Meet The Staff

744_Dr_Mario_J._SamaniegoMario Samaniego, DDS

Dr. Mario Samaniego is originally from El Paso, TX but at a young age migrated to California where he attended high school and dental school at Loma Linda University. After dental school he joined the USAF for specialized training in every area of dentistry.

In 1984, Dr. Samaniego started his practice in Las Cruces, NM and in Alamogordo, NM. Growth in both practices occurred so quick that he had to bring in other doctors to assist with the patient load. Continuing education has been one of his top priorities and being in general dentistry requires keeping up with the latest developments. Dr. Samaniego has been able to help many patients with TMJ problems, orthodontics, complete reconstructions, and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Samaniego is one in 240 dentists in the world that practices the Bio Esthetic Dentistry Technique in treating his patients. This technique combines stable TMJ’s in the alignment with the patients bite to create long lasting, beautiful smiles. In 2008, Dr. Mario Samaniego was selected by Consumers Research Council of America as one of America’s top dentists. He is among a select few that have earned this prestigious recognition. He has also been named as The Most Favorite Dentist in Las Cruces, NM by Las Cruces Sun News Readers.

Dr. Samaniego is very concerned about education for our youth and for years has been involved in raising funds for scholarships. Several years ago, he funded a program that provides scholarships for senior students going to college. So far, about 100 scholarships have been given to students.

His hobbies include dentistry, cycling, old cars, gardening, and traveling.

744_Dr_David_E._SamaniegoDavid Samaniego, DDS (1962 – 2017)

Dr. David E. Samaniego attended and graduated from Loma Linda University in 1996. From 1993 to 1996 he attended several mission trips as part of his education in dentistry which was a minimum of six weeks long. In these trips, he volunteered dental work in association with Doctors without Borders and ADDRA. The mission trips covered several areas of Mexico, which included Baja California and Chiapas.

In 1995 he did a three month medical journey to South America in the Amazon jungles of Brazil.

In 1996 Dr. David Samaniego joined his brother Mario Samaniego at his practice, Las Cruces Dental Associates, PC.



744_Dr._GonzalezJaime R. Gonzalez, DDS

Dr. Jaime Gonzalez graduated from Loma Linda University Dental School in San Bernardino, California in 1996. After graduation, he moved to Alamogordo, NM and has practiced dentistry ever since at the Alamogordo Dental Group. Dr. Gonzalez practices general dentistry with a special interest in dental sleep medicine. His professional memberships include:

  • -American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • -Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines
  • -Academy of General Dentistry




Cindy-WebsiteCynthia (Cindy) Gutierrez

Cindy was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She currently resides in Las Cruces, New Mexico. After graduating from Bel Air High School in El Paso, Texas she attended El Paso Community College. While attending school she was active in community dental health functions and volunteering. In 1999 she graduated with a degree in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. Cynthia has taken advanced training in accelerated practice and it licensed to administer dental anesthetic. She joined Las Cruces Dental Associates, PC in
2001. Since then she has enjoyed working with a great staff on a daily basis and also continues to be very passionate about dental hygiene and reaching every patients goal on having a great and healthy smile. She enjoys going to movies and spending time with her family.



Patti Wood-Sanchez

Patti has been an essential member of our team since 1985. She contributes to the success of our practice by trying her best to put the needs of our patients first and helping them have a pleasant experience is our office. She also helps our patients stay calm during their appointment. She enjoys working at our practice because of our wonderful patients and the practice’s overarching goal to treat our patients like family. Patti has one daughter and a son-in-law with a new granddaughter on the way! In her free time, she enjoys shopping and gardening.





Vicky Roman

Vicky has been a part of our team since 2014. She graduated from Bowie High School in El Paso, Texas, then went on to get her bachelor’s degree at the University of Phoenix in science of human services. She likes how we work as a team and learning from each other every day the most about working at Las Cruces Dental Associates. She contributes to the success of our practice by doing her best to learn new things about dentistry. She uses her craftiness to bring new ideas to our office. Vicky is from El Paso, Texas, and proud of it! She is the second to last child of five children, and she says she is the favorite of all her siblings. She loves to craft and sell at the El Paso Downtown Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings.

Kerrie Jones

Kerrie joined our team in 2016. She graduated in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies, then went back to school and graduated in 2016 with an Associates of Applied Science in dental hygiene. Kerrie enjoys providing patients with quality dentistry and creating a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere for patients. She contributes to the success of our practice by attending regular continuing education classes and by being a team player. She says it is an honor to be part of a team that was voted 2017 Reader’s Choice Winner for Best Dentist in Las Cruces. Kerrie has one daughter and likes to spend her free time with her family and traveling.