After obtaining his DDS degree from the University of Illinois in Chicago, Dr. Joseph Ilustre practiced as a sedation dentist with a prestigious pediatric dental practice in Houston. Throughout his tenure at the practice, while treating both the pediatric and adult patients, Dr. Ilustre witnessed the need for dental anesthesia and its benefits in promoting comfort and lessening anxiety during a patient’s dental visit. This motivated Dr. Ilustre to pursue his advance training in anesthesiology. In New York, he completed a post doctoral dental anesthesiology residency program, a unit of the medical anesthesiology residency program administered through the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. His education and training experiences were directed and coordinated by the faculty of the department of Dental Anesthesiology and the medical staff of Jacobi Medical Center. His anesthesiology training consisted of rotations through internal medicine, pediatrics, with special training and emphasis in office-based anesthesia in the gastroenterology and radiology suites.
Dr. Ilustre also rotated through the Center for Oral, Facial, and Head Pain at Colombia University and spent the majority of his senior year practicing his skills at the Rose F. Kennedy University Center for Developmental Disabilities. His extensive training provided him with invaluable skills for successful anesthetic management of complex patients such as those with Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome, ADHD, Autism and other special needs.
Prior to his dental anesthesia residency and general dental practice, Dr. Ilustre graduated with honors in a doctorate degree in Dental Surgery from the University of Illinois in Chicago. He graduated at the top of his class and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a national dental honor society.
Dr. Ilustre returned home to Houston with his wife upon the completion of his Anesthesia residency. He continues to practice dentistry but his main passion is providing anesthesia to promote the most optimal dental experience for all his patients. In his spare time, Dr. Ilustre enjoys spending time with his wife and family, exploring new restaurants and occasionally, playing a few rounds of golf.