Advanced Allergy Associates of New Mexico

SINCE 2016

Advanced Allergy Associates of New Mexico

Advanced Allergy Associates of New Mexico


Important Information

While we remain open for patient care, your safety is our priority.  We are closely monitoring for updates from the New Mexico Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention daily for latest information.

Current CDC guidelines recommend wearing a cloth face mask or face covering when outdoors or when you are unable to avoid close contact when indoors.

When you enter the clinic please wear a face mask or face covering to your in-person appointment, and while receiving immunotherapy (allergy shots).

Before you enter the clinic, you will be screened for fever and other COVID-19 symptoms.

Only patients scheduled for an appointment will be permitted in the clinic.  Visitors and family will not be allowed to accompany patients into the clinic.  If you have a circumstance that requires the assistance of a family member, please discuss this with our staff so that your need may be accommodated.

Telemedicine visits are also available.

Thank you for your understanding.

Feel Better,

Live Better

Advanced Allergy Associates of New Mexico welcomes you to our practice.

Our goal is to partner with our patients to educate and provide the tools necessary for wellness, and to treat allergic conditions.

Now offering sub-lingual immunotherapy (SLIT)

Call today to schedule an appointment.

Save time, please download and fill out the New Patient Packet forms.

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“Quality care from dedicated and compassionate providers”

We are a group of providers dedicated to serving you and your family.

We are an independently owned practice with all medical decisions made locally maximizing continuity of care with improved health outcomes.

Our friendly staff is committed and devoted to address your needs.



  • Allergic Reactions/Anaphylaxis
  • Asthma
  • Atopic/ContactDermatitis
  • Drug Allergy
  • Environmental Allergy
  • Food
  • Allergy
  • Immune Deficiency
  • Pollen Allergy
  • Sinusitis
  • Urticaria/Hives

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Imagine Health
  • Health Scope Multiplan
  • Medicare/Medicaid (limited basis)
  • NM Health
  • Connections
  • Presbyterian Health Plan
  • True Health New Mexico
  • United Healthcare/Tricare
  • Veterans Choice and VAPC3 Programs

If you are unsure about your medical insurance, please contact our office for more information.

Allergy Treatment

Would you like to treat the cause of your allergies rather that just the symptoms?

Advanced Allergy Associates of New Mexico offers both traditional immunotherapy and sub-lingual immunotherapy (SLIT).

Immunotherapy, also called allergy shots, are given to increase your body’s immunity to the allergens that cause allergy symptoms.

Allergy shots are usually recommended for those who have symptoms greater than twelve weeks a year.

Similarly, SLIT works like allergy shots and you may be a candidate.

Schedule an appointment for your allergy immunotherapy consultation.



5310 Homestead Rd. NE

Suite 201

Albuquerque, NM 87110

T: (505) 237-2574

F: (505) 237-3632


Mon: 8AM – 5PM

Tue: 8AM – 5PM

Wed: 8AM – 5PM

Thu: 8AM – 5PM

Fri: 8AM – 5PM

Office Closed from 12PM to 1PM for Lunch


Mon: 8AM – 11:30AM and 1PM – 4:30PM

Tue: 8AM – 11:30AM and 1PM – 4:30PM

Wed: 8AM – 11:30AM and 1PM – 4:30PM

Thu: 8AM – 11:30AM and 1PM – 4:30PM

Fri: 8AM – 11:30AM and 1PM – 2:30PM


Telemedicine visits are now available.

In response to the Coronavirus crisis (COVID-19), we are making efforts to maintain the safety of our patients and staff. We have made some modifications to our clinic operations. For those patients receiving immunotherapy (allergy shots) we have made temporary adjustments to our procedures.

Below are the changes as follows:If you have symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath OR you recently traveled to a country experiencing novel coronavirus, DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING and call the NM Department of Health at 855-600-3453.

If you are sneezing or coughing, presumably due to allergy, please postpone your injections until the symptoms have resolved. The coronavirus is spread by respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Prior to entering the clinic, you will be screened for fever and other COVID-19 symptoms. You will also be required to wear a face mask or face-covering while inside the clinic.

ONLY PATIENTS RECEIVING IMMUNOTHERAPY (ALLERGY SHOTS), or in-person appointments will be allowed in the waiting room. Seating capacity in the waiting room will be reduced to comply with the “social distancing” recommendation by the CDC. If the waiting room is full when you arrive, please consider returning another time for your injection.

We realize that there is often a high volume of patients receiving immunotherapy (allergy shots) in the waiting room. In order to prevent overcrowding, we recommend a modification to the allergy shot schedule by decreasing the frequency of injections.

If you are in the maintenance phase, you may receive your allergy shots up to every four weeks. You may return to your normal maintenance dose schedule when the clinic returns to its normal operations.

If you are in the build phase, you may postpone your build and receive your current dose every two weeks and resume your build when the clinic returns to its normal operations.If you are in the early build phase, you may receive your injections once a week and may return to twice a week dosing when the clinic returns to its normal operations.

A thirty-minute wait period for monitoring after receiving your injection remains the standard of care. However, due to limited seating in the waiting room during peak times, we have developed a process to accommodate patients waiting outside or in their car during this thirty-minute monitoring period.

