The Carson Valley Dental Arts Team

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Meet Our Staff

About Dr. Matthew Torres

Born and raised in a small mountain town, Dr. Matthew Torres is very excited to return to the mountains and have a place to call home. Dr. Torres graduated from UNLV School of Dental Medicine, where he was an accomplished clinician and further completed a one-year residency in general dentistry at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Norfolk Virginia.

Dr. Torres has served five years of active duty service for the US Navy, including three years service overseas in Okinawa, Japan.

Dr. Torres has been married for 15 years and has three children. He loves spending time outdoors and enjoys landscape photography. Most of the photos located within our office are photos taken by Dr. Torres on some of his outdoor adventures.

Dr. Torres is the owner of Carson Valley Dental Arts and is ready to take your smile to new heights.

Sue Emory, Dental Assistant

Sue Emory has been a dental assistant since 1971 and has worked in various offices within the Carson Valley area, before making Carson Valley Dental Arts her home away home for over 24 years now.

Sue is extremely organized, thorough and makes dental education a priority with all the patients at Carson Valley Dental Arts. If you have any dental questions, Sue is the person to ask, and can help you have a beautiful smile that you can be proud of.

When she is not at work, Sue enjoys hanging out at the pool as well catching up with her favorite TV show while she spends time with her husband. Sue decided to retire at the end of 2022, but we still plan on seeing Sue at events and filling in as needed.

Hayley Goldberg, Dental Assistant

After a few years working in the front office, Hayley took the time to learn dental assisting and she has excelled in her role. You will now find her assisting Dr. Torres. She is a team player and a great mentor to other staff members.

When Hayley is not at work, she loves spending time with her family. She loves to spend time outdoors-hiking and traveling. Her creative energy comes out in her art as she loves to do pottery and ceramics as well. Hayley loves to bake and cook and try new things as well as visit new restaurants and cafes! Hit her up for local recommendations as she is a Carson Valle

We are so happy to have Hayley on our team and hope you get a chance to get to know Hayley as well when you come into our office!

Cathy Price, Hygienist

Cathy Price is our fast-talking, Disney-loving dental hygienist who is passionate about her job. Cathy will take the time to discuss with you your dental health and stresses the importance of good dental hygiene. She is invested in your overall dental health.

Originally from Daily City, CA, Cathy learned the value of hard work from her father who was a battalion chief of the San Francisco Fire Department.

Cathy has a B.S. in dental hygiene from U.C.S.F. and has been with Carson Valley Dental Arts since 2014. Cathy has been married to her husband, David, since 1992 and they have three beautiful children.

We hope that Cathy can help improve your overall dental health and knowledge soon.

Lindsey Torres, Media Manager

Alongside her husband, Dr. Matthew Torres, Lindsey is excited to make Gardnerville her home. Lindsey has an M.A. in professional communication, with an emphasis in advertising and public relations, from Southern Utah University.

Lindsey loves working with small businesses, attending marketing events and meeting new patients as they embark on their dental journey. Lindsey and her husband have been married for 15 years and have three children.

Lindsey and Matt love to travel and explore the outdoors together. She also loves to read, shop online and go to the gym. Lindsey would love to help you on your dental journey.

Michelle Ives,   Patient Care Coordinator

Michelle is the warm and smiley face you will see when you first enter our office. She will immediately make you feel at home, because you are! She has raised her family here and enjoys hanging out with her family, friends and her cute dog Charlie. She has been in the dental field since 2012, and this year took a big leap and also opened her own facial studio alongside her daughter, Noel, and is making her own dreams come true. Be sure to say Hi to Michelle when you see her out in town.

Barbi Gavin,  Treatment Coordinator

Barbi brings expertise and knowledge to our office as the treatment coordinator. She helps guide the patients on which course of treatment will be best for you. She has been in the dental field for over 20 years and recently moved to the Carson Valley area with her husband to enjoy the mountains. She enjoys hiking with her two Australian Shepherds, Sonoma and Shasta. She enjoys traveling in her vintage travel trailers and you can often see her at rallies where other individuals gather to showcase their trailers. It is a great way to get ideas on future projects-its addictive-you can’t only have just one!

Laura Hassman, Dental Hygienist

Laura will help get your smile bright and shining as one of our dental hygienist. Originally from Indiana, she and her husband made their home in Minden in 2013 when her husband accepted a job with Greater Nevada Credit Union. Laura is a mom to two college aged kids. When she is not helping your smile become brighter, she enjoys making pottery, flower farming, painting, hunting, rockhounding and traveling. Call today to make an appointment to see Laura and she will take your smile to new heights.

Ivy Hobbs, Dental Assistant

Ivy brings a calm and reassuring presence into our office as a dental assistant. Ivy has more than 5 years of dental assisting understanding and her experience and knowledge translate into excellent patient care and communication.

Ivy moved to the Carson Valley area from Michigan and has loved camping and hiking throughout the Sierra Nevada mountains. She enjoys beach days, live music and movie nights. We happy to have Ivy as part of our team and mentorship.

Caroline Jones, Dental Assistant

Caroline is our home-grown Douglas County Native who took a special interest in dentistry and has proven herself to be a valuable team player. She is a quick learner and has adapted well to learning how to assist in all areas of dentistry.

Caroline graduated from WNC with an Associate’s degree in 2023. She enjoys yoga, reading and spending time with her friends and family. She has quickly become a crucial and important part of our dental team and we look forward to her growth and knowledge expanding within the dental field.