Meet the Doctors
Deming Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics 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.
Luis Gutierrez, DDS, MSD
Luis Gutierrez, DDS, MSD was born and raised in Peru. He attended the University of California, San Francisco where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. During dental school, he was president of the Hispanic Dental Association Student Chapter and won several awards for his accomplishments Following dental school, Dr. Luis completed his specialty training in Orthodontics and a Master of Science degree from the University of Colorado, School of Dental Medicine. He has presented his research work in scientific meetings and was published in the American Journal of Orthodontics. Dr. Luis and his wife are the proud parents of two girls, and they enjoy biking and cooking together. Dr. Luis is excited to be part of this community and looks forward to meeting your family.
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.
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.