Maintaining good oral health is so important, and I love being able to be a part of that, but the aesthetics of it all is the most rewarding aspect by far. I love cosmetic dentistry and I’m a perfectionist when it comes to practicing it. I love to see the changes in people’s smile and overall appearance, knowing I helped to make that person’s outlook a little better. It’s amazing how much a person’s smile affects the way they carry themselves. I’ve had people come in who haven’t smiled in years and they leave my office laughing without a care. That’s when I know I’ve done my job, I’ve done it well, and I’ve made a positive impact on that person’s life.
Ours is a true family practice. I’m blessed to have the opportunity to work with both my wife and my youngest daughter. My wife has been my partner running the business since I started my practice. My daughter joined the team in 2002, taking some of the load off my wife and also ensuring that the office is always running at its best. We try to treat every team member and every patients as if they are also part of our family.
Education and Continuing Education
I grew up in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Central America, receiving my dental degree from the University of Honduras in 1971. My family and I moved to South Florida in 1986, and I received my dental degree in the United States in 1991.
I think it’s important for any professional to have a desire and willingness to learn. Dentistry is an evolving science, and I can’t serve my patients to the best of my ability if I don’t stay afoot of the latest dental trends. I have completed several courses throughout the years, including implant dentistry, endodontics, and aesthetic dentistry, allowing me to complete certain treatments without the need to refer my patients out to a specialist. People have a greater peace of mind when they know they don’t have to go to another office for part of their treatment.
- American Dental Association
- International Congress of Oral Implantologists
- International Academy for Dental Facial Aesthetics
Outside the Office
It has been a pleasure to live and practice in Palm Beach County for the past 23 years. My wife, Sandra, and I have five children and three grandchildren. My time outside the office is spent reading, going to the movies, and watching sports, especially soccer. I also love the quality time I get to spend with my family.
In the Community
Had I not been a dentist, I would have pursued a career in politics. I’m a true believer in social justice and protecting human rights. I am an active member and advisor of the Social Justice Ministry of the Diocese of Palm Beach. The Social Justice Ministry addresses local issues affecting our community and helps defend those affected by unjust situations. I am also a network member of P.E.A.C.E. (People Engaged in Active Community Efforts), an organization consisting of 27 congregations of different denominations that come together to stand up for the community and to make Palm Beach County a better place to live and work.
My main priority is to serve people, whether it’s within my professional scope or through the organizations in which I’m involved. I feel that if we have the capacity to contribute something to the community, than it is our obligation to do so. I practice this every day by helping my patients achieve and maintain their oral health and by helping improve the community for everyone.