The Committee

In 1994 New Mexico Legislature created the New Mexico Dental Hygienists Committee as a part of the New Mexico Board of Dental Health Care (NMBDHC). The Committee adopts rules, disciplines and licenses dental hygienists through the Board. It is self-regulating and has been a model for many states.

In 2003 the Statute added one dentist member and one public member to make up a nine member Committee. The make-up is a replica of the Board composition. There are five hygienists appointed by the Governor to represent the five dental/dental hygiene districts, two dentists elected by the NMBDHC, and the two public members appointed to serve on the Board and on the Committee.

The Committee ordinarily meets at 8:30 a.m. prior to the Board meetings. The meetings are listed on the Board of Dental Health Care website. Agenda is available 72 hours prior to the meeting.

The meetings are open to the public. When there are rule hearings it is especially important for you to come voice your opinions regarding the rules under which you practice.

The following hygienists are listed along with the counties that they represent. Feel free to contact them with your questions and comments.

District Contact Counties
District I Vacant San Juan, Rio Arriba, Taos, Sandoval, McKinley, and Cibola
District II Melissa Barbara RDH
Colfax, Union, Mora, Harding, San Miguel, Quay, Guadalupe, Santa Fe and Los Alamos
District III Ermelinda Baca, RDH
Bernalillo, Valencia and Torrance
District IV Paula Jenkins RDH
Catron, Socorro, Grant, Sierra, Hidalgo, Luna, Doña Ana and Otero
District V Denise Teague-Myrick, RDH
Lincoln, De Baca, Roosevelt, Chavez, Eddy, Curry and Lea

For further information, contact:

New Mexico Board of Dental Health Care and the New Mexico Dental Hygienists Committee
Toney Anaya Building
2550 Cerrillos Rd.
Santa Fe, NM 87504-5101
Phone: 505-476-4680
Fax: 505-476-4545