Job Opportunities

Staff Dentist

La Esperanza Clinic is looking for a Dentist to join our team.

Job Summary

The Staff Dentist is responsible for delivery of quality dental care to patients of the Center and functions as a member of the multi-disciplinary health care team within the scope of his or her dental practice.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provide dental services.

    • Maintain dental expertise and competency (to include age specific competency) as well as demonstrate thorough knowledge of procedures to deliver quality primary dental care.

    • Provide dental sessions, as scheduled, in direct patient care at clinic site, including extended hours clinics.

    • Provide services equaling to at least forty (40) hours per week in clinic.

    • Examine, diagnoses, treats and/or refers patients assigned to dentist’s panel, on an in-patient and out-patient basis (as per individual employment agreements)

    • Prescribe pharmaceuticals, other medications, and treatment regimens as appropriate to assessed dental conditions.

    • Refer clients for appropriate specialty care services, lab and x-ray and any other ancillary services that are appropriate for patient’s management and care.

    • Review all lab and x-ray reports for patients under his/her care on a timely basis and makes dental management decisions appropriately.

    • Follow appropriate standards of care for each patient.

    • Provide continuity of care to center patients on his or her patient panel and other patients as assigned, including routine in-patient and nursing home care to center patients.

    • Maintain a problem oriented dental record for each patient seen in accordance with the Center’s established Health Information Management policies and procedures.

    • Lead the oral health care team in identifying, evaluating, and prioritizing patient and family needs to develop a plan of care.

    • Ensure that patient and family/significant others are educated about diagnosis and the plan of care.

    • Act as a resource for facilitating communication when necessary.

    • Participate in specified oral health promotion, education and/or prevention programs as needed

    • Attend and participate in clinic meetings/departmental meetings and other clinic functions as required by the Center.

  2. Provide clinical oversight under the supervision of the Dental Director.

    • Assume responsibility/accountability for delegating, directing, and supervising patient care activities.

    • Train, mentor and supervise students and dental support staff engaged in activities and procedures, as appropriate.

    • Participate in

      • Analysis of community health problems and assists in the development of the community health care plan.

      • Compliance and Performance Improvement activities for continuous quality improvement and risk management purposes.

      • The evaluation of products, procedures, and patient care standards.

      • The review and development of patient care policies, including health maintenance schedules and continuity of care.

      • The review and development of protocols and standing orders.

    • Implement the plans, procedures and protocols for the dental team.

    • Serve as a resource and positive, proactive leader for the department.

    • Accept responsibility for remaining current with oral health care trends and information that impact the dental practice.

    • Provider is responsible for practicing accepted infection control procedures at all times to include attending individual/group infection control training, and to comply with infection control monitoring.

  3. Maintain professional courtesy at all times.

  4. Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Knowledge of

    • Advanced principles of oral health promotion, prevention and motivation

    • Protocols in general and an ability to quickly gain specific knowledge of the Center’s current operational protocols

    • Dental terminology and appropriate abbreviations

  • Demonstrates knowledge of the Texas Dental Practice Act

  • Ability to ​

    • Document, with clarity, all information relevant to a patient’s needs

    • Effectively present information in small group situations to patients, Center staff, and the general public

    • Use office equipment including but not limited to computers, fax machines, telephones and copiers


  • Bilingual in English and Spanish is preferred but not required.

Credentials and Experience


  • Dental degree from an accredited school of dentistry

  • Current unrestricted license from the Texas Board of Dental Examiners to practice as a dentist in the State of Texas

    • Annual continuing education as required by the Texas Board of Dental Examiners

    • Must be registered and have current DEA, DPS and other such certificates to legally operate a practitioner in the State of Texas

    • Hospital privileges at designated area hospitals if required for specialty

  • · Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Healthcare Professionals Certification