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This content was provided by Dr. Porras "Dr. Rafael Porras was born and raised in San Jose, Costa Rica, and is fluent in both English and Spanish. He became interested in dentistry at the age of 12 after getting braces, and decided that would be his career path. After graduating from the University of Costa Rica Dental School, he spent several years providing general dentistry services for the Costa Rican government while also running his own practice. After gaining a strong foundation in general dentistry, Dr. Porras sought advanced training at one of the top-rated dental schools in the U.S., the University of Connecticut Health Center. He completed his residency for Advanced Education in General Dentistry. While in Connecticut, he rotated in the Veterans Affairs Hospital, the Children's Hospital, and the UConn Health Center. Dr. Porras was awarded a General Dentistry Fellowship at UConn in recognition of having met extensive training and clinical requirements. Dr. Porras went on to receive a certificate in periodontics and his master of science in dentistry degree from Louisiana State University in New Orleans. During his term there, he practiced in the Dental School Clinic in New Orleans and rotated in the Veteran Affairs Dental Clinic. As a periodontist, Dr. Porras has vast experience in general restorative and surgical dentistry. He stays up-to-date on the latest dental implant, surgical and tooth restoration technologies through regular continuing education. Dr. Porras enjoys all aspects of his work and especially loves helping patients regain their beautiful smiles and oral health.Community ServiceDr. Porras believes in giving back to his community. He participated in community service projects in his home country and has volunteered in Mission of Mercy's free dental clinics in several cities. Outside the Office, in his spare time, Dr. Porras stays fit with basketball, soccer and running. He and his wife Andreja, enjoy traveling, outdoor activities and going the beach with their dog Toby. Professional Memberships: American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology, American Board of Periodontology – Board Eligible"
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