Meet The Staff

Our team consists of a highly trained staff who are dedicated to making your visit to our office as comfortable as possible. From the knowledgeable administrative staff, to our caring and compassionate clinical team of surgical assistants, we are constantly striving to provide you with an exceptional surgical experience.  All staff are informed administrative personnel, well-versed in emergency management and are all certified with Basic Life Support (CPR) through the American Heart Association.

Administrative Staff

Our administrative assistants are friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful to meet the needs of all of our patients. From scheduling a convenient appointment time to maximizing your insurance benefits, our administrative staff will be there to answer any questions prior to your surgery. 

David – Office Manager

I began working at Cottonwood Oral Surgery in 2013 when Dr. Jeffries opened the practice. I strive to ensure that all aspects of the office run smoothly and that our patients leave with a wonderful surgical experience. Prior to my current position, I worked for various corporations in the accounting field. I have my MBA and CPA. Since my career change, I have found interactive with patients to be the most rewarding experience of my life.

I was born and raised in Connecticut, but moved to New Mexico 6 years ago. I have four wonderful children and in my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family as well as being outdoors. I also enjoy watching Seinfeld reruns.


Amer- Scheduling Coordinator

I began working at Cottonwood Oral Surgery in October 2017 and I am bilingual.  I am a recent graduate in the field of communications and have extensive experience in the hospitality industry.  While interacting with me, I will always greet you with a smile and do my best to make your experience easy and comfortable.

I was born in Chandler, AZ; however, I was raised between 6 different states and Mexico. I enjoy spending time with my lovable puppy, Vivian, and reading romantic novels.  I also enjoy dancing, traveling and meeting new people in various social environments.

Elvira- Scheduling Coordinator

I began working at Cottonwood Oral Surgery in January 2020 and I am bilingual.  I have worked in the dental field for 3 years and I enjoy every aspect of work with and helping our patients. 
I recently moved to Albuquerque from St. Louis, MO and love the sunshine! I enjoy spending time with my daughters and visiting new places. 

Surgical Assistants

Our surgical assistants are experienced, trained, and certified in assisting with intravenous (IV) sedation and outpatient general anesthesia in our state-of-the-art office setting. They are certified through the New Mexico State Dental Board with a dental assisting and radiology license. Our surgical staff travels nationally to attend continuing education courses to further their knowledge and always look to improve our standard of care for our patients. They have a special interest in providing a comfortable and safe surgical experience for each and every patient; our patients are continuously monitored during and after surgery.

Andrew – Surgical Assistant

I began working at Cottonwood Oral Surgery in 2015.  I have my D.A.A.N.C.E and am certified in intravenous (IV) sedation methods. I enjoy working closely with Dr. Jeffries and our team to ensure we are providing our patients with the highest level of patient care and safety, including infection control, strict adherence to OSHA requirements, emergency preparedness, and following all protocols and standards of care.  Patient safety is my number one priority!

I was born and raised in Roswell, NM. When I am not at the office, you will find me training and competing in mixed martial arts and spending time with my wife and kids.


Michael – Surgical Assistant

I began working at Cottonwood Oral Surgery in April 2019. I have my D.A.A.N.C.E and am certified in intravenous (IV) sedation methods.

I was born in Louisiana, moved around a bit, and finally settled down in Albuquerque. I enjoy spending time with my 2 wonderful children and my 2 amazing dogs. In my free time, I like to snowboard, go bowling and coach wrestling.


Evelyn – Surgical Assistant

I began working at Cottonwood Oral Surgery in August 2019 and I am bilingual. I am certified in intravenous (IV) sedation methods. I have been a dental assistant for four years, but oral surgery is where my passion is. I enjoy working with Dr. Jeffries and our team to be efficient in providing care to our patients.

I was born and raised in Mexico but moved to Albuquerque when I was a child.  In my free time, I enjoy working out, bodybuilding competitions, and shopping.


Morgan – Surgical Assistant

I began working at Cottonwood Oral Surgery in August 2019. I have my D.A.A.N.C.E and am certified in intravenous (IV) sedation methods. I have over 5 years of dental assisting experience in general dentistry, but I was ready for a change so I transitioned to oral surgery.

I was born and raised in Ohio (Go Buckeyes!). I moved to Alaska for a few years before making my way down to New Mexico two years ago. I am married and have two lovable fur babies, Bailey and Braxton. In my free time, I enjoy shopping, hiking, camping, and swimming, as well as spending time with my family and friends.


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