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.
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.
Sonia Mohd Najib, DDS
Sonia Mohd Najib, DDS earned her bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from New Mexico State University and continued her dental education at the University of Colorado Anschutz Campus School of Dentistry. She is trained in conscious oral sedation and certified in CPR and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. Dr. Najib enjoys seeing and treating children, and has a passion in making sure that her patients have a fun and comfortable experience during their visit. Dr. Najib has donated her time with New Mexico Mission of Mercy in Las Cruces in 2012 and 2019 as a pre-dental student, and a dentist, respectively, and is excited to continue being involved in more local and international dental missions in the near future. Away from the dental office, she enjoys running and cooking most ardently, and taking her puppy Sophie on hiking adventures. She is excited to be part of the practice family and can’t wait to get to know all of you!
Farqad, Abuoudeh, BDS, DDS
Farqad Abuoudeh, BDS, DDS (Dr. A) was born and raised in Nablus, Palestine. After graduating with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Cairo, Egypt in 2007, he went on to practice general dentistry in his hometown, Nablus, for five years. Eventually, Dr. A decided to study dentistry in the USA. After passing his board exams, extensive English tests, vigorous and intensive applications, and numerous interviews, he got accepted at a prestigious research program at NYU School of Dentistry. In less than one year, he and his colleagues had published three research papers in different areas of orthodontics. After completing one year of dentistry research at NYU, his passion for practicing dentistry was calling! That was when he was accepted at Indiana University School of Dentistry, where he earned his DDS. After graduation Dr. A. practiced dentistry in Texas, where he met his wife Dina. Dr.A loves to use his knowledge and expertise in the field of dentistry to help people and is excited to call Las Cruces his new home and be a part of the Children’s Dental Clinic & Orthodontics of Las Cruces family! Aside from his love of dentistry and a good challenge, on weekends, Dr. A enjoys hiking with his wife and their fur baby Max. He also, loves to travel, cook, and read.
Rachel Williams, DDS
Rachel Williams, DDS, grew up in Seattle, Washington and did her undergraduate studies in Zoology and French at Brigham Young University. She graduated from the University of Washington School of Dentistry where she also completed a general practice residency, further studying pediatrics and care for special needs and medically compromised patients. Dr. Williams has practiced in Washington, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Virginia, working in Pediatrics, Geriatrics, head and neck Oncology, and private practice. Dr. Williams loves working with children and creating a comfortable, positive experience for each child.