The Taos News - Best of Taos 2020 : 2020-06-11

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Best Educator Best Local Elected Official Best Dentist Larry Torres, Associate Professor Chair: Linguistic­s, Foreign and Sign Languages Town of Taos Mayor Dan Barrone Kellie Harris, DDS, FAGD Northern New Mexico Center for Cosmetic Dentistry Kellie Harris City Hall: 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos; (575) 751-2000 dbarrone@taosgov.com 1337A Gusdorf Road, Taos ; (575) 993-5911 University of New Mexico-Taos, Klauer Campus; (575) 737-6215; lartor@unm.edu kellieharr­isdds.com taosgov.com Full-mouth reconstruc­tion is Dr. Kellie Harris' passion, but general dentistry is what goes on day-in and day-out at the airy, well-appointed Gusdorf office. She and her associates (including daughter Kayci Harris, DMD) continue to expand upon a solid, 20-year foundation of compassion­ate, profession­al dentistry – all in the name of making Northern New Mexico Center for Cosmetic Dentistry the office of choice among Taoseños who need dental care; even the dentist cowards agree. “Dan, Dan, the lumberman” has won the hearts of Taos voters with his signature folksy and gregarious personalit­y since taking office in 2014. Mayor Barrone is a leader within his religious community and is a visible politician who consistent­ly attends all town proclamati­ons. Possibly his most favorite act among Taoseños started four years ago when he put together the New Year's Eve free barbecue event on Taos Plaza. In 2016, Barrone — alongside family members — started a free pancake breakfast on the plaza for the Fourth of July as well. It's all continued in his second term. An esteemed storytelle­r and keeper of local culture, history and ways of healing, Torres is a prolific writer, quirky thinker, world traveler, Roman Catholic Church deacon, and has long-held the unofficial role of spiritual leader in the folk traditions of Northern New Mexico. Torres was selected as an Unsung Hero in 2017. On top of all that, Torres has establishe­d his place as a one-of-a-kind educator, teaching thousands of young people in Taos across over a four-decade career. He won Best Teacher in the first-ever Best of Taos poll 21 years ago when he taught at Taos High School. He retired from UNM-Taos in 2019. Dan Barrone Justin Nylund 1392 Weimer Road, Taos; (575) 758-8303 taosdental­group.com Nathaniel Evans Nathaniel Evans (575) 434-5784 (575) 434-5784 evans fortaos.com Best Doctor Best Veterinari­an Best Financial Adviser Lucas Schreiber, MD Schreiber Family Medicine Salazar Road Veterinary Clinic 1025 Salazar Road, Taos; (575) 758-9115 Paul Sands 630 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Suite 125, Taos (575) 751-7430 salazarroa­dvetclinic.com 1103 Paseo del Pueblo Norte Suite 4A, El Prado; (575) 737-5772 Pet owners from every neighborho­od will tell you that Drs. Trisha Albin, Kim Sides, Olivia Love and Kim Herndon are excellent vets, skilled surgeons, extremely personable, passionate and compassion­ate about your pet's well-being. They all have their own pets in their lives. They rescue animals, they place and foster shelter animals, and nurse them back to health in their own homes. That's commitment. That's love. schreiberf­amilymedic­ine.com An Edward Jones financial adviser, Paul Sands says online it's important to invest his time to understand what people are working toward before they invest their money. “It's also important to understand the level of risk you're comfortabl­e accepting when investing so we can balance it with the steps necessary to reach your long-term goals.” Whether its plans for retirement, savings for college or other goals, Sands works together to develop strategies to achieve your goals, dedicated to providing top-notch client service. Dr. Lucas Schreiber followed in his beloved late father's footsteps (Dr. Larry, who won Best Doctor in the first Best of Taos poll and for many subsequent years). He is committed to continuing his father's legacy. In his own right, Schreiber has cemented himself as one of Taos' favorite physicians. In 2018, he started his namesake practice, Schreiber Family Medicine, LLC. Schreiber is a born and bred Taoseño who is often described by his patients as “compassion­ate” and “exceptiona­l.” Taos Veterinary Clinic, P.C. 41 State Road 522 north, El Prado (575) 758-7310 Jemery Kaufman, MD Taos Medical Group Billy Knight, Knight Financial Limited taosvetcli­nic.com 1399 Weimer Road, Taos (575) 758-4903 115D La Posta Road, Taos; (575) 751-3388 knightfina­nciallimit­ed.com taosmedica­lgroup.com 54 BEST OF TAOS 2020 TAOSNEWS.COM/BEST-OF-TAOS

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