We want you to know that in our office you can expect to be treated with the utmost respect all of the time, every time. We offer your family the best diagnosis and treatment. These goals can be met through a constant and open communication between you and our entire dental team.
We encourage you to get involved in your own treatment and to ask as many questions throughout our relationship as you need to. Our philosophy is that an informed and involved patient is more likely to achieve the highest level of dental health, and we look forward to working with you to achieve this goal.
Thomas W. Connor III D.D.S
“To say, I love what I do, is an understatement” – Thomas W. Connor III, D.D.S.
Dr. Thomas W. Connor III not only has a passion for creating beautiful, yet natural smiles, but also increasing each patient’s level of confidence while simultaneously improving their overall well-being. He is known for his gentle touch, empathy, artistic skill and providing high quality dentistry with personalized care.
Dr. Shelly M. Gallegos, D.D.S
Dr. Nicholas J. Murray D.M.D
Manager and Coordinators
Practice Manager & Financial Coordinator
Velia has worked in the dental field since 1996 and joined Dr. Connor in 2005 when he opened the practice. Velia manages the overall operations of the office including dental care. Her scope of responsibilities range from scheduling treatment to providing assistance and counsel to our patients on financial options to best fit their needs. Velia is bilingual speaks fluent English and Spanish. She is well versed in dental procedures, and in all aspects of billing policies and dental insurance. She takes a hands on approach and enjoys working with each patient on their journey to a beautiful smile.
Priscilla A. Juarez, RDA
Treatment & Appointment Coordinator
Priscilla’s dental career as a registered dental assistant began in 2005 and has been working with us since 2007. Her current role consist of front office coordinator, Priscilla’s dental assistant experience is an asset when educating patients on their individual needs. Our office staff enjoys her positive personality and radiant smile. Her understanding nature makes it easy for patients to feel comfortable as soon as they walk in and get greeted. She has been married for over 20 years and has 2 wonderful boys.
Patient & Financial Coordinator
Alejandra has been working with insurance and billing since 2007, she will be delighted to assist you through explaining and discussing your insurance benefits and processing dental claims. Her attentive care for your financial needs and concerns strive to provide the best service to each patient. She will also assist you with any appointment you may need. Her time outside of work is spent with her amazing children and their sports.
Adriana Andrade, RDA
Adriana has worked at Connor Family Dentistry since 2015. She has worked in both the clinical area as a dental assistant and as front office. As hygiene coordinator she will assist in explaining and reviewing your treatment as well as finances and coordinate future appointments. She is vivid about helping others and assuring you feel right at home. Her time outside of work is spent with her two beautiful children.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Berenice Murillo, RDH
Lead Dental Hygienist
Berenice determined very early on what she one day aspired to be. That same aspiration became a reality in 2010 as she obtained her dental hygienist certification. Since then she has dedicated herself in her role as dental hygienist and remains committed to providing ALL patients exceptional care while simultaneously educating them on oral health. Berenice encourages you and your family to visit her as you begin and/or continue to live a healthy oral life!
Vianey Araiza, RDH
Vianey was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and has worked in the dental field since 2000. After working as a dental assistant, she went back to school and obtained a Biology degree from UTEP. Being a part of the dental field had inspired her to further her education to become a dental hygienist and was bestowed with the prestigious “Golden Scaler” award upon graduation.
Vianey is zealous about oral health and loves to help her patients improve their oral hygiene. She is a caring individual who always strives to provide pleasant and thorough oral care with a unique individualized dental hygiene care plan for each patient.
Vianey loves spending time with family and friends and enjoys traveling to new places.
Kathryn S. Villapana, RDH
Kate grew up in California’s bay area and relocated to El Paso, Texas when she was a teenager. She attended both Baylor University and UTEP and received degrees in Psychology and Biomedical Sciences. She always knew that she wanted to be a healthcare provider and initially had her heart set to become a dentist. To her surprise, dental hygiene became her passion and became a dental hygienist. Upon graduation in 2015, she was awarded being the “All-Around Dental Hygienist.”
