About Hill Country Dental on Walnut Avenue

Welcome to Hill Country Dental on Walnut Avenue; we are happy to meet you! Our staff is expertly trained to meet the dental needs of you and your family. If you are looking to achieve a beautiful and healthy smile, you are in the right place. Our goal at Hill Country Dental is to help you prevent dental concerns and maintain a healthy smile.  

Expert Dentists in New Braunfels, Texas

At Hill Country Dental on Walnut Avenue, we have crafted a team of expert dentists to help you reach your dental goals. Our dentists are Dr. Lara Perry, Dr. Justin Loftin, Dr. Natalia Verona, and Dr. Lauren Sweeney. All of our dentists are gentle, kind, and put your dental needs first. Below is more information about each member of our great team.


Dr. Lara Perry

Dr. Perry graduated from Tarleton State University in 2001 and continued her education at Baylor College of Dentistry, where she earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree in 2005. Dr. Perry has lived and practiced in Comal and Guadalupe County since 2005 and values the trust of her patients as she strives to provide her community with excellent family dentistry, as well as cosmetic, restorative, and children’s dentistry. With over 15 years of private practice experience, she provides high-quality dental services through a full range of dental procedures. Through the years, she has participated and supported organizations such as the American Dental Association®, the Texas Dental Association, and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, as well as the Seguin and New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce New Braunfels Rotary Club, and Leadership New Braunfels. Always working to improve and striving to be the best dentist possible, Dr. Perry continues her education with ongoing, annual training programs. These programs allow her to stay current with the newest techniques and technologies available to her patients. Dr. Perry lives in New Braunfels with her husband and her two daughters. She enjoys outdoor activities and playing tennis with her friends on the weekends.

Dr. Justin Loftin

Dr. Loftin received his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Virginia. He graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Following dental school, he relocated to Texas for the warm weather, friendly people, and vibrant culture.

Dr. Loftin served as the Dental Director at Frontera Healthcare Network and was a member of the Frontera Leadership Committee. He and his wife, Emily, relocated to her hometown of New Braunfels to be closer to family.

Dr. Loftin takes pride in helping patients improve their smiles, gain more confidence in their appearance, and achieve ideal dental health. He takes time to listen and understand each patient’s needs and treats them as unique individuals. He spends many hours each year on continuing education to ensure patients receive the best, most up-to-date dental treatment available. He is a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations, American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, and the River District Dental Society.

In his spare time, Dr. Loftin enjoys spending time with his wife, trying new restaurants, and rooting for the Spurs. He also enjoys fishing, hunting, playing golf, kayaking, mountain biking, and almost any other outdoor activity.

Dr. Lauren Sweeney

Dr. Sweeney’s family has deep roots in central Texas. Growing up in Austin, she graduated with honors from the University of Texas in 1998. She went on to earn her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree with high honors in 2002 from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. After spending 17 years in private family practice in north Texas, she is pleased to return to the Texas Hill Country to continue providing high-quality dental services with a friendly attitude.

As a self-proclaimed “dentist who is afraid of the dentist,” Dr. Sweeney goes above and beyond to offer an empathic, comforting approach for her patients. She has a passion for creating beautiful smiles. In addition to restorative procedures, she has provided comprehensive orthodontic care to children and adults since 2008. Through the years, Dr. Sweeney has received awards and certifications from the Southwest Prosthodontic Society, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Orthodontic Society. Eager to keep up with the latest techniques and materials, Dr. Sweeney attends continuing education with AOS, AGD, and other organizations every year.

Dr. Sweeney is a proud parent to daughter Julienne at Texas A&M University and son Ford at Churchill High School. She enjoys volunteering in the children’s ministry in her local church, whether on stage, in the classroom, or with D-Now and other activities. She is an avid tennis player, competing each year in state and national USTA tournaments. She loves cooking for her family, painting portraits and cityscapes, and partaking in all kinds of fitness activities.

Dr. Natalia Verona Hill Country Dental dentist in New Braunsfels, TX

Dr. Natalia Verona

Dr.Verona came from a small city in Ukraine over 20 years ago, where she had earned a master’s degree in education. She graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree with honors in 2008. She then defended her dissertation in 2009, obtaining a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Biomedical Sciences.

Dr.Verona has worked for many years in private practice and taught a new generation of dentists as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the UTHSCSA Dental School. She is happy to share cutting-edge research from the dental school with her patients at Hill Country Dental. She believes in a very gentle and friendly approach with her patients, trying to comfort dental phobias. She loves to educate her patients on the causes of dental issues and strongly believes in preventive dentistry.

Dr. Verona is an active member of national and international dental organizations and continues to advance her knowledge with multiple continuing education classes every year. Dr. Verona has lived in New Braunfels with her husband and two boys since 2011. She loves traveling, cooking, and abstract painting in her free time.

Dental Services Offered in New Braunfels, Texas

In our New Braunfels, Texas dental office on Walnut Avenue, we offer several services from preventative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and restorative dentistry. We can help you and your family achieve a healthy smile with preventative dentistry with regular dental exams and cleanings. We offer cosmetic dentistry services if you want to brighten and straighten your smile. Finally, for dental concerns you may have, we provide restorative dentistry.