Dr. Maria Eduarda Duarte was inspired by her parents (her father is a physician and her mother a nurse), and always knew she wanted to dedicate herself to a healthcare profession to make a difference in people’s lives. While going through orthodontic treatment in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she realized how a healthy smile can change lives and encourage people to pursue their dreams. This was highlighted in the social work she did as a teenager with her dentist and parents, offering medical, nursing and dentistry care to the underserved population of Rio de Janeiro’s largest and most famous slums, Rocinha.
Dr. Maria speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese, and in 2013, she graduated from Dental School with high honors as second in her class at Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She then completed a fellowship in Integrated Esthetics at Pontifica Universidade Catolica of Rio de Janeiro, but she knew her future was in Orthodontics. Her first degree in Orthodontics came in 2016 when she graduated from the Orthodontic residency program at Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil she then obtained a Masters degree in Orthodontics at her home dental school Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro. Dr. Maria came to the United States in 2019 to take part in the Orthodontics Residency at Boston University Dental School where she graduated with flying colors, highly praised by the clinical director and professors. Her thesis won the Oral Presentation Award at the AADOCR Boston Section in 2022.
On A Personal Note
During her free time, Dr. Maria likes to engage in outdoor activities and sports like foot volleyball, tennis, biking and swimming. While at Boston University, she was a swimming instructor for children in the community. She comes from a musical family and likes to play the guitar, piano and is venturing towards the drums. Dr. Maria loves the beach and has recently found a new love for the lakes, rivers and creeks around San Antonio where kayaking and other water sports are her main thrill. She loves to enjoy these activities with her husband Raoni, spending quality time with her family.
We are so excited to have Dr. Maria Eduarda Duarte join our team this August! We can’t wait for you to meet her!