About Padilla Dentistry & Orthodontics

Aligning a brighter future for our patients

The Padilla Difference

At Padilla Dentistry and Orthodontics, we devote the time, expertise, and the latest dental technology to ensuring you have a healthy and effortless smile. Drs. Chris Padilla, Stephanie Padilla, and Michael Dunn are passionate about serving you with the highest level of comfortable, evidence-based dental care in Albuquerque.

Your trust in us means everything. We’re grateful to serve our patients by helping them smile brighter and more confidently. We believe every patient is deserving of the most courteous and attentive treatment that we can give.

Personalized Support

We assist you throughout every stage of the process — from scheduling an appointment and explaining treatment options to removing the mystery from insurance and financing.

Meticulous Detail

The smallest details make the biggest impact. We pursue excellence in every aspect of our work, partnering with the best dental labs and using advanced technology.

Authentic Relationships

We prioritize building personal connections with each patient. Our ultimate goal is to earn your trust, help you feel comfortable, and become your lifelong dental care provider.

Meet Your Dentists


Christopher Padilla, DDS

Dr. Chris Padilla grew up here in Albuquerque and is dedicated to helping patients smile. Dr. Chris is known for cultivating patient relationships built on trust and friendship. He has completed several hundred hours of continuing education in cosmetic and implant dentistry. His commitment to academic achievement and continuing education allows him to provide his patients with the latest, most advanced care and amazing results.

Education & Awards

Doctor of Dental Surgery, Baylor College of Dentistry

Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of New Mexico

Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program, Baylor College of Dentistry

Awarded “Top Resident”, Baylor College of Dentistry

Michael Dunn, DDS

Dr. Michael Dunn grew up in Farmington, New Mexico, and finds it critical to create a comfortable environment for his patients. He is compassionate and believes every patient encounter is meaningful. Dr. Dunn is passionate about digital dentistry and provides guest lectures at UNM’s Dental Residency Program. He actively participates in continued education events to ensure he is providing up-to-date care.
When he’s not at the office, Dr. Dunn enjoys hiking, biking, and golfing with his wife and daughter.

Education & Awards

Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of New Mexico

Doctor of Dental Surgery, Creighton University School of Dentistry

Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program, University of New Mexico


Stephanie Padilla, DDS

Stephanie Padilla was born and raised in Albuquerque and loves serving her local community with the highest level of dental care. Dr. Stephanie graduated from La Cueva high school and continued on to the University of New Mexico, where she played for the women’s basketball team. Patients often remark on Dr. Stephanie’s kind and attentive approach. She is committed to providing an uplifting experience and the highest quality care.
As a mother herself, Dr. Stephanie understands the importance of a caring and nurturing experience, especially for kids. She loves working with both adolescents and adults to provide top-notch orthodontic treatment.

Education & Awards

Bachelor of Science in Biology | Minor in Spanish, University of New Mexico

  • Achieved award for UNM student athlete with GPA of 4.0 or higher Women’s Basketball under Coach Don Flanagan

Doctor of Dental Surgery, Baylor College of Dentistry

  • Valedictorian both clinically and academically

Advanced training in orthodontics

Awarded for exemplary orthodontics: Albuquerque Top Dentist-Orthodontics

Meet The Team

It brings me joy when helping patients understand and meet dental treatment needs. I enjoy working with our team who genuinely shows concern and care for all our patients. I love to spend time outdoors, gardening and exploring new places with my husband and three dogs.

Yolanda Saiz
Patient Coordinator

My favorite thing about dentistry is the opportunity to connect and build relationships with patients and help them with their insurance needs. I love being part of a team that cares about the growth and success of each other, as well as the overall wellbeing of our patients. Away from the office, I enjoy cooking and baking with my husband and two kids, being outdoors and traveling to visit family in Texas.

Rachel Ketcherside
Front Reception / Insurance Coordinator

What I like about dentistry is being able to help people feel more confident in their smile. Our office gets along great and it it shows by our exceptional customer service. Away from the office, I love to spend time with family, rollerblade, and swim laps.

