Marlene, originally from El Paso, TX, joined Essenmacher Family Dental in June 2021. Previously, she was a dental assistant working for the Department of Defense since 2004. In 2017 she moved to Albuquerque to further her education and received her degree in dental hygiene from Pima Medical Institute in 2019. That is when she started her career as a dental hygienist.
Marlene enjoys building relationships with patients and having the opportunity to educate patients about effective oral health. She works to help patients overcome their fears by forming trust and establishing a safe environment for patient care.
In her free time, Marlene likes to be outdoors while gardening, biking or relaxing and admiring the Sandia Mountains. She also gives back to the community by volunteering when she can with the Rio Grande Food Project.