Dr. Ricardo Gaitan is originally from Peru, graduated from San Marcos University Dental School in Lima in 1985. He is certified Orthodontist from the College of Dentist of Peru in 1991. Dr. Gaitan obtained the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)  and completed Orthodontic Externship Program in 1997 at the University of Maryland at Baltimore.

Dr. Ricardo Gaitan completed his Orthodontic Mini-Residency Program, Department of Orthodontics at the University of Washington School of Dentistry in 2000.

In 2005, Dr. Gaitan was recognized with the TUMI USA AWARD in Miami, Florida for his notable contributions to the Peruvian Community in USA and as Outstanding Peruvian Professional in the State of Virginia.

Dr. Gaitan treats patients in his three practices located in Fairfax, Sterling, Springfield and as an Orthodontic Consultant at his practice located in Lima, Peru.

Dr. Gaitan is fluent in English, Italian and Spanish.

Dr. Ricardo Gaitan and his younger brother Jorge were born in Lima, Peru. They were raised in a family with a strong attraction to Dentistry. Their father and mentor, Dr. Sixto Gaitan Ortiz, was an Orthodontist and their main inspiration. Following in his footsteps, Ricardo and Jorge completed their studies at San Marcos University in Peru. Ricardo moved to USA persuing post-grade studies at the University of Maryland. Jorge is a succesful General Practicioner and Faculty in their Alma Matter in Lima. After additional academic and professional experiences, they decided to practice in different areas of dentistry with the quality and professionalism learned from their father.

Dr. Ricardo Gaitan resides in Northern Virginia with his wife Nancy and has three sons. Erick , Doctor of Chiropractic, Graduate from Life University, Ricardo Jr., Dental Student at Howard University and David, student of pre-medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University.