“Talking about myself and presenting myself is out of my comfort zone, it makes me feel uneasy and it challenges me. And I like that.”
"Hablar de mí mismo y exponerme en lo personal supone salir de mi zona de confort, me hace sentir incómodo y me pone a prueba. Y eso me gusta".
It’s no coincidence that my ideal menu is paella and ice cream. My maternal grandparents were rice farmers and my paternal grandparents were ice-cream makers, both in Sueca, Valencia.
The first two years of my life were spent in Bicorp, a village of 800 people where my father was the local doctor. We lived in the country house that was provided for us. That charming place and its people programmed my heart to beat calmly.
The rest of my childhood was spent with my sister in a house in Valencia that doubled as a dentist’s office, where my room was connected to a dental exam room, the kitchen to a waiting room and my “babysitter” was the next patient waiting to be seen.
My teenage years revolved around horseback riding, my major passion at the time. The most important lessons that I’ve learned in life were taught to me by horses: respect, communication without words, connection, empathy and teamwork.
My father became a dentist because of my mother. He had serious eye problems and was thinking of becoming an ophthalmologist, but my mother convinced him to consider dentistry by telling him, “there are only two eyes and there are thirty-two teeth, you’ll never be short of a job.” My passion for health care and my creativity in business comes from the combination of their different perspectives.
I have lived in cities like Madrid, Oviedo, Los Angeles, Rome and Geneva where I have learned from some of the best professionals in the world, both in dentistry and in business management.
From a very young age I have had the opportunity to give lectures at some of the most prestigious universities. This early success was not achieved without expending a tremendous amount of effort or without doing everything at an extremely fast pace. And this was how life brought about my most difficult journey: the need to learn to slow down, to find balance, to respect my slow heartbeat and at the same time… continue to advance towards my goals and progress on my commitments. I researched and developed concepts until I found the slow philosophy, which I adapted to my work as a dentist and as an entrepreneur. I find balance in the most beautiful thing of all, my family.
I enjoy working with a dream team and surrounding myself with friends and good people. I admire values and facts above titles and words. Honesty, truthfulness, humility, transparency, courage, passion and a twinkle in the eye seem like the best résumé to me.
I have unspeakable quirks; I don’t believe in luck and yet I have it: my mother-in-law is a blessing.
I’ve never been drawn to the typical path nor to busy places. I am overwhelmed by crowds and I blush at praise, even though I like it. I see criticism as a great opportunity. I never stop remembering that the more you know, the more you have to learn. There is someone out there who can teach me my greatest life lesson. Going against the current has always brought just as many problems as advantages, but these unique experiences have given me something that I can share with you today.