Dental Providers

Dental Director
Jeremiah Dye, DDS
Dr. Dye grew up in Socorro, New Mexico. Prior to dental school, he earned BS and MS degrees in Entomology at Texas A&M University. He graduated from the University of Colorado, Denver School of Dental Medicine in May 2009 after serving as President of his class all four years of dental school. He has been working with First Choice Community Healthcare since August 2009. He provides comprehensive dental care with emphasis on routine restorative treatment, endodontics and crown and bridge treatment. He enjoys serving the diverse population of patients at First Choice and helping them achieve optimal oral health. He was named Clinical Supervisor of the South Valley clinic in September 2010. When not working, his primary activities revolve around his wife and children.

Dental Providers by Location

Edgewood Health Center
 
Chandra Driggers, DDS
Dr. Driggers received her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2004. She then completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2010 from Creighton University School of Dentistry. Dr. Driggers completed her residency in 2011 from the University of New Mexico Advance Education in General Dentistry. She started with First Choice Community Healthcare in 2012. In her spare time Dr. Driggers enjoys yoga, running, and spending time with family.

Nicole Gallegos, RDH
Nicole is a Registered Dental Hygienist born and raised in Los Alamos, NM. She attended the University of New Mexico and received a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in 2008. She has been a part of First Choice Community Healthcare in Edgewood since 2008. Nicole enjoys the opportunity in helping patients understand why complete oral health care is so beneficial to their overall health. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, cooking, and traveling. Some of her favorite travels have been to Thailand and Belize.

Shamaine Giron, DDS
Dr. Giron was born in Albuquerque, NM and spent some of her childhood years in California and Oregon. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of New Mexico before attending dental school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She always desired to return to New Mexico in order to serve the community she grew up in. Dr. Giron has been practicing at the Edgewood Dental clinic since 2011, helping to establish an atmosphere of comprehensive dental care. She is an active member of the American Dental Association and the New Mexico Dental Association. In her free time she enjoys reading, fly fishing, and spending time with her husband and two schnauzers.

Carey Webb, RDH
Carey attended the University of New Mexico in 2007 and received her Bachelor in Science in Dental Hygiene. She is Board Certified in NM Dental/Local Anesthesia. Carey began with First Choice Community Healthcare back in 2007 and is currently at the Edgewood Dental location. In her spare time Carey enjoys riding horses and playing soccer, she also enjoys serving the people in her community where she resides.

Los Lunas Health Center
 
Nicole Gonzales, RDH
Nicole has worked with our First Choice Dental team since 2012. Her career in dentistry started in 2007 where she began working in general dentistry as a dental hygiene assistant and front office assistant. In 2009, she graduated from the University of New Mexico (UNM) with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and a Bachelor of Art in Spanish. In 2016 she earned a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene at UNM. On her days off she is a clinical instructor at the University of New Mexico’s Division of Dental Hygiene. On her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.
 
Dave Schlottman, DDS
Dr. Schlottman attended Creighton University, Boyne College of Dentistry in 1983 and graduated as a Doctor of Dental Surgery. He started with First Choice Community Healthcare in 2010. Some of Dr. Schlottman interest are skiing, fishing, and biking.
 
Cara Scholl, DDS
Dr. Scholl attended Marquette University School of Dentistry and graduated in 2010 as a Doctor of Dental Surgery. She completed her residency at UNM. In her spare time Dr. Scholl enjoys being with family, traveling, camping, hiking and reading. She likes working at First Choice Community Healthcare because she enjoys being able to be a Dentist for those who could not go anywhere else for care. Dr. Scholl has always been passionate about public health and First Choice allows her to work in something she is passionate about.

Liang-tso Tung, DDS
Dr. Tung graduated as a Doctor of Dental Surgery from State University of New York, University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in 2012. He completed his residency at the University of New Mexico, Advanced Education in General Dentistry.  He first started with First Choice Community Healthcare in 2013, and is currently the Clinical Dental Supervisor for the Los Lunas Dental location. Dr. Tung enjoys cycling, hiking, and tennis on his spare time.

Dina Valdez, RDH
Dina received her Bachelor in Dental Hygiene from the University of New Mexico in 2003. She became licensed in the state of New Mexico as a Registered Dental Hygienist/Local Anesthetic. Dina is a member of the American Dental Hygienist Association. She is bilingual English and Spanish. She also enjoys spending time with family.

