Our Doctors

Steven F. Vaughan, D.D.S., M.A.G.D., A.B.G.D.

Family Dentist

Dr. Steven F. Vaughan received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology after graduating with honor from Rice University in Houston. He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery with highest honors from the University of Texas health Science Center Dental School in San Antonio. He also completed his residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry at Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital (also in San Antonio), gaining advanced training in complex care cases such as implant dentistry, full-mouth reconstruction, and Invisalign® orthodontics.

After being drawn back to Houston, he joined Contemporary Dental in 2005 with the goal of utilizing his extensive experience to provide patients with customized, comprehensive, and high-quality dental care. He has continued to advance his education and ability to provide quality care to all patients by dedicating hundreds of hours of his personal time to attending continuing education courses.

Dr. Vaughan is also train in the administration of nitrous oxide and IV sedation, and is an active member of:

  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Dental Honor Society
  • Houston Academy of General Dentistry (HAGD)
  • Jack T. Clark Foundation
  • Texas Academy of General Dentistry (TAGD)
  • Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)
  • Greater Houston Dental Society (GHDS)
  • Texas Dental Association (TDA)
  • American Dental Association (ADA)

Dr. Vaughan’s philosophy of always putting the patient first gives him the ability to develop lifelong relationships with patients, many of whom he has treated since their early childhood. Outside of the office, he enjoys running, exercising, brewing beer, and spending time with his wife, three children, and dog, Buddy.

“It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”


Kathy L. O’Keefe, DDS, MS, PLLC

Dr. Kathy O’Keefe is a lifetime Houstonian (and Bellaire native). She graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of Houston College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics with a Bachelors Degree in Biology in 1981. Four years later, she received her DDS degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at the Houston School of Dentistry and began her career in academics. During her tenure at UTSD, she taught in clinic and laboratory settings, lectured, mentored students, and along the way obtained her MS degree in Oral Biomaterials. Subsequently, she conducted research on adhesive and restorative dentistry, and has published many articles and presented research results both nationally and internationally. Dr. O’Keefe retired from the faculty as a Tenured Associate Professor at the UT School of Dentistry in 2006, after a 20-year academic career. In 2006, Dr. O’Keefe began the second phase of her career as a full time Associate General Dentist at Dentists on Dorrington Street, a practice in the Medical Center area of Houston, Texas. She practiced there for 21 years. She is passionate about patient care and education, and enjoys getting to know her patients individually, and helping them feel comfortable in the dental chair. She is very excited to join Contemporary Dental and to work in her hometown of Bellaire, Texas with Dr. Vaughan.

In addition to her academic and clinical careers, Dr. O’Keefe has been involved in organized dentistry. She is currently President-Elect of the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Dental Society, Delegate to the TDA, member of TDA and ADA, and a founding member of one of the Houston chapters of the Seattle Study Club. Dr. O’Keefe retains a position at UTSD as an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, lecturing there as invited.

In her spare time, Dr. O’Keefe enjoys spending time with her family and friends, volunteering at church, cooking, needlework, sailing, and being an avid Houston sports fan.


Fabia Younus, D.D.S., M.S.

Orthodontist/Periodontist

Dr. Fabia Younus received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine before receiving her Master’s Degree in Periodontology from Saint Louis University. She also completed her residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry at the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, training under Dr. Vaughan and other exceptional dentists. Dr. Younus joined Contemporary Dental in 2017, bringing her expertise in orthodontics, periodontal health, Invisalign® treatment, dental implants, soft-tissue grafts, and other complex treatments to benefit all of our patients.

Dr. Younus is an active member of:

  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • American Association of Orthodontists (AAO)
  • American Academy of Periodontology (AAP)
  • Greater Houston Dental Society (GHDS)
  • Texas Dental Association (TDA)

Dr. Younus’ extensive experience is matched by her dedication to developing warm and friendly relationships with her patients. Outside of the office, she enjoys traveling, reading, watching Arsenal soccer, and spending time with her husband, young son, and cat.

“Your smile is your best accessory.”


Philip L. Nauert, D.D.S.

Self-Proclaimed Old Guy

Dr. Philip Nauert was an undergrad at Baylor before receiving his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Texas Dental School in San Antonio. He has also received extensive training in occlusion, TMJ disorder, and forensic dentistry (bone stuff) from the Pankey Institute.

As far as memberships, Dr. Nauert is a member of “all of them,” including:

  • Texas Dental Association (TDA)
  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • Greater Houston Dental Society (GHDS)
  • International College of Dentists (ICD)
  • American College of Dentists (ACD)
  • Pierre Fauchard Academy (PFA)
  • Sam’s Club
  • AARP
  • Etc.

Dr. Nauert, formerly known as the city of Bellaire’s Mayor Philip Nauert, loves regaling patients with stories during their visits, especially those of his time in public service. His humor helps patients feel comfortable and at-home, and as Dr. Nauert puts it, he just loves people.

Outside of the office, Dr. Nauert enjoys antique automobiles, ranching, traveling, and spending time with his family and cocker spaniel, Pepper.

“I never said all that stuff.” – Confucius


Schedule a Consultation with Our Experts

Our doctors are dedicated to helping every patient enjoy the benefits of exceptional dental health care. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Contemporary Dental in Bellaire, TX, today at 713-668-9119. We proudly welcome patients who live in Bellaire, Houston, West University/Southside Place, Southwest Houston, the Galleria area, and all surrounding communities.