Meet the Doctors
Children’s Dental Clinic & Orthodontics of Las Cruces has pediatric dental specialists on staff overseeing our dental operations. Pediatric dentists are children’s dentists who elect to take an extra two years of schooling to specialize in pediatric dentistry. Our children’s dentists work with children aged nine months to 18 years, and with special needs patients up to 26 years. No matter how minor or serious your child’s needs are, we have the knowledge and technology upon which you can rely.
Karen Gutierrez, DDS
Karen Gutierrez, DDS was born and raised in Peru. She attended the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. During dental school, she was president of the AAPD Colorado Student Chapter and received the University of Colorado “Excellence in Pediatric Dentistry” award. Following dental school, Dr. Karen completed her specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry from the NYU Langone Health in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Karen is really excited to join Las Cruces Children’s Clinic and be part of this community. Dr. Karen and her husband are the proud parents of two girls and they enjoy biking and cooking together.
Ken Tasker, DMD
Ken Tasker, DMD, was raised in northern Utah. After spending two years throughout the state of Chihuahua, Mexico doing volunteer service, he graduated with a BS degree from Brigham Young University in Biology. He earned his DMD degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. After dental school he completed his pediatric dental residency with NYU Langone Health in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Tasker has come to love the culture and climate in the Southwest. He enjoys playing and watching sports, traveling, and spending time with his wife and two children.
Robert Johansen, DDS
Robert Johansen, DDS Orthodontist (Dr. Rob) grew up in Sandy, UT. He graduated with a BA in Behavioral Science and Health from the University of Utah. After completing his undergraduate studies, he went on to earn a DDS degree from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Following dental school, Dr. Rob completed a 1-year General Dental Residency program at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. After practicing for a couple of years as a general dentist in Central Ohio, he decided to further his dental education at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, New York where he completed a 3-year residency in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. Dr. Rob loves creating beautiful smiles for children and adults alike. He and his family are excited to be calling New Mexico home. He enjoys reading, hiking, camping, photography, and spending time with his family. He’s also excited to be back in an area where he can speak Spanish again!
Jamal Kussad, DDS
Jamal Kussad, DDS was born and raised in Texas, and spent parts of his childhood in England and Jordan. He has also lived in New York, Oregon and Washington. He obtained his B.S. in Biology, and a Spanish language minor, from the University of Houston, where he was also a member of the Honors College. He then earned his Doctorate in Dental Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Dr. Kussad has been practicing dentistry for 18 years, and is enthusiastic about providing quality and efficient dental care to children and adolescents. In 2016 he volunteered on a humanitarian and medical mission to the Greek island of Lesbos, where he provided aid to refugees crossing the Aegean Sea in rafts, and he is looking forward to another international volunteer opportunity. In his free time, Dr. Kussad enjoys spending time with his family and friends, growing vegetables in the garden, and curling up with a good book. Dr Kussad stays active by regularly cycling on some bike trails in the area, where he appreciates the awesome high desert scenery. He is also a seasoned world traveler, having trekked far and wide, with a penchant for learning new languages and customs.
Leonardo Galvez, DDS
Leonardo Galvez, DDS was born and raised in Peru. He has studied and been licensed in dentistry in two different countries. He studied and earned his first degree and license in Peru, where he practiced for 7 years. Next, he completed his DDS at University of Colorado, where he then practiced for a year in public health. Though he moved to New Mexico looking for warmer weather, he also found great people and an undying love for tacos. Dr. Galvez loves nature and enjoys hiking and exploring new places. Most of all, he enjoys helping kids achieve good oral health.