During my career, I’ve worked in various dental.alig roles, offices and locations around the world. Over that time, I have come to truly enjoy working with children – especially when I can turn them into fans of going to the dentist!
A Pediatric Dentist is entrusted to educate parents & patients. This education builds a foundation of good oral habits that promotes lifelong health. I take this trust to heart in all I do for my patients.
My research has been published on the subject of chemotherapy effects on tooth enamel for which I am a recipient of the 2014 3M ESPE Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children research fellowship grant.
I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter, along with my extended family. I also enjoy diverse food, travel and culture. I’m always happy to share stories of my travel adventures and early life in Peru – so if you ever want tips on travel there, just ask!
While in dental school and rotating through each specialty I found my “sweet spot” in Pediatric Dentistry. I am able to work with children on a daily basis, tell stories and jokes to the even the toughest critics all the while promoting oral health and alleviating dental decay. The role of a pediatric dentist is an honorary position, as parents entrust the care of their children to another in an area that they may have limited knowledge. Being a pediatric dentist allows me to shape one’s outlook on oral healthcare for the rest of one’s life, and I have the opportunity to shape it for the better.
When not in the office I love to spend time with family and friends. Doing so may include attending my nephew’s football games, going to the movies with my parents on a day off, or traveling out of town for the weekend to catch up with a friend. Currently my husband, Jhermel, and I are consumed with our new baby girl, Harper, and discovering the joys of parenthood.
While in high school and college, I began working as a children’s fitness instructor at the YMCA. It was that experience that I realized I enjoyed working with children and the importance of encouraging healthy habits in youth. In dental school, I served as a coordinator and provider for the Give Kids a Smile Program which helped organize dental care for hundreds of children of all backgrounds, ages and special needs. My primary goal is to create a comfortable, enjoyable and trusting dental environment for children and parents. I take pride in creating a positive experience and laying a good foundation of oral health knowledge for my families!