Līga ApineThe head dentist
Experienced and meritorious
The head doctor Līga Apine is a dentist with over 30 years of experience. With a degree from the Academy of Medicine, the doctor is specialized in orthopaedic dentistry and has valuable experience in dental prosthetics. Dr Apine takes part in dental implantology courses on regular basis. Dr Apine has gained experience in clinics in Moscow, Estonia, Germany, and Italy. Līga regularly attends certified courses and professional seminars so to stay updated to the latest dental treatment trends. Līga will offer every patient a treatment method according to his/her abilities and means and will never reject her advice.
Līga’s hobbies are jogging, cross-country skiing and needlework.
“The most sincere gratification comes from the patients who come to the clinic with ‘hopeless’ evaluation of their own teeth but by consistent work we mutually turn ‘the hopelessness’ into a splendid smile.”
Ruta graduated Riga Stradins University Faculty of Dentistry. She started her medical career as a dental nurse, but soon she realised that her passion is to be a dentist. She has never regretted her decision, because Ruta believes that being a dentist is her true calling.
Her biggest strengths are therapeutic dentistry and dental prosthetics. With her lovely attitude and warm smile, she successfully deals with our youngest patients as well. Ruta is very demanding with every dental work she does, so it lasts for the longest time possible. Ruta is the most satisfied when she sees her patients happy and smiling. Nothing is more satisfying than a happy patient!
Outside her work she calls Italy her biggest passion, because of the great weather and good food.
“I enjoy working with patients every day, because a job well done brings joy and satisfaction for a long time. I do my job, so that even in 10 years’ time I can look at it with pride.”
Māra Valdmane, ex ApineDentist
Māra graduated the Riga Stradiņš University Faculty of Dentistry and has specialised in dental prosthetics. She has built her experience working in dental clinics in America, Taiwan, Korea and Moscow. She regularly takes part in vocational training and professional courses in order to learn about the modern technologies and modern treatment methods.
Māra is the positive spirit of the clinics that charges and unites the collective.
Māra gladly enjoys both travels to the southern countries and skiing adventure. Māra loves cooking and enjoys the culture of cuisine.
“Since the moment I decided to become a dentist, I was dreaming of my own clinic. Making a clinic together with my mother has been an interesting complicate and wonderful time. Every time when entering the clinic I am feeling like at my other home. The key of my success hides in the individual approach I pay to each patient. My highest gratification is a happy patient whom I have helped at obtaining a true and beautiful smile.”
Vitālijs BurnašovsMaxillofacial surgeon, implantologist
Vitaly Burnashov is our clinic’s surgeon. His skills in jaw and mouth surgery are endless – from simple tooth extraction to complex bone surgery, he can do it all. With the same care and ease he removes a moving tooth, he takes out complex wisdom tooth. The surgeon points out, that nowadays teeth should not be aggressively pulled out, but carefully, using the right tools, removed.
However, Vitaly is the most satisfied after complicated operations. He also specialises in a wide range of implant manipulations.
Vitaly’s skills and pedantic approach to every case ends in successful results and satisfied patients every day. He does not accept compromises, because he knows that a perfectly done job today will bring satisfaction for the future. Because of Vitaly’s great care and caution, his patients feel secure.
Vitaly is constantly attending world class courses and seminars to improve his knowledge and his practical skills. In the last year alone, he attended theoretical and practical courses in Cuba, Hungary and Germany.
Creator of the sense of security
Ineta has been a certified dentist since 2010; she studied at Riga Stradiņš University Faculty of Dentistry. Additionally she has obtained experience at certified courses and seminars.
Ineta’s strength is endodontics. It matters to her that every patient understands the procedure of treatment and feels safe. Ineta is always beaming and openhearted to both adult and minor patients.
In her free time Ineta is interested in astrology and needlework.
