Being an orthodontist means I can change lives. Seeing a crowded mouth, an underbite, an overbite transform into a beautiful, healthy smile is extremely rewarding. Even more rewarding though, is seeing how treatment can completely transform the person who owns the smile. Watching a person gain confidence, seeing how they develop stronger a self-image, and how proud they are at the end – that is when I’m happiest!

I appreciate that my profession allows me to meet and get to know such wonderful people. Whether I’m providing early treatment for a child, changing a teen’s smile and confidence, or helping an adult achieve a smile they have wanted for years, I have time to get to know the person. It’s enjoyable to chat about someone’s daily life, learn about their interests and dreams, and hear of their plans for the future.

These conversations constantly remind me that I am doing more than providing clinical treatment: I am undertaking a process that has the potential to make a lasting, positive improvement in the life of a friend!

Education and Experience

Originally from Havana, Cuba, I was drawn to the dental field as a way of having a direct impact on people’s health and wellbeing. Choosing the orthodontic specialty was a natural decision, as it comes with the opportunity to build relationships while providing a service that transforms a person’s health, appearance, and confidence!

I attended Florida International University for my undergraduate studies and then completed my Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) at Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine. My specialty orthodontic residency was through Montefiore Medical Center, Department of Dentistry.

I’ve now practiced for over ten years and have no doubt this is the ideal profession. In what other field would I spend my days with dynamic, interesting people, getting to know them while helping each achieve their dream smile?

Continuing Education and Professional Affiliations

Like all areas of healthcare, dentistry, and the orthodontic specialty, is constantly improving. Research leads to new methodologies, a better understanding of the science, and innovations in technology and materials. Staying current on the latest developments is critical to providing patients with the best orthodontic experience and results.

Continuing education, through study groups, orthodontic meetings, seminars, and lectures, allows me to learn from leading practitioners and my peers. I am an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists and am a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

In order to become board certified, I voluntarily underwent the rigorous clinical and written examinations through the American Board of Orthodontics. This designation shows my dedication to my profession and to each of my patients.

Beyond the Practice

If not in the office, you’ll find me with my family, including my husband and our three young sons: Lucas, Santiago, and Mateo. We also have a much-loved dog, Jean Claude. I love spending time with my children and husband. Most anything is fun and pleasant if they are with me; they bring me the most happiness!

We love traveling: Spain, Italy, and the Dominican Republic are our favorite places to visit. I also love to run, from the NYC Marathon to the Lisbon half marathon. You can find me running with my fellow NYRR members in most races in Central Park, too.

I love giving back and supporting the community, as well. I participate in a lot of fundraising activities with my children’s school PTA. I am also a volunteer member of the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine Admissions Community. And I am involved in fundraising for the Smile Train, a charity that provides corrective surgery for children with cleft lips and palates all over the world.

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