Meet Dr. McCash & His Team
A. McCash, DDS
A New Mexico native, Dr. McCash grew up in the Albuquerque area. He
received hisundergraduatedegree in biology from the University of
New Mexico. Subsequently, he attended Creighton University, in
Nebraska, where he received hisDoctor ofDentalSurgery degree. He
graduated in the top third of his class, as well as scoring in the
top third of all three, national dental board exams. While he was
in Nebraska, Dr. McCash was a resident dentist at two practices,
was an instructor of Crown & Bridge at the Creighton Dental
School, and was an on-call dentist for Emergency Dental. Dr. McCash
has over 13 years of experience in general and cosmetic dentistry.
In his commitment to his patients, Dr. McCash remains in the
forefront of dentistry through continuing education, skillful
techniques, and advanced technology. When Dr. McCash is not
practicing dentistry,one can find himspending time with the three
lights of his life: his gorgeous wife Daniela, and his two
children, Durin and Bree. His love of the outdoors includes
whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, downhill skiing, mountain
biking, mountaineering, and backpacking.
McCash - Office Manager/Personal Assistant
In 2009, Daniela joined the AFFD team as the Office Manager and Dr.
McCash’s personal assistant. She is a graduate of
the Metropolitan State College of Denver, where she earned a B. A.
degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Criminology, and a
B. S. degree in Computer Information Systems. Love,
romanticism, and the magnificent outdoors inspired Daniela to move
to Angel Fire in 2008 from Grand Junction, Colorado. When she’s
not at the office motivating her team, one can find her in the
great outdoors, trail running, mountain biking, skiing, and hiking
with her extraordinarily handsome new husband Strider and her dog,
Loki. Daniela and Strider also spend their time
exploring the world together, and uncovering the wondrous mysteries
of life and love.
Meredith joined the AFFD team, in 2013, as the lead Registered
Dental Hygienist. She is certified in CPR/BLS and local anesthesia.
She continues to expand her knowledge base, skills, and techniques
by attending continuing education courses. Meredith was bornand
raised in Ryegate, Vermont. Sheattended the University of Vermont
(Burlington, VT), where she received her Associates degree in
Dental Hygiene ,in 2001. After a year of clinicalpractice,she
and her husband moved to Albuquerque and fell in love with the
Southwest. Meredith practicedfor two years before moving back
toVermont in 2004. She received her bachelor’s degree in Dental
Hygiene, from Vermont Technical College (Williston,VT), in 2012.
Meredith and her family enjoy the outdoors, hiking, skiing, biking,
and soccer. They believe in being an integral part of their
community by participating in their children’s school and their
Kathy has resided in Angel Fire, New Mexico now for approximately
20 years. She's a 2005 graduate from San Juan College. She is
Laser-certified fornon-surgical periodontal treatment, and
licensed for local anesthesia. Her goal is to provide the best oral
care possible through personalized treatment plans. Kathy is very
excited about the upcoming experiences with new clients and
providing her local community with the upmost dental care. Kathy
comes with a new outlook in dentistry and understanding of
patient's needs for dental hygiene. She lives with her husband
Jason and three active young children. Kathy and her family enjoy
the all types of recreational and outdoor activities including
camping, fishing,boating, and rock crawling.
Nichole – Dental Hygienist
Nichole grew up in central Illinois near Champaign-Urbana, where she received her Associate Degree in the Applied Science of Dental Hygiene from Parkland Community College in 2007. She has resided and worked as a dental hygienist in northern New Mexico for 6 years. Nichole has earned licensure in three states, Illinois, Colorado, and New Mexico. Nichole is CPR/BLS certified, laser-certified for non-surgical periodontal therapy, and licensed for local anesthesia.Nichole graduated with honors in dental community health because of mission work she did in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. She volunteered in after school programs teaching oral hygiene instruction to children, and applied fluoride varnish to their teeth. Her twelve years of experience in the dental hygiene field includes working with private dental practices, community dental health clinics and a dental corporation, and she continues to gain knowledge and skills by attending continuing education courses annually.Nichole strives to provide a good experience with quality dental health care in a positive and caring atmosphere. Nichole's patients comfort and well-being is her top priority.Outside of providing quality dental health care, Nichole enjoys spending time with her two teenage children, and three dogs. She is also an outdoor enthusiast, enjoying hiking, biking, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, swimming, skiing and most of all, softball.
Kara Castillo -
Kara has been with the AFFD team since 2008. As the lead Dental
Assistant and Treatment Coordinator, she assists Dr. McCash during
treatment procedures, helps patients understand their treatment
plan, and guides them through their treatment process. Under Dr.
McCash’s tutelage, she underwent rigorous training to become a
skillful and competent assistant. Her genuine, patient, and
empathetic disposition helps patients feel at ease during their
transformation into better oral health. Kara was born in Omaha, NE,
and was raised in Deming, NM. She has been in the Eagle Nest/Angel
Fire valley since 1998. She enjoys spending time with her two
children, cooking sumptuous meals, and exploring the
- Front Desk
Since 2010, Ashley has been the face and voice of AFFD, as the
Front Desk Receptionist. Her multi-faceted role requires her to be
proficient in scheduling, insurance coordination (benefits/
verification/ pre-auths/ claims), and pre-treatment estimates.
Ashley also assists our patients in obtaining their oral health
goals, through maximizing their insurance benefits, and exploring
their financial aid options. With her infectious smile and
gregarious personality, she helps our patients feel at ease in our
office. Ashley was born in Omaha, NE, and was raised in Deming, NM.
After spending six years in Albuquerque, she has been in the Eagle
Nest/Angel Fire valley since 2010. She enjoys hiking, camping,
swimming, and spending her time outdoors.
Loki was born in 2005, on Thanksgiving Day, in Grand Junction,
Colorado, to a Black Labrador father and an Australian Shepherd
mother. His parents weren’t the best caretakers, so
we rescued him and brought him home. When he was two,
he moved down to Angel Fire with his mom, Daniela, and his new
stepdad, Strider. His interests are mountain biking,
hiking, camping, being petted and chasing anything with a
tail. He will swim and play fetch (sometimes at the
same time) till he passes out. He’s a great
protector and the best friend a person could ever ask for.
He’s the four-legged love of our lives.