I graduated from general practice residency this past June and I am currently working as a general dentist at a federally qualified health center.
Where do you practice?
I work in the Northern Philadelphia region, we treat mainly low-income populations as well as with people experiencing homelessness.
During college I had the opportunity to perform basic science research at an oral biology lab. My goal was to isolate the ClpXP protein that Streptococcus mutans uses to survive in an acidic environment like the mouth! During my time at this lab, I met researchers who were also dentists and there began my path towards dentistry.
Why are you an ADA member?
The ADA offers invaluable resources too keep me up-to-date in latest news and guidelines (especially now that we are in the middle of a pandemic), research articles via JADA, continuing education courses, as well as the opportunity to connect with local dentists.
What was your first job?
Growing up in Peru, my grandmother would set up a small restaurant during our yearly city fair. I worked as a waitress and cashier, and I would spend my allowance in raffles; unfortunately, I never won one!
What has been the best time of your career so far?
Landing my first-choice job! I received the National Health Service Corps scholarship during dental school, and in return, I pledged to work in underserved areas for a period of four years. I am so grateful for having my current position as we have state of the art equipment to provide excellent and affordable dental care to our patients.
When I’m not practicing, I’m: Exploring Philadelphia! I moved here this past July and I am excited to learn and experience the culture and heritage of this beautiful city.
One fun fact about me:
I grew up in a small city in the middle of the Peruvian rainforest, but somehow, I always find myself living in the northeast of the U.S.