She enjoys getting to know her patients individually to provide the highest quality of care and offers special attention to be gentle and listen to her patients’ needs. She strives to encourage, motivate and educate patients to maintain good oral health and overall health. She is a meticulous perfectionist that goes above and beyond for anyone.
Outside of the office, Kate loves to spend quality time with her family and friends. She enjoys watching movies, loves art, puzzles, playing games, and exploring new places and restaurants. She is also an animal lover and currently has one dalmatian and two cats.
Natalie L. Marquez, RDH
She is a present member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association as well as the EPCC’s Dental Advisory Board. Natalie was born in Denver, Colorado and moved to El Paso only years later, to which she loves and now calls home. She graduated from Franklin High School and went on to earn her dental hygiene degree from EPCC in 2013.
She loves interacting with her patients and making them feel like family all while providing a positive dental experience and outstanding care.
She is a huge animal lover and in her spare time when she is not practicing, she loves to spend time with her dog Boogie, as well as travel to new places.
Lucy Farraro, RDH
30 years of caring for patients has been her pleasure. She has been a part of Connor Family Dentistry for 13 of those years as of 2018.
Working at Connor Family Dentistry has kept her up to date with the latest that dentistry has to offer. Over the years she values establishing relationships with patients and considers them to be a part of her dental family.
When not at work, she enjoys time with her husband and grandchildren. She enjoys bowling and she loves animals and gardening.
Registered Dental Assistants
Diana Enriquez, RDA
Lead Dental Assistant
Diana is an El Paso Native and is the head dental assistant. She has been in the dental field since 1999 and has been with Dr. Connor ever since he opened his practice in 2005. Diana still loves dentistry as much as she did the day she first started! Her experience, organizational skills, heightened multitasking abilities and dedication to the team makes her perfect in being head dental assistant.
She takes pride in providing her patients with a relaxed and comfortable environment so they always have a positive and stress-free dental experience. Diana is a people person and absolutely loves interacting with patients, which makes her an approachable person. She always encourages patients to get involved with their individualized treatment plans and makes certain that any questions that patients may have are addressed and answered. She strongly believes treating patients as if they were her own family.
She enjoys spending time with her two boys and loving husband and going to UTEP football games. Diana loves being a part of the team at Connor Family Dentistry.
Cynthia Aguirre, RDA
Cynthia was born in Denver, Colorado and obtained her dental assisting certification in El Paso, Texas in 2010 when she became a part of Connor Family Dentistry.
One of the things she enjoys the most about dentistry is seeing each patient’s lives transformed through their smile and confidence. Cynthia strives to build relationships with her patients based on honesty and trust to ensure that they feel comfortable and leave satisfied.
Cynthia is a loving mother of four and has an amazing husband that she loves spending time with but the one that stole her heart is her grandson.
Claudia Ortiz, RDA
Claudia was born and raised in El Paso, Texas where she obtained her dental assisting certification in 2003, and has been working alongside Dr. Connor since 2007. She was inspired by dentistry and absolutely fell in love with her profession.
Claudia exhibits a strong work ethic and dedication to helping patients change their view and expectations of dentistry – that being in the dental chair can be a positive experience. Her down-to-earth personality, energy and compassion help create a fun and relaxed atmosphere in the dental office.
When not at work, she loves spending time with her daughter.
Marisol Dominguez, RDA
Marisol is a bilingual RDA and hygienist assistant. Patient advocacy has been a passion and a challenge that has lined up with her overall enjoyment of people. Becoming a part of Connor Family Dentistry has added more in furthering her career knowledge. Building a relationship with our patients is a priority to her. She loves fashion, and is an animal lover. She has a dog named Nieve that is not only her pet but part of her family one whom she adores. In her spare time she likes to have a great social life, travel for new advetures and spend time with Nieve.