Meet The Doctors
Always friendly service with a smile!
DR. TOM NAJJAR
Dr. Najjar earned his bachelor in Biochemistry from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2007 and his degree in doctorate of dental surgery in 2011 from Detroit Mercy as well. He practiced in Chicago for two years before relocating permanently to San Antonio in 2013.
Dr. Najjar is focused primarily about patient’s education and their best interests. His philosophy is centered around re-establishing and maintaining oral health.
Outside of the office he likes spending time with his large family and currently enjoys his body transformation through proper dieting and constant exercising.
DR. EHAB EL-HELOW
Dr. Ehab was born in Berkeley, California, where he spent most of his childhood. He Graduated from dental school in 2012 and studied his AEGD at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
His residency in advanced general dentistry enabled him to receive extensive training in dental implant and sedation dentistry.
When Dr. Ehab is not at work, he likes to spend time with his wife and their one year old baby. He also loves trying out new restaurants all over San Antonio.
DR. RICHARD POTTER
Dr. Richard Potter earned his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at The University of Texas at Austin. He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School. Though he practices all aspects of general dentistry, Dr. Potter’s focus is occlusal therapy.
His professional passion is being able to treat his patients with the best dentistry possible. It can be as simple as relieving the patient’s pain or as complex as rebuilding their entire occlusion while improving their smiles to health and beauty. The patient’s healthy smile at the end of treatment is his ultimate gratification.
Outside of dentistry, Dr. Potter and his wife enjoy serving their community in any way they can, be it free dental clinics, church retreats, or feeding the homeless. He is also an avid reader and enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and friends. Dr. Potter’s patients especially like his great sense of humor and his ability to have fun while at work. He believes that a healthy sense of humor can make everybody’s day a whole lot better.
DR. CHRIS MARLETTE
Dr. Chris Marlette and his wife Yvonne moved to San Antonio in 2009 to be closer to their family, which has lived here for many years. After graduating from the University of Florida’s College of Dentistry in 1981, he had his own private dental practice for 27 years.
With his many years of being a business owner, entrepreneur, and provider of high-quality dental health care, Dr. Marlette brings a unique perspective to Heritage Dental. He is extremely skilled in all aspects of dental care, including full mouth reconstruction, cosmetic dentistry, root canal treatment, dental surgery, dental implant placement, and restoration.
Dr. Marlette enjoys every minute outside of the practice of dentistry spending time with his lovely wife. Whether it be hiking or biking, he and Yvonne love the outdoor activities that Texas offers year round. They also enjoy spending a lot of time with both sets of their parents— who live here in San Antonio— as well as their son on the weekends. Being avid football fans, their family always comes together on the weekends. Dr. Marlette and his wife feel truly blessed to be in this city to care for their family and to care for the dental needs of the community.
DR. ANDREW HOCKLEY
Dr. Andrew Hockley has lived in many places, but has spent most of his life in Texas and San Antonio. He graduated from Cole High School in Fort Sam Houston and then attended University of Texas at San Antonio, and where he earned his bachelors and master’s degree in Biology.
After a brief career in research and teaching biology and physiology at UTSA, he decided to go to dental school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and earned his Doctorate in Dental Surgery. He also spent three years at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia and earned a specialty certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.
Dr. Hockley is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics™ and is a board certified orthodontist. Only a small percentage of orthodontists have been able to earn this distinction. He spent five years in the Navy and Marine Corp as a general dentist and was able to practice all aspects of dentistry in places like Japan, Thailand, and the Philippines. He earned many awards and medals, including the prestigious “Top Doc” award before leaving the Navy with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
When Dr. Hockley is not busy trying to create your new smile or learning the newest innovations in orthodontics, he’s enjoying spending time with his wife Morena and their four children. He also finds time to play guitar, sports, and watching anything on the Food Network®.
Dr. Maher Samra
Dr. Samra graduated from Damascus University, Syria in 2003. After practicing for five years in Syria, Dr.Samra moved to the USA to practice Dentistry.
Dr. Samra started his journey in California by attending the Advanced Implant program at UCLA, Dr.Samra then moved to Texas to finish his fellowship in Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry at University of Texas, Houston. Dr. Samra received the clinical excellence award as well as the advanced education and the teaching award during his course of studying. Dr.Samra is a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, California Dental Association, and American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He has been practicing gernal/family dentistry including restorative, prosthodontics, implant, and cosmetic dentistry since 2003. His hobbies are being outdoors, playing soccer, running, water sports, and camping.