Meet the Staff
Our team is here to ensure that you have a comfortable and safe visit for any sort of dental needs.
Howard H. Pack, DMD
I grew up in Los Alamos, NM and have always called the Southwest home. I fell in love with the Four Corners while traveling back and forth from NM to UT for my undergraduate education at Brigham Young University.
I received a Bachelor’s degree in General Business Management in 2005, then moved across the country to Cleveland, OH for my graduate dental education at Case Western Reserve University. While there I met my bride, Whitney Webster, in church. I convinced her to date me while wearing the costume of a partially eaten peanut butter and jelly sandwich from the movie “The Neverending Story”. She was in medical school at the time, completed her training to become a pediatrician, and has opened a direct primary care practice here in town (Cortez Pediatrics). She is a wonderful doctor and if you have children I highly recommend looking into her practice!
After I finished dental school, I did a 1-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland. It was a great year and really sparked my interest in comprehensive care and continuing education. I love to learn about teeth! After our training, we looked to move back to the Four Corners. Cortez is a perfect fit for us. We are halfway between our parents in NM and UT and we love the mountains and the people here.
We are currently the parents of 3 children, ages 6, 4, and 1.5 years old. You will likely see them around the office at some point and if not there, out on the soccer fields. We are happy to be your neighbors and friends and we love to see you and say “Hi” in the grocery store, the movie theater, or the MCHS basketball games.
Mary Clifford, RDH
I’m from Star Valley, Wyoming and new to Colorado. I have 25 years in the dental field, 18 of them as a Registered Dental Hygienist. I completed my degree in Texas.
I am very passionate about dentistry and even jokingly refer to myself as a “dental nerd”! When not talking about teeth, I enjoy fly fishing, making fly rods and snowboarding. I look forward to meeting and getting to know all of you.
Krystal Begay, RDH
I was raised in Cortez, CO. After graduating from high school, I moved to Farmington, NM for eleven years. I have been in the dental field for 13 years, which 9 of those years I have been a dental hygienist.
I attended San Juan college and earned my dental hygiene degree in 2011. I really enjoy my profession and helping people understand their oral health needs. I strive to make people feel comfortable and at ease in the dental chair. I am a mother of two wonderful and very outgoing children.
We are a big sports family and enjoy playing and watching sports together. If we are not out on the field, the court or in the dance studio, we are usually out fishing and paddle boarding. I look forward to meeting you.
Chelsea McKinney, Dental Assistant
I have been sitting chairside with Dr. Pack since December of 2017. I’ve always had a passion for dentistry and absolutely love it even more now that I’ve actually been working in this field. A few days before I was hired, I registered with an online career school and in less than two months, I completed and received my Certificate for “Dental Assisting”. Since I’ve started, I have really enjoyed getting to know our patients and growing with this practice.
I am a mother of two wild, but amazing boys. Between work, school, and football, we are always on the go. I love playing softball, being active and spending time with my family. I recently got engaged and one day plan to elope on a beach somewhere in Mexico.
Leah Stephens, Dental Assistant
I love the outdoors, hiking, riding bikes, camping and just taking our dogs down to the river. I have been in the dental field since 2009 and joined the Cortez Dental team in 2018.
I love meeting new people and seeing the outcome of their new smile. I am looking to forward to meeting you in the future.