Dr. Viviana Avila-Gnau

Dr Viviana Avila Gnau

Dr. Viviana Avila-Gnau has more than two decades of experience in dentistry.  She obtained her D.D.S. degree from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in Loma Linda, California, after receiving a previous D.D.S. from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia.  Her private practice experience includes managing her own practice in Bogotá and serving as an associate at practices in Maryland as well as in the Boston area and in Manhattan.


She also has significant teaching experience, having held faculty positions at several of the most highly regarded dental schools in the United States – Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in Loma Linda, California; Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts; and New York University College of Dentistry in Manhattan.


In addition to her experience in both private practice and academia, Dr. Avila-Gnau has been active in her field outside of the workplace as well.  While practicing and teaching in Boston, she was selected by the Massachusetts Dental Society for the “Ten Under 10” award for dentists who graduated from dental school within the previous ten years and who “made a significant contribution to the profession, their community, or organized dentistry – or all of the above.”


She was also selected by the American Dental Association for participation in two separate professional development programs that they sponsor:


  • The ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership to promote and develop a diverse group of future leaders of the dental profession, and
  • The ADA Evidence Reviewer program in support of evidence-based dentistry (EBD).  According to the ADA, EBD is “a patient-centered approach to treatment decisions, which provides personalized dental care based on the most current scientific knowledge.”


For the above-referenced ADA Evidence Reviewer program, Dr. Avila-Gnau wrote several critical summaries of various evidence-based “systematic reviews,” which synthesize the findings of a wide array of published research on specific topics of interest to doctors, dentists, and clinicians to provide them with actionable takeaways for their practices.  One of her critical summaries was published by the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA).


She also achieved Fellowship status in the Academy of General Dentistry and is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, and the American Dental Association.


In her spare time, Dr. Avila-Gnau enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children and sharing her love of dancing and Latin music with the students in her Zumba classes.