About Us

In order to offer our patients leading-edge care that is delivered in a pampered environment with a personal touch, our Gallup Dentists have taken numerous courses on the newest techniques and approaches to dentistry.  Some of the courses include sedation dentistry, computer aided design and manufacture of ceramic restorations, minimally invasive implant placement, metal-free restorations and orthodontics using clear braces.

To further enhance the patient experience and our passion for progressive dentistry, Dental Innovations of Gallup recently completed a new state-of-the-art dental office designed to provide the latest and most advanced dental care possible. Patients are invited to experience this innovative environment where imagination breeds possibility.

Meet The Doctors

Richard P. Baker, DDS

For the last 35 years, Dr. Richard Baker has been at the forefront of the latest technological advancements in dentistry and is proud to offer those services in the Gallup area.  A native of Logan, Utah, Dr. Baker earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-dentistry from Utah State University.  Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, Dr. Baker attended dental school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated with honors.  He then relocated to Mesa, Arizona, where he has been practicing general dentistry for 35 years.

Dr. Baker has been happily married for 35 years, and is the father of five girls and grandfather of eight grandchildren.  In addition to his passion for dentistry, he enjoys snow skiing, riding his Harley, spending time with his family, and enjoys increasing the availability of dental resources to the Gallup area.

Jared Montano, DDS

Dr. Jared Montano attained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri –Kansas City School of Dentistry and joined Dental Innovations in June of 2012. Dr. Montano is a member of American Dental Association, New Mexico Dental Association and Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Montano was born and raised in Gallup, and is now glad to be able to contribute to the community that has given him so much growing up. He graduated with honors from both Gallup High School and later from New Mexico State University. Outside of the office, Dr. Montano enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife Erin and working on his family ranch.

Randy Simonsen, DDS

In addition to general dentistry, Dental Innovations has Gallup NM Orthodontist Dr. Randy Simonsen .  A native of Richfield, Utah, Dr. Simonsen completed his undergraduate studies at Utah State University, earning a degree in Biology.  He then attended dental school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated in the top 10 percent of his class.  Since 1980, he has been a practicing orthodontist in St. George, Utah.

As an orthodontist, Dr. Simonsen specializes in preventive orthodontics and early treatment (before all a patient has all permanent teeth).  He is also a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the Rocky Mountain Society of Orthodontists.

Orthodontics is a business for people and Dr. Simonsen takes pride in paying particular attention to the needs of each individual patient, as well as giving a great value for a fair price.  He also offers weekend appointments.

Now in his 40th year of marriage, Dr. Simonsen has seven children and 12 grandchildren.  Outside of dentistry, he enjoys spending time on his ranch in northern Utah and being active in local church and community projects.

Erin Montano, DDS

As Dental Innovations newest addition and the only private practice female dentist in Gallup, Dr. Erin Montano is excited to contribute her services as a general dentist and cosmetic provider of Botox and Dermal Fillers. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Erin graduated Summa Cum Laude from Saint Louis University with a major in Studio Art and Biology and went on to receive her dental degree from The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry where she met her wonderful husband, Dr. Jared Montano. She is a current member of the New Mexico Dental Association, American Dental Association, and Academy of General Dentistry.

For Dr. Erin, dentistry is a way to restore a patient’s confidence not only in themselves but also in the field itself through active listening and implementation of the newest products and technologies. She enjoys working on kids of all ages, special needs patients, and those with dental fears and anxiety.

In addition to her love of treating patients, Dr. Erin enjoys spending time with family and friends, painting in her studio, watching Cardinals baseball, and learning the “ins and outs” of her husband’s family cattle ranch.

Brett Barlow, DDS

Dr. Brett Barlow is a 2006 graduate of the University of Louisville School Of Dentistry. Prior to attending dental school, Dr. Barlow received his undergraduate degree in Behavioral Science and Health from the University of Utah. Upon completion of dental school, Dr. Barlow completed a four-year residency at Stroger Hospital in Chicago where he specialized in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

As a dentist, Dr. Barlow has limited his practice to oral surgery and offers treatment for impacted teeth, facial trauma and reconstruction, corrective jaw surgery, and dental implants. It is his priority to make sure every patient has the best experience possible.

A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Dr. Barlow enjoys spending time in the outdoors, including fishing, hiking, riding his bike, snow skiing, and various water sports.