Meet Our Team

Justine Turla


Dr. Justine Anne Turla is dedicated to providing you with caring, quality dental care. She recieved her undergraduate degree with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She was born and raised in Southern California and grew up with a family of dentists including her father and twin sister.

She is a member of the American Dental Association and Texas Dental Association. In her spare time, she enjoys interior decorating, gardening and spending time with her rescue poodle mix, Milo.

Dr. Turla’s main goal is to provide patients with a warm and nurturing environment where patients can learn about all their treatment options and get quality dental treatment. Together you can expect outstanding comprehensive care for all your dental needs.

“With me, you will always feel welcome, and treated with the utmost respect and compassion. My goal is to create beautiful smiles with a gentle touch. I treat every patient as if they were my family.”
– Dr. Justine Turla

Thomas M Pham


Dr. Thomas M. Pham is a graduate of University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine, where he met his wife, Dr. Turla. He grew up in Salt Lake City Utah and has been practicing in Clovis, New Mexico since graduating from dental school. Dr. Pham decided to make Corpus Christi his new home because of the beautiful ocean and the friendly people. He loves fishing at heart so it is natural for him to relocate to Corpus Christi for the great out doors and ocean life.

Dr. Pham’s main goal is to provide top notch dental care using modern day techniques. He focuses on different areas of dentistry, from cosmetic and restorative dentistry to surgical treatments, root canal treatments and implants placement.

Dr. Pham’s approach to your treatment starts with patiently listening to you. Then, after a complete and thorough examination, he reviews and discusses the diagnosis and treatment options with you.

I am grateful for the opportunity to take care of the great people of Corpus Christi, please give me a chance to be your trustworthy friendly neighborhood dentist .”
– Dr. Thomas M. Pham

Shanta Veeramachaneni


Dr. Shanta Veeramachaneni (Dr. V) was born in India and grew up in Michigan, she moved to Texas while in high school and has been here ever since. Dr. V graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University and completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Dentistry, one of the top ten dental schools in the nation. 
Dr. V is a member of the ADA, TDA and Academy of General Dentistry; she is committed to her goal of continued lifelong learning. 
Dr. V has learned that spending the extra time with patients to teach them and help them understand their dental care makes the trip to the dental office more comfortable and reduces their fear of the dental office.  She strives to make each appointment a fun and welcoming experience. 
Dr. V enjoys doing puzzles, hiking and gardening. She is an avid Aggie fan so make sure you come to the clinic and give her a thumbs up and “gig em!”
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Alexis Tello


Alexis was born and raised in Corpus Christi Texas. She graduated with honors at Del Mar College where she pursued her Degree in Dental Hygiene. She is very passionate about Dental Hygiene and has made Gentle Dental Spa her professional home. Alexis interest in working in general dentistry is because she always wanted to help people and create beautiful, healthy smiles. Alexis has done exactly that since being a member of our team at Gentle Dental Spa. Alexis is quick to make patients feel at ease by building confidence, trust, and friendship with each patient. Her understanding nature makes it easy for patients to feel comfortable. Alexis is newly married and has an adorable Yorkie named Zoe. In her spare time she enjoys going on movie dates with her husband as well as spending time outdoors bike riding and playing tennis. Something unique about Alexis is her laugh. She has this special contagious laugh that radiates throughout Gentle Dental Spa