Dr. Viviana Avila-Gnau has more than two decades of experience in dentistry. She obtained her D.D.S. degree from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in Loma Linda, California, after receiving a previous D.D.S. from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogot, Colombia. Her private practice experience includes managing her own practice in Bogot and serving as an associate at practices in Maryland as well as in the Boston area and in Manhattan.
She also has significant teaching experience, having held faculty positions at several of the most highly regarded dental schools in the United States Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in Loma Linda, California; Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts; and New York University College of Dentistry in Manhattan.
In addition to her experience in both private practice and academia, Dr. Avila-Gnau has been active in her field outside of the workplace as well. While practicing and teaching in Boston, she was selected by the Massachusetts Dental Society for the Ten Under 10 award for dentists who graduated from dental school within the previous ten years and who made a significant contribution to the profession, their community, or organized dentistry or all of the above.
For the above-referenced ADA Evidence Reviewer program, Dr. Avila-Gnau wrote several critical summaries of various evidence-based systematic reviews, which synthesize the findings of a wide array of published research on specific topics of interest to doctors, dentists, and clinicians to provide them with actionable takeaways for their practices. One of her critical summaries was published by the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA).
She also achieved Fellowship status in the Academy of General Dentistry and is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, and the American Dental Association.
Dr. Lievano came to Washington, D.C. in 1987 to attend Georgetown University School of Dentistry, where he received postgraduate education in Occlusion and Restorative Dentistry. He has called Washington, D.C. home ever since. Prior to coming to Washington, he completed his undergraduate studies at the Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia.
He has been in private practice since completion of his postgraduate studies in 1989 and, for the last 30 years, has enjoyed providing the best possible care and environment for his patients. Throughout his years of practice, he has always believed in patient and staff engagement to achieve optimal results for his patients.
Dr. Lievano is a member of the American Dental Association, the D.C. Dental Society, and the American Academy of Facial Esthetics among others. He has a passion for learning and attends frequent continuing education courses to keep current with the latest technology and materials.