Jun 12, 2022
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Dr. Jose R. Perez-Irizarry was born and raised in a small town on the southern coast of Puerto Rico. He was not too fond of dentistry in his early age due to some bad experiences but after knowing more about our profession, he developed a keen interest in dentistry that made him decide to go to dental school. He graduated from college in 1982 with a Biology Degree and then attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine where he graduated in1986.
He began his professional duties as an associated dentist in a large clinic and later became an associated dentist to the president of the dental board Dr. Rafael Pagan.
His wife is also a dentist, and together they established a successful group dental practice in his hometown area where he practiced for 14 years. In 1999 they moved to the Atlanta area where he has been working as a general dentist ever since.
With over 35 years of experience Dr. Perez treats a wide variety of needs amongst his patients. A fluent Spanish speaker allows Dr. Perez to communicate efficiently with the Spanish speaking community. Outside of the office he enjoys photography as a hobby as well as cooking and expending time with his family.
Dr. Perez and his wife have four children together. Their three sons are currently in Dental College of Georgia and his daughter is a devoted educator.
Dr. Perez’s philosophy: “I like to have a common sense approach to dentistry where prevention is the foundation to a healthier smile. I make every effort to provide services that satisfy patient’s expectations on dental treatment. Communication between the patient and dentist is essential as there is a need for the patients to understand their actual oral condition to make the necessary changes to complete dental treatment, reestablish oral health and be able to maintain everything in excellent shape.”
Dr. Perez has been continuously involved in community health clinics, community service and different disaster relief initiatives. Dr. Perez used to host a weekly radio show in his hometown on dental health issues providing orientation and advice on dental issues to the general population. He is a member of the Hispanic Dental Association. He served in the Puerto Rico Dental Associations presiding different commissions including Young Dentists Commission, Continuing Dental Education, organized community outreach programs as well as a member of the board of directors and as a member of the executive committee for several years.
His latest interest is to look for ways to share his experiences with the younger dentist joining our profession. Helping them by providing some insights and information that may help them with their future decisions.
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About Dr. Sonny Spera
Dr. Sonny Spera graduated from Union Endicott High School in 1981. With a four-year basketball scholarship he graduated from Syracuse University in 1985; majoring in Chemistry and Psychology. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. He was also the co-captain of the 1984-1985 Syracuse basketball team.
Dr. Spera graduated from SUNY Buffalo Dental School in 1989 in the top 10% of his class. At SUNY Buffalo Dental School he was a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Society. He was also UB Graduate Assistant Basketball coach.
Dr. Spera has been in private practice since 1989 and is a member of the American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Association, the Sixth District Dental Society and the Broome County Dental Society. He is also a member of the International Association of Orthodontics, the BC Dental Society and the BCDS Study Club.
Away from the office, he volunteers with several community organizations, including the Elks Club, the Son’s of Italy, the STNY Flyers, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Basketball Coaches Association of New York. He is the founder and president of ME Hoops Inc.
Dr. Spera currently resides with his wife Angela, whom he met at Syracuse University, and their three children, Marcus, Erica, and Carla. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, basketball, golf, music and movies.
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