Our Team

For more than 50 years, Austin City Dental has been one of Austin’s best and most successful dental practices. We are committed to treating you like our own family. A little about our team:

Dr. Steven D. Cook

Owner & General Dentist at Austin City Dental


Dr. Cook learned to love the outdoors from his childhood on the Central Coast of California. He grew up surfing, skateboarding, skiing, biking, and playing soccer as a child. As an adult, he loves to take his stand-up paddle board out on Lady Bird Lake near his home, and can be seen skating around the neighborhood on his longboard. Water skiing and wake boarding with friends keep his summers busy, and he tries to get away to go snowboarding each winter. On cooler days, you will find Dr. Cook biking to work on the trail that starts near his home and ends near the office. Dr. Cook is an avid music lover and you may spot him at ACL, FunFun Fest, and many live music events throughout the year. He even travels to New Orleans for the Jazz & Heritage Festival each year.

Dr. Cook has dedicated years of his continuing education to learning how to diagnose and treat the most complicated dental issues. He works with the best specialists in Austin, and meets twice a month with a group specifically created to collaborate on highly-technical cases. Creating the most aesthetically beautiful results is one of Dr. Cook’s passions. He works with the best labs to create realistic and undetectable implants, veneers, and crowns.

Providing dental care to those who need is most is another of Dr. Cook’s passions. He has traveled to Guatemala and Kenya to provide dental care to people in the most dire circumstances. He provides dental services for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, and regularly volunteers with St. David’s Foundation.

Dr. Cook graduated from Abilene Christian University and was accepted to the highest ranked dental school in the country, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He graduated with his D.D.S. in 1998, and moved to Seattle, where he lived for 8 years. In 2006, he sold his Seattle practice and moved to Austin.

Michelle

Michelle Parker
Job title: Business Manager

Michelle is from Lubbock, TX and moved to Austin in 1997. She is a Red Raider fan, but will root for the Longhorns when Tech isn’t in town. Michelle enjoys running, and her favorite trails are Lady Bird Lake and Arbor Trails. Michelle travels often to Memphis, TN to visit her family, and her favorite destination she has visited is Belize. She also loves spending time with her two dogs, Taco and Lola. She has been in the dental field for about 15 years and loves helping patients look and feel their best.

Favorite Austin Restaurant: Sway

Favorite Mexican Restaurants: Takoba and La Condesa

Cathy

Cathy-Young-RDH
Job title: Registered Dental Hygienist - RDH

Cathy has been a practicing dental hygienist for 38 years, 25 of which have been at Austin City Dental! She hails from Port Huron, MI and is a graduate of the University of Michigan. Cathy lives in the Lake Travis area with her husband and two daughters. Outside the office, she enjoys playing tennis, birdwatching, and boating on Lake Travis.

Favorite Austin restaurants: La Traviata, Matt’s El Rancho

Kristi

Kristi-Hughes-RDH

Job title: Registered Dental Hygienist - RDH

Kristi is a country girl, born and raised a couple of hours outside of Austin. She has lived in Austin since 1995 and joined the Austin City Dental team in October 2007. Kristi enjoys riding horses at her parent’s ranch, and also spends her spare time participating in triathlons. In fact, she’s done so many that she has lost count! She has also completed the Ironman Texas in 2012, as well as the Ironman Arizona in 2014. Kristi also enjoys snow skiing, and her favorite destinations are Breckenridge and Durango, CO.

Favorite Austin Activity: Paddle boarding on Lady Bird Lake, floating the Frio with friends

Favorite Austin Mexican Food: Chuy’s

Martina

Martina-Mathis-RDH
Job title: Registered Dental Hygienist - RDH

Martina joined the Austin City Dental team in 2011. Before becoming a dental hygienist, Martina worked at Love Pet Hospital for ten years. Aside from animals, Martina loves to travel (especially to Germany and Maui) and to go scuba-diving. Around Austin, she enjoy biking, gardening and trying craft beers.

Favorite Austin restaurants: Fonda San Miguel, Sway, Black’s BBQ.

Pinky

Pinky Strassher
Job title: Registered Dental Assistant - RDA

Pinky was born in American Samoa. She lived in California for 20 years, and Austin became her home in 1996. Pinky enjoys reading Sci-Fi Mystery novels, and spending time with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys traveling to the Pacific Ocean, and spends time in California, Seattle, and Hawaii.

Favorite Austin Hiking: Barton Creek Greenbelt

Favorite Austin Japanese Food: Musashino, Shogun South

Jen


Job title: Registered Dental Assistant - RDA

Jennifer was born and raised in Indiana and made Austin her home in 2010, when she joined the team at Austin City Dental. She loves to cook, and as a new homeowner, she likes to spend time working on her house. Jennifer and her husband brew their own beer at home and are passionate about exploring the local microbreweries in and around Austin. She spends the weekend exploring downtown, and finding new patios to people-watch.

Favorite Austin Live Music Venue: Stubb’s

April

April
Job title: Administrative Assistant

April is from Round Rock, TX and has lived in the Austin area her whole life. She enjoys traveling, music, dancing, wine, exercising at the gym, and loves socializing with friends & family—especially if it involves being in the water! She also enjoys relaxing at home with her boyfriend and their cat.

Favorite Mexican Restaurant: La Tapatia

Favorite Concert Venue: The Moody Theater