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Our mission

By providing excellent dental care, we make each visit a fun, personal and an UPBEAT experience! 

Our mission is to provide specialized care and help to infants, children, adolescents, and those with special needs to positively achieve a healthy smile. Our doctors and team offer a child-friendly, modern and state of art environment to care for your children’s oral health needs through an exceptional and comprehensive quality dental treatment. Every patient is cared for like our own family. We believe that positive childhood experiences with dentistry result in a lifetime of good oral health. 

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Meet Dr. Vanessa Freitas

Dr. Vanessa Freitas is a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist who is passionate about her profession. She loves caring for her patients and is committed to providing the best possible experience during dental treatment. Dr. Vanessa was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the prestigious University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). Eager to pursue further education in dentistry, Dr. Vanessa moved to the United States. In 2011, she completed two years of advanced postgraduate education at University of Connecticut, where she received a Certificate of Advanced Education in General Dentistry.

Meet Dr. Rod Souza

Dr. Rod Souza practices dentistry with the attention and understanding that each patient’s needs and desires are unique and require a personalized approach, cultivating care and integrity. 

Dr. Rod has a unique dental background, valedictorian of his dental class in Brazil, he is one of the few general dentists across the US that has done two advanced general dentistry programsobtaining his certificates from Yale School of Medicine and University of Connecticut. Recognized for his ability to quickly build patient trust, it was his principled and comfortable approach to dentistry that made patients feel confident and at ease to be treated under Dr. Souza’s care. 

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Meet Maggie

An English golden retriever born in Illinois, Maggie is proficient in snuggles, motivation, and cheering people up on a rough day. Animal-assisted therapy uses special dogs to help kids deal with mental, emotional and physical issues. 

She likes flip flops but prefers to be barefoot, falls asleep during every movie. Loves the dentist and meeting new people. Her favorite food is bacon and has a “Keep calm and carry on” sign in her room. 

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About Our Practice

Upbeat Pediatric Dentistry is a brand new modern dental office with the latest technology. We strive to provide a great dental experience for you and your child. You will feel welcome as you enter our positive and kid friendly waiting area. As we focus on privacy and safety of our patients and family, we provide individualized treatment room and attention on the connection between the patient/family and doctor/staff. 

Our treatment rooms have TVs in the ceiling to provide comfort and distraction to our patients during their treatment. We are equipped with digital radiographs to minimize the exposure of our patients to radiation.  

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