Meet The Team

Our Desert Hills Dental Care Team

At Desert Hills Dental Care, we are committed to exceed your expectations by delivering the most most reliable and trusted dental care available in Farmington. Our Doctors and staff are here to offer individual, personalized dental care. We make sure our office is equipped with the very latest dental tools and technology.

With more than 50 years of experience, our dental hygiene team specializes in preventive and periodontal services, which will help your smile remain bright and healthy for a lifetime. When a patient visits our office, the goal of each member of our team is to provide exceptional care in a safe, comfortable environment.

For a top rated dentist in Farmington NM, visit us today. We are excited to see you, and we look forward to experiencing first hand the positive effects truly professional dental care can have on your life.

Meet the hands behind our over 1000 5 star reviews.

Dr. Hilton • Dr. Schumacher • Dr. Burgess • Dr. Collins

Charles Schumacher, DDS

Dr. Schumacher
Dr. Schumacher

Dr. Charles Schumacher graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry in 1986, and Westminster College (Fulton, MO) in 1982. He has practiced in Farmington since 1986. He has earned Fellowships from the American College of Dentists, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Pierre Fauchard Society. Dr. Schumacher is Past President of the New Mexico Dental Association and played a vital role in bringing the volunteer Mission of Mercy to New Mexico. Desert Hills Dental Care would like to thank the community for voting Dr. Schumacher as “Best Dentist in Farmington New Mexico for 2012”. He is married, has one daughter, and enjoys skiing, fishing, hiking and exploring the Four Corners.

Meet Gini and Kyle, DHDC Patients for over 30 years! Gini had a miracle tooth that Dr. Schumacher fixed for her and that sealed the deal. Plugging in to a practice that you can trust long term is such an important step to achieving a true Smile Lifestyle®!

As you know, we love highlighting our amazing patients and their stories and we wanted to try something completely unique.

I recently just spent a week in Guatemala doing a dental mission in the town of Mixco, one of the poorest areas near Guatemala City and wanted to share some of my experience with you. With the limited resources and mobile equipment, we were only able to do extractions.

Dr. Schumacher is expert in providing appliance solutions for Sleep Apnea. In this video he discusses some of the common problems people experience who have varying degrees of sleep apnea. If you or someone you know is struggling with Sleep Apnea or sever snoring, please schedule a consult to find out if a Sleep Appliance would be the right fit for you.

Gene Hilton, DDS

Dr. Hilton
Dr. Hilton

Dr. Gene Hilton is a native of St. George, UT and a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Dentistry. With a deep passion for how dentistry can change lives, he has participated in many dental service missions including Operation Smile in Brazil and Mission of Mercy in several areas — including Farmington. In addition, for over 10 years the annual Give Kids a Smile event in Farmington at San Juan College has been under his leadership. Dr. Hilton maintains membership in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.   The Hiltons live in Farmington with their 7 boys, and 3 daughters. That’s right, you mathletes…10 children! Backpacking, fishing and mountain biking with his family are among his loves outside of the practice.

We have literally THE BEST PATIENTS here at Desert Hills Dental. So grateful for Nicole Triplett and for her willingness to share some of her experience here over the years here at Desert Hills. We’re equally as fortunate to have such amazing Dentist’s like Dr. Hilton. Thank you Nicole for sharing!

Paris has been an incredible patient since she was a child. Her parents did a fantastic job helping her to adopt excellent dental health habits from an early age.

Clarissa Burgess, DDS

Dr. Burgess
Dr. Burgess

Dr. Clarissa Burgess is a New Mexico native who loves the variety and culture of the Four Corners area. The region is part of her heart and soul, and after completing dental school at the University of Colorado’s School of Dental Medicine in 2010, she returned to serve as Dental Director for Presbyterian Medical Services in Farmington where she was named the “Outstanding Provider” for 2012.

With her husband and her 2 daughters, she enjoys all of the outdoor activities the Four Corners has to offer, including skiing, running, music festivals, mountain biking, camping and fly fishing. We are proud to have her as part of our team and thank her for being a top dentist in Farmington New Mexico.

She is an active member of the Northwest District Dental Society and served as President in 2012-2013. Always looking for ways to give back to those in need, Dr. Burgess has been to Nepal and Guatemala with Global Dental Relief to serve two dental missions and was instrumental in bringing the Mission of Mercy dental service weekend to the Farmington area.

You know those times in life when you have the rare opportunity to meet someone extraordinary, who without trying just puts a smile on your face and makes you feel good about the world.

This video presents a great opportunity to introduce Dr. Clarissa Burgess. Stacy Thomas and her family were kind enough to share their experience at Desert Hills. This video also provides great insight in to the range of expertise with Dr. Burgess.

We are so grateful to have such an amazing Dentist like Dr. Burgess here at our practice. She is an amazing real world example of what it means to live a Smile Lifestyle. Enjoy this small look into her beautiful life with her family and she talks about the importance of incorporating a smile into your everyday life!

Jacob Collins, DDS

Dr. Collins

Dr. Jacob Collins got to the Four Corners very early in life. A native of Oklahoma and a member of the Choctaw nation, his family relocated when he was a young boy so his father could serve as a principal in a local school. They loved Northwest New Mexico so much this is where they stayed. His wife Yaanibaa is also from the area, being a native of Kayenta, AZ. They have been married almost 15 years and have five children ranging in age from 13 to a newborn. They met while both attending BYU after Dr. Collins graduated from Kirtland Central High School.
Dr. Collins is a recent graduate from the industry-leading University of Michigan Dental School. UofM has consistently ranked as one of the top 1-2 dental schools in the country. Dr. Collins has been preparing to become a dentist for years, even when he didn’t know that’s where his career was taking him. In college he received a BS in Physical Education, and then worked as a PE teacher and coach for 7-8 years while working toward a Master’s degree in Sports Performance. His Master’s opened the door to become a professional strength and conditioning coach. Something was missing, however, in where this career was taking him. He and his wife decided to change course and pursue dentistry – and they have never looked back. He found his years of studying the physical body have only enhanced his ability to be a skilled and compassionate dental provider. The Collins have loved their time in Michigan and are now really looking forward to being back to Farmington with all its sunshine, open spaces and endless number of outdoor recreational activities.
Like the other doctors at Desert Hills, Dr. Collins is driven to share his skills to give back to the community and to underserved areas. He was part of a dental mission to Jamaica in 2020 and also frequently served in a free dental clinic that is a part of the UofM dental school. He has been actively engaged with the Boy Scouts of America, Habit for Humanity and served a mission for his church prior to completing his Bachelors of Science.
Dr. Collins and his family love almost every outdoor activity around including mountain biking, skiing, camping and fishing which confirms they are perfect for the Four Corners area. He also is a big fan of football, baseball as well as wrestling, where he wrestled competitively all through his years at Kirtland Central.

Our Desert Hills Dental Care Family