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Client Spotlight: ZAM Dental

Ever since she could remember, Dr. Melody Zamora wanted to be a dentist. She knew that smiles build confidence and change lives. She completed her dental education at Oregon Health and Science University where she earned a D.M.D. degree.

From watching her father manage his own business, she learned entrepreneurship and how to be of service to others. She found a perfect opportunity to start her own business when two dental practices came available for purchase. Dr. Zamora worked with Senior Business Advisor, Patrice McElfresh, at the UTSA SBDC, on financial projections, demographic research, business valuation and other business support. She is now the primary dentist at both locations, one located on the Southside of San Antonio and the other on the Northside. ZAM Dental offers General and Cosmetic Dentistry, Teeth Whitening, Restorative Dentistry, and Dentures and other oral care treatments. Dr. Zamora highly values the well-being of her patients. She offers oral cancer screenings to every patient. In 2015, Dr. Zamora’s practice was recognized as a top Dentistry practice with some of San Antonio’s best Dentists.

Dr. Zamora is on staff at The University of Texas Health Science Center and continues to give back to the community through sharing her knowledge and mentoring others. She hopes to continue to grow and help more patients to have the best smiles possible.