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Meet Dr. McCash, Dr. Doolin & Their Team

Dr. Strider A. McCash, DDS

A New Mexico native, Dr. McCash grew up in the Albuquerque area. He received hisundergraduatedegree in biology from the University of New Mexico. Subsequently, he attended Creighton University, in Nebraska, where he received hisDoctor ofDentalSurgery degree. He graduated in the top third of his class, as well as scoring in the top third of all three, national dental board exams. While he was in Nebraska, Dr. McCash was a resident dentist at two practices, was an instructor of Crown & Bridge at the Creighton Dental School, and was an on-call dentist for Emergency Dental. Dr. McCash has over 13 years of experience in general and cosmetic dentistry. In his commitment to his patients, Dr. McCash remains in the forefront of dentistry through continuing education, skillful techniques, and advanced technology. When Dr. McCash is not practicing dentistry,one can find himspending time with the three lights of his life: his gorgeous wife Daniela, and his two children, Durin and Bree. His love of the outdoors includes whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, downhill skiing, mountain biking, mountaineering, and backpacking.

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Dr. Doolin has lived in Chicago for the last ten years. He recently attended Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine - Illinois. Prior to dental school Dr. Doolin received his Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University of Chicago with majors in Biophysics and Biology and minors is Studio Art, Mathematics, and Biostatistics with research in fluid dynamics. He then completed a master’s degree at Midwestern University in Biomedical Science and completed his thesis on stem cells in teeth. In his time at dental school he received multiple honors as the top producing student and spent additional time studying advanced case management. Some of his specialties and certifications include Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Implants, Laser Dentistry, Root Canals, and Invisalign.

In his free time, Dr. Doolin enjoys golfing (he proudly maintains a scratch handicap), snowboarding, skiing, backpacking, and volunteering. He has led and participated in multiple dental mission trips to Panama and Haiti. He also spent time volunteering at Chicago’s Ruth M Rothstein CORE center providing no cost dentistry to patients with complex medical histories in the Chicagoland area.

One of Dr. Doolin’s greatest passions is his growing family. He will be moving with his wife Vanessa, who is very excited for the change in lifestyle from Chicago. They are expecting a baby boy in the middle of July and are looking forward to raising him in Angel Fire. The Doolin’s love being in nature and they have explored fifteen national parks since their wedding in 2017 at Yellowstone. They can hardly wait to explore the beautiful Moreno Valley and surrounding areas.

 

Daniela McCash - Office Manager/Personal Assistant

In 2009, Daniela joined the AFFD team as the Office Manager and Dr. McCash’s personal assistant. She is a graduate of the Metropolitan State College of Denver, where she earned a B. A. degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Criminology, and a B. S. degree in Computer Information Systems. Love, romanticism, and the magnificent outdoors inspired Daniela to move to Angel Fire in 2008 from Grand Junction, Colorado. When she’s not at the office motivating her team, one can find her in the great outdoors, trail running, mountain biking, skiing, and hiking with her extraordinarily handsome new husband Strider and her dog, Loki. Daniela and Strider also spend their time exploring the world together, and uncovering the wondrous mysteries of life and love.

 

 

Meredith - Dental Hygienist

Meredith joined the AFFD team, in 2013, as the lead Registered Dental Hygienist. She is certified in CPR/BLS and local anesthesia. She continues to expand her knowledge base, skills, and techniques by attending continuing education courses. Meredith was bornand raised in Ryegate, Vermont. Sheattended the University of Vermont (Burlington, VT), where she received her Associates degree in Dental Hygiene ,in 2001. After a year of clinicalpractice,she and her husband moved to Albuquerque and fell in love with the Southwest. Meredith practicedfor two years before moving back toVermont in 2004. She received her bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene, from Vermont Technical College (Williston,VT), in 2012. Meredith and her family enjoy the outdoors, hiking, skiing, biking, and soccer. They believe in being an integral part of their community by participating in their children’s school and their local environment.

Kathy - Dental Hygienist

Kathy has resided in Angel Fire, New Mexico now for approximately 20 years. She's a 2005 graduate from San Juan College. She is Laser-certified fornon-surgical periodontal treatment, and licensed for local anesthesia. Her goal is to provide the best oral care possible through personalized treatment plans. Kathy is very excited about the upcoming experiences with new clients and providing her local community with the upmost dental care. Kathy comes with a new outlook in dentistry and understanding of patient's needs for dental hygiene. She lives with her husband Jason and three active young children. Kathy and her family enjoy the all types of recreational and outdoor activities including camping, fishing,boating, and rock crawling.

Nichole – Dental Hygienist

Nichole grew up in central Illinois near Champaign-Urbana, where she received her Associate Degree in the Applied Science of Dental Hygiene from Parkland Community College in 2007. She has resided and worked as a dental hygienist in northern New Mexico for 6 years. Nichole has earned licensure in three states, Illinois, Colorado, and New Mexico. Nichole is CPR/BLS certified, laser-certified for non-surgical periodontal therapy, and licensed for local anesthesia.Nichole graduated with honors in dental community health because of mission work she did in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina.  She volunteered in after school programs teaching oral hygiene instruction to children, and applied fluoride varnish to their teeth. Her twelve years of experience in the dental hygiene field includes working with private dental practices, community dental health clinics and a dental corporation, and she continues to gain knowledge and skills by attending continuing education courses annually.Nichole strives to provide a good experience with quality dental health care in a positive and caring atmosphere. Nichole's patients comfort and well-being is her top priority.Outside of providing quality dental health care, Nichole enjoys spending time with her two teenage children, and three dogs. She is also an outdoor enthusiast, enjoying hiking, biking, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, swimming, skiing and most of all, softball.



Kara Castillo - Dental Assistant

Kara has been with the AFFD team since 2008. As the lead Dental Assistant and Treatment Coordinator, she assists Dr. McCash during treatment procedures, helps patients understand their treatment plan, and guides them through their treatment process. Under Dr. McCash’s tutelage, she underwent rigorous training to become a skillful and competent assistant. Her genuine, patient, and empathetic disposition helps patients feel at ease during their transformation into better oral health. Kara was born in Omaha, NE, and was raised in Deming, NM. She has been in the Eagle Nest/Angel Fire valley since 1998. She enjoys spending time with her two children, cooking sumptuous meals, and exploring the outdoors.




Ashley Castillo - Front Desk

Since 2010, Ashley has been the face and voice of AFFD, as the Front Desk Receptionist. Her multi-faceted role requires her to be proficient in scheduling, insurance coordination (benefits/ verification/ pre-auths/ claims), and pre-treatment estimates. Ashley also assists our patients in obtaining their oral health goals, through maximizing their insurance benefits, and exploring their financial aid options. With her infectious smile and gregarious personality, she helps our patients feel at ease in our office. Ashley was born in Omaha, NE, and was raised in Deming, NM. After spending six years in Albuquerque, she has been in the Eagle Nest/Angel Fire valley since 2010. She enjoys hiking, camping, swimming, and spending her time outdoors.

 

Loki – Office Therapist

Loki was born in 2005, on Thanksgiving Day, in Grand Junction, Colorado, to a Black Labrador father and an Australian Shepherd mother. His parents weren’t the best caretakers, so we rescued him and brought him home. When he was two, he moved down to Angel Fire with his mom, Daniela, and his new stepdad, Strider. His interests are mountain biking, hiking, camping, being petted and chasing anything with a tail. He will swim and play fetch (sometimes at the same time) till he passes out. He’s a great protector and the best friend a person could ever ask for. He’s the four-legged love of our lives.

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