Meet Our Dentists

Dr. Heisch graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1988. In 1992, Dr. Heisch earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Baylor College of Dentistry. Upon graduation, Dr. Heisch was honored with Excellence in Prosthodontics and Community Dentistry Awards, and inducted into the exclusive Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society by her peers.

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.

Carla is originally from San Diego, California. She has a Bachelors degree in psychology, Registered Dental Assistant license in California and a certified Dental Assistant license in New Mexico. Carla has been in the dental field for 20 years and has been Dr. Heisch’s assistant for 11 years. She loves all animals and spends a lot of time taking care of the animals in her family. Carla likes to read, travel, lounge on a sunny day and spend time at the baseball field with her husband watching their son play.

Lena Cordova has been a dental assistant for four and a half years. She has been working for Dr. Heisch for three and a half years. Lena graduated from dental assisting at Pima Medical Institute in Albuquerque, NM. She enjoys meeting patients and helping them have a pleasant dental experience during their visit. Lena is very close to her family, loves animals, and enjoys doing outdoor activities.
Dr. David Gartz was born and raised in Los Alamos, NM and was a graduate of LAHS in 1996. Dr. Gartz began his educational pursuits at Brigham Young University and earned a Bachelor in Science degree in 2002 after serving a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Dr. Gartz graduated Cum Laude from the University of Colorado, School of Dentistry in 2006 and began practicing general dentistry in Los Alamos that year.

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.

Since getting her certification from PIMA, Emily has been a dental assistant for five years. She was born and raised in New Mexico and is the youngest of four children. Five years ago she moved to the Los Alamos / White Rock area, where she and her husband settled down to raise their son.

Katheran has been here at High Mesa Dental Arts going on 2 years come December. She has been a Dental Assistant for 3 years now. Katheran is from Jemez Springs, and her family has been there for many generations. Her dad was Military and she has had the privilege of living in many different states and even in Rome, Italy for 3 years. She grew up most of her life in Long Beach, Mississippi, graduating from Long Beach High School in 2001. Katheran moved back to New Mexico in November of 2004 to be close to family. She soon fell in love with the medical field while working in a nursing home with Long-Term Alzheimer’s and Hospice patients in Albuquerque as a CNA, and later a CMA. She worked there for over 3 years and this is where she met her husband. She am also proud mother of 3 handsome boys; Andrew, Colton and Wyatt, they also have 3 dogs! After having her 2nd son, Katheran decided to go back to school; she did so at PIMA Medical Institute in Albuquerque and studied to become a Dental Assistant, graduating top of her class with honors. She started out at a private dental office in Rio Rancho, where she got hired on following her externship. Katheran stayed there for a year learning lots of hands on experience before coming here to this office.
Katheran doesn’t have many hobbies with 3 boys, but they enjoy Balloon Fiesta, and they are even a part of a balloon chase crew! She truly enjoys her job and love what she does, she hope to expand my functions as a dental assistant by be becoming a Certified Dental Assistant in the future, as well as expanding her bobble head collection on the windowsill in the White Rock office.

Dr. Cannon was born in Los Alamos and graduated from LAHS in 1994. He developed a passion for art, music, and soccer. He enjoyed serving abroad as a missionary in Porto, Portugal for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He received his undergraduate in psychology from Brigham Young University in 2000. In 2007, Dr. Cannon graduated with a Doctor of Medical Dentistry from Case Western Reserve University.

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.

Alicia started working for Dr. Cannon in 2009. Immediately she enjoyed Dental Assisting and working at High Mesa Dental Arts. She loves being involved in making others feel good about their oral health, and working in such a great environment. Alicia is very experienced in all areas of dental assisting, but continuing education still remains important to her. She enjoys furthering her knowledge and hopes to attain expanded function certifications in the future.

Alicia was born and raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Much of her family remains in the area. She is currently raising two beautiful children, Aiden and Hailey with her husband Victor. Together they enjoy fly fishing and antler hunting in their spare time.

