Meet the Team at Dr. Alicia Abeyta’s office!
Lee Medina, RDH, DOM
Experienced in Dentistry for over 16 years, Lee has seen the industry change over time. Her interest in whole body health lead her to become a Doctor of Oriental medicine. “I saw the correlation within the mouth and the health of the body. I knew there was an aspect of patient care that could work within the two.” A holistic health approach is the foundation of her care. Lee will discuss your overall health and integrate both Medical and Dental care into your treatment. Whether it is TMJ pain or Anxiety, there is an integrative approach that can benefit your needs.
The use of essential oils and acupuncture can be used in your therapy to help benefit whole body health. The care you receive is set at the highest standards to meet your needs during your treatment. Providing custom care for each patient and their needs is priority. She will educate you on all aspects of your health and give recommendations from diet to Chinese herbs. Come and experience a new approach to dentistry and in the process become part of the family with a gentle approach to health.
Sandraluz Gonzalez, Myofunctional Therapist and Hygienist
Sandraluz Gonzalez is a registered dental hygienist, and a certified orofacial myofunctional therapist practicing in the greater Albuquerque area. Sandraluz is a lifelong resident of Albuquerque who graduated from St. Pius X High School and went on to receive her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Mexico.
Sandraluz has completed advanced training in the treatment of orofacial myofunctional disorders, to include courses on airway disorders, sleep disorders, temporomandibular joint disorders, breast feeding disorders, and craniofacial, head and neck pain. Sandraluz has had professional clinical experience in a variety of settings, including stroke rehabilitation, cleft-palate evaluations, tongue and lip restriction which interfere w/ breastfeeding, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), and temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJD) rehabilitation. She is able to bring this expertise to accompany what Dr. Abeyta has created within her holistic dental practice.
In 2012 Sandraluz opened her own private practice focusing her attention on children with palatal formation disorders, open mouth breathing, tongue thrust disorders, speech sound disorders, improper swallow, and oral habit elimination. Recently, her focus has expanded to include adult patients who have been diagnosed with breathing disorders, and/or Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and may not be able to tolerate C-PAP or oral appliance therapy, and infants with feeding restrictions.
Sandraluz is a member and strong advocate of the American Academy of Physiologic Medicine and Dentistry (AAPMD), who helps to bring awareness to Silent Airway Disorders. She is also a member of the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (AOMT), Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences (AAMS), and the American Dental Hygiene Association (ADHA).
Summer Bennett, CDA
Summer is the Head Assistant for Dr. Abeyta and a Licensed Esthetician. She is a native to Albuquerque and received her degree at Central New Mexico Community College as an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant, and most recently completed her Esthetician degree at the Aveda Institute. She chose to start her dental assisting career in Georgia. She decided that Albuquerque was her home and returned to gain extensive experience with multiple Doctors which allowed her to become knowledgeable in a range of diverse comprehensive treatment assisting, including TMJ therapy and complex case management.
She joined the team of Dr. Alicia Abeyta because she understands the value of a healthy environment for both the patient and other team members. Summer is a Member of the Dental Assisting National Board and is the Lead Assistant in the Sandia Au JRVT Gold Study Club. She is currently expanding her skills by offering the latest in technology and holistic skin care. Summer enjoys helping people become more confident with their skin and smile, allowing them to feel more like themselves in the dental chair.
Joanna Valentine is the office manager for Dr. Abetya. She is originally from Indiana where she received her degree in business administration from Ivy Tech Community College. She has a business background of working for non-profits and had a long term career in the electric cooperative utility industry.
She started her interest in the practice of Dr. Abeyta’s dental office at the time of her move to Albuquerque in 2009. “I was looking for a dentist and staff that were interested in providing gentle, highly skilled, quality care. Little did I realize that in the future not only would I become a loyal patient but that I’d become a part of this successful, caring team!”. Joanna has always enjoyed a serene environment and things that were neat and orderly. She has combined her love for an efficiently ran office with her love of communicating with people. One of her passions is to extend and to foster Dr. Abeyta’s philosophy of delivering highly skilled quality care with the patients comfort in the fore front of each visit.