GHDS Member Specialist Practice Spotlight
Introducing GHDS Member Specialist Leticia Perezous, DDS, MS. Dr. Perezous is a prosthodontist practicing in central west Houston and is also a faculty member with UT School of Dentistry at Houston, Department of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry. The GHDS is delighted to share the following interview we had with Dr. Perezous:
"I was born and raised in Brazil where I received my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1992 from the Pontifical Catholic University. I completed an Endodontics Preceptorship at the Lutheran University of Brazil in 1994. Due to my determination to advance and even further my career goals, I moved to Houston, Texas to pursue a specialty in Prosthodontics and earned a Master of Science degree from The University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston in 2004.
I have served as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics and currently hold an Adjunct Assistant Professor appointment in the Department of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. In 2007, I opened my private practice in Houston, the city for which
I am pleased to call home."
What is your favorite part about your practice?
"I love the interaction I have with my patients, my staff and the other dental professionals with whom I work. Throughout the years, I have built true relationships which make the practice of dentistry quite rewarding. On another hand, I am very proud to be a Prosthodontist, being able to change people’s lives one smile at a time. Whether it’s a slight or a remarkable transformation, the ability to help improve their quality of life is priceless."
What would you say is the mission statement of how you practice dentistry?
"My mission is a little bigger than a statement! I have always told everyone: “I need to be able to sleep at night” and I really do, completely uninterrupted! If you are a kind person, believe there is good in everyone, treat people with respect, try your best every day, have the ability to recognize and rectify your mistakes and see the world with compassion; your practice of dentistry will be a reflection of your own life…excellence."
How do you balance work and personal life?
"I have always been a workaholic and try to lead my team by example because I absolutely love what I was born to do. In this stage of my life, I recognize what those early hours, late evenings and long years took away from me. I now crave special moments with my loved ones, with the people who surround me with positive energy, lift my spirits and make me happy. I discovered the importance of treating my body and soul with better poise. Being able to balance work and personal life is a new chapter that I have welcomed with open arms. We work very hard for our patients, but we can’t forget ourselves in the process because we are important too."
What advice would you have to current dental students?
"I have been involved with dental education for the last 20 years, and I truly believe that we should all know our limitations. Each one of us is better or worst in different aspects of dentistry. It is important to recognize your best abilities and build your practice of dentistry around them while working on the improvement of your shortcomings. This way, your professional life should lead into a successful career. Nowadays, the newly graduated are so eager to experience and do it all without being well prepared for it. As a Prosthodontist, a sizable portion of my daily practice is to correct and rectify dental mistakes made by my peers. Mistakes that could have been avoided if one would know their own limitations. Don’t be afraid of asking for help or refer to a specialist when appropriate."