Meet the Doctors
Ricardo Gaitan is originally from Peru, graduated from San
Marcos University Dental School in Lima in 1985. He is certified
Orthodontist from the College of Dentist of Peru in 1991.
Dr. Gaitan obtained the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) after completion of three years Advanced Standing Program at the University of Maryland Dental School and completed Orthodontic Externship Program in 1997 at the University of Maryland at Baltimore.
Dr. Ricardo Gaitan completed his Orthodontic Mini-Residency Program, Department of Orthodontics at the University of Washington School of Dentistry in 2000.
Dr. Ricardo Gaitan is a member of the American Dental Association,
Virginia Dental Association, Northern Virginia Dental Society, World
Federation of Orthodontists, American Association of Orthodontists,
Peruvian Orthodontic Society, Italian Orthodontic Society, Iberoamerican Association of Orthodontists
and many foreign dental institutions. Annually, Dr. Gaitan gives lectures
in orthodontic meetings overseas and expends his time in community activities:
he is a member of the NIAF- National Italian American Foundation and
he is former president of two institutions: American Peruvian Chamber
of Commerce and the AIPEUC - Peruvian Institutions Association of USA
In 2005, Dr. Gaitan was recognized with the TUMI USA AWARD in Miami,
Florida for his notable contributions to the Peruvian Community in USA
and as Outstanding Peruvian Professional in the State of Virginia. This
prestigious award event was televised in America, Europe and Asia.
Since 1997 Dr. Gaitan treats patients in his three practices located
in Fairfax, Sterling and Springfield and as Orthodontist Consultant
at his practice located in Lima, Peru.
Dr. Gaitan is fluent in English, Italian and Spanish.
Dr. Ricardo Gaitan and his younger brother Jorge were born in Lima,
Peru. They were raised in a family with a strong attraction to Dentistry.
Their father and mentor, Dr. Sixto Gaitan Ortiz, was an Orthodontist
and their main inspiration. Following in his footsteps, Ricardo and
Jorge completed their studies at San Marcos University in Peru. Ricardo
moved to USA persuing post-grade studies at the University of Maryland.
Jorge is a succesful General Practicioner and Faculty in their Alma
Matter in Lima. After additional academic and professional experiences,
they decided to practice in different areas of dentistry with the quality
and professionalism learned from their father.
Dr. Ricardo Gaitan resides in Northern Virginia with his wife Nancy and their three sons...Erick, graduated student of Chiropractic at Life University, Ricardo Jr., College Student at the Old Dominion University and David, student of pre-medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Ludmila Tchakarova is originally from Bulgaria, graduated at the
High Medical Institute in Sofia, Bulgaria and obtained her Dental Degree
Dr. Tchakarova earned the Doctor of Dental Surgery ( DDS) degree after
completion of three years Advanced Standing Program at the University
of Maryland School of Dentistry.
Dr. Ludmila Tchakarova has been in private dental practice in Bulgaria
and United States and acquired great experience working with multicultural
patients. She joined Dr. Gaitan's dental practice in 1998.
Dr. Tchakarova is an active member of the American Dental Association
and the Academy of General Dentistry. She is fluent in English, Bulgarian