Become a dentist in the USA


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Become a dentist in the USA


I have done it myself, and now I would like to take you to the next level and help you, foreign trained dentist, to become a dentist in the United States.
    Graduation day - VCU May 2017

    Who is Dr. Leo Koerich?

    Dr. Leo Koerich graduated from Dental School in Brazil in 2009. After graduation, he obtained a post-doc research fellow position at UNC - Chapel Hill, where he spent 1 year and published more than 5 scientific papers, before moving back to Brazil. He completed his orthodontic education in the first orthodontic school in the country, where he attended free of charge and received a stipend. However, he always wanted to go back the the USA and have been studying the system to obtain a license since his time in Chapel Hill. In 2014 he applied to 3 school and got invited to interview in all of them. He got accepted into VCU, UIC and declined the interview option at University of Michigan. He graduated from VCU in 2017 and has been practicing in the Charlotte area since then.
    Patrick Jones - Course author

    Students in the course

    Approved mentees

    Consultations done
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    Our students love our
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    I tried to do everything independently on my first application cycle; unfortunately, it did not work out as I imagined. However, this time, I was determined to make a change. I hired Dr. Koerich consultation and signed up for the Dental Academy USA entire course. I learned a lot about documentation, interview preparation and how to craft an impactful personal statement. Now, looking back, I can tell you that without a doubt, it was an excellent choice for my results. I strongly recommend Dental Academy USA USA to make your dream a reality.
    Dr. Marcela Ferreira, TUFTS Class of 2026
    After interviewing in a couple places and not getting any offer, I decided to join Dental Academy USA to learn how to improve my application. It was a game changer and now I will be joining the IDP program at UAB.
    Dr. Stephanie Cousins, UAB Class of 2026
    Since I left Brazil, all the way to my acceptance at the BU Advanced Standing program and the UCONN Orthodontic residency, I always counted on Dr. Leo's expertise. He has a lot of experience in the USA and he always guided me on the right path.
    BU Class of 2021
    UCONN Orthodontics Class of 2024
    It was great to count on somebody that truly undertands the process in and out. Dr. Leo and Dental Academy USA certainly made my life easier and the path clear for my success in the USA.
    Dental Academy USA was an essential part of my journey, especially on the first application part, documents, interview and program selection. The course format is very well organized and Dr. Leo is very easy to get in touch with. I highly recommend Dental Academy USA, as it can save time and money on your application journey.
    Dr. LORENA ACHCAR, NYU Class of 2026
    I had no clue how to start the process to become a dentist in the USA. Then, I met a somebody who was in the same boat that I was, and she recommended me to sign up with Dental Academy USA. DA USA helped me with the step-by-step and providing details. After much persistence and many hours of preparation and Dental Academy USA help, I got accepted! 

    "The American application system is completely different."

    "I am surprised to see excellent candidates giving up on their dream to become a dentist in the USA. I often hear "it is too complicated". Yes, I agree, the process is extensive and hard to understand and I am here to help."  Dr. Leo Koerich
    What We Offer

    What's included in this online course?

    A step-by-step guide

    Dr. Leo's expertise will help you to learn the steps required for you to apply and not waste any money or time.


    We want to make sure you understand the subject, and you will be assessed on your knowledge. We have specific questions for each module to maximize your understanding.

    Live meetings

    We have 4 dates within 2 months for live meetings coming up where you can ask questions and learn from the best! We will also do 1 year follow up with additional live meetings.

    Support Group

    We have an exclusive group for Q&A about the course on Telegram and coordinate by Dr. Leo Koerich.


    We offer discounts for additional services for group members, including application review, Bootcamp subscription and CE courses through AGD PACE Program. 

    Our 5 modules are here!


    Understand the method itself and the planning. If you don`t start the right way, you may never finish

    Learning the basics

    Instead of spending hours on the internet trying to understand each part of the application, here is about eveything you need to know.

    Becoming a strong candidate

    Strengthening your application, understanding the letters of recommendation and personal statement. All here! 

