GHDS Practice Spotlight
Our GHDS Communications team cheerfully highlights member specialist Dr. Graciela Hernandez for our May Practice Spotlight.
Graciela Hernandez, DDS, MSD was born in Mexico and raised in Michigan. Dr. Hernandez obtained her doctorate from the School of Dentistry University of Detroit Mercy, her master’s in prosthodontics from the Indiana University School of Dentistry, and an implant fellowship from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry. She is a director in the department of prosthodontics at the University of Texas School of Dentistry. Dr. Hernandez holds active memberships with ADA/TDA/GHDS, American College of Prosthodontics, and the Hispanic Dental Association. Her practice is in the Pearland area and dedicated to cosmetic dentistry. When she is not treating patients, Dr. Hernandez enjoys traveling and hiking with her husband.
Please read our team’s interview with Dr. Hernandez:
Where are you from and where did you attend college, dental school, and residency if any?
I was born in Mexico in a small town near the city of Guadalajara. At approximately seven years of age, I relocated with my family to the United States in Michigan. When my father retired, he decided to take the smallest children back to Mexico. In Mexico, I graduated from the University of Guadalajara School of Dentistry. After a couple of years of private practice in Guadalajara, I decided that I wanted to do a specialty, therefore, I returned to the United States. I have my prosthodontics dental training from the University School of Dentistry in Indianapolis, Indiana. After receiving my master’s degree, I pursued a one-year implant fellowship in the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
What is your favorite part about your practice?
My favorite part is being able to do what I love – dentistry. This goes hand-in-hand with restoring patient’s teeth, which in turn, helps patients improve their self-confidence.
What would you say is the mission statement of how to practice dentistry?
Our practice provides a personalized, patient experience in a modern, spa-like environment offering state-of-the-art technology. As a result, we can offer the highest quality of dental care by transforming our patient’s oral health into a beautiful smile.
How do you balance work and personal life?
I plan ahead, which allows me to stay on top of my schedule. As a result, it helps me combine work activities with leisure, social, or fitness activities. I have also learned to delegate work to my staff, which in return, gives me time to relax when I need it.
What advice would you give to current dental students?
Apply for AEGD or a GPR program that will prepare you more for the real clinical world.