Dr. Geraldin Abesamis-Cruz
Dr. Geraldin Abesamis-Cruz completed her Dental Degree at the University of the East (UE), College of Dentistry on March 1992. She then pursued her interest in Orthodontics through the Manila Central University (MCU), Certificate Program in Orthodontics on April 2000.
From 2007 to 2008, she was president of the Parañaque Dental Chapter, Inc., and in her steadfast leadership and excellent dedication to the organization, was recognized as the Philippine Dental Association’s Outstanding Chapter and President for NCR at the end of her term.
After taking the Philippine Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, Esthetic 101 in 2009, she pursued further studies in Esthetic Dentistry and completed the Esthetic Continuum Course in University of California, Los Angeles on October 2011. In the same year, she became a Board of Director of the Academy.
In the belief that the profession is a lifelong learning experience, she once again studied Orthodontics, her favorite field in Dentistry. She completed her Master of Science in Dentistry, Major in Orthodontics at the University of the East on October 2017. During this time, she also enrolled at the basic Dental Implantology Course of the University of the Philippines (UP), College of Dentistry. Later that year, she passed the Philippine Board of Orthodontics (PBO) Phase 1 and 2.
Her desire to share knowledge of her craft has made her active in presenting case studies at local and international conferences, such as the Philippine Academy of Esthetic Dentistry Congress, the Asian Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry, the Association of Philippine Orthodontists, and the Asia Pacific Orthodontic Conference. She also shares her love for Orthodontics through teaching a Orthodontics-Esthetics Module, a course offered by PAED Esthetic 101.
Dr. Geraldin Abesamis-Cruz currently holds her consultancy practice at Abesamis Dental Clinic at Festival Mall, and a private practice at Entrata, Alabang, Muntinlupa.
President of PAED AY 2019-2021
When we started, we gave the acronym PAED a new meaning: professionalism, advancement, expertise, and distinction. From day one, this has animated many of our actions, and was even highlighted in many of our projects and programs as an organization.
Professionalism is what we showed/ when, in spite of the challenges posed by the pandemic, we continued to show up in our workspaces and did what we had to do for patient care. Under our PAED Heal As One Project, we distributed personal protective equipment to keep our members safe from exposure and help them adopt to the new normal of our profession.
Advancement is what we aimed for, when we continued to roll out short courses, symposiums, and forums in the last two years, both online and offline. From the PAED Esthetics 101 course to our Members Clinical Forum, from our Lakbay Aral in Barcelona, Spain to our PAED Beyond Online Webinars—all of these have been exciting avenues for our membership to grow and enrich themselves as doctors.
Expertise is what we exemplified, when we put our knowledge to practice and share our gifts to our patients and the community. We saw our peers’ best techniques and skills when we launched the first Digital Poster Presentation, where everyone got to appreciate and learn from each other. I was also very proud to see how we used our expertise as a way of giving back to our community, through our Ngiting Pambato visits and advocating National Dental Health Month and World Oral Health Day by participating in various activities nationwide.
Distinction is what we embodied, when we showed a different level of dedication to our duty as frontliners, when we responded to the call of the times. 2020 was truly a challenging for all of us: Taal erupted and affected many lives, COVID-19 caused the economy to shutdown, and typhoons battered many communities to the ground. With everyone’s help, we were able to setup relief efforts for our kababayans in need, and delivered immediate assistance that could help them get back on their feet.