technology—including digital x-rays, tooth-colored restorations, and intra-oral cameras—help you and your family maintain beautiful, healthy smiles. Best of all, Dr. Latino takes the time to get to know each and every patient one-on-one, helping you make informed choices about your dental health. You won’t get lectures here—just straight talk and a commitment to treat you as our own family!

Dr. Latino is a native Texan and received his doctorate from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. He is happily married to his best friend, Shawnna, and has numerous adventures with his three kids, Bailee, Aidan, and Tristan.

Seeing himself as a lifelong student, Dr. Latino has a never-ending passion for learning and advancing his expertise in the field of dentistry. Averaging around 100 hours of continuing education a year (the state required amount is 12), Dr. Latino has completed training with prestigious institutions such as Orognathic Bioesthetics International, Cabodent, and the Atlanta Center for Restorative Dentistry. He has also trained with world-renowned Bill Blatchford.

Meet Our Team

Our team is passionate about providing excellent customer service and making our patients feel like part of our dental family. We invite you to meet the friendly individuals who assist Dr. Chad Latino in creating a successful dental experience. When you visit our dentist in Waco, Texas, you will already know us!

Christina Zapata

Christina has been working with Dr. Chad Latino for 9 years. When it comes to assisting Dr. Chad Latino, she is simply the best! Christina has countless hours in dental education and training, all which allows her to be very knowledgeable in answering most of our patients’ questions. When not serving our patients, Christina enjoys spending time with her kids: Christopher and Catalina. She also enjoys playing soccer, working out, and watching movies.

Charissa Jost

Charissa has 16 years of experience in dental assisting. That has led her to be exceptional in her field, and our patients can tell! None of our patients leave without feeling like they have made a friend with Charissa. She is married to her best friend, Andy. Together they have three sons: Ross, Cody, and Andrew. When she is not making patients feel at home, she enjoys camping, NASCAR, and following Texas Rangers baseball.

Denise Griffith

Denise is the smiling face that you will see when you walk through the door. She has had extensive training and experience in dental insurance, and is very well trained in answering most of your dental questions. Denise will be the first person you see, as well as the last. It is her job and passion to make sure you are very well taken care of during your visit. Aside from being exceptional with our patients, Denise loves spending time and laughing with friends and family, watching her kids play sports, and listening to live country music.

Kayla Hahn

Kayla is our super dental hygienist. She specializes in cleanings, gingivitis and periodontal disease treatments. As with the rest of the team, Kayla strongly believes in being exceptional and therefore takes numerous courses each year on the latest and greatest technology and information in the dental field. Along with 7 years as a registered dental hygienist, Kayla has multiple years of experience as a dental assistant and front office administrator for a total of 15 years in the dental field all together. Don’t be surprised if your first visit with her is the best appointment you’ve ever had. When she is not giving patients their best appointment ever, Kayla enjoys spending time with her family outdoors. She and her husband also enjoy watching their two girls, Hallie and Hannah, cheer.


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