We recognize that all of our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time your child visits our practice. We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.
Christina Chung, DDS
Christina Chung, DDS (Dr. Tina) was born and raised in Vancouver, Washington. She graduated from Pacific Union College in Angwin, California with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry in 2004. Dr. Tina received her D.D.S from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry graduating in 2008. She has served several voluntary mission trips abroad to Mexico, Sri Lanka and the Dominican Republic, which has instilled the importance of giving back to the community. She enjoys spending time with her husband Jon and her two dogs and cat. Dr. Tina has truly fallen in love with the state of New Mexico and enjoys the outdoors. On her free time, she enjoys hiking the La Luz trail, snowboarding in New Mexico and Colorado, camping, playing tennis, bowling and cooking.
Christian Peck, DDS
Christian Peck, DDS was born in Massachusetts and raised in Coalville, Utah. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Weber State University. He earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. He was then fortunate to stay in Richmond to complete an additional two-year pediatric dental residency at VCU and the Children’s Hospital of Richmond and received a Master’s degree in Science of Dentistry. Dr. Peck has volunteered several hours with the Mission of Mercy project providing free dental care in rural areas of Virginia. Dr. Peck enjoys spending time with his wife Amanda and his three kids: Kayla, Mylee, Crue, and their dog Nacho. He is an avid snowboarder, speaks Spanish, enjoys building furniture, and plays many different sports.
Keely J. Chavez, DDS
Keely J. Chavez, DDS grew up in upstate New York. Dr. Chavez received her undergraduate degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and later attended Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio where she earned a Master of Science in anatomy. She received her DDS from Creighton University where she met her husband, Armando. Dr. Chavez truly enjoys working with children of all ages and has worked in pediatrics since graduating. She enjoys spending time with her husband and son, Benito, as well as running, cooking and traveling.
Matthew Bishop, DDS
Matthew Bishop, DDS grew up in Albuquerque and attended Eldorado High School. After earning a degree in Biology from the University of New Mexico, he decided to pursue his interest in healthcare by attending the University of Colorado, where he earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2008. After graduation, Dr. Bishop returned to New Mexico to be close to his family, and has enjoyed practicing dentistry in Albuquerque ever since. He enjoys fishing, playing golf, and spending time with his girlfriend, Bryn, and their two dogs, Lucas and Baxter.
Louis Jackson, DDS
Louis Jackson, DDS was born and raised in Rapid City, SD. He received his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and Health from Iowa State University. Upon completion Dr. Jackson attended the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, where he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery. While attending the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Jackson spent time at the Children’s Hospital and with the Healthy Smiles program providing dental care to children. Dr. Jackson enjoys spending time with his family, playing sports, and traveling.
Armando J. Chavez, DDS
Armando J. Chavez, DDS was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After attending The University of New Mexico for undergrad, Armando received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska. Upon returning to Albuquerque, Armando completed a one-year residency where he received a certificate for Advanced Education in General Dentistry. Armando enjoys spending time with his family, playing soccer, and snowboarding.
Kaitlyn Darcy, DDS, MS - Orthodontist
Kaitlyn Darcy, DDS, MS, was born and raised in Holland, Michigan. Dr. Darcy earned her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She continued her education at Marquette University School of Dentistry. After receiving her Doctorate of Dental Surgery, she moved to Portland, Oregon to complete a specialty training residency program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics at Oregon Health and Science University. Dr. Darcy is excited to join the talented team at Smiles for Kids in January 2016. She is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and looks forward to meeting your family and providing quality orthodontic care for your child. In her free time, Dr. Darcy enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, and spending time with family and friends.
Spencer J. Tasker, DMD
Spencer J. Tasker, DMD is the Chairman and Chief Technical Officer for Rio Grande Children's Dentistry & Orthodontics. A board certified New Mexico licensed pediatric dentist, Dr. Tasker received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and attended Case Western University’s School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his pediatric specialty training in 2006 at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, also in Cleveland, Ohio. Additionally, he has practiced in the Oral Emergency Care Unit at the University of New Mexico and has served in nonprofit oral health and volunteering initiatives abroad in the Dominican Republic and the Island of Samoa. In his free time, Dr. Tasker enjoys spending time with his wife Sarah and daughters Sydney and Ella, as well as golfing, watching sporting events of all kinds, and has completed over 18 full marathons.
R. Ganon. Rowan, DMD
R. Ganon Rowan, DMD is the Chief Operating Officer of Rio Grande Children's Dentistry & Orthodontics. He grew up in Merced, California and earned an undergraduate degree in Spanish. He earned his Doctor of Medical Dentistry from Case Western University’s School of Dental Medicine. He is certified to perform oral conscious sedation. Dr. Rowan is a board member of the G3 Foundation, a humanitarian organization that provides year round humanitarian dental and health services to areas in the Dominican Republic. He has also traveled to Samoa to provide humanitarian dental services. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Jennie and their 5 children, playing golf and traveling.
Cameron Hatch, DDS
Cameron Hatch, DDS is a native of Albuquerque where he attended West Mesa High School. After spending two years abroad in Argentina doing volunteer service, Dr. Hatch received his B.A. in Spanish from Brigham Young University. He earned his DDS degree from the University of Colorado’s School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Hatch speaks English, Spanish and is currently learning sign language. He loves spending time with his wife Melanie and their four children. He also enjoys fishing, golfing and most other sports.
Jim Tasker is the Chief Human Resources and Business Development Officer for Rio Grande Children's Dentistry & Orthodontics. After high school in Southwest Oklahoma, Jim received an undergraduate degree in Japanese from Brigham Young University and a Masters Degree in Business from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. Prior to starting Rio Grande Children's Dentistry & Orthodontics, Jim spent the first 12 years of his career holding leadership positions in the field of Human Resources for Fortune 500 organizations such as General Mills, Berkshire Hathaway, and Pulte Homes. The father of six children, he enjoys spending time with his family, enjoying the outdoors of New Mexico and Colorado, watching Professional English soccer, and has completed 15 full marathons, including the Boston Marathon twice.