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Getting to know ‘Dr U’

September 28, 2018

She was destined to be a dentist, the fulfillment of a childhood dream! While most little girls her age often spent their time playing dress up and princess related games, Dr. Yeneir Urquiza on the other hand had always been intrigued by the medical field. Her aunt Maria was a doctor and her cousin Ava was studying to become a dentist allowing her to be able to peruse their medical textbooks and play a different kind of dress up in their white coats and shoes.  She often let her imagination run wild and used to visualize herself as a dentist. Fast forward some years and dreams have been realized and imagination rewarded as you will find her wearing a similar outfit today as a fully qualified medical professional.

Her fascination with this field further grew over the years and was solidified in a memorable visit she had as a child with a dentist. That experience left such a positive impact that she decided she was definitely going to become a dentist. Determined to make this dream a reality, she attained  a Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Nova Southeastern University, a Master’s degree in Bio Medical Sciences and then went on to Dental School. In 2016, ‘Dr. U’ as she is fondly called, joined the Dentistry By Design family and from her very first interview, she knew she would be comfortable here and vice versa.

Over the years she has not only had a positive impact on the lives of her patients whom she helped to achieve greater confidence through their smile and their overall state of being but also the practice. Dentistry By Design is focused on giving each patient the personalized service they deserve and this is a value that resonates with Dr. U as she believes this fosters strong, healthy relationships with each patient. In turn they become repeat patients, making it a win-win situation for everyone. Dr. U has seen many dental cases over the years but there was one particular patient whose situation is indelibly etched in her mind. She treated a patient who came in and was in need of total mouth reconstruction due to years of drug use. The gentleman had been clean for seven years but sadly, his mouth represented his past and had to have all his remaining teeth extracted and be replaced with dentures.  He was extremely fearful of the dentist, which could be seen on his face each time he walked through the door. Over time as he saw the transformation of his mouth, his attitude changed, confidence increased and he finally smiled for the first time. Afterwards, he wrote a letter to Dr. U and the staff who assisted him on his road to recovery. Her response to the letter was nothing short of emotional. Being a part of that life changing experience has resonated with her for years. It’s experiences like these that remind her why she finds her calling so rewarding and heartwarming.

On her days off, she enjoys going to the gym, spending time with family and friends, cooking and indulging in water activities such as kayaking and paddleboarding with her faithful companion  Princess Sophie (her dog). Dr. Urquiza’s integrity and earnest drive for excellence in everything she does can be attributed to the examples set by her parents and grandmother who instilled these values in her at an early age. If you have never had the opportunity to interact with Dr. U, the next time you are at Dentistry By Design, you can easily identify her by her bright smile, soft voice and friendly demeanor. Book an appointment with her here and let her take care of your dental needs. Afterall, treating patients like you is something she was dreaming of since she was a child!