Our Austin Staff
Dawna Landry – Dallas Office Manager
Dawna has been integral to the Craniofacial practice since its beginning. For over 24 years, she has managed Dr. Hobar’s practice and helped guide thousands of pediatric patients and their families through their reconstructive surgeries. She has also been instrumental in Dr. Hobar’s ability to balance a busy practice and to maintain his leadership in the LEAP Foundation. Dawna is quick to laugh and as tenderhearted as they come towards our pediatric patients.
“I love what I do. I look forward to getting up every day and coming to work because I know I might make a difference in someone’s life, today.”
Dawn Warren – Austin Office Manager
Dawn is the Austin Practice Manager. She has a passion for pediatric patients, and joined the craniofacial team after 11 years of experience as a pediatric medical assistant and office manager. Dawn is born and raised in Austin, and enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys, especially when they are fishing on the Texas coast.
Suzanne Appell – Pediatric Practice Manager
Suzanne studied sociology at Baylor University. She then went on to work for Delta Airlines before transitioning to the pediatric field. For the past 11 years, she has worked with parents and children to ensure the highest quality of care. As our Pediatric Manager, she is our patients’ greatest advocate when navigating complicated insurance issues. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing with her three rescue dogs.
Lindsay Doyle Dyer – Austin Clinical Care Coordinator
Lindsay competed her Medical Assistant training in Dallas in 2011, and serves as the practice’s clinical care coordinator. Prior to this, she built a diverse background in pediatric care– from one-on-one mentorship to traveling the globe on medical mission trips. One of her favorite parts about being a part of our craniofacial team is building relationships with patients and their families.
Kendall Peterson – Physician Assistant
Kendall is a nationally board-certified Surgical Physician Assistant who has trained in a variety of procedures. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Biology from the University of Colorado Denver. She then completed her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies with academic honors at the University of Alabama Birmingham, one of two surgical programs in the United States. She is so grateful to have joined Dr. Hobar’s craniofacial team to continue his dedication to excellence in patient care. One of her top priorities is patient and parent education. She is an asset in communication between your family and our practice and strives to answer any questions throughout the diagnostic, surgical, and recovery process. You will find her assisting Dr. Hobar in the operating room and in clinic during initial consult and follow up visits. She knows no two children are alike and believes each patient deserves a customized, rather than cookie-cutter treatment plan. She loves assisting patients and families throughout their road to recovery while ensuring they have the best experience possible with our team.
She is originally from Denver, Colorado but is happy to now call Dallas home. She lives here with her husband and two Shiba Inus. In her free time she enjoys cycling, art, and traveling to the beach. During a trip to Israel, she understood the medical need of so many people across the globe. Her love for God and commitment to serving others makes her grateful to be in the medical field each and every day. She has been overjoyed to have the opportunity to team up with Dr. Hobar and LEAP Global Missions to bring surgical care to children across the world.
Kendall is recognized as a member of Pi Alpha National Honor Society for Physician Assistants, Association of Plastic Surgery Physician Assistants, Texas Academy of Physician Assistants, and American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Heather Selck – Cleft NAM Specialist
Heather Selke learned early as the granddaughter of a successful dentist in Virginia that if you wanted to make a difference in your craft that you had to care about the details of the care that you are giving. Heather has more than 20 years experience with nasoalveolar molding and is instrumental in helping LEAP Global Missions deliver dental care to the children of Belize.
“I would watch my grandfather go the extra mile with his patients,” she said. “He truly cared about them as a person….they were more than patients to him. As I grew up and spent summers assisting him and learning about lab work, the seed was planted for what was to be my career. I knew I wanted to follow my grandfather’s example and serve people the way he served his patients with excellence.”
Dianne Altuna – Speech and Feeding Specialist
Dianne Altuna is an instrumental part of our cleft and craniofacial team. With over 20 years of experience, she brings extensive knowledge of speech-language pathology and feeding expertise for children with craniofacial conditions. Dianne goes above and beyond to make sure parents are comfortable with feeding before leaving the hospital and provides an open network of communication letting families know they are not alone in their journey. She has played a large role in educating other health care providers on speech pathology, particularly related to craniofacial differences. She not only holds a Lecturer position at the University of Texas at Dallas, but has also spread her skills internationally to educate remote parts of the world on how to properly feed their infants. She is an advocate for both patients and speech practitioners. She developed “Camp C.A.R.E” through UTD that allowed Speech Pathology graduate students to be individually paired with a child with a craniofacial difference, creating not only intensive speech therapy but also inseparable bonds. She is a member of the American Cleft Palate Association, and is the Regional Director of the Velocardiofacial Syndrome Educational Foundation.
Allison Bowen – Dallas Clinical Nurse
Allison received her Bachelors in Nursing from Baylor University in 2007 and is a Certified Pediatric Nurse.Upon graduation Allison went to work at Medical City Children’s Hospital where her love for working with craniofacial and plastics patients quickly grew. As God’s hand always works, Allison was connected with Dr. Hobar soon after they both returned from medical missions in Haiti following the devastating Earthquake of 2010. Soon after their paths crossed, Allison joined Dr. Hobar as his pediatric nurse. After taking a sabbatical to have children, Allison returned to her other love of caring for craniofacial patients and to be a part of Dr. Hobar’s team. Allison has a passion for caring for both the patient and the family and adores the resilience and joyfulness of the pediatric population. As a mother of young children, Allison offers top-notch care as she can better relate to parents throughout the entire process, from diagnosis to pre and post-surgery care. Allison and her family have joined Dr. Hobar and the LEAP team on missions, are long time members of Watermark Church and serve with North Dallas Young Life. The little free time Allison has is spent with her family, ideally playing outside or better yet, traveling.
Brandy Burke – Austin Administrator
Brandy is an Austin native who loves fishing, hiking and biking. Brandy has been involved in pediatric care for many years, and when the Austin practice expanded, Dawn asked her previous favorite co-worker to join the team. Brandy and her husband Omar have a beautiful 2 year old son, Omar, Jr. Brandy is pursuing her nursing degree while working full time at Wellspring Plastic Surgery, an endeavor we all wholeheartedly support. Brandy is amazingly multi-skilled, friendly and service oriented; but, don’t mess with her on the mat – she and her husband, Omar, were excellent high school wrestlers.
Rachel Boetchner – Photographer and Administrative Assistant
Rachel is Wellspring’s clinical photographer. She has been a professional photographer for the past ten years, shooting a wide variety of subject matter in various locations throughout the world. For the past two years, she has been focused on clinical photography for plastic surgery. Rachel takes great pride in both the technical and the human aspect of her work, providing extremely detailed imagery while ensuring the most comfortable environment possible for the patient.