An interview with Daniela Garib

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Edition V24N01 | Year 2019 | Editorial Interview | Pages 16 to 26

Daniela Garib , Carlos Flores-Mir , David Normando , Guilherme Janson , José Augusto Miguel , Steven Lindauer

It is not hard to write about Professor Garib. Daniela is one of those self-illuminated human beings, with a light that she shares with all those who approach her. It does not dazzle us, but, faced with so many virtues, where should we begin? Daniela Garib is an Associate Professor at the Hospital for Rehabilitation of Craniofacial Anomalies (HRAC) and at the Bauru Dental School (FOB), both from the University of São Paulo. In Dentistry, her first steps followed her mentor, Omar Gabriel da Silva Filho, and her positive and altruistic view of life and of how to deal with people greatly resembles his views. An unbounded kindness. She got her Master’s and Doctorate from FOB-USP under the advisory of Dr. José Fernando Castanha Henriques, and completed her postdoctoral studies at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, under the mentorship of one of the legends of Orthodontics, Sheldon Peck. She has recently completed a research fellowship at the University of Michigan, working with Dr. Lucia Cevidanes. Despite her youthfulness, Daniela has already published over 160 studies in scientific journals and dozens of books and book chapters, and she has also served as an associate editor of our journal for almost a decade. An extremely competent professional, an insightful researcher with a rare intelligence, sensitive and highly educated lecturer and very clear teacher, Daniela is a wise and extremely kind professor that shares her passion with her pupils. However, it is as a mother and wife that the fascination that surrounds her is exceeded, as her daughters Laura and Helena, and her partner of a whole life, Alexandre, may tell us. Devoted, attentive and patient, Dani, as her family calls her, reflects on her work with students this simple way of bringing up her daughters. And that’s the same upbringing that she received from her parents, Léa and Isaac. In one of those encounters that only God can provide, I have had the enormous pleasure of socializing with Daniela and her beautiful family. In that context, I realized that the subtlety, an indelible feature of her personality, should never be mistaken for passivity. Daniela is assertive, authentic and resolute. A strong and principled woman. She has the perfect match of kindness and discipline, all that we want to be when we grow up!

Garib D, Flores-Mir C, Normando D, Janson G, Miguel JA, Lindauer S. An interview with Daniela Garib. Dental Press J Orthod. 2019 Jan-Feb;24(1):16-26. DOI:

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