Dr. Villa (Bel) L. Guillory recently retired as a US Air Force Colonel with over 29 years of combined military service (4yrs in the Army as a dental assistant/expanded duties technician and 25yrs in the Air Force as a dentist). Dr. Guillory received her dental degrees from the University of the Philippines College of Dentistry (1985) and the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio Dental School (UTHSCSA, 1994, Magna cum Laude). Immediately after graduation from dental school, she joined the Air Force and was selected to do a one-year advanced training in general dentistry (AEGD-1). She then went into specialty training and received her Certificate in Prosthodontics from the US Air Force’s Wilford Hall Medical Center in 2000, and her Masters of Science degree in Prosthodontics from UTHSCSA (2000). As a Prosthodontist, she provided advanced, specialty-level care such as full mouth rehabilitations, single and multi-tooth implant restorations, esthetic rehabilitations and other complex fixed or removable conventional and implant prostheses.
Dr. Guillory subspecialized in Maxillofacial Prosthetics at Wilford Hall Medical Center (2003) where she was trained in the treatment, support and rehabilitation of head, neck and oral defects due to congenital craniofacial anomalies and acquired defects from trauma (war injuries, motor vehicular accidents, etc.) or tumor and cancer resections. These patients are rehabilitated by Dr. Guillory using intra-oral maxillofacial prostheses (obturators, mandibular resection prostheses, palatal augmentation or palatal lift prostheses, radiation positioners, etc.) or extra-oral prosthetics/devices made with acrylic materials or skin tone silicone prostheses retained by adhesives, implants and attachments (ocular, orbital, nasal prostheses and composite facial prosthetics). Dr. Guillory attained the level of Full Professor of Prosthodontics at the Air Force Postgraduate Dental School of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) and trained a total of 85 residents and fellows (AEGD-1, AEGD-2, prosthodontic residents, Maxillofacial Prosthetic fellows) throughout her career as a prosthodontist. Dr. Guillory held various leadership positions in the military and those of note are as Director of Maxillofacial Prosthetics and Program Director for the US Air Force Maxillofacial Prosthetics Fellowship Training from 2003 to 2006. She was also assigned overseas as the Flight Commander of the Kadena Area and Base Dental Laboratories in Okinawa, Japan where she was the regional prosthodontic specialty consultant and was directly responsible for providing comprehensive dental laboratory services to the Air Force’s largest overseas combat wing and 54 Pacific Command (PACOM) dental treatment facilities. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists, a Fellow of the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics and a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association and the San Antonio District Dental Society. Dr. Guillory was a comprehensive general dentist for only a short period of time before she specialized. It was in her one-year advanced general dentistry training that she realized how much more there was to patient care and dentistry and how her talents could blossom further with advanced specialty training. In the course of her specialty training in prosthodontics, she further realized the importance of collaborating with other dentists and other specialists (dental and medical) in order to give the best care to her patients. She provides compassionate and comprehensive care; treating the patient as a whole because she believes that oral health is a key component of our overall health.
Dr. Guillory was born and raised in Quezon City, Philippines with her five other siblings. Her parents instilled in them how invaluable an education is and that if they worked hard enough, they can accomplish anything they set their minds to. Her successful dental career thus far is a testament to her parents’ legacy. She met her husband, David, in the US Army. He hooked her with his mad skills in cooking Creole and Cajun cuisine from his south Louisiana roots and they were married in 1988 while stationed in Alaska. Their only child, Chase, a scholar athlete, played collegiate football and graduated with a Biomedical Engineering degree from Harvard University in 2018. Despite all the military moves, they consider San Antonio home.
In her free time, Dr. Guillory loves reading, playing volleyball, making stained glass pieces and has recently dabbled in palette knife painting.