Welcome! Our friendly dental team is excited for you to visit us here at Southeast Dental Care. We love forming great bonds with our patients and seeing them leave with clean, healthy smiles. When you come in for your appointment to see Dr. P. , you can count on us to help you out with anything you need. To schedule a time to meet with our dentist in Houston, Texas, please call us at (281) 484-1006.



Melody has been a valuable asset to our team for over a decade. She oversees the office and ensures that everything runs smoothly. Melody also coordinates insurance benefits, takes care of financial arrangements, and coordinates patient appointments and care. Melody’s very favorite part of her position is getting to know our patients and coordinating their care. She also enjoys working with our cohesive team. The work day is pleasant when your team becomes your personal friends.

Melody has been married for over 35 years. She and her husband have two sons and a daughter. Melody and her husband also have seven beautiful grandchildren that light up their world. Their fur babies—six dogs, two cats, and a donkey—are a part of the family. Melody’s favorite place is the beach. Any beach. She took up RVing a few years ago and she enjoys being outside. Melody loves spending the day around the pool grilling with her family.

Kathy Traylor

Registered Dental Hygienist

Hi I am Kathy and I am from Louisiana. I married a texan and moved to Friendswood in 1990 where we raised our 3 boys. I worked for Dr. Reggie Finch DDS for over 30 years, until he recently retired. I am not quite ready to “hang it up” just yet. I love getting to know my patients. Working with Dr. P and his staff has been a very easy transition for me. I look forward to meeting you and taking care of your oral health needs!

Mary Garcia

Registered Dental Assitant

Hey! My Name is Mary Garcia (I’m the one in red!), I am a Registered Dental Assitant. I graduated dental assisting school in May of 2021. I was born in Houston Texas and my family and I have called Houston our home ever since. I have six siblings! My family consists of two sister and four brothers, and one of my favorite things to do is spending time with them. We enjoy both watching and playing basketball almost everyday. I also have three adorable baby nieces and I love to spoil them when I babysit. I have been working for Southeast Dental Care for almost two years now and I have learned a lot from Dr. P and everyone else at the office! I love being a part of the Southeast Dental Care Team and look forward to serving all our patients for many years to come!

Marianne Ward

Registered Dental Hygienist

Hello my name is Marianne Ward. I’m a native Houstonian and a registered dental hygienist with a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch. For over 30 years, I have lived in Pearland, TX with my husband, Bill, also a native Houstonian. We have 2 married children and 2 amazing granddaughters! I have worked in the dental field for over 45 years, the majority of which I spent working alongside Dr. Reggie Finch DDS. Recently (after Dr. Finch retired), I transitioned to work part-time at Southeast Dental Care with Dr. Patankar and his team, and part-time helping my husband with his Electrical Contracting business. I spend the rest of my time with family and friends. I am happy to make Southeast Dental Care my dental home! Everyone at the office are wonderful people whose core values align with mine!