Dr. Joshua Sun
Dr. Sun graduated from Dental School ranking #1 in his class. As a result of his academic standing, he had the honor to be automatically enrolled in their residency program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS). During a clinical rotation, he was exposed to Periodontics and discovered that this was the field of dentistry that he found was the best to his liking. Unfortunately, it was not possible for him to switch from Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, to Periodontics Residency because of my commitments to his first choice of programs. Upon completion of his Oral and Maxillofacial Residency program with honors, he was able to perform surgical procedures encompassing the routine dento-alveolar surgeries; as well as the medically complex radical neck dissections accompanied by the necessary reconstructive phase of the total course of this disfiguring surgery. In the meanwhile, he earned his MS and PhD degrees while he was in the OMFS residency program.
In 2009, he graduated from the “Graduate Periodontics and Implant Surgery Program” at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, in Loma Linda, California. This prestigious program gave him the opportunity to achieve his professional goal which is to become a prominent periodontist. His extensive surgical training and research experience helped him become an outstanding periodontist. He is able to apply basic science knowledge into his periodontal and implant clinical practice; while his surgical skills can fasten procedures and minimize tissue trauma under the guidance of science. But it was his everlasting eagerness to learn and ability for fast learning that made him one of the best periodontists.
His practice motto is “ Patient’s best interest is my only interest”.
While not working, Dr. Sun spends much of his time with his wife and three children. He is involved in his community and local church. He also enjoys reading, basketball, tennis, running and hiking in beautiful mountains of the Land of Enchantment.
Ashley Torrez – Practice Manager
I am a native New Mexican, born and raised right here in Albuquerque. I started my career by graduating from Careington College for Dental Assisting in 2010. I have since continued my education in the field and have been serving as a dental administrator for the last 13+ years. I enjoy helping our patients by providing information, resources, and knowledge about the importance of oral health and how to obtain it. The highlight of my career is meeting new people and building positive relationships with all our patients for a lifetime. Outside of work you’ll find me trying new foods, traveling, and spending time with my son, spouse and our two Shih Tzu’s Brody and Louie.
Kerri Willert, RDH – Dental Hygienist
Originally from North Dakota, I made my way to Colorado where my time in the field of dentistry began. Since 2002, I have had the pleasure of aiding patients, in various ways, with their oral care. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene right here in New Mexico at UNM. I have been with this practice for 4 years and have loved every minute of it. During my personal time, I enjoy cooking, traveling, reading and roller skating.
Janette Lovato – Dental Assistant
I am a board-certified dental assistant. I have been working with patients in the dental field for 30 years. I have assisted in pedodontics, orthodontics, general dentistry, and have been assisting in periodontics for 20 years at this practice. I enjoy interacting, educating, and calming patients prior to surgery. In my free time I enjoy going to concerts, traveling, and spending as much time with my family and grandchildren as possible.
Nathan Tapia – Dental Assistant
Nathan joined the dental field in 2012, specializing in quality health management. His joy lies in ensuring patients feel at ease during treatments while comprehending procedures thoroughly. Patients appreciate Nathan’s ability to ease their minds, fostering a sense of preparedness for every aspect of their dental journey. His devotion to enhancing patients’ quality of life through dentistry fuels his love for the profession, relishing the sight of beaming smiles post-treatment. Outside the clinic, Nathan finds solace in remote camping adventures and indulges in movies and games during colder seasons.