Arlington, VA Doctors

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 Elidia C. Fidel, D.D.S.

Dr.-Fidel.jpgDr. Elidia C. Fidel has been practicing dentistry for more than 29 years. She hails from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she graduated from the Dental Faculty of Valencia and practiced as a general dentist for the National Health Service (INAMPS). She also owned a practice in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro.

Dr. Fidel came to the United States in 1990 when she married her husband and made her home in Washington D.C., becoming a citizen in 1998. She completed a two-year postgraduate program at Howard University in Pediatric Dentistry in 1997 and has been practicing dentistry since then. In 1998 she opened a private practice in Washington, D.C. and a second practice in 2004 in Arlington, Virginia.

Dr. Fidel makes every effort to ensure dental care is accessible to her patients. She has dedicated her Arlington practice to serving the needs of the immigrant community in which the practice is located. She maintains a bi-lingual clinical and administrative staff to serve her Hispanic patients. She has created a kid-friendly office to introduce her patients to preventive dentistry while still at a young age. Dr. Fidel has treated children as young as 1-years-old and sees patients through childhood to their teenage years.

She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Fidel is a member of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dong-soo Hong, D.M.D, F.A.C.P.

dr.-hong.jpgDr. Dong-soo Hong received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University.  He moved to Boston to receive a certification of Doctor of Dental Medicine from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.  

Dr. Hong moved to Long Island, NY to attend one-year of General Practice Residency at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine. He then moved back to Boston to complete three-year specialty residency in Prosthodontics at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.  During the residency, he has lectured in Minuteman Lecture at Yankee Dental Congress in 2013. After finishing post-graduate Prosthodontics program, he has obtained Diplomat status by American Board of Prosthodontics.

Dr. Hong has been on short-term mission trips to Haiti and South Africa to provide dental care and help missionaries with vocational Bible study and evangelism.

Jeffrey Henry Brain, D.D.S.

dr-brain.jpgDr. Jeffrey Brain was born in Quantico, VA and raised in Lima, Peru, where he grew up. He speaks fluent Spanish. Dr. Brain graduated from the University of Maryland Dental School in 1991 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and received the Quintessence Award for Clinical Achievement in Periodontics.

After receiving an officer commission in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps, he attended a one-year General Practice residency and worked as a general dentist for four years. He graduated from a three-year residency in Periodontics at Bethesda Naval Postgraduate School in 1999 and obtained Diplomate status by the American Board of Periodontology in 2000. Dr. Brain voluntarily separated from the Navy in 2002, and currently lives in Bethesda, MD.
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Paola Annoni Patel, D.D.S.

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Dr. Patel is the newest addition to our office. She graduated from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 2015. Since finishing dental school she has actively pursued a range of continuing education opportunities, seeking to learn from the leading researchers and practitioners in the field. She has completed coursework through DOCS Sedation Education and the American Institute of Implant Dentistry and has taken a variety of courses through professional organizations, always looking for new ways to learn and expand her dental knowledge.

In her own words:

“The work I do impacts all aspects of my patients’ daily lives: whether I am getting someone out of immediate pain, educating a person about their oral and systemic health, or giving a person the ability to smile with confidence, I come into the office excited about the day ahead!

“I truly enjoy being on the same team as my patients. Rather than dictating treatment, we work together to find solutions. Once I have educated a patient about their conditions, explaining what I’ve found in their exam and through diagnostic imaging, we discuss treatment options and decide, together, how to proceed. In doing so, we fix the issues that are present and are able to prevent future problems. Seeing each person’s improvement in oral and overall health, from visit to visit, is extremely rewarding.

“Through continuing education, I ensure my patients always receive the most up-to-date, complete treatment options and achieve their healthiest, most confidently beautiful smiles. My ultimate goal is to give people the tools, resources, and comfort to smile with confidence. I’m grateful for a profession that gives me the ability to help people in such a wonderful way.”

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