Meet the Staff

Our staff is dedicated to providing the best possible dental care for you and your family. Each staff member is chosen because of the exceptional level of skill they possess, the positive attitudes they bring to the practice every day, and their ability to make our patients feel welcome and relaxed.

Frances De la Rosa - Office Manager

Frances De la Rosa - Office ManagerFrances was born in Mission, Texas and grew up in McAllen, Texas. Her interest in working in the dental field began in 1998 when she worked both as a Dental Assistant and at the front desk. She has been with Dr. Person’s dental team for nine years. You will find Frances either assisting our patients, on the phone and being a team player, helping our team members. She can also be found up front diligently working on insurance. She considers herself the “Queen of Dental Insurance” and tries her VERY best to maximize dental insurance coverage, and considers it her specialty!

Frances is married to her high school sweetheart, Jason, for 19 years. They have two children, a daughter Deidra and a son Nathan. Deidra is a Senior Varsity soccer player for Memorial High School. Nathan's interests include skateboarding and video games. Frances is currently enrolled in the Vocational Nursing program at RGV Careers where she plans to graduate in September 2016.

Stephanie Gonzalez - Front Desk

Stephanie Gonzalez - Front DeskStephanie was born and raised in Pharr, Texas where she currently resides. Stephanie is the newest member of our dental team and you will see her happy disposition greeting our patients and handling insurance verifications and claims. Stephanie’s passion is helping people and making them feel comfortable, and her ability to do so makes her a great asset to our front desk and office.

Stephanie is a Certified Nursing Assistant and is also currently furthering her education. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends, as well as with her two dogs, Nayla & Oakley. She enjoys going to the gym, hunting and trips to the beach.

Nelda Champion - Registered Dental Assistant

Nelda Champion - Registered Dental AssistantNelda was born in Weslaco Texas, and raised in Progresso, Texas. She began her career as a Dental Assistant in 1980 and is a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA). She has practiced in Pediatric Dentistry for 16 years and in General Dentistry for 15 years and joined Dr. Person’s dental team in 2005. Her sweet nature and caring personality will make you feel at ease!

Her family includes Abel, whom she has been with for 17 years, and her son, Michael. She is a grandmother of four to, Nikki, Tiffany, Michael II, and Matthew. Nelda loves spending time with her family, reading, and exercising.

Eva Tijerina - Registered Dental Assistant

Eva Tijerina - Registered Dental AssistantEva was born in Chicago, IL but considers the valley her home. She has been with Dr. Person's team for 4 years but has over 18 years of experience in the pediatric and general dentistry field. Eva is not only a great assistant to the doctor but also great with our patients as well. Her smile and warm welcome bring ease to our patients in the chair.

Eva is happily married to Saul Tijerina. She has 4 children and 3 grandchildren. Eva enjoys working out to Zumba to keep up with her grandchildren!

Diane Galik Tijerina - Registered Dental Hygienist

Diane Galik Tijerina - Registered Dental HygienistDiane grew up in McAllen, Texas and graduated with a B.S. in English Literature from the University of Texas Pan American in 1986. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene in 1989 from the Caruth School of Dental Hygiene at Baylor College of Dentistry. Diane has practiced in San Francisco, Las Vegas, and joined Dr. Person’s dental team in 2005. As any patient knows, Diane’s personality is quite amiable, and her humor and quick wit will put a smile on your face!

Diane is married to Jaime Tijerina, an attorney and Major in the United States Army Reserve. Diane has a 21 year old daughter, Katie. If she can find a spare moment, she enjoys playing golf, watching movies, and reading.

Chelsea Gossett - Registered Dental Hygienist

Chelsea Gossett - Registered Dental HygienistChelsea is originally from Comfort, Texas, located in the heart of the hill country, but has been residing in McAllen for the past 7 years. Chelsea received her Bachelors in Fashion Design from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio in 2009. Although she enjoys fashion, her interest in dentistry lead her into the dental hygiene program at TSTC in Harlingen. She graduated in 2013 and has thoroughly enjoyed her career as a hygienist. Chelsea has been a great addition to Dr. Person’s dental team and she has enjoyed meeting our wonderful patients.

Chelsea is married to her valley native husband, Hunter Gossett and together they have a 2 year old daughter, Sterling. They enjoy riding horses, going to the ranch, and fishing at South Padre Island.


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