Northwoods Shopping Center, 18160 San Pedro Ave #104, San Antonio, TX 78232

Meet The Doctors

Irene K. Blaess, D.D.S.

Dr. Blaess grew up in Houston since the age of eight, graduating from Sharpstown High School. Upon graduation, she attended the University of Texas in Austin, receiving her dental degree in 1997 from the University of Texas Health Science Center. In 2003 she partnered with Dr. Stan Zebrowski to open Northwoods Dental Spa, the first dental spa in San Antonio. With constant improvements in equipment, materials, and techniques, Dr. Blaess believes it is vitally important to commit time to keep learning. Dr. Blaess attends many hours of contiuing education courses every year, far beyond the necessary amount required to maintain licensure. She supports organized dentistry and the way organizations promote the health of our citizens. She is a member if San Antonio Distict Dental Society, Texas Dental Society, American Dental Society, and Academy of General Dentistry.

Natalya Verona, D.D.S.

Dr. Verona is very excited to be a new member of the Northwoods Dental team. She came to San Antonio from a small city in Ukraine over 20 years ago. Already having a Master’s degree in Education, she continued her studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She started working at the UT Health Science Center in 2001 as a research student, then continued as a Dental student, Graduate student and finally as a Clinical Professor at the UT Dental School. Dr. Verona graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with honors in 2008, and then defended her dissertation in 2009, obtaining a Doctor of Philosophy Degree. Dr. Verona has worked more than 10 years in private practice and taught a new generation of dentists at the San Antonio Dental School. She is happy to share cutting edge research from the dental school with her patients at Northwoods Dental Spa. In her free time, Dr. Verona enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with her husband and two boys. She is an active member of multiple national and international dental organizations, and continues to advance her knowledge with multiple continuing education classes every year.

Daniel Maldonado, D.D.S.

Dr. Maldonado grew up in San Antonio since the age of 5 after being born in Monterrey, Mexico.  He graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 2012.  He then pursued a master’s degree in immunology.  He had the privilege to publish a thesis and present at an international conference after graduating in the top 10%.  He attended Texas A&M College of Dentistry in Dallas, TX and graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2021.  He continued his research while in dental school and presented at the prestigious Hinman Student Conference in 2019.  He graduated with awards for his commitment to community dentistry, clinical excellence , and dental research.   He is active in continuing education and pursuing his fellowship in the academy of general dentistry.  He is a father of 2 and enjoys his free time riding bikes and running the local trails.

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