Amber Elbery RDH 2

Amber Elbery


English, Spanish
AS in Dental Hygiene
Fortis College

Most people either loved going to the dentist as a kid—or absolutely hated it. Where did you fall? How come?

I loved it. My mother was in dental and has always talked to me about my teeth. That’s always kept me vigilant about my dental care.

What (or who) inspired you to get into dentistry? How so?

Patients. I wanted to be more involved in impacting patient experiences and I felt I could best do that as a provider.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Seeing members return with improved home care routines or improved oral health.

What famous person (alive or dead) is your dream dental patient? Why?

Michelle Obama. She’s always smiling, her warmness feels like we would immediately get along.

What’s your dream toothpaste flavor?

Warm Apple Cider! It would be warm, comforting, and have a nice cinnamon note that would leave me feeling refreshed.

What’s something your patients might be surprised to learn about you?

I have two boys and right now they only speak Spanish. My first language was Spanish and I'm passionate about making sure that they are bilingual.

How do you recharge after a long week? What’s your go-to activity for hitting the restart button?

I recently took my oldest son to Legoland and we've developed this love for building things together. Spending time with my kids is so important to me and having something to keep, that we created together, makes it that much more fun.

What dental stereotype are you most passionate about changing?

Your dentist will judge you based on your teeth.

What is the absolute coolest thing about the human mouth?

Your smile is as unique as your fingerprint. Teeth along with those practicing forensic dentistry can help identify victims.

In another life, if you weren’t working in dentistry, what would you be doing?

I really enjoy tech so I think I would feel most comfortable in that industry. However, my mother says she's always pictured me as a news anchor. I like the idea of pushing my comfort zone and taking her suggestion.

When I’m in the patient chair, I’m probably grooving to {blank} in my headphones.

Reggaeton, Rap, Hip Hop, Bachata, anything upbeat.

What’s something that really, really, really makes you smile? Like, really?

Uninterrupted family time. Living in the moment and focusing on those you love and those that love you.

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