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Atem Reed, D.D.S.

During his undergraduate work, Dr. Reed majored in biology with an option in physiology and minored in chemistry. He earned his dental degree in 2007 from the University of California, San Francisco. He has practiced in Albuquerque since 2014. Dr. Reed is a member of the American Dental Association. He is also a member of several study clubs and attends the Spear Study Club, a CEREC study club, an orthodontic club, as well as an implant solutions study club.

Dr. Reed has also received advanced training in Invisalign®, Lumineers, dental implants, laser dentistry and CEREC.

Meet Our Team

Our friendly and experienced team at Cherry Hills Dental is proud to provide exemplary dental care in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our team has been at our practice for a long time, so all of our patients, new and old, can expect exceptional care and services when you come for your visit. We will go above and beyond to help you feel at ease and at home while in our office. Call our office at 877-743-7977 today to learn more about our dental family and to make your appointment with our dentist, Dr. Atem Reed!

Virginia Lucero, Office Manager

Virginia has been on the Cherry Hills Dental team since 2010. One of the things Virginia likes about our office is that our team is constantly learning and participating in continuing education, and that everyone pushes each other to grow. She loves the fact that we are a close-knit team and that everyone treats each other like family. Virginia brings a positive attitude with her to work every day and lives by the motto, “Treat others as you want to be treated.”

Virginia has two adult sons. In her free time, she enjoys being in the outdoors, hiking and biking. She also likes reading, weightlifting and healthy cooking.


Amanda Dwyer, Operations Manager/Dental Assistant

Amanda has been with Cherry Hills Dental since 2015. She graduated from Pima Medical in 2010. Amanda appreciates that at our office, we are more like family than coworkers; everyone works so well as a team. She works hard to ensure that the flow of the practice from the front office to the back is consistent and comfortable for our patients and our team members!

When she is not at work, Amanda loves spending time relaxing with her family camping, fishing and barbecuing.

Leslie Del Greco, Registered Dental Hygienist

Leslie has been a part of Cherry Hills Dental since 2010. She earned Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene in 2010 and was a member of the Sigma Phi Alpha dental hygiene honor society.

Leslie is proud of the quality of care that our office delivers and appreciates the sense of family between the members of the team. She brings a positive attitude to work with her each and every day. She is constantly striving to stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in dentistry. She makes a point of treating every patient like family.

Leslie is married to her husband Ray and they have three beautiful and intelligent daughters: Maddie, Leah and Emily. When she is not at the office, Leslie likes to run and spend time in the outdoors with her family.


Laurie Gipson, Registered Dental Hygienist

Laurie became a member of our team in 2014, when she filled in for two team members who were on maternity leave. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and studied journalism and Spanish. Then she headed west and graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and Spanish. Four years later, she graduated from the dental hygiene program at UNM.

Laurie is proud to work with the talented team at Cherry Hills Dental, where everyone is committed to working with the patients and their families to create a stress-free, comfortable and rewarding dental experience. She appreciates the fact that Dr. Reed is compassionate and that he values quality patient care. She enjoys working with our team to improve the health of our patients. She also enjoys the relationships she has built with our patients and the education involved in helping them achieve optimal oral health.

In her spare time, Laurie likes to spend time with her husband of over 20 years and their two daughters.


Shannon Woodrow, Hygienist

Shannon joined Cherry Hills Dental in 2008. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene from the University of New Mexico in 2008. Shannon is certified to administer local anesthesia under general supervision and has been trained to use a dental laser for periodontal therapy.

She enjoys getting to know her patients during each visit and appreciates that the members of the team work so well together! Shannon makes sure she pays attention to each patient’s individual needs and that she provides them with the best and most gentle care she can.

Shannon volunteers at the New Mexico Mission of Mercy clinics and the Special Olympics Summer Games. She is married to her husband Daniel and they have a daughter and a son. When she is not at the office, Shannon enjoys spending time with her kids, reading and baking.

Juliana Leyba, Dental Assistant

Juliana has been a part of our team since 2015. She graduated school as a member of the president’s and dean’s lists. She enjoys working closely with Dr. Reed, learning more about dentistry and growing in her career. She likes making our patients comfortable and teaching them about dent

Check out the article on Dr. Reed in Albuquerque Magazine!

“I feel very lucky to be in a position to take people out of pain – and restore their function, overall health, appearance, and self-esteem,” says Dr. Atem Reed, D.D.S., at Cherry Hills Dental Center. “It is a privilege that I take very seriously, and I seek to improve my skills daily.”

Dr. Reed is passionate about all aspects of preventative and restorative dentistry, with a particularly strong interest in the areas of implantology and cosmetics. Since completing his professional training at University of California San Francisco, he has practiced dentistry in the San Francisco Bay Area, Las Cruces, and now Albuquerque. Committed to providing patients with the most advanced dental care possible, Dr. Reed has completed numerous continuing education courses to stay up-to-date on the latest treatments.

“Dentistry appeals to me in numerous ways,” he says. From a young age, Dr. Reed’s parents inspired him to find a way that allowed him to use his talents to help others. “I have always felt that apart from their personalities, people’s faces and their smiles were the most fascinating things to me.” As a guitarist, Dr. Reed also enjoys working with his hands to express his creativity. “And in school, my favorite subject was always science. Being in dentistry, I am involved in all of those things, so it made perfect sense to become a dentist.”

Originally from California, Dr. Reed grew up traveling the globe as part of a diplomatic family. His family moved frequently but he spent most of his youth in Africa, Russia, and Asia. He believes these experiences gave him a deep appreciation for different cultures – and the unique ability to quickly connect with people from backgrounds completely different than his own.

“Needless to say,” Dr. Reed says, “one of my favorite aspects about dentistry is patient interaction. I love getting to know every one of my patients.”

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