Meet Our Doctors
Dr. Bret Ibarra
Dr. Bret Ibarra is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. After two years of residency, he obtained his Pediatric Dentistry certificate from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Dental Branch. At that time, he also earned a Master of Science in Dentistry degree. During his pediatric residency, he received extensive clinical and didactic training in treating children with special needs, cosmetic dentistry, and the use of sedations in dentistry. He also has extensive pediatric emergency and trauma training after serving as an on-call pediatric dentist for two years at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. He is certified in both Basic Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.
Dr. Ibarra is involved in numerous dental organizations, which promote research, education, comprehensive quality oral health, and the prevention of dental diseases. Among these are the:
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
- Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Houston Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Greater Houston Dental Society
- Southwestern Society of Pediatric Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- Texas Dental Association
- American Dental Education Association
- Hispanic Dental Association
- Greater Houston Hispanic Dental Association
Dr. Ibarra currently teaches part-time as a Faculty member in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston. He also likes to give back to his community by volunteering with Special Olympics Special Smiles, Give Kids a Smile, and March of Dimes.
Dr. Doug Escue
Dr. Doug Escue grew up in Texas, Japan, Illinois and Hawaii, the son of an air force pilot. He attended high school for the first three years in Lebanon, Illinois. He graduated from Radford High School in Honolulu. He was All-State in both basketball and baseball. Dr. Escue attended the University of Texas, where he also played basketball. He graduated from U.T. with a B.A. degree in 1970. He attended Baylor Dental School in Dallas from 1970-1974. Dr. Escue's pediatric dental residency was accomplished at the U.T. Dental Branch from 1974-1976. He has been practicing pediatric dentistry in southeast Houston since 1976.
Dr. Escue is a member of The American Dental Association, The American Academy of Dentistry, The Houston Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, The Texas Dental Association, The Southwestern Society of Pediatric Dentistry, The Houston Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, The American Orthodontic Society, The American Society of Dentistry for Children and Gnathos.
Dr. Escue married his wife, Patricia, in 1971. They have two children, Kelley and Brad. Kelley graduated from T.C.U. with a degree in special education. Brad is also a graduate of T.C.U. and is currently with the Houston Fire Department. Dr. Escue has two grandsons. Colin was born in May 2004 and Spencer was born in May 2006. Dr. Escue is an avid golfer and still enjoys competing in amateur golf tournaments.
Dr. John Howe
Dr. John Howe was born and raised in a rural farming community in northwest Ohio. Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and proudly served for eight years as a hospital corpsman. He remained in the active reserves for seven years and was recalled to active duty during Desert Storm. He attended college at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He graduated Cum Laude in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry. While attending college, he worked full time as a blood bank technician at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, where he met his beautiful wife.
Dr. Howe attended dental school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio Texas. After graduating in 2001, he remained in San Antonio for three years working as a general dentist with an emphasis on cosmetic and implant dentistry. He then moved to Philadelphia for his pediatric dental training. He completed his residency at Temple Episcopal Hospital in 2006.
Missing the Texas hospitality, Dr. Howe moved to Houston with plans to open his own pediatric dental practice. In the interim, he worked as an associate with three different pediatric dentists. He is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Houston Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, and the Greater Houston Dental Society.
Dr. Howe currently resides in Sienna Plantation with his wife and two cats. He is an avid fan of baseball and college football. During his time off, he enjoys music, movies and video games. He likes bicycling and weight training to keep in shape.
Dr. Leena Moonnumakal
Dr. Leena Moonnumakal (Dr. "Moon") grew up in Orange County California. She attended the University of California at Riverside where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Sociology. She then attended dental school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine where she graduated Cum Laude in 2006. During her time in dental school, Dr. Moon found that she had a love for working with children and upon graduation, chose to continue her dental training at the University of Texas Heath Science Center in Houston, she completed her residency in Pediatric Dentistry, obtained a Masters of Science in Dentistry, and met her future husband Bobby.
Dr. Moon is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, and the Greater Houston Dental Society. Since completing her pediatric dental training, Dr. Moon has practiced in the greater Houston area, and is excited to join the team at Houston Dentistry for Children.
Dr. Moon resides in Houston with her husband Bobby and their two children. While her favorite past time is spending time with her children, she also enjoys travel, movies, music, and reading.
Dr. Adrienne Archidiacono
Dr. Adrienne Archidiacono, known as Dr. A, is a native of Boston, Massachusetts. She attended Northeastern University and went on to earn a masters degree in medical sciences at Boston University Medical School. She earned her dental degree at Boston University School of Dental Medicine. She moved here to complete her pediatric dentistry training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She earned her certificate in pediatric dentistry, as well as a Master of Science in Dentistry degree.
Dr. Archidiacono has extensive training in esthetic pediatric dentistry and stays up to date on most current techniques through continuing education. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Houston Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Greater Houston Dental Society, the American Dental Association, and most importantly, she is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
When Dr. Archidiacono is not here treating patients, you can find her traveling, running marathons, or teaching yoga! She may be a diehard New England Patriots fan, but she is proud to call our warm Texas weather HOME!
Dr. Quynh Tan
Dr. Tan is pleased to join the caring team at Houston Dentistry for Children and she looks forward to helping everyone achieve the smile they always dreamed of!
Dr. Tan grew up in Canada. She received her BS in Chemistry and Mathematics from McGill University. She attained her DDS degree from the University Of Toronto, where she was recipient of numerous awards including the national Eaton Award for Excellence, the provincial Ontario Dental Association Proficiency Award, the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award, and she was an O.K.U. Honor Dental Society Inductee. She then completed a General Practice Residency to learn about advanced procedures in aesthetic dentistry and surgery, followed by an Orthodontic Residency and a Masters of Clinical Investigation Degree at the University Of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Since completing her training in 2007, Dr. Tan has been practicing orthodontics in Houston. She currently maintains a private practice in Sugar Land and is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas School of Dentistry.
Dr. Tan is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. She is also a Preferred Provider of Invisalign. Dr. Tan is also very involved with several dental, alumni and community organizations. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, baking and playing tennis.