Pictured above: Dr. Maryse Gellad and her pet boxer Rocco relax after a long day at Western Dental’s Roseville, CA office.
Dr. Maryse Gellad grew up surrounded by dental and healthcare professionals. Her father is a respected dentist, her mother a former physician, her aunt practices general dentistry, her cousins own a large dental lab, and there are numerous pharmacists in her family. So it was no surprise that Maryse was naturally led to the healthcare field and the practice of dentistry.
It helped, too, that Maryse had a deep love of art. “Dentistry requires artistry,” she says. “If you don’t like art or enjoy the creative process, you will really struggle as a dentist.” Before entering the University of the Pacific, she studied ceramics, painting and drawing at an all-girls Catholic high school. Then, as a Biological Sciences major specializing in Pre-Dental, she supplemented her studies with several dance classes (Modern, Ballet and Jazz), earning her a spot on the UOP Dance Team. Always creating (she’s also an avid cross-stitcher), her artistic side has been a big asset in making beautiful smiles for her patients.
A multi-linguist (she speaks four languages), Maryse immigrated from the Middle East with her family at age four, settling in Montreal during her early childhood years and then moving to Sacramento with her family, where her father, Dr. Samer Gellad, continued his practice of dentistry at Western Dental. Daughter Maryse followed closely in his footsteps.
“My interest in dentistry began at an early age,” recalls Maryse. “I would hear my dad talk about his patients, how he made them happy, relieved their pain, gave them a new smile and helped them regain self-confidence. I knew that’s what I wanted to do, too.”
After completing undergraduate studies at the University of the Pacific, she earned a degree in dentistry, graduating with honors from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco and later becoming one of Western Dental’s youngest new dentists.
Her dental career has already been colorful and varied. After starting in Western Dental’s Sacramento offices, she spent 1½ years in San Antonio, Texas at Western Dental’s affiliate, Brident Dental, later being asked by Western Dental to bring her Managing Dentist skills to open the Denver office for the company. “As a young person, it was a dream opportunity, because I was able to gain exposure to different places, people and lifestyles,” she said. Maryse moved back to Sacramento with her pet boxer Rocco, and has been there ever since.
Maryse likes the “big office” feel of Western Dental. “I like working with the other specialists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, etc. We’re all here in the same office, I can consult with them, and I don’t have to send my patients somewhere else to take care of any special needs they might have.”
And as for the personal side of her practice, it’s not uncommon for patients to stop by just to say thank you, or bring her a bag of apples or a hand-made bracelet. It’s an indication of the genuine patient-doctor relationship she builds with every patient. “It is very fulfilling when a patient mentions how pain-free their appointment was or how they appreciate the extra time I take to explain a complicated procedure,” she said. “At the end of the day, I always feel I can enjoy my evening, knowing my patients have received great care, while Western Dental has taken care of all the administrative details.”
That’s a real plus for anyone’s peace of mind. Including Rocco’s.