NMDA Executive Committee
President: Michael Sparks, D.D.S., attended Texas Tech University and was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree magna cum laude in 1997. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2001 from Baylor College of Dentistry, Texas A&M Health Science Center. He received the Merritt-Parks award in recognition of the most outstanding work done by a senior dental student in the department of periodontology. He was also inducted into the Odontological Honor Society in recognition of excellence in academics and demonstration of high professional standards at Baylor College of Dentistry. Following dental school, he completed a 36-month ADA accredited specialty residency in Periodontics and dental implant surgery at Baylor College of Dentistry and was awarded a Certificate in Periodontics as well as a Master of Science in Oral Biology. In 2005, he became Board Certified in periodontics and dental implant surgery and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He is a current member and served as the former founding member and director of the New Mexico ITI (International Team for Implantology) Study Club from 2011-2016. In 2017 he was Co-Chair for the New Mexico Mission of Mercy in Albuquerque where $1.1 million dollars of free dental care was provided for over 1,300 New Mexicans in need. He has been a member of the American Dental Association since 2001 and has served as a Trustee of the New Mexico Dental Association and an alternate Delegate to the American Dental Association from 2018-2020. In 2019, he was invited to be a Fellow in the International College of Dentists (FICD), an organization dedicated to humanitarian service. He has practiced periodontics in New Mexico since 2006. He is married to Garen Sparks, PhD. He enjoys reading, travel and golf.
President-Elect: Kim Martin , D.M.D., is a general dentist that has served the Las Cruces area since 2002. Raised in Houston, Texas, Dr. Martin is married with two children. She attended the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston, receiving her Bachelors in Occupational Therapy with High Honors in 1993. As a pediatric therapist, Dr. Martin worked on multi-disciplinary feeding teams and specialized in developmental and oral motor therapy for infants and children with special needs. This pathway to oral health led to a career in dentistry and in 2002, she graduated with her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Dentistry. In addition to working as a private dental practitioner, Dr. Martin has enjoyed expanding her professional duties including serving as a Board Member, Vice President, and Chair of the Complaint Committee for the New Mexico Board of Dental Health; Clinical Instructor NMSU/DACC Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting Program; Dental Chair and Co-Director of the Mission of Mercy Las Cruces; and Vice President of the New Mexico Dental Association. Her associate affiliations include the American Association of Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry, American Association of Oral Systemic Health, Thunderbird Study Club/Seattle Study Club, and the Southwest District Dental Society. Dr. Martin's primary area of focus is complete health dentistry including extensive review and education of the oral-systemic connection with her patients. In her free time, she enjoys her family, health focused living, travel, painting, and hiking.
Vice-President: Kelley Hollingsworth-Ryals, DDS, grew up in Santa Fe, NM. She attended Santa Fe High School, graduated Cum Laude from The University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Science and graduated Cum Laude from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska with a Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2011. She returned home to Santa Fe, NM in 2011 and opened Santa Fe Modern Dentistry and several other dental offices with Pacific Dental Services. Also in 2011, She joined the New Mexico National Guard as a Major where she is currently serving as the State Dental Officer. She recently returned from deployment with the Army for Operation Atlantic Resolve in Poland. Dr. Ryals is married to Marshall and has two young daughters, Rylynn and Raegan. Dr. Ryals was the president of the Santa Fe District Dental society in 2018. She is currently on the Board of Alpha Dental of New Mexico and Quality assurance for Delta Dental. Dr. Ryals is also on the COVID-19 Dental Advisory Team, Board of trustees and on the member service committee in the New Mexico Dental Association In 2016, Dr. Ryals was the Clinic Director for Mission of Mercy in Santa Fe. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, physical fitness and watching football.