Dr. Avila was born to Brazilian immigrants in the city of Castro Valley California which is a suburb of Oakland California. His father was an accountant and his mother 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 just 6 years old. Since then he has experienced many jobs from Janitor to Registered Investment Advisor. He has owned 5 patents and still operates media equipment at his church.
Dr. Avila has lectured to orthodontic residencies in the US and Canada on the SYNERGY Orthodontic Appliance. He started his first orthodontic practice in Muncie in 1997 after completing rigorous orthodontic training at Loma Linda University. He feels privileged to have had the opportunity to spend many hours with an noted Orthodontist, Ruel 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.
Besides co-ordinating seeing patients at 4 different locations, 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 also enjoys dental research. His current research focuses on The Medicinal Relief of TMD and Self-Assessment for the Identification of TMD.
Dr. Avila's wife of 24 years, Trish, is a nurse at IU Health Ball Memorial and together they have two children – son is studying Business at IU Bloomington and daughter is pursuing an education degree. Together as a family they enjoy skiing, SCUBA diving, board games and traveling.