Dr. Audrey Navarro Rawson
Dr. Rawson is Board certified and a Diplomate with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry with years of experience in pediatric dentistry, general dentistry and early childhood education.
She was raised in Southern California and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology with a minor in Applied Developmental Psychology and Early Childhood Education in Los Angeles, California. She received her undergraduate and dental degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), making her a lifelong Bruin at heart. Before entering the dental field, Dr. Rawson worked as a preschool teacher and biology research assistant. It was through these experiences that she learned she not only loved science, but she also enjoyed working creatively and interacting with children.
After completion of her dental graduate studies, she completed a General Practice Residency at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital where she provided comprehensive care focusing on prosthetics, oral surgery and hospital dentistry with veterans and homeless patients. Her love for children and families motivated her to pursue additional years of specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry on the islands of Hawaii with the NYU Lutheran Medical Center (now known as NYU Langone). Dr. Rawson has experience in both private practice and community health center settings in Albuquerque, New Mexico and throughout the islands of Hawaii (mostly in Kona, Big Island but also in various locations in Oahu and Maui). She has also served as a faculty member supervising and training pediatric dental residents as they obtain their specialty education with the West Hawaii Community Health Center and NYU Langone Medical Center.
She stays involved in community dental outreach programs and has participated in volunteer trips to Guatemala and the Philippines. Dr. Rawson also values the importance of continuing education and stays up to date with all clinical guidelines and recommendations through her participation with the AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry), the ABPD (American Board of Pediatric Dentistry), the COD (College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry), and the American Dental Association (ADA). She also holds memberships with the New Mexico Dental Association and Albuquerque District Dental Society.
She is married to Christian Rawson, is a mother to an adorable two-year old girl named Chloe and recently welcomed their new daughter Ellie to the family in March, 2020. In her spare time, she enjoys snowboarding, water activities and traveling to new global destinations.
As a board-certified pediatric dentist and mother to two girls, Dr. Audrey Rawson believes in the importance of starting children out with a solid and positive dental foundation. Some people do not have pleasant memories of the dentist, and she is determined to change this for future generations. At locally-owned and family-operated ABQ Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Rawson and her team take a conservative approach to dental treatment, anchored in friendliness and compassion. “Our first priority is to establish a rapport to ensure that all children and families are comfortable and at ease when visiting our office,” says Dr. Rawson. “We believe in providing high-quality dental care while making every visit entertaining and educational”
Dr. Rawson absolutely loves being a pediatric dentist, saying, “I love children and I get to spend all day with them!” She recommends children have their first dental visit no later than age 1. Many parents ask why kids need to be seen so early. She always responds with one word: prevention. By creating good habits, they can prevent decay from starting at an early age and create a future of no cavities and great dental visits.
Dr. Rawson grounds much of her success in something close to home: her family. “My husband, Christian, and I share all aspects and decision-making for ABQ Pediatric Dentistry, as well as the raising of our children, ” she says. They are currently hard at work with their two daughters, ages four and one. “Chloe and Ellie keep us on our toes! They are our pride and joy – and also our motivation to keep smiling and going each day.”
Every patient at ABQ Pediatric Dentistry is treated like a family member. “Our entire team delivers high quality dental care to all of our children and families,” she explains. “We all strive to exemplify our mission, which is to create positive, relaxed, and pleasant dental experiences with the goal of helping children prepare for a lifetime of healthy and happy smiles.”
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Message from Dr. Rachelle Shaw
I am excited to introduce you to Dr. Audrey Navarro Rawson. I have carefully selected Dr. Rawson, a kind, caring, and talented pediatric dentist, to take over my practice. She will provide your family with excellent care. I am confident she will continue my practice philosophy of treating each child and parent like they are family. Thank you for your continued trust and confidence in letting me take care of your precious children over the last 38 years. It’s been the true joy of my life. The staff, who you know like family, is looking forward to seeing you at your next visit! You will find Dr. Rawson to be an excellent pediatric dentist who will put her heart and soul into caring for your family – thank you in advance for welcoming her into our circle!
With utmost gratitude, Rachelle Shaw, D.D.S.