South Valley Health Center

Mark Brum, DDS
Dr. Brum graduated in 1982 as a Doctor in Dental Surgery from Marquette University School of Dentistry. He became licensed by the New Mexico State Board of Dentistry in 1983. Dr. Brum began working for First Choice Community Healthcare in 1995. His interest is general dentistry.

Jeremiah Dye, DDS
Dr. Dye grew up in Socorro, New Mexico. Prior to dental school, he earned BS and MS degrees in Entomology at Texas A&M University. He graduated from the University of Colorado, Denver School of Dental Medicine in May 2009 after serving as President of his class all four years of dental school. He has been working with First Choice since August 2009. He provides comprehensive dental care with emphasis on routine restorative treatment, endodontics and crown and bridge treatment. He enjoys serving the diverse population of patients at First Choice and helping them achieve optimal oral health. He was named Clinical Supervisor of the South Valley clinic in September 2010. When not working, his primary activities revolve around his wife and children.

 

Nikita Goyal, DDS
Dr. Goyal was raised in Northern New Mexico. Since 2nd grade, she knew she wanted to become a Dentist. She received her Bachelor degree in biology from The University of New Mexico in 2009. She studied abroad in England where she discovered her passion for traveling. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Colorado, Denver School of Dental Medicine in 2014. She got an emphasis in rural dental care with her experience in Alaska and rural towns in Colorado. Dr. Goyal enjoys everything outdoors including hiking, biking, camping, backpacking, and newly found interests in snow-shoeing and skiing

 

Melissa Jackson, DMD
Dr. Jackson attended Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry in Portland graduating in 2012. She joins First Choice Community Healthcare as a Locum provider for all 3 dental sites. Dr. Jackson enjoys coffee, reading, traveling, and the company of her dog.
 
Leslie Miramontes, RDH
Leslie attend the University of New Mexico, in 2018 she received her Bachelor in Dental Hygiene.  Leslie started her employment with First Choice in July 2018. She is a Registered Dental Hygienist in the State of New Mexico and is licensed to administer Local Anesthesia.
 
Pamela McEachern, RDH
Pamela started off as a Dental Assistant with FCCH in 2005. She recently was certified as a Dental Hygienist and received her training at PIMA Medical Institute. On her time off Pamela enjoys spending time with family, playing basketball, volleyball, and camping.
 
Verna Montoya, RDH
Verna has been with First Choice Community Healthcare since 1994. She graduated from UNM Dental Hygiene in 1987 and has enjoyed a fulfilling career in public health. Growing up in a small Northern New Mexico town, Verna knows the value community healthcare workers can have on those who don't have access to routine care. Every chance she gets, she loves going back home and traveling throughout Northern New Mexico camping and fishing. Verna's motto is "you can take a girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl".

Patricia Rael, RDH
Patricia joined the First Choice Dental team in 2010 upon graduating from UNM Dental Hygiene where she earned her Bachelor's degree. Prior to her career in Dental, Patricia worked for over a decade for the federal government and in higher education as an Administrative Assistant. She is a lifelong resident of Albuquerque who grew up in the South Valley and graduated from Rio Grande High School and 100% proof that persevering through life, pursuing your education and having a passion for helping others, can lead to amazing opportunities and friendships.
 
Zachary Riesenberger, DDS
Dr. Riesenberger attended State University of New York at Buffalo and graduated in 2013 with Doctor of Dental Surgery. He completed his residency at University of New Mexico, Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD). Dr. Riesenberger's personal interests are traveling, snowboarding, and watersports.
 
Elizabeth Rivers, DMD
Dr. Rivers attended A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Oral Health and Dentistry; where she graduated as a Doctor of Dental Medicine in 2015. She then completed her residency at the University of New Mexico, Advanced Education in General Dentistry. Dr. Rivers enjoys running, playing violin, and hiking with husband and dog on her spare time.
 
Tuyet-Phi Truong, DMD
Dr. Truong received her Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry from Andrew Taylor Still University Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health in June of 2016. Dr. Truong also has a Bachelor in General Biology from University of California San Diego that she received in 2003. Some of her interests are cooking, painting, dancing, the outdoors, and hanging out with family and friends.
 
Gilbert Vazquez, RDH
Gilbert attended the University of New Mexico and graduated in 2010. He strives to ensure that every patient he sees receives the best possible dental care. When not in the dental office, Gilbert enjoys the outdoors and has a great passion for traveling.
 
Shirlena Waters, Dentist DDS
Dr. Waters attended Creighton University, School of Dentistry in Omaha, NE and graduated in 2010. She completed her residency at the University of New Mexico, AEGD. Dr. Waters love’s working with underserved communities to improve their access to oral health care.