OUR Dental STAFFEach member of our dental staff is highly trained and committed to providing the best dental health care possible.
I joined the Valencia Family Dental in December 2016. I have been in the dental field for 36 years. I moved to New Mexico in 1998 from Indiana. I have been married for 47 years and have a son and daughter, 3 grandchildren and one great grandchild .
Shayna went to dental assisting school in 2009 and started working front desk when she started at Valencia Family Dental in 2011. Shayna is always willing to help explain your insurance benefits and treatment plans.
Born and raised in New Mexico, some of her hobbies include archery, shooting, snowboarding, and spending time with her amazing husband and son. Things that are important to Shayna are her family, God and her country.
My name is Crystal Martinez. I was born and raised in Albuquerque. I have been a patient coordinator/dental assistant for about 15 years now. I have a 15 year old son and I help take care of my grandparents. I love to cook, bake, read and spend time with my son and friends.
Hi my name is Josette. I joined Valencia Family Dental in Mya 2012. I graduated earning a bachelor’s
degree at the University of New Mexico Dental Hygiene program in 2004. I am a dedicated Dental
Hygienist with extensive experience providing expert dental treatment, exceptional patient skills
focused on oral hygiene treatment and care as well as preventative management.
Hi! I’m Linda Miller, dental assistant at Valencia Family Dentistry. My job is to bring
patients back and make you as comfortable as possible. We know that no one really
wants to be here… 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 your oral health. The treatment is not
just what someone wants you to get; it fits 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.
Originally I am from northern New Mexico, graduated from the University of New
Mexico. I enjoy the outdoors and traveling with my girlfriend. Biking, snowboarding,
and walking our dog are all great hobbies I enjoy.
What I enjoy most about being a dental hygienist is that I get to help make a
difference in my patient’s health. It is very satisfying seeing my patients improve on
their oral health. Working at Valencia family dental has been a wonderful
opportunity and I enjoy everyone.
I attended UNM and 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.
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!
My name is Jeannette. I have 3 children and 12 grandchildren. I love the Dallas Cowboys. I graduated
from Dental Assisting School in 2005 and have been assisting ever since.
Hi! I’m Marisol Moron-Garcia, your Hygiene Assistant at Valencia Family Dentistry and Orthodontics. I believe you’ll find our office a very friendly place to be.
I’ve been interested in dentistry ever since I was a child in Oakland, CA. At age 11, I lived in Albuquerque for 4 years until my parents settled down in Los Lunas, NM. My parents had a farm where we had 9 goats, a ton of chickens, one horse, and 8 dogs, along with me and my two brothers. There was always something to do on the farm back then! I’m preparing to live on my own in November 2019 – finally!
After high school, it just seemed right to study dental assisting in college. Watching, studying and training in school made me realize just how much I really enjoy it. The majority of the 2-year program is spent training in a dental lab that mimics a dental office. This gives us a hands-on general idea of how each dental procedure goes, plus we get to study how important dental health is.
We also spend 2 terms in actual dental offices so we train alongside actual dentists and patients. I’m currently debating whether or not I should go back to school to become a hygienist. I’ve been working in the field for about half a year now.
What I like about work is that I can make a big impact on how patients feel. Of course, the best way to impact patients’ lives is to know what matters most to you when it comes to your personal oral care. Prevention is always important and I love teaching patients what I know about it. I always encourage patients to take care of their teeth so they won’t have to come back for major dental treatment.
With better smiles, fixed cavities or toothaches, it’s always amazing to see how thankful they are after their visit. This always makes my day!
If you ever want to start a new conversation with me, talk to me about my favorite books (Doctor Sleep, The Phantom Tollbooth, and The Hobbit) or my favorite movies (Back to the Future, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Lord of the Rings). I also love video games like Mass Effect Trilogy and listen to David Bowie, My Chemical Romance, and Queen.
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.