Most people either loved going to the dentist as a kid—or absolutely hated it. Where did you fall? How come?
I loved it. I'll admit, I had bad teeth as a child. But I was fortunate to have had great dentists who always made it enjoyable!
What (or who) inspired you to get into dentistry? How so?
Our family dentist. He is the coolest, most down to earth person and loves what he does. He made it look so enjoyable, so I decided to pursue dentistry myself.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
Being able to get patients excited again about coming to the dentist and helping them take care of their teeth.
What’s something your patients might be surprised to learn about you?
I was a 6th grade teacher before becoming a dentist, and I am fluent in Spanish.
How do you recharge after a long week? What’s your go-to activity for hitting the restart button?
I love watching Netflix, playing the piano and flute, hanging out with my two sons, and cooking!
What dental stereotype are you most passionate about changing?
I think it's the overall not so pleasant stereotype that a dentist visit entails. I am passionate about getting to understand my member's concerns, making a connection and helping them realize that it can be a positive experience.
__What is the absolute coolest thing about the human mouth? __
Teeth start to develop before we are even born!
In another life, if you weren’t working in dentistry, what would you be doing?
I'd travel the world and learn as many foreign languages as I could. I love learning languages.
I have a lot of empathy for nervous or anxious patients. I try to put myself in their shoes and make sure to listen to all their concerns.