Meet Our Team

Kye Kinzer, DDS

Kye Kinzer, DDS

Kye Kinzer, DDS was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Following high school, he attended Texas A&M University where he decided to pursue a career in dentistry while completing his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Kinzer received his Dental degree from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine and following graduation, moved back to Las Cruces to serve his hometown community. Dr. Kinzer enjoys archery and spending his free time in the remote backcountry of the rocky mountain west.

Almut Tropp, DDS

Almut Tropp, DDS - Pediatric Specialist 

Dr. Almut Tropp, DDS is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist. She has lived and studied all over the world, including Germany, Japan, Singapore and the Netherlands. She attended dental school at the University of California San Francisco where she was elected to Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a prestigious national dental honor society. She held several leadership positions including president of the Student Society of Pediatric Dentistry. Following dental school, Almut received specialty training in pediatric dentistry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (currently ranked #3 in the nation). Her training included extensive clinical experience in both sedation and non-sedation dentistry for infants, children, and teenagers as well as medically compromised patients and patients with special needs. She is a member of the American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Her interests include running, hiking, and spending time with her husband and young daughter.  

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!


Kye Kinzer, DDS

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.

Stephen Tropp, DDS

Jesse Johnson, DDS

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 Deming Children's Dentistry & Orthodontics. 


Spencer J. Tasker, DMD

Spencer J. Tasker, DMD

Spencer J. Tasker, DMD is the Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer for Deming Children's Dentistry & Orthodontics.  A board certified New Mexico licensed pediatric dentist, Dr. Tasker received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and attended Case Western University’s School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his pediatric specialty training in 2006 at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, also in Cleveland, Ohio. Additionally, he has practiced in the Oral Emergency Care Unit at the University of New Mexico and has served in nonprofit oral health and volunteering initiatives abroad in the Dominican Republic and the Island of Samoa. In his free time, Dr. Tasker enjoys spending time with his wife Sarah and daughters Sydney and Ella, as well as golfing, watching sporting events of all kinds, and has completed over 25 full marathons.

Jim Tasker

Jim Tasker

Jim Tasker is the Co-founder, Chief Human Resources and Business Development Officer for Deming Children's Dentistry & Orthodontics.  After high school in Southwest Oklahoma, Jim received an undergraduate degree in Japanese from Brigham Young University and a Masters Degree in Business from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.  Prior to starting Deming Children's Dentistry & Orthodontics,  Jim spent the first 12 years of his career holding leadership positions in the field of Human Resources for Fortune 500 organizations such as General Mills, Berkshire Hathaway, and Pulte Homes. The father of six children, he enjoys spending time with his family, enjoying the outdoors of New Mexico and Colorado, watching Professional English soccer, and has completed 15 full marathons, including the Boston Marathon three times in 2009, 2010 & 2017.

Richard G. Rowan, DMD

R. Ganon Rowan, DMD

R. Ganon Rowan, DMD is the Chief Operating Officer of Deming Children's Dentistry & Orthodontics.  He grew up in Merced, California and earned an undergraduate degree in Spanish. He earned his Doctor of Medical Dentistry from Case Western University’s School of Dental Medicine. He is certified to perform oral conscious sedation.  Dr. Rowan is a board member of the G3 Foundation, a humanitarian organization that provides year round humanitarian dental and health services to areas in the Dominican Republic.  He has also traveled to Samoa to provide humanitarian dental services.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Jennie and their 5 children, playing golf and traveling.