After many busy years of Prosthodontics training combined with clinical practice and an assistant professorship, Dr. Luis Alvarado left the bayous of Louisiana for the bustle of downtown Seattle.
After Dr. Bryant’s untimely retirement and passing in December, Seattle Specialty Dentistry conducted a nationwide search for a prosthodontist to work alongside Dr. Pavinee. As a former Fellow of the Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Dentistry, she reached out to her contacts, who recommended Dr. Alvarado, a gifted educator with a deep interest in digital dentistry.
Dr. Alvarado received his DDS degree at the Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala, and developed an interest in Prosthodontics while working as a General Dentist in private practice. He came to the U.S. to seek further training in the field, eventually landing in Louisiana where he completed his Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD).
While pursuing his Master’s at LSU, he also maintained a Prosthodontic practice in the private sector, and served as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Prosthodontics Department. Dr. Alvarado also found time to give back to his communities – in Guatemala and the United States – providing dental services for patients in underserved communities.
He’s traveled on several mission trips with international care organization Iniciativas de Paz, and volunteered with LSU Health’s Dental Mission of Mercy in New Orleans. For two years, he also worked one day a week as a General Dentist for First Choice Health Center in Manchester, Connecticut.
These volunteer missions didn’t just benefit his patients. They also gave Dr. Alvarado extensive hands-on experience working on the kind of highly complex cases dentists don’t see much in private practice.
When Dr. Alvarado is not practicing dentistry or creating smiles in the lab, he enjoys snowboarding, hiking, bicycling, and spending time with his girlfriend, Mary Elise.