Cottonwood Orthodontics

SBDC Success Stories

Dr. Carlos Torrebiarte has said that coming to the SBDC was an eye-opening experience! He first visited the Albuquerque SBDC in the spring of 2003 seeking advice and assistance on opening an orthodontics practice in Albuquerque: Cottonwood Orthodontics, PC. Dr. Torrebiarte is unique among SBDC clients in that he took full advantage of all the services we offer. He worked extensively with business counselor, Claudette Baca, on a business plan and loan package. The process showed him how complex starting his business would be, but it also prepared him for success. He attended most of the workshops offered at the center and visited extensively with center instructors. He also made use of our classroom and library, meeting at the SBDC with his advisory team on several occasions.

Dr. Torrebiarte opened Cottonwood Orthodontics in October of 2006. The facility is located at 3730 Ellison Dr. NW, Suite B, Albuquerque, NM 87114, not far from the corner of Alameda Rd. and Coors Blvd. It is the mission of Cottonwood Orthodontics to provide superior orthodontic care to every patient. Dr. Torrebiarte prides himself in spending extra time explaining orthodontic procedures to patients before treatment begins. One of his priorities is to keep open the line of communication between himself and the patient’s primary dentist. There are five fulltime employees at Cottonwood Orthodontics, and all services are available in English and Spanish.

Dr. Torrebiarte earned his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees from University Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala City, Guatemala. He went on to receive a two year certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry and his orthodontics training at Eastman Dental Center at the University of Rochester, New York. 

Dr. Torrebiarte came to New Mexico in 1998, at which time he practiced orthodontics in a private office in Santa Fe. In 2000, he moved to Albuquerque. He practiced at Community Dental Services, where he served Medicaid patients in Albuquerque’s south valley until he opened Cottonwood Orthodontics. 

He is happily married to Sarah, an Albuquerque native and has three children. Although born and raised in Guatemala, Dr. Torrebiarte loves New Mexico and all of its enchantments!

Cottonwood Orthodontics, PC
Dr. Carlos Torrebiarte, principal