It is our mission and honor to help you & your family thrive.
When you come to Thrive Dental & Orthodontics, you’re stepping into a comfortable, inviting office where you can look forward to being treated with compassion and respect.
Our doctors are gentle and will always take the time to explain your needs in full, in addition to answering any questions you might have.
What’s more, we have special patient comforts like warm blankets, head rests, and TVs in our treatment rooms. With these amenities, we believe you’ll feel welcome and relaxed while you’re with us.
Dr. Nathan Coughlin is a Canadian born orthodontist who is passionate about making beautiful and straight smiles. His enthusiasm is contagious to his patients and dental team alike, and his strong work ethic delivers amazing results for his patients.
Throughout his whole life, Dr. Nathan excelled in his pursuits and had a great time doing it. Not only is he a gifted scholar but he is also a talented athlete and all-around strong leader. He played College level basketball and was a star player on his team, earning him the Academic all Canadian award twice.
After graduating at the top of his class, Dr. Nathan went on to graduate school at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry, where he met his wife, Dr. Christine Coughlin. There, he continued to achieve academic success and pursued his dream of becoming an orthodontist.
During his time at USC, Dr. Nathan served in third world countries like Honduras, where he and his dental team provided dental care to disadvantaged areas. He graduated from USC with honors and was presented the “Outstanding Orthodontic Achievement Award” and the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Award for outstanding academic achievement. He also co-founded the Student Professionalism and Ethics Club at USC, where students are provided a platform to discuss how to improve the ethics and moral values in dentistry.
During his time furthering his career as an orthodontist, Dr. Nathan continued additional rigorous training to become a Diplomate of Orthodontics, which is an honor given to a select few orthodontists in the country.
During his free time, Dr. Nathan loves to spend time with friends and family, play basketball, read, travel, and wrestle with his golden retriever.
Dr. Christine is a passionate dentist who genuinely cares about each of her patients and believes in providing the highest standard of care with a gentle touch.
She loves to help her patients by improving their smiles and helping them gain more confidence. Staying in line with her values, Dr. Christine strongly believes in conservative and minimally invasive treatment.
Her other love is art and she enjoys channeling her artistic skills into her dental work. She spends time with each of her patients to make them feel comfortable and address all their concerns so that the best treatment is tailored to their individual needs.
What brings Dr. Christine joy is giving comfort to her patients and going the extra mile to make them happy.
Dr. Christine graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, where she majored in English and Pre-dental studies. She then went on to pursue her dream of becoming a dentist and graduated from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry, where she met her husband, Dr. Nathan Coughlin, who is an orthodontist.
After practicing in California for several years, she and her husband moved to Dallas, where the two practiced for several years before opening their own practice, Breckinridge Dental & Orthodontics. Dr. Christine is an avid cycler and loves running outdoors with her golden retriever, Lola. During her free time, she enjoys volunteering in underserved communities, drawing and painting, spending time with her family and her two sisters, hosting barbeques for her friends, and travelling.
All of our Richardson dentists are highly trained to provide the best and most comfortable care possible.