    Finances and logistics

    You don`t want to be like some people that get accepted and cannot pay for the course later! We will explain how the finances work here.

    How to ace an interview

    It would be a waste of time and money to be invited for an interview, and make rookie mistakes on your one opportunity! Learn how to ace an interview with us.

    Check the videos below on our YouTube channel to learn more about us!

    If you got this far down on the website, I'll tell you a little bit more about my accomplishments and awards...

    - I graduated as #1 in my Class at VCU.
    - I have published over 20 paper in peer reviewed international journals.
    - I received the best research paper of the year from the American Journal or Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics in 2012 (#25 down below).
    - I wrote chapters in 3 books (check the gallery below!)
    - I spoke twice at the American Association of Orthodontics, and was invited a third time, but COVID hit and the meeting did not happen!
              Here is my list of publications: you can double check it on Pubmed!

    Fadel MAV, Santos BZ, Antoniazzi RP, Koerich L, Bosco VL, Locks A. Prevalence of malocclusion in public school students in the mixed dentition phase and its association with early loss of deciduous teeth. Dental Press J Orthod. 2022 Sep 23;27(4).

    Claus JDP, Koerich L, Weissheimer A, Almeira MS, Bele de Oliveira R. Assessment of condylar changes after orthognathic surgery using computed tomography regional superimposition. Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2019 Sep;48(9)1201-1208.

    Bianchi J, Porciúncula GM, Koerich L, Ignácio J, Wolford LM, Gonçalves JR. Three-dimensional stability analysis of maxillomandibular advancement surgery with and without articular disc repositioning. J Craniomaxillofac Surg. Aug;46(8):1348-1354 2018.

    Deeb G, Koerich L, Whitley D 3rd, Bencharit S. Computer-guided implant removal: A clinical report: J Prosthet Dent. Dec;120(6):796-800 2018.
    Koerich L, Weissheimer A, Koerich LE, Luz D, Golob Deeb J. A technique of CBCT superimposiion in implant dentistry. J Oral Implantology. Oct;44(5):365-369 2018.

    Koerich L, Brunetto DP, Ohira ETB, The effect of hard tissue surgical changes on the soft tissue displacement: a pilot CBCT study. Dental Press J Orthod. 2017 Sep-Oct; 22(5):39-46.

    Koerich L, Interview for Kieferorthopadie Nachrichten from Germany. 2017 Jan-Feb.

    Koerich L, Weissheimer A, de Menezes LM, Lindauer SJ. Rapid 3D mandibular superimposition for growing patients. Angle Orthod. 2017 87(3):473-479.​

    Koerich L, Burns D, Weissheimer A, Claus JP. Three-dimensional maxillary and mandibular regional superimposition using cone beam computed tomography: a validation study. Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2016 May; 45(5):662-699.

    Koerich L, Ruellas ACO, Paniagua B, Styner M, Turvey T, Cevidanes LHS. Three-dimensional regional displacement after surgical-orthodontic correction of Class III malocclusion. Orthod and Craniofacial Research 2016 May; (19)2:65-73.

    Weissheimer A, Menezes LM, Koerich L, Pham J, Cevidanes L. Fast 3D superimposition of CBCT for orthopedics and orthognathic surgery evaluation. Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2015 Sep; 44(9)1188-1196.

    Koerich L, Ruellas, ACO. Facilitating direct bonding for lingual retainers. Int J Orthod Milwaukee 2015 Summer: 26(2):37-38.

    Koerich L, Solon-de-Mello PA, Mattos CT, Sant’Anna EF, Ruellas ACO. Influence of structural superimposition and magnification in cephalometric diagnosis. Dental Press J Orthod 2015 Mar-Apr; 20(2):29-34.

    Porciuncula GM, Koerich L, Eidson L, Gandini Jr LG, Gonçalves JR. Can CBCT superimposition help orthodontists to better understand relapse in surgical patients?. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2014 Nov; 146(5)641-654.

