Meet the Team
Dr. Lora Gaxiola, DMD
Dr. Gaxiola has wanted to be a dentist since she was in middle school! She grew up in Sylacauga, Alabama and graduated from Sylacauga High School. From there, she attended Birmingham-Southern College where she graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Biology/Psychology. Then, she attended University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry, and immediately upon graduating, began her practice at Narrows Family Dentistry, where she has been practicing dentistry since 2008.
One of Dr. G’s favorite things about being a dentist is meeting new people and helping them realize that going to the dentist can be fun! She also enjoys and appreciates the many relationships she’s made with her patients and their families over the years.
Dr. G is married with a 11 year old son and a 8 year old daughter who keep her and her husband Nick very busy! When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, listening to podcasts, and working out, especially going to Zumba classes!
Dr. Gaxiola is a member of the Birmingham District Dental Society, Alabama Dental Association, American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Susie Gamble, R.D.H.
Susie has over 30 years of dental experience and has been at Narrows Family dentistry since 2008. She is a graduate of the UAB Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Programs. She has experienced the changes in dentistry over the years and enjoys adapting to them. She feels that today's dentistry can be life-changing for patients, but what is most rewarding for her are the personal and professional relationships she has formed over the years.
Susie lives in Alabaster with her husband of 37 years, Mark. They have two children, Beth and Tyler. Beth lives in Auburn with her husband Steven and their three kids, McKinsie, Blakely, and Brooks. Tyler is married to his college sweetheart, Carrie, and they live in Birmingham.
Susie's hobbies have always included spending time with her children and grandchildren and watching and participating in their many activities.
Lisa Z. Hearn, R.D.H
Lisa has been a hygienist for over 33 years and has been at Narrows Family Dentistry for 6 years. She considers her job an opportunity to give her patients the help and information they need in order to maintain their dental health. She feels strongly that by maintaining proper oral hygiene, people can not only improve their oral health, but also their overall health and well-being.
Lisa lives in Alabaster with her husband Carey. They have been married with 32 years and have two children, Lindsie and Reed and one grandbaby, Bentley. She and Carey enjoy trying new restaurants in and around Birmingham, driving around in their Miata and traveling every chance they get.
Shelley was born and raised in Selma, AL and now lives in Chelsea with her husband, 2 children, Madison (17), and Colton (8), and their dogs, Luna and Moose. She has been with NFD for 4 years and she has been a dental assistant for 6 years. Shelley loves meeting new people and takes pride in making her patients feel comfortable in the dental chair. She's also amazing at remembering details of her patient's lives. When you're in her room, you're sure to have a good conversation with her and Dr. G, and if you can't respond, don't worry, because Shelley's also really good and interpreting open mouth language.
Outside of the office Shelley enjoys spending time with family and friends, going on boat rides on the lake and going to the beach. She also enjoys shopping and college football!
Jennifer, our resident benefits expert, is new to Narrows Family Dentistry (although we feel like she's been with us for years!). Jennifer has enjoyed working in the dental field for over 30 years! She and her husband David together have 4 children, 2 grandchildren, and 2 sweet pups! Jenn enjoys living on the lake and fishing! She also enjoys spoiling her grandchildren, going to concerts, and listening to podcasts. She's always good for a hilarious story and her laugh is infectious!
Chandler loves meeting new people and connecting with patients, and the girl is a walking sketch comedy show! It's her and Dr. G's goal to make every patient laugh at least once!
Chandler was born and raised in Gadsden, Alabama where she attended Southside High School. She is married to her high school sweetheart Zach, they are new to the Birmingham area where they live with their teacup poodle, Maple, who rules their one bedroom apartment.
Chandler spends her time outside of dentistry playing video games, going on family hikes, and trying different vegetarian recipes!
Megan Howard, R.D.H
Megan is our new fun-loving hygienist at NFD! She completed dental hygiene school through UAB and has been in dentistry for 8 years. She grew up in Chelsea and graduated from Chelsea High School in 2012.
Megan loves to learn new things about dentistry as well as her patients! She considers her patients to be like family- their care and well being is always her top priority.
Outside of dentistry Megan likes to spend time outdoors at the beach or the lake, spending time with her fiance, John Michael, and two dogs Lucy and Boomer. She also enjoys painting and DIY projects. Megan's latest hobby is gardening, which she says is going well seeing as though the plants are still alive!