Dr. Nina was born in Chicago, raised in San Francisco and has lived in Houston since 1980. She earned her DDS at the University of Texas Dental Branch, Houston in 1995 and has been in practice in the area since 1997. She makes sure to stay current with the latest in continuing education courses. Dr. Nina always strives to provide the best possible care for her patients, maintain a well-run office and have a happy team. She believes that honesty creates trust between her and her patients and finds it gratifying to see a beautiful smile on a patient’s face or to see a patient experiencing relief from pain. Dr. Nina has three daughters: Ayesha, who studies at UT Dallas, Fatima, who is at UT Austin and Maryam, who is currently at Texas Tech. In her spare time, Dr. Nina enjoys reading. In particular, she enjoys books about the history of England, Scotland and Rome. She likes to meet up with friends and relax over coffee, and she loves to spend time with her family. He parents live close to her, and she has four sisters and five nephews, with two nieces on the way.
A native of New Orleans, LA, Dr. Baratta was lucky enough to be adopted by Texas during his high school years. After graduating from Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, he moved on to Texas A&M University where he balanced predental coursework with competing for a nationally competitive rugby squad. He then returned to receive his DDS from the University of Texas at Houston, where he first became interested in dental implantology and prosthetics.
This interest led Dr. Baratta to complete an Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at the Foundry Dental Center in Birmingham, AL, where he trained alongside the south’s leading experts in the field of implant surgery and restoration. During this time, he served as an instructor for Precision Dental Implants, mentoring general dentists in advanced grafting surgeries and placement of dental implants. Dr. Baratta feels strongly that his role as an instructor reinforces his surgical skills and allows him to better serve his own patients.
A lifetime dentalphobe himself, Dr. Baratta has received specialized training in sedation techniques, including IV sedation in order to provide access to care to even the most nervous patients. He understands that many people who avoid the dentist do so because of anxiety issues and prides himself on being able to empathize and be a gateway to care for anxious patients.
Dr. Baratta’s training has given him the ability to work alongside patients and use advanced modalities to affect positive changes in their lives. His warm demeanor and infectious passion are apparent from the moment you meet him. That passion has driven him across the country and into countless classrooms in an effort to be the best provider he can be. His practice philosophy is that of a partnership with the patient, and his skills work in conjunction with a patient’s vision so that they may achieve the patient’s goals in function and aesthetics. He considers himself blessed to be able to work in partnership with his patients every day- he wouldn’t trade dentistry for anything else and is grateful to have found his calling.
In his free time, Dr. Baratta can usually be found at a racetrack instructing aspiring racers on high-performance driving techniques, when he is not traveling the region competing in racing events himself. He is an avid supporter of all things Texas A&M, the New Orleans Saints, and local youth rugby programs.
Dr. Baratta is privileged to be joining the team at Aliana Family Dental and looks forward to working with you and your family to achieve whatever your dental goals may be.
When you walk through our door, you will meet a group of friendly, talented and well-rounded dental professionals in Sugar Land, Texas, with a wide range of skills and talents to help give your family healthy and beautiful smiles. We have children of our own and are very good with our younger patients. We also have team members who speak Spanish to meet the needs of the people in our community. You can get to know our team below or call our office at 281-325-0024 for an appointment at Aliana Family Dental to meet them in person!
Tyn has been a part of Aliana Family Dental since March of 2016. She was part of the first accredited graduating class at Houston Community College. Tyn enjoys taking care of her patients and meeting new people. She appreciates the team environment in our office and likes educating our patients about dental hygiene. She strives for kindness and selflessness in everything she does and applies her knowledge of patient-focused care to her job. She always encourages her coworkers and helps to build a spirit of teamwork.
Tyn is the loving mother of a five-year-old son and is getting ready to celebrate her ten-year anniversary. In her spare time, she enjoys baking and being a master crafter and paper florist. She is also a make-up artist and a licensed cosmetologist.
Azma is a native of the Lonestar State. She was born in Houston and spent most of her childhood in Sugar Land. She now lives in Rosenberg. She has been with Aliana Family Dental since March of 2018. She graduated from Coleman College with an associate degree in applied science in dental hygiene. At our office, Azma has a passion for educating her patients in the importance of oral hygiene and loves making a difference in the oral health of her patients. She loves being a part of the family here with her crazy, silly coworkers who make the job so fun and work so well together.
Azma has been married since 2008 and has two beautiful daughters. She always looks forward to spending time with family and friends, watching movies, working out, and going shopping!
Yessenia joined our team in September of 2017. She is a certified dental assistant and is also certified in CPR and in administering nitrous oxide. At Aliana Family Dental, Yessenia keeps our patients, assistants, hygienists and doctors in the right places at the right times! She loves it when everyone in the office works together to accomplish great things.
Away from work, Yessenia enjoys going to the movies, shopping and participating in as many charity 5Ks as possible.
Karen joined the Aliana Family Dental team in 2018. She enjoys interacting with our patients (especially kids) and making them feel comfortable and at ease during their visits. She loves making her patients laugh and brings a positive attitude and friendly spirit with her to the office.
Karen is the proud mother of three children, and in her spare time she enjoys running and working out.
Kyle joined Aliana Family Dental in 2018. He builds relationships between our office and our patients and works hard to find ways to make treatment affordable for our clients. He enjoys the sense of family and comradery between our team members and our patients and loves meeting new people. Kyle finds that helping people is one of the best parts of working in the dental field. Kyle plays multiple instruments and participates in marathons. He also enjoys an active faith life.
Monica has been a part of Aliana Family Dental since July of 2015. She loves working with a great team to help our patients enjoy great oral health and be happy. Monica schedules our patients’ appointments, answers their questions, verifies their insurance and provides accurate estimates for treatment costs. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies.