Meet the Grapevine Dental Staff
Tori Traughber - Lead Front Office
our grapevine dental family
Tori Traughber – Lead Front Office
I have worked in the dental field since 2009 but I have been in customer service since 2006. I started working with Dr. Colangelo in 2010 and from the moment I started I have felt like family. Dr. Colangelo’s enthusiasm for dentistry and for his patients is refreshing and contagious. Working at Grapevine Dental has made me a bit of a workaholic because I enjoy what I do and love hearing from all of our patients.
When I’m not at work, I enjoy living off of Eagle Mountain Lake and going fishing with my husband and two sons. Watching them grow up enjoying the outdoors is one of my great joys. We also have two fur babies that vie for our attention. I have a dachshund, Sarabi and she is the sweetest little girl I never had. My husband has a Mastador (French Mastiff/Lab) named Merle that is yet another growing boy to feed!
Check out my video below to hear why I like working for Dr. Colangelo and how I’ll help answer your questions in our general and cosmetic dental office.
Danielle Taylor – Front Office
I have been working at the front office of Grapevine Dental since the beginning of 2014 and I would not want to be anywhere else. I love the team I work with! They are not only my coworkers but they are my family. What isn’t there to love when there is constant joy at the place you spend the majority of your time? Dr. Colangelo does an amazing job fostering this environment so that our patients always feel comfortable and at ease.
I have always been interested in the dental field but was not sure where or how to start. I started researching dental offices with good reviews and that’s when I found Grapevine Dental. After being hired, I discovered I love working in the front lines helping our patients with dental insurance, financing, treatment, and any questions they may have whether big or small. I have truly learned an enormous amount about dentistry and customer care and look forward to growing with this company.
During my free time I enjoy spending time with friends and family whether it be going to movies, dinner, museums, a night out on the town, or anything that has to do with the outdoors. I especially enjoy taking my Boston Terrier, Lexie, on walks and teaching her new tricks. My recent passion is health. I never knew how much fun clean eating and exercising can be – especially when the results start to show.
Courtney Brown – Lead Dental Assistant
I have been an assistant and part of the Grapevine Dental family since January 2009. In this time, I have completely fell in love with general and cosmetic dentistry. I like knowing my efforts here make a positive difference in my patients’ lives and bring success to our dental practice. The most fulfilling part of my job is knowing my patients trust me and come to us when they need it most. As Lead Dental Assistant, I’m so proud that all the staff at Grapevine Dental bring their A game and work hard to help make an impact in our patients lives. I truly enjoy getting to know each and every one of our patients, their families and their lives.
On the weekends my boyfriend, Isaiah, and my black Lab, Dez, take up most of my free time going to the dog park, finding new trails to walk around DFW, or just plain old relaxing! We also always try to take at least a couple vacations a year, usually to a beach somewhere. When I get “me” time I like to cook, meditate, read, and I have recently gotten back into doing yoga. Soon, I will be starting dental hygiene school and will be cleaning your teeth instead of helping Dr. Colangelo fix them! 🙂
Check out my video below where I tell you why I think Dr. Colangelo is the only general and cosmetic dentist I would ever want to work for.
Savana Taylor – Dental Assistant
I have been a dental assistant for almost three years, and have been here at Grapevine Dental since February 2013. I graduated from RCC in 2012 and I am a certified dental assistant in Oregon, as well as Texas. I feel my greatest strength is I love getting to know our patients and making them feel welcome in our office. At Grapevine Dental our goal is to make people look forward to going to the dentist. All of our team are on the same page and I would consider our team to be a family rather than coworkers.
I lived most of my life in Southern Oregon but made the decision to move to Texas shortly before joining the Grapevine Dental family. Coming from Oregon, I naturally enjoy the outdoors and staying active. I enjoy being on the lake during the summer and have recently gotten into 5k runs. Mostly, I love traveling and spending time with friends and family. My 7lb dapple Dachshund is treated more like a child than a dog. She is two years old and has an attitude like no other!
Check out my video below where I tell you some of my job duties at Grapevine Dental and explain how we try to make people happy to see this Grapevine dentist!
I went to high school in Southeast Texas in a small town. When I say small, I mean small. My graduating class only consisted of 45 students. After graduation, I went to Lamar University in Beaumont, TX and eventually graduated with my Dental Hygiene Degree in 1987. I came to work at Grapevine Dental in 2006 shortly before the original dentist, Dr. Walker, retired. Luckily, Dr. Colangelo inherited me when he purchased the practice in 2007. I love my job for many reasons, but getting to know my patients and giving them the best care that I can makes me feel amazing at the end of the day!
In my career I’ve worked with a few dentists and I truly believe I am so fortunate to be working for such a caring dentist. He not only cares for his patients and their dental health but he genuinely cares about his staff. We say all the time that we really are a little family. This atmosphere is so fulfilling because we are all on the same page and work as a team.
Outside the office my passion is tennis and I am fortunate enough to share this passion with my husband. Actually, I should probably say we’re a bit addicted to tennis. We play whenever and wherever we can. My other passion in life is my two beautiful daughters whom I adore.
Check out my video below where I tell you why I think Dr. Colangelo and Grapevine Dental are different from the other dental offices I have worked at in the past.