Welcome! I'm glad to see you here.

I'm Dr. Julia - a holistic dentist and parent advocate.

My goal is to empower you to optimize your child's oral and overall health.

I'll support you in confidently selecting a treatment path and assembling an airway health care team that feels aligned for your family.

About Dr. Julia

When I discovered a more holistic approach to dentistry in 2016, I felt ashamed of how uninformed I had been with regards to how sleep and breathing issues play a role in both oral and overall health. Once I identified the gap in my formal dental training, I pursued an extensive set of education courses provided by some groundbreaking leaders from across the county. I recognized that my personal job satisfaction was higher when, instead of focusing on restorative dentistry (fixing decayed or broken teeth), I was able to put more energy into spreading the awareness of an airway centric approach to dental health and preventing other diseases. I knew I wanted to be on the front lines of this movement, but I was still contemplating how I could have the most impact. 

I was fortunate that in Chicago, where I lived and practiced dentistry, I was easily able to collaborate with knowledgeable providers from different medical offices and backgrounds. Kids of all ages were treated early to improve or prevent a variety of medical problems that were often misunderstood by pediatricians or other physicians (because, like nutrition, this content is barely covered in most medical schools or dental schools). When helping to advise friends or family members who didn’t live in my immediate area, I quickly understood that finding a similar network of qualified professionals wasn’t easy.

I decided to establish Oris Wellness in order to connect one-on-one with families to inform, encourage, and support their journeys to recognize and treat oral and airway related issues. Online teamwork with parents has allowed me the opportunity to aid parents who are feeling overwhelmed or confused about the various treatment paths. I want to empower you to make treatment decisions with greater confidence. Furthermore, it is part of my personal mission to provide outreach efforts to primary school educators and allied medical professionals. With greater awareness, we can take a more holistic approach to dental health for our youngest patients.

Qualifications & Continuing Education

American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry - Member and Liaison

International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology

Accredited Member since 2020, SMART Certified since 2017

The British Society of Myofunctional Therapy - International Collaborator

Research Assistant to Dr. Kevin Boyd (2018-2019)

The Breathe Institute – The Breathe Course (2019), The Breathe Baby Course (2022)

Boston University School of Dentistry 2018 Sleep Symposium

Breathing Clinic by Dr. Jenny Hobson - participant (2018)

Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy- 2017 Frenulum Inspection Workshop

ALF Online Training Course by Dr. Ljuba Lemke

HealthyStart by OrthoTain Online Training Course

Over 300 hours of in-person Continuing Education (not including frequent online webinars/CE)

General and Biological Dentist Experience since 2014

Infant Frenectomy Provider

Associate of Former Holistic Dental Association President Dr. Bernice Teplitsky (2017-2021)

Invisalign Course Certification with Dr. Ben Miraglia

Indiana University School of Dentistry Graduate (2014)

Sociedade Portuguesa de Medicina Integrativa- Member

Administrative Assistant to Dr. Miguel Stanley at White Clinic Lisbon (Summer 2023)

My Family and Interests

I have always had a passion for foreign languages, and enjoyed learning about other countries and cultures. I found my way into dentistry initially during high school, when volunteering as a Spanish interpreter at a health clinic for uninsured Indiana residents. In 2021, my husband and I made the decision to move to Portugal with our dog, Alfred. Alfred is the center of my world and I live each day so that he can have more playtime and more biscuits. When not spending time with my family or focusing on dentistry related pursuits, I am frequently in the kitchen. I'm not sure I would say I enjoy the process of cooking, as much as I enjoy the final result of eating delicious, homemade food. Since moving, I also have been dedicated to learning the Portuguese language. I love getting to know the wonderful people here, and exploring the place that I am fortunate to call my new home.