Meet the Chamisa Hills Family Dental TeamDr. John Candelaria and the Staff Welcome You to our Rio Rancho Dental Office!
John J. Candelaria DDS
Dr. Candelaria was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and graduated from Cibola High School. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree, double major in Biology and Chemistry, from the University of New Mexico. In 2002 Dr. Candelaria obtained his dental degree from Creighton University School of Dentistry. After graduating from dental school he returned to New Mexico and worked in rural community health care facilities for several years. He has built long lasting relationships with his patients and many of his patients have followed him into private practice. Dr. Candelaria believes in creating relationships based off of trust and honesty as well as providing quality care in a comfortable dental environment.
Dr. Candelaria and his wife Sandy have five children; Alyssa, Julianna, Jayson, Dani and Myla. When Dr. Candelaria is not practicing dentistry he enjoys watching soccer and football. He also enjoys playing golf, softball and any other activities his family is involved in at the time. Dr. Candelaria and his wife enjoy spending time with family and are active in the local sports community.
Alicia graduated from Pima Medical Institute in 2014 with an Associates of Occupational Science in Dental Hygiene. She has been in the dental field for 7 years as a practicing dental assistant and hygienist. She is an active member of the American Dental Hygiene Association. Alicia actively takes continuing education classes to keep informed of changes in the dental hygiene profession, to give her patients the best care possible. Alicia takes a personal interest in her patients and works very hard to make sure they have a thorough and great dental experience. Alicia was born and raised in New Mexico and enjoys going for hikes, camping, snowboarding and most importantly spending time with her daughter Alannah.
Jazmin graduated cum laude from the University of New Mexico with her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in 2015. As her patient, you can expect a thorough and gentle cleaning that is individualized to your needs. Her goal is to help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile. Jazmin and her husband Ricky, have a one year old daughter, Natalia and two dogs. When not at work she enjoys baking, cooking, camping, fly fishing, watching movies/tv, spending time with her family. She was born and raised in Albuquerque.
Patient Care Coordinator / Dental Assistant
Lisa graduated from CNM as a Dental Assistant in 2015. At our practice Lisa is the one who welcomes our patients with her beautiful, friendly smile. She is an insurance specialist as well as a great dental assistant. Lisa’s goal is to ensure that everyone has a smooth and pleasant experience when they visit our office. Lisa makes it her goal to see our patients smiling before they walk out the door. Lisa spends her time off shopping and spending quality time with her friends and family.
Brittany is originally from Vermont, she has lived in New Mexico for 13 years. She attended PIMA 8 yrs. ago where she graduated with honors. One of the things she enjoys most about dentistry is to see how changing a patient’s smile transforms their lives. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, spending time with her future husband and stepson camping, traveling and riding their ATV’s
Front Desk, Scheduling/Insurance Coordinator
At Chamisa Hills Family Dental, Nicole is the first face you will see when you walk through our doors. She loves to welcome our patients with her cheerful smile. As your insurance and billing specialist, she is here to assist you by explaining and discussing your insurance benefits and handling dental claims. She enjoys working with you on the financial aspects of your dental needs to make your experience is as smooth and pleasant as possible in regards to all insurance inquiries. Nicole wants to ensure that everyone who enters the office starts and ends their visit with a warm and satisfied smile. Other than taking care of our fabulous patients, Nicole also enjoys taking care of her beautiful family and daughter at home. Her hobbies include going to the gym, helping others live a healthy active lifestyle, along with cooking new recipes in the kitchen.
Dana graduated from Pima Medical Institute with honors in 2008. What she loves and dentistry is the interaction with patients and their families. Helping a patient walk out of the office with a healthy smile is the most rewarding. She enjoys giving back to the community through various volunteer groups, especially those involving trauma victims and the homeless. Dana has two daughters, Audreyanna and Myranda, and they enjoy traveling, camping and fishing.