Philip Miner, DDS
For more than 30 years, Dr. Miner has faithfully served the needs of his San Antonio area patients. They return year after year because of his skilled, attentive care and our team’s warm, family-like treatment toward each patient.
Dr. Miner was born in Boston’s North Shore and lived for a time in Manchester-by-the-Sea before his family moved to the Clear Lake/NASA area of Houston. Growing up, he loved sailing and playing various sports.
He attended Texas Christian University on a music scholarship and graduated with degrees in both chemistry and biology. Dr. Miner went on to graduate from the University of Texas School of Dentistry in 1985, where he was a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. Before buying his practice in 1987, he gained valuable skills and experience working as an associate dentist.
Dr. Miner and our staff focus on providing high-quality, low-volume dental care in a fun, upbeat and comfortable environment. Because of his natural artistic vibe, he loves performing cosmetic dentistry.
He says that the most enjoyable part of his job is watching a patient with compromised oral health and poor aesthetics transform into a confident individual with a beautiful and healthy lasting smile.
You know, I decided to be a dentist at a very, very young age. I think it was 12. Initially had some really good role models in the profession that I had spent a fair amount of time knowing their families and whatnot. They were great ambassadors to the profession. And I liked the fact that they were independent, not necessarily working in a corporate environment. They seemed to have the ability to provide some wonderful services to people. They seemed very happy with their choice and basically started me in that path. From there, I was very happy to find out in dental school that I actually did enjoy doing it, because there’s always that worry: What if I get there and, uh-oh, this isn’t right for me? But fortunately, it’s been a great choice. Great decision. I enjoy it because we have the ability to transform lives. We can do some pretty amazing things now that even when I was training was not available to us.
College, I went to TCU. Great institution. Still a die-hard fan to this day. We go to way too many games, out-of-town games and whatnot. Fun place to be. The dental school here, outstanding school. Great learning experiences throughout the school. I used to kid with people that one of most valuable things I ever did is, for two years during dental school, I worked as a waiter, and that’s where you really learn how to treat people.
As far as continuing education, extremely important process to do. The majority of materials that we use now, the majority of the procedures we do now were not even around, basically, when I went to dental school. So one thing you have is experience that you’ve built over the years, but then you really need to keep up.
Our patients deserve the very best. It’s a fine line between what’s a new technology and what’s going to be a proven, successful technology for the future. We need to know what’s cutting edge, but we also need to know what to integrate into our practice. We have the ability to bring some very innovative, interesting procedures, treatment, to our patients. And I think anyone that comes to our office deserves to know what’s out there and how we can better serve them.
The most rewarding part of dentistry, for me, is basically getting to know our patients, what their desires are, what their wants are, how we can match up our clinical skills with their wishes and desires. And when we do so, seeing the confidence it brings to them. We’ve had plenty of examples of people we’ve done some nice work that have gone on to entirely different careers, partially based on their increased confidence. And then just getting to know the families that we serve and treat.
Meet Our Team
Here at Miner Dental, our team is made up of individuals who center on providing friendly and accommodating dental care. We value being genuine and kind so we can develop a trustworthy relationship with each of our patients. If you would like to learn more about our dental services in San Antonio, Texas, or schedule an appointment with our dentist, call 210-341-5665 today and ask for Dr. Philip Miner!
Erika – Office Manager
Erika has been the office manager at Miner Dental since 2009. Having worked in dentistry for over 20 years, her clear understanding of insurance processing policies helps our patients maximize their benefits. She’s been married to Alvin for over 31 years, and they have three daughters and a granddaughter. Erika enjoys traveling and exploring new places, trying new wines, eating fine foods, saltwater fishing and spending time with her family. She also loves supporting Texas A&M sports and tailgating at the games.
Lindsey – Registered Dental Hygienist
Lindsey is a registered dental hygienist who strives to provide each patient with optimized care tailored to their specific needs. Lindsey was born and raised in Arizona. She moved to San Antonio in 2013 to pole-vault for the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners. She then obtained her Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, hiking, kayaking and riding horses.
Holli – Registered Dental Assistant
Holli is a registered dental assistant who graduated from San Antonio Dental Assistant School. She has been working in the health care industry since 2015 and is truly passionate about helping others. Holli was born and raised in Nebraska but recently relocated to San Antonio to reconnect with her Texas heritage. In her free time, she enjoys exploring nature, astrology, feeding her deer and spending time with loved ones.