I was born in El Salvador and came to Canada in 1993 when I was 20 years old.
I grew up watching my sister and her husband practising dentistry and was fortunate to be able to assist them after school. My interest in dentistry as a career was born from that experience.
When I first arrived in Canada, I faced a lot of challenges. I knew I needed to sink my teeth (pun intended) into finding a job. I worked for many years in the manufacturing industry while learning English as a second language. Although I was getting promoted in the automotive parts industry and granted opportunities to go to College to become a Quality Assurance Inspector, I decided that it didn’t fulfill my need to work and help people. That desire led me to enroll in College and train to become a Certified Dental Assistant. I received my diploma from CDI College in 2007 and have been practicing ever since. I keep motivated by taking continuing education courses to be up-to-date with the most current and digital technologies.
I moved to Canmore, Alberta in 2014 and was able to participate in many charitable events such as Dentistry from the Heart and volunteering at CUPS, a non-for profit organization in Calgary where I helped with the community dental needs.
A road trip to Victoria in 2016 had me fall in love with island life. I am happy to have found Urban Smiles Victoria where I hope to grow and learn and be a valued member of an amazing team.
In my spare time you will find me hiking, road cycling or swimming at Thetis Lake, a place which has become my favourite spot on hot days.
I look forward to helping my new community with their dental needs, here at Urban Smiles Victoria and Urban Smiles Colwood.