Elite Smiles March/April 2019

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MAR/APR 2019

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MEET DR. J UL I ANA I RAL

“Every time the girl came in afterward, she showed substantial improvement. It touched my heart that I was able to improve this little girl's life in so many aspects, and it really changed my perspective of how much I can improve a patient's life.” After that experience, every child Dr. Juliana treated made her life happier, and she decided to apply to the pediatric residency program.

Our Pediatric Dentist

For this edition, Elite Smiles wants to feature one of our newest and esteemed members of our dentistry team: Dr. Juliana Iral. Dr. Juliana is the only pediatric dentist in the World Golf Village area and absolutely loves her work. She has extensive knowledge in helping children keep a healthy smile, and she makes it a personal goal to ensure that each of her patients has a fun and positive dental experience with every visit. “It's one of the best parts of my work,” Dr. Juliana says. “I love when my patients walk away from their treatments happy and healthy.” Originally from Colombia, Dr. Juliana graduated from dental school in 2007 and the Advanced Placement Program at the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine in 2014 after she moved to the United States. She continued her education and clinical experience with two years of General Practice Residency (GPR), which encouraged her to pursue her passion to attend the Pediatric Dentistry Program at the University of Puerto Rico. Throughout her entire career, she’s always loved working with children, but there was one instance that motivated her to continue her education to become a pediatric dentist. “It was a severe case in a lot of ways,” Dr. Juliana explains. “I had a 3-year-old girl come in for a check up, and I could tell that her parents had neglected her. Not only were her clothes overused and dirty but she was also suffering from severe tooth decay.”

When Dr. Juliana isn’t improving her patients’ overall health and happiness, she can be found doing her other favorite activities. “I really enjoy Zumba and going to the gym. I’m also an animal lover; I used to volunteer at an animal shelter, which I’m looking forward to jumping back into.” She also enjoys spending her free time inside and outdoors. “I like going out and exploring new places around town, but I also like spending time with my pets, studying, watching movies, reading, and playing video games.” Joining our team has been an exciting experience for us and for Dr. Juliana. “I’m very happy to be working here. There are high expectations of the new office, and I’m happy to help in any way to get our pediatric practice moving.”

–Steven Freeman

Shocked by the state of her patient, she and other dentists stepped forward to help. “With the help of a pediatric dentist, we did a complete oral rehabilitation under general anesthesia. That included a composite and stainless steel crowns, pulpotomies, and operative dentistry.” After the intervention, the girl's mother was alerted about the situation and instructed to take care of her child, or she would be reported to social services. In addition to these requirements, Dr. Juliana and the other dentists told her to bring her daughter back to the clinic for follow-ups for as many times as was necessary to prove the patient was in more suitable conditions. “The follow-up appointments were astonishing,” Dr. Juliana remembers.

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