Meet Dr. Avila
Specialist in Orthodontics
Dr. Avila was born to Brazilian immigrants in the city of Castro Valley, California, a suburb of Oakland. His father was an accountant, and his mother was a school teacher. Both of his parents had large families. Dr. Avila has 16 aunts and uncles in Brazil along with dozens of cousins.
Dr. Avila's first job came when he was 6 years old. Since then, he has experienced many jobs from janitor to registered investment advisor. He has owned five patents and still operates media equipment at his church.
Dr. Avila has lectured to orthodontic residencies in the U.S. and Canada on the SYNERGY Orthodontic Appliance. He has practiced orthodontics in Indiana since 1997 when he moved here from California. He received his rigorous orthodontic training at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California.
He feels especially privileged to have had the opportunity to spend many hours with world-renowned orthodontist Ruell W. Bench. Dr. Bench has lectured extensively around the world on many orthodontic topics, including authoring a series of articles in the American Journal of Orthodontics on predicting how and when growth affects the human face.
Orofacial Pain Specialist
When Dr. Avila was a Senior in dental school one of his patients told him they were diagnosed with TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DISORDER (TMD aka TMJ). The patient told Dr. Avila TMD was a dental problem. During his four years of advanced dental training he had never heard of TMD. This began a frustrating, challenging, and exciting journey for Dr. Avila.
Long story short, Dr. Avila has a natural ability to fix things and he learned a predictable way of fixing TMD pain.
Dr. Avila is involved in significant research regarding TMD treatment. He is a Co-Primary Investigator on a new medication providing predictable relief of TMD pain as well as research to make TMD diagnosis easier and more predictable.
Many days Dr. Avila has a peculiar happy halo around him -- those are the days a patient who has been suffering from head pains for years has found significant relief during 14 days of treatment.
Professional and Personal Life
Dr. Avila is currently employed as part-time faculty at Indiana University School of Dentistry. He works under the Department of Oral Pathology, Medicine, and Radiology. He also teaches in the Department of Orthodontics.
Dr. Avila actively participates in dental research. His current research at Indiana University School of Dentistry focuses on The Medicinal Relief of TMD and Self-Assessment in the Identification of TMD.
Dr. Avila's wife of 25 years, Trish, is a nurse at IU Health Ball Memorial, and together, they have two children. Their son is studying Business at IU Bloomington, and their daughter is pursuing an Education degree. Together as a family, they enjoy skiing, scuba diving, board games, and traveling.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Avila by calling 765-282-3200.