Karen is a Texas girl, born in San Antonio, who proudly loves her Fort Worth living. Karen brings over 25 years of oral surgery and periodontal experience to Dr. Laborde and his patients. She is currently a certified dental assistant with knowledge of all facets of insurance, marketing, billing, and case presentation.
She is still excited and smiling each day to put patients at ease and make every visit a positive experience. Karen says, "Sometimes all someone needs is a smile to help them get through a hard day. Dentistry gives people beautiful smiles!" When she's not working, Karen is a "foodie" who likes to visit outdoor restaurants and wineries. She loves her Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys and says she's obsessed with English cottage gardening.
Kristen moved to Texas from Nebraska in August of 2016. She and her husband, Jay, have two grown children and are enjoying being empty nesters. Kristen started in dentistry in 2012 and worked in orthodontic and pediatric offices before joining Dr. Laborde's team. Kristen says that she loves being the face of the office and greeting people as they arrive. "I enjoy getting to know the patients, love all of the employees and Dr. Laborde!" When not working, Kristen enjoys travelling, watching sports, riding her Harley, and spending time with family and friends.
Judy is originally from Dallas and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. She attended UNT in Denton before attending and graduating from Baylor Caruth School of Dental Hygiene. She has worked in periodontal practices in Texas, California and New Mexico. When asked about her work, Judy says “I totally enjoy interacting with patients and helping them achieve their goals regarding oral health, even if it’s more my goal than theirs. I have had the privilege of treating many of the same patients for over 30 years and I now consider them to be some of my best friends, plus they continue to provide a wealth of information in so many ways.” Outside of the office Judy most enjoys working/playing in her yard. She is involved with her seven grandchildren (very involved with 17 year old Megan who lives with her). She tries to get to a yoga class as often as possible and walk when there’s a little time. She visits Sante Fe at least once a year and never passes on an unexpected trip. She also remains close friends with her neighbors in spite of her four “yappy” Papillons!
Cheryl grew up in Cisco, Texas, and has been married to her husband for 27 years. She graduated from Tarrant County College Dental Hygiene School in 1997. She feels very blessed to have a career that she truly loves. She enjoys getting to know her patients and discovering ways to help them have a healthy smile. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her children Sean and Autumn. She also enjoys camping, swimming, gardening, and reading.
Trudy has lived in Fort Worth most of her life. She has been married to her husband, Terry, since 2006. They have one son, Ty, and are recently adopted their baby girl, Leah. Trudy has been in the dental field since 2015, after graduating from the Texas Academy of Dental Assisting. She likes being a dental assistant because she enjoys the interactions with patients. She says that she likes to help patients if they are nervous and enjoys seeing how happy they are with their final results. Trudy says, “I also love being part of a great team.” Outside of the office, she enjoys having get-togethers with family and friends, going to Six Flags, swimming, and camping.