Meet Our Dentists
Dr. Espino has practiced Dentistry in San Antonio since 2006 and is consistently striving to provide true multidisciplinary services to his patients. He is invariably rewarded and challenged with his continued dental education and works to persist in that aspect of his dental career frequently. Dr. Espino has been a member of the Seattle Study Clubs, Texas Academy of General Dentistry, and was President Elect of the San Antonio Hispanic Dental Association. He is a current member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the International Congress of Oral Implantologist. Dr. Espino served as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force for 13 years before being honorably discharged as Captain. He graduated from Midwestern State University with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. Later, he attended dental school in San Antonio, Texas and graduated in 2006.
Most of his free time is taken up by his two mixed breed Chi-winie rescues, Dumbo and Bella. With the rest of his free time, Dr. Espino really enjoys reading, not so much working out, loves dancing. He can also be found riding his Cali Classic Lance Scooter around Museum district up and down Broadway St and into downtown San Antonio.
Dr. Cristiana (Kika) Araújo got her Dental degree in 2005 from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, her home state in Brazil, where she was born and raised. In 2009, Dr. Araújo received her Certificate and Masters in Orthodontics from Saint Louis University (Mo); she joined her family in private practice until she was offered a position of Fellowship Director and joined the faculty at Jacksonville University (Fl) in 2011, where later she would become Clinic Director.
Dr. Araújo is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Board certified (ABO) and affiliate member of the ‘Angle Society’ (EHASO).
Since 2018, she gladly calls Texas ‘home’ and, since always, truly believes in the power of a beautiful smile!
Dr. Shadzi Jerbraeili received her Honors Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from the University of Toronto. She then went on to earn her Doctor of Dental Medicine from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. J chose dentistry because it was the perfect combination of science and art.
She knew she wanted to pursue a career in the health profession and grew up doing artwork and painting portraits. As an orthodontist, she gets to use her scientific knowledge about tooth movement, and her eye as a portrait artist, to create beautiful smiles every day. Dr. J looks forward to offering her expertise and advice to patients and the community. Her goal is to encourage more people in the community to restore their smiles and add to their confidence.
Dr. J and her husband moved to San Antonio 5 years ago. Since then, they’ve enjoyed exploring the city and discovering new restaurants. They also love to travel when life and time allows. Outside of the office, Dr. J enjoys working out, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, cooking, and working on her art.
Meet Our Team
Our experienced team is dedicated to insuring that your visit with Dr. Espino at Republic Dental is relaxed and comfortable. We are here to serve you and your family. We will ensure that you understand your treatment options so that you can make informed decisions about your dental care and that of your family. We welcome you to contact our dental office today to learn more about us and to schedule your next appointment with our dentist in Pleasanton, Texas.