Meet the Team

Dr. Tyler Owens

Dr. Tyler Owens grew up in St. George, Utah. Upon receiving his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Brigham Young University, he attended the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. Dr. Owens participated in multiple mission trips to underserved areas of the world, where he discovered his passion for pediatric dental care. Treating children during these trips led him to complete his residency and training at NYU Lutheran Pediatrics.

Dr. Owens is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD).

Dr. Owens and his wife, Kristen, have four children: Ryan, Ryder, Olivia, and Charlotte. When he is not in the office, Dr. Owens loves outdoor activities, learning new things and spending time with his family.

Dr. Mark Gilstrap

Dr. Mark Gilstrap is a Pediatric Dentist at Jenks Pediatric Dental in Jenks, Oklahoma. He was born and raised in central California, and attended Brigham Young University after serving a mission in Denver, Colorado. After graduating from BYU, Dr. Mark attended dental school at Roseman College of Dental Medicine, where he grew passionate about working with kids! He then returned to Colorado to complete his pediatric dental residency. Needing a change of pace, Dr. Mark and his family moved to Oklahoma in 2020. They are so excited to call Oklahoma home!

As a child, Dr. Mark enjoyed going to the dentist, especially when he could hold the mirror during his check-up! After high school, he had the opportunity to work as a pediatric dental assistant. From then on, he LOVED going to the dentist! When he isn’t seeing our incredible kiddos, you can find Dr. Mark traveling or spending time with his wife and three daughters: Emma, Addy and Zoey. He is always on the hunt for good food spots and “the best wings in the world.” (Recommendations are encouraged!)

Dr. Ariel Espinoza

We’re so excited to welcome our newest part-time Dentist, Dr. Ariel Espinoza, to the Jenks Pediatric Dental family!
Dr. Espinoza is a Dallas, Texas girl who loves to play soccer, run, hike, and go to Chick-fil-a! Fun fact: her husband is also a Dentist, so there’s a lot of “teeth talk” at home! She was also on the Barney show as a child! She cannot wait to meet our incredible patients and their families!

Dr. David Merrell

Dentistry is the perfect marriage of my two passions, art and science. Throughout my professional life I have always entertained and educated children. For 20 years I illustrated children’s books and school textbooks. Helping children become engaged in reading was very rewarding. Today, as a Pediatric Dentist, I use my artist’s eye and hand coordination to improve my patient’s smiles and health. I am dedicated to maintaining my patients’ healthy teeth through excellent dental care. I also teach patients and parents oral hygiene practices that will, if used daily, significantly reduce tooth decay

Our household could be described as a Zoo! My family consists of my wonderful wife Leslie, and our 3 children. In addition, we could also include 1 dog, 2 cats, 2 fish, 1 guinea pig, 12 chickens, 4 goats, 2 sheep and a 2-foot long bearded dragon!

When not doing dentistry, I devote my time to family. I enjoy working with my family on our acreage. When not attending to land, gardens or animals we also enjoy boating, archery, martial arts, drawing and playing video games.

Lori Weaver, Office Manager

Lori attended Broken Arrow High School and attended Oklahoma State University where she studied Business and Marketing – Go Pokes! She has worked in the dental field for almost 30 years total – 20 of those years she spent working in Pediatrics!

Lori has three grown children: two daughters and a son, and three grandchildren. When Lori isn’t in the office, she loves to travel to Arkansas to spend time with her family, shop, craft and design jewelry.

Lori’s favorite part of working with children is seeing them grow confident in their smiles and easing their dental anxiety. She also loves watching her patients grow up and bring children of their own into the office!