A native of New Orleans, LA, Dr. Baratta was lucky enough to be adopted by Texas during his high school years. After graduating from Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, he moved on to Texas A&M University where he balanced predental coursework with competing for a nationally competitive rugby squad. He then returned to receive his DDS from the University of Texas at Houston, where he first became interested in dental implantology and prosthetics.
This interest led Dr. Baratta to complete an Advanced Education in General Dentistry program at the Foundry Dental Center in Birmingham, AL, where he trained alongside the south’s leading experts in the field of implant surgery and restoration. During this time, he served as an instructor for Precision Dental Implants, mentoring general dentists in advanced grafting surgeries and placement of dental implants. Dr. Baratta feels strongly that his role as an instructor reinforces his surgical skills and allows him to better serve his patients.
A lifetime dentalphobe himself, Dr. Baratta has received specialized training in sedation techniques, including IV sedation to provide access to care to even the most nervous patients. He understands that many people who avoid the dentist do so because of anxiety issues and prides himself on being able to empathize and be a gateway to care for anxious patients.
Dr. Baratta’s training has given him the ability to work alongside patients and use advanced modalities to affect positive changes in their lives. His warm demeanor and infectious passion are apparent from the moment you meet him. That passion has driven him across the country and into countless classrooms to be the best provider he can be. His practice philosophy is that of a partnership with the patient, and his skills work in conjunction with a patient’s vision so that they may achieve the patient’s goals in function and aesthetics. He considers himself blessed to be able to work in partnership with his patients every day- he wouldn’t trade dentistry for anything else and is grateful to have found his calling.
In his free time, Dr. Baratta can usually be found at a racetrack instructing aspiring racers on high-performance driving techniques, when he is not traveling the region competing in racing events himself. He is an avid supporter of all things Texas & the New Orleans Saints, and local youth rugby programs.
Dr. Baratta is privileged to be joining the team at Aliana Family Dental and looks forward to working with you and your family to achieve whatever your dental goals may be.