The process is as follows:

  1. After receiving your injection, we will collect your shot patient identification card. (this is the card you use to check in for your shots).
  2. You will be provided a placard such as a bright colored card to place on your windshield. We will have AAANM personal periodically monitoring the parking lot for safety. The windshield placard will help us identify where you are in the parking lot.
  3. Once you have completed the thirty-minute monitoring period, your shot patient identification card will be returned. If you do not wait to receive your identification card, your immunotherapy may be suspended until after you have had a visit with your provider.

We thank you for your cooperation in helping us maintain safety during this Coronavirus crisis. Everyone has a role in preventing the spread of illness, especially to protect people who are most at risk.

Taking these steps will also prevent the spread of flu and the common cold:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick· Cover your mouth and nose with tissue or elbow when coughing or sneezing
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects



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The clinic is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Friday from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.  If you are in doubt about any issue related to your health, please call the main office.

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Steven Tolber graduated from Emory University School of Medicine in Decatur, Georgia in 1970. He was born

in New York City and spent his childhood in Los Angeles and Atlanta. He returned to California where he completed an internship and residency in pediatric medicine at L.A. County USC Hospital. He proudly served for two years as a Pediatrician at Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, New Mexico. From there he completed a fellowship at U.C.S.F in Allergy and Immunology under Dr. William Deamer, MD and Oscar Lee Frick, MD. He opened a private practice in Albuquerque,

New Mexico in1978 serving the allergy and immunology needs of the community until 2009 when he joined Breathe America. At Breathe America, he served as the Medical Director. In June 2016, he returned to private practice and Joined Advanced Allergy Associates of New Mexico where he works with many members of his original team. He is a voting delegate of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), one of the parent organizations of the American Medical Association (AMA), and works tirelessly to help medical providers and patients receive the best

medical care possible in this ever changing landscape. He enjoys skiing, playing bridge, and traveling with friends and family especially visiting his new grandson.

After medical school at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical school in Dallas, Dr. Daffern moved to Albuquerque for her Internal Medicine residency at the University of New Mexico Hospitals. She then pursued her fellowship in Allergy & Immunology at Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla, California. At the end of her specialty training, she obtained an NIH grant to study eosinophils and their role in allergic airway disorders. She remained at the Scripps Research Institute for an additional 6 years before taking a faculty position in the Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology Department at Virginia Commonwealth University Health Science Center. While at the medical school, she was involved in education of medical students, residents and fellows in addition to patient care and research.

Dr. Daffern eventually opened her own practice in the Richmond Virginia area where she practiced until 2013

and was first awarded the Best Doctors in America designation. She moved back to Albuquerque in 2013 to be closer to her aging parents in the Texas panhandle. She loved so many things about Albuquerque that she could not think of settling anywhere else!

Teresa is a native of Kentucky. She graduated in 1990 from Murray State University in Southwestern Kentucky,

with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.  She attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia where she completed a Master of Science degree in Nursing and Nurse Practitioner Certification Program in1995.

Teresa and her husband moved to Albuquerque New Mexico at the end of 1995.  She worked as a Nurse Practitioner in the community until she joined Dr. Tolber in 1998. She has been practicing Allergy and Immunology since.

Teresa is passionate about delivering patient centered care providing individualized, comprehensive care that

includes the family. She and her husband have 2 sons, age 15 and 17.

Teresa and her family practice jiu-jitsu and enjoy spending time together participating in various sports

James is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from

the University of New Mexico, and his Master of Science degree in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner Program from the University of St. Francis Albuquerque campus.

He has 17 years of experience delivering care. James practiced allergy and immunology with Dr. Tolber and Teresa Jenkins-McCord for several years prior to joining Advanced Allergy Associates of New Mexico.

Throughout his career, he has served in a variety of clinical capacities including oncology, psychiatry, woman’s health, primary care, addiction medicine and HIV care. He has also worked in Healthcare Quality and Policy at the University of New Mexico.

James has a special interest in healthcare access for vulnerable populations, community health issues, and

healthcare policy. In his free time, he enjoys music, cooking, reading and enjoying time with his family.

Paul was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. After graduating from Sandia Prep High School, he received a Congressional appointment to attend the United States Air Force Academy and graduated in 2002 as a Second Lieutenant with a major in Biology. After serving in the United States Air Force as a Communications Officer, he separated from the Service in 2006 as a Captain and decided to pursue his dream of a career in medicine.

In 2010, he graduated with a Master’s Degree from the University of Saint Francis Physician Assistant Program in Albuquerque. Since graduation, he has worked primarily in Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology alongside many

highly-rated Allergists including Dr. Steven Tolber, Dr. Bruce Feldman, and Dr. Pamela Daffern in addition to Teresa Jenkins-McCord, CANP and P. James Romero, CFNP.

Mr. Tapia also has experience working in General Cardiology, as well as extensive experience in Urgent Care medicine. His diverse medical background provides him with a wealth of experience to bring to his allergy practice.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two rambunctious beagles. He enjoys being at the

family ranch, running with his dogs, and cooking/grilling on the back patio.

Cristina was born in Albuquerque and attended school at the Albuquerque Academy before moving to the East Coast. She graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, a minor in Faith Peace and Justice. She earned a Master of Education for Secondary Science Curriculum and Instruction.

Cristina then returned home to New Mexico and attended the Physician Assistant program at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and graduated with honors.

Prior to joining Advanced Allergy Associates she worked with Dr Pamela Daffern in the allergy department at Head and Neck Surgeons of New Mexico. 

In her free time Cristina likes to ski, cook, sew, and spend time with her husband (whom was her classmate at the Academy), their two toddlers, and two golden-doodles.