Our Guiding Principals
We deliver outstanding dentistry while caring for our patients just as we would ourselves in a safe and comfy setting. We invest in lifelong relationships by earning our patients’ trust and confidence. Since 1976, our reputation for honesty, integrity, and open communication has established the dental office of Dr. Larry Franks as a respected name in the Harlingen community.
Dr. Larry Franks, Harlingen Dentist
Dr. Franks earned his DDS from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. His undergraduate work was completed at Texas A&M University in College Station. Having grown up in the Rio Grande Valley, he returned to establish his private, family dental practice in Harlingen in 1976.
Dr. Franks was awarded the honor of Fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry and has also been presented with the prestigious Kenneth D. Rudd award for the professional achievement of participating in more than 400 hours of continuing education. His many additional hours of studies set him apart as a well-respected dentist in the Harlingen and greater Texas area.
He is a member of the Christian Fellowship Church, and he and his wife, Beverly, have two married daughters. They are proud grandparents of five, as well.
Beverly Franks, Office Supervisor
Beverly has worked in dentistry since opening a practice with Dr. Franks about 30 years ago. She graduated from Lyford High, then earned her degree in Elementary Education from Southwest Texas State College. While Dr. Franks attended dental school, Beverly taught middle school. She enjoys working in our office, supporting her husband and our staff.
The Franks have two married daughters, four grandsons, one granddaughter and they’re proud of all of them! When the office is closed, Beverly enjoys time with her family and Bible study. She feels immensely blessed to be part of our office, our team, and our patients’ lives.
Veronica Serna, Dental Hygienist
After graduating from TSTC with her dental hygiene degree, Veronica joined our team in 2003. She currently holds membership in the Rio Grande Valley Dental Hygiene Association and the Dental Hygiene/Dental Assisting Advisory Board for TSTC. Veronica enjoys our team and the homey ambiance in the office.
She also finds great personal fulfillment making our anxious patients comfortable and does an excellent job with their dental care. Veronica is married, and she has three sons. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, making crafts, and volunteering.
Monika Seguda, Dental Hygienist
In 2002 Monika graduated with honors in the top five percent of her class at Texas State Technical College. She has been on our team since 2008, and patients love her. Monika counts it a privilege to help people understand the importance of dental health to overall health.
Training patients to take good care of their teeth with daily hygiene and regular dental visits is all in a day’s work for Monika. Her greatest reward comes when a patient attains and maintains a strong, healthy, beautiful smile that will last for years to come. In her spare time, Monika spends time with her family and studying the Bible.
Vanessa Garza, Dental Assistant
Vanessa graduated from San Antonio College of Dental Assisting in 2004 and has worked as a dental assistant for over 7 years. Having a thorough knowledge of dentistry, she is now working as our receptionist using her dental expertise to give one-on-one time to each of our patients helping them with their appointment times, taking care of their insurance, and answering any questions they may have about their treatment.
She loves spending time with our patients and receives great satisfaction in helping our patients achieve what they want when it comes to their oral health. She and her husband are proud parents of three children. The family enjoys football, movies, and working around the house.
Yvana Ramirez, Dental Assistant
Yvana attended TSTC before graduating from South Texas VoTech. She loves being a trusted healthcare adviser in her patients’ lives, assisting Dr. Franks during procedures, and making people feel welcomed and comfortable in our office.
Yvana respects each of our patients as a treasured guest and an individual. She and her husband have two young daughters, and Yvana enjoys photography and music in her spare time.
Rachel, Dental Assistant
As the newest addition to our team, Rachel has 15 years of experience in the dental field. She graduated from San Antonio College of Dental Assisting. Throughout her dental career, she has taken and attended numerous dental courses, one of which included the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, focusing on cosmetic dentistry.
Rachel has a high level of commitment to patient care and our patients love the attention and care that she gives. She and her husband have two daughters and enjoy family time. Rachel enjoys listening to music, baking, and fishing.
Bonnie, Dental Assistant
Bonnie graduated from South Texas VoTech in 2011 and joined our team after doing an externship here in our office. She enjoys assisting our patients and has been a great asset in helping with our complimentary hand wax massage. She says it makes her day when she sees our patients leave happy and satisfied.
She is a proud parent of three children and enjoys spending her “off work” time with them. She also enjoys spending her quiet time with her “someone special” watching movies and eating popcorn!