Meet Our Dentists

Dr. Heisch graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1988. In 1992, Dr. Heisch earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Baylor College of Dentistry. Upon graduation, Dr. Heisch was honored with Excellence in Prosthodontics and Community Dentistry Awards, and inducted into the exclusive Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society by her peers.

While attending Baylor, Dr. Heisch researched the efficacy of one of the first electric toothbrushes on the market, within a geriatric population, and presented her published results at the 69th Annual Meeting of International Association for Dental Research in Acapulco, Mexico. This research later grew into a preventative oral health care program in a long-term care facility for the elderly in Dallas, TX. Dr. Heisch also earned the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Dentistry from the American Association of Public Health, and the Warner-Lambert Preventive Dentistry Scholarship in 1991.

In 1993, Dr. Heisch began practicing in Los Alamos, where she met and married her husband, Jim. She enjoys camping and riding bicycles and motorcycles with her husband and son. She also loves to cook and entertain in her home. One of her personal lifetime goals is to visit each National Park.

Dr. Heisch has continued her education throughout the years with a variety of courses, including, but not limited to: esthetic/smile-design dentistry, implant restorations, occlusal analysis
and design with Arrowhead Laboratory, nutrition, and courses covering the latest materials and their usage. Throughout Dr. Heisch’s time with this practice, many changes have occurred, but the standards of excellence and the practice of conservative, preventative dentistry have always been maintained.

Lena Cordova has been a dental assistant for four and a half years. She has been working for Dr. Heisch for three and a half years. Lena graduated from dental assisting at Pima Medical Institute in Albuquerque, NM. She enjoys meeting patients and helping them have a pleasant dental experience during their visit. Lena is very close to her family, loves animals, and enjoys doing outdoor activities.
Dr. David Gartz was born and raised in Los Alamos, NM and was a graduate of LAHS in 1996. Dr. Gartz began his educational pursuits at Brigham Young University and earned a Bachelor in Science degree in 2002 after serving a two year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Dr. Gartz graduated Cum Laude from the University of Colorado, School of Dentistry in 2006 and began practicing general dentistry in Los Alamos that year.

Dr. Gartz enjoys his time with family. He and his wife, Stacey, are proud parents of 6 children; Hannah, Norah, Eddie, Will, Sarah, and Levi. They love to play soccer and basketball together as well as bike, swim, run, and travel as a family. Dr. Gartz serves on the White Rock Little League Board and loves to coach basketball for the YMCA.

Continuing education has been vitally important to Dr. Gartz. He has completed numerous courses from the American Dental Association, the Dawson Academy, Spear Education Institute, and from the Hands on Training Institute. These courses range from creating esthetic excellence in dentistry to complete care and function for every patient. He is an alumnus of the Dawson Academy, and is an active member of the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Since getting her certification from PIMA, Emily has been a dental assistant for five years. She was born and raised in New Mexico and is the youngest of four children. Five years ago she moved to the Los Alamos / White Rock area, where she and her husband settled down to raise their son.
Megan has worked as a dental assistant for the last seven years. When she is not at work she is at home with her kids and her husband. Megan was born in Phoenix and moved to Los Alamos when she was 4. In her free time she enjoys riding the Jeep trails with her family.
Dr. Cannon was born in Los Alamos and graduated from LAHS in 1994. He developed a passion for art, music, and soccer. He enjoyed serving abroad as a missionary in Porto, Portugal for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He received his undergraduate in psychology from Brigham Young University in 2000. In 2007, Dr. Cannon graduated with a Doctor of Medical Dentistry from Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Cannon is married to Heidi and they have five children, Caleb, Carson, Maia, Max, and Kylie. He enjoys hiking and nature, playing and coaching soccer, teaching his children to draw, and traveling as a family.

Growing as a dentist has become a focal point in Dr. Cannon’s career. He has completed courses from the Spear Education Institute, the Dawson Academy, the Hands On Training Institute, and the American Dental Association. Dr. Cannon loves using his artistic background, combined with his technical training, to create beautiful smiles and healthy mouths.

