Meet Our Team



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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, Orthodontist

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! 



Jesse Johnson, DDS

Dr. Jesse Johnson, DDS. was raised in Silver City, NM. He attended the University of New Mexico where he majored in biochemistry and molecular biology before continuing his education at Creighton University's School of Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Johnson is excited to be back in southern New Mexico, near friends and family and the mountains and forests he loves.

In his free time, Dr. Johnson enjoys hiking and fly fishing in the Gila Wilderness, wood-working, painting, and drawing.

Dr. Johnson is pleased to make Las Cruces, NM his new home, and is excited to work with the wonderful patients and staff at Las Cruces Children's Dental Clinic.



Alicia Nguyen, DDS

Dr. Alicia Nguyen, DDS. was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. She completed her undergraduate studies with a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of New Mexico. She then continued her education at Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska where she earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery.

Following graduation, she returned to New Mexico where she enjoys big open skies, mountains and beautiful sunsets. Dr. Nguyen is excited to work with the dental staff and excellent team at Children's Dental Clinic in Las Cruces.

In her spare time she enjoys hiking, reading, painting, cooking and spending time with her family and friends.


Safa Maiwand, DDS

Safa Maiwand, DDS is a general dentist originally from San Francisco. She graduated  from the University of California, San Francisco with her DDS. Next, Dr. Maiwand completed her hospital dentistry training at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration. She then took on the challenge of providing general dentistry on the Turtle Mountain Chippewa reservation in Belcourt, North Dakota. She provided care for adults and children for two years before returning to Southern California where she practiced for 8 years. Dr. Maiwand was the chairman of the non-profit organization SmileGivers that provided free dental care to underserved children in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

In her free time Dr. Maiwand enjoys cooking and baking sourdough bread, and traveling with her husband.



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.


Anis S. Manshad, DDS

Dr. Anis S. Manshad was born and raised in Las Cruces, NM. He completed his undergraduate at New Mexico State University in Electrical Engineering along with minors in Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Mathematics. After several years serving as engineer he returned to completed his dental degree at University of Washington School of Dentistry.  Dr. Manshad is skilled in various aspects of dentistry and is very excited to be back in his home town to serve his community once again.

Dr. Manshad enjoys reading, soccer, and spending time with family and friends. He's happy to talk about anything and everything dentistry.