Shari started working for High Mesa Dental Arts in 1987 for Dr. Patricia Roberts and continued for 15 years. She earned her Certified Dental Assistant, CDA, through the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) and training at UNM in 1989-90.
Shari began working for Dr. Reed Cannon in 2010. She feels fortunate to have worked with two of the most caring, understanding, knowledgeable, and artistic dentists at High Mesa Dental Arts for almost 22 years.
Shari, a native of Los Alamos, is highly experienced and knowledgeable in all aspects of dental assisting; including radiology, amalgam and composite restorations, crown and bridge, in house bleaching, implant and other advanced dental procedures. She has also training as a dental technician in denture repair and denture relines. All our personnel maintain OSHA and CPR certification.
“I am a people person, and love working with and learning about our patients. It’s an interesting job. Each patient has different needs and each case is different. The combination of working closely with patients and the team here at High Mesa Dental Arts along with the incredible opportunity to learn and grow makes this a perfect job. Dentistry today is exciting, the field of dentistry is exciting and constantly changing. It keeps me on my toes. Today’s technology is far advanced compared to 30 years ago and Dr. Cannon and our team are committed to remaining cutting edge, in both the areas of dentistry and our patient care experience.”
Shari’s passion for people and her skills make her a valued member of the team at High Mesa Dental Arts. Her gentle nature makes her a favorite with patients and her fellow team members. Her professionalism and commitment are noticeably reflected in her positive attitude and delivery of care.
Outside the office Shari likes to stay fit by running or “chugging” around White Rock and various trails nearby. She enjoys photography, pencil drawing and crochet.

Deb was born and raised in Albuquerque and moved to Los Alamos in 1985. She spent much of her childhood “in the woods” camping, exploring nature, fishing, and riding motorcycles. She started her career as a Dental Assistant in Albuquerque in 1982 and continued in Los Alamos for 12 years. She then became a Certified Pharmacy Technician and worked as an IV Technician for Los Alamos Medical Center for 12 years. She has also worked as a Medical Assistant and is a former Emergency Medical Technician-Basic. “It’s easy to see that I love helping people since my entire career has been based on caring for others in some capacity”.

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”.

Meet The Hygeinists

Heather graduated Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico in 2009 with an Associates of Liberal Arts, followed by her Bachelors of Health Science focusing in Dental Hygiene. She is board certified in Laser Prophylaxis and administer local anesthesia.
She has a passion for serving the underprivileged, working in public health, and with special needs patients. She completed her clinical hours treating special need patients at Carrie Tingly Children’s hospital and rural pueblos in the state of New Mexico.
Her graduating class of 2011 was the pioneers of UNM’s Division of Dental Hygiene first international oral health-care mission trip traveling to Central America. She and her group treated hundreds of patients in rural areas outside of Granada, Nicaragua with limited or no access to care. Heather also participated in the creation of New Mexico’s own Missions of Mercy, treating patients in public health numerous years. She continues to look for more opportunities in the future to help the underserved in the U.S. as well as overseas.
Heather loves music, reading, cooking and roller derby. She also enjoys entertaining with her husband David and daughter Paige. They enjoy hiking, traveling, and staying active as a family. They are continually involved in the community through various pursuits and are advocates of small businesses in Los Alamos.
Heather values continuing education and evolving in the health science field is an essential part of her professional career. She is devoted to researching the latest techniques, procedures, and equipment in the field. Public oral health education and awareness is topic dear to her heart. She is an active member of the ADHA.

Jennifer Ann Archuleta, BSDH, RDH is a registered dental hygienist at High Mesa Dental Arts. Jennifer graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor’s of Science in Dental Hygiene in 2000, and she has been with High Mesa Dental Arts for 15 years come November 2016.
Jennifer has served on several positions of the New Mexico Dental Hygienists’ Association Board of Trustees. Positions include as a Trustee of the Northern Component of the association, as a Delegate to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, as well as Vice President of the New Mexico Dental Hygienists’ Association. Jennifer received the Trailblazer Award in 2005 from the NMDHA BOT.
After almost 15 years of dental hygiene practice, Jennifer brings experience, many years of continuing education and an eagerness to care for all patients from age 3 to 93. Her amicable and generous personality creates a welcoming atmosphere for all patients she cares for at High Mesa Dental Arts.
Rachel received an Associates of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene at Amarillo College and has been practicing for 17 years. She joined our team in 2013 and says she is happy to be working with such a positive group of people, whose #1 goal is excellent patient care in a comfortable, professional and fun environment. She believes that continuing education is very important in any field and makes time to attend the Southwest Dental Conference every year, as well as other courses throughout the year. Rachel feels that her job satisfaction comes from helping patients understand the overall importance of good oral health and seeing them take charge of their personal oral care. She takes pride in offering gentle, caring oral hygiene treatment and practical education and tools to help her patients take care of their teeth and gums at home.
Spirit Sullivan went to school at the University of New Mexico and has a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene.
Spirit’s favorite saying is, “Perfect has 7 letters and so does hygiene, coincidence? I think not!” She is a member of the John Stamos Fan Club, and currently owns the world’s largest collection of television memorabilia bobble heads. Spirit has been making the Snuggie look good since 2009, and is a recovering As Seen on TV addict.
Spirit also has a love of music. She likes to rap caucasionally, and her stage name is Dr. Floss. She also enjoys Barry Manilow, Neil Diamond, and the smooth vocal stylings of Marilyn Manson.