Katheran has been a dental assistant for the past 5 years. She received her dental assistant certificate from PIMA Medical institute in 2013, and graduated with honors. She has recently earned her Associate degree in Healthcare Administration, and is now pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in the same field, expecting to graduate in 2019, also from Pima Medical Institute.

In her “free time” she is a mother to 3 crazy wonderful boys. She has lived in Jemez Springs since 2004 after living in Mississippi. She volunteers for a local acequia in Jemez Springs, acting as a secretary/treasurer for the past 6 years. Katheran loves to bake and cook, spend time with family and friends and continuing her education where she can.

Deb was born and raised in Albuquerque and moved to Los Alamos in 1985. She spent much of her childhood “in the woods” camping, exploring nature, fishing, and riding motorcycles. She started her career as a Dental Assistant in Albuquerque in 1982 and continued in Los Alamos for 12 years. She then became a Certified Pharmacy Technician and worked as an IV Technician for Los Alamos Medical Center for 12 years. She has also worked as a Medical Assistant and is a former Emergency Medical Technician-Basic. “It’s easy to see that I love helping people since my entire career has been based on caring for others in some capacity”.

She is a proud military supporter having a stepson and nephew serving in the USMC and another nephew in the Army. Her dad served in the Navy and both parents instilled the belief and value of putting others before yourself. Many extended family members have served in various branches of the military as well.

Deb is very much family oriented and loves spending time all together as much as possible. She is especially close to her nephew David and feels that they share a love of all things in nature. She is happily married to Bill and they enjoy baseball, 4 Wheeling, building custom hot rods and riding horses in the mountains. She also loves animals of all kinds. “I’ve never met any animal that I couldn’t find a bond with. My parents got so tired of me asking if I could bring another stray animal home, they just started making more space for them. Animals have a purity and innocence about them that I’m drawn to. When I was a kid fishing with my Daddy, I would kiss the worms he used as bait. My parents thought I was the strangest little girl with the biggest heart!” Her latest rescue is Casey a mixed breed, ten-month-old stray pup that is bringing much laughter and exuberance to the home.

“I think my best asset is the ability to put myself in other people’s shoes and empathize with them. In caring for people, I feel fortunate. I’m honored to be a part of such a great team here at High Mesa Dental Arts. I’m looking forward to many wonderful years working together with Dr. Cannon and Shari”.

Meet The Hygeinists

Heather graduated Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico in 2009 with an Associates of Liberal Arts, followed by her Bachelors of Health Science focusing in Dental Hygiene. She is board certified in Laser Prophylaxis and administer local anesthesia.
She has a passion for serving the underprivileged, working in public health, and with special needs patients. She completed her clinical hours treating special need patients at Carrie Tingly Children’s hospital and rural pueblos in the state of New Mexico.
Her graduating class of 2011 was the pioneers of UNM’s Division of Dental Hygiene first international oral health-care mission trip traveling to Central America. She and her group treated hundreds of patients in rural areas outside of Granada, Nicaragua with limited or no access to care. Heather also participated in the creation of New Mexico’s own Missions of Mercy, treating patients in public health numerous years. She continues to look for more opportunities in the future to help the underserved in the U.S. as well as overseas.
Heather loves music, reading, cooking and roller derby. She also enjoys entertaining with her husband David and daughter Paige. They enjoy hiking, traveling, and staying active as a family. They are continually involved in the community through various pursuits and are advocates of small businesses in Los Alamos.
Heather values continuing education and evolving in the health science field is an essential part of her professional career. She is devoted to researching the latest techniques, procedures, and equipment in the field. Public oral health education and awareness is topic dear to her heart. She is an active member of the ADHA.

