William F. Waggoner DDS., MS

License #S6-17

Dr. Waggoner is the founder, and owner of Galaxy Smiles of Las Vegas, and Kids Dental Safari. He has been a pediatric dentist for nearly 35 years. He now practices part-time at the Summerlin location, to give him more time to pursue teaching and speaking opportunities.

Dr. Waggoner has been in practice in Las Vegas since 1996. He graduated from the West Virginia University College of Dentistry in 1980 and completed his Master of Science degree in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Iowa in 1982. From 1982-1986, Dr. Waggoner held a full-time academic appointment at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. From 1986-1995, he was Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry and Director of the Children’s Dental Clinic at the Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Dr. Waggoner has numerous research publications in peer-reviewed dental journals and is the author of a chapter in a popular pediatric dental textbook. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American College of Dentists. Dr. Waggoner is a frequent seminar speaker on the subject of dentistry for children, and he has given dental presentations in over 30 states and 12 countries. He is a founding director of the Institute of Pediatric Dentistry, an educational entity that helps train and equip new general and pediatric dentists in treating children more effectively. He is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Nevada Dental Association, and is a past president of the Nevada Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Waggoner has been married for over 38 years to his wife, Linda Ann, a Marriage and Family Therapist. They have four children, Dr. Tesha Waggoner, a dentist currently in pediatric specialty training: Luke, a 3rd year Medical student, Grant, a Marriage and Family Therapist; and Clark, a technician for Apple. His spare time is devoted to visiting his family, reading and travelling.

He feels blessed to have recruited so many fine pediatric dentists and staff to work with, and to have the opportunity to serve the children of Las Vegas for so many years.

Leila Zokaei DDS

License #S6-146C

Dr. Leila Zokaei received her dental degree with honors from the University of California San Francisco, and graduated at the top of her class. She also completed her residency training in pediatric dentistry at the University of Maryland. As part of her academic training, she co-wrote the most recent Guidelines on Restorative Dentistry for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, based on an extensive evidence-based review of the dental literature. Her residency training comprised all aspects of pediatric dentistry, including behavior modification, nitrous oxide anxiolytics, conscious and IV sedation, hospital dentistry, early interceptive orthodontic treatment, trauma management, and treatment of special needs patients. She is a board certified pediatric dentist with Diplomate status from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Zokaei is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, walking her dog “Benji”, playing tennis and skiing.

Vanessa Hernandez

New Patient Coordinator

Vanessa started working at Pediatric Dental Care Associates in July 2013. I enjoy working at our Pediatric Dental office because it’s very rewarding to see children come in with doubt/fears and leave our office with a smile, looking forward to their next Dental visit with us. I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for 13 years; we have 4 children and 2 grandbabies. My husband and I both enjoy working with children of all ages both in our local church and Coaching Soccer.

Jessica Herrera

Front Desk

Jessica was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She moved to beautiful Las Vegas in 2006 where she started her dental career in the dental insurance billing. Jessica started with Kids’ Dental Safari in 2016 and transferred to Galaxy Smiles in 2017, where she would like to work for the rest of her life because she enjoys working with children. Jessica is married with 3 wonderful children.

JoAnn Fernandez

Dental Assistant
I’ve been a Dental Assistant for 12 years. I started in Perio in California, moved to Las Vegas in 1999 and got a job in Pedo and have enjoyed working with kids all this time. I have worked with a few Dentist in town and have learned a lot through the years. Making sure to implement all of my knowledge in helping kids have healthy smiles. I have one son and one grandson which I enjoy spending time with when not at work.