Our Team consists of highly trained individuals who are dedicated to making your visit to our office as comfortable as possible. From the knowledgeable administrative staff, to our caring and compassionate clinical team of assistants, we are constantly striving to provide you with an exceptional surgery experience. 

Office Administrator

Crystal Dowdy

Bio coming soon! 





Billing and Financial Coordinator

Shelley Evans was born in Colorado but has lived most of her life in Albuquerque.  She has loved being a part of the Bear Canyon Periodontics & Implant Specialists team for over 34 years.  Shelley is the Billing and Financial Coordinator for the practice.  Shelley is married and has 2 beautiful daughters and an amazing granddaughter, Remi.  Shelley loves spending as much time as she can with them as well as going on outings with her mother and sisters.






Treatment Coordinator

Tyerza Velarde was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She is relatively new to the dental industry and is happy to be a part of the Bear Canyon Periodontics & Implant Specialists team.  Tyerza is going into her second year as a Treatment Coordinator.  Outside of the office, Tyerza enjoys hiking, horror movies, true crime podcasts and spending time with her boyfriend Nate, her family and her beloved cat, Kodak Black.






Registered Dental Hygienist

Gail Garver has been practicing dental hygiene for a total of 43 years since her graduation from UNM School of Dental Hygiene in 1979.  Of that experience, 30 years have been with the practice now known as Bear Canyon Periodontics & Implant Specialists.  Gail’s professional passion comes from the intimate human interaction and the reward that comes from the continuity of care with patients.  Gail and her husband Jerry recently celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary.  They have 2 grown sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law and a charming grandson, Gamble.  Gail has a focused interest in advanced nutrition and how it benefits physical fitness, sports, and exercise performance.  Gail’s garden area happens to be a beautiful neighborhood attraction.  During her time away from work you will find her at the gym or walking with her favorite boxer dog, JoJo.




Registered Dental Hygienist

Dot Huff graduated from UNM with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene.  She has over 30 years of experience as a hygienist, and she speaks Spanish.  She has devoted her time to creating beautiful smiles and building strong relationships with her patients.  Dot loves educating her patients on their oral health and believes that creating a healthy oral environment leads to overall better health, Dot enjoys walking, reading, and spending time with her family.





Surgical Dental Assistant

Charles Wright has been in the dental field since 2012 when he graduated from the Matrix School of Dental Assisting.  He is a surgical dental assistant certified in anesthesia.  He has worked in many different aspects of the dental field including military, corrections, oral surgery, periodontics as well as a teacher at a dental school.  His goal is patient education and to prioritize high quality patient care and to help Dr. Harrison with all aspects of periodontics.






Surgical Dental Assistant

Heather Mathews was born and raised in New Mexico.  Heather graduated from AIDA in 2021.  She loves interacting, educating, and calming patients before their procedures.  Heather enjoys being outdoors hiking, fly-fishing, camping, and spending time with her dog.