“I clearly remember the moment when I decided to become a dentist. I was at the grade 11, was waiting for a bus in the terminal and suddenly it occurred to me. My family were very surprised of the idea as none of our circle was even remotely connected to medicine. However I dare say I am in my right place – I work in the profession that provided me with fulfillment, gratification and a big, big joy for the accomplished.”
Elena Steina graduated the Academy of Medicine and now she is a dentist with more than 25 years of work experience. Elena follows the latest dental trends, technology and the newest innovations in dental materials. She never misses out on a course or a seminar on the latest trends in dentistry in Latvia and abroad.
Elena has a lot of experience in therapeutic dentistry, endodontics as well as in dental prosthetics. Elena treats every patient with a special care, because she sees her work as a mission.
“I do my job responsibly, so afterwards I can feel delighted and satisfied with the result. Every filling must be placed beautifully, so it lasts for a long long time.”
Outside her job, Elena takes long walks in the nature and spends time with her family and friends.
Agnese ir absolvējusi Rīgas Stradiņa universitātes zobārstniecības fakultāti, kā arī specializējusies zobu protezēšanā. Agnese, 2018.gadā pabeidzot tālākizglītības fakultāti, ieguva sertificēta protēzista grādu, sniedzot pacientiem augstākā līmeņa ārstēšanas iespējas.
Agnese ir vairāku zobārstniecības asociāciju biedre, līdz ar to regulāri apmeklējot pasaules līmeņa konferences un seminārus. Savas zināšanas papildinājusi tādās valstīs kā Šveice, Vācija un Itālija.
Dakteres zināšanu un prasmju trumpji ir zobu implanti un estētiskā priekšzobu protezēšana, kas ir arī viņas lielākais darba gandarījuma avots. Katru pacientu Agnese rūpīgi izmeklē, lai sniegtu vislabāko un piemērotāko ārstēšanu.
Agnese savu brīvo laiku vislabprātāk pavada savos laukos kopā ar ģimeni.
Sandra Trautmane was born in Venezuela, where she graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry in 1999. She started to train new students in the field of prosthetics shortly after graduation. Sandra got her professor’s degree in Venezuela and has been a university lecturer for almost 20 years. Sandra has published five important publications and has received academic awards for her work in science.
Sandra came to Latvia for the first time in 2005 when she worked as a dentist, but returned to her homeland three years later. Currently, Sandra is again in Latvia and considers it to be her home, where she plans to continue and improve her dental career.
Sandra keeps up with the latest researches in dentistry, that allows her to learn the latest trends and to develop her theoretical knowledge.
Sandra loves her work and treats every patient with great responsibility, care and sincerity.
Jelena graduated the Riga Stradiņš University Faculty of Dentistry more than ten years ago. Extensive experience and her individual approach to each clinical case allows her to treat each patient in the best possible way. Jelena’s strengths are therapeutic dentistry – dental filling and canal treatment, but every mother will admit that Jelena is able to build trust even with the most frightened children. If necessary, Jelena also performs light extractions and small dentures. Also works on children’s teeth under full anaesthesia.
Jelena enjoys spending her free time with her children, going to sports games and going for walks together.
Silva graduated the Riga Stradiņš University, Faculty of Dentistry . Her biggest strength is therapeutic dentistry. Silvas’s passion is aesthetic sealing. Aesthetic sealing is one of the most common procedures of cosmetic dentistry which is for patients who are seeking an obvious change in their smile. During the procedure, cracked or damaged teeth are being restored by using white coloured aesthetic dental fillings, thanks to which the result is looking very natural and long lasting.
Silva has gained her experience in conferences in Latvia and been to an experience exchange in Italy Europe. Silva continues to improve her knowledge and skills both in Latvia and Europe.
Silva’s passion is spending time together with her family skiing or enjoying water sports. As passionate about repairing teeth, Silva likes cooking and baking.
The patient friend of children
Marina graduated Riga Stradiņš University Faculty of Dentistry. She regularly increases her knowledge by attending international congresses, seminars and courses.
