OUR Dental STAFFEach member of our dental staff is highly trained and committed to providing the best dental health care possible.
My name is Lois and I’m the Office Manager of Valencia Family Dental. I have been in the dental field for 32 years now. I’m originally from Indiana and moved to New Mexico in 1998. I’ve been married for 47 wonderful years, blessed with a son and daughter, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.
I joined VFD back in December 2016 and I must say that I’m happy working with the team whose number 1 goal is to provide only the best dental service to our valued clients. We have such a great camaraderie and we treat each other like a family. Hope to see you in the clinic!
Hi! I’m Linda Miller, I’m one of the dental assistants at Valencia Family Dental. My job is to bring patients back and make sure they are happy and satisfied of the service provided at the clinic. We know that no one really wants to be here, So I’ll always try to find something in common with you to make you feel comfortable during your visit.
Patients here at our office will always get the best treatment. They will never get any overprescribed treatment; just what’s best for their oral health. The treatment is not just what someone wants you to get; it’s what you need. I really enjoy the staff, live down here in the area and am willing to commute. I love the whole dental setting down here.
Hi, I’m Randy and I’m a dental hygienist at Valencia Family Dental. I attended UNM where I received my dental hygiene degree. I’ve been a dental hygienist for several years and joined the Valencia team in December of 2018. When I am not working, I enjoy reading, going to the gym and watching sports.
My goal as a dental hygienist is to provide education on proper dental hygiene and make patients feel easy when they visit the dental office. Most patients get anxious once they step in so it helps if there’s someone who will make them feel comfortable so their experience is seamless.
Hi! My name is Gertrude Herrera, and I’m a dental assistant at Valencia Family Dental.
As long as I can remember, I have always wanted to help people improve their oral health. To me, just seeing them leave our office with a bigger better smile after their appointment lets me know that we did our job.
You might have something in common with me, so we can strike up a conversation about things; that’s my goal, too. Establishing rapport is really important to me.
I grew up in Mora, New Mexico and got into riding horses, hunting and fishing as well as sports at an early age. I’m the youngest of five and have three brothers and one sister. I’m already an Auntie of four nephews and two nieces. I’m the youngest in my family to purchase a house. In my spare time, I love traveling to new places with my boyfriend.
In 2016 I graduated from Luna Community College with a Dental Assisting Certificate. I’ve been officially in the dental field now for three years. My job is all about determining what the patient wants and helping them express that, so I can do my job better.
As a dental assistant, I assist our dentists during treatment procedures, work closely with patients before, during and after procedures are done, help prepare and sterilize instruments, sometimes take impressions of teeth if asked, teach patients oral hygiene strategies, and do some office management work.
I love working with patients the most! You’ll love coming to our office and have the chance to see our high quality work, and especially, how much we love people!
Hi, my name is Jeannette and I’m a Dental Assistant here in Valencia Family Dental. I’ve graduated from Dental Assisting School in 2005 and have been assisting ever since. One of best parts of my job is taking care of patients. I love connecting with them, making them feel comfortable and ensuring that they are 100% satisfied once they step out of the clinic. I also make sure to remember distinct information from them like their recent trip, occasion etc. I guess it helps me start a great conversation whenever I make a follow up or when they come back to the clinic.
It’s my honor to be working with a great team. The doctors are very competent, honest and really have a huge heart for the patients. My co workers are amazing and lovely to work with. Say hi to me when you see me in the clinic! Thanks!
Hi! I’m Alyssa Bilson, Dental Assistant at Valencia Family Dental!
I want to share my background with you so you can connect with me at the office. I’ll be your dental assistant. I was born and raised in Colorado with two sisters and one brother. I’m married and have a daughter and son and we all love spending time together, walking the dog and going to metal concerts.
I’m new in the dental line of work. Since graduating from dental assistant school in Colorado, I’ve been working with patients for about 8 months. It’s perfect for me because I always wanted a career in health care.
My favorite part of the workday is making a difference in the lives of patients who come in with pain or have cosmetic concerns. That’s when I have to listen very closely to what they’re experiencing so that they can get the care they need. I’ll also point out things on their x-rays or the models we have in the office and ask the dentist to speak to them.
The most important thing I pay attention to is the trust factor between the patient and me. This is what allows me to give them the care they need.
At our office, patients will get great care because our whole team is very compassionate and outstanding. We offer multiple procedures in our office so patients don’t have to go to other locations and can keep receiving the high standard of care that they get here.
Hi! I’m Lois DeLara, your Dental Hygienist at Valencia Dental. As a child, I enjoyed going to the dentist and was proud to be a part of the “no cavity club”. I chose my career path in high school. I went to college at CNM and UNM and graduated from the UNM Dental Hygiene program in 2020. That’s when I started my career.
I grew up in Bernalillo, New Mexico with my extended family. I feel that I’m very lucky that I have a lot of cousins my own age who are my best friends.
My family is very close and loves spending time with each other. My parents are happily married. I am a middle child of two sisters and one brother and I’m a dog mom. I love taking my dog for walks to the dog park. I enjoy camping, fishing and playing softball.
My favorite part about helping a patient is first making them feel comfortable with me. Listening to patients helps me understand their concerns and allows me to help them to the best of my ability.
I like to educate patients on the consequences of poor hygiene in hopes that it motivates them to improve their oral health and openly ask me questions. I like to educate patients through visuals.
You can expect me to be very friendly, kind, and compassionate.
Hi! I’m Amanda Collins, your dental hygienist at Valencia Dental. I received my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of New Mexico. I am continuing my education for a master’s degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of New Mexico. I’ve been a Dental Hygienist for less than a year.
I was born and grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I absolutely love it here. I have enjoyed the Balloon Fiesta almost every year since I can remember. I also have traveled to Maryland throughout my life to visit family for holidays, summers and events.
My family is very important to me and I am fortunate that most reside in New Mexico. I have one younger brother and no children at this time. I do have two amazing dogs that I adopted in 2015, they both have large personalities and help keep my active with evening walks.
My boyfriend and I enjoy finding new spots in nature or just relaxing at the local park. I hope to travel a bit more in the future with quick weekend getaways and a few out of the country adventures. I also volunteer with Special Olympics New Mexico where I am a coach and partner for volleyball and golf.
I chose to become a dental hygienist because I would like to impact the oral health of my community. The confidence and joy a healthy smile can bring to a patient is amazing and I feel honored to be a part of their care. I strive for my patients to enjoy their visit at our office and leave with a better understanding of their oral health.
My favorite part of helping patients is seeing the joy and confidence a healthy smile can bring. I enjoy being able to offer comfort to patients that may fear dental treatment. Every patient deserves to love their smile.
Prevention is the foundation to achieving the optimal oral health. I believe that all patients should be given the education and tools necessary for preventing periodontal disease. By enabling patients to a have a full understanding of their oral health , they can then continue on the path of prevention.
I educate my patients in many ways; through a demonstration with a 3D model, diagram, and/or their own patient chart. I believe that patient education should be individualized so that they are receiving the best care and can continue with a tailored home care plan.
While I am continuing my education for my masters, I am reading the latest research published through PubMed. I love staying current and prefer to read the literature published in RDH Magazine, Access Dental, and Crest Oral Health continuing education courses. I look forward to attending in person seminars for the latest content in dental hygiene.