Meet the Team at Dr. Alicia Abeyta’s office!
Rosie Avila, RDH
Rosie Avila has been a dental hygienist for over a decade. She has her bachelors degree from the school of medicine at the University of New Mexico in the field of Dental Hygiene. She holds her anesthesia certification and excels in periodontal therapy. She believes the health of the oral tissue is a reflection of the entire body. She strives to maintain great oral health with all of her patients to ensure the possibility for total body health. Rosie has extensive training in Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Tempromandibular Joint Disorders, Oral Cancer Screenings and Periodontal Therapy.
Rosie has always lived in New Mexico with her family. She loves being a dental hygienist and is excited to be working at an office where patients needs and concerns are put first. Rosie is kind and lighthearted. She enjoys laughing with her patients and feels a great accomplishment when they enjoy their appointments. She focuses on patient centered care and creates an environment of trust and loyalty while paying attention to the details of each patients 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.
Sara is the Patient Care Manager for the practice. Sara studied psychology at Eastern New Mexico University, and later completed the Dental Assisting program at Pima Medical Institute. Sara worked within general dentistry for five years, with a knowledge of general as well as comprehensive treatments. She is originally from Indiana, however, has spent most of her life in the Land Of Enchantment and calls it her home.
She joined Dr. Abeyta’s team because she believes a gentle caring approach is the number one priority in quality dental care. Sara coordinates, integrates, and represents all facets of patient service, from the first appointment to continuing care. Sara’s goal is to help our valued patients achieve their dental goals, and maintain healthy, happy smiles.