Marina’s performance is characterised by the highest precision and responsibility, she is patient and smiling, especially when taking care of the minor patients.
“In dentistry I got interested in the childhood when I was taken to nice, warm-hearted and sweet female doctors. I am treating my patients with love and consideration too so that they would always feel comfortable and safe.”
Carer of the little toothlets
Gunita has been working as a dental hygienist for more than 10 years now. She obtained her education at the Dental Hygienist School of the Latvian Medicine Academy. Additional knowledge and experience has been acquired at the post-graduate courses of the Latvian Academy of Sciences and the Latvian Association of Dental Hygienists.
Gunita works pedantically and precisely works with every patient by professionally conducting complete oral hygiene as well as instructing the patients in everyday oral care.
Gunita is a passionate equestrian and enjoys gardening.
“My gratification comes from the patients who listen to my advice and take in consideration my advice of everyday dental care. When we meet again, they have considerably improved their oral hygiene and the progress is apparent.”
Karina Skabeike is our dental hygienist with more than ten year experience. She started her career as a dental technician, but soon understood that she wants to help patients face to face. Karina worked as dental assistant for doctors in Latvia and Germany. She knows how to treat patients with periodontics and she’s interested in the newest innovations and latest trends in dentistry.
With her warm smile and cheerful attitude Karina gives joy not only to her patients, but to all of her colleagues as well!
Agnese IvanovaAnesthesiology assistant
Annika has graduated from Riga Stradins University “Dental Hygienists” program and has been practicing her profession for several years now. Annika’s strengths are her patience and this will be appreciated by any patient, as she is very attentive and caring. Annika takes her job very seriously, she informs each and every patient about the peculiarities of dental care, teaches how to clean teeth better and recommends the most appropriate care products.
Annika uses ultrasound, hand tools, dental floss, tooth polishing and soda in her work. She can also inform and instruct patient about teeth whitening.
Annika’s hobbies are long walks along the sea and hiking in the mountains.
Ingrida MezaDental Assistant
Ingrida graduated the Riga 1st Medicine College, becoming a dental assistant. Her high sense of responsibility makes Ingrida integral part of the team. She is very pedantic when it comes to maintaining the highest standards of sterilization and cleanness.
At her free time, Ingrida likes doing handcrafts and cooking, especially baking.
Kristine BiteDental Assistant
Lita GrodumaDental Assistant
Aiva AlksneDental Assistant
Alina LubickaDental Assistant
Alina is clinic’s dental assistant. She assists her doctor in every step, making sure that he can pay his full attention to a patient. Alina is very clean and diligent, maintaining maximum standards of sterilization. Alina also likes to communicate with people, she is always very responsive and smiley.
Agnese VanagaDental Assistant
Agnese is studying at the Riga Stradins University Faculty of Dentistry. Her interest in dentistry is obvious, as she closely follows every dentist’s work and procedure to expand her knowledge.
Agnese learns her responsibilities very quickly so that she can bring her knowledge and skills to the highest level upon graduation.
Agnese is very serious about her work at the Dr.Apine Dental Clinic, she is a very beloved by her colleague, because of her friendly smile and helpful hand.
Agnese takes care of every part of the sterilization protocol and daily cleaning very seriously.
Agnese’s hobby with great success is florball and she loves spending time in nature with her friends.
Dana ButjanovaDental Assistant
Dana is our cheerful dental assistant. She is a graduate of Riga 1st Medical College and has been practicing her profession for several years now. Dana is always happy to assist her doctor and help the patient get a beautiful smile. With her positive energy, she is an important part of our collective. Dana is serious about her day-to-day responsibilities and doesn’t refuse to help colleagues when needed. Sterility and disinfection are at the top of her priority list.
Outside of working hours, Dana is engaged in graphic design and is currently studying this subject intensively to be able to focus exclusively on graphics, design and art someday. She spends her free time with her family.