How long have you been practising dentistry?
I have been a dentist for 25 years and over this time I worked at my specialist clinic in Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro - Brazil. I also worked part time as an Assistant Professor for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Tell us about your career background?
I graduated in 1995 and I started work as a dentist in the Brazilian Army. Two years later I started a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry in Prosthodontics and also opened my practice in Copacabana Beach.
In 2001 I started to study for a Master's Degree in Prosthodontics. This expanded my knowledge in this specialty and also ensured the correct certification to work as an associate professor.
As a prosthodontist, I referred my patients to periodontists or oral surgeons to install implants. However, I realised that I could optimise the treatment if I conducted the surgery myself. Therefore, I decided to undertake postgraduate studies in implant dentistry in 2008.
For the last 20 years I have been a part time associate professor of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Teaching occlusion, prosthodontics, implant dentistry and lecturing at national and international dental congresses.
What do you love most about your job?
Helping my patients have beautiful smiles, to increase their self-esteem, to be more self-confident, and to have a healthy mouth.
What are your special interests in dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry; Digital Smile Design; implant dentistry; treatment of occlusal
problems and parafunctional activities, such as bruxism (grinding), dental clenching and more.
What is the main piece of advice you give your patients?
Your health is the most valuable asset you have. So, take good care of it.
Where would we find you outside of the practice?
I enjoy running, snowboarding and surfing. I also enjoy hiking in New Zealand’s beautiful national parks with my family.