About Our Practice


Crescent Dental was founded in September of 2011. Our first location was opened in Seguin, Texas to a warm reception to the community. Our San Marcos location then opened at the beginning of 2012. In July of 2016, we have finally grown and are now operating in Lockhart, Texas!

We have built these practices to create a family-friendly environment with no descrimination of age. We begin seeing patients from 6 months old and thrive on taking care of the whole family. Oral hygiene is a family practice and we understand that. Starting from an early age, with parent education, we work to prevent oral problems before they have a chance to arise.

Crescent Dental has also made a strong effort to ingrain ourselves in our local communities by promoting oral health awareness. We are constantly trying to find local events and health fairs to participate in where we can help everyone gain a little further understanding about the state of their mouths. We want to be more than just your dental office, but to be apart of your community!

Our doctors provide a gentle experience for patients of all ages. It does not matter if this is your first visit to the dentist or a seasoned veteran, we will do the best we can to provide an experience second to none.

Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Paul Shahwan

General Dentistry

Dr. Paul Shahwan is the founder of Crescent Dental. He was born and raised in Arlington, Texas. After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Arlington, he attended Baylor Colege of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas where he earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery.

In 2011, he and his wife moved down to New Braunfels bringing with them their three kids - a German Shepherd named Heidi, English Bulldog named Monkey and Great Dane named Wolf. In August 2013, they welcomed their first human child to add to the growing family and, again, added to the pack in 2016. Dr. Shahwan is always looking for ways to get involved in the community and has made a habit of helping Boys Scouts earn their merit badges in Dentistry!

During his downtime, Dr. Shahwan is always looking for a new project. Remodeling projects, building furniture, creating websites...there is always something to occupy his time. It's probably because he watches the DIY Network too much.

Dr. Jennifer Chau

General Dentistry

As a Texas native, Dr. Jennifer Chau grew up in Dallas. A true child of DFW, Jennifer keeps a close eye on her Texas sports teams. Rangers,
Cowboys, and yes, Mavericks, Dr. Chau is still trying to figure out how to cope with life, living in Spurs territory.

She graduated from University of Texas Arlington with a Masters in Healthcare Administration and then moved on to UT Health Science Center - San Antonio, earning her DDS degree. From The Walking Dead, Friends, Despicable Me to Fast and Furious, Dr. Chau keeps a wide taste in entertainment.

When she is not spending her time "drillin and fillin", Dr. Chau tries to stay active in the community. She's been on mission trips to Honduras and Vietnam, helped with Habitat for Humanity, The Ronald McDonald house and Haven for Hope. Traveling, spending precious moments with her pup, Jaxon, Dr. Chau keeps her life balanced and peaceful.

Dr. Afshan Miri

General Dentistry

Dr. Afshan Miri joined the Crescent team in 2015. Born and raised in Austin, he attended UT where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and it is safe to say that he bleeds burnt orange.  After he received his DDS degree from Univeristy of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston, he came back home to begin his career. There is no intent to ever leave Austin.

With a very large Hispanic family on his mother’s side in Austin, holidays are always an eventful time. Although he rarely gets to visit his Persian side of the family in Iran, he is always looking for the opportunity to see them.

Dr. Miri leads a very active lifestyle.  While he can no longer play Lacrosse, because you cannot do dentistry with broken fingers, Dr. Miri enjoys playing soccer in his downtime. An avid sports fan, the Texas teams keep his attention – Longhorns, Cowboys, Spurs and Rangers! If he is not involved with sports or eating any fried foods he can find, Dr. Miri is probably playing Xbox or spending time with his family!

Dr. Yazmin Miranda

General Dentistry

Dr. Yazmin Miranda received her undergraduate Biology degree from Bayamon Central University and went on to receive her D.M.D degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She also completed a two-year AEGD Residency with NYU Lutheran Medical Center before moving to Texas in the summer of 2016. Dr. Miranda always had an interest in smiles and entered the world of dentistry as an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant 13 years ago. She made it her goal to finish her career as a general dentist and she’s excited to get started with Crescent Dental!

Dr. Miranda is very excited to see what Texas has to offer and is really enjoying her time in Central Texas. When Dr. Miranda isn’t working, you might find her watching Netflix, traveling, going to the movies or spending time with her friends and family.

Dr. Lindsey Jaros

General Dentistry

Dr. Lindsey Jaros was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio as the oldest of three girls. She primarily became a dentist to make people happy by boosting their confidence through their smile and is excited to do so at Crescent Dental & Orthodontics!

After receiving her Bachelors in Zoology from Miami University in Oxford Ohio, she received her dental degree from University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. She then practiced in Ohio for a period before making the trip down south.

