I enjoy having patients leave happy and comfortable about the dental care they have received. It is gratifying to know that we have not only improved their smile, but have also improved their overall dental and oral health by providing education on the importance of a healthy mouth. Building long-term relationships with patients and getting to know them on a personal yet professional level is a great feeling and accomplishment to me.
Since the age of 13, dentistry has been a major interest in my life. Having orthodontic care as an early teen sparked my interest in the dental field since it had such a huge impact on my smile and how I felt about myself. I felt that dentistry was and is a great field in which to be involved.
I worked in a dental office throughout my high school years and while attending Quinnipiac College for my undergraduate degree. I completed my Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, and graduated in 1997. I did my residencies after dental school in Waterbury, CT, after which I began working in private practice. I purchased the Elmwood Dental Group, LLC in 2006 as a partnership, and took over sole ownership in 2013.
Since starting my career as a dentist, I have taken continuing education classes every year and participated with a local study club. I try to be up to date and informed about new products, materials, and technology. I enjoy continually learning about the dental field and ways to improve patient care. Most of my CE is accomplished through my professional affiliations with the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Connecticut State Dental Association, and the Hartford Dental Society.
I was born in Angola, Africa, moved to Connecticut when I was five years old, and am fluent in Portuguese. I have lived in Newington for the past eight years. In my free time, I enjoy reading, working out, baking, and trying new foods and restaurants. I have a passion for all things Disney, like to travel, and often cheer for the UConn Huskies, Boston Celtics, and Roger Federer.
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