MariaElena “Malena” Rodriguez, D.D.S. has been practicing Maxillofacial Prosthodontics in Torrance for nearly 20 years. Following her graduation from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 2000, she continued her training and specialized in Prosthodontics, Maxillofacial Prosthodontics and Geriatric Dentistry, all at UCLA. In 2014, after being in private practice for many years, she again expanded her specialization by completing the internationally respected Implant Dentistry fellowship at Loma Linda University – one of only two centers in the world that offer such in-depth dental implant training. This combined training and practical experience has made Dr. Rodriguez a highly skilled dental implant surgeon.
Deeply committed to education, Dr. Rodriguez spent 8 years on faculty at the UCLA School of Dentistry; continues to mentor students and young dentists, and frequently attends advanced dentistry courses all over the world. In addition, she is a member of the P.E.O. sisterhood, a U.S. based international women’s organization whose primary focus is providing educational opportunities for female students worldwide.
Professional Societies and Organizations:
American Dental Association
American College of Prosthodontists
Academy of Osseointegration
Western Dental Society
California Dental Association
UCLA School of Dentistry Alumni Association
Faculty at University of California, Los Angeles – Clinical instructor for the Graduate Prosthodontics Residency Program
Faculty at University of California, Los Angeles Continuing Education – clinical instructor for registered dental assistants extended function
Kois Specialist Graduate
Fellow Certificate, Implant Surgery – Loma Linda University
Director, PermaDent Dental Implant Center
President, California Section – American College of Prosthodontists