welcome to Las Clinicas del Norte!

Las Clinicas del Norte (LCDN) is a federally designated Frontier Community Health Center, and provides services to the approximately 14,720 residents of its service area, covering 2,500 square miles in parts of Rio Arriba and Taos Counties, both of which have been designated Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs). The LCDN service area is a frontier region, with low population density (4.2 persons/square mile), with widely scattered villages and small towns. Las Clinicas del Norte is the only provider of primary care, oral health care, and behavioral health services in its service area. The area is extremely rural and mountainous, with winters that sometimes make travel hazardous.

Our vision is to provide culturally competent care to the underserved and medically indigent patients in a remote part of northern New Mexico. LCDN operates three clinic sites, in Ojo Caliente, Abiquiu, and Ojo Caliente, all strategically located to provide maximum access to the area’s rural residents. LCDN also operates school-based health centers in Abiquiu, 2 in the Mesa Vista School District at El Rito and near Ojo Caliente, and in Pojoaque, NM, a rural community 20 miles north of Santa Fe, adjacent to Pojoaque Pueblo.

about us

Mission Statement

Las Clinicas Del Norte exists to promote healthy communities with a proactive approach to individual and community health. Our focus shall be to provide comprehensive preventative and primary health care services that are accessible, affordable, culturally sensitive and compassionate.

our history

Las Clinicas del Norte (LCDN) was established. It was first known as the El Rito Betterment Association.

LCDN opened its first clinic in El Rito in June 1973.

A new clinic location is opened in Ojo Caliente.

The Abiquiu clinic location is opened.

El Rito Betterment Association name was changed to Las Clinicas del Norte.

New expanded El Rito clinic is opened.

Our first school based clinic is opened at Mesa Vista High School.

The second school based clinic is opened at Pojoaque Valley High School and the Ojo Caliente clinic moves to a new building next to the post office.

The Abiquiu clinic moves to a new building by the Abiquiu Inn.



job openings

  • None at this time
  • Employment Application Form

Fax resume and employment application to HR Dept. (575) 581-0030 or send to HR@lcdn.org

meet our management team

Andy R. Lopez, MBA, CEO

Executive Director

Kathleen Ngirbedul, MBA

Chief Financial Officer

Brandi Darby

Director of Medical Programs

Desi Lopez

IT Director

Aine Malone, DDS

Dental Director

Julie Craig, MD

Medical Director

Andrea Sandoval, BA

HR/SBHC/CCS Director