Meet The People Who Will Care For You

Our staff specializes in many different areas and all will be a benefit to you and your needs. Many of them are also certified in various areas through the Dental Assisting National Board and the American Heart Association. Get to know who they are and what they like to do!

Suzy moved here from Albuquerque in 1988.  As a trained assistant with a passion for orthodontics, it didn’t take long for her to fit in with this team.  Now with the title of Clinical Supervisor, she has taken on and welcomes the added responsibility.  When she isn’t working hard at the office you can find Suzy at a shooting range, hunting or at a livestock show with her husband and their two children.  She holds certifications in:

  • Orthodontic Assistant

  • Coronal Polishing

  • CPR

  • Infection Control

  • Dental Radiography

Kari joined our team in 1992 after being a patient herself, working first as a receptionist and then being convinced to try assisting.  Kari helps the office stay current with OSHA and HIPAA requirements and is also a trainer for new assistants.  In her personal time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys at the races or at the baseball field.  She holds certifications for:

  • Orthodontic Assistant

  • Coronal Polishing

  • CPR

  • Infection Control

  • Dental Radiography

Tara has been an orthodontic assistant since 2002.  She loves getting to know and developing strong relationships with her patients and their parents.  Along with Tara’s clinical skills, her talents in flower arranging and promotion ideas for fun patient giveaways keep her busy.  Tara enjoys spending quality time with her family and cheering on her kids at their sporting events.  She holds certifications in:

  • Orthodontic Assistant

  • Coronal Polishing

  • CPR

  • Infection Control

  • Dental Radiography

Melissa has been a great addition to our clinical team since joining us in 2007.  Her compassion and friendliness help make patients feel at ease while going through treatment.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and visiting her family in Michigan as often as possible.  She holds certification as:

  • Orthodontic Assistant

  • Coronal Polishing

  • CPR

  • Infection Control

  • Dental Radiography

Tissie joined our clinical team in 2014 bringing with her 2 years of experience as an orthodontic assistant.  A friendly and compassionate personality has helped her build good relationships from day one.  Tissie is fully devoted to her local church, her husband and her three children.  She is certified in:

  • Dental Radiography

  • Infection Control

  • CPR

Cindy has been our treatment coordinator since 1999.  She holds a degree in Marketing from New Mexico State University.  She loves meeting and helping new patients learn how to achieve their goal of a beautiful smile.  Outside of the office she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children, traveling, working in the yard and reading.  Cindy is certified in:

  • CPR

  • Dental Radiography

As a Registered Dental Hygienist, Debra loves making the experience of getting your braces removed a pleasant one.  With over 35 years in the dental profession, she knows just how to make patients feel comfortable and the procedures painless.  She loves spending time with her husband and two boys, sewing, refurbishing furniture, reading and archaeology.

  • Registered Dental Hygienist

  • CPR

  • Infection Control

Ernest started building appliances in our lab in 2006 after retiring from a position with the state.  We had the pleasure of getting to know him while treating his son.  Ernest’s attention to detail while making appliances fit accurately in a timely manner is a benefit to us and to our patients.  When not in the lab, you can find Ernest playing golf, watching NMSU football and basketball games or rooting on the Raiders with his supportive wife.

Roma has been a part of the front desk team since 1996.  Her friendly and outgoing personality make people feel right at home.  Roma is the perfect fit as one of your first impressions of our office.  Along with her skills at the front desk, she helps with the filing of insurance claims and sends out new patient packets.  Roma loves traveling, spending time with her two grandchildren, walking with a friend in the early mornings before work and staying involved with her church group.

Carol has been our Financial Coordinator since 1999.  She graduated with a degree in Psychology from New Mexico State University.  After living in Carlsbad, NM for 20 years she returned to Las Cruces to be closer to family.  With her management experience, she keeps the financial side of our office running like a well-oiled machine.  Carol enjoys working in the garden, lunch on Saturdays with her two sisters and visiting friends in Carlsbad.

Originally from northern New Mexico, Michelle has called Las Cruces home for over 25 years, with the exception of a brief move to Brooklyn, NY.  Bringing a strong background in customer service and experience in the insurance industry for over 25 years, we welcomed her to our front desk staff in 2016.  Michelle enjoys meeting and helping people, traveling and learning about other cultures.  Michelle is an avid reader and volunteers her time as a bible study instructor.

Jamie joined our front desk team in 2016.  Answering phone calls, scheduling appointments, greeting people and keeping the front desk organized is her specialty. Jamie is certified in CPR and a licensed cosmetologist.  Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children.  In her spare time, Jamie enjoys volunteering at her church, serving others and baking.

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