All professionals at Rio Mimbres Family Dental & Oral Surgery maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training.
During his undergraduate studies at Dixie State College – St. George and Utah State College, Josh Elliss was awarded the Dr. Barnum Research award and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. Dr. Elliss then attended the University of Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine; he was also an extern at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, where he was exposed to modern cosmetic and occlusion techniques. Upon graduation from UNLV, he was awarded the Quintessence Award for his research during school and the Outstanding Student Award from the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. After schooling, Dr. Ellis practiced in Dallas, Texas, prior to moving his family to New Mexico.
“Growing up in a small town next to Zion’s National Park in southern Utah, I cultivated a love for outdoors and hiking at an early age. I am grateful to now look out my window every day and see the beautiful Organ Mountains so close by. New Mexico is a unique and diverse place and my family feels at home here.”
Dr. Elliss is currently involved in local cub scouts and enjoys being a supporter of NMSU athletics and student organizations.
Dr. Cory Thompson attended Arizona State University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish. Dr. Thompson then went on to graduate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine out east where he loved the seasons but learned to appreciate the fact that you never have to shovel sunshine. At his family’s request/urging, Dr. Thompson set out to practice in the desert southwest. After some time spent in Arizona, New Mexico became home and he and his family have grown to love the area and the people.
“There is a uniqueness about Southern New Mexico that I really enjoy. I love the spectacular mountain views and White Sands National Park. This is a place that my family and I are excited to call home. I am looking forward to helping the people of New Mexico with their dental needs and I am excited about the many wonderful options that we can provide for you at Hillrise Dental.”
John Gordon grew up in Alamogordo New Mexico, after finishing high school, he moved to Las Cruces New Mexico to attend college at New Mexico State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree. He moved on to receive his master’s degree at Oklahoma State University in 1976. Mr. Gordon was accepted into Dental school at the University of Missouri Kansas City where he graduated in 1980 as Dr. John Gordon, DDS.
Dr. Gordon and his wife, Karen (now married 44 years) moved to Deming New Mexico where he opened his own practice in 1980. They have been living in Deming NM for almost 39 years, building their business and growing their family.... having 2 children, a son and a daughter, that both proudly have made Dr. Gordon and Karen grandparents!! Now Mr. and Mrs. Gordon love to travel and visit the grandbabies in Kansas City and Albuquerque. Dr. Gordon will continue to see his patients along with new patients at Rio Mimbres Family Dental & Oral Surgery while taking some time, here and there to spend time with his family.
Born and raised in New Mexico, at a young age Dr. Espinoza knew he wanted to be a dentist. The path was not always straight and clear but with encouragement from his family, friends and church he had faith he would achieve his goal. He started to develop a hard work ethic while attending Las Cruces High School and working at Memorial Medical Center as a Sanitation Aid. After graduating from high school and completing a certificate as a Certified Nursing Assistance, he worked at Las Cruces Nursing Center and attended NMSU School of Business and College of Arts and Sciences to complete pre-dental requirements. Upon completing his Bachelors in Business Administration and all pre-dental requirements, he was accepted into Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. There he served as class president all four years and was a part of the Dean's List for academic achievements. In his senior year he was nominated and won several leadership awards including recognition by the California Dental Association for research and the Prince Award, which the school deems one of the most prestigious awards given. Wanting to continue to learn more about dentistry and advanced procedures, Dr. Espinoza was accepted into the University of New Mexico Advanced General Dentistry program. He studied an extra year of day-to-day dental procedures in a clinic and hospital setting, as well as LV. sedation, dental implants, endodontic, fixed and removal prosthodontics, advanced pediatric cases, periodontal surgeries, impacted wisdom teeth removal, emergency dentistry and preventative dentistry. It was an intense year but working with specialists in each of those areas has helped mold him into a better dentist that wants to continue to grow and learn. After having several job offers around the U.S., Dr. Espinoza decided to take the job at Sonoma Family Dental and proudly serve his community that helped him in achieving his own goal.
Priscilla has been in the dental industry for over 10 years. She first started as a orthodontist assistant in Las Cruces NM for about 3 years then moved onto another orthodontist position where she would train further in general dentistry, and has continued that journey. She loves that her position here allows her to be able to educate the patients about their overall oral health. Priscilla has seen so many patients that have entered the practice feeling bad, or not loving their smile due to anxiety keeping them from visiting the dentist... those very same patients she has watched overcome their fear, gain confidence and get the smile they have always wanted, she is proud and loves to help with patients on their journey through their treatment plans.
When Priscilla isn't at the practice, she loves the precious moments spent with her kiddos! They enjoy taking in the latest movies. You might also catch her out hiking, and loving the outdoors. If time allows she tries to sneak in a good book or two.
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While Ambar is new to the dental industry, she is working on her degree in the medical field, so this is a perfect fit! Ambar has always found a position that offers patient care is very important to her. She loves offering the best patient customer service to every person that walks into our office. Ambar truly enjoys that her current position allows her to greet the patients and fulfill all their oral health needs!
When Ambar isn't attending to patients, you will find her busy with the nursing school program, but she always finds precious time to spend with her family!