Our Team

Our northwest Austin dental practice understands that its first priority is you, the patient. Our staff’s friendly nature and attention to customer service is our way of showing our appreciation for your business. Learn some more about our staff members here, and we look forward to getting to know you at your appointment as well.



Kelly Cates Office ManagerKelly Cates, Office Manager

Kelly has over 18 years of experience with anything and everything that has to do with running a dental practice. From explaining and scheduling treatment to billing and maximizing patients’ insurance benefits, Kelly can do it all. If you have questions, comments, or concerns, Kelly will help you get the answers you need.

A wife and mother of 2 precious girls, Kelly stays pretty busy, but when she can, she tries to find time to go 4 wheelin’ with family and friends!

Ashley Kaysen - Dental Assistant
Ashley Kaysen, Front Desk and Dental Assistant

Ashley has worked in dentistry for about ten years. She will assist you at your dental visit from start to finish, and she can answer most any question about your treatment! Her training includes CPR, Dental Radiation and Safety techniques, and ongoing continuing education in the field of dentistry. Ashley was born and raised in California and recently moved to Austin to experience the wide variety of live music and friendly people. Ashley loves animals and enjoys being outdoors and reading.

Cara Matson, Treatment Coordinator

Cara is originally from DeLand, Florida and has worked in the dental field since high school. She attended Florida State University where she majored in Music and Biology Education. After a few years of teaching, she took time off to be a stay at home mom and travel the US with her husband. She really missed working in dentistry. Filled with a desire to learn more, she attended dental assisting school in 2014. She spent a few years working as an RDA before coming to Pecan Park Family Dentistry as our Treatment Coordinator. Cara thoroughly enjoys helping patients achieve optimum oral health and is available to assist you with any you need! When she’s not at work, you can find her playing piano, reading, & spending time with her two boys, Jay and David, and her husband, Jacob.


Chelsey Longnecker, Dental Hygienist

Chelsey has been working as a dental hygienist since 2013 and believes it is her true calling. Originally from El Paso, TX, she attended Texas State University and was also awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing before returning to school to study dental hygiene. She is passionate about helping people, and she strives to make your visit to the dentist a positive experience. Chelsey loves the preventive aspect of dental hygiene and working with patients of all ages to get them excited about their oral health. In her free time, Chelsey enjoys spending time with her dog, Abbey, being outdoors, and traveling.


Erica Sims, Dental Hygienist

Erica was born in a small town in West Texas, and she was raised in her family’s restaurant where she learned all about hard work and customer service. Most importantly, she learned how we are put on this Earth to serve one another. She loves being a hygienist! She believes that a person’s smile can change lives including their own. Erica most enjoys cheering on her patients not only in their dental care but also in their own life journey. When not in the office you can find her teaching her two boys, enjoying life with my husband of 13 years, or cuddled up with their dogs, Bear and Ino. Her hobbies include reading, art, photography, and watching movies, especially classics.


Renate Edwards - Dental AssistantRenate Edwards, Insurance Coordinator

Renate is originally from Germany. She moved to the US in 1992 with her husband and daughter. She loves to spend time with her two granddaughters and grandson (who call her Oma!). On weekends, you can find Renate riding her Harley through the beautiful Texas Hill Country.

Idalisha Giles, Dental Assistant

Idalisha was born in South Carolina and moved to Texas with her family through the military. Idalisha has worked in the dental field since 2006 and loves being a dental assistant. She enjoys helping patients restore their confidence and health through their smiles. Making sure all patients’ voices are heard and that they have the best dental experience possible is one of her priorities. She is currently continuing her education in the dental field and loves learning. In her spare time, she enjoys basketball games, traveling, music, eating, and spending time with her loved ones (especially her nephews, niece, and 12 God children & counting).