A small dental practice that began four decades ago in Los Yoses, San Pedro de Montes de Oca, Gil Dental Group is today a consolidated dental center with two large clinics (San Pedro and Escazú), a state-of-the-art dental laboratory, and a group of certified specialists.
After studying Dentistry at the University of Costa Rica and completing his Master’s degree at Indiana University in Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics with a Minor in Dental Materials (1979-1981), Dr. Lucas Gil returned to Costa Rica with the idea of establishing his own clinic.
“We chose to develop our headquarters in Los Yoses, San Pedro de Montes de Oca, close to the Italian Embassy. The site was well-positioned to accept patients seeking full dental treatment,” relates Dr. Gil. “This location placed us close to local neighborhoods such as Barrio Francisco Peralta and Barrio Escalante and was also accessible to nearby areas including Barrio La Guaria in Moravia and Barrio El Prado in San Pedro”.
After 13 successful years, thanks to mainly word of mouth referrals (pun intended!), Dr. Gil’s client list expanded considerably, and the original clinic was not large enough to sustain the growth of his business. As a result, he decided to move his practice to a new, larger location in San Pedro.
“Ultimatly, we chose a property in Barrio Dent, San Pedro de Montes de Oca, due to its proximity to the highway and the parking space it offered. We also took into account the fact that most of our patients lived in the surrounding areas and were comfortable with the new location,” recalls Dr. Gil.
Our new location was established in 1994. At the same time, the dental clinic’s team increased from 5 to 14 people, including Prosthodontists, a Maxillofacial Surgeon, an Endodontist, a Pediatric Dentist, Dental Assistants and Lab Technicians. This allowed us to expand our services to include all specialties except orthodontics.
In the mid-1990s, the development of San José’s western suburbs presented new opportunities in Escazú and Santa Ana. In 2000, the Gil Dental Clinic located in Escazú was opened to facilitate access to customers in that region.