Nothing is more rewarding than seeing your hard work pay off in a simple smile.

I feel so lucky to be able to interact with such diverse patients and be an integral part of changing someone’s perception of themselves. These changes help shape a person into a more confident individual, leading them to be able to tackle anything in their way without hesitation.

Having the ability to boost someone’s self-esteem by changing the position of their teeth, and creating a beautiful smile that leads to an increase in confidence, is why I chose this field in dentistry. I couldn’t have chosen a better career!  I get to interact with a wide range of ages, which makes going to work every day dynamic. Seeing how happy and appreciative our patients are after seeing their new smile is the most rewarding part of orthodontics.

Education & Continuing Education

  • Bachelor of Science in biology, summa cum laude – Francis Marion University
  • Doctorate of Dental Medicine – The Medical University of South Carolina
  • Certificate in orthodontics – The Medical University of South Carolina

Orthodontics is continually evolving, and I want to be able to give my patients the latest and greatest when it comes to their smile investment. I attend continuing education courses on a regular basis at both a local and national level.

The most recent courses I attended involved hands-on training in the use of diode lasers, temporary anchorage devices, and fixed appliances.  Learning about the latest advancements in orthodontics has led to improved comfort during treatment and less time in braces in general.

Professional affiliations

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  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Southern Association of Orthodontists
  • South Carolina Association of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • South Carolina Dental Association
  • Part-time faculty at the Orthodontic Dept at MUSC.

Outside the office

Dr. Juan and his wife

Originally from Florence, SC, I currently reside in Myrtle Beach with my wife Laurel, our daughter Kelsey and son Everett. My free time is spent fishing, traveling, attending sporting events, and being an active member of my community.

Giving back to the community is always so rewarding. In dental school, I was a part of a non-profit dental clinic that provided free dental procedures for the underprivileged. As an orthodontist, I have been fortunate to participate in various organizations that provide free orthodontic services to children in need.



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