Dr. Melissa Jurado was born and raised in Venezuela, where she earned her degree in General Dentistry from Universidad Santa Maria in Caracas in 2006. From the start of her career as a general dentist, she was committed to perfecting her skills in prosthodontics, which is her ultimate passion.
To achieve this goal, she obtained her diploma in Advanced Protocols and Techniques in Dental Aesthetics in 2008. Dr. Jurado acquired the first position when she applied to Universidad el Bosque in Bogota, Colombia among hundreds of other applicants. There, she received a high level of training in how to plan, treat and manage complicated cases including full mouth rehabilitation, restoring vertical dimension of occlusion, and enhanced cosmetics in combination with implant restorations. She graduated among the first of her class with a Masters in Prosthodontics degree in 2012.
Dr. Jurado worked as a specialist in her country for five years, which provided valuable experience. She witnessed high quality and comprehensive oral care while working alongside seasoned specialists who focused on long term solutions. During this time she went back to her alma mater, this time as a professor.
In pursuit of her life long goal, she moved to the United States, where she completed the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program at the University of Connecticut in 2019. While in residency, she consistently outperformed her peers with her experience and knowledge in handling complex cases. She received advanced training in digital dentistry and enjoyed her time teaching dental students.
Dr. Jurado is committed to the idea that offering a comprehensive oral care plan while educating patients is the way to bring ideal aesthetics and confidence back to them, with a goal to help patients achieve an improved smile with long-term chewing functions. This gold standard of care was fulfilled when she joined the team of dentistry pioneers at Spodak Dental Group in 2019.
During the course of her career Dr. Jurado has prioritized giving back to the community through teaching dental students, volunteering and helping those in need of dental care.
Dr. Jurado loves to work and create with her hands. Outside the office you can find her painting, rollerblading or even skydiving. She truly enjoys performing arts such as theater plays and live music.