Jennifer Ann Archuleta, BSDH, RDH is a registered dental hygienist at High Mesa Dental Arts. Jennifer graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor’s of Science in Dental Hygiene in 2000, and she has been with High Mesa Dental Arts for 15 years come November 2016.
Jennifer has served on several positions of the New Mexico Dental Hygienists’ Association Board of Trustees. Positions include as a Trustee of the Northern Component of the association, as a Delegate to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, as well as Vice President of the New Mexico Dental Hygienists’ Association. Jennifer received the Trailblazer Award in 2005 from the NMDHA BOT.
After almost 15 years of dental hygiene practice, Jennifer brings experience, many years of continuing education and an eagerness to care for all patients from age 3 to 93. Her amicable and generous personality creates a welcoming atmosphere for all patients she cares for at High Mesa Dental Arts.
Spirit Sullivan went to school at the University of New Mexico and has a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene.
Spirit’s favorite saying is, “Perfect has 7 letters and so does hygiene, coincidence? I think not!” She is a member of the John Stamos Fan Club, and currently owns the world’s largest collection of television memorabilia bobble heads. Spirit has been making the Snuggie look good since 2009, and is a recovering As Seen on TV addict.
Spirit also has a love of music. She likes to rap caucasionally, and her stage name is Dr. Floss. She also enjoys Barry Manilow, Neil Diamond, and the smooth vocal stylings of Marilyn Manson.
Jackelyn Blaire Hilton RDH, graduated from Dona Ana Community College just off campus of New Mexico State University. Jackelyn Graduated in 2017 and gained her license in Dental Hygiene and local anesthesia. Jackelyn was born and raised in Gilbert AZ, met her husband at a junior college in Thatcher AZ, and then moved to New Mexico in 2014 to finish school at New Mexico State. After school her husband got a job at LANL and they moved to Los Alamos in June of 2017 right after they had their daughter in April and graduated in May of the same year. Jackelyn and her family enjoy movies, rock climbing, hiking, trips to the lake and being with friends and family.
Kathy started working in the dental profession as a dental assistant in 2001 and loved it so much that she pursued my goal of becoming a dental hygienist in 2016.

She enjoys interacting with her patients on a personal level and educating them about dental care as well as ways to improve their oral health. She love what she does, especially knowing that she’s am making a difference in preventing disease and promoting excellent oral hygiene. Her goal now is to develop a strong and long lasting relationship with my patients.

Meet The Front Office

Bernice Christensen has been a receptionist at our practice 3.5 years. Her and her husband, Davis have lived in White Rock for 24 years. They raised their four children, Jenny, Westley, Danielle and Cooper in this community that they love. Her favorite part of the her job is greeting the patients that come into our office. Some she has known for years while others are new to the area.

Bernice loves planning weddings, traveling, the outdoors, home “projects” and being with her 6+ grandchildren.

Before working for us, she and her family were patients here and feels very fortunate now to learn about dentistry and understanding the importance of good hygiene.

Frankie Gavin graduated from New Mexico state in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Management. She is currently pursing her MBA with a concentration in Non-Profit Business and plans to graduate in May of 2017. She is originally from Ruidoso, New Mexico but currently lives in Los Alamos with her boyfriend. Frankie is a football lover and you can often find her updating her fantasy lineup. Go Seahawks! She also enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling as much a possible. Frankie is in the White Rock office at the front desk to help with any questions you may have 5 days a week. Her favorite thing about working at High Mesa Dental is her awesome co-workers who always keep her smiling (literally).

Melissa Weiss joined High Mesa Dental Arts in December 2015 as an administrative assistant for the Los Alamos office. She studied emergency Medical Services at Dona Ana Community College in Las Cruces before moving back to her hometown of Los Alamos with her husband. Having held multiple positions in the medical and business fields, she has experience working with all types of people. In her free time she enjoys spending time in the mountains fishing, camping and hiking with her dogs, in addition to volunteering with her church.
VaLynn Purvis has been the receptionist for the Los Alamos office since Aug 2018. She has had several patients, since working here, tell her she looks like Ali McGraw from “Love Story”. Tell us what you think!

VaLynn and her husband, Les, and 5 children, (Kelani, Clayton, Russell, Melia, Leiana) have lived in White Rock since 1998. She’s known throughout the community from working many wonderful years at Time Out Pizza in WR, and from her family business, Party To Go!, a local inflatable company. You can find her/family at many local events, including the Gordon Concerts during the summer. VaLynn is a people person, and loves kids! She enjoys the outdoors, family, friends, and photography.

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