Meet the Doctor

Maricelle R. Ortiz-Luis, DDS

Dr. Ortiz-Luis is a graduate of the highly acclaimed Doctor of Dental Surgery Program at the University of California San Francisco School of Dentistry (UCSF), one of the top rated dental schools in the country. Her inspiring career in dentistry began as a dental office receptionist when she was still in high school. She eventually earned her Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) license and put herself through college and dental school while working as a dental assistant. After completing dental school, she started practicing in San Francisco for 2 years and was also a clinical instructor at UCSF before moving to San Diego. She attended the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) for advanced training in Esthetics, Implants and Occlusion. She also successfully completed a mini-residency in Dental Sleep Medicine at UCLA to bring snoring and sleep apnea solutions for her patients. She believes in the continued pursuit of excellence and maintains at the forefront of dental advances through extensive continuing education, training and research.

She has been providing her patients with highly specialized cosmetic dental services and her results always combine the balance of both aesthetics and function. She creates natural looking crowns, veneers, implants and full mouth reconstructions. In addition, family dentistry has been an integral part of her practice. With her style and warm chairside manners, she has earned the trust and respect of patients in all age groups.

Dr Ortiz-Luis gave back to the community by volunteering her time and skills to humanitarian organizations, which have included Berkley Free Clinic, St. Vincent de Paul free dental clinic, UCSD Free dental clinic, and Kiwanis Club of Carlsbad Meals on Wheels.

She belongs to distinguished organizations such as the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Academy of General Dentistry, San Diego County Dental Society, California Dental Association, American Dental Association and American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.

In her free time, she enjoys cake decorating, making beaded jewelry, reading, and traveling. She takes lessons in piano and dance. She is married, has 3 daughters and a little Shih Tzu, named Ziggy.

“Having been in the dental field since age 16, I have seen how Dentistry has come a long way. In terms of materials, technique and patient management, patients have more options for their dental health. Anxiety, for example, can be managed with different options so that patients are more comfortable coming to the dentist. Patient education is vital in dentistry. We continually educate patients about their condition and the role that they have with their own dental health and what we can do to help them. With the advances in cosmetic dentistry we can achieve more beautiful and more predictable results. When I see a patient get teary eyed, become speechless, or gives me a hug after a completed case, that is the greatest feeling as a doctor. My patients can expect that I diagnose and treatment plan as ideally as possible, that I choose materials and utilize techniques that are best for them. I set a high standard and I do my very best to achieve them with every patient. They will always be treated in a caring way because that’s what I would want for myself and my family.”

-Dr. Ortiz-Luis