I have always felt children are gifts to be valued and appreciated for their special nature and innocence. I have always loved connecting with each child to make their dental experiences and health the best they can possibly be. I view pediatric dentistry as an opportunity to truly care for children, taking into account all of their medical, dental, development, and emotional needs.
I was fortunate to attend the University of Washington in Seattle for my Doctorate of Dental Surgery (GO DAWGS!). After graduating in 1989, I practiced general dentistry for 14 years. In 2003 I returned to school at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., to pursue further education in my true interest, the care of children.
I am intrigued with new research and work being done in the prevention and treatment of dental disease especially with the use of more natural therapies. I feel the role of a dentist should extend well beyond the current clinical model and should incorporate the most current concepts in prevention, restoration, and maintenance. I love refining our team's practice of pediatric dentistry as we continue learning about pediatric dentistry, prevention of disease, and child development.
I have never believed that dental treatment is inherently painful or that it is an uncomfortable ordeal that must be endured. My team and I embrace the concept of treating children as individuals, with the same care and respect we would give our own children. It is remarkable to me that members of our team come from such different backgrounds, and yet we all work together so well for the common goal of caring for our patients. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work with such a great team.
I am passionate about treating my pediatric dental patients and gain satisfaction in developing their trust and making them feel comfortable. I strongly believe that getting children to feel comfortable at the dentist’s office at an early age can lead to a lifetime of pleasant and positive dental experiences.
I strive to make every child’s dental visit an enjoyable experience by bringing a warm, fun, and personal approach to dental care. I am truly honored to be a part of this dental team where every team member is passionate about education and prevention in oral health.
I attended dental school at New York University College of Dentistry. While there, I was the President of the Pediatric Club and actively involved in community service including Dental Health Fair, Special Olympics, Dental Van, and Give Kids a Smile Day. I also received the Certificate of Merit Pre-doctoral Student Award from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry for excellence in pediatric dentistry.
As a volunteer for NYU’s dental campaign to Grenada, I provided dental care and education to underprivileged children. My experiences there reinforced my passion for working with children and adolescents. I entered my pediatric dentistry residency at Yale New Haven Hospital where I furthered my training in all aspects of pediatric dental care.
I am happy to have joined the team at Little Pearls Dentistry, as I am passionate about the prevention of oral disease and creating a fear-free dental environment. Both of my parents are dentists, and growing up, I was fascinated by how their work improved their patients’ lives, and how much respect patients had for my parents. I hope to earn the same respect, trust, and admiration of my own patients.
Pediatric patients are the population where I think I can make the highest impact on preventing oral and maxillofacial disease, so that children can enter adulthood having a great smile and being entirely confident and comfortable with their dental appointments.
I completed my dental studies in Romania and specialized in pediatric dentistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. To stay on top of current dental trends and give the best options to my patients and their parents, I continue my education in all preventive and clinical aspects of pediatric dentistry. It is my goal to establish the most optimal treatment plan for every patient based on his or her individual physical and emotional needs.
I am originally from the city of Bender in the Republic of Moldova, a country located between Romania and Ukraine, where I spent summers at my grandparents’ house in the countryside. I moved to Northern Virginia for dental school in 2010 and came back here after my residency in Alabama in the Summer of 2014.
In my free time I enjoy the outdoors, especially hiking, horseback riding, and playing softball, and I play mandolin with a local orchestra. I also volunteer at the Northern Virginia Dental Clinic; it is my way of giving back to my community and to this wonderful country.
Being a pediatric dentist means the world to me. Not only do I get to instill good oral health habits at an early age, but I also get to influence the well-being and self-esteem of young people in my community. That is one of the main reasons I became a pediatric dentist; as a child, my health and confidence was restored by my own dentist after I broke a tooth. He gave me my smile back, and I always wanted to be able to make my patients feel the same way I did. Seeing my patients’ keep their smiles beautiful is the best reward.
I genuinely enjoy my patients and love the relationships I have with them. My goal is to always care for others’ well-being and do what is in their best interest.
I graduated from the University of Puerto Rico’s School of Dental Medicine in 1999 with my Doctorate of Dental Medicine. My Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Certificate was completed at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. I returned to the University of Puerto Rico’s School of Dental Medicine for my specialty in pediatric dentistry and attended Mount Sinai Medical School for certification in dental anesthesiology.
Every day is a learning experience for me. I learn from my patients and colleagues how to be a better person and a better pediatric dentist. I also get to learn about advancements in the field from peers and world-renowned dentists though continuing education. This continuous learning helps me to keep my knowledge current with the new treatment alternatives that my patients can benefit from. I love to be able to offer different alternatives to the parents so they can make their best-informed decision pertaining to their kid’s oral health.
A former Associate Professor for the Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program of the University of Puerto Rico’s School of Dental Medicine, I now lecture locally and regionally on pediatric dentistry, anesthesia, sedation, management of medical emergencies at the dental office, and pharmacology.
Originally from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, I recently moved to Dulles and am looking forward to becoming an active member of the community. My husband and I have a four-year-old son and we love to sight see around Virginia and go to the movies together. Most of my free time is devoted to my friends and family.
The Little Pearls team is committed to excellence in every aspect of pediatric dentistry. Each and every team member is specially trained to provide comforting care to every patient, eliminating the fear many children face when going to the dentist. You can rest easy knowing that your child is in good hands, and that they’ll love their dental visits, every time!
Being a dental hygienist means being a partner with patients in helping them to achieve their optimum oral health. This includes more than actually cleaning patients’ teeth. It involves being knowledgeable about current research and products related to oral health, working with patients to identify their oral health needs, setting goals, and providing them with the knowledge and tools to achieve these goals. It is my privilege to work with my patients every day, and deliver the best oral health care possible.
I enjoy spending my spare time with my husband and two children. I love to bike, hike, and travel. I also enjoy volunteering within the local community.
I graduated with honors as a dental assistant at Concorde Career College in Memphis, Tennessee in 2008. From 2008 to 2010, I had the privilege of working with military servicemen and their families at a joint command at Patch Dental Clinic in Stuttgart, Germany. It was a wonderful experience! In 2010, I relocated to Leesburg and joined the Little Pearls team. I love to help little ones overcome their fears and help them see that our office really can be a fun and safe place. I try to be open and sympathetic to their needs and really enjoy working with children with special needs. It’s so rewarding to see the children grow over the years and get to know them as an individual.
I am a Washingtonian at heart but have made Northern Virginia my home. I enjoy spending time with family, especially with my two beautiful girls and our cat. I have rediscovered hiking and exploring all the beautiful places Virginia has to offer. I also love to travel and hope to see more of the world in the near future.