Dr. Kerry Nelson
Dr. Nelson is a native of Texas with a background rooted in dentistry. By the time he turned five, he knew that he wanted to be a dentist. His passion for the field continued throughout his high school years as he began working in a dental laboratory, focusing on crowns and bridges. Following his college graduation, he became a research coordinator on multiple clinical research studies, which focused strongly on cancers of the head and neck.
In 2001, Dr. Nelson graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center with honors where he continued to research cancers of the mouth. He has been practicing general dentistry for the past ten years and has been with Westlakes Family Dental since 2003.
Dr. Nelson’s active involvements and memberships include the San Antonio District Dental Society, the Texas Dental Association, the American Dental Association, the Texas Academy of General Dentistry and the Christian Medical and Dental Association as a council chair.
Dr. Kevin Sandefer
Dr. Sandefer was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley but is proud to call San Antonio his new home. He is eager to serve his new community and is also a fluent speaker of Spanish, which enables a broader range of communication with our patients.
His love for dentistry developed as an undergraduate student of Texas A&M University and, due to this passion, Dr. Sandefer later attended the University of Texas Health Science Center. Upon graduation, he returned to the Rio Grande Valley where he began his dental career. Soon after, he was named as the Dental Director of a high-volume community health center.
After five years of practicing, Dr. Sandefer chose to pursue a one-year residency in Advanced General Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. During that time, he underwent extensive training in intravenous sedation, esthetic dentistry, conscious sedation, the surgical placement of implants and much more. Dr. Sandefer has been an outstanding addition to Westlakes Family Dental and is a great match with his caring and compassionate treatment of all patients.
Dr. Derrick Lin
Dr. Lin was born and raised in Texas. When he was in the fourth-grade, he was asked, “What do you want to be when you grow-up?” Dr. Lin responded, “ I want to become a Dentist,” not fully understanding his answer at the time. However, his passion for dentistry grew while he was in Austin receiving his Bachelor of Science at the University of Texas. It was then Dr. Lin realized that becoming a Dentist was the perfect combination between working with his hands and serving others. Dr. Lin went on to study dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.
While in dental school, Dr. Lin spent most of his free-time volunteering as a student dentist on various mission trips to the South-Texas border, at the San Antonio Refugee Health Clinic, at the Dental School’s geriatric clinic, etc. Even while not acting as a dentist, Dr. Lin chooses to stay involved in the community by serving in out-reach organization such as Habitat for Humanity.
Dr. Lin enjoys all aspects of general and esthetic dentistry and strives to provide excellent evidence-based dental care. He is a member of the San Antonio District Dental Society, the Texas Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and Christian Medical and Dental Association.