Maria Sofia Arauz Pizzurno joins the 3D Predict team as Director of Scientific Affairs. Sofia brings incredible talent as a national medical liaison to the organization. She’s eager to take the industry by storm and further educate dental professionals on the importance (and sheer excitement!) of stepping into the future of orthodontic treatment. We caught up with Sofia for a few questions.
What will be your main role and responsibilities at 3D Predict?
I will act as 3D Predict’s scientific voice to help further its reputation and reach within the dental community. I will be involved in everything science-related, from coordinating studies, key opinion leader (KOL) engagement, and publication strategy, to training our team on the basics of dentistry and our technology.
What caught your eye/interested you the most about our work?
How the words “innovation” define it to a T! I always dreamt to be part of a science-based company set to revolutionize the standard of care in dentistry. I firmly believe 3D Predict will do just that.
What is one business challenge you can help us solve that would make a big impact on the organization?
I would not define it as a business challenge, but as a business interest: communication with dental professionals. As Dentistry is a specialized field with a heart, mind, and language of its own, it is important to convey the value of our product to clinicians in a way that is relevant to them. In that sense, I look forward to having fruitful conversations with my peers.
What would be your advice to doctors who might be considering partnering with us?
Just give it a try! You have a full view of the treatment plan, access to our orthodontist partners and technicians for any questions or changes you would like to make on it, and a high-quality visualization of the teeth’ movements. Even if you don’t have CBCT, you will definitely benefit from our patented artificial intelligence (AI) technology, leading to safer, faster, and more predictable outcomes. There is much to gain and nothing to lose.
What words of encouragement would you give to parents of young budding scientists and…or…how did you land on the scientific side of the health industry?
You don’t have to fully understand it to support it. Coming from a long lineage of historians, finance, and business professionals, I was met with disbelief when I first professed to my parents that I wanted to be a dentist at the age of 5. They expected me to change my mind as I grew up, but I just fell more and more in love with the profession as the years went by. Finally, when it came time to make a decision on higher education, my family decided to fully jump in with me on the dental school adventure and supported me every step of the way. Even to this day, they don’t exactly understand why I chose dentistry, but they surely are my biggest fans!
When not working, what do you enjoy doing?
Besides spending quality time with my family, I enjoy having culinary adventures (tasting cuisines from around the world intrigues me), dancing, and working out (healthy body, healthy mind!). I also give in to binge-watching whenever a great mystery series comes out.
Your full name, Maria Sofia Arauz Pizzurno, is beautiful! How did you decide to go by Sofia?
I have two other sisters named Maria, so my parents got used to calling us by our middle names. No, it’s not cultural and no, it’s not a family name. Please know that I share your confusion about the situation, ha!
Welcome to the team, Sofia!
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