Dentist Jose Valenzuela describes his passion for dentistry and helping others. He has undergone hundreds of hours of continuing education that allow him to precisely place dental implants. His goal is to help patients achieve the smile of their dreams.
I was born in El Centro, California, on the stateside. Actually, I went to school in California from kindergarten to 12th grade. What made me want to go into the field of dentistry was basically seeing my father practice for 30 years and that made me want to go into this field.
While going into the field of cosmetic and implant dentistry, I was in first-year dental school. It was a research class, and they sent us to this library and we worked to do some research on a couple of books. I just ran into this book. It showed before and after face photos of cosmetic cases and implant cases. I opened one page, I was so impressed on the results or on the transformation of the patient's face, and I said, "Wow, I want to do this. I want to change the patient's life. I want to change how they look by their smile."
Currently, I live in Yuma, Arizona. I like Yuma because it's peaceful. After a hard day's work, I want to rest. So in summer, when it's hot, I go to the Colorado River that is right next to Yuma, Arizona. I enjoy that quite a bit because you have the scenery of this Arizona mountain, where it's copper colored, then you have the nice blue water, like an oasis in the middle of the desert. Outside the office, I participate in many activities, one being surfing. It compares to dentistry because you want to get better at it. There's no perfect wave, but you have to do little things in order to improve and then build up from the skill level. So there are many challenges, as in dentistry, but with attention to what you're doing and what you're improving upon, and your weaknesses, you can always get better.
We've done hundreds and hundreds of hours of continuing education at various US universities. I am a speaker for several companies, opinion leader, as well a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. I'm a member of the AACD and the AAID, which is the American Academy of Implant Dentistry; and the AACD, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. What I like most about my job is being able to help patients achieve the smile that they've always wanted.