When it comes to food, coffee and deserts are always at the top of Lindsey’s list but tacos and barbeque are in a close second. Although Lockhart is different from anywhere she has lived before, she could have not picked a better place to be!

While it’s nice to enjoy the fine things in life, Dr. Jaros has made it a point to spend her time seeing the world. She recently spent a month exploring Europe, finding Switzerland and Austria to be some her favorite places to visit.

When she is not a work, you might find Dr. Jaros spending time outdoors, going for a bike rides, hiking or going for runs with her miniature Australian Shepherd, Colby.

Dr. Jeffery Schaefer

Orthodontics

Dr. Jeffery Schaefer has a true passion for orthodontics. After having an enjoyable
orthodontic experience himself, Dr. Schaefer wanted to share that experience with others and ensure other people have a wonderful orthodontic experience as well. Dr. Schaefer graduated from Texas A&M University as an Industrial Engineer, and was then accepted to University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. Since starting his orthodontic career, he has completed over 1500 cases.

Both Dr. Schaefer and his wife work in the dental field; his wife Diana is a dental
hygienist. They both love helping their community the best way they know how, through their smile . As of August 2015, Dr. Schaefer and his wife welcomed their first child, Noah and in December 2016, little Leah joined them. They also have a wonderful puppy named Oliver that completes their growing family.

When not in the office, Dr. Schaefer enjoys traveling and is an avid swimmer and runner. He is excited to build great smiles for all of his patients, and ensure they have a superb orthodontic experience.

Meet Our Staff

Lindsey Bunch

Director of Operations

Lindsey joined the Crescent Dental team in March of 2014. Born and raised a West Texas girl from Snyder, she moved to Austin 14 years ago to experience "city life". She can now consider herself an Austin-ite. Hiking, Barton Springs Pool, wine tastings, Austin is the perfect city for Lindsey to keep her cultured.

Living an active lifestyle with Tucker, her Great Dane/Coonhound mix, Lindsey is what us normal people consider a true athlete. Whether it is a marathon, a triatholon or a 200 mile cycling race, Lindsey is constantly training to push her endurance to its max. In November 2015, she completed her first Half Ironman Triathlon! You only have to swim 1.2 miles, then ride 56 miles on your bike and simply finish it up with a 13.1 mile jog! The next step - Ironman!

While Costa Rica is her favorite place to travel to, Lindsey tries to get out of the country at least once a year.

Kayla Ramirez

Office Manager - Seguin & San Marcos

A proud member of the Crescent family since 2012, Kayla grew up right around the corner in San Antonio! Now living in New Braunfels with her son, Kayson, she refuses to let go of her roots as a San Antonio Spurs fan. Unsure of how true this is, Kayla claims to be Cory Joesph's (#5) BIGGEST fan! When she's not keeping up with Cory Joseph and the Spurs, Kayla considers herself a Chinese food connoisseur and enjoys watching movies with her son.

Hector Chavez

Office Manager - Lockhart

Originally born in El Paso, Texas, Hector grew up in Albany, Georgia before moving back.  Originating from the Tigua Tribe, Hector is truly of Native American Descent. He attended the University of Texas at El Paso and has been active in the Mexico Ballet Folklorico.  From 2010-2013, he actually received the Folklorico Instructor of the Year Award! Make sure to ask to see some moves next time you see him! Acting as the U.S. Ambassador for the University of Colima, Hector also was involved in the Partners in Education for the Socorro Independent School District in El Paso.


Hector moved to San Marcos, Texas in 2015 with his two lovable bulldogs, Angus and Chibs. Aside from 2-stepping and roping on the horses, you may see him around on his Harley around Lockhart or San Marcos. Hector is always looking for a challenge and continues to grow with our Crescent family!

Alejandra Alvarez

Orthodontic Manager

Alejandra has been with our team since 2015. As our Orthodontic Manager, she has helped our program grow tremendously with Dr. Schaefer.

Originally from Laredo, Texas, she attended Laredo Community College and has been in the dental field for about 4 years now. She has spent time helping out in the community, working with the Teleton Foundation, which focuses on helping children with mental disabilities, and Operation Lone Star, which brings free medical services to communities.

Alejandra spends a lot of time with her younger brother and has 2 kids “of 4 paws” – a Cocker Spaniel named Lukas and a French Bulldog named Sansa (possibly Game of Thrones related…maybe not…?) Travelling to the beautiful beaches of Cancun, spending time with the kids or just enjoying all that Austin has to offer, she always does it with a smile on her face!

Our Dental Team

 

Our Ortho Team