Meet Our Team
Denise grew up in Würzburg, Germany and earned her three-year dental assisting certification in 1999. In 2017, she received her RDA certification from the Red Cross Dental Assisting Program at Fort Bliss.
Denise joined our team in April of 2018 and loves the family-like camaraderie of our office. The day-to-day variety of procedures keeps her busy and she loves learning new techniques. She enjoys caring for patients and helping them as they go through treatment.
In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband, Benjamin, and their two children, Emilio and Thalina. Together, they enjoy traveling, going to the movies, and spending time outdoors walking their dogs.
Jo grew up in El Paso, Texas, and joined our team in April of 2018.
She loves being a part of the Tierra Este team and learning from Dr. Kirwin and her fellow team members.
When she isn’t working, Jo enjoys traveling, going to the movies, and BBQ’s with her three children, four grandchildren, and her pup, Chloe.
Raised as an Army brat, Karisma was born in Fort Riley, KS, and grew up in places like Fort Hood, TX, Vincenza, Italy, and Fort Polk, LA. After graduating from East Lake High School in 2017, Karisma attended Vista College and, after a brief externship, officially joined our team in July 2018.
She enjoys working with an amazing doctor and dental team, meeting new patients, and having the opportunity to learn something new every day.
In her spare time, Karisma enjoys bike riding, babysitting, walking her three dogs, watching movies, and barbecuing with her family.
I was born in Puebla, Mexico at the age of two my family moved to live in southern California, San Fernando Valley. Graduated from Canoga Park High School. Studied computer aid drafting online after high school but didn’t pursue a career in it. Married my wonderful wife Rosie and had 4 amazing kidos Roger, Seth, Owen and Alexis. We all moved to Fort Collins, Colorado in 2007. There I discovered that I belonged in dental field helping kids and their families learn the importance of a healthy mouth and have been doing it now for 9 years and still love it. When I am not in the dental office I enjoy the outdoors especially camping and fishing but here in El Paso it gets hot so me and my family will stay in and play board games all the time.
April grew up in El Paso, Texas. She graduated from El Paso Community College in 2018 with an Associates of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene and a Registered Dental Hygienist license.
April has worked in the dental field since 2012 and joined our team in September of 2018. She loves the connections she is able to make with each patient. Not only does she love being able to teach them how to better care for their oral hygiene, but she also loves being able to get to know each patient on a more personal level.
In her spare time, April enjoys working out, playing basketball, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. She doesn’t have any kids but she does have a gecko named Kobe and a rottweiler named Mo!
Theresa grew up in San Antonio, Texas. She has Bachelor’s degrees in both Biology and Business Marketing from the University of Texas and in 2018, she graduated from El Paso Community College as an RDH with an Associates degree in Dental Hygiene.
Theresa has worked in the dental field as a dental assistant since 2012 and joined our team in August of 2018 as a Registered Dental Hygienist. She loves being able to establish relationships with patients and help them keep a healthy and beautiful smile.
In her spare time, Theresa enjoys spending time with her husband and fur baby as well as cooking, baking, trying new restaurants and traveling.
Vanessa grew up in El Paso, Texas. She graduated from Vista College as an Registered Dental Assistant in 2019.
Vanessa loves spending time with her family. She has been married for 8 years and she and her husband have 7 children between them! They enjoy spending time outside, riding bikes, walking with the dogs and going to the movies together.
She loves that her job allows her to meet a lot of people and make a difference in someone’s life. She also loves being part of the team and learning from here co-workers and the doctor.