Burleson Pediatric Dentistry
The thing that really sets us apart from other dental offices is that we treat children as the individuals they are and truly care about their unique needs. In fact, we treat your kids with the same care and compassion that we would want for our own children. Our entire team is committed to personalized treatment as well as excellence and professionalism so that your children get the very best that pediatric dentistry has to offer.
Take a moment to read about us and know that we look forward to welcoming you to our Burleson, TX dental family.
Chris Walton, DDS
Dr. Walton feels fortunate to have the greatest job in the world. There is no greater joy than being able to work with kids every day. He loves having a profession where he can build the foundation for children to have positive dental experiences and healthy smiles for the remainder of their lives.
Dr. Christopher Walton graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University with his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and went on to attend dental school at The University of Tennessee where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and graduated with honors.
Because a specialty in pediatric dentistry requires additional education and training, Dr. Walton completed a residency at Baylor College of Dentistry, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Walton holds memberships in the following organizations:
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- Texas Dental Association
When Dr. Walton is away from the office, you can find him spending time with his wife, Krystal, and two incredible children, Caden and Analia. He also enjoys running, watching movies, and traveling.
Meet Our Team
Elizabeth Laborde, DDS
Dr. Elizabeth Laborde knew she wanted to become a dentist at a young age. She spent a lot of time at her dentist’s office, and was fortunate to have had a wonderful dentist who encouraged her to pursue the profession.
Dr. Laborde graduated from Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience. She returned home to Texas to complete her dental training at Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry, where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. In dental school Dr. Laborde was selected by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research for the Summer Dental Student Award, and spent the summer after her first year doing research at the National Institutes of Health. After graduating from dental school, she completed a General Practice Residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, which focused on patients with complicated medical conditions. It was during this time that Dr. Laborde realized her love of working with children.
After working as a general dentist for two years, Dr. Laborde returned home to Texas to pursue a pediatric dentistry residency at Baylor College of Dentistry, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Laborde is active in her community and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Fort Worth District Dental Society. When she is away from the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband Joe, and their twin sons William and Nicholas.
Carla Damon, DDS
Dr. Carla Damon grew up in Dallas and began her interest in dentistry while attending college at Baylor University in Waco. After graduation, she followed her college sweetheart to The University of Texas Dental School at Houston, where it became clear to her that pediatric dentistry was her desired path. After dental school, Dr. Carla completed her pediatric residency at Baylor College of Dentistry, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
After residency, Dr. Damon continued onto private practice where she gained further experience at Children's Medical Center treating kids with complex dental and medical needs. She is currently a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, and Greater Dallas Pediatric Dental Society.
Dr. Damon is married to another dentist, Dr. Clark Damon, and she cherishes time with her two kiddos, Tripp and Isla and two fury babies, Leah and Peter. She also enjoys yoga, walking, trying new foods, and traveling.
Meghan Thorburn, DDS
Dr. Meghan Thorburn grew up in Midlothian, Texas, and realized she wanted to be a dentist at an early age! She attended Baylor University in Waco and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology while studying concert piano. After graduation, Dr. Thorburn attended the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. In dental school, she was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a prestigious national dental honor society for graduating dentists that demonstrated scholastic and professional excellence.
Dr. Thorburn met her husband in dental school, and after graduation, they moved back home to Fort Worth and started their dental careers. She and her husband volunteer monthly at the Mercy Clinic of Fort Worth, where they provide free dental care to underserved families. Outside of work, Dr. Thorburn still enjoys playing piano, traveling, and herding their four cats; Ollie, Davos, Tonks, and Arya.
Dr. Thorburn is proud to call Fort Worth home and serve the community going forward. If you have any piano or cat questions, don't forget to ask her during your child's dental appointment!
Sarah - Office Manager
Sarah serves as both our treatment coordinator and office manager. She attended Concorde Career College and graduated Valedictorian. She also received the Helping Hands Award from her classmates.
After four years in our dental practice, Sarah is extremely proud to be part of a team that works together to educate children on the importance of good oral hygiene. She appreciates that the entire team is compassionate and appreciative of our young patients and team members.
Sarah strives to provide excellent customer service and lives by the Golden Rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated. When she is away from the office, she is actively involved in her children’s sports and school activities. She enjoys shopping, dinner dates, listening to music, and watching movies. Most of all, she loves spending time with her family.