Tracy works for the best dental office in Los Alamos. As one of the more seasoned hygienists with the practice, Tracy comes to you with 17 years of experience. She was trained at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver and received her Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene.
Current details of Tracy’s life include that she has been married to the same charming guy for over 36 years. She is a mother to a cartoonist and a med student, soon to be pediatric resident. She loves hiking; biking and sews handbags as a hobby.
Hygiene lets her help patients have healthier mouths and more attractive smiles. Tracy loves it when she can ease a patient’s anxiety about dentistry, or inspire them to take better care of their teeth. And she would like you to know, contrary to what you may have read, you do have to floss your teeth!

Ashley recently joined the High Mesa Dental Arts team and is loving it! She is a Registered Dental Hygienist with over 10 years of dental experience. In 2004, she joined the US Air Force as a dental assistant. While in the Air Force she received an Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences/Dental Assisting from the Community College of the Air Force. After 10 years of service she decided to attend Dental Hygiene school to broaden her education in the dental health field. She graduated from Pima Medical Institute in March 2016 with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science/Dental Hygiene. She is board certified to administer local anesthesia. Through her education she has gained the knowledge and passion to help her patients with their oral health care. She enjoys having the opportunity to help patients understand why complete oral health care is beneficial to their overall health. She looks forward to helping the Los Alamos community with their dental health needs.

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.

Meet The Front Office

Bernice Christensen has been a receptionist at our practice 3.5 years. Her and her husband, Davis have lived in White Rock for 24 years. They raised their four children, Jenny, Westley, Danielle and Cooper in this community that they love. Her favorite part of the her job is greeting the patients that come into our office. Some she has known for years while others are new to the area.

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.

Frankie Gavin graduated from New Mexico state in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Management. She is currently pursing her MBA with a concentration in Non-Profit Business and plans to graduate in May of 2017. She is originally from Ruidoso, New Mexico but currently lives in Los Alamos with her boyfriend. Frankie is a football lover and you can often find her updating her fantasy lineup. Go Seahawks! She also enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling as much a possible. Frankie is in the White Rock office at the front desk to help with any questions you may have 5 days a week. Her favorite thing about working at High Mesa Dental is her awesome co-workers who always keep her smiling (literally).

Marna Riedel was born and raised in Los Alamos. She graduated in 1992 and moved to Denver, Colorado where she lived for 20 years. She moved back to Los Alamos a few years ago to be closer to her family.
Marna has been working in the Human Resources/Management field for 20 years and has worked in many interesting arenas. She has managed a large paper distribution company, a tech start-up, a security company, a daycare chain, and now a dental office. Working at High Mesa Dental Arts is by far her favorite because of her fantastic co-workers and bosses, and the high level of mutual respect and teamwork.
Marna loves trivia, jigsaw puzzles, and green chile cheeseburgers. Also, Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain. She isn’t much into yoga, and most days has half a brain. Marna collects useless knowledge and prides herself on her ability to turn any situation into a haiku.

Melissa Espinoza takes care of the Accounts Payable for High Mesa Dental Arts. She is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, and is also a musician and teacher. Melissa enjoys the educational aspect of working in a dental office, and has learned a great deal about teeth in her six years with the practice. Her job provides her with an opportunity to meet and help a variety of patients, along with keeping the books in order, and she really enjoys her time in the office.

Melissa Weiss joined High Mesa Dental Arts in December 2015 as an administrative assistant for the Los Alamos office. She studied emergency Medical Services at Dona Ana Community College in Las Cruces before moving back to her hometown of Los Alamos with her husband. Having held multiple positions in the medical and business fields, she has experience working with all types of people. In her free time she enjoys spending time in the mountains fishing, camping and hiking with her dogs, in addition to volunteering with her church.

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