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Carmen Radu

Hygienist

Languages
English, Romanian
Education
AAS in Dental Hygiene
Hostos Community College, Bronx, NY

Originally from the Transylvania region of Romania (yes, it’s a real place, and it’s beautiful), hygienist Carmen Radu has had quite the career. “I got a special degree in physical education in Romania,” she says. “I was a professional volleyball player for five years, I worked on a Carnival cruise line, I worked in restaurants. And then some friends who were hygienists encouraged me to study dental hygiene.”

As a kid, she had some pretty unpleasant experiences with going to the dentist. “I remember being in a lot of pain,” she says. “I was so afraid of going, I’d get a cavity as a kid and I wouldn’t tell my parents I was in pain until I couldn’t endure it anymore. But when I became a hygienist, I thought, maybe I can try and help people like me to overcome their fears. Because it really doesn’t have to be unpleasant or painful at all.”

Today, Carmen makes education a big part of her practice. “It’s so rewarding to me when I can teach a patient something they never knew before,” shey says. “Most people know they’re supposed to brush and floss, but they might not actually know how important it is, and how their oral health is in context with their overall wellness.”

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Additional Education
Bachelors in Physical Education
Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, Romania

“When I became a hygienist, I thought, maybe I can try and help people like me to overcome their fears. Because it really doesn’t have to be unpleasant or painful at all."

Carmen Radu