Our Staff

Jeanell Abeyta
Chief Operating Officer

Maya Armstrong, MD, MD

"Family practitioners are my people, because I am an advocate at heart. Throughout my life, the focus of my advocacy has alternted betwen the natural environment and the humans who inhabit it. To be truly healthy, we must take care of both. I am a strong believer in universal healthcare, but I know that not even that is sufficient to keep people healthy. As a family physicians, we are in an incred..." More

Lydia Ausberry

Dr. Ausberry recently moved to New Mexico from San Francisco where she had a private dental practice. More

Erika Benson
FNP-Nurse Practitioner

Robert Bernstein

Tina Broderick
Dental Hygienist

"I feel education, prevention and access to dental care is important to everyone's overall health. I enjoy working with and identifying the needs of Geriatric and Prenatal patients." Tina received her training at the University of New Mexico School of Dental Hygiene. She has been practicing for 20 years. More

Russell Brown

Suzanne Burlone

"Being an ob-gyn is a privilege on many accounts, but particularly because it involves taking part in some of the most intimate moments of a woman?s life. It is an honor to be able to teach residents about these intimate issues and moments. Dr. Burlone currently splits her time between Ecuador and New Mexico, and works in a variety of roles including clinic provider at La Familia Medical Center..." More

Erica Burns, CNP
Nurse Practitioner

Paula Carrasco, RN
Clinical Nursing Supervisor

Neal Devitt, MD

"My uncle Joe was a much loved family physician in Milwaukee and was my role model but I didn't become interested in medicine until I saw the birth of our first daughter, Sheila, in 1972. The rigid practice of obstetrics at that time, as well as the quality of care we had experienced in a teaching clinic in Boston were eye openers for me and inspired me to want to provide a more humane, patient fo..." More

Cindy Edds, RN
Clinical Care Coordinator

Ray Galley, PA, MPH

"I like being a provider in primary care because I am able to provide the best care for my patients by listening intently to their evolving stories as they pertain to their health care needs." Ray Galley has been a Physician Assistant since 1983. He attended Cayahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio and received a Masters in Public Health from the University of Washington.He has been in Santa... More

Gary Giblin, MD

Dr. Giblin has been practicing Family Medicine since 1995. He went to University of New Mexico for medical school and has a special interest in maternal and child medicine and in hospice care. Dr. Giblin is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. More

Susan Griggs

Susan Griggs joined La Familia Medical Center in May 2014. She graduated from the University of New Mexico with an M.S. in Nursing and Post-Masters Degree in Certified Nurse Midewife. More

Katy Grohens, LISW

"It is an honor to witness the positive presence of inner capacities and resources that allow people to live with a greater sense of freedom and possibility." Katy received her BA at the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana and her MSW at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM. She has been practicing  in clinical behavior health and program director positions since 1990. More

Elisa Gutierrez

Christina Herrera
Compliance Officer

Beth Holland, MA

"Behavioral health involves an exciting and positive approach to working with people. It is a privilege to collaborate with providers and patients in creating change and growth." Beth Holland completed her BA degree in English at St. Edward's University in Austin, TX and her master's degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of New Mexico. She has been in practice since 1986. She has a... More

Dale Jenkins, DDS
Dental Director

"I enjoy public health." Dr. Jenkins received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and completed his dental degree at the Howard University School of Dentistry. He has been in practice since 1983. He has lived in Santa Fe since 2000 More

Judy Jenkins, DDS

"I had a private practice since 1991 and enjoyed that experience. I wanted to do public dentistry for the variety of experience it offered." Dr. Jenkins received her dental degree at Baylor College of Dentistry. She has been in practice since 1978. She has a special interest in periodontal disease, implant dentistry and forensic dentistry. More

Wendy Johnson, MD, MPH
Medical Director

"I credit my residency training at La Familia for showing me how true community medicine and primary care should be practiced. My mentors, both health providers and promotoras, provided high quality compassionate care to whole families from birth to death." Dr. Johnson comes to LFMC from The University of Washington where she was a Clinical Asst. Professor of Global Health. Previously, she directed... More

Jay Jolly
Chief Executive Officer

Jennifer Jungmann
Dental Hygienist

"I have been a practicing Dental Hygienist for 28 years with my passion and focus on public health. "if you want others to be happy practice compassion. If you want to be happy practice compassion" Dalai Lama" Graduated with high honors in 1988 from Fones School of Dental Hygine in Bridgesport, CT.  I've worked with geriatrics, special needs and in specialty practices, as well as in school-based p... More

Sue Katz, MD, MPH

"I have stayed at La Familia because it allows me to have a full family practice including prenatal care, well-child, women’s care, adult medicine and geriatrics. This family medicine practice has given me wonderful opportunities to know and support families through health and illness – from managing pregnancies to visiting people in nursing homes." Dr. Katz received her medical training at Uni... More

Christopher King
Clinical Social Worker

Julie King Atkinson

CeCe Kurzweg
General Counsel

M. Lawrence Larragoite

"Private dental practice in Santa Fe from 1991 - 2017 specialized in full mouth rehabilitation, removable prosthetics, implant, cosmetic, and general dentistry." Dental degree at Univeristy of Missouri Kansas City completed 1989 Post Graduate Certificate / Univeristy of Missouri Kansas City completed 1991 Prosthodontics More

