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  • Dr. Carla Vanessa Ruiz

    Dr. Carla Vanessa Ruiz, DDS

    Dr. Vanessa Ruiz is a different kind of Pediatric Dentist. Her magic powers get’s 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 pediatric dental care problem that their children can be experiencing.

    Dr. Vanessa noticed early on that she had that special gift of communicating with infants, children and teens and found happiness on establishing long term 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 Pediatric Dentist of choice. 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 pediatric dental care, 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.

    In 2010, after five years as an Associate Pediatric Dentist in Aventura, Fl, 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 the first Petit Smiles Pediatric Dentist location in Coral Gables, FL serving the surrounding cities of Pinecrest, Kendall, South Miami, Coconut Grove, Brickell, Downtown Miami, Fl. “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. Vanessa opened her second office located in Doral in 2016 to serve infants, children and teens in Doral, FL and surrounding cities of Miami Gardens, Weston, Miramar, Tamiami, Miami Springs, Sweetwater and Downtown Doral, Fl.

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

    Articles Featuring Dr. Vanessa 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 Pediatric Dentist 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.

  • Dr. Yelizaveta (Liza) Shabashev

    Dr. Yelizaveta (Liza) Shabashev, DDS

    Dr. Liza is a board certified Pediatric Dentist who was born in Russia and grew up in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from Stony Brook University, NY and then decided to pursue a career in dentistry. She graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, NY where she participated in multiple outreach programs, including several dental mission trips to Tennessee and Dominican Republic. She received a Community Service Award in Pediatric Dentistry upon graduation of dental school.

    Dr. Liza completed a general practice residency at Long Island Jewish Hospital in New York. She then continued her training in Pediatric Dentistry at Montefiore Medical Center (NY) where she completed her fellowship and residency program. Dr. Liza received a Resident Teacher Award while at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Liza is a member of American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and College of Diplomates.

    Dr. Liza believes that every child can be an excellent patient, and every child needs a unique approach to them. She is committed to providing exceptional dental care to her patients.

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Our Happy Patients

"Dr. Vanessa is AMAZING! She is a true child 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."

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"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!"

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"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!! "

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