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. Iman Rahimi
Born in Kuwait and raised in Dubai, Dr. Rahimi was led to the medical field at an early age. After witnessing her mother’s life become compromised by a deadly scorpion bite and the difference the doctors were able to make, she immediately felt the call to serve in the medical field. She would later earn her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in the UAE. In 2013, Dr. Rahimi’s passion for dentistry led her to move to the United States with the intention of broadening her knowledge in dentistry. She fell in love with Texas and attended a two-year International Dentist Education Program, at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. After obtaining her DDS in the US, she advanced her knowledge and expertise to provide the best care possible to her patients. This dedication led her to attend a one-year Advanced Education Residency in Rochester, NY. Her residency involved intense training in oral surgery, cosmetic dentistry, and comprehensive dental care.
Dr. Rahimi is proud to call Texas home and has returned to San Antonio to serve the community by providing the highest quality of dental care possible. Additionally, she is deeply dedicated and involved in her community through various charities and other community works.
She believes that every individual has a unique journey and takes great pride in being a part of that through dentistry. Dr. Rahimi has learned she will improve lives by instilling confidence, relieving pain, and providing a pleasurable dental experience for those she serves. Her dedication to improving the oral, physical, and mental health of her patients will continue to be the focus of her work.
Many have anxious tendencies about a visit to the dentist, however, Dr. Rahimi has strengthened her quality of care through her friendly demeanor and calming presence. Additionally, her ability to communicate effectively and encourage trust amongst her patients yields positive rapport and relationships.
Dr. Rahimi enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her free time is also spent cooking, jogging, biking, traveling, and serving the community alongside her church through mission trips.
Dr. Ksenia Royal-Priest
Coming from a long line of family members who have dedicated their lives to the medical and dental field, it was never a question for Dr. Royal what career path she would pursue. Following her father, who was a military Doctor, Dr. Royal traveled around the world, experiencing different cultures and learning different languages. She received her dental education in Europe (Ukrainian Dental Academy, 2006) and in the United States (UIC College of Dentistry at Chicago, 2017). She also obtained a Masters in Dentistry.
Dr. Royal brings years of experience, both domestic and abroad, to Westlakes Family Dental. Now settled here, she is proud to call Texas her home and is excited to serve the diverse population of San Antonio. What Dr. Royal loves the most is that through her passion for dentistry she is able to care for and serve people from all walks of life.
Dr. Royal-Priest is an active member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, San Antonio District Dental Society and the Christian Medical and Dental Association.