Elizabeth Lawrence

Dr. Lawrence attended Stanford University School of Medicine. She did her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at University of New Mexico and started her career as a faculty member at UNM with a clinical practice at the Albuquerque VA Medical Center. Dr. Lawrence left the University and VA in 2006 to join a private practice in Santa Fe, and, in April of 2014, she officially joined La Fam... More

Anthony Legits
Human Resources Director

Dr. Joshua Leiderman
Asst. Medical Director Substance Abuse Treatment

Bonnie Lochner

Alicia Marquardt

Gloria Martinez
Development Director

Alan Marx, MSN, NP
Associate Medical Director

"I am committed to serving the underserved." Alan Marx has been a provider at La Familia since 1990. He received his Physician's Assistant and Nurse Practitioner certification in North Dakota and his MSN from Case Western Reserve University. He has been in Santa Fe since 1984 and has a special interest in diabetes and respiratory disease. More

Laura McCann, MS, RD, LD

"“I love food! To me, food is about health, family, culture, enjoyment and so many other things.”" Laura is our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, having earned her MS and BS in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of New Mexico. She joined LFMC in 2011 and offers individual nutrition consultations and group classes. More

James McDermott

Maria McMahon, CNP

"I chose to work in primary care for the continuity of care and the relationship I am able to establish with my patients. As a PCP, I can help influence a healthier lifestyle, and educate in health maintenance and disease prevention." Ms. McMahon did her medical training at the University of New Mexico. She has been in Santa Fe since 1997. She is particularly interested in homeless health issues, wo... More

Sherry Montoya

Lisa Moore

Dr. Moore grew up in Houston, Texas.  She completed medical school at Loyola University in Chicago and did her residency in family medicine a the University of Chicago. More

Bernadette Pacheco
Director of Nursing

"It is my goal to provide compassionate and high quality care to our patients." Ms. Pacheco received her Associates Degree in Nursing at the College of Santa Fe in 1983 and Bachelors of Nursing from the University of New Mexico in 1997. She has been at La Familia for 22 years. More

Kimberly Polanco
Chief Financial Officer

Elizabeth Reynolds
Director, Health Care for the Homeless

Melissa Rigg, LISW
Social Worker

Mary Roessel

Melissa Rosen
Physician/Site Resident Director

Matt Schmidt, MD

"I am excited to join an organization that seeks to provide for the healthcare needs of all members of its community. As a primary care physician, I look forward to developing relationships with patients, caring for their whole families and hearing their stories. I have a special interest in working in with pregnant women, children and sports medicine." Dr. Schmidt received his medical degree fro... More

Jennifer Simpson-Manske, MD

"I have been working to overcome my own sedentary habits and added swimming, biking and running to my already full family life. I have been trying to encourage my patients to make exercise part of their daily life." Dr. Simpson-Manske received her medical education at Vanderbilt University Medical School and did her residency in Family Medicine in New York at the University of Rochester. She h... More

Kristina Sinnott, MD
Physician - Southside Clinic

"I am happy to return to the reason I went into medicine: working with underserved, Spanish speaking, and providing good quality care. I enjoy the atmosphere of a community health center and the approach we take toward caring for all people that seek out our care." Dr. Sinnott graduated from the Univeristy of Iowa Medical School with a Medical Degree. Intern at Grand Rapids Medical Education Partner... More

Brian Smith, MD

Dr. Smith graduated from East Tennessee State University College of Medicine. He worked for the Peace Corps in Guatemala as an interpreter for US surgeons and clinicians. As of July 1, 2015 he finished his residency program and joined La Familia as a Physician. More

Edwin Steffy

Dr. Steffy had a private practice in Santa Fe for many years. More

Spirit Sullivan

Education: University of New Mexico, Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene More

Polly Summar

""I see behavioral health as existing on a spectrum. Everyone feels anxiety and depression at some point in their lives. But sometimes these challenges become too much to handle alone. That's when La Familia's Behavioral Health providers can help."" Polly received her BS from the University of Illinois, her MS from Northwestern University, and her MA in counseling psychology from Pacifica Gradua... More

Denise Taitano-Ritter, MD, MD

"I was born and raised on the tiny island of Guam, a Pacific territory of the United States. The hospitable nature of the people, local food, and music of the island is an experience like no other! I attended the University of Guam for undergraduate education and Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio for medical school. My path to medicine is fueled by my desire to return home to my isla..." More

Mervianna Thompson, CFNP

Mervianna comes to La Familia via Houston where she was employed at another Federally Qualified Health Center. She and her husband have owned a home in Santa Fe for several years but only moved here permanently in February 2013. More

Ingrid Tyson

Ingrid Tyson joined La Familia Medical Center in November 2013. She graduated with a Masters of Science / Family Nurse Practitioner in 1996 from Columbia University New York, NY and with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. More

Brendan Vahey

Dr. Brendan R. Vahey graduated from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry class of 2014. Currently, he is finishing a Post-Doctoral Masters Thesis in Dental Implants from the Federal University of Santa Catarina Florianopolis, Brazil. Throughout his career he has worked in community clinics spanning the globe including: Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Colorado, and through... More

Lauren Waltersdorf