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.

Dr. Ricardo Gaitan is a member of the American Dental Association, Virginia Dental Association, Northern Virginia Dental Society, Wtorld Federation of Orthodontists, American Association of Orthodontists, Peruvian Orthodontic Society, Italian Orthodontic Society, Iberoamerican Association of Orthodontists and many foreign dental institutions. Annually, Dr. Gaitan gives lectures in orthodontic meetings overseas and expends his time in community activities: he is a member of the NIAF- National Italian American Foundation and he is former president of two institutions: American Peruvian Chamber of Commerce and the AIPEUC – Peruvian Institutions Association of USA and Canada.

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. This prestigious award event was televised in America, Europe and Asia.

Since 1997 Dr. Gaitan treats patients in his three practices located in Fairfax, Sterling and Springfield and as Orthodontist 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 their three sons…Erick , Doctor of Chiropractic, graduate of Life University, Ricardo Jr., Dental Student at Howard University and David, student of pre-medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University.