I guess I was kind of a weird kid; I loved going to the dentist. I had a great dentist growing up, his name was Chris Cornman back in Austin, Texas. He just opened up his doors and allowed me to come in and check out and see what dentistry's all about. It's such a neat profession really just because it has so many different facets to it. There's not very many professions out there or careers out there where you can put together health, you can put together engineering, artistry, just the ability to be able to help an individual out, make a positive influence on somebody's life. Just looking for those opportunities in dentistry to be a positive influence and to have that opportunity is just part of the reason why I dove right in. It's just a great career, I absolutely love it. I love doing what I do each and every day. I mean there are hard days in any profession, but I mean I just get up in the morning and I really enjoy going to work.
Probably the most rewarding thing would be taking someone who has had a bad experience in dentistry, and there's a lot of people out there that have had that experience and it only takes once. It only takes one bad experience for somebody for them to really have a difficult time getting confidence back into taking care of their oral health in the dental office. So I enjoy, it's kind of a challenge, but I enjoy taking someone who has had extreme dental fear and phobia and bringing them back to the right side of dentistry to where slowly we progress them back into being confident and comfortable and happy and excited to be going back into the dental office so that they can then be confident to take care of themselves. It's probably the most rewarding aspect of dentistry is just psychologically being able to help somebody work through that. Dentists aren't just people working in your mouth, I'm not just like an engineer or artist in your mouth. What we are is we are someone who is like a counselor as well, trying to help people through that fear. So I love doing that.
A native of Austin, Texas, Dr. Christopher Read attended Henderson State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and was a four-year National All-American swimmer. Dr. Read went on to earn his dental degree from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas where he received numerous awards in cosmetic dentistry with a focus in prosthodontics. He was the recipient of the prestigious American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Award.
Dr. Read is a member of the American Dental Association and was trained under both OCO Biomedical and Zimmer Dental Division in advanced dental implants. Like Dr. Parker and Dr. Nickolas, he is a certified provider of Invisalign and Six Month Smiles orthodontics. Additionally, Dr. Read is a certified Lumineers provider to help our patients create the smiles of their dreams.
Dr. Read met his wife, Tara, at a swim team summer league while they were both in middle school, and they’ve been together ever since. Married in 2005, they have four beautiful, outgoing children: Emma, Owen, Eli, and Austin.
He and his family are active members of their local church, Houston’s First Baptist, where they serve as small group leaders of their Life Bible Study group called Saved 2 Serve. Dr. Read is also involved in an ongoing local mission called Men:Serve, which mobilizes teams of men throughout Houston to serve widows.
A sports fan, Dr. Read follows the University of Texas football team and is a die-hard Longhorn. He enjoys spending time with his family, cycling, kayak fishing, and beekeeping.