The NMDA Executive Committee at the 2018 Fiesta NMDA (From left: Immediate Past President Dr. Joe Valles, new President Dr. Jennifer Thompson, Secretary Treasurer David Manzanares, Vice President Dr. Michael Sparks, Speaker of the House Dr. Michael Law)
NMDA Executive Committee
President: Jennifer L. Thompson, D.D.S., is a private practice dentist in Farmington. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Duke University in 2004, receiving her degree in Biomedical Engineering and graduating with the distinctions of summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. After college, she attended the University Of North Carolina School of Dentistry and was awarded a Degree in Dental Surgery with Honors. Dr. Thompson joined her mother's practice in 2008. She is the past president of the Northwest Dental District President and also served as the San Juan County Mission of Mercy fundraising chair in 2013.
Vice President: Michael Sparks, D.D.S., is a periodontist in Albuquerque. Dr. Sparks was raised in Odessa, Texas, and attended Texas Tech University and Baylor College of Dentistry, graduating with honors in 2001. Having a desire to pursue private practice in New Mexico, he moved to Albuquerque in 2006. Inspired by his mentors, he completed a rigorous examination process given by the American Board of Periodontology, becoming one of only a few dentists in New Mexico with the distinction of being board certified in periodontics. Dr. Sparks was the co-chair of the September 2017 Albuquerque Mission of Mercy, helping to provide over $1.1 million in free dental care to 1300 patients.
Secretary Treasurer: David J. Manzanares, D.D.S., General Dentist, practicing in the Albuquerque area. Originally from Espanola, he graduated from Pojoaque High School. Dr. Manzanares attended the University of New Mexico as a Regent's Scholar and graduated cum laude with a degree in Biochemistry. He then attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City for dental school, completing his studies in 2009. Dr. Manzanares holds a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry and is a graduate of the Dawson Academy and the Piper Education and Research Center.
Immediate Past President- Dr. Joe Valles
Speaker of the House- Dr. Michael Law
Chief Editor- Dr. Shelly Fritz