40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

Ryan L. Mendro

  • Winter Garden, Florida
  • Specialty

Age:

39

Name of Practice:

Precision Periodontics and Dental Implants

Specialty:

Periodontics

Education:

Columbia University College of Dentistry; MS, University of Florida


Why They Were Nominated

Despite working in a crowded periodontal market, Dr. Mendro has been named one of Orlando’s best dentists by Orlando magazine every year since 2012. Along with his wife, fellow periodontist Dr. Lucia Roca Mendro, Dr. Mendro treats his patients in a state-of-the-art practice opened in 2018. (The practice itself has been open a decade.)

Why They Became a Dentist

Unlike his wife, who came from a dental family, Dr. Mendro never had an inkling that a career in periodontics might be for him. “But it turned out to be the perfect blend of art and science. It also lets you be your own boss, while having the opportunity to help people in a way that few of us can.”

Philosophy

“Treat patients with compassion and respect. Most patients will never know how ‘good’ or ‘bad’ a dentist you are. All they know is how they were treated and how you made them feel. If you treat them with compassion and respect and can gain their trust, the dentistry is the easy part.”

Sage Advice

“Work hard. Never settle. Most importantly, be kind.”

Something People Don’t Know

“In my free time I enjoy traveling and sandwiches—and also calling beer ‘sandwiches.’ ”