When I was a teenager I was inspired by my uncle, who was a dentist, to follow in his professional footsteps.
I grew up in the capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, where I attended high school and graduated top of the class. I studied dentistry in Lithuania for 2 years before coming to the U.S at the age of 19.
I continued my dental education at Northwestern University in Chicago and graduated from the DDS program in 1997 ranked first in my class.
To become a specialist in orthodontics several additional years of training were required.
I completed my orthodontic residency in 1999 at the same school, Northwestern University Dental School. During the same time I received Master of Science degree from Northwestern University. My Master thesis and research was related to the orthodontic treatment of the cleft lip and palate patients.