While attending Baylor, Dr. Heisch researched the efficacy of one of the first electric toothbrushes on the market, within a geriatric population, and presented her published results at the 69th Annual Meeting of International Association for Dental Research in Acapulco, Mexico. This research later grew into a preventative oral health care program in a long-term care facility for the elderly in Dallas, TX. Dr. Heisch also earned the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Dentistry from the American Association of Public Health, and the Warner-Lambert Preventive Dentistry Scholarship in 1991.
In 1993, Dr. Heisch began practicing in Los Alamos, where she met and married her husband, Jim. She enjoys camping and riding bicycles and motorcycles with her husband and son. She also loves to cook and entertain in her home. One of her personal lifetime goals is to visit each National Park.
Dr. Heisch has continued her education throughout the years with a variety of courses, including, but not limited to: esthetic/smile-design dentistry, implant restorations, occlusal analysis
and design with Arrowhead Laboratory, nutrition, and courses covering the latest materials and their usage. Throughout Dr. Heisch’s time with this practice, many changes have occurred, but the standards of excellence and the practice of conservative, preventative dentistry have always been maintained.
Dr. Gartz enjoys his time with family. He and his wife, Stacey, are proud parents of 6 children; Hannah, Norah, Eddie, Will, Sarah, and Levi. They love to play soccer and basketball together as well as bike, swim, run, and travel as a family. Dr. Gartz serves on the White Rock Little League Board and loves to coach basketball for the YMCA.
Continuing education has been vitally important to Dr. Gartz. He has completed numerous courses from the American Dental Association, the Dawson Academy, Spear Education Institute, and from the Hands on Training Institute. These courses range from creating esthetic excellence in dentistry to complete care and function for every patient. He is an alumnus of the Dawson Academy, and is an active member of the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Cannon is married to Heidi and they have five children, Caleb, Carson, Maia, Max, and Kylie. He enjoys hiking and nature, playing and coaching soccer, teaching his children to draw, and traveling as a family.
Growing as a dentist has become a focal point in Dr. Cannon’s career. He has completed courses from the Spear Education Institute, the Dawson Academy, the Hands On Training Institute, and the American Dental Association. Dr. Cannon loves using his artistic background, combined with his technical training, to create beautiful smiles and healthy mouths.
In her “free time” she is a mother to 3 crazy wonderful boys. She has lived in Jemez Springs since 2004 after living in Mississippi. She volunteers for a local acequia in Jemez Springs, acting as a secretary/treasurer for the past 6 years. Katheran loves to bake and cook, spend time with family and friends and continuing her education where she can.
She is a proud military supporter having a stepson and nephew serving in the USMC and another nephew in the Army. Her dad served in the Navy and both parents instilled the belief and value of putting others before yourself. Many extended family members have served in various branches of the military as well.
Deb is very much family oriented and loves spending time all together as much as possible. She is especially close to her nephew David and feels that they share a love of all things in nature. She is happily married to Bill and they enjoy baseball, 4 Wheeling, building custom hot rods and riding horses in the mountains. She also loves animals of all kinds. “I’ve never met any animal that I couldn’t find a bond with. My parents got so tired of me asking if I could bring another stray animal home, they just started making more space for them. Animals have a purity and innocence about them that I’m drawn to. When I was a kid fishing with my Daddy, I would kiss the worms he used as bait. My parents thought I was the strangest little girl with the biggest heart!” Her latest rescue is Casey a mixed breed, ten-month-old stray pup that is bringing much laughter and exuberance to the home.
“I think my best asset is the ability to put myself in other people’s shoes and empathize with them. In caring for people, I feel fortunate. I’m honored to be a part of such a great team here at High Mesa Dental Arts. I’m looking forward to many wonderful years working together with Dr. Cannon and Shari”.
Tanya joined the High mesa Dental Arts team in October 2016. She has been in the dental field for 10 years and has been a dental hygienist since 2013. She enjoys making people as comfortable as possible in the dental chair and ensuring the best patient experience possible. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northern Arizona University and moved to New Mexico after graduating. She recently moved to Los Alamos to be back in the mountains, where she spends most of her free time.
She enjoys interacting with her patients on a personal level and educating them about dental care as well as ways to improve their oral health. She love what she does, especially knowing that she’s am making a difference in preventing disease and promoting excellent oral hygiene. Her goal now is to develop a strong and long lasting relationship with my patients.
Bernice loves planning weddings, traveling, the outdoors, home “projects” and being with her 6+ grandchildren.
Before working for us, she and her family were patients here and feels very fortunate now to learn about dentistry and understanding the importance of good hygiene.
Nancy has been a resident of Los Alamos for four years. Los Alamos National Lab brought her husband and her back to the beautiful Southwest. The views, scenery and outdoor lifestyle are very appealing to Nancy and her family. You can find Nancy hiking, biking walking and running her beloved Siberian Huskies around town. Nancy and her husband enjoy exploring New Mexico and visiting their kids and family around the country
Amber grew up in White Rock, and has recently returned after 15 years in Albuquerque. As an avid skier and backpacker, she is happy to be home. It has been wonderful to reacquaint herself with the community through the dental practice, and she is really honored to be a full time employee at High Mesa Dental Arts here in White Rock
VaLynn and her husband, Les, and 5 children, (Kelani, Clayton, Russell, Melia, Leiana) have lived in White Rock since 1998. She’s known throughout the community from working many wonderful years at Time Out Pizza in WR, and from her family business, Party To Go!, a local inflatable company. You can find her/family at many local events, including the Gordon Concerts during the summer. VaLynn is a people person, and loves kids! She enjoys the outdoors, family, friends, and photography.
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