Eric D. Cornelius, DDS

Dr. Cornelius is pleased to be living and serving in the San Antonio community. He was born in Springfield, Oregon and grew up in the country where he spent his youth involved in 4H and different entrepreneur opportunities. At age 18, he joined the ARMY and was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he spent the next four years working for Psychological Operations and also serving as his teams medic. During this time, he met the love of his life and quickly married her. Today they have eight children and have lived a very adventurous life all over the world. Dr. Cornelius and his family have relocated to San Antonio and are looking forward to putting down roots and raising their children here in the great state of Texas.

Dr. Cornelius attended dental school at Loma Linda University. He served on the Student Government Board and was able to keep a good balance of family and school. He has a heart to serve others and has been on dental mission trips to Kenya, El Salvador, Mexico, and Nicaragua. His hobbies are sailing, hunting, mountain climbing, and woodworking. He also loves being with his family, camping, hiking, and spending time on the lake. Dr. Cornelius is passionate about providing excellent dental care to his patients, and he believes education is a key part of their continued dental health. He loves working with his patients to give them the best dentistry possible.

Dr. Cornelius has a passion to spend the rest of his life learning. He has spent over 1200 hours since graduating in 2009 furthering his dental education in Surgery, Implants, Moderate Conscience Sedation and Orthodontics. Dr. Cornelius has received an Associate Fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry. In 2011, he completed the MaxiCourse taught by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. This course is one of the most respected and comprehensive training programs in Implant Dentistry taught throughout the US and Internationally. This program provides over 300 hours of lectures, labs, and surgery. Dr. Cornelius is currently in the process of becoming an Associate Fellow Member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. The surgical and medical challenges of implants are one of Dr. Cornelius’s favorite parts of dentistry.


  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • Texas Dental Association (TDA)
  • San Antonio District Dental Society (SADDS)
  • Member and Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)
  • North SA Chamber

Sydney – Dental Hygienist

Sydney – Dental Hygienist

Sydney Rogers is our Registered Dental Hygienist. She has been treating patients as an RDH since 2004. Apart from her skilled training and commitment to keep up with the latest dental practices, she has a passion for developing genuine relationships with her patients. Sydney’s past experiences with living abroad facilitates her ability to relate and connect to patients on a unique level.

In her spare time, Sydney enjoys traveling, scuba diving and trying new foods. She is proud to be a part of a dental practice that is family oriented and values a patient-centered approach.

Dolores “Dee” Fales – Office Manager

Dee is our Registered Dental Hygienist who graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of TX Health Science Center at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. She is a native of San Antonio.

Dee has been in the dental field since 1994 and has experience in every position. She became a hygienist in 2003. Dee loves her job and enjoys the personal satisfaction she gets knowing she is making a difference in not only her patients’ oral health but their overall health as well.

She has two beautiful daughters, one in High School and the other in College. Dee enjoys running, traveling, shopping, spending time with friends/family and most importantly, seeing her daughters smile.

Shaina – Front Office

Shaina is our Front Office Personnel. She just had her first child, a baby boy. She enjoys spending as much time as possible with him and cheering on her favorite sports teams, the Cowboys and the Spurs.

Shaina has been working in dentistry for over 2 years. When she first started, she immediately fell in love with the field. She enjoys helping all of our patients with their dental needs.

Edmond – Dental Assistant

Edmond is our Registered Dental Assistant who graduated from Concorde College. He was born and Raised in San Antonio, TX. He attended Historic Edgewood High School, and was a member of the band and the soccer team. Edmond is a happy, outgoing, sports loving people person. He has a love for cooking and trying new things. He enjoys spending time with family and friends. His motto for life is “Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile”.

Edmond has four children, three daughters and one son. He loves working here at Nautical Dental and enjoys the laid back, family oriented feeling in the office.

Val – Dental Assistant

Val is one of our favorite assistants. She is married and has 2 children. When not working, she can be found working out, at the lake for a BBQ, and on weekends, you can find her hanging out with her family at the local car club. She loves being a part of our team and says she is treated like family. She brings many years of experience to our office and with her knowledge, expertise, and compassion every patient receives the best experience they deserve.

Monica – Hygiene Assistant

Monica brings a fresh and friendly face to the Nautical Dental staff. She is a Hygiene Assistant who is currently pursuing her education to attend dental hygiene school and become a Registered Hygienist. Monica considers it a privilege to help patients attain optimal oral health through all stages of life. She is a team player who takes pride in her role of keeping appointments running smoothly and on time, which ultimately provides a better experience for our patients.

Outside of the dental office, Monica enjoys spending time with friends and stays busy keeping up with her eleven nieces and nephews.

Cheryl – Marketing/PR Director

Cheryl joined her husband, Dr. Cornelius, in the fall of 2014 working on marketing in his practice. She loves getting out into the community and educating people about Nautical Dental. Cheryl has a passion to visit with each patient that walks into our office. She works hard to help patients understand and learn about all the options that are offered in our office. She loves to praise about Dr. Cornelius’ extensive training in dentistry. Cheryl has worked to create the “New Patient Experience” in our office which has become an intricate part of who we are and what we believe. Her attention to detail and understanding of what patients really want has helped create a relaxing environment where going to the dentist is actually something our patients look forward too.

Cheryl and Dr. Cornelius have been married for 17 years. She is mom to 8 beautiful children who keep her very busy with their school and extracurricular activities. Juggling work and home life is challenging, she says, but loves both jobs and is committed to doing her best, both at home and work.

At Nautical Dental, we love giving you a “Wow!” dental experience. We are YOUR team, working hard to help you keep your teeth healthy and beautiful, so you can feel happy when YOU smile. We have MANY options in our office for you. From cutting edge dental technology and low dose X-rays, to an AWESOME new patient gift bag and a coffee and snack bar, we make coming to our office fun. Still anxious about coming in? We offer ALL levels of sedation along with natural methods to calm and relax you. Call us today and we will answer your questions.