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

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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 esthetically 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.

Dr. Melody L. Salehi

Dentist at Austin City Dental

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Dr. Salehi was born and raised here in Austin. She is no stranger to Austin City Dental, as her and her family have been patients of the practice for the last 30 years! Dr. Salehi knew she wanted to become a dentist at an early age, and she began shadowing in different dental offices while in high school. She attended the Liberal Arts and Science Academy at LBJ High School. Next, she graduated with honors from Texas A&M University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science. After undergrad, she earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston.

Dr. Salehi is a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, Capital Area Dental Society and the Academy of General Dentistry. She enjoys continuing her dental education and learning state of the art treatment techniques that will benefit her patients.

Dr. Salehi prides herself on forming meaningful relationships with her patients and treating them like family. Creating healthy, beautiful smiles is her passion. She also enjoys community outreach and has gone on numerous mission trips, along with years of volunteering at community dental clinics.

When not in the office, you can find Dr. Salehi hiking through the greenbelt, paddle boarding on Lady Bird Lake or listening to live music with friends and family. Dr. Salehi also enjoys traveling the world, embracing new cultures and watching college sports.


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


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



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


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 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


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


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


Job title: Administrative Assistant

Jessee grew up here in Austin, but spent several years living and working in Los Angeles, CA after graduating from the University of Southern California (Fight On!). Before entering the dental field, Jessee worked as a publicist. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Austin, decorating her home, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends. Jessee’s favorite restaurants are Chuy’s, Kerbey Lane and Steiner Ranch Steakhouse.