Krystal - Financial and Marketing Coordinator
Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Krystal attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and achieved a Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship. She has worked with us for the last three years and enjoys being part of a dental practice where patients and families always come first. Working in an environment where customer service, strong ethics, and quality dentistry are core principles makes her job constantly rewarding.
Krystal stays busy, but when she has spare time, spending it with her family is her first priority. She also enjoys shopping, trying new restaurants, and traveling.
Brittany - Front Office Receptionist
Brittany is from a military family and spent much of her childhood moving from place to place. She has lived in California, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. We are so lucky she settled here and joined our practice.
She loves everything about Burleson Pediatric Dentistry. From the colorful environment to the hard work and dedication of the team, she truly enjoys working with an amazing staff who goes above and beyond to ensure that our patients are as comfortable as possible. She receives a huge amount of satisfaction when she sees a child walk out of the office with a smile on their face saying, “I can’t wait to come back next time!”
When Brittany is enjoying her free time you can find her spending time with her husband and family. Whether they are staying home to watch a movie or going out for fun on the lake, she cherishes her time surrounded by her loved ones.
Christie - Scheduling Coordinator
Christie is a native Texan and currently resides in the Fort Worth area. She attended ATI in 2000 and graduated Valedictorian.
With over 17 years of experience in both general and pediatric dentistry, she possesses a wealth of knowledge and expertise. She has a passion for helping patients achieve healthy and beautiful smiles by encouraging them to understand the importance of oral health. In addition, she enjoys developing relationships with our patients by providing great customer service and making them a part of our dental family.
When not in the office, Christie loves spending quality time with her husband, two kids, two wonderful grandkids and loving dog Kane. She is also an avid football, basketball and soccer fanatic!
Amber - Front Office Receptionist
Amber is proud to be born and raised in Burleson, Texas where she graduated high school. In 2006, she graduated from the University of Texas Arlington with her degree in dental assisting. Dentistry appealed to her because she loved talking to people! She had a natural ability to bring comfort to those around her, and especially took pride in making kids smile. Over the next seven years, she worked and studied early childhood development before re-entering the dental field. Amber's diverse background and skill set has allowed her to quickly acclimate to our office and bring creative ideas to the workplace.
When not working, Amber is always on the move with her husband and three children. Her kids are very involved in sports, and she finds any opportunity she can to watch them on the football and baseball fields. She also loves volunteering at her kids school and going on walks with her sister and dogs.
Cassie - RDH - Dental Hygienist
Cassie is originally from Springtown, Texas and now resides in Cleburne, Texas. She attended Tarrant County College to obtain her dental hygiene degree.
She started her career in general practice, but soon found her calling was in pediatric dentistry. Cassie is also part of From Your Heart Ministries, where she travels internationally to provide dental care to children.
During her off time Cassie can be found spending time with family, watching her nephew/niece’s play sports, or spending time with her husband and two dogs.
Rachel - RDH - Dental Hygienist
Rachel is originally from Wylie, Texas and attended Tarrant County College, where she received her degree in Dental Hygiene. She has been with us at Burleson Pediatric Dentistry for a year and a half and loves the rewarding feeling of teaching the kids about their oral health while making them feel comfortable with our office. Before becoming a Hygienist, Rachel coached club volleyball; she has always loved sharing her passion with kids.
Sabina - RDH - Dental Hygienist
Sabina is originally from Crowley, Texas. She attended Texas A&M College of Dentistry Caruth School of Dental Hygiene, where she received her dental hygiene license. Before her attendance at Texas A&M, she received her bachelors in Bio-Medical Science at Tarleton State University.
Sabina’s passion for educating children began when she traveled to Guatemala on a dental mission trip where they served thousands of children’s dental needs. She hopes to go back on another mission trip to spread her knowledge of oral health to those in need.
During her off time, Sabina can be found spending time with family and friends, hunting with her boyfriend, traveling, or spending time with her dogs.
Bridget - RDH - Dental Hygienist
Originally from Mansfield, Texas, Bridget grew up playing both school and club volleyball, which eventually led her to play in college. She loved the sport so much she took up coaching and quickly realized she had a niche for working with kids.
After graduating from Tarrant County College, where she revived her degree in Dental Hygiene, Bridget knew right away she was wanted to pursue pediatric dentistry.
