Gustavo Ruiz de Castilla, DMD, MMSc

Dr. Gustavo Ruiz completed his undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering before attending the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, from which he graduated cum laude. He earned his DMD degree in 1989, and his MMSc degree in 1991. Dr. Ruiz has also received a Certificate in Periodontics from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and continues his dental education every three to four months.

Dr. Ruiz is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of Osseointegration, the American Academy of Periodontology. He has received many awards, including the Northeastern Society of Periodontists Award for excellence in undergraduate periodontics, and the Quintessence Award for outstanding performance in clinical periodontics.

As a dentist, Dr. Ruiz’s goal is to listen attentively to his patients in order to fulfill their needs and wants by providing outstanding, comprehensive, and compassionate dental care.

Outside of the office, Dr. Ruiz enjoys hiking, snow hiking, horseback riding, traveling, reading, and fast cars.

Meet Our Team

Our team at Periodontal and Implant Esthetics, is more like a dental family, and we treat our patients likewise. We ensure that you are comfortable at our office and your needs are met so that you can enjoy the best possible experience. Please feel free to contact us today for more information and to schedule your visit with our periodontist in Tampa, Florida.

Susanne – Registered Dental Hygienist
Susanne has been with our team for 19 years, and has more than 35 years of experience in dentistry. In 1975, she earned her Dental Assisting Certificate from St. Petersburg College. She graduated from St. Petersburg College again in 1985 with high honors in Dental Hygiene. Her 32 years as a Registered Dental Hygienist include experience in periodontics, implants, and restorative dentistry. Susanne is also certified in the administration of local anesthesia, and has completed multiple advanced training courses, including:

  • Scaling and root planing at the University of Florida in 1987
  • Nobel Biocare implant certification in Boca Raton, Florida, in 2004
  • Continuing education certificate in dental implants and oral hygiene at the Implant Congress in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2005
  • Levin Group Seminars in 2015

Susanne enjoys working with our current patients, and looks forward to forming new relationships in our professional and caring practice through providing personalized oral care for our patient’s individual needs.

Susanne has 2 granddaughters, Brieanna and Ayvah, and a puppy named Bentley. Outside of the office she enjoys lake living and activities with her family.


Brittani – Assistant General Manager
Brittani has been with our team for 16 years. She enjoys helping our patients achieve their best possible smile, and always gives her best so that each patient has the best experience each time they visit our practice.

Brittani has been married for 8 years, and has a 7-year-old son. Outside the office, she enjoys camping and spending time with friends and family.


Ashley – Head Surgical Dental Assistant
Ashley joined our practice in 2009. She graduated from Hillsborough High School in 2006, and from the Ultimate Medical Academy in 2009. She loves the family atmosphere of our practice, and works hard assisting in procedures, running all marketing, and acting as a go-between for Dr. Gustavo Ruiz and our referring doctors. Ashley has one son, Cameron. Her hobbies include golf, traveling, and coaching cheerleading.

Crystal – Surgical Assistant
Crystal has been with our dental family since 2011. She graduated from Leto High School in 2005, and from the Ultimate Medical Academy in 2010. She assists in all surgical procedures, takes radiographs, and maintains our equipment. Crystal acts as the liaison between our patients and our doctor, and loves working with our patients to help them achieve a healthy and beautiful smile, and to provide them with the education the need to make decisions about their oral health.Crystal and her husband Michael have three children, Zion, Nadia, and Joel. Her hobbies include kayaking, fishing, hiking, reading, reptiles, and spending time with her family.