    Brunetto DP, Velasco L, Koerich L, Araujo MT. Prediction of 3-dimensional pharyngeal airway changes after orthognathic surgery: A preliminary study. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2014 Sep; 146(3):299-309.

    Ruellas ACO, Koerich L, Mattos CT, Baratieri C, Alver Jr M, Brunetto D, et al. Reliability of CBCT in the diagnosis of dental asymmetry. Dental Press J Orthod 2014 Mar-Apr; 19(2):90-5.

    Nguyen T, Cevidanes L, Paniagua B, Zhu H, Koerich L, De Clerck H. Use of shape correspondence analysis to quantify skeletal changes associated with bone-anchored Class III correction. Angle Orthod 2014 84(2):329-336.

    Franco AA, Cevidanes LH, Phillips C, Rossouw PE, Turvey TA, Carvalho FD, de Paula LK, et al. Long-term 3-dimensional stability of mandibular advancement surgery. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2013 71(9):1588-1597

    de Paula LK, Ruellas AC, Paniagua B, Styner M, Turvey T, Zhu H, et al. One-year assessment of surgical outcomes in Class III patients using cone beam computed tomography. Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2013;42:780-889.

    Fulco GM, de Paula LK, Pereira HSG, da Silva JS, Guedes FR, Ruellas, ACO. Análise comparativa entre cefalometrias manuais e cefalometrias obtidas através de tomografia computadorizada de feixe cônico. Revista ABRO 2012;13:73-86

    De Clerck H, Nguyen T, de Paula LK, Cevidanes L. Three-dimensional assessment of mandibular and glenoid fossa changes after bone-anchored Class III intermaxillary traction. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2012;142:25-31.

    Rocha R, Ritter DE, Locks A, de Paula LK, Santana RM. Ideal treatment protocol for cleft lip and palate patient from mixed to permanent dentition. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2012;141:S140-148.

    Eidson L, Cevidanes LH, de Paula LK, Hershey HG, Welch G, Rossouw PE. Three-dimensional evaluation of changes in lip position from before to after orthodontic appliance removal. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2012;142:410-418.

    de Paula LK, Ackerman JL, Carvalho Fde A, Eidson L, Cevidanes LH. Digital live-tracking 3-dimensional minisensors for recording head orientation during image acquisition. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2012;141:116-123.

    Nguyen T, Cevidanes L, Cornelis MA, Heymann G, de Paula LK, De Clerck H. Three-dimensional assessment of maxillary changes associated with bone anchored maxillary protraction. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2011;140:790-798.

    Triches TC, Paula LK, Filho MX, Bolan M. Apical fenestration and ectopic eruption - effects from trauma to primary tooth: a clinical case report. Dent Traumatol 2011;27:74-76.

    Frequently asked questions

    How many people that you helped has been accepted so far?

    Between course and consulting, we have 25 people that have been approved:
    6 for specialties/AEGD
    15 for advanced standing programs
    4 for professor position (however, the purpose of the course is not this one)

    How long is the course?

    The course will be for 12 months.

    What language is the course?

    The course is 100% in English

    Can I ask questions to Dr. Leo?

    You will have access to a Telegram support group where you can ask questions about the lecture directly to him.

    Can I share the course with somebody else?

    No, the course is for only one person to access it.

    What are the CE courses provided?

    Dental Academy USA is a PACE Approved entity that can provide CE Courses. We frequently bring professors from American institutions to teach various subjects at a $3 fee for our course students.

    What I am learning in the course?

    There are 5 modules:
    - Introduction teaching you the different way to become a dentist
    - Learning the basics to share the foundation of the process
    - How to be a strong candidate and prepare your application
    - Financial logistics
    - Interview

    What is the investment?

    For the first 10 people it will be $697, after that, it will jump to $797.

    How many live meetings are we going to have?

    4 meetings coming up in the next two months. After that, they will be every 30 or 45 days depending on the season, all the way until April of 2025. We are expecting to have around 10-12 live meetings total.

    What if I cannot participate in the live meetings?

    They will be recorded and you can watch it later.