Our state-of-the-art dentistry will help you achieve your perfect smile.

Our Team

Our office team has been consistently recognized as the best in Taos. That’s because they’re committed to personalized care in a warm, inviting atmosphere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

nichole01Nichole is a dental hygienist from Champaign, Illinois. She is a registered dental hygienist in Illinois, Colorado, and now New Mexico. Nichole earned an Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene from Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois in 2007. Nichole graduated with honors in community dental health for mission work with hurricane Katrina victims. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and the American Dental Hygiene Association. She is was also a member of the Illinois and Colorado Dental Hygiene Association, and was a delegate on the Colorado Dental Hygiene Association. Nichole strives to ensure all patients at our practice feel welcomed, informed, and taken care of. Nichole is committed to serving as an oral health educator and a provider of preventative and therapeutic treatment. In her free time, Nichole loves to spend time with her two children Preston and Mary. She and her children like spending all of their free time enjoying outdoor activities. Nichole looks forward to getting to know our patients and feels blessed to be given the opportunity to relocate to such a special part of the country.

 

 

 

 

anna01Anna L. Osborne has worked for Dr. Simms as a dental hygienist for 14 years. She graduated from Temple University in 1969 with an associate’s degree in Dental Hygiene. She later graduated from Columbia University in 1974 with a Bachelor in Science degree. Anna has made a commitment to helping individuals obtain optimum oral health. She has been a dental hygienist for 45 years and has been in dentistry for 50 years.

 

 

 

IMG_5085Ramona Gallegos, RDH joined the Taos Dental Group Practice in December of 2014 as a licensed and Registered Dental Hygienist. Ramona Graduated from the University of New Mexico with Honors earning her Bachelors Degree of Science. Ramona is licensed to administer Anesthesia and is licensed to provide therapeutic Laser treatment/ therapy. Ramona is also one of three instructors at the local University of New Mexico Dental Assisting Program. She is also a member of the National American Honors Society, and also a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association. Ramona’s goals include providing quality dental health care, a friendly experience, informed oral hygiene education, and continued involvement in community events such as give kids a smile day, free dental care for the indigenous people in our country as well as other countries.   Ramona has been married to Norman Gallegos for 34 years. They have 3 children together and 2 grandchildren. Erica their oldest daughter is married to Amos, and together they have a beautiful daughter Elaina, and son Enrique. Carlos their son is a freshman in college at UNM. Savannah their youngest child is in the Taos middle school.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_5088Bear is a registered dental hygienist who graduated from San Juan College in Farmington. Bear moved to Taos in November 2015 and is enjoying getting to know the community. Bear tries to spend as much of his free time singing as possible, and particularly enjoys barbershop acapella harmony. Between the singing adventures and five younger siblings, he’s usually good for a story or two.

 

 

 

 

Tammy graduated from the UNM Taos Dental Assisting Program in 2016. She was born and raised in Taos where she lives with her fiancé and two beautiful daughters. She is very excited to join the team at Taos Dental Group and is enjoying assisting the hygiene team. She loves the atmosphere in the office, and contributes to it with her wonderful smile. She is looking forward to meeting of the wonderful people who come to Taos Dental Group for their oral care!

 

 

 

LenoreSmallLenore has worked in this practice for 34 years. A Native American raised on the Taos Pueblo, Lenore is a certified dental assistant. She attended dental assisting school in Albuquerque and continues to keep up to date with the dental field’s ever-changing technology. Lenore lives with her husband Sam and has two children and seven grandchildren. She enjoys getting to know patients and establishing long-term relationships – in fact, she’s now working on some third-generation clients.

 

 

 

linda01Linda has worked a dental assistant for the last 39 years. She’s certified and continues to take CED classes to keep up with the materials, changes and techniques in the dental field. Born and raised in Questa N.M. She started working at the Questa Health Center after high school graduation, then went to work in Taos where she has been a familiar face to many great patients. Linda lives with her husband Claudio, has two sons (Daniel and Jose). She loves to spend time with her grandchildren Daniel, Donovan, Devin, and Elias.

 

 

 

candice01Candice joined the team in 2011 and has been part of Taos Dental Group for 6 years. Born and raised in Taos. She graduated from Taos High School in 2009 and in 2010 graduated from UNM Taos dental assisting program and recently received her DANAB certification. Candice is cross trained as a dental assistant and as a front desk receptionist. You may see her in the front office or back assisting. Candice strives to ensure that each patient has a heartwarming experience while in her care. She enjoys spending all her free time with her beautiful children and better half Joey.

 

 

 

jenea01Jenea joined the Taos Dental Group team in 2012. She was born in Santa Fe but raised in Taos. She graduated from the University of New Mexico Dental Assisting program in 2011. Her goal is to ensure that you have an enjoyable experience. She is cross trained as a dental assistant and receptionist. You may see her in the front or back office. She enjoys spending her free time with her boyfriend Daniel, family and friends.

 

 

 

 

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.