So, I got into dentistry because I had the opportunity to work in an office when I was in high school for a family friend. And he gave me a chance to get to know about dentistry and to work in the practice, to shadow him, work in admin. And I really enjoyed the interactions that he formed with his patients. It was a family practice get a wonderful lifestyle. Work-life balance is really important. And that really is what motivated me to pursue medicine and dentistry specifically.
Before my office, I worked in multiple other offices as a specialist, and I would go in and get to meet patients and treat them and help them. But I was never able to see how their treatment held up or follow up on their vacation or what happened with their family. And that was something that I really missed as a specialist. So by starting our family practice, I now have the opportunity to see patients over and over. To meet their family members when they refer them to follow up on their vacations and see how things are going and that's the been the best part about forming our practice.
I think I approach every appointment or every patient I meet as though I was treating myself, really. And I asked a lot of questions because that helps me understand someone's motivation. At the end of the day, every treatment recommendation I make to any patient has to be in line with what their motivation is. There's 100 ways to skin a cat, and it's really important that you offer options for a patient based on what their motivations are. And that could be two options, it could be one option, it could be five options, but you have to really hear the person. And I think that's my strength is really hearing what people want.
Founding Martins Dental Partners allowed Dr. Valerie Martins, a board-certified periodontist, to fulfill her dream of a full-service dental practice focused on delivering an incredible patient experience. Dr. Martins discovered her love of dentistry as a teenager while working in the dental office of a family friend. She was fascinated by the close relationships she saw between dentists, staff members, and patients. That led her to obtain her Doctor of Dental Medicine from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine after getting a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brandeis University.
Creating close, respectful relationships with her team and patients is the foundation of her philosophy and what drives her professionally. She feels it’s important to build trust and a good rapport with her patients, starting at their first appointments. During each visit to Martins Dental Partners, you’ll be treated with respect and kindness.
Dr. Martins is dedicated to making each appointment as calm and stress-free as possible. She takes time to listen, understand, and explore your unique concerns and conditions. Questions are always encouraged as part of the conversation. Dr. Martins’ ability to clearly discuss your dental health and treatment options will enable you to make confident, informed decisions about your oral health.
In addition to periodontal treatments to improve gum and bone health, she provides options for single, multiple, and full-mouth tooth replacement using dental implants. Dr. Martins specializes in:
- Dental implants
- Treating gum disease
- Tooth extractions, including wisdom teeth
She is an assistant clinical professor at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. In addition to her DMD from Tufts, she has a certificate of advanced education in periodontology. She is board certified by the American Academy of Periodontology. Her professional affiliations include:
- Massachusetts Society of Periodontology
- Academy of Osseointegration
- American Dental Association
- Massachusetts Dental Society
Dr. Martins and her husband, Derrick, have two children, Lauren and Andrew. In her free time, Dr. Martins enjoys spending time with her family on the Cape, attending concerts and sporting events, and traveling.