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Meet The Team

Skill and compassion go hand in hand when providing exceptional patient care. As a dental professional, I stay up to date on the latest advancements in dentistry in order to provide the most current treatment options for my patients. As a doctor, I recognize that my patients are unique individuals who have placed a great deal of trust in me and my team. That is just one reason why I value each and every patient relationship.

I appreciate the time you’ve taken to visit this site and find out more about this dental practice, my team, and the many services we can provide to help you achieve optimum oral health.

Dr. Samuel Escarsega, DDS

 Dr Samuel A. Escarsega, DDS, (better known at the office as Dr. E) wasn't born in Texas but got here as fast as he could. In 2001, Dr E moved here to beautiful San Antonio from Tucson AZ.  Having worked for Office Depot since 1990 Dr. E decided to leave the office supply retail business and return to college to pursue dentistry. He completed his undergraduate education in 2005 at the University of Texas at San Antonio graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in biology. He then completed his dental education at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School, the number one ranked dental school in the nation. During dental school Dr. E felt a calling to serve his country and joined the US Navy. At graduation Dr. E was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Naval Dental Corps and was assigned to 32nd Street Naval base and Balboa Hospital in San Diego for additional post graduate training and subsequently received a certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry. Dr. E was fortunate enough to be able to return to beautiful San Antonio and fulfill his commitment to the US Navy at Joint Base San Antonio Fort Sam Houston. In addition to being a bit of a dental nerd, he is a huge Spurs fan, Dallas Cowboys fan, UTSA Roadrunner fan and UA Wildcat fan. More importantly, Dr. E has three beautiful daughters who fill his world with love and remind him to make every day count.

Dr. Terri Ashby

Dr. Terri Ashby was inspired to become a dentist when she was only 12 years old.  Her initial dental treatment experiences were rough and traumatic.  Dr. Ashby’s family eventually discovered a compassionate dentist who changed her life.  After just her first visit with him she had the epiphany: “When I grow up, I want to be the world’s most gentle dentist.”  Her education began in her hometown on the southside of Chicago.  She was so determined and motivated to reach her goal that she became the first woman in her family to graduate high school.  Still conveying so much drive and passion, she continued forward graduating College and Dental school both at the University of Illinois. 

After school she followed the path of many family members and joined the Army.  She considers herself extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve our Country.  She finally settled here in San Antonio and loves being around her sons and menagerie of patients.  Some of her other interests include travel and yoga.  In fact, Dr. Ashby is a certified yoga and meditation instructor.  Dr. Ashby is excited and eager to meet her new patients and looks forward to taking care of all their oral health needs.


Office Manager

Stephanie has been with Dr. Escarsega since the beginning. Dr. E truly doesn’t know where he would be without her. As the office manager, she has had an active role with the growth of the office and continues to play a fundamental role in its success. Her passion to want to help people is genuine. Stephanie strives to help patients understand the importance of their oral health. Her knowledge of the dental insurance world allows patients to best use their benefits and receive the dental care they deserve. Outside of the dental world, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband of almost 15 years and their 3 handsome boys! She loves cheering them on at their basketball and football games!


Financial Coordinator

Brittany has been with Highland Hills Dental Center for four years. Brittany's seven years in the dental field have given her a wealth of insurance knowledge, excellent customer service, and her finding a financial plan that helps fit you to get your dental work done! When Brittany is not working, she enjoys going on new adventures with her daughter Penélope. She is a joy to work with and we are blessed to have her at Highland Hills Dental Center.



Charla is one of our amazing hygienists at Highland Hills Dental Center. In 1996 she earned her associate's degree at Bee County College, now Coastal Bend College in Beeville Texas.

She has been married for almost 22 years and happily still going strong! She has two wonderful children, a 13 year old girl and 4 year old boy. In her free time she likes to knit. She also enjoys tending to their family's small farm where they grow microgreens , herbs and lovingly raise what some might call very well-cared for chickens.


Registered Dental Assistant

Andrea is our fantastic Lead Dental Assistant. She started with Highland Hills Dental Center in 2019 and has been a blessing! After being a stay at home mom, Andrea had a dream of becoming a successful Dental Assistant. Andrea's 16 years of dental assisting has allowed her to achieve her goal of providing positive patient care experiences. When she is not working, Andrea is wrangling her three sons, kicking back and watching Netflix.


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