CARRIE TINGLEY DENTAL CLINIC The dental clinic at Carrie Tingley Hospital operates in conjunction with the divisions of Dental Services and Dental Hygiene. This clinic provides care for people with disabilities only. PROVIDERS: At Carrie Tingley Dental Clinic we are committed to support patients Kimberly M . Espinoza, DDS Elmer E. Gonzalez , RDH, MS and their families by creating a family centered care approach to the treatment performed. Every patient is treated with dignity and respect and parents, caregivers or support staff are always welcome to remain with the patient to provide support as necessary. Our goal is to provide patients and their families the tools necessary to achieve optimum oral and systemic health through evidence based approaches and incorporating family values into our treatment. SERVICES: •Dental •Dental Hygiene PATIENT ELEGIBILITY: •Children and adults with developmental disabilites INSURANCE: •Medicaid •Private Insurance STAFF: •Self Pay Loretta A. Sanchez, Administrative Assistant II (Receptionist) Norma A. Jaramillo, DA At Carrie Tingley Dental Clinic we have the option of taking patients to Bernesteine L. Brown, DA the Operating Room at UNMH. Elegibility and other criteria must be Cecilia Espinoza, DA met for this option.. As part of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, at Carrie Tingley Dental we also work with dental residents, dental hygiene and To schedule an appointment or ask for a new patient packet please contact dental assistant students. Residents and dental hygiene students rotate us at (505) 272-5326. through the clinic in order to enrich their career and to perhaps Currently we have a waitlist of approximately 8-12 months increase the number of providers working with people with disabilities in The clinic is located at 1127 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102. the United States. Dr. Kimberly Espinoza is a fellow of the Academy of Elmer E. Gonzalez, completed a LEND (Leadership in Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities, a component Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) fellowship in 2009 at the organization of the Special Care Dentistry Association. She University of New Mexico Department of Pediatrics /Center for has been working at UNM Carrie Tingley Hospital Dental Development and Disability. He also received his Master’s of Clinic since 2006, the same year she completed her Science Degree from the Univesity of New Mexico School of Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the Medicine, Division of Dental Hygiene in 2010. Elmer’s University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Dr. Espinoza professional thesis entitled “Training the Trainer: Disabilities and completed her dental degree at the University of Southern Dental Hygiene” focused on training for caregivers and support California School of Dentistry in 2004. Prior to dental staff to understand the importance of oral health among people school, she attended Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, with disabilities. His previous careers included a Bachelor of California where she received a Bachelor of Science, Science in Dental Hygiene received in 2008 and a Bachelor of concentrating in molecular biology and biophysics. Arts in Spanish/minor Psychology received in 2005, both from Dr. Espinoza’s professional interests include oral health for UNM. Elmer has worked with people with disabilities since people with developmental disabilities and public health. 2002. His career in the area of disabilities started at ARCA She is currently enrolled in a Masters in Public Health working as a Residential Instructor (Direct care staff) and has program, and is scheduled to complete the degree in 2011. continued since. He has been at Carrie Tingley since 2008 as a She is also interested in dental education, medical dental hygienist. sociology in relation to the dental professions, and health Elmer has volunteered several times at the New Mexico Special policy. Olympics and providing training in oral health for people with Dr. Espinoza enjoys life with her husband Rafael Howell- Disabilities at ARCA and other agencies in Albuquerque. He Flores, who is a classical and tango musician. Together also teaches the Special Care class at the school of Dental they enjoy cooking, hiking, and spending time with their Hygiene where he introduces dental hygiene students to the pets. area of disabilities and teaches them the importance of having passionate and caring providers to serve special populations.
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