Being an Orthodontist
I am lucky and privileged to be an orthodontist. With orthodontics we can enhance a person’s quality of life, their oral health, and their overall body wellness, too. We see this every time we provide teeth-straightening care for an individual.
Although for many teenagers, going through braces is a rite of passage and they may not have especially positive feelings about the experience, for many others that healthy, beautiful smile at the end of treatment makes it all worthwhile. They love their new smile and they can’t stop smiling; that’s my greatest satisfaction and the best compliment a patient can give to me. It is also what makes me grateful to orthodontics and motivates me to continue: it gives me an opportunity to make a small difference in this world, one person at a time.
Another benefit of being an orthodontist is that I am able to build real relationships with my patients, whether they’re children, adolescents, or adults. I see them regularly during the course of treatment, so we get to know each other and I look forward to seeing them every time!
My Education and Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Science – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – Columbia University
- Master of Science and orthodontic training – University of Illinois at Chicago
I’m a firm believer in continuing education, no matter what one’s profession. This is especially true for those of us in oral healthcare, where there are constant developments that result in more effective care for our patients. By attending meetings, lectures, and seminars, I am able to stay up to date on current treatment mechanics and approaches, which ensures my patients have access to proven, gentle orthodontic options.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
- California Dental Association
- Santa Clara County Dental Society
Outside the Office
I grew up in South America and am fluent in Spanish and Chinese, as well as English. The South Bay has been my home for the past 14 years. When I’m not working, you’ll most often find me enjoying my favorite pastimes, which include hiking and gardening. I also love traveling, and believe there are few things better than relaxing on the couch with a good book.