Meet Dr. Russell R. Hilliard
About Dr. Hilliard
I love my life in dentistry because it allows me to help others. I get great satisfaction from the challenges of the field and have a passion to help those who are fearful of the dentist to become comfortable in our office. I am committed to providing personalized care by starting from your needs and applying the latest techniques to get the result you're looking for. The most rewarding patient relationships for me are those where the patient is so inspired by the transformative dental care they receive in our office that they become a kind of missionary for excellent dental health.
I am an advocate for long-term health in our patients. Improved dental care and patient education are key to this. I'm not into lecturing with any "you must" instructions. Rather, I believe in explaining what is important and why. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing a patient's expression brighten up as he or she smiles and sees beautiful teeth in the mirror.
Through my career dentistry has evolved from treating individual teeth to treating the whole person. Many systemic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, some forms of cancer, and numerous other conditions have possible links to dental health. My goal is to help you attain not only the smile you desire, but also a healthy lifestyle.
Education and Continuing Education
I have always had an interest in the sciences and realized that I could use this to serve others in the field of healthcare. I graduated from Texas Tech University with my undergraduate degree in chemistry and continued on to receive my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Dental School at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.
I have continued to broaden my knowledge and sharpen my skills through postgraduate courses. I have taken part in numerous continuing education courses, focusing on those that would help me improve the care I provide through functional and aesthetic dentistry, as well as those concentrated on treating jaw problems, facial pain, and headaches in relation to your oral health. In 1990, I received my Fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry.
With the numerous technological developments and new skills to be mastered, I have found it worthwhile to take up involvement with numerous professional organizations. I am constantly seeking new information through lectures, reading, and study. It is great when I can apply new developments and findings to improve patient treatments.
- American Dental Association
- Greater Houston Dental Society
- American Academy of Operative Dentistry
Beyond The Office
A native Houston resident, I have spent my entire life here except for the four years I spent at Texas Tech. My family moved here in 1960 when much of the Westbury area was under construction. My wife and I are lucky to have fallen for each other while in Junior High School. Though married since 1973, we still celebrate our "Going Steady" anniversary too. We are proud of our only son, now an adult, and are active in many church activities. I have also served as a board of the Central Texas Leadership Training for Christ for many years.