Dr. Claudia Ibarra
Languages: Dr. Claudia Ibarra is native in Spanish and proficient in English.
Favorites: Dr. Ibarra loves going to the movies, she also adores going to the gym, she will go every weekday for 2 hours just to keep herself in shape and healthy. Her favorite movies are Forest Gump and Pay it forward.
She is not an avid reader but when she does read she prefers self-help books, of the kind that help you with becoming a better you.
She also loves music, most notably she loves Spanish Rock.
Personal Bio: Dr. Ibarra has been taking the afternoons off for the past few years so that she can spend time with her daughter. She loves to spend her days off working on her personal life and being with her family. One of her favorite things to do with her Husband and daughter is to go to new restaurants they have never tried before and enjoy a gastronomic adventure into the unknown.
She also goes to yearly courses to learn new techniques and new information.
Studies: Dr. Ibarra graduated from Universidad Autonoma de Baja California (UABC) in 1993 with a license in Dentistry.
From that day Dr. Ibarra knew that a clinical revision needed to be done very carefully and very meticulously. She never wanted to make a mistake like that again and vowed to make sure that every patient she saw got a thorough revision before anything started.
The day came and the man arrived. The teaching doctor gave the patient a quick look over and to the embarrassment of the two learning doctors, he pulled out a very dirty and not well cared for, dental bridge. They were not his natural teeth and thus they had not done the assignment correctly.
For her last semester, the teaching doctor asked them to bring in a patient who had a lot of problems with their teeth. Dr Ibarra and her lab partner made several house calls until they found a man who had very dirty teeth and seemed like a perfect candidate. They performed a quick evaluation of his teeth and gave him the invitation to be the subject of their final laboratory project.
This story is not from when she was a practicing dentist, but from when she was a student.
Dr. Benjamin Arechiga Arias
Cosmetic & Restorative Dentist
Languages: Dr. Benji Arias speaks Spanish as his native language and Speaks English at a conversational level.
Favorites: He is an easy going person. He loves movies, books and music just as much as the next person. He loves The Christopher Nolan batman movies especially Dark Knight and has read the book Sapiens more often than he can remember. He is also partial to the music of Jason Mraz and John Mayer.
Studies: He graduated from De la Salle Bajio University with a diploma in General dentistry.
Personal Bio: He loves patients that come from very far away. If they make a 6+ trip to our clinic to seek out quality treatment at an affordable price, he sees that as the sign of a person who really desires good quality dental assistance. This gives Dr. Benjamin pride in the work that we does here at the clinic.
Dra. Paula León
My name is Paula Joselin León Linares. I graduated from the Universidad Veracruzana in 2019 with a degree in Dental Surgery. The specialty that I like the most is Prosthodontist, Rehabilitation and Aesthetics. In October, I start a diploma in Rehabilitation. The important thing is to never stop learning.
My English level is good, but not perfect. I understand perfectly, but I am still learning to make it conversational.
The best thing I can get from patients is a "Thank you, I feel very different now, I like it". So giving back reassurance, satisfaction and confidence to a patient is the best thing we can offer them. Without a doubt, always speaking to them honestly will create that bond of mutual trust.
An anecdote I remember when I performed my first total prosthesis, the doctor who had to check the prosthesis, brought food to confirm that the patient could chew properly, including bread, cookies and peanuts. Then I told my patient to choose bread and if she needed adjustment for any discomfort, there was no problem, but the important thing was to pass the material. When the doctor passed the patient chose the hardest thing, "peanuts" and I was more worried than ever.
Fortunately, all the work was done correctly, and the patient never had any discomfort.
Another time at the university, we frequently saw low-income patients. I offered to pay for the entire treatment for a patient who I knew needed it. At the end of her treatment, her way of saying thank you was with a large bag of tangerines. So I know that sometimes being thankful can come in many, many ways, you just have to find a way.
Birthday: January 31
Cosmetic & Restorative Dentist
My name is Cristian Zavala Gonzalez, a graduate of UABC Tijuana and originally from Los Cabos, BCS.
I am inclined towards the surgical area, specifically periodontics, my goal is to obtain a specialty in Perio and Implants, but I also have a great interest in rehabilitation and aesthetics.
As I mentioned, I am from Los Cabos, I decided to venture into the independent life since I was 18 years old, to study this beautiful profession, where Tijuana opened the doors and adopted me in the best way.
My English level is average, I understand 90%, but I am in practice to improve my spoken and written skills and knowledge.
I hope in the IOM to be able to offer the best care and treatments with scientific bases and the best ethical treatment in order to satisfy your needs and expectations.
An anecdote with a patient was that after months of work, in his initial appointment he mentioned "I can't eat or smile doctor" to be able to return the smile and receive "Thank you" in tears is the best feeling.
Book: El Psicoanalista by John Katzenbach
Television series: Dexter, Breaking Bad, Suits
Hobbies: Video games and cinema
Birthday: October 13th
Cosmetic & Restorative Dentist
I am Dr. Jose Luis Pelcastre Perez, I studied at the Universidad Veracruzana in 2019. I am waiting to enter the specialty in aesthetic rehabilitation.
I was born in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Tijuana is a completely different city, very big and with many technological advances, related to health.
My English level is regular; I am in refresher courses to be able to provide a better service.
I hope to provide the best care, to solve and treat any questions related to your smile and oral health.
"I hope I can give you back the confidence to smile".
One story that stuck with me was a patient from the Dominican Republic, where we rehabilitated her whole smile, but during the whole process, she always told me that she could not send pictures to her family because she was embarrassed. The day we showed her the finished one she told me that she didn't know whether to cry or laugh with joy and that the first thing she would do would be to send a picture smiling to her whole family.
Book: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
Series: Breaking Bad
Music: Rock in Spanish
Hobby: I like going to the movies
Birthday: October 14th