Louise Vallejos
Hygiene Coordinator

I am passionate about healthcare and health education, and enjoy building relationships with my patients. Our office works together to ensure patients feel safe and have a good understanding about their oral health. Outside of work, I love spending quality time with my husband, our two dachshunds, friends and family.

Brianna Chavez
Lead Dental Hygienist

I love building relationships and leaving patients with a positive outlook on their oral and overall health. My favorite thing about our office is the warm and welcoming environment, and my colleagues who are always willing to offer a helping hand. When I’m away from the office, I spend my time with family and friends, the outdoors, watching movies, crafting, and doing reformer Pilates.

Celina McCabe
Dental Hygienist

I am fascinated by dentistry and the advances in the field that help improve overall health and building confidence in one's smile. Our office strives to provide an enjoyable, relaxing, and stress-free environment that focuses on patient's needs. Away from the office, I like to go hiking and be out in nature, gardening, and spending time with loved ones.

Grace Holly
Dental Hygienist

My favorite part of dentistry is being a part of a team that strives to restore the patient’s confidence in their smile. I love this office because everyone is so wonderful and caring, and there is always laughter around. Outside of work, I enjoy working in the wedding industry, arranging florals and wedding planning, traveling to new places, rock climbing and trying a new workout class!

Danielle Caswell
Dental Hygienist

I love that dentistry is always changing and finding better ways to serve others in a quick and painless way. I love working as a team to ensure our patients receive the best care. Outside of work, I love spending time with my family, going to church, hiking, crafting.

Crystal Tapia
Lead Dental Assistant

My favorite part of dentistry is the attention to detail from all the Doctors, learning from them daily, and working with our state-of-the-art equipment. My favorite thing about the office is the welcoming atmosphere and the teamwork from each staff member. I enjoy spending time with my family, playing board games, watching movies, and spending time with our dog Chico.

Maria Quintana Chavez
Dental Assistant

What I like most about dentistry is the quality and care we use with every procedure, from taking x-rays, to making one day crowns, to placing our dental implants. Our doctors are continuously taking classes to learn about the latest dental technology to help better serve our patients.

Valerie Valdez
Dental Assistant

I enjoy dentistry because it is a caring profession, where people can feel good about themselves after a kind and respectful visit. I love building close relationships with my coworkers and working as a team to help patients with their dental concerns and smiles. Away from work, I enjoy cooking for my family, watching a good movie and cross stitching.

Julia Perea
Sterilization Specialist

This is stress-free dentistry

We prioritize your emotional well-being and believe a stunning smile shouldn’t come at the cost of your peace of mind. Our private and tranquil treatment rooms, gentle and compassionate dentists, and a range of sedation options allow you to experience complete relaxation during your visit.

Experience 5-Star Care

“This husband and wife team graduated at the top of their class from a great dental school. They recently moved to a new, modern office with all new equipment. My family has been with them for over 5 years. We appreciate their consistently high-quality care.”

— Mike W.

“Dr. Chris Padilla is professional in every way. He and his staff are extremely friendly and their customer service is exceptional! His dental practice is immaculate and very clean. I am treated as family when I am there. He makes sure that you are properly numbed and at ease for any procedure.”

— Theresa C.

“Super great staff all around. Took time to listen and were patient and friendly. Loved them and couldn’t recommend them more for anyone with dental issues or anxieties.”

— Arie D.

padilla dentistry and-orthodontics team group portrait

Get Comfortable


Sweaty palms? Feeling flustered? At our office, a beautiful smile doesn’t come at the expense of your emotional health. We offer quiet and private treatment rooms, dentists with the gentlest approach in town, and a variety of sedation options.

Enjoy pure and total relaxation as you arrive for your appointment.


3809 Eubank Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111

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Mon-Thurs: 7:30am-5:00pm

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