The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff's training, professional credentials and work experience.

Horacio Lucero, DDS

New Braunfels,TX

Mission Hill Dental
New Braunfels, TX Denitst

Dr. Horacio Lucero graduated from Bastrop High School, and Texas State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology. He then attended Northwestern University in Chicago where he earned his D.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery), and afterwards was commissioned into the United States Navy.  Stationed in California as a Lieutenant, he returned to Texas to finish out his active military duty at the Naval base in Kingsville, TX as Division Officer of the Naval Clinic.  Dr. Lucero and his wife have three children. He has completed 4 years of Navy Reserve duty as a LCDR.


Dental Staff in New Braunfels, TX

Fred B. Willard, DDS

Dentist in New Braunfels, TX

Mission Hill Dental
Born in Cuero, Texas, Dr. Willard spent most of his growing up years in Giddings, the ancestral home of both his parents. His maternal ancestors arrived in Texas from Germany; his paternal ancestors came to the central Texas area shortly before the War Between the States. Dr. Willard graduated from Giddings High School, completed his pre-dental requirements at Southwest Texas State in San Marcos, and attended the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston where he graduated with honors in 1962.
After serving in the US Army Dental Corps, Dr. Willard was an associate in a private practice near Lubbock. Because his young son was very allergic to cotton gin dust and insecticides, the family was encouraged to move. In 1965 Dr. Willard purchased Dr. Roger Bolton's dental practice located near the corner of East San Antonio and Union Streets in what was known as Comaltown in New Braunfels, population 12,000.

After practicing in New Braunfels for seven years, the family went to South Korea for a year as missionaries. Dr. Willard taught dentistry to residents and interns at the Kwangju Christian Hospital. Upon his return home, Dr. Willard resumed his practice then located in the Landa Professional Center, 457 Landa St., and became very involved in his church community.

Dr. Willard is a Fellow in the American College of Dentists, a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry and a 1994 nominee for Texas Dentist of the Year in the Texas Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Willard was named to the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Honor's Hall and has received numerous other awards and honors from church and organizations.

Dr. Willard and his wife Colleen have two sons, Will and Benton, and nine grandchildren.

Dental Staff in New Braunfels, TXFran - Business Assistant


Dental Staff in New Braunfels, TXBlake - Dental Assistant


Erika - Dental Assistant/Business Assistant

Dental Staff in New Braunfels, TX


Dental Staff in New Braunfels, TXSarah - Business Assistant


Dental Staff in New Braunfels, TXBrittany - Dental Hygienist

Brittany Brazee has been a dental hygienist for four years. She graduated from Concorde Career College with an Associate’s Degree in Science in Dental Hygiene. She recently moved to New Braunfels from Wiesbaden, Germany where she proudly served the military community while working as a hygienist.

Brittany is known for being very gently with her patients and thorough. She believes in providing all patients with the best care possible.

Brittany is married with three children and loves snorkeling and traveling with family and friends.


Pam - Dental Hygienist 

Dental Staff in New Braunfels, TXPam Oppelt has been a dental hygienist for 28 years. She graduated from the University of Texas dental school in 1988. Pam has been a part of the Mission Hill Dental team, off and on, for 15 years. Her area of expertise is focused on “thorough patient care” and patients with gum disease.

She believes in quality dentistry that is demonstrated at our Mission Hill Dental office. She enjoys being part of a dental team that is on the cutting-edge of dentistry. Pam was voted New Braunfels Herald Zeitung “Best Registered Dental Hygienist” for 2 years. She loves her job and loves taking care of her patients.

Pam is married with 2 daughters and loves spending time with her family and friends as well as travelling.


Dental Staff in New Braunfels, TXDerinda - Dental Hygienist

Derinda Larned has practiced dental hygiene for thirty-one years. Of those years, twenty-nine have been serving the community of New Braunfels, Texas. Derinda graduated from Midwestern State University with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. She graduated with honors and was elected vice president of her class.

Derinda proudly served on the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners as a Dental Hygiene Advisory member from 1989-1993. She administered the state board exams to the newly graduated dental hygienists. She also served on a state level as a representative of the Texas Dental Hygiene Association for several years.

Through Derinda’s many years of experience as a hygienist she has always valued patient rapport by listening attentively for any special needs and concerns. With every patient, she has always strived to encourage them to feel at ease in the dental chair.

Derinda is married with 3 children. She and her husband enjoy swimming, boating, tubing and relaxing by the water.