Knowing that I am able to make a significant positive change in someone’s life is one of the most rewarding things I can imagine. Practicing orthodontics allows me to feel that every single day. I enjoy getting to know my patients and experiencing with them the incredible changes that take place in their lives during their journey. How fortunate I am to see the smile and joy in their face when they see their new smile.
The best thing about this job is that it is fun! You don’t have to be stiff and uptight to be professional or good at what you do. Plus, I get to talk to so many different people every single time I come to the office. It is energizing, and it keeps me excited!
Education and Continuing Education
Orthodontics was my passion and my dream since I was only 14. I love talking to people, meeting new people, and interacting with them. I have always been fascinated by physics and biology, and love working with my hands and solving puzzles. Orthodontics is a combination of all those things I love!
- Doctorate of Dental Surgery – University of Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela, 2003
- Certificate in Teaching – University of Zulia, 2007
- Specialty Certificate in Dentofacial Orthopedics – University of Zulia, 2009
- Certificate in Orthodontics – University of Oklahoma, 2013
- Master of Science – University of Oklahoma, 2013
Technology evolves at a very rapid pace nowadays, and we must know and understand the technology available and new treatment modalities to be able to make an educated decision on which to incorporate into our community.
As a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry, I supervise orthodontic treatment provided by graduate orthodontic students, help them with their Master’s research project during our research sessions, and cover basic orthodontic concepts with undergraduate and graduate students. Learning is a two-way street. My students learn from me as much as I learn from them. This leads to better treatment modalities and translates into better treatment and better results for my patients.
In addition to teaching, I attend local, regional, and national meetings every year to stay up-to-date in orthodontics. I am also involved in research and publication of articles on peer-reviewed journals, as well as book chapters.
- American Association of Orthodontist (AAO)
- Southwestern Society of Orthodontists (SWSO)
- Oklahoma Orthodontic Society (OOS)
- American Board of Orthodontics (ABO)
Outside the Office
I have two Italian greyhounds, Massimo and Donatella. They are Insta-famous, and you can follow them on Instagram @massimo_and_donatella!
When I am not building beautiful smiles, you will find me playing volleyball at the Oakwood Activites Center. In the summer I enjoy playing beach volleyball with friends, and furing the winter I try to play indoor to stay active.
When the ice is not melting here in Oklahoma, I enjoy curling on the weekends. I have been curling for over three years now... and I am no John Shuster, but I do dream of making it to the Olympics =]
I also love traveling and I love trying new foods. Here in Enid you can find me after work enjoying a coffee or tea at the local coffee shops or having a bite at the local restaurants. I also am a fan of out local breweries.
When I retire, I would love to travel the around world trying different foods, and a goal of mine it to visit every continent.