Smile Specialists was founded in an effort to provide high-quality prosthodontics and cosmetic dentistry to the residents of the San Antonio and Austin areas. Using integrity, honesty and unwavering care as the foundation of our practice.
Prosthodontists are specifically trained and educated, surpassing the skills and craftsmanship of general dentists and are able to deliver long-lasting, healthy results for even the most compromised smile.
Recognized for our expertise, we are members in good standing of the:
- American Dental Association
- Texas Dental Association
- River District Dental Society
- American College of Prosthodontists
- American Association of Maxillofacial Prosthodontists
It is our mission to be your trustworthy resource for five-star cosmetic dentistry, from general care to full-mouth restoration, dental implants and orthodontics. Hand-selected from among the local industry’s best, our team represents our core values by focusing on individualized care that places the comfort of our patients above all else.
Dr. Walter D. Thames, DDS, MS
Dr. Walter D. Thames was born and raised in Abilene, Texas. In 1999, he married his college sweetheart. They have built their lives together with three incredible children, daughter Avery, son Josiah, and youngest son Gideon. He loves being able to share his life with such wonderful and supportive people.
Dr. Thames grew up under challenging circumstances that pushed his work ethic and drive to the extreme. In 1997, he graduated from Abilene High School with multiple honors. In 2001, he subsequently graduated from Angelo State University Magna Cum Laude. He started dental school in 2006. It was also at this time He decided to join the United States Navy to serve our great country. He graduated with honors from The University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston (which has subsequently changed names to The University of Texas School of Dentistry) in 2010. In a rare occurrence, during his third year, he was accepted directly into the highly rated and extremely demanding prosthodontics residency program at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School in Bethesda, MD. During his residency, he completed research and a thesis to obtain his Master’s of Science degree in Oral Biology. He graduated in 2013 with a Certificate in Prosthodontics. He has completed half of the requirements for board certification and expects to complete board certification soon. In June of 2018, he completed the requirements for certification to administer Conscious Sedation under IV administration to allow patients to complete treatment in the most relaxed state possible.
After graduating, Dr. Thames served as Department Head of Prosthodontics, as well as Specialty Command Consultant and Command Lab Consultant while serving the sailors, marines, and their families stationed on Okinawa, Japan for three years. After being assigned to Sewell’s Point Dental Clinic at Naval Station Norfolk in 2016 he realized it was time to move on from the Navy and requested an honorable discharge which was accepted and separated from the Navy on August 15, 2017 as a Lieutenant Commander.
Dr. Thames loves his profession and cannot wait to see the incredible opportunities that will be available in the civilian sector. “It doesn’t matter if serving on active duty or not, whenever you deliver dental restorations that change a person’s life, it touches you. It makes all of the hard work worth it. All patients require respect and special attention but unfortunately not all patients receive them.” Dr. Thames continues, “I will strive to deliver the absolute best possible care because everyone deserves that.”
Dr. Thames is an amateur artist who might display some of his special creations around the clinics. His daughter is following in his artistic footprints and loves drawing and digital art. She is in the Steele High School Band where she is the Tuba section leader and Fridays nights in the Fall find her proudly supporting the Steele Knight football team. Josiah is a percussionists and his favorite instruments to play are the steel drums. He has tried baseball and basketball but has found his passion in football. Gideon is an amazing little swimmer. He is on the Schertz Stingrays swim team and is excited that he is finally old enough to race.
Chris Johnson Dental Assistant, Team Lead
Chris was born in Kazakhstan and raised in Germany. She started dental assistant and hygiene school early at the age of 17. She graduated in 2009 as a dental assistant and a dental hygienist with a Bachelor’s of Dentistry in Wiesbaden. She worked in a large dental facility and continued to go to school. In 2012 she obtained her Physician Assistant Degree Specialized in Maxillofacial and Reconstructive Surgery. She trained dental assistants and surgery technicians in Wiesbaden Germany and relocated to the US in 2016.
Chris wants to change her patients’ lives for the better, and she loves to see people smile. By way of working at Smile Specialists, she’s proud to accomplish such a task.
Fun Facts: Chris can speak 4 languages fluently, loves her family and has a slight addiction to cake.