Why Choose Us?
Gil Fernandez, DDS
Dr. Fernandez was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. In 1978, he graduated from University of Texas (UTEP) in El Paso. Upon completing his degree, he was accepted at the University of Southern California (USC) where he obtained his degree of Doctor in Dental Surgery in 1982. Dr. Fernandez then entered the Public Health Service and was given the rank of Lieutenant. He was stationed in Chama, New Mexico, for approximately two years and was the assistant dental director. From there, he was transferred to Crystal City, Texas, and was the dental director for the Vida and Salud Dental Clinic. In 1986, he returned to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to begin his private practice.
In his spare time, the doctor enjoys spending time with his wife of 32 years. His hobbies involve both fresh and salt water fishing, golfing, racquetball, and New Mexico’s great outdoors.
Meet Our Team
Our experienced and professional dental team at Gilbert Fernandez, D.D.S., Inc. is proud to offer excellent dental care in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our dentist, Dr. Gilbert Fernandez, has faith in his team to provide the best dental experience possible, and we invite you to continue reading to get to know those who make that happen!
Michael Fernandez – Registered Dental Hygienist
Michael attended University of New Mexico (UNM) where he received a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Biology in 1993. He then obtained an Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene in 1998. He was very involved as a student and was named class president for his two-year program. Since then, he has been working for his brother (Dr. Fernandez) for over 13 years. He is certified in the use of local anesthetic and Radiology. Michael has been married for 14 years and has three beautiful children. He enjoys watching his older son play college baseball and learning Braille with his two younger kids. During his free time, he is involved in softball and golfing, and he also enjoys nice family vacations.
Samantha Harp – Registered Dental Hygienist
Samantha attended North East Mississippi CC where she did receive her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene in May 2012. She was very involved in school, she was the class treasurer and also received the Colgate Star Award for her involvement in her community, by attending multiple heath fairs and visiting retirement/assisted living homes, speaking to the care givers about their residents oral hygiene and care. She is also certified to administer Local Anesthesia and the use of a laser. In her free time Samantha enjoys spending time with her fiance (Jeffrey) and their dogs (Marjah & Maddie). They love to play soccer, go hiking, spend time with family and friends.
Vanessa Vigil, Dental Assistant
Vanessa attended PIMA Medical Institute where she did receive her Certificate in Dental Assisting in 2011. She joined Dr. Fernandez’s team shortly after graduating and has been with us ever since. She loves to make people laugh and feel confident about their smile. Vanessa is a former softball player turned fitness competitor. In her free time she enjoys working out and spending time with family and friends. She has two dogs, an aussie/dalmation mix named Dots and a blue nose pitbull named Zeus. Her favorite movie is “Nightmare Before Christmas”. Last but not least she is an official pizza and donut lover.
Laura McGeough, Dental Assistant
Laura graduated from Cibola High School in 2009 and then attended Pima Medical Institute in 2015, where she did graduate top of her class in Dental Assisting. She enjoys being in the medical field because we can make a difference by educating our patients, not only on their oral healthcare, but also their overall health. Laura has two cats and a dog named Beau. She enjoys warm weather and being outside, hiking, camping, etc. She also enjoys skydiving and is a certified scuba diver. Traveling is her favorite pass time.