Outside of work you can find this homebody swinging on the porch with her husband, Will and two kids, Emerson and Coleman. She also enjoys going to the lake, watching movies, and is a proud member of amazon prime.
Maranda - RDH - Dental Hygienist
Maranda Is a Pediatric Dental Hygienist. She received her dental hygiene degree from TCC in 2009, and she has specialized in pediatrics for the last ten years.
She has two boys, Paxton (8) and Parker (3), that bring her endless joy to spend time with and see grow up. With Paxton, she enjoys fishing with him and practicing their ninja skills together. She also loves watching Parker play soccer and pretending to be Godzilla every day.
When Maranda is not cleaning teeth or spending time with her family, you can find her in the gym powerlifting.
Erika - Lead Registered Dental Assistant
Erika is originally from Fort Worth, Texas and has been with Burleson Pediatric Dentistry for four years. Her favorite part of being a dental assistant is working with all her team members and all the amazing kids. She loves being the operative assistant because she can help kids get through treatment comfortably.
When she is not in the office taking care of our patients, you can find her listening to Justin Timberlake, spending time with her beautiful daughter, Valerie, along with friends and family.
Erin - Registered Dental Assistant
Erin is originally from Fort Worth, Texas and attended the Texas Academy of Dental Assisting where she earned her degree in dental assisting. She has been with the practice for almost four years and loves the reward of working with children. Erin has a passion for special-needs children and enjoys helping them leave with a smile on their face.
For fun, Erin enjoys spending time with her family, husband, and one-year old daughter. Her friends and family mean everything to her! She also looks forward to attending church on Sundays, go shopping, watching movies and has had an unconditional love for horses since she was a little girl.
Jessica - Registered Dental Assistant
Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Jessica grew up in Burleson. After graduating from Burleson High School, she pursued a career in dental assisting. Jessica likes being able to multi-task and work in an environment where her team player mentality can shine through. She particularly loves working with children and alleviating any fears they may have. Day to day, she finds satisfaction in knowing she does excellent work and is always there to lend a helping hand.
When she is not working, she likes to spend time with her family and friends. You may catch her outside too as she likes to go out for walks or runs. How about that!
Chelcie - Registered Dental Assistant
Chelcie was born and raised in Burleson, Texas before attending TCC and receiving her dental assisting license. She has worked in pediatric dentistry for approximately 3 years, as both a registered dental assistant and front office employee. Chelcie has a strong passion for working with children and views every individual as an opportunity to make a positive impact. Her greatest satisfaction is seeing each child leave with a smile and look forward to coming back again.
In her free time, she loves spending time with her four-year old daughter, family, and boyfriend. During the summer, you may find her at the pool enjoying time with her fun-loving little girl.
Jordan - Registered Dental Assistant
Kendyl - Registered Dental Assistant
Kendyl, who is originally from Arizona, discovered her love for dentistry at a very young age. As a result, she chose to seek a career in the dental field shortly after high school. Kendyl graduated from Amarillo Dental Assisting School, initially, working in a general dentist practice in New Mexico. Life led her to Granbury, Texas, where she eventually found her true calling in pediatrics. She is now happy to call Burleson Pediatric Dentistry home. Kendyl finds tremendous joy working with children, and she finds teaching them about their oral health very fulfilling. She also takes pride in knowing that her kind and empathetic demeanor can have a lifelong impact on our patients for many years to come.
In her spare time, Kendyl loves spending time laughing and traveling with her family. Often, you may find her at the park, kayaking on the lake with her kids, reading books, or watching movies.
Lucy - Registered Dental Assistant
Lyuba - Registered Dental Assistant
Lyuba is originally from Estonia, and raised in the small town of Delta Junction, Alaska. She studied dental assisting through Penn Foster College, starting in general dentistry. After a few years, she decided to try something different, working in pediatrics and ultimately fell in love. She credits the birth of her son Jesse James, December of 2011 as one of the key motivating factors in her decision. Lyuba started in pediatrics in 2013, and can't see herself doing anything else for many more years to come.
When not at work, she enjoys hiking, fishing, and spending time with her husband, Scott, and family. If you know of any local outdoor adventures or hiking trails, she would love to hear about them! She is excited to be a part of the team at Burleson Pediatric Dentistry and feels grateful to be in a profession that is so rewarding!