“Growing up in a small town next to Zion’s National Park in southern Utah, I cultivated a love for outdoors and hiking at an early age. I am grateful to now look out my window every day and see the beautiful Organ Mountains so close by. Las Cruces is a unique and diverse place and my family feels at home here.”
After graduating from high school and completing a certificate as a Certified Nursing Assistance, he worked at Las Cruces Nursing Center and attended NMSU School of Business and College of Arts and Sciences to complete pre-dental requirements. Upon completing his Bachelors in Business Administration and all pre-dental requirements, he was accepted into Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. There he served as class president all four years and was a part of the Dean's List for academic achievements. In his senior year he was nominated and won several leadership awards including recognition by the California Dental Association for research and the Prince Award.
Dr. Espinoza was accepted into the University of New Mexico Advanced General Dentistry program. He studied an extra year of day-to-day dental procedures in a clinic and hospital setting, as well as LV. sedation, dental implants, endodontic, fixed and removal prosthodontics, advanced pediatric cases, periodontal surgeries, impacted wisdom teeth removal, emergency dentistry and preventative dentistry. It was an intense year but working with specialists in each of those areas has helped mold him into a better dentist that wants to continue to grow and learn.
After having several job offers around the U.S., Dr. Espinoza decided to take the job at Sonoma Family Dental and proudly serve his community that helped him in achieving his own goal.
“There is a uniqueness about Las Cruces and Southern New Mexico that I really enjoy. I love the spectacular mountain views and White Sands National Park. This is a place that my family and I are excited to call home. I am looking forward to helping the people of Las Cruces with their dental needs and I am excited about the many wonderful options that we can provide for you.”
After graduation, we moved to Carlsbad, NM, and I worked there as a dentist for 15 years and gained much knowledge and skill about dentistry. I worked a lot with children but did all types of dentistry. I watched my girls grow up and enjoyed watching them dance and cheer. I helped coach wrestling at the high school and coached high school cheer for a couple of years. As a family, we decided that it was time to move here to the Las Cruces area and are excited for the opportunities here for work, for my wife and myself, and school for my Daughter. We are expecting to love the area and make it our new home.
After graduating high school, Dr. Cobos moved to Mexico to pursue his dream of becoming a dentist. In 2010, Dr. Cobos graduated from the University of Montemorelos with a degree in Dentistry. After graduating, he moved back to the United States and received his dental license after graduating with Honors from the Advance Standing Program at the University of Boston Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.
It was there that Dr. Cobos was trained in the placement of dental implants, digital dentistry, dental extraction, periodontal and prosthodontics treatment. “I chose to come back to the area where the idea of becoming a dentist first sparked in me. I want to provide the community around me with the same dental care that inspired me to become a dentist in the first place.” When Dr. Cobos isn’t busy taking care of patients, he loves spending time with his wife and two little boys. They all enjoy taking advantage of the scenic outdoor life that New Mexico has to offer.
Dr. Liljenquist and his wife share three beautiful children. When he’s not busy helping his community smile brighter or spending time with his family, Dr. Liljenquist enjoys golfing and heading to the movie theater to catch the latest release. An avid angler, Dr. Liljenquist also enjoys catching a fish or two out on the lake or in a stream.