I received my dental degree in Moscow, Russia, after completing a rigorous, five-year long full-time undergraduate program that included many hospital rotations and several short internships in dental clinics. During my years in dental school, I realized that I was always interested in the surgical aspects of dentistry because I saw what positive changes it can bring to patients’ lives. My one-year internship in pediatric oral and maxillofacial surgery further reinforced my interest, and I continued my training in an oral surgery residency. Even though residency was filled with long clinic hours, emergency rotations, and research, I also worked in several private dental practices to gain additional experience.
During my years in residency, I built a strong foundation in the profession that helped me in private practice as I was transitioning from simple clinical cases to the more challenging ones. My specialty gives me great professional satisfaction when I see how outcomes of my work are restoring patients’ ability to smile and how patients are regaining confidence.
After being almost ten years in a private oral surgery practice, I decided to pursue additional postgraduate education in Periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania. Three years of extremely demanding clinical and didactic training helped me to further polish my clinical skills under the guidance of the brightest specialists in the field.