North Texas Dentistry Volume 8 Issue 3 2018 ISSUE 3 DE - Page 13

Special people, special care Dr. Rozas’ gentle manner and ability to appreciate a child’s per- spective equips her well to calm even the most apprehensive or anxious child. Some of her young patients have special needs related to Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, or sensory integration disorder. The office’s open design and wide doorways easily accommodate wheelchairs. She also treats medically-com- promised patients, such as children with cancer, who may be immunosuppressed and require a special protocol tailored to their medical condition. Dr. Rozas has a personality that seems custom-made for pediatric dentistry. Her experience with dentistry began around age three, when her four upper incisors were extracted due to drinking Coke in a baby bottle. Even though some would say that was a negative first experience, she loved going to see her dentist for visits. “I knew very early that I wanted to be a pediatric dentist,” Dr. Rozas notes. “A cousin of mine opened a pediatric dental practice in Biloxi, Mississippi when I was in elementary school, and when I visited him, I was convinced that I would take the same path.” In fact, everyone on Dr. Rozas’ staff has been hand-picked for their extraordinary skills with parents and children. Most of her staff has been working in pediatrics for at least 15 years, and some of them have been in the field for more than 30 years. “My staff is the greatest asset to my practice. Each of them has a passion for working with children and their parents. The personal care and gentle manner they use make the families feel at ease at every appointment.” In addition to their dynamic per- sonalities, each member of the staff is completely cross-trained and certified in CPR, nitrous oxide sedation, radiology, and infec- tion control. This close-knit team views each other as family. Priscila, who started with Dr. Rozas in 1998, points out, “Most of us have been with Dr. Rozas for a long time. We have a lot of fun together, and all of us enjoy what we do immensely.” The team’s enjoyment of their profession and of their patients is obvious, and their fun, playful approach to dentistry is truly contagious. What a great thing for a child to catch! Dr. Loria Nahatis A Fort Worth native, Dr. Loria Nahatis graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2000. While attending high school and college, Dr. Nahatis worked in a pediatric dental office part- time, proving to herself that she indeed wanted to seek a career in pediatric dentistry. She actually met Dr. Rozas while working there! After college graduation, she immediately began pursuing her dream to become a pediatric dentist and obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Baylor College of Dentistry in 2004. Following dental school, Dr. Nahatis earned her pediatric specialty certificate from the University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery in 2006. Dr. Loria Nahatis, Dr. Melissa Rozas and Dr. Terra Compton share a fun, playf ul approach to dentistry and have teamed up to provide quality care in a relaxed environment. Dr. Nahatis is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She is an active member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry College of Diplomates, the Texas Dental Association, the Greater Dallas Pediatric Dental Society, and the Academy of Laser Dentistry. Dr. Nahatis lives in Dallas with her husband, Takis, and their children, Athan and Alice. In her spare time she enjoys spend- ing time outdoors with her family, cooking, and traveling. Dr. Terra Compton Born and raised in Oklahoma, Dr. Terra Compton attended Oklahoma State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2006. She then moved to Mesa, AZ, and concurrently obtained her Masters in Public Health and Doctor of Dental Medicine degrees from the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. After dental school, Dr. Compton moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue her dream of being a pediatric dentist by completing a two year pediatric dental res- idency at Children’s National Medical Center. Dr. Compton is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and an active member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Texas Dental Association, and the Greater Dallas Pediatric Dental Society. Dr. Compton lives in Dallas with her husband Miles and their two daughters Sylvie and Lucia. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and cheering on the OSU Cowboys! | NORTH TEXAS DENTISTRY 13