Meet the Academy Dental Care Team in Albuquerque, NM!

Rachelle

Practice Administrator

I began my career in dentistry in 1998 and have worked in both the front office and clinical areas of a dental office. This experience has allowed me to be knowledgeable and understanding with my patients. My 18 years of experience with dental insurance comes in handy, too—I try to give our patients as much information as possible for them to make an informed decision about their dental health. I enjoy working one on one with patients to make them feel as comfortable as possible and trusting that we will provide the highest quality of care to them.

My husband Issac and I have been married for 20 years. We have two children, Aubrianna and Issac Jr., and two playful Yorkies named Zoey and Gizmo. My free time is spent doing projects around the house, knitting, crocheting, reading, and of course, spending time with my family.


Cindy

Business Administrator

I answer phones, greet patients, and schedule appointments. I worked as a dental assistant for 23 years, so I’m very familiar with the wide array of dental treatments. Patients come to me with questions regarding their appointments and I help to educate them and put them at ease. Being at the front desk is a new role for me, and I feel like I’m learning something new every day.

In my free time I play Lobo League volleyball and am a couch potato on Sunday during the NFL season—go Broncos! I grew up in Hatch, New Mexico (the Chili Capital of the world). I have a stepson named Bodie and two sons named Blaine and Cayson. My husband Chris is a cowboy and a retired bull rider. We also have two dogs named Bandit and Dually.


Faith

Business Administrator

I have worked in dentistry since 2007, assisting patients by getting them into the office for their dental care needs and helping them understand their treatment and insurance benefits. When I joined Academy Dental Care, I could see right away that this is a team that provides exceptional care to patients and supports one another with smiles on their faces. Our doctors and staff truly care about everyone who comes into the office—patients and team members alike. It is rewarding to see patients leave with a smile on their face because they know they are in great hands.

I was born and raised in Minnesota and love the weather here in New Mexico! My husband Nathan and I have two sons, Desmond and Grayson, as well as a dog named Penny Lane. My free time consists of playing with my kids, reading, knitting, and photography.


Berta

Dental Hygienist

My favorite part of my job is making a difference in people’s lives. I accomplish that by providing very gentle cleanings, examining for signs of gum disease, and educating them on oral hygiene. I really enjoy educating my patients on how to take care of their teeth so their smiles last a lifetime!

Away from work I like to walk and do yoga. My husband and I have three kids, four grandkids, and one dog. We got married in Las Vegas and I lost him for eight hours that day!


Carrie

Dental Hygienist

I worked as an AFD firefighter/paramedic before joining the dental field 25 years ago. As a dental hygienist, I deliver hygiene care, take X-rays, and give oral hygiene instructions. I truly care about my patients and often become friends with them! I love meeting new people and learning about their families and hobbies. One of the best parts of my job is the people with whom I work. My team and I all get along very well and you can always hear laughter throughout the office.

My husband Brian and I have two boys, Brian and Gage. We also have two dogs, a fish, and five turtles (all named after the Ninja Turtles). My main hobby is spending time with my family, but when I have time alone I like to run and work out.


Debbie

Dental Hygienist

I serve as a dental hygienist and a teacher/trainer for dental assistants in the office, putting my 30 years of experience to great use! I enjoy helping others and I love the feeling of making a difference in patients’ lives. I have worked for many dentists, and Dr. Gonzales and Dr. Gallagher do the best dentistry in Albuquerque.

I have a husband and son and an almost-daughter-in-law (they are getting married in May 2016). I also have four beautiful grandchildren. I enjoy the outdoors, gardening, and listening to spiritual music.


Jeniffer

Dental Assistant

I joined Dr. Gonzales’ team in 2015, bringing with me more than 13 years of experience in dentistry. I assist with many of our patients’ dental procedures, which means that I get to help change people’s lives by making them love their teeth each and every day! I love getting to know my patients on a personal level and being able to build trust with them. Ours is an office truly dedicated to our patients and their health. I’m really happy to be a part of this team!

At home, I have three children, Jordan, Jaydan, and Julius. I also have two dogs, Spotty and Godie. I like to camp, ride bikes, and garden when I’m not running crazy with the boys. I also love to work out and am pretty strong!


Aisha

Dental Assistant

I came to Academy Dental Care last year, giving me a total of 6 years of experience in dentistry. Making sure our patients receive the best care while in our office is one of my top priorities. I love getting to know my patients and providing them with the best possible experience. I know I’ve succeeded when I see them leave our office happy. I feel so fortunate to be a part of this team—they’re really the best ever! They are a fun group to work with, always there to lend a hand, and committed to continuing their education. Every single person here is passionate about providing the very best in patient care.

I have two children, Dyllan and Hayden, who are my world! I also have a loving boyfriend, Josh. When I have free time, I enjoy being outdoors, horseback riding, and being on the road with my family traveling I also like camping and hunting!


Melissa

Dental Assistant

I’ve worked in dentistry for 12 years and can say without a doubt that I love what I do. Meeting new people and getting to know our current patients better is very important to me, as is building a bond of friendship and trust between us. When it comes to our team, there is truly none better. Our doctors genuinely care about our patients, and my teammates all work together to provide for our patients’ needs.

My husband Mike and I have three children, DJ, Dakota, and Izaiah, as well as three very spoiled dogs named Baby, Paco, and Duke—ours is a full house! On my days off, I love spending time with my family, watching my kids play sports, and being lazy on the weekends—especially for Sunday football!


Kim

Dental Assistant and Front Desk

I began my career in dentistry in 2011 and joined the Academy Dental Care team in 2017. I can be found both in the clinical setting, where I collaborate with our doctors to help our patients with their treatment, as well as in the front office, where I get to engage with patients and learn about them while scheduling their appointments. I enjoy being a part of a patient-oriented team and appreciate our doctors’ dedication to furthering our knowledge.

I am a US Army Veteran. My family includes two little girls, Madison Mari and Carmyne Leon, and a boxer named Eva who has been with us for six years. I enjoy being outdoors, especially camping and fishing, and am a dog trainer in my down time.


Angelica

Dental Hygiene Assistant

I do whatever it takes to help our hygienists provide the best, most efficient, and comfortable care to our patients. Since joining the team in 2016, I’ve really felt like part of the family here. Drs. Gonzales and Gallagher have been so welcoming since day one, and each one of my co-workers have been so helpful. We all genuinely get along, and I think our patients can tell that we truly enjoy each other’s company!

My family consists of my parents, two brothers, and a slew of nieces and nephews who I absolutely adore! When I’m not spending time with them, I enjoy shopping and camping.


Diondria

Dental Hygiene Assistant

I started my career in dentistry in December of 2010 as a dental assistant. Here at Academy Dental Care, I assist our hygienists and my teammates in any way I can. Dentistry is the perfect fit for me—I love to help people and be a part of making people smile. I enjoy working with Dr. Gonzales and Dr. Gallagher, as they truly care for our patients, as well as their team members. It’s amazing to be a part of a team that always works hard together.

My husband Michael and I have three kids, Daziah, Jazmine, and Little Jeremiah. We also have two dogs, Bear and Gizzy. When I am not at work, I love spending time with my family, along with going camping, dancing afternoon runs, and going to Tucanos’s. I have a bucket list that consists of going on a hot air balloon ride, rock climbing, sky diving, and many more!


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