Dr. Zaida L. Nieves is part of a medical family as both her father and mother were Doctors in Medicine. She is the youngest of four sisters and was raised in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico.
Her passion for dentistry was evident at a young age when she would shadow her mother at her job and showed intense interest in health and serving the community. Her sister Carmen became her inspiration for pediatric and special needs patients. Her dream to become a dentist became a reality when she achieved the title of Doctor in Dental Medicine after attending Dental School in the Dominican Republic at Universidad Central del Este and becoming the first dentist in her family.
She then completed her Specialty in Pediatric Dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Puerto Rico at the Medical Sciences Campus a very competitive residency program at the only Dental School in the island of Puerto Rico. The Pediatric Dentistry Program is accredited by the Council of Dental Education of the Commonwealth and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. The Pediatric Dentistry Program at University of Puerto Rico, School of Dental Medicine is fully accredited since 1970.
Dr. Nieves- Lopez During her first year of residency, she was selected to become the Chief Resident for her outstanding performance, her devotion to public health and dedication to her patients and the pediatric dentistry program. During her years as a resident she authored and presented posters of clinical cases at the Annual Pediatric Dental Academy (AAPD) and the Annual American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Dr. Nieves also regularly participated in outreach missionary trips throughout the island of Puerto Rico after the devastation of Hurricane Maria. She has also provided pediatric dental care to the less fortunate in the Dominican Republic by volunteering with the Hope and Help Foundation with the University of Florida. Dr. Nieves- Lopez is also actively involved in advocating for special needs pediatric patients.
Dr. Nieves moved to San Antonio to be closer to her family and serve the San Antonio pediatric dental community with the highest standards of care and to continue her commitment to providing outstanding dental care for pediatric patients. Dr. Nieves is married, her husband is a solider in the U.S. Army who also shares the same passion to serve. During her free time, she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family.