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

Meet The Doctors

Irene K. Blaess, D.D.S.

Dr. Blaess became a dentist because she wanted to show people that it is possible to have pain free dental experiences. As a child, she had a very traumatic dental episode and it took years to be able to stop being sedated for dental work. Her goal is to ensure children never feel the terror she experienced and have a pain-free dental visit. Her gentle touch and caring manor is what makes her one of the best dentists in Texas. She has won numerous awards for being one of the best dentists in San Antonio, including Top 10 dentists of the year, Top Women Dentists of San Antonio and Best San Antonio Dentist by the express news.

She is a platinum Invisalign provider with over 1000 cases under her belt, and is skilled in doing regular braces too. Dr. Blaess believes it is vitally important to commit time to keep learning. She attends many hours of continuing education courses every year, far beyond the necessary amount required to maintain licensure. The office undergoes constant improvements in equipment, materials, and techniques. She has extensive training in many aspects of General family dentistry including Laser dentistry, Orthodontics, Dentures and partials, Veneers, Root canals, Dental Implants, Full mouth Makeovers and restorations, Snoring and Dental Sleep Appliances, and Kor Tooth Bleaching. She is the right dental choice whether you are looking for an emergency dentist or a five star dentist for your entire family.

Dr. Blaess grew up in Houston from the age of eight, graduating from Sharpstown High School. Upon graduation, she attended the University of Texas in Austin. She is a Longhorn but treats everyones with the same caring touch. Upon receiving her dental degree in 1997 from the UT Health San Antonio she opened DeZavala Dental (the original) and 2003 Northwoods Dental Spa became a reality.

She is mother of two boys, Michael Blaess and Brian Levin. Michael is a local realtor and Brian is at San Antonio Boys Academy. They love to travel, spend time together and with friends and they scuba dive whenever possible.

Daniel Maldonado, D.D.S.

Dr. Maldonado grew up in San Antonio from the age of 5 after being born in Monterrey, Mexico. His Father was a dentist and always encouraged him to follow in his footsteps. He graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. He 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%. It was the perfect blend of science and art that brought him back to consider Dentistry. He attended Texas A&M College of Dentistry in Dallas, TX. He continued his research while in dental school and presented at the prestigious Hinman Student Conference. 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. He loves being an emergency dentist and has found a passion in providing quality affordable dental care.