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About Us

Justin Nylund, DDS

Dr. Justin Nylund is committed to giving every patient the dental experience he would want himself. Dr. Nylund had several bad dental experiences as a kid and grew up afraid of going to the dentist.  He is committed to helping you achieve and maintain your highest possible oral health. Dr. Nylund does all he can to ensure pain-free dentistry during every procedure. He cares about you as a person and takes time explain all your treatment options in order to educate you to make the best decisions for your specific needs.  Dr. Nylund stands behind and has a warranty for all the work he does.

Dr. Nylund’s commitment to excellence is shown by doing over 150 hours of continuing education every year compared to the 20 hours required by the state of New Mexico. Dr. Nylund has completed the Christensen Continuum and has been asked to mentor other dentists participating in the trainings in Provo, UT.

Dr. Nylund is completing the Kois Center Training, which has helped Dr. Nylund implement a standard of care that includes finding the root cause of problems and solving them with techniques and protocols based on proven scientific studies.

Dr. Nylund is carrying on a family tradition in dentistry – he is the tenth dentist in his family spanning four generations! Growing up, Justin was intrigued by his grandfather’s decision to take root in the small town of Rogers, Arkansas where he practiced dentistry for over 40 years until his retirement in 1986. And just like his grandfather, Dr Nylund has made a commitment to join a small town community, where he plans to maintain dental health and improve the smiles of citizens in Taos and the surrounding areas. Dr. Nylund provides quality compassionate care for patients with his two offices located in Taos and Red River.

Dr. Nylund was born and raised in Dallas, Texas where he attended the Episcopal School of Dallas. Following graduation from high school Dr. Nylund moved to Memphis, Tennessee to attend Rhodes College.

Dr. Nylund received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from the prestigious University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School. Upon graduation, he attended a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency in Alamosa, Colorado. While in Alamosa, Dr. Nylund gained valuable experience in oral surgery and endodontics, and he also developed a passion for pediatric dentistry. Dr. Nylund has also participated in several dental trips in the border towns of Mexico, as well as provided dental care through the Indian Health Service, in both North Dakota and Minnesota. He has called Taos home for the last five years.  Dr. Nylund is an avid outdoorsman, and in his free time he and his wife Patricia enjoy skiing, fishing, hiking, and camping and enjoying the beauty of New Mexico.


Charles T. Simms, D.D.S.drSimms01

Dr. Charles T. “Tom” Simms was born on Thanksgiving Day, 1947, in Albuquerque, NM, and graduated from Valley High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society. He followed his grandfather and father in becoming a pharmacist, graduating from the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy in 1970. He was a member of the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society at UNM. His father was in the first graduating class of UNM College of Pharmacy. Dr. Simms then attended Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, TX, graduating in 1974, and was a member of the Baylor Ontological Honor Society. He returned to Albuquerque to practice until he moved to Taos, purchasing the dental practice of Dr. Dan K. Salter in August of 1985. Dr. Simms has greatly enjoyed living and practicing family, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry in Taos, and highly values the relationships with his family of patients and friends over the years. He is a member of the Santa Fe District Dental Society and a Life Member of the New Mexico Dental Association and the American Dental Association. He is an avid golfer, and is a member of the Taos Men’s Golf Association at Taos Country Club. He also has been known to “wet a fly” on some of the beautiful trout water of New Mexico.



Rory M. Yurkovich, D.D.S

Rory PictureDr. Rory Yurkovich is new to Taos but is New Mexican, born and raised. Growing up in Gallup, NM, Dr. Yurkovich was able to explore all of the fun and beauty northern NM has to offer. He is excited to be “home” after having spent time in Colorado and Texas. Rory studied Microbiology at New Mexico State University, where he graduated with honors. He is also a proud graduate of the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. In dentistry, his passion is connecting with patients and understanding their concerns and needs. Outside of the office, he feels most comfortable hitting the trails on his mountain bike. He is excited to meet the many wonderful people of Taos and to explore the beauty of the area. If you see him around town, please be sure to say “hi”!


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Did Your Know?

According to a study by the Gallop Organization and Consumer Reports, dentists are among the top five most trusted professionals.

What do powdered fruit, talc, honey, dried flowers, mice and lizard livers have in common? They have all been ingredients in ancient toothpaste and powder. Yum.

Attention Chocolate Lovers…Many dentists agree raisins can cause more tooth decay than chocolate. Sticky foods such as raisins and dried fruits can stay on the teeth longer and develop more decay.

According to a study at the University of Connecticut, too much toothpaste early in life is responsible for more than 70% of fluorosis cases (staining or mottling of tooth enamel that develops when children swallow fluoridated toothpaste). Although this problem is only cosmetic, it is recommended children under six only use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and be reminded to spit it out after brushing.