As a child growing up in Peru, Dr. Valeria Kresevic always looked forward to going to the dentist. Her experience was so positive, she decided to become a dentist when she grew up. Now, with a thriving, bilingual pediatric dentistry practice, Dr. Kresevic has made her childhood dream come true. At Angel Smile Pediatric Dentistry, she is working with children, showing them compassion, and teaching them about oral health.
“We make it a positive experience for the whole family,” Dr. Kresevic said. “We explain everything to the patients and their parents. Parents are encouraged to stay with their children the whole time. Kids leave with prizes and stickers, and clean teeth. A lot of parents tell us the kids can’t wait to come back.”
Angel Smile Pediatric Dentistry operates from a new, state-of-the-art dental office. Dr. Kresevic stocks her facility with modern equipment made specifically for children. The waiting area is equipped with toys, and there are televisions in the ceiling so children can watch cartoons during their treatments. Dr. Kresevic and many of her staff members speak Spanish, and Angel Smile Pediatric Dentistry welcomes all families.
“I have it in my heart to be a dentist. I understand children’s fears and the concerns of parents,” Dr. Kresevic said. “I treat children in a gentle, caring way. Their health and comfort are my first priority.”
After many years of practice, Dr. Kresevic still strives to increase her knowledge through continuing education courses. She is certified in oral conscious sedation, and a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Southwestern Society of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Kresevic earned her doctorate in dental surgery from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Peru, then attended the University of Rochester in New York for an advanced education in general dentistry. During this residency, she became proficient in all dental specialties. She spent an extra year in a general practice residency program at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, where she was fully trained in hospital dentistry.
“After being exposed to all the different fields of dentistry in more depth, I confirmed my passion for pediatric dentistry and for helping patients with special needs,” Dr. Kresevic said. “This is why I decided to further my education and become a pediatric dentist.”
At Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in New York, Dr. Kresevic completed an additional two years of education and training, specializing in pediatric and adolescent dentistry and the treatment of special needs patients. In 2010, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry honored her with the Pugh Award, given to only the top three percent of pediatric dentists in the nation.
In her free time, Dr. Kresevic enjoys her family, travel, and volunteer work at local animal shelters. She and her husband, Michael, have two dogs of their own and often foster animals who are not ready to be adopted.
“One of my passions, besides children, is animals,” Dr. Kresevic said. “For many years, I used to go every weekend to the shelters and volunteer, giving baths to the dogs. There are so many animals in need of help.”
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By Jessica Wyland
Photography by Lee Ann Baker, LABphotography