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  • Dr. Carla Vanessa Ruiz

    Dr. Carla Vanessa Ruiz, DDS

    Dr. Vanessa Ruiz is a different kind of dentist. Her magic powers gets children very much excited about their dental care from the first moment they see her. “It’s all about providing a great and fun experience for kids,” she says.

    With “Dr. Vanessa,” as called by her patients, parents feel comfortable as well. Her abilities, experience and knowledge provide the best and most appropriate solution to any dental care problem that their kids can be experiencing.

    Dr. Vanessa noticed early on that she had that special gift of communicating with children and found happiness on establishing relationships with them in the process. “It is a great and very rewarding feeling when you first meet a one year old baby and watch him grow for many years while you are the main dental care provider. The connection and experiences lived together are magical and lasting, even when I am not in the office.”

    While on undergraduate studies of Doctor of Dental Surgery, Dr Vanessa experienced first hand what this special gift was and how it could be applied in her field of study. Almost three years after obtaining her DDS and with the objective of pursuing her dream of providing high quality dental care for children, Dr. Ruiz was accepted at the prestigious Advanced Graduate Study in Pediatric Dentistry in Boston University.

    Her passion has extended also to the academic field where she has been highly involved until recently in postgraduate education as former Chair of the Pediatric Dental Department in the Advanced Education General Dentistry Program at Community Smiles and to the social field within South Florida’s organized dentistry where she has been involved as former President of the North Dade Miami Beach Dental Society. She is also a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Florida Dental Association, the South Florida District Dental Association, and the North Dade Miami Beach Dental Society.

    After 5 years as an Associate Pediatric Dentist in Aventura, Dr. Ruiz decided to embark into a new journey and expand her passion in a much more direct and personal level with the opening of Petit Smiles in Coral Gables. “Expect the best high quality pediatric dentistry, many great experiences, the magic of the Petit Smiles team and long lasting relationships with Dr. Vanessa, another dream come true.”

    Dr. Carla Vanessa Ruiz DDS’s full bio is available on LinkedIn.

    Articles Featuring Dr. Ruiz

    Dr. Ruiz joined other dentists in the effort to provide free dentistry to under-privileged children. See a gallery from the Miami Herald’s website titled “Giving Kids a Smile.”

  • Dr. Regina Gelman, DDS

    Dr. Regina Gelman, DDS

    “Dr. Gini”, as called by her patients, wants to make each visit to Petit Smiles a successful and pleasant experience for every child. She understands that children are energetic, curious, and constantly learning. This is what makes her work so rewarding. She enjoys teaching children the importance of oral healthcare and how it will benefit them throughout their lives.

    Becoming a pediatric dentist has fulfilled a lifelong dream for her. Combining her skills in dental health care and communication with children may perhaps be the greatest job! She loves the challenge of treating children’s dental needs while developing a bond of trust, confidence, and friendship with them. She understands that overcoming anxiety can play a big role in dentistry and she goes out of her way to approach pediatric dentistry in a positive and friendly manner. It is wonderful to see what patients can accomplish when they are listened to, supported, and then motivated.

    She completed her residency in Pediatric Dentistry at the renowned Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Gelman is originally from Caracas, Venezuela, where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Santa Maria University in 2006, where she graduated in the top of her class.

    Dr. Gini stresses prevention and takes the time needed to get to know every child’s individual needs. She is always available to address any concerns and tailors her high-quality treatment options dependent on each child. She believes strongly in treating her patients as she does her own children – with empathy, understanding, and age appropriate explanations. During appointments, she can often be heard singing children’s songs with young children or talking about the latest movies with her older patients.

    She is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry.

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Our Happy Patients

"Dr. Vanessa is AMAZING! She is a true child whisperer......my two boys, ages 6 and 8, have seen her for the past 3 years. They actually look forward to visiting Dr.Vanessa's office, partly to see her and partly to leave with a cool toy. :) I am grateful to have found a pediatric dentist that makes a trip to the dentist a positive experience for both my children and myself. The office is brand new, beautifully decorated, always spotless and filled with kind, efficient staff members."

Lulu

"I have been a customer at Petit smiles for about three years now. Dr.Vanessa is great with kids and is as well professional. She makes sure you are always comfortable as well for the staff. Amazing energy also!"

Emily

"What a wonderful place!! Staff is very corteous and friendly. My kids were amazed with the fishes tank and all the entertainment that were there to enjoy while waiting. We didn't wait at all. Dr. Sabrina was very kind to my son and myself. 1st visit was an awesome experience. Sara did a great job doing the theeth cleaning. She was very friendly. I loved the place. It was very clean. My son got lots of gifts for the first time visit. He was very happy and very comfortable. Taking my second kid to the office next week. Will stay with them! What a great found! Thank you!! "

Maria Eugenia
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