Most people either loved going to the dentist as a kid—or absolutely hated it. Where did you fall? How come?
As a child growing up in Russia I had the biggest appetite for candy. I knew that every time my mom would take me to the dentist it would turn into an awful experience. All I remember was the drill in his hands and tears in my eyes. I knew that every visit would be bitter sweet. I did not like the process but loved the outcome.
What (or who) inspired you to get into dentistry? How so?
When i worked as a receptionist in a glamorous Beverly Hills dental office I met the most wonderful team of dentists and hygienists that inspired me to get into dental hygiene. They were so loving and sweet and caring that patients would come in without any fear or anxiety. Really made me love dentistry and inspired me to become a dental hygienist.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
Being a dental hygienist gives me a chance to change lives for the better. I'm given an opportunity to treat people with empathy and caring in order to build a foundation of trust. I can help scared patients become more relaxed in the dental office, and my ultimate success is when I have a patient who can't wait to come back!
How do you recharge after a long week? What’s your go-to activity for hitting the restart button?
Put on some pajamas, make some buttered popcorn and play my favorite movies!
In another life, if you weren’t working in dentistry, what would you be doing?
I love organizing and planning big events; I would definitely see myself as wedding planner!
What’s something that really, really, really makes you smile? Like, really?
Nothing makes me smile more than coming home after a long days work